Hiking in Switzerland, ctd


On the mountain ridge, known as the Pfannenstiel (or pan handle), behind our village is a nice, easily accessible hiking trail. On one side you can see Lake Zurich, and on the other the Greifensee, another beautiful body of water. Mostly, though, you see wooded areas with an occasional farm and obligatory cow.

Early this morning I took the dog and my new camera to the top – 853 meters (2799 feet) – and walked. I thought the fog and lack of sun would ruin my chances for good photos, but fog, as it turns out, can be a photographer’s friend.

Am I a photographer? Well, yes. I own a camera, and I have viewed a few tutorials on YouTube. How much is there to know?


Quite a lot, actually. Getting aperture, shutter speed, and ISO to work together, plus focussing, plus keeping the dog out of the shot – all of that requires a fair amount of skill and patience. I’m learning.


I’m also aware now – in a way I never was previously – that photographs often get a great of attention in the post-production phase. In other words, once I’ve downloaded them the real fun begins. There is so much that can be done to a photograph after clicking the shutter that I have become suspicious of every photograph I’ve seen in the last 20 years.


In addition to the walking and picture taking, there was time to think and pray. I also managed to think through my sermon for tomorrow, as well as my faith and science class. Oh, and I yelled at the dog a couple of times too, which felt good. Happy wandering!

About Doug

I have been a writer ever since fifth grade when I won second prize in a “prose and poetry” contest. I am also a Presbyterian pastor, and for several years toward the end of my career I lived and worked in Zürich, Switzerland. I am now retired and live just north of Holland, Michigan, along the lake.


9 Responses to Hiking in Switzerland, ctd

  1. Susan October 4, 2014 at 4:22 am #

    Please don’t yell at my dog!

  2. Jodi October 4, 2014 at 4:29 am #

    And you should let the dog be in some photos too!

    • Doug October 4, 2014 at 11:51 am #


      • Lizzy October 4, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

        More pics of Sammy! Don’t yell at moms dog!

  3. David Taylor October 4, 2014 at 11:38 am #

    What’s type of camera did you get? A DSLR I presume?

  4. Doug October 4, 2014 at 11:54 am #

    Nikon D5100, David. Am old enough to remember film, but glad to able to delete 90 percent of what I take. Are you a photographer?

    • David Taylor October 5, 2014 at 12:13 pm #

      Very nice! Yes, I enjoy photography, but I’m no expert. I have a Nikon J1 and a Canon D30 DSLR.
      Switzerland is a beautiful country so I’m sure you’ll find lots of inspiration for your new hobby.

  5. Rev. Andrew Gifford October 8, 2014 at 5:08 pm #

    I like the cow with the ear ring.

    • Doug October 9, 2014 at 2:10 am #

      Hadn’t noticed the ear ring before. Thanks for that. Am disappointed by the lack of a cowbell which is a Swiss tradition – enormous, deafening (for the cow as well as humans), decorative cowbells.

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