This week, I ventured into the Swiss Alps exploring creeks for future fishing trips.
The forecast predicted that a cold front is coming in from Sunday to Monday, but in the morning it should be fine. Therefore, I planned a quick trip into the Bernese Swiss Alps. The aim was threefold. First, I wanted to check out the creeks for fishing. Secondly I needed to wear in my new Lowa hiking boots because my military boots were not that suitable in Patagonia. Thirdly I was not outdoors for too long. Thus, I undertook this mini-exploration.
Yet, I was not fully aware of how cold it is in the mountains and was surprised by fresh 6 Celsius degree. Shorts was definitely a bad choice. Arriving at the train station, I checked the bus schedule. Given that the valley is pretty remote, the bus does not service all stations throughout the year. The plan was to hike into the valley and take the bus ride back. However, the bus station at the end was out of service. Hence, I had to adjust my route to this changing conditions and shortened it accordingly.
Exploring creeks in the Swiss Alps
Even though this was a creek exploration, I did not take my fishing gear with because I had not that much time and I did not know the conditions of the river. During the bus ride I wished I had taken it with me just for a quick session, but as soon as I saw the creeks I knew it had been the right decision: Both were blown out due to the meltwater and the recent rain.
I continued my journey deeper into the forest. The snow topped mountains looked magnificent and the clouds gave the scenery a moody touch. Given I had not had breakfast yet, I took a break with goat cheese, bread and the DJI Mavic Pro. The quick drone flight to get a view of the surrounding, revealed a surprisingly beautiful composition.
At the lake – or rather what once was a lake – I went to the waterfall first, but the views from below were not that amazing. Then I walked around to the other side. The meandering creek looked amazing from the ground but what would it look like from a birds view?
A known face
From far away I saw another man standing with a white controller in his hands. Shortly after, I hear the familiar sound of a drone. Walking up the the guy, it turned out to be Martin Maegli the professional photographer who made the blog Naturbild – Check him out!
He is a very likeable person and is open to talk about gear, compositions and travels.
While I took some more drone shots, he set up a timelapse after I pointed out the fast-moving clouds.
When I finished my drone flight, he took the last shot for his short timelapse sequence and then suggested to drive me down to the train station. I happily agreed.
Thanks Martin for the ride it was a pleasure to meet and talk with you.
Although the waters were not fishable at this time, I am convinced this place will make a beautiful fly fishing trip on another day with less meltwater.
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