Photographer's Note

A Swiss cow high in the Alps … a lovely place to spend the summer. With the arrival of summer (usually mid-June), a farmer takes his cows strapped in elaborate ceremonial bells as a matter of traditions up to the high meadows. The farmer then turns his attention to making hay. The average farmer has a few huts at various altitudes, each surrounded by small hay fields. The farmer makes hay while the sun shines, and stores it in the huts. At the end of autumn, the cows come down from the Alps and spend the winter munching the hay the farmer spent the summer cutting.

The lake below is Bachalpsee (2265m). In the background from left to right: Wetterhorn (3701 m), Schreckhorn (4078 m), and Finsteraarhorn (4274). Finsteraarhorn is the highest mountain in the Bernese Oberland. It is hidden behind the more famous trio of Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau but if you are high enough from any mountain you can see it from 100 miles away. Finsteraarhorn is the third most prominent* peak in the Alps after Mont Blanc (France), and Grossglockner (Austria).

* In topography, prominence, also known as autonomous height, relative height or shoulder drop (in North America) or prime factor (in Europe), is a concept used in the categorization of hills and mountains, also known as peaks. It is a measure of the independent stature of a summit.

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