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A wonderful view over the beautiful Blausee in the Kandersteg area in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland.

About this photo: Last summer (July 2008) we went for a trip to Europe and spent about 12 days in the area Interlaken in Switzerland. We stayed in Ruchenbhl in a beautiful Swiss chalet (ferienwohnung) which is about 3-4km/1.8-2.5mi from Interlaken and situated above the Thunersee (Lake Thun) with views of the mountains.

On the 19th of July we visited the Blausee which was about 45 minutes driving from where we were staying. We spent most of the day here and had a picnic along the lake somewhere. We walked one of the trails and enjoyed the many beautiful views.

~Camera Settings:
*Camera Model: Sony DSC-H5
*Focal Length: 7mm
*F-Number: F/8
*Exposure Time: 1/25 sec.
*ISO Speed: ISO-125
*Exposure Program: Aperture Priority (A)
*Exposure Compensation (E/V): -0.3 step

I added some contrast and saturation to this photo to bring out the colours a little more. In the Workshop you can find a different view of this lake. Enjoy!

Thank you for dropping by and I hope you like this photo!
Ann


Some information on the Blausee:
On one of the days that it was a bit cloudy we decided to go to the Blausee (literaly translated: Blue Lake) which is located near Kandersteg. The Blausee is a small lake in the Kander valley above Kandergrund at 887m/2927ft near the river Kander. The Blausee is a Nature Park in the Bernese Oberland. This deep blue lake with its crystal clear water is located in a dreamy, approximately 20 hectare nature park. The trip to Blausee was about 45 minutes driving from Interlaken. It costs 5 CHF to enter the park surrounding the Blausee. With your admission fee you can park for free, enjoy the the beautiful area around the Blausee, several picnic areas, a beautiful river, a unique alpine trout breeding farm, restaurants, hiking trails and boat trips. You can easily spend a half a day or a whole day here by just enjoying this great area. This lake is so pretty blue and crystal clear.

We got quite excited when the lady said that was a free boat trip included with the entrance fee. Of course we thought it was one of those covered motor boats like you do a small cruise on in the Canadian Rockies. Haha, when we got to the lake we saw these little red rowing boats operated by an older man who would take up to 15-16 people around the lake at once. There is a glass bottom in the boat which allows you to see through the boat. Well, it wasn't a boat trip like we had imagined, but we still enjoyed it very much. It was a very relaxing boat ride and you get a different view over the whole area. It's free so why not take advantage of it.

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