The fool on the hill sees the sun going down...
I was on a hill and the sun is going down. This is the same area as the other day's wild flowers; they grew just over this ridge. The photo was taken from a room in a hotel on a hillside in Adelboden, Switzerland.
Some Romans walked by here a long time ago, happy that they would not have to face such steep grades as they had behind them. It's easy going to the furthest limit of the empire from here. I know; I've driven the route many times.
The web company has offered a new feature, so I decided to test it on unsuspecting readers. I can now offer slideshows (just what everyone loves, especially if they include photos of someone else's vacation).
Because it's so grey outside my hospital window, I thought a a bit of color might be nice. If I look closely, I can spot the first forsythia, but the promise of spring and summer needs a boost. To that end, I offer a collection alpine flowers (notice how I sneak in some vacation snaps?), taken on the mountain above the Rhone Valley (runs left to right in mid-distance, below the mountain range) between Leukerbad (visible in second photo) and Adelboden. This is along one of the earliest routes through the Alps used by the Romans (first photo shows the path up the mountain). One can still walk up and down, but I rode a cable car (cables visible in second photo). I prefer to imagine Roman suffering to experiencing it. As one can see (third photo), this area is above the tree-line, so only hardy vegetation can survive. Don't even think about asking a question about flora types: I'm not a botanist.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.