Gallery: June 15 — Langnau & area to the south

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

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

Wire dove.

A Classical quotation, very unusual in this area.

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

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

Tiny ponies!

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

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

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

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.

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.

However, sheep are not fazed by nettles.

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

A farm grouping off in the other direction.

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

The Emme.

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

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?

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

Another shot of the Trubschachen clock tower.