Setting deep in the Lauterbrunnen Valley of Switzerland, this church is surrounded by life. The lives of the townspeople, the visitors who stop to pray, and the life of every tree, plant, stream, and field that sit at the mountain’s stone feet. The spire of the chapel guides your eyes to what seems like a never-ending scene of unimaginable things; a lofty view that reaches towards the heavens and beckons you to stop and just BE.
So many people like the night life; staying up long after the sun goes to rest and sleeping until the sun is at its highest. I personally enjoy waking with the sun; we stay on the same schedule and with that I am able to see so many things that are long gone after that first light. The dew drops on each blade of grass, the crisp air that shines like diamonds when hit by the sun, and even something as simple as the small ray of light that peers it’s way around the curtains to touch my cheek and let me know that it’s time to rise, to shine, and to enjoy that first light of a new day.
With images, places, and monuments such as this, it’s sometimes hard to put into the perfect words that will do justice on just how magnificent something really is. This is why I take pictures; to try and create something solid that relays to those not present the splendor of a place. So here we are; looking at the grandeur of the Matterhorn; trying to describe the absolutely indescribable.
This barn can be seen as abandoned atop this wintry mountain. Not one warm breath cuts through the icy mountain air nor is there smoke billowing from the chimney. Abandoned or not, this little barn warmed me as I saw it not as a desolate place to turn away from, but rather a place of serene solitude where one can collect their thoughts and escape their troubles; the kind of solitude that can only be found in a place as majestic and grand as this.
We often see pictures and think “surely that can’t be a real place”. When I saw this valley, my thoughts immediately turned to “I can’t believe I am standing here”. In a place such as this the only distraction is our minds as we try to comprehend how a place that can only be described as a fantasy can exist before our eyes. The majesty of the mountains, the twinkle of the waterfall, and the dazzling sky draw us in like a moth to a flame to be continually in awe by this hidden valley that is somehow turning our dreams into reality.