On to the Diemtigtal: Oey, Diemtigen and nearby areas near the base of the valley.
Gallery: June 7 — Lower Diemtigtal
The Gasthof Sternen in Oey, where I stayed (after the first night I was there).
Masonry reconstruction along the road toward Diemtigen.
The village of Diemtigen from a distance.
The Grosshaus in Diemtigen: note the power lines attaching curiously to the building.
Eave of the Grosshaus — check out how every boundary is patterned.
Pretty irises (ires? irii?) and veggies.
More pretty irises.
An unusual stone house, with goat.
A view out from the Diemtigtal to the lower Simme valley and maybe all the way across the Thunersee to the mountains opposite.
A happy vine.
I like this shot for the spare composition, the grass horizon, and the low-hanging cloud.
I continued up the road above Diemtigen and the mountains across the Simmental peeked up over.
...and emerged further...
...and then I was at the height of land.
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.
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.
The log I sat on to have lunch and from which I saw the previous view. Also: Simmentaler cows.
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.
One example of the incredibly dense decoration the area is known for.
A porch that ends up completely covered thanks to huge eaves.
Nice little courtyard (with a 900!)
Another decorated masterpiece.
A detailed view. I wonder how much time this took.