Gallery: June 7 — Lower Diemtigtal

On to the Diemtigtal: Oey, Diemtigen and nearby areas near the base of the valley.

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The Gasthof Sternen in Oey, where I stayed (after the first night I was there).

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Masonry reconstruction along the road toward Diemtigen.

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The village of Diemtigen from a distance.

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The Grosshaus in Diemtigen: note the power lines attaching curiously to the building.

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Eave of the Grosshaus — check out how every boundary is patterned.

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Pretty irises (ires? irii?) and veggies.

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More pretty irises.

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An unusual stone house, with goat.

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A view out from the Diemtigtal to the lower Simme valley and maybe all the way across the Thunersee to the mountains opposite.

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A happy vine.

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I like this shot for the spare composition, the grass horizon, and the low-hanging cloud.

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I continued up the road above Diemtigen and the mountains across the Simmental peeked up over.

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...and emerged further...

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...and further...

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...and then I was at the height of land.

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This is some kind of typography in-joke because the word "Frutiger" is set in Frutiger, a typeface designed by (the Swiss) Adrian Frutiger, and "Kundendienst Umbauten Renovationen" is set in Univers, another typeface designed by Frutiger.

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Here is a view down the ridge; the Simmental is on the left and the Diemtigtal on the right. I sketched this in the nature journal.

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The log I sat on to have lunch and from which I saw the previous view. Also: Simmentaler cows.

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Whoa, all of a sudden I'm clear across the valley! This is a view back toward that ridge between the valleys from the other side of the Diemtigtal; Diemtigen is visible below.

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One example of the incredibly dense decoration the area is known for.

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A porch that ends up completely covered thanks to huge eaves.

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Nice little courtyard (with a 900!)

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Another decorated masterpiece.

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A detailed view. I wonder how much time this took.