My name is Hubertus Balthazar, casually called Hubbe. I'm the oldest of four Basset Hounds in our family and today is my fifth birthday. Mom and Dad had planned to take me and my little brother Carl Douglas to the Swiss Basset Hound Club Autumn meeting close to Berne this morning but I decided travelling 200 kilometres by car was not my favourite occupation this Sunday so I just refused to enter our BMW X5. So Mom and Dad took Carl Douglas and my youngest sister, Matilda to the meeting while I stayed home with Olivia and my sister Massimilla Gioconda, who is one year younger than I. We had a quiet day, mostly indoors, because the temperature outside was close to +30 in the shadow this Indian summer Sunday. When Mom and Dad returned they organised my birthday party with lots of sausages that the four of us shared before this photo shoot on our terrace in the setting September sun. Stay tuned for more from our family.
Our train down to Zermatt makes its first stop at Rotenboden after the departure from Gornergrad. Dad had seen a glimpse of the small lake west of the station and persuaded me to follow him for our last adventure for this time. So off we jumped and left our luggage at the railway station, to hike a couple of hundred metres down to the lake. There was no wind stirring up the water surface The title photo is what he had imagined would be possible when shooting from a stone on the border of the water. It unfortunately looks like hundreds of postcards from Zermatt but so what!. While shooting, he heard a canon shot from behind, turned around and saw a huge avalanche of ice and snow being detached from the Breithorn glacier. One second later there was only a giant, diffuse white snow cloud and silence.
We took a last shot of Matterhorn as a splendid memory of our trip. Stay tuned for more!
When we woke up on Monday morning, grey clouds were covering everything around us and we could hardly se the two observatory towers on the northern and southern parts of our hotel. We thought is was going to snow but strangely, openings in the cloud cover started to appear, creating graphical patterns that lend themselves to black&white photographs. Here is a small selection of photos taken with our Olympus e-m1X camera. Over the next hour, e.g. after breakfast, it started to clear up so we packed and decided to take the 09.55 train down to Zermatt and continue back home.
Stay tuned for our good-bye to Zermatt for this time. Tomorrow, I'm going to guide 23 other students from my class at the EPFL around Lausanne. I'm all excited.