View toward Kilchzimmer and Ankenballen, waiting for fog to clear.

View toward Kilchzimmer and Ankenballen, waiting for fog to clear.

It’s only February and we’re already planning ahead for Kilchzimmer’s next Christmas card because when the time comes to print the card (Oct.) we don’t usually have snow at Kilchzimmer.

There are challenges to getting a photo of Kilchzimmer in great light (morning or late afternoon), fresh snow on the ground, clear skies, and being available.

When we first moved to Switzerland, a Swiss told me that if I didn’t like the weather, wait five minutes – it’ll change!  Weather here is hard to predict.  So it’s no wonder that this morning was my third attempt at getting a good winter photo of Kilchzimmer from either the high vantage point of “Ankenballen”, or from the pasture on the opposite hillside.  The Ankenballen hike was treacherous with deep snow and a steep icy climb up rocks, so I didn’t want to risk slipping off the cliff again.

View towards Langenbruck, standing near the Kilchzimmer saddle.

View towards Langenbruck, standing near the Kilchzimmer saddle.

Today I went for the view from the hillside pasture with the advantage of having a path blazed through the drifts from my last photo excursion.  All this was a last minute decision, arriving at the office this morning dressed for sitting in a cozy building.

Pasture across from Kilchzimmer, waiting for sun to burn the fog away.

Pasture across from Kilchzimmer, waiting for sun to burn the fog away.

The fog hadn’t lifted but you could see the blue sky through the haze. That gave me an hour to hike and get in position.  The hoarfrost falls off the trees as soon as the sun cuts through the fog.

View of Kilchzimmer and Ankenballen, waiting for fog level to drop.

View of Kilchzimmer and Ankenballen, waiting for fog level to drop.

I had my gear set up and only had to wait a few more minutes for the dramatic shot – when the fog line would drop below Kilchzimmer.

View towards Kilchzimmer and Ankenballen, waiting for fog to clear.

View towards Kilchzimmer and Ankenballen, waiting for fog to clear.

Suddenly waves of fog rolled in again.  My perseverance turned to stubbornness as I stood there for two hours waiting for the fog to drop into the valley.

I needed to take my mind off of freezing toes, so I occupied myself – even resorted to taking my very first “Selfie”!

My first "selfie".  What you do while waiting for the fog to clear and take your mind off of freezing feet.

My first “selfie”. What you do while waiting for the fog to clear and take your mind off of freezing feet.

I finally returned to the office with no winter photo of Kilchzimmer.  At least I got some much needed exercise, a few scenic photos, and a selfie!

Time to get psyched up for attempt #4 at a Kilchzimmer Christmas card photo – as soon as we get fresh snow, clear skies, and great light.