Swiss Alpine Meadow in Winter Time

Winter landscape featuring fresh snow and a chalet in the Swiss Alps

Swiss Alpine Meadow in Winter Time
January 18, 2012 Johan Peijnenburg
In Photography
A winter image of an alpine meadow, featuring snow-covered spruce trees, a barn, a chalet and Grand Muveran mountain in the back. (Johan Peijnenburg)
28mm – f/11 – 1/200sec – ISO200 – D3x with 24-70 f/2.8

Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius. ~ Pietro Aretino

It’s been a while since I last posted. I have been enjoying the Winter season with family and friends in the past few weeks and spent a lot of time outdoors for shooting as well. Been doing that on snow shoes a lot: a terrific way to get to places you would otherwise not discover!

The winter image above was shot during a hike near Villars-Sur-Ollon in Switzerland, close to the Col de la Croix in the canton of Vaud. It features an alpine meadow in winter time with snow-covered pine trees and two typical Swiss barns. In the background you see a mountain called the Grand Muveran (3051m).

Comments (135)

  1. Kev Isabeth 6 years ago

    Very nice!

  2. is it real ? 🙂

  3. Well-dressed firs!..Attractive place

  4. Beautiful shot!

  5. Author

    Yıldırım, Елена and Emanuele: thanks. Glad you like it 🙂

  6. Cho Tang 6 years ago

    Schitterend Johan! Is het koud in Zwitserland?

    • Author

      thanks! Het is best koud ja. Pakken met sneeuw gehad in de afgelopen weken 🙂 Hoe is het in NL?

      • Cho Tang 6 years ago

        relatief koud de afgelopen dagen rond -4 in de ochtend en avond, maar is op zich wel een lekkere afwisseling. Zolang het maar niet zo blijft 😉

  7. Peter Vooijs 6 years ago

    Johan beautiful scene time for winter Holliday

    • Author

      thanks. Hope you are doing well, all things considered!!

      • Peter Vooijs 6 years ago

        Johan I’m standing on my feet again next week I will be in Milan for photo shoot.
        Looking forward to work again!

  8. Simon Morris 6 years ago

    Wonderful shot Johan – it’s good to see you back

    • Author

      glad to be back! Been gone for a bit longer then anticipated, but that was also quite refreshing 🙂

  9. Ada M 6 years ago

    this is superb!

  10. Johan Swanepoel 6 years ago

    Wow Johan – magic scenery and perfect capture

  11. Bill Wood 6 years ago

    Very nicely composed. Idyllic. Thanks for sharing, Johan

  12. Sangeeth VS 6 years ago

    Lovely capture, Johan!

  13. great shot!

  14. Beautiful, Johan. Framing is great, all the lines leading the eye through the scenery. Thank you!

  15. Sarra Robinson 6 years ago

    That is so beautiful!

  16. Author

    Johan: thanks. I love Winter … and Rhino’s 😉
    Bill: thanks for the compliment Bill!

  17. Author

    Sangeeth, Ulrike and Sarra: thank you!
    Wilfried: thanks 🙂 Would be a great location for a Swiss photo walk as well!

  18. Dave Pattinson 6 years ago

    Great leading lines and composition!!! Fantastic image!!!!

  19. David Herreman 6 years ago

    Wonderful shot Johan ! 🙂

  20. John G Moore 6 years ago

    Nice one Johan. Would love some snow like that here! 😉

  21. Author

    Thanks David !
    John: I’ll send some over. We had loads 🙂

    • John G Moore 6 years ago

      Great! 😉 I’m holding you to it mind! ;)))

      • but isn’t is so that rain fits much better in Glasgow?

        • John G Moore 6 years ago

          It’s not called Raintown for nothing! 😉 but man you get sick of it… it keeps the ducks happy though! 😉

  22. Michael menefee 6 years ago

    Tis wonderful, making me wish I was there to enjoy a nice hot chocolate and the view over a good book. ;-))) Great image my friend!

    • Author

      …. or some vin chaud Michael. Thanks for the compliment and for stopping by!

  23. Joel Tjintjelaar 6 years ago

    Hi Johan, good to see you back! Now that’s a beautiful winter shot! Great way to make a comeback.

  24. Athena Carey 6 years ago

    Lovely winter scene Johan 🙂

  25. Daniel Ewert 6 years ago

    It has been years since I hiked in the Swiss Alps…thanks for sharing them!

  26. So beautiful! I would really enjoy snow shoeing too!

  27. Author

    @Joel: Good to be back 🙂 Thanks for the compliment. I might post the B&W version of this later …
    @Athena: thank you 🙂 This area is great for combining skiing and shooting btw !
    @Daniel: you’re welcome! You should do it again one day!
    @Patricia: thank you very much! Snow shoeing is fun and great for photography 🙂

  28. Andy Kennelly 6 years ago

    that’s a beauty Johan!

  29. Kurt Harvey 6 years ago

    Gorgeous Winter scene Johan! So fresh and crisp. Our poor mountains are still naked here but hopefully some snow starting tomorrow.

  30. Nicholas Ong 6 years ago

    Nice shot. The snow looks soft & fluffy. Yup, Switzerland is in the bucket list too!

  31. dene' miles 6 years ago


  32. Gerard Charnley 6 years ago

    Good to have you back Johan. Looking forward to seeing those snow shots!

  33. Sumit Sen 6 years ago

    Great shot, Johan.

  34. Author

    @Nicholas: thanks, yes Switzerland and the Alps are definitely worth a visit 🙂
    Thanks Dene’ and Sumit!
    @Gerard: thank you and likewise!

  35. John Dunne 6 years ago

    Wow, that is picture postcard stuff Johan. We unfortunately saw no snow this year in Ireland. I was so hoping for a repeat of last years weather,

    • Author

      Thanks John! It’s all or nothing a bit here as well. It depends a bit on where I go. The snow line has been around 1200 for a while now. below we had lots of rain and above loads of snow 🙂

  36. Ben Locke 6 years ago

    stunning scene. I haven’t been to the Swiss alps since my teens, but I loved it. Send some snow this way 🙂

    • Author

      Thanks Ben! You should definitely visit again! I’ll send over what I can spare … i kinda like the landscapes over-floaded (?) with snow though 🙂

  37. Kerry Murphy 6 years ago

    This is beautiful and bright, Johan. It looks like a fabulous day. I’ve always wanted to snow shoe. I would have to travel to find snow worthy of it. Especially this winter.

    • Author

      Thank you Kerry! Hope all is well except for the lack of mountains and snow 🙂

  38. Neil Camara 6 years ago

    Another excellent winter shot my friend!!!

  39. Charles Lupica 6 years ago

    Johan beautifully captured. Easily a postcard, brochure, or ad for the winter beauty of Switzerland.

  40. Philipp Weimer 6 years ago

    100% Winter, gut getroffen 🙂

  41. Author

    Thanks Charles! I guess you don’t have snow in Neuchatel at the moment?
    @Philipp: danke! Es war eine sehr hübsche Umgebung dort in Villars-Sur-Ollon mit sehr viel Schnee 🙂

    • Charles Lupica 6 years ago

      rain, rain, and more rain on the way. Even the Jura near us is getting nothing but rain. We had planned to spend the weekend up there but now we’ll wait until tomorrow and see if it changes to snow.

      • Author

        that’s a pitty. I would still love to come over to do some shooting with you and to have a beer. Would be nice if there would be some snow near the lake!

        • Charles Lupica 6 years ago

          I’m curious. This is perhaps the first of your images that I’ve seen that doesn’t have a NiO watermark on it. Is there a reason or is this just an oversight ?

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 6 years ago

            it does have a watermark Charles. It is just not that visible on top of the snow. I do a watermark by default.

          • Charles Lupica 6 years ago

            OK, I see it. Yes I heard that the great and wonderful Thomas won’t include anyone that thinks it prudent to add a watermark / copyright to their images.

  42. Johan, congrats to #PlusPhotoExtract ! Well deserved!

    • Author

      Thanks Wilfried. I just noticed and congrats to you too for your inclusion!!!

  43. Tim McAdam 6 years ago

    Congrats Johan !
    Beautiful view!

  44. Davorin Mance 6 years ago

    Congratulation on top12 Johan . You deserve it.

  45. Author

    Tim and Davorin: thank you both!!!

  46. What brilliant, beautiful light. Excellent work!

  47. Craig Szymanski 6 years ago

    Very nice! Looks like a great place to play in the snow.

  48. Harry Kikstra 6 years ago

    Great winter shot Johan! It’s 30 degrees here and I already miss the snow 🙂 Looking forward to the rest of the series.

  49. Author

    @Craig: thank you! I was tempted to add a snowman for foreground interest, but decided I liked it how it was 😉
    @Harry: you’ll get plenty of white stuff in 4 to 5 months no? Glad you liked it!

    • Craig Szymanski 6 years ago

      Haha! We just got a few inches of snow where I am so I’m off to play 🙂

    • Harry Kikstra 6 years ago

      True Johan! I might actually be in Europe May-July, but ski season here starts 2nd week of July and lasts to September 🙂

      • Author

        were will you go to in Europe?

        • Harry Kikstra 6 years ago

          First Madrid and then ‘home’ to show my family in NL their newest family member 🙂 Won’t have time for Ch probably. Where are you located?

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 6 years ago

            I’m located in Gruyere Harry. That’s in the west just above lake geneva in the pre-alps …

          • Harry Kikstra 6 years ago

            Of course, I should have known, that’s where I as a fellow kaaskop would go as well 🙂 Enjoy the winter and share some more pics!

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 6 years ago

            The cheese fondues here are awesome Harry! I just have to make sure that I hike enough to not grow too fast. Having mountains nearby helps 🙂 Will be posting more in the course of the week. Did a lot of shooting the last few weeks …

  50. I love your beautiful shot and the quote is a perfect combination! Wishing I was there too, perfectly wonderful!

    • Author

      Thank you Louisa! I’ll be hunting for scenes like this again tomorrow. Wanna join?

      • I would love to, that is so tempting Johan! You are so near to me when I am staying in Tirano!

        • Author

          You could always join a Swiss photo walk when you are near Louisa. There is one almost twice a month nowadays. Just drop me a message when you are near and want to participate 🙂

          • That is fab Johan, thank you so much! I am free again from the end of March to come to Switzerland, looking forward to it! You are a star 🙂

  51. Hope OHara 6 years ago

    love this Johan..what a beautiful winter play ground.

  52. Scott Horwath 6 years ago


  53. shane holsclaw 6 years ago

    gorgeous! love the grand trees and the beautiful mountains in the background! that looks like some deep snow!

  54. Mikko Tyllinen 6 years ago

    Fantastic fairy tail! amazing view! very beautiful!

  55. Author

    Thanks Hope , Scott and Mikko and thanks for stopping by!
    shane: yep, we got loads of white stuff around here at the end of 2011 🙂

  56. Beverley Aston 6 years ago

    Well as I’m now over here in hot Sunny Cape Town seeing this beautiful scene of snow brings a welcome chill, beautiful clear, well composed shot showing the scenery off to it’s best Johan..:)

  57. Dan Ballard 6 years ago

    Looks like a place I want to be!!!

  58. Author

    Thanks Beverley and Dan !!!

  59. Carsten Kopp 6 years ago

    Beautifiul snowscape !

  60. jens Ceder 6 years ago

    Lovely snowscape Johan!

  61. Author

    Thanks Carsten and Jens. Hope all’s well!

  62. Ron Clifford 6 years ago

    I love the view and the pristine snow!
    We just had a few short days of snow. I did get out to photograph it thankfully as it rained right after the trip. worst winter for lack of snow I recall:(

  63. Meg Rousher 6 years ago

    This is so Beautiful 🙂

  64. Sarah Hampton 6 years ago

    Love this image, looks like a peaceful and relaxing place. Nice work Johan!

  65. Vicki Wilson 6 years ago

    Beautiful composition, so lovely there!

  66. Author

    @Ron: thanks my friend 🙂 Winter is rough here depending on how high you are.
    @Vicki: thank you for the compliment!

  67. Author

    Thanks Meg and Sarah !

  68. Patrice PVK 6 years ago

    I haven’t see a real snow flake this year (yet)… Nice photo Johan, I like the framing.

    • Author

      That’s a pitty Patrice. Guess you are in wrong part of France for that. Thanks for the compliment. Hope all is well!

      • Patrice PVK 6 years ago

        Everything is fine in this part of the world, thanks 🙂 Hope you are ok too!

        • Author

          Yes, thanks Patrice. A bit too busy, but with good things so that’s ok 🙂

  69. Yasmin Simpson 6 years ago

    Just lovely image!

  70. Randall Sanger 6 years ago

    Your portrayal of winter is indeed beautiful, Johan! What a fantastic scene and image! Love the view of the Grand Muveran in the background.

  71. Michael Anderson 6 years ago

    Wow! This is indeed how I picture winter in my mind – far from my reality of winter in Los Angeles. So beautiful and peaceful. Great work!

  72. Milena Llieva 6 years ago

    Beautiful Winter photo…Love it!

  73. Какая чудесная зима! Качество снимка великолепное! Каким фотоаппаратом Вы снимали это?What a wonderful winter! Picture quality excellent! What camera you filmed it?

  74. Author

    Thank you Milena 🙂
    @Ирина: thank you. I shot this with a Nikon D3x.

  75. Paul Turkowski 6 years ago

    This is a very beautiful landscape photography Johan.

    • Author

      Thanks Paul. Glad you like the view of Switzerland in winter time 🙂

  76. David Burns 6 years ago

    Love you winter scenes Johann, do you go to these areas year round? I can also imagine this shot in spring with green grass and wildflowers in the meadow,I bet the air is so fresh up there.Really nice,thanks for sharing.

    • Author

      Thank you David. I do spend a lot of times in the mountains regardless of the season. I can’t get enough of it 🙂

  77. Marija Falina 6 years ago

    i am a bit jealous of you living in the mountains. 😉 wanna go there and have a nap in that hut.

  78. Filip Farag 6 years ago

    Very lovely!

  79. Iva Pas 5 years ago

    fantastic view!

  80. Que maravilla ver este paisaje nevando , es espectacular y muy buena foto .Un cordial saludo .

  81. Benjawin Jaiklom 4 years ago


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