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Ralph Waldo Emerson

This photo was taken with an old camera in 1990, while I was traveling around (backpack style) with Scott Leland – this must be the Castle St-Germain. We were around the area of Gruyere in Switzerland during that time and I think this may be in that vicinity. We went to see the cheese factory and saw how Swiss cheese is made – and we saw the museum with the unique art of HR Giger.

I’ve given this picture some photoshop treatment



A self-taught, passionate photographer and writer – I love capturing beauty through the eyes of a camera. I have self-published 13 books, all non-fiction except one. My books are real life human interest topics that I feel are worthy of reflection.


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  • Istvan froghunter
    Istvan froghunterover 3 years ago

    Fabulous capture Charmiene!

  • thanyou so mcuh!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynover 3 years ago


  • thankyou Guenda!!!!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Dawn M. Becker
    Dawn M. Beckerover 3 years ago

    This is gorgeous Charmiene, what a great capture :o)

  • thankyou Dawn!!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • hootonles
    hootonlesover 3 years ago

    Such a delightful image

  • billyboy
    billyboyover 3 years ago

    Gruyere is the most amazing place… not only in that the whole town actually smells of cheese…
    But HR Giger, who designed the horrific monsters and scenery from the Alien films, bought a small castle just outside the town cenetr and turned it into a museum of his art. I’ve never seen a more fantastic exhibition in a more unlikely place.

    Your take here is beautiful and totally captures the essence of the area.
    You are truly blessed to have seen, and captured so eloquently, so much of this wondrous planet :-)

  • Hi Billy, YES it was great, I saw that museum of art – even tables and chairs were designed in montser like shapes – what an amazing place that was – I must go again because I was there in 1990.

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökover 3 years ago

    Awesome work, dear Charmiene!

  • thankyou Bela!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • EvaMarIza
    EvaMarIzaover 3 years ago

    Wow-what a place :)))

  • canonman99
    canonman99over 3 years ago

    wonderful landscape and subject

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous work Charmiene

    JUSTARTover 3 years ago

    beautiful shot

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