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At the end of July I was in the Gotthard mountains in Switzerland. Here are some photos from around Oberalpsee (a lake 2,033 m above sea near the source of the Rhine).

The edge of the lake is visible here (also a train) as I start my climb up:

Beyond the lake, there is a wind farm c. 2,400 m above the sea:

Many small creeks gathering the meltwater cut across the grassy landscape:

A mini-lake:

Still melting snow (with peaks well above 3,000 m in the distance):

Looking down east along the upper end of the valley of the Rhine:

Looking north:

Having climbed up to 2,571 m, looking down west towards Andermatt (c. 1,200 m deeper):

Nearby, the village of Tschamut:

Near Andermatt, the famous Devil's Bridge (and two more bridges around it for the modern road and the rack railway):

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon Aug 12th, 2013 at 04:46:53 PM EST
In the forest along the Gotthard Trail:

On a day of near-continuous thunderstorms, the raging river:

A day later, the bottom of the gorge below Dazio Grande (on the stormy day, when I ran up the gorge to catch a bus, the noise and vibration was insane):

Into the gorge:

Near the top of the gorge:

The very top of ther gorge is an insane place: the old road, the modern road, the railway and (not visible at the lowest level) the highway all cross each other while also crossing the river. Dazio Grande is the old wayside hotel visible at centre.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon Aug 12th, 2013 at 04:54:50 PM EST
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