Just like a dream, I was recently invited by Swiss Tourism, Maison de Voyage and Rock-On Holidays by Thomas Cook India to experience Switzerland in a unique way. While enough has been said and written about the romantic / family vacations of Switzerland our idea was to leave out all the famous / touristy activities and instead explore this country through a new lens i.e. through the eyes and activities of a single budget traveler. Hence our itinerary included all kinds of adventure sports, walks and many new experiences that people normally don’t associate with Switzerland.
This week’s weekly photo challenge is to share an image of something “Grand”. But the idea is to not just share an image of a large object / scene, but have a special element or a “wow factor” that makes the picture truly stunning. And for this topic, I decided to share pictures of the majestic “Matterhorn” that we visited from Zermatt in Switzerland. The Matterhorn is one of highest and the most photographed peaks in Europe and a spectacular sight. We saw it from many points and I am sharing some of these sights with you -
- From Gornergrat – This picture is my favorite from the trip and was clicked around sunset from Gornergrat. This image was special as the Matterhorn had been hidden by clouds and mist the whole day, and just when we thought that we will not get a good image, the clouds cleared and we got this gorgeous view and image. I also love this fence that adds another beautiful element and geometry to this pic.
The week’s weekly photo challenge is “Let there be Light” where we had to share a photo of a light source. Light is an essential element of photography and is even apart of the word i.e. photos- for “light” and -graphos for “drawing”. Playing with various light sources, its placement, its intensity, etc gives a new / different look to the pictures and helps the artist in the photographer create a new masterpiece. I love playing with light in my pictures too and taking pictures of various light sources, especially the sun, candles and lamps. But for this challenge I decided to share 2 simple pictures using just 2 different sources of light i.e. Sun for the natural source (outdoors) and Bulb for the artificial source (indoors).
This pic was taken around sunset over Lake Thun on our way back from Neiderhorn. I love the natural colors of the Sun, the dramatic effects of the clouds all around and the shadow in the Lake Thun below.
Have you ever dreamt of waking up, expecting it to be another normal day full of mundane regular work and suddenly a surprise travel opportunity (one which you were secretly hoping for to come along) COMES!! Well, for me this surprise came true recently when I was invited by Swiss Tourism, Maison de Voyage and Rock-On Holidays by Thomas Cook India to visit my dream destination – Switzerland on a quick 5 day FAM trip.
This week’s weekly photo challenge is “Layers” and my image for the same is this flower, whose name I earlier didn’t know. But after this post went live last night, I received numerous responses from my blogging world friends who identified this flower for me, and it’s the Passiflora – the Blue Passion Fruit flower. I would like to thank everyone who commented on this post and helped me identify this flower. Super thanks everyone.
I saw this flower on one of the 5 islands of Cinque Terre in Italy and instantly loved its colors and numerous layers. This was growing like a creeper all around these islands, but surprisingly I dint see them anywhere else in Italy (i.e. wherever I traveled).