Last August we spent a week and a half traveling in Europe, starting in Italy, then to Switzerland, and finally finishing in France. We decided to spend our 4 days in Switzerland staying in the Bernese Oberland region instead of moving from place to place so that we could minimize our time sitting on trains (though the Swiss train system is excellent) and maximize our time out on the trails enjoying the incredible beauty of the region. We arrived in Lauterbrunnen, a small village down in the valley with the peaks of the Swiss Alps rising up above on either side. The high cliffs on either side of the valley were covered with many waterfalls and the grass and other plants in the valley were extremely green. We hadn’t walked more than a minute from the train station (dragging our overly heavy luggage, also seen in the picture) when we had to stop and take in the picturesque view; the charming buildings of the main street of the town with the cliff rising sharply from the valley below, a waterfall plummeting down the face of the cliff. Photos just can’t capture how awe inspiring the landscape in the region is but that didn’t stop me from trying.
Backup Backup Backup!
Most who read photography or technology websites have heard this a dozen times. You need to backup your data because hard drives do fail, laptops do get stolen, and a multitude of other things can and do happen. If it does happen, is your data backed up? Many people say yes, even though they’re not as careful as they should be. I hadn’t backed up the contents of my hard drive in a couple weeks, I hadn’t put a whole lot new on it per se however I had edited quite a few photos in the past week and the JPEGs were not yet copied onto an external drive. Then, this afternoon, the blue screen of death appeared on my screen. Tried restarting, nothing. Tried again, nothing. Tried unplugging and pulling the battery out, nothing. Starting to get a little worried at this point. Finally, tried the Windows recovery option. It said it may take several minutes to complete. Twenty minutes later it was still stuck on the same screen. Almost half an hour later Windows started successfully and I sighed in relief. As you can imagine, the first thing I did was grab the external hard drive and copy everything over that hadn’t been backed up. Take this story as a reminder that it could happen to you and make sure everything important of yours is backed up.
Today’s Photo – Between The Avalanche Barriers
I spent four days in the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland this past August with my wife. The views there were beyond words, the hiking trails more numerous than could be hiked in a month, and the beauty beyond that which a camera can capture. Not that it kept me from trying. On the morning this photo was taken we had taken the train to Jungfrau, Top of Europe. After taking the train back down to Kleine Scheidegg, we began the beautiful hike to Mannlichen. We arrived in Mannlichen to find that we had missed the final cable car going down to Wengen, our destination. This left us facing a long hike down incredibly steep terrain. There were rain clouds in the distance, the trail was extremely narrow (maybe a foot wide), and the beginning part of the hike was borderline dangerous. All that said, it was the most memorable hike of my life with the most breathtaking views I’ve ever seen. This photo was taken early in the hike as we wound our way back and forth between the massive avalanche bridges, their presence a constant reminder of how steep the terrain was and how careful every step we took must be.