Switzerland’s beautiful landscapes
actually never cease to amaze me! When I was there a few weeks ago, right before our Scotland-trip, I was enchanted by tall mountains and the most magical, almost surreal, light. To shoot in such an enthralling scenery surely is every photographer’s dream. And so I felt very lucky to travel to one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes with my good friends, to kind of celebrate my late birthday.
From the start of our drive to the Appenzell region, we got more excited the closer we got to our destination. The whole drive was out of a movie and when we packed our cameras and started the engine, the first miles were a quiet and foggy drive, soothed by Justin Vernon’s aka Bon Iver’s voice. Just the right choice of music to slowly wake up and to be greeted by the sun’s warm touch.
We also had this amazing moment after driving through a tunnel for what felt like ages: The scenery had changed in the most drastic and beautiful way! Where fog and moodyness reigned at the entrance of that tunnel, the other side glowed in a bright sunrise, bathing the peaks of the surrounding mountains in gold. I so badly wanted to stop to take some photos while the others pulled their cameras out and started shooting. What a sight!
A Photographer’s dream
Once the cable-car carried us up the mountain we already could see our first destination. Our plan was to hike to the Schäfler cabin which is 1924m above sea level, which meant that we had to cover about 300 meters in height still. All for photography, right?
It was certainly a walk but in no way were we pushed to our limits. Or at least I wasn’t- luckily. Still, the hike made me lose my wordiness which could be a result of the scenery as well. We were surrounded by paragliders soaring to new heights under the sunny sky and between all those towering mountains. But all of this beautiful landscape could us not prepare for what we would witness then. The Altenalp-towers as the landmark of the Appenzell region did throne high and proud over everyone and everything. Circled by black birds our destination for today presented itself in all of its intimidating beauty. In one almost cinematic moment one of the paragliders flew right by the towers. As luck would have it, I was able to capture the very moment he overflew them! Truly, a photographer’s dream!
Closest to the Birds
Another amazing moment was when the black birds got close to us. We noticed them landing not too far away and asked ourselves: “Can we get them on our hands?” What happened then was a bit of magic, a bit of luck and a whole lot of waiting. And in the ever changing light we waited. Patience is truly a photographer’s blessing. While rays were bursting out of the clouds at every moment, they flew around us. But eventually, our patience was rewarded and yes, the birds landed exactly where we wanted them. With the Swiss landscape as a backdrop we took photographs of wild animals much closer than I could imagine! With those images, we made ourselves on the way back and grabbed some fries that were just as tasty as they were expensive.
A cabin in the mountain
Our last goal for the day was the Aescher cabin which is a cabin built directly in a mountain. We traversed a cave with wall paintings as old as humanity itself to get there. And then there it was. A fairy house right in the stone almost from a movie set of sorts. A delighting view as the sun threw it’s last rays of the day at the mountainous landscape surrounding the house. To gift us a scenery we would never ever forget.
Thank you for taking your time to read this piece. I hope you found it as enjoyable as I found writing it! Some of the photographs you see here are also up for sale as prints and other lovely things over at the store. So you might want to have a look!