Gallery: June 10 — Simmental

On the last day in Oey I took a long hike up the Simmental.

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An example of the common compound brace detail used on overhanging eaves.

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A large Lower Bernese-style farmhouse on the road to Erlenbach.

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Goats — they wanted to be fed.

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A new house going up.

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The Erlenbach church with its painted-on clock.

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A mysterious hole in the Ründi of a house. Maybe just a roof vent.

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This means that this road is part of a hiking trail.

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A grassy lane through the fields above Erlenbach — incredibly idyllic. It was one of the nicest-feeling places on the whole trip. The world needs more grassy lanes.

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The tree ate the fence!

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A different kind of roof tile, more ornamented than the norm.

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A pretty cool kind of gate along the trail, to keep sheep on the right side of the fence.

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I love this kind of stark black-on-white detailing.

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This was in a grouping of some of the most complexly decorated houses in the whole area. Not as showy in terms of color as some others, but incredibly dense all over with decoration.

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Ditto.

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A beautiful imitation of quoins on this masonry mass. Better than the real thing, I think.

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A barn with a partly detiled roof.

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Covered bridge — being from New England, I felt right at home.

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Structure of the roof of the covered bridge.

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Very nice diagonal and curved members here.

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Another covered bridge. Note the Lower Bernese roof hip on both.

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The same new house construction as before, in the late afternoon rather than the morning. Check out all the work that was done in the meantime.