Saturday, July 9, 2011

Celebrating the 4th of July in Luzern, Switzerland!

Brandon and I headed to Luzern, Switzerland for the 4th of July weekend and fell in love with this city!  Besides the fact that the city (and country) are ridiculously expensive, the city was so beautiful and clean, and just wonderful!  Luzern is one of those places that is just so easy to enjoy and you actually feel like you are on a vacation.  We were lucky enough to meet up with one of my photography forum friends and her husband, and we took a trip up to Rigi Kulm (over 1700 meters elevation) for some photos and sightseeing.   While it was a bit hazy, the view was amazing and it was great to be able to talk photography with someone and get some tips from a fabulous landscape photographer.
The first photo is one of my favorites from the vacation and was taken right outside of our hotel.  I love this photo because I think it captures the serenity and beauty of the city and reminds me of our wonderful time there.  It was really a fabulous vacation for so many reasons!
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                                        and then, she {snapped} 
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These are from the top of Rigi Kulm. 
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Even with the gorgeous landscape, I still broke out my macro lens to get this shot of this crazy flower.
ETA: My wonderful husband found out the name of this flower, it is the Round Headed Rampion Phyteuma orbiculare! 
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15 comments:

Scott said...

What a great series of photographs. Just beautiful. Love that first photo, very cool.

Caroline said...

All your photos are like postcards, just stunning!

Anne U said...

Beautiful landscape photo, really like the black and white one, the processing is gorgeous.

Frostbite and Sunburn said...

Stunning landscape in this area.

Your picture of the bridge reminds me that I have actually visited Lucerne - t'was such a long time ago though when I was backpacking at 18!

Thanks for sharing these.

Admin said...

One thing... it's all worth the viewing.. I'm so glad I came here... Thanks for the free tour. :P

I just followed your blog.

And oh, did you happen to know the name of that crazy flower up there? It's gorgeous!

My entry is up here:

http://www.thedtour.info/2011/07/scenic-sunday-floating-fishermans-house.html

ayearinmyshoes said...

Beautiful shots! I love the 1st one and the macro flower. Really lovely!

Anna said...

Beautiful photos! All artfully composed. My favs are the 1st (love B&W) and the macro. Looking forward to viewing more of your work as a new follower:)

Ewa said...

amazing views, great photos!!!

Linda Makiej said...

Beautiful captures.... :)

Joyful said...

Amazing photos. Just like postcards I would buy.

Rena said...

Congratulations on winning the FPOTW contest! Indeed, lovely photos in a gorgeous place, I'd love to visit there.
I'm enjoying getting to see the work of SO many great photographers as entries are sent in to the FPOTW. I entered for the first time last week and I think I'll try again. :)

Rena
http://anaspinkroses.blogspot.com

Ashley Sisk said...

How did I miss these - these are absolutely stunning. WOW!

rachel said...

just lovely. I love the black and white version.

Christy Peffly said...

These are all really great! Love the colors. Thanks for linking up at Skinned Knees.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Beautiful photos! You sure travel around, how lovely!