The Piz Gloria restaurant on the summit of the Schilthorn in the Swiss Alps on a clear day has to be one of the finest locations in the world. There is a week of the season remaining; my main learning on this trip being that Switzerland closes in November! The restaurant is as good as empty and I’ve been here for five hours; relaxing with a range of alcoholic drinks from beer through to Irish Coffees. I’ve given up counting how many times the restaurant has revolved; I always knew I’d be here for a while. Before I paid my 69 CHF (call it £50) to ascend via cable car at lunchtime, I had already made the decision to take the last gondola down; 18:03. Would it be late enough I wonder; I somehow doubted it, but one can always hope right?
Interspersed between drinks; I brave the cold to take various shots of the scenic alps; mainly toward the Eiger and the Jungfrau. I’m cursing that there is no ‘Kase Fondue’; apparently that’s only available on the winter menu; winter menu; you are having a laugh, I joke with the waitress; it’s minus 10 degrees with an icily cold wind; all I can see is snow; just what do you call winter here? She laughs; and gets me another beer; with a smile.
Come 18:03 and time to leave; I practically need to be dragged to the cable car… The light is to die for; and getting better with every passing second. To someone that has never seen it; the colours that mountain summits transform into in the winter months after the rays have left ‘ground level’ are indescribable; probably barely believable… But this is when I love them the most; when they appear warm and inviting. I will never understand how a place like the Piz Gloria; as beautiful as it is can open up all day; and then miss the magical half an hour where the last light of the day transforms the scene into something seemingly from another world. So it’s with wonder and frustration that I watch the scene unfold on the descent. Fortunately there are some stops along the way; it’s not just one cable car ride to the Schilthorn; and I use every moment I have to catch an image of The Eiger looking it’s very best…
Exposure 1/100 Sec
Focal Length 105 mm
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Lens Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Reference 20101026 – 1700 – Eiger
Location The Eiger, Switzerland