Walking in a Paintbox

So many colours! All shining between snow and sun.

Alpine meadow Jun 19

Hurried breakfast, out on the trail. It is a switchback – what could be more Swiss? – and it is fragrant, pine sap perfume leaking from a thousand trees. Red squirrels flit between them, much darker here than their lowland kin.

Red squirrel CH Jun 19

The Matterhorn is veiled – clouds encircle it, as if entranced. Somewhere to my right are the misshapen summits of the Monte Rosa massif, western Europe’s highest mountains after mighty Mont Blanc. It is always winter up there, and even ten thousand feet beneath the Rosa, the snow is yet to die.

Trail 50 waterfall and snow Jun 19

Waterfalls infuse the Vispa River with glacial glow. But the meadows sparkle on with every colour in the paintbox.

Mountain houseleek

Mountain houseleek CH

Globeflower

Globeflower CH

Yellow alpine pasqueflower

Yellow alpine pasque flower CH

Alpine aster

Mountain aster CH

Every forgotten bank and unnamed corner is as rich as England’s best SSSIs. Up to eighty species of plant per 100 square metres – this is a garden of wild things, stretching onwards for mile upon mile.

Zermatt meadows1

The trail has not ended. Many hours have passed. Time to pause and reflect.

9 thoughts on “Walking in a Paintbox

    1. Thank you Belinda πŸ™‚ I’m still somewhat stunned that I’m posting photos of Switzerland. I booked it less than 24 hours before arriving! I had to cancel another holiday at very short notice, and while looking for other ideas, thought about the Alps. So glad I did – it was a truly wonderful adventure.

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    1. Hello Robin! Thank you – it was an amazing experience to walk in these legendary meadows. The Swiss Alps deserve all their fame.

      By the way, have you changed your blog address? I’ve been looking at Robin’s Daily but noticed that you haven’t updated it recently – just wanted to check that you don’t have another site that I’m missing! πŸ™‚

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