This is Grindelwald shot from the last part of the ski slope Mettlen coming down from Kleine Scheidegg. Between Brandegg and Grund you finally get a nice view over the valley floor and the village itself situated on the opposite mountain side at 1.050m/3'445ft.
Grindelwald is home to 3.800 inhabitants and up to 7.000 guests and is a good example of being one of the first tourist centers in Switzerland. Already in the 17th century tourists – primarily British, German and French aristocrats – came to this easily accessible valley in the Summer to enjoy the spectacular scenery.
It was only 100 years later that climbers first dared to approach the Alps (the first ascent of the Jungfrau took place in 1811). The Eiger North Wall [Eiger Nordwand] directly facing the village would become exceptionally challenging and mountaineering as an organized activity, with professionals as mountain guides, became an important source of income for the local community.
Today tourism plays a central role in Grindelwald - the local economy is 90% dependent on tourism, either directly or indirectly. However farming is still actively pursued and agriculture, which accounts for more than 80% of all land use, constitutes the foundation upon which tourism is built. Without tourism many farmers would be forced to give up farming.
The smooth black line in the lower center part of the image is the first leg of the Wengernalp Railway (WAB) cogwheel track from Grindelwald down to Grund portrayed in my previous upload. And the dark brown three-gabled building left and above it's upper bend is my hotel, which I'll return to in a later posting.
This image would make an excellent jigsaw puzzle!
Image cropped, adjusted levels and curves, increased saturation +20, ran NeatImage at 60%, resized for TE, sharpened and faded to 25%, framed and saved for Web.
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kabe (2011) 2005-04-25 16:57
This is beautiful!
I love the dark tones. Very aesthetic picture.
maphoto (8082) 2005-04-25 22:01
This is a great photo Kaj, at first I thought it was a miniature village, beautiful composition and excellent tones. It makes me think the chance birds have to see beautiful place like this. I like the details the roads and houses, very well done, thanks for sharing, excellent note.
digi-mom (1064) 2005-04-26 22:10
Gorgeous! I love the scenery and your thorough note (including the bit about being a good jigsaw). I am impressed with the clarity of the "miniature village", and the almost "Grandma Moses" look of it. Well done. :o)
kent_s (1911) 2005-04-29 4:31
You'r absolotely right with about 5000 pieces this jigsaw would be a real challenge. Whan I first saw the pic also I thouhgt it was a miniature landscape.
Very well done Kaj
jiherka (4538) 2005-05-01 14:35
Without the sun, it is not a very good view of Grindelwald. It can be a B&W picture. But the small part of colours give the plus that make this picture a special one. Like the old first coloured picture.
Well done Kaj
pamastro (7290) 2005-05-04 1:16
It would be an impossible jigsaw puzzle, Kaj! I like the lines and how all the buildings seem to be facing directly out. It makes me think of a Christmas village, much like the one my father makes, actually, with a mountain side and buildings perched, face out, on the side. It's nice how you cropped it to create a zigzag path up the side of the mountain. And the overall pattern is like a painting. Especially with the one light blue building standing out distinctly toward the right side. It's a nice touch of color in this sea of tones and some neutrals.
orme (7215) 2005-05-25 4:55
Great shot, Kaj. Grindelwald looks very beautiful. Your point of view here has created a perfect 'sitemap' of this small town. I like how the road winds it way through the town. The odd touches of colour really stand out. Well seen.
oochappan (16981) 2005-06-27 20:26
Cause I know the place I wanted to see and I don't regret, what a nice tableau of small houses in the snow with a very low light fading to a same colortone making it a bit graphical, very nice, excellent capture.
nst (135) 2005-09-18 1:14
Excellent! This is a place I' ve been, both with and without snow during the many years I spent in Switzerland. The photo reminds me toys for children, like in the old railway models we used to have at an early age.
forbin (4) 2007-05-11 3:01
On dirait une peinture naïve.
- Copyright: Kaj Nordstrom (kajenn) (2426)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-03-14
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Olympus C-750UZ, Olympus 6.3-63mm f/2.8-3.7, JPEG ISO 50
- Exposure: f/4, 1/650 seconds
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: CeBIT and Swiss skiing in 2005
- Date Submitted: 2005-04-25 16:05