Gallery: June 15 — Langnau & area to the south

On this day I set out from Langnau again but headed south rather than north.

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A karate school, with perhaps a Japanese-inspired porous wall.

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Wire dove.

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A Classical quotation, very unusual in this area.

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Check out the back corner of the roof on the left building. It's another cutoff, but this one is inexplicable.

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Langnau suburban houses. You can see how they've encroached on the fields. Sounds familiar.

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Tiny ponies!

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And, uh, a peacock, who was part of the crowd at a farmhouse I hiked past.

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Unlike the deeply recessed walls of most Emmentaler buildings, the walls of this barn are almost flush with the eaves.

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I guess this Bauernhof was in danger of spilling out and required reinforcement.

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The only explanation I can think of for this regular moss pattern is that snow catchers on the roof caught earth that ended up supporting moss. In fact I think I can see them peeking out of some of the patches.

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This and the next few shots are all from along a road on the side of a hill affording views out to the north (back toward Langnau), west, and south. Here: hella nettles! These will get all up in your business if you don't keep an eye out.

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However, sheep are not fazed by nettles.

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At the edge of Langnau, an older house surrounded by a colony of new guys.

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A farm grouping off in the other direction.

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Roadside bench where I could take in all these views and have lunch.

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The Emme.

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The rest of these are from the bus ride back to Trubschachen and Trub. Interesting vaulted and domed roof on this Autohaus.

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Award for Thickest Ründi Ever. This re-raises my questions about the nature of Ründis — can all that space possibly be non-functional? And if so, why is it such a large volume — was the massing of the roof determined first, and then did the builders want to keep the space under the Ründi semicircular, leaving a large margin inside the Ründi itself?

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A house with chalet form, which is very rare in the Emmental.

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Another shot of the Trubschachen clock tower.