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Matterhorn & Riffelsee, Valais Canton, Switzerland

Posted by
Maria (California, United States) on 1 November 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

I wish there was no wind (for a clear reflection), and I wish there was no cloud sticking to MY mountain.....but since both, wind and cloud, existed, I have no other option for a better photo, but visit there again! :))
Very simple! :)))

Thank you ALL for your visit and comments.

Visit me at: Maria Draper Photography

sunstonemaria from California, United States

oh, I love this landscape! wonderful clarity, wonderful colors, wonderful composition!! ah, what a place!

19 Oct 2011 5:05am

Ralf Kesper from Attendorn, Germany

Excellent !

19 Oct 2011 6:00am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Wonderful place... I love that atmosphere ! Have a lovely day

19 Oct 2011 6:36am

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

well Maria, don't be annoyed with the clouds.
I've seen so many shots of the Matterhorn with a clear blue sky and a plane Riffelsee, that your picture here is something very special.
The cloud adds some mystery to the peak as well as the blurred reflection.
I like it very much.

19 Oct 2011 6:57am

@Roman: Thanks Roman...you convinced me!

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Great shot! Excellent image!

19 Oct 2011 7:53am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Excellent !

19 Oct 2011 8:46am

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

ich finde die Aufnahme Hervorragend. Blauer Himmel kann jeder.
Spiegelung gefällt mir auch, es muß nicht immer alles glatt sein.

19 Oct 2011 8:53am

Tinx from Kuressaare, Estonia

So beautiful!

19 Oct 2011 9:10am

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

I was there, fantstic place. Beautiful frame and composition.

19 Oct 2011 9:42am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Perfect image as it is - I like the cloud sticking to the mountain top!

19 Oct 2011 10:38am

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

Fabulous . Grass underwater in the foreground is the most appealing to my eye !

19 Oct 2011 11:06am

@Mariana M.: same for me... thanks Mariana

janina from Melbourne, Australia

Oh, Maria...those are the elements that make the image...can't you see!! Or are you just testing us!!
The last time I saw the Matterhorn, it was completely clouded over...such a superb image. 5stars. :OD

19 Oct 2011 11:25am

@janina: Thanks Janina... I guess I'm just looking for reasons to return for a second visit :)

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A wonderfully complex and layered shot Maria! You have captured the best elements at each level for a stunning picture! Definitely 5-stars!!! Bravo! ;-)

19 Oct 2011 11:33am

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

I've seen a few photos of the Matterhorn before and most of them had no clouds and blue skies. It's really nice to see them as they really are, clouds and all.
As for the blurred reflection, it's a refreshing new look at this wonderful landscape. Well done Maria!

19 Oct 2011 11:40am


YOU ARE LUCKY to go there and take such a great photo*

19 Oct 2011 12:04pm

Sien from Valkenswaard, Netherlands

Mmmmm wonderful composition Maria!!
Great landscape image, love the beautiful details in the water
Super shot.

Grz Sien

19 Oct 2011 12:28pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

I love the elements of the grasses in the foreground, the reflection in the middle and 'MY' mountain in the background. ;D
I guess it will have to be a mountain we share. *grin ... Here is a link to my shot from a helicopter in 1998.

19 Oct 2011 12:33pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: No sharing, sorry! :)) Thanks Judy!

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Why worry, it looks as natural as possible and you can still say it's yours!
Love the flow of the composition especially using those reeds as the starting point.

19 Oct 2011 2:08pm

@Curly: Well, thanks Curly....I appreciate it

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

I would agree with your first wish and I wouldn't with the second one. In fact, your image shows better the version of a wild imposing place than the manicured one. Your image is an outstanding one.

19 Oct 2011 2:25pm

Pedro_eric and his Camera from Trowbridge, United Kingdom

Don't worry about the mist and wind excellent image.

19 Oct 2011 3:15pm

franz from Baden, Austria

indeed, nothing to worry about, maria! this is as perfect as it can get ... what would mountains be without clouds and wind?!? the view is great, the details are great (esp the grass in the water!!!), the frame is spectacular ... but of course you're welcome to come back any time for even better photos ... ;-))

19 Oct 2011 3:35pm

@franz: I think you understood well my main reason why I'm not happy with the photo :)) Thanks Franz

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

hi maria, again a very special and soooooooo appealing photo, yeah, i understand your disappointment about the weather, but especially in the mountains, clouds are so often companions and make photos very unique! clouds round the peak of the matterhorn are not so unusual i think, and "underlines" the power and energy in this area, which is only felt, when accepting the efforts to go up there! fantastic view and capture, especialle this very "flat" view over this little lake with all this gleaming grass! 5*****

19 Oct 2011 3:40pm

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Just wonderful. 5*

19 Oct 2011 4:57pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Oh, Maria this Photo is amazing..my favorite for the day!

19 Oct 2011 4:58pm

@Stefan: Thanks Stefan, coming from you, means a lot...

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

I don't know, I am pretty much "digging" (loving) this image right here, Maria!!..I love the motion in the grass and water... and the cloud is simply goving Matterhorn a good day kiss ;-)

19 Oct 2011 5:22pm

Steve from Camdenton, United States

Beautiful grasses in the water leading the eye to the mountains, nice shot!

19 Oct 2011 5:26pm

JCJ from Troyes, France

beautiful landscape

19 Oct 2011 5:53pm

Jac from Alfena, Portugal

awesome photo, just gorgeous !

19 Oct 2011 6:23pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

very,very beautiful Maria!

19 Oct 2011 6:58pm

Philou04 from Manosque, France

Despite the wind and the clouds, your shot is very beautiful. Great landscape.

19 Oct 2011 8:53pm

Jackie from Montréal, Canada

Beautiful landscape! Beautiful light and movement!

19 Oct 2011 11:26pm

chakrapani from Hyderabad, India

Picture post card ! and Really Fresh !

20 Oct 2011 3:19am

@chakrapani: Thank you very much

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

superb work! great clarity, light and sharpness with a brilliant composition!

20 Oct 2011 5:06am

Yair Karelic from Ramat Gan, Israel

I hope that next time you visit there there won't be wind or disturbing clouds. still, I like this picture and it's nice even without a mirror like reflection

20 Oct 2011 11:53am

@Yair Karelic: Thanks Yair... I hope so too.... I'm glad you like it even if the reflection is not all that great.... Maybe next time you can join, I heard you plan a visit to this area!

Jason Kravitz from Brussels, United States

breathtaking - that grass caught my eye as well - I kind of like the transparency in the foreground and then reflection in the middle (even without the winds cooperation) - as for the big sticky cloud I think it is charismatic and gives this scene a unique element

20 Oct 2011 7:05pm

@Jason Kravitz: Well, thank you Jason :)

Don Smith from California, United States

Beautiful image Maria. I love the painterly feel and look of the foreground grasses - it serves to lead the eye up and through the image.

20 Oct 2011 9:52pm

@Don Smith: Thank you very much Don, your words always mean very much to me

Gary Hart from California, United States

Lovely image, Maria. Thank you for sharing your mountain.

21 Oct 2011 1:14am

@Gary Hart: :))
Thanks much Gary....very honored and surprised of your unexpected visit...

Trina from Pennsylvania, United States

Love the composition with the grass in the foreground...just lovely!

21 Oct 2011 1:27am

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

This is an amazing and wonderful view:-000 Love the movement of the tangle (?)

21 Oct 2011 12:55pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Tout près de chez moi, fnatastique vue du Cervin notre merveille du Valais, avec le Riffelsee à ses pieds, quelle belle iamge grandiose décor et compo bravo.

21 Oct 2011 5:14pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

A masterpiece.

23 Oct 2011 9:39pm

Carol from United States

Of course you can go even without an excuse...just because you want to. Next time you go you might not be as lucky with the weather. Be happy with this wonderful shot.... just in case. I have found that the second time visiting a place does not hold the magic that the first time did.

24 Oct 2011 6:04pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

gorgeous. exquisite foreground

24 Oct 2011 8:52pm

Sandy Weston from Maine, United States

Maria....was this a flooded area? The reason I ask is because of all the grass in the water, that you find around the shoreline.....amazing, wonderful shot...beautiful work!!

27 Oct 2011 12:12am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Of course the eyes fall first on those plants in the water and the "belly dance" they do...absolutely fascinating!
Personally, I like ripples on the water and clouds in the sky, they give an image character! Your mountain here looks charming with the cloud kissing its top!

30 Oct 2011 6:45am

Steven Schwartzman from Austin, Texas, United States

I can relate to the way you speak of "MY mountain." When I'm photographing places I've sometimes also described them like that. Now you've made me wonder how many photographers personalize scenes in that way.

2 Dec 2011 1:39pm