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I will start with a picture of the entrance to the Ice Palace. It is located at around 3810 meters above see level. The entrance is rounded, like a tube, and takes you under the ground. As you can see, the architecture it is more functional than esthetic.

Ice Palace #1/20

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This photograph is taken at the same moment as the second picture above, just the Matterhorn peak is zoomed a little bit to give you an idea how hard it must be to climb this holy of “holies” …

Matterhorn #3/26

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.

Albert Einstein
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This photograph might give you an idea how the Gornergrat (on the right) is situated. It is also connected with Hohtälli via cable car. On the photo you can also see a little black box between the two stations – that is Stockhorn.

Surrounding Mountains #25/28

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Their intention was to have various ambient light color in different sections of the ice cave. I think in the end it was a good idea and makes the palace charming!

Ice Palace #19/20

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I took this one during the afternoon. The funny thing is that I saw a very similar photo on a postcard down in a Zermatt shop. I guess we both intended to have a larch on the foreground :~) …

Matterhorn #4/26

Snowflakes are one of natures most fragile things, but look what they can do when they stick together.

Unknown

The mountains are calling and I must go.

John Muir

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.

John Muir

The mountains will always be there, the trick is to make sure you are too!

Hervey Voge
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On this picture you can see a typical image of a very strong WEST wind. The cable-cars and chairlifts were closed with only one T-lift open in the Matterhorn glacier paradise.

Matterhorn #14/26

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.

T.S. Eliot

Not all that wander are lost.

Unknown
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A typical local inhabitant living in the Matterhorn surroundings. Usually you can see their foot (hoof) prints but rarely the animal.. :~) (Shot at 300mm effective focal length.)

Other Photos #2/10

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I really love nature and photography and when I have a bit of luck one photo can make me happy for weeks and months. This lovely bird is pretty much the case and it has been nesting on my desktop as a wallpaper for a while..

Other Photos #1/10

Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.

Gary Snyder