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mb - Nationalfeiertag Höhenfeuer - 716th Birthday of Switzerland

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Ryan Calhoun on August 21, 2007

Beautiful shot. I think you captured the heat as well as the color!

And such an event! There is a saying about the difference between Britain and the US, that they think 100 miles is a long way and we think 100 years is a long time. The part about time would be the same for all of Europe, I suppose. A belated Happy Birthday to Switzerland! I just have no concept for history going back that far. The Natives where I live were nomads, so aside from a few arrowheads, the oldest things I get to see are mid 1800s. To me that sounds old. I can't even consider 1300s! You're lucky to live in such a place.

And in case I forgot, I really like the photo!

Margrit M. Berger (S… on August 21, 2007

Thanks Ryan! It's very rare that I go to see anything like this. But this place is not even 10 minutes from where I live. People from the little hamlet and anybody who wants, gather for a barbecue and on the hill - a few minutes to walk - the fire is lit as a symbol of the times all the centuries back, when they used the fires on the hills as a signal for the fight for freedom. From this special hill we were able to see 18 other fires as far as to the snow mountains. But then there is a lot of noise and smoke with firework which I usually try to avoid.

And besides we live today! What is human history, in comparison to our Earth's history? May :)

©polytropos on August 24, 2007

Nice shot of an immemorial Swiss tradition.

Margrit M. Berger (S… on August 24, 2007

Thanks Polytropos! Am 1. August scheinen wir alle etwas pyromanisch veranlagt zu sein.

Margrit M. Berger (S… on June 25, 2009

Domi, merci! C'est le feu pour l'anniversaire de la Suisse au 1. Août.


MaCello on August 17, 2009

Sali ♫ Swissmay, tja mit Feuer habe ich etwas Mühe, uns ist am 14/12/06 das ganze Haus aus- und abgebrannt, siehe Bilder, krass oder? Seit da habe ich ein Feuer- und Rauch-Trauma... HerzGrüsse, MaCello

Margrit M. Berger (S… on August 20, 2009

Macello, das mit dem Brand tut mir sehr leid. Ich habe deine Bilder auf der Mac-Seite gesehen, schrecklich, wenn alles zerstört wird.

Liebe Grüsse, May

Vesnelle on October 5, 2009

Was this taken at the village where we went on National Day when I first arrived in Switzerland? If not, it certainly brings back memories of that day.

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

Dear Vesnelle, thank you so much, I am happy to hear from you! Yes, it's exactly at the place where we stayed. They have a bonfire there every year.

I hope you and your family are all well! A month ago I was on our "traces" in the Grisons - you must have "heard" me thinking of you! :)

Warmest wishes to you and your family,


Hazel Coetzee on February 11, 2010

May - yes I think this fire may just be big enough to toast your haybale marshmallows!! In fact it would just incinerate them completely!!!!

I love the way you have caught the movement and hot colours here - it is magnificent. Well done my friend! I don't blame you for avoiding the crowds, smoke and noise - Sarel & I do the same here, we watch from a distance - but those 18 other fires must have been a lovely sight, all ablaze in the night.

Warmest wishes, Hazel

Margrit M. Berger (S… on February 11, 2010

Hazel, my friend, thank you so much! Yes, those "marshmallows" might get too hot! ;))

Warmest regards, May

Margrit Berger on August 4, 2011

Dear Vesnelle, another year has past since we met. I often think about you and hope you and your family are well. My warmest wishes, May

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on July 23, 2007
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    by Margrit M. Berger (S…
    • Camera: OLYMPUS OPTICAL CO.,LTD X-2,C-50Z
    • Taken on 2004/08/01 21:49:58
    • Exposure: 0.025s (1/40)
    • Focal Length: 18.02mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.500
    • ISO Speed: ISO160
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash