Gallery: July 7 — Eisten

Eisten is a little hamlet just a few hundred meters away from Blatten, upslope and upstream.

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The road to Eisten goes over this small falls as it leaves Blatten — very picturesque.

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Upper Blatten, with the bridge over the falls in the foreground.

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Some solemn inscriptions and decoration.

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Eisten viewed from the approach. The shape of the little chapel and its relation to the village make Eisten unmistakable.

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Scattered houses up higher.

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The stream that comes down from the Petersgrat glacier past the high village of Tellistafel, which is out of view here.

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One in an extensive series of pathside sculptures that were new to us.

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A new house in Eisten, somewhat clashing with its context but not horribly, and clearly solidly built.

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The chapel up close.

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The chapel interior. Even the tiniest of Valais chapels often have these intricate altars.

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A nice subtle stained-glass window.

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The rose windowlet.

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Lovely compound curved vaults.

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The exterior of the chapel, understated and beautiful.

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Some renovation — but if there was always a center support like that, the building may be very old. The masonry is difficult to date accurately.

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A mini-chapel, a frequent sight in devout Catholic areas like the Lötschental.

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The landscape, including the pebbly Lonza.

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Nice joint detail.

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I guess the stairlike structure at the top has some sort of hydrocontrol function.

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View back down to Blatten and Eisten as we proceeded further upstream.

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Well-cured wood.

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Fuzzy and overexposed, but nonetheless an illustrative shot of the upstream landscape closer to the glacier.

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This may be a memorial to avalanche victims.

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A cairn surprise.