The Klöntalersee is a lake in the Canton of Glarus, Switzerland. The lake has a size of about 3.3 km² and has been created by a prehistoric rock slide after the last ice age. From 1908 on it is used as a reservoir for electricity production. The picture below is from the Schwammhöhe looking down to the lake.
Klöntalsee from Schwammhöhe
Happy Klöntaling 🙂
Summer definitely arrived in Europe. And it is the time of the year with beautiful butterflies. Featuring the Argynnis:
Argynnis (click to enlarge)
Happy Butterflying 🙂
Summer finally arrived, and the alpine meadows are blooming. Enjoy a collection of flowers (click to enlarge)….
With the hiking trails covered with as much as 50-60 cm snow, the natural way to hike the trails is using snowshoes. Two days ago an extra 10-15 cm snow arrived, and the trails are just amazing. Here are a few impressions from the snowshoe hike today:
Starting the New Year in the mountains, with cold snow covering everything. Beautiful view to the peaks, illuminated by last sun rays of New Year’s Day.
Sunset in the mountains (Click to enlarge)
Happy New Year!
The ‘All Saints Day’ (Nov 1st) is a public holiday for some parts of Switzerland. And because I’m lucky to live in that part and because it could have been one of the last days with excellent hiking conditions, I wanted to hike a trail which has been on my bucket list for a very long time: the ‘Gratwanderweg’ (ridge hike) on the Stoos.
It is the time of the year where trees lose their leaves and mushrooms grow on the ground.
Spent too much time today in the office, leaving it late at night. It is the time of the Lucerne ‘Määs’, captured that picture with reflections on the water. Time to get home and to get some sleep….
Happy Lunaparking 🙂
Title says everything 😉
Sunrise in Lucerne
Picture from this morning at 6:45am. Getting back to work after spending a hiking week in the Dolomites with two more posts to go. Going to work has its own beauty.
Happy Swaning 🙂
I know that some might disagree with me: but to me, watching a sunrise in the mountains is one of the most beautiful things to do. Get up early, hike to a perfect spot and enjoy.
The Lago di Carezza (German: Karersee) is an emerald green mountain lake in the Dolomites in South Tyrol, Italy. It not only features an amazing emerald color: there is a legend and fairy tale too about it.
Getting to work early has some benefits, and one is watching the sun rising up while using the train or walking to the office.
I catched this one this morning: a beautiful sunrise over Lake Lucerne, with the Rigi mountain in the back:
Happy Working 🙂
This hike has been on my ‘must-hike’ list since last summer, and when I saw Urška writing about recently, it got definitely on my top list of things. The Oeschinen Lake (German: Oeschinensee) is a beautiful lake in the Bernese Overland, Switzerland, east of Kandersteg, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site:
Oeschinensee view from Heuberg
So we prepared a hiking trip the day before. The weather forecast said “mostly sunny”. Only to find out that the weather was not that great in the morning. Yes, true: Technically the sun is shining, at least above the clouds:
Mostly Sunny? A good day for a hiking tour!
It was a very spontaneous hiking tour this Sunday afternoon: a hike up to the Wildspitz mountain and the border between the Canton Schwyz and Zug. Full of beautiful views, flowers and awesome butterflies!
The boarder between the Canton of Schwyz and Canton of Zug is marked with several stones. Below stone No. 18 (dated 1907) near at Langmatt:
The Karwendel is a mountain range on the border between Germany and Austria.
View down to Mittenwald from Karwendel (click to enlarge)
Mountains look very different, depending on view angle and place. And as with watching clouds, they can build funny sculptures. This one is made of limestone: can you spot the sleeping giant?
Sleeping Stone Giant
Happy spotting 🙂
The Enzian belongs to the gentian family (Gentianaceae). This one shows the Clusius-Enzian which can be found up to 2800 m in limestone areas. The deep blue makes it a special flower. It is protected by law, but can be found in many places in the Alps.
I have been busy with too many things, so I apologize: no techy blog post this weekend. But what I can share is a unique wonder of nature encountered during a bike trip today at the end of the Klöntalsee:
Trees growing on a tree (click to enlarge)
During cold winters the Lake Lauerz gets covered with ice. And if it is cold enough for a few weeks it gets enough ice to have it completely covered more than 15 cm of ice. That’s the time of the year to enjoy a walk or to play ice hokey:
Schwanau mit Mythen