Swiss spring landscapes

This spring the weather was very on-and-off. It even snowed in Bern well into the season. So to dodge the weather, Tanya and I got out into the countryside during the fine spells. We went to Pilatus, the craggy peak that overlooks Lucerne and has a cable-car laced up one side. From the top you can see out across most of the Vierwaldstättersee (Lake Lucerne) in one direction, and in the other you can see across the canton of Obwald to the high alps of the Bernese Oberland.

Lake Lucerne, or the Vierwaldstättersee.
Pilatus still icy in spring.
The view across Obwald to the Eiger.
The Pilatus cable-car.
Spring melt.
Lucerne glory.

We walked and biked around the pretty countryside between Bern and Thun, where there were lambs in the fields and daffodils starting to bloom. Two weekends in a row we ended up passing through Wattenwil, a little town that sits underneath the Gantrisch mountain range.

Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau.
Wattenwil and its mountain backdrop.
A week later the mountains were still there.
Wattenwil from a slightly different angle.
The Gantrisch range.

And we went for a walk in the snow high in Valais, near the Aletsch glacier. The weather that particular day was more average, with the hills coming and going behind cloud and the glacier hiding under fog and snow.

Looking across the Rhône.
Monochrome conditions near the Aletsch glacier.
May 30, 2019

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