mb - 15.12.08 - View to the Bernese Alps - Sumiswald - mit Blick auf Berneralpen

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Comments (11)

Hank Waxman on December 27, 2008

I think I really would have like to really enlarge it a lot in order to enjoy the fine detail that seems to be there. It's a beautiful shot, May, but you know how some of us like to spend time with interesting, detailed photos.

Best regards,


Larry Workman QIN on December 28, 2008

Grüezi May.

This is a fine winter image that projects the coldness. Wish I could see it in a little larger format.

Das ganze Beste zu Ihnen im Neujahr, Larry

Margrit M. Berger (S… on December 28, 2008

Okay, Hank and Larry, I'll put later a similar one I have in a larger scale :) Thank you both very much! All my best wishes, May

tommy38 on December 29, 2008

Paesaggio di grande respiro, tutte molto belle le tue foto May, Buon Anno, ciao Tommy

Margrit M. Berger (S… on December 31, 2008

Tommy, grazie per il grande complimento! Un felice anno nuovo! Ciao, May

Ian Stehbens on January 2, 2009

I feel for the horses... and I hope there are no outdoor football matches scheduled for the high school team.

I love the Emmental, May, summer or winter and Sumiswald has become indelible, thanks to you.

I have another odd question. Is there a (historical) cholera portion in the Sumiswald cemetery?

Warmest regards,


Margrit M. Berger (S… on January 4, 2009

Dear Ian, thank you very much for your kind words and for your interest in my Emmental photos.

The ponies are from the North and they have a very thick coat, so they don't mind the cold. They have the free choice to stay inside or out, just as they wish.

I don't know anything of a cholera portion in a cemetery round here. In Switzerland the tombs in the cemeteries are cleared after 30 years and the last cases of cholera probably have happened more than a century back.

In the church of one side of my ancestors in a small village near Thun is a long list of inhabitants, who died of the Spanish influenza in 1918.

And Sumiswald/Wasen is famous for the novel of Jeremias Gotthelf, 'The Black Spider' written after a legend of the middle ages, when the plague killed half of the population in 1349 and again in 1434, when the men, who survived, found room enough to sit around the still existing table in the Guesthouse 'Baeren'. That's how the saying goes.

Best wishes, May

Anna Popova (Annushk… on January 4, 2009

Great view. Very nice picture.


Margrit M. Berger (S… on January 5, 2009

Anna, thank you very much! May

Ian Stehbens on February 7, 2009

Dear May,

You may be wondering why I would ask such an out of the blue question about a cemetery. Looking at Sumiswald and poring over GE images again, I saw the cemetery. This brought back the memory of aerial images on some Swiss company's calendar, years ago, in which there were some lawn sections that had not been used for burials (for around 90 -100 years, I understand from inquiries I made at the time). Such areas in some cases became more like memorial grounds and have persisted. I have since seen such in some German cemeteries.

But your answer has opened up some very interesting new learning for me and new understandings. Thank you for taking such care with a left field question and generously responding. It is very much appreciated.

And I still love the image. It is indelible.


Margrit M. Berger (S… on February 9, 2009

Thank you again, Ian, for your return and interest! I'll ask the gardener of the cemetery next time I see him, and I'll take some photos of cemeteries - I guess I have even some in the archives. The only thing I know, is, that there is a limit for the height of tombstones, which I find rather democratic. Finally after death all are the same.

Best regards, May

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on December 27, 2008
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    by Margrit M. Berger (S…
    • Camera: Panasonic DMC-TZ3
    • Taken on 2008/12/15 13:29:37
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 16.90mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.700
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash