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The Grindelwaldgletscher (Grindelwald Glacier), shot from the opposite side of the Grindelwald Valley near Milibach.

Although I was using my "big" lens, the EXIF data confirms that I was on the widest available setting (70mm), which may give you an indication of scale. But huge, and impressive though the glacier is, it's retreating rapidly, due to global warming. Only twenty years ago - a geological blink of an eye - the tongue of the glacier extended right down to the great rock in the centre foreground of this photograph.

The day before, Rosie and I had hiked to as near the glacier as possible, involving a foot suspension bridge, scrambling up rock faces, and ladders. And we could just see the tongue of the glacier peering shyly round a valley bend. To be honest, the photographs I got there weren't as good as this. On the way down, in pastureland, I inadvertently touched an electric fence: the belt knocked me on my back, and apparently I was frothing and gurgling for a few seconds. Swiss deer-herders don't take prisoners it seems!

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