The Oak, winter in the Swiss countryside near Gruyères

A photograph of a foggy winter landscape in B&W, featuring an old oak tree, a farmhouse and a group of trees in the Swiss countryside near Gruyères.

Gruyères, Switzerland
January, 2015
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Camera & lens

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED

Camera settings

ƒ/8, 1/80s, ISO 64 and 32mm

Size original

7909 x 5272 pixels


This fine art photograph of a winter landscape in the Swiss countryside was taken near the medieval town of Gruyères in the Swiss canton of Fribourg. The old oak tree in the photograph is one of the interesting landmarks there.

Trees like this are great photography subjects, especially on misty days in wintertime. This specific scene is unique, because of how the oak tree stands out and against the foggy background. In the back, you see the fading silhouette of a farmhouse and a group of trees. As a result, this fine art photograph of the Swiss countryside has a beautiful minimalist look and feel. Without a doubt, the black and white presentation adds to that. Less is often more! Despite the fog, there still was some sunlight coming through. The dusting of fresh snow on the oak tree is a nice bonus because it gives the tree even more character.

Check out the photograph titled An Oak with Snow, to see a square version of this Swiss countryside winter landscape.

Please visit the Winter & Snow photography theme for more snow landscapes with trees like this one. Alternatively, check out our Black & White Photography portfolio for a selection of B&W photographs from all over the world. Furthermore, The Countryside photography theme might be of interest to you. It showcases many more photos taken in the Swiss countryside.

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1 comment for The Oak, winter in the Swiss countryside near Gruyères

  1. Beth Fisher

    I like this one even more than the square version you published recently. Just a touch more interesting 🙂

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