Personally I find the mountains far charming a place during summertime. Don’t get me wrong, I love a crisp winters day as much as any hardened English girl, although I find that during the colder months, a less…wholesome crowd tends to gather. During the summer, the snow has melted and the collagen and fur has long gone. Perhaps the most enchanting aspect of Switzerland in May is the juxtaposition of snow capped mountains against the acid green pastures and the comforting sound of cowbells and crickets. The Lauenensee (two lakes in the Swiss canton of Berne) is one of the most spectacular sites i’ve ever encountered and far more dramatic than anything you’d see covered in snow. The spiky fir trees and jagged cliffs contrast with the softness of the wild flowers and the mirror like lakes shimmer in the early summer sun – it’s landscape like this when you can truly appreciate how both aggressive and fragile the natural world is. I wanted to share these photos – although i’m not particularly sentimental, this was a spine-tinglingly awesome afternoon and I think it’s important that we’re able to appreciate what we already have as opposed to what we want once in a while. Unfortunately my snaps don’t do it justice. Have you any idea how difficult it is to fit all that drama onto a broken iPhone camera? Whether you’re a city slicker or a bone-fide country bumpkin, it’s very difficult not to be moved by such over-whelming natural beauty.