One of the iconic mountains of Switzerland, Pilatus can be reached by cable car from Kriens, on the Luzern side, or by what’s billed as the world’s steepest cog railway, from the Interlaken side. On this hazy day at the end of last summer, I peered through a ‘window’ in the tunnel around the summit area, down to Kriens, far below, and the dreamy Lake of Luzern and its floating mountains on the horizon.
I liked the way the overhanging rock above my ‘window’ framed the view below, drawing my eye to the town clinging to the lakeshore before the vista of the lake and mountains opened up beyond.
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Now that is breathtaking!
Yes, isn’t it glorious? One of the most beautiful vistas I’ve ever seen.
Oh, my! Beautiful.
Really is ooh ahh scenery, all around 🙂
It was, Keira … glorious 🙂
Great composition. Foreground detail, middle distance still sharp and love the receeding blue hues.
Thank you David – it’s the receding blues of the lake and mountains I love.
Feels like from another world. 🙂
Well … The top of the world 🙂
This the perfect shot for the theme, Madhu. How lovely! 🙂
All forgiven, and thank you! 🙂
I’m sorry for the “Madhu”. I wasn’t concentrating . 🙂
Now that is a wonderful photo..
Now that’s a compliment I’lll cherish. Thank you 🙂
This should be an award-winning shot… Thank you, Madhu!
I’m glad you liked it Amy 🙂
Wanderlust Gene…this is an impressive composition for the theme. Your natural window to what is below. beautiful.
Thanks so much Lynne :).
A perfect lesson in perspective. What an incredibly beautiful place, Wanderlust.
Mountains: better than the sea, for me!
This is awesome! I’ve been on top of Pilatus in 1974, still remember how high and beautiful it was up there.
1974? I wonder if the old hotel was there still back then? There’s a sleek modern concrete and glass structure there now, of course, and it’s hard to imagine how it would have looked 100 and more years ago when the cog railway first took visitors up. But I loved the sense of continuity with the past that somehow still permeated the place. It was a wonderful day :).
I can’t remember I have taken slides from the top and also the cable car. I can’t have a look because I have not turned the slides over into digital photos. One day maybe! 🙂
i hope you do convert them, but don’t be too disappointed if some of them have aged – I don’t know what incidence to expect, but a lot of mine were purplish, most so badly they’re unusable except as aide memoirs 🙂
Absolutely beautiful, mesmerizing. And you shot it from a moving vehicle. Impressive.
No, shot from the mountain! You can see the lines of the cable car off to the right 🙂
I love being up high, even viewing an image. The vista is amazing.
Yes, I do too, Ella. Interesting though, last year, when I took my first gondola ride and shot from water level, I found I enjoyed that perspective a great deal and have found myself – while not lying down, exactly – shooting from ground level quite often. The pictures can be very interesting.
But to look down from a mountain …
We took that cog railway trip last year. It is such a beautiful part of the world.
Wow – me too, last October! I’d have liked to go down the cable car to Kriens, but of course our car was down the other side and I didn’t like to ask my friend’s ever patient husband to drive around the mountain to find me on the other side!
This is a truly lovely shot!
Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂
That is indeed a super shot. Love the floating mountains. I wonder if they inspired that part in Avatar?
Ummm – I wonder. I’m glad you liked Pilatus, Rachael.
Sensational! Did you change your theme? It looks different and I like all the black! Makes your pictures pop out off the page!
Well, not quite the wilderness shot like yours, Nicole, but it was a glorious view from up there! Yes, new theme – glad you approve. 🙂
Sublime! You keep posting images of places I want to be.
Ummm … it’s one of the great joys of blogging, I think, to be able to augment our travels vicariously 🙂
This is a great picture!!
i’m glad you like it. i took dozens, trying to capture that dreamy horizon, and Kriens clinging to the shore. Sometimes it’s incredibly difficult when you;re a visitor, and only have one opportunity to capture a place.
I got a little dizzy looking down. Gorgeous photo.
I must say i felt no need to get any closer … 🙂
The terrain is spectacular… is this a 2nd entry? 🙂
No … just a bit late, I think.
That’s a fabulous shot TWLG! Love those pastel hues in the distance, and the rugged texture of the foreground! Perfect!
Thanks Madhu – it was a hazy/misty day in late Autumn, and sometimes the town and mountains were almost obscured from view, so i was overjoyed when I went back to this lookout point and to find the haze had lifted a just enough to make out the hills emerging from the blue horizon – a gift. 🙂
Thank you for dropping by. It was the most sublime view down to the lake and mountains below 🙂
To wake up with a view like that is….yes, breath-taking, to say the least! And the way you’ve captured it…made it even more art than it is by nature. Love it.
The views from mountains are fantastic, aren’t they? So glad you enjoyed the shot 🙂