Dad was out last night to try to shoot the Neowise 2020 comet. Unfortunately, it has been overcast for the past 8 nights so the comet has had the time to move further away from the sun, hence its tail is much less bright than it was in the beginning of last week. At the same time it has moved closer to earth. He was sort of lucky anyway, because he accidentally managed to get the comet and the SpaceX's Starlink Satellite Train on the same photo. If you have good eyes you can se the comet towards the left upper corner. It's the brightest point among the stars up there and the faintly visible tail stretches upwards towards 11 o'clock for about 2 cm. The satellite train is easily visible towards the right hand side lower corner. On the photo below, the comet is slightly more visible in the middle, about 3 cm below the upper edge and moving downwards towards the right. That's all for now, stay tuned!!
We were about 2800 m above sea level and 700 m above the Grimsel pass, joining the cantons of Wallis and Berne. It was 4 p.m. and we were on our way to Berghaus Oberaar about five kilometres further to the west, hoping we would be served a rösti and a big beer before returning to our car. Getting here the 300 kilometres from Pully had been a long affair because we had underestimated the traffic on a Saturday morning in the middle of the vacation period. We had planned to hike at high altitude in a geologically super-interesting area that constitutes one of Switzerland's national parks. The continuously changing light made the water, sky and mountains even more beautiful. In the title photo you can see three of the hydroelectric power dams fed by the big glaciers in the national park. We were several hundred metres above the Grimsel Hospice at the end of the major power dam.
Lake Grimsel was now far below us. On the left side of the photo below you can see the Furka pass that we visited in our previous posts. To the right is the Nufnen pass.
On our route to the Berghaus Oberaar we descended towards Lake Triebten and then hiked uphill again towards our final goal that you can see in the middle of the photo below.
The view looking north and east was magnificent and the colours of the mountain and the water in the dams were out of this world.
We were finally up at the Berghaus, only to find that it was closed! What a deception, having hoped for a crisp rösti with Spiegeleier. We continued a couple of hundred meters further west and were presented with a view over the Oberaar Glacier and glacier lake, lit up by the early evening light.
It was time to return with another 6 kilometres in front of us, thankfully without any major uphill portions. It was eight p.m. when we were back in the Grimsel pass and another half hour later we were comfortably installed at a table at one of our favourite restaurants, chez Baschi, with a lovely pasta dish for me and a vertically grilled calf kidney for Dad. It was clearly a compensation for our previous deception. Stay tuned for more adventures!!
It's more than two months the Dad chases thunderstorms all over the French-speaking part of Switzerland without success. It was not until last night that we had our first thunderstorms passing by Pully, unfortunately mostly south and east of us. There were rather few flashes and much more electric surges that have a tendency to instantaneously change night into day. It was the occasion to try out the live composite function in the Olympus em-1X camera. With this function, the camera automatically adds all new light that the sensor is exposed to. Each exposure lasted one minute with an f-value of 6.3 and a majority of photos are the result of about 5 minutes of total new light collection time, e.g. 300 frames being processed and presented as a composite image..
Since the next couple of days will probably allow us to follow more thunderstorms, we'll eventually be back again with more photos. Stay tuned!!