When the primroses are flowering in the wild meadows, then you know that spring is on its way. I decided to take a walk yesterday afternoon. The sun was shining, temperatures were comfortable and my camera needed feeding. Mr. Swiss had volunteered to give the kitchen a deeper clean. I always did it on Tuesday afternoon, just a half hour job, but he decided to take the job over a month ago and I am pleased. He does not mind and I have more time to go places and see things.
I decided on a trip to the local castle, but this time I took my 18-105 lens: not so much zoom, but better for closer photos – see above photo taken in the meadow in front of the castle.
It is a longer upward path to the castle, but I managed it ok, stopping for a few photos on the way. There is the most perfect view of Balmflüh, straight ahead on the photo and part of the first chain of the Jura from our direction. Somewhere halfway up the mountain in a village known as Niederwil, is the place where Mr. Swiss was born and grew up.
I have at last discovered the ideal way to take photos when you need a stick for support in one hand. If I am alone it can present problems. I would suspend my cane on the opening of my winter jacket and with both hands hold the camera. However, when walking with a light jacket, and later when the warmer weather arrives there will be no jacket, what can I do? I tried leaning the cane against my body, but it falls and I have to pick it up afterwards which is also a problem for me.
I have now discovered the one hand method and it works perfectly. I am glad I got myself the Nikon D3000 last year as my older Nikon D7000 was heavier and larger. Now I found I could hold the camera in my right hand, focus and take the photo with the right without having to support it with both hands. I know it sounds complicated, but it is very easy and I no longer need to find a place for the cane. I am so happy. I can put up with a lot, but my pleasure in taking photos was a little spoilt by this silly walking problem. Now I can do it again normally with no inconvenience.
When I reached the castle at the top of the hill, I decided to relax on a bench and recover from the climb to the top. You are rewarded with wonderful views over the Bernese middle land with a few villages in between. On a clear day you can see the alps.
What I really wanted to do was walk a little further and visit the back part of the castle where the entrance is for the public, when open, and a few other views were available. I had recovered enough energy so gave it a try. Although it was again upwards, not so much. I passed their vegetable garden on the way, and their veg had already started to sprout.
I stayed awhile taking photos. There were about 5-6 benches placed in stratigic positions so I did not have to use so much energy for the photos. Just relax on a bench and shoot, it was ideal. I was alone except for a few people that worked there. A colleague of mine actually works in the castle in the accounts department. It seems to be similar to running a business if you work in a castle.
After a photo session, I decided it was time to go. I did not want to find a worried Mr. Swiss when I arrived home. On the return journey I heard the local church chiming the hour, so I was in good time, although I could not really run if I was late. I discovered walking downhill was easier than up. It was a wonderful afternoon and branching out on my route was a pleasant change. I did not take a photo of the castle, but to soothe your curiosity here is a photo I took from a distance.
Today I have a quest in the local supermarket to fulfil. Food must be bought and I also want to buy a nice little potted plant for my front garden table, something in the way of daffodils probably. I can replant them in the garden when they have finished flowering.
Now is the time to go. Since having my new iPad I can complete my messages from the bed which is no problem, as I am awake in any case. I can write my blog afterwards and in the meanwhile have discovered that for my colleagues across the pond I am probably an hour earlier due to daylight saving or whatever.
Enjoy the day those that a shovelling snow, that will also melt eventually. Always look on the bright side.