mb - Sumiswald mit ehemaligem Spital

Selected for Google Maps and Google Earth

Comments (10)

Ian Stehbens on November 21, 2007

May, I have a background in urban geography and therefore am most interested in shots such as this. It still amazes me that much of Europe has so carefully controlled the development of the villages and towns that agriculture and urban abut. Sadly in Australia and USA, for example, the urban centres are surrounded by so much speculator land and sprawl. And I am glad to see that plenty of your images are being selected for Google Earth. Thanks for being such a gifted contributor. Ian

May M. B. (Swissmay) on November 22, 2007

Hi Ian, thank you for your very nice comments! You do me a too big honour! There are so many gifted photographers here inclusive you, that I am very happy to learn.

Urban geography is a subject, I am interested in as well, though it was only a little part of my studies in architecture. We have strict regulations as what and where and how buildings may be erected. I guess, the difference to the USA and Australia comes, because 1. our settlements in Europe have been growing slowly over centuries and 2. because our space is very limited. For the last two or three decades the towns and villages have expanded raidly, understandable, when you imagine, that the population in Switzerland was 4.5 Millions in 1945 and now 7.3 Millions. Such a high percentage inside so little time is getting a problem and we have to plan carefully to keep areas free for nature.

We put great value to keep our woods, which cover 1/3 of Swiss ground. A lot is used for the lakes and of course of the mountain and glacier regions, where no one can live and one part for agriculture. So there is little left and we have to consider carefully about the urban planning.

Greetings, May

lipito6 on April 14, 2008


May M. B. (Swissmay) on April 15, 2008

Thank you Lipito! :-) Greetings, May

May M. B. (Swissmay) on June 24, 2009

Merci, Domi! J'aime bien aussi les villages qui semblent être part de l'environment. Mes meilleures voeux pour ta journée! Ton amie,


May M. B. (Swissmay) on January 1, 2010

Thanks a lot, Marrycurry! All my good wishes to you for a happy 2010! Greetings from Switzerland, May

P. Sanjuan on March 19, 2010

Ay, Ay!..Que "joyita" de pueblo, es precioso!!!, gracias por traerlo hasta aquí en esta foto tan guapa..y yo que tengo debilidad por los pequeños pueblos...!! Un abrazo amiga. --Paco--

P. Sanjuan on March 19, 2010


May M. B. (Swissmay) on March 24, 2010

Gracias por visitar, querido Paco! Me alegro que las fotos te gustan! Wasen y Sumiswald son dos pequeños pueblos, tienen una administración enjuntos. Gracias por la YS! Un abrazo, May

Ian Stehbens on January 26, 2011

Dear May,

Your words are precious, your thoughts are imbued with humility and compassion, and your empathy is profound. I have printed what you have written and will treasure it.

As we have "travelled together" from the west coast of Ireland through Emmental and The Engadin and as far as 'Eua, always your thoughts have either intertwined with mine or they have sparked new ideas. Always your conversations on the journey have been appreciative, as is your excellent photography!

Appreciatively and humbly,


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Photo details

  • Uploaded on July 6, 2007
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by May M. B. (Swissmay)
    • Taken on 2007/05/10 10:38:31
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/500)
    • Focal Length: 46.30mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO64
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash