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Steeple Rising Above Swiss Town

Taking a train across Switzerland and into the Alps was a pretty cool experience. I enjoy train travel in general, but doing it as beautiful countryside passes by is definitely a perk.

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Bottle Caps

While in Switzerland, we wandered to a pretty spectacular cave (Trummelbach Falls) where glacier water roars through a river system deep within in a mountain.  Upon exiting, there was a small snack-shack near the parking lot where one could grab a bite to eat or a bottle of beer, while reliving the awesomeness of nature one had just witnessed.

In this snack-shack was a small bucket of bottle-caps. Since I like images with a lot of things tightly bunched, I asked the girl behind the counter if I could take a picture.  She looked at me and said, “Picture?  Take the whole bucket with you?”

I just took a picture.

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Swiss Alps

This past weekend I was in St. Louis, Missouri and I watched people take pictures.  For whatever reason, most people used their camera phones to captures once-in-a-lifetime images.  I realize that camera phones have really, really advance through recent years, but there is one strange difference between camera phones and an actual digital camera: Orientation.

Cell phones are designed to be held vertically (taller than wider), while cameras are designed to be used to capture horizontal images (wider than taller).  Since our eyes are set side-by-side versus one-on-top-of-the-other, our bodies are more comfortable with horizontal images.

Sometimes the horizontal/vertical argument is moot because that’s what the intended image is designed for, like the picture above.  While in Switzerland, I was trying to get everything in the picture more compressed, to show “a little slice of Switzerland” with the home, Swiss flag, mountains and clouds.

The point in all of this is sometimes in life things are planned, and other times things are not planned.  I don’t think that’s a secret, but I am curious if we’ll see, in the next 10 years or so, vertical pictures more prominent in society because they’re being taken with a cellphone’s camera.

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Swiss Village

Our train ride from Zurich to Gimmelwald, Switzerland was absolutely majestic.  We took the “scenic route” there (during the day) and the speedy route home (at night).  This is one of the towns we passed along the way.

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