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!

♫ Swissmay 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 - No Vi… on August 24, 2007

Nice shot of an immemorial Swiss tradition.

♫ Swissmay on August 24, 2007

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

♫ Swissmay 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

♫ Swissmay 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.

♫ Swissmay 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

♫ Swissmay on February 11, 2010

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

Warmest regards, May

Swissmay 2 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 ♫ Swissmay
    • 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