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Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale

Murren, Switzerland

Location: Murren, Switzerland
Murren is a small village town located 5,413 feet above sea level. it’s inaccessible by car. It took two aerial lifts to get there. From Lauterbrunnen Valley, we rode the cable car going to Gimmelwald and then switched over to another cable car to Murren.

I think Emily Dickinson will be happy to be here even if she doesn’t venture out. From the window of her hotel room, she’ll have a spectacular view of the village and surrounding alps to serve as her inspiration.

For those who like to roam around, the clean mountain air provides the perfect setting for adventure and exploration. If there’s a caveat, distance can be deceiving. Expect that going from Point A to Point B will likely be farther than initially thought. This is especially true when hiking uphill. Good luck! Don’t scale back! If a rookie like me can do it, so can you.


The Angle of a Landscape —
That every time I wake —
Between my Curtain and the Wall
Upon an ample Crack —

Like a Venetian — waiting —
Accosts my open eye —
Is just a Bough of Apples —
Held slanting, in the Sky —

The Pattern of a Chimney —
The Forehead of a Hill —
Sometimes — a Vane’s Forefinger —
But that’s — Occasional —

The Seasons — shift — my Picture —
Upon my Emerald Bough,
I wake — to find no — Emeralds —
Then — Diamonds — which the Snow

From Polar Caskets — fetched me —
The Chimney — and the Hill —
And just the Steeple’s finger —
These — never stir at all —

– Emily Dickinson


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October 14, 2017 at 9:20 am 12 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth

Lauterbrunnen Valley
Location: Lauterbrunnen Valley, Switzerland

I’ve been to many places in the world, but the Alps hold a special place for me. While many are attracted to the beach and the sea, I’m more of an earth person.

I love to hike. I’m drawn to the mountains and the spectacular views that they provide. Funny, but it could be attributed to my Neanderthal ancestry. According to a recent DNA test, it’s measured at 3.2% which ranks in the 99th percentile among the population tested.

Hiking is one of the simplest of pleasures. It shouldn’t be intimidating in the least.

Perhaps this poem by Yang Sa-eon (1517-1584) that I saw at the Korean exhibit in the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. can inspire you:

The mountain may be high,
But it is still below heaven.
Climb and climb again;
Everyone can reach the summit.
Only the man who never tried
Insists the mountain is high.

I think the best strategy is to choose a trail that you’re comfortable with and start walking putting one foot in front of the other. You’d find the journey is its own reward.

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May 6, 2016 at 5:36 pm 12 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Future

Wild Flowers
Location: Lauterbrunnen Valley, Switzerland

I took this picture of wild flowers to remind me of a future, that ten years ago, I couldn’t even imagine. It was hiking in the Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland in 2014. It was a great experience that I would always cherish. Needless to say, I expect more trails to explore before I finally go to sleep.

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April 8, 2016 at 11:49 pm 6 comments

Wordless Wednesday: Frozen

Location: Schilthorn Summit, Switzerland

March 21, 2016 at 12:24 pm 2 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Seasons

Time and Relativity
Location: Murren, Switzerland

It was the greek philosopher, Heraclitus, who once said that change is central to the universe. Nothing stands still. When everything is in constant motion, the best that we can do is to live in the moment and enjoy the ride.

For this week’s challenge, let me share you a picture that I took in Murren, Switzerland along with a poem I’d written sometime ago.


as seasons come and go
that now i know
life is a series of hellos and goodbyes
a cliche but so true

sometimes i think
of what could have been
of the past
that won’t come back again

sometimes i wonder
of what it’s been
of the present
that brings unexpected things

sometimes i dream
of what it will be
of the future
that seems distant to me

but this i’m certain
without you there is no heaven
that now i know
as seasons come and go


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February 19, 2016 at 3:38 pm 14 comments

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