Thursday, 24 July 2008

SKYWATCH Friday


Please click on photo to see whole panorama.

Furkapass with view to Grimselroute. Switzerland, Holidays September 07;

Driving over some connecting mountain passes, Versamertobel, Ilanz, Disentis to Andermatt; Oberalppass 2044 m, Furkapass 2431 m, Grimselpass 2165 m, Sustenpass 2224m and Klausenpass 1948 m .


Oberalp Pass (Romansh: Alpsu or Cuolm d'Ursera, German: Oberalppass) (el. 2044 m.) is a high mountain pass in the Swiss Alps connecting the cantons of Graubünden and Uri between Disentis and Andermatt at.
The
Rhine springs from a source nearby (Tomasee).
Oberalpsee is located 20 m below, in direction of Andermatt.

Furka Pass (el. 2431 m.) is a high mountain pass in the Swiss Alps connecting Gletsch, Valais with Realp, Uri.
The
Furka-Oberalp-Bahn line through the Furka Tunnel bypasses the pass. The base tunnel opened in 1982 and replaced a tunnel at 2100 m.

Grimsel Pass (German: Grimselpass) (el. 2165 m.) is a Swiss high mountain pass between the valley of the Rhone River in the canton of Valais and the Haslital (upper valley of the Aar river) in the canton of Bern.
It is located near the source of the Rhone at the Rhone Glacier. Also in the area is the Grimsel Test Site.

Susten Pass (German: Sustenpass) (el. 2224 m.) is a mountain pass in the Swiss Alps. The pass road, built from 1938-1945, connects Innertkirchen in the canton of Bern with Wassen in the canton of Uri.

Klausen Pass (German: Klausenpass) (el. 1948 m.) is a high mountain pass in the Swiss Alps connecting the cantons of Uri and Glarus. The pass road from Altdorf leads through the Schächen Valley, the pass and Urnerboden to Linthal in Glarus.
According to legend, the border between Glarus and Uri was determined in the year
1315, following prolonged disputes. The two cantons agreed that at first cockcrow, two runners would start from Altdorf and Linthal, respectively, and the border would be where they met. The people of Glarus decided to feed their cock well, so that it might be sympathetic to their cause, while the people of Uri gave theirs nothing to eat at all. The result was that the Glarus cock overslept, while the Uri one, driven by hunger, crowed exceptionally early, and the runner of Uri crossed the entire Urnerboden before the Glarus runner even set out. On the pleading of the Glarus runner, the man of Uri agreed to let him carry him back uphill as far as he could, and the present border between Uri and Glarus is where the Glarus runner fell dead.
As well as being a popular route for cyclists and motorcyclists, the Klausenpass also forms part of the
Alpine Pass Route, a long-distance hiking trail across Switzerland.
In 2008 the pass was included on the parcours for the "
Tour de Suisse" as a 25km time trial on the western side from the town of Altdorf. It was the penultimate stage and was was won by Czech rider Roman Kreuziger for team Liquigas in a time of 1 hour and 22 seconds. His winning of this critical stage handed him the yellow leaders jersey which he held onto following the last stage from Altdorf to Bern the following day, resulting in overall victory. Wikipedia






Enjoy Skywatch Friday!



Photo. T.S.07

27 comments:

bobbie said...

This is a truly beautiful photograph. What amazing country.

You're very early with your Sky Watch photo today. I came across it in answering your comment on my post. I'm glad to meet you.

Jane Marie said...

This is truly an amazing view!

Nancy J. Bond said...

An interesting history, and certainly a beautiful sky!

Marie said...

Beautiful photo!

The post with the old photos on my blog is about my grandmother on my father's side. She and my grandfather died before I was born. Me and my husband went on a road trip last weekend and we visited the place my grandmother lived as a child for the first time.

Kanak Hagjer said...

Clicked on the photo and drank in the beauty!

Old Wom Tigley said...

Sorry for this copy and paste comment but I need to check all the links work , I also wanted you to know I've been here and seen your post... thank you for joining in with us this week I hope you enjoy the fun of it all. I will try to get back over the next day or two and see how your Sky Watch went on

Tom :O)

as minhas fotografias said...

great photos!!

April said...

A magnificent view of sky and mountain passes! I enjoyed your interesting Sky Watch post!

JennWasHere said...

Very picturesque sight! I love it so much!

Hope you can hop to my SWF picture HERE, too! Happy weekends!

Petunia said...

Lovely shot with an amazing view!

Julie said...

This goes on forever, doesn't it Titania. Wonderful photograph. And all those roads winding, winding, winding. Nothing like that here in Oz.

Thank you for being such a faithful visitor.

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Beautiful, beautiful landscape and photograph; a very lovely Sky Watch! I enjoyed your most informational narrative.

SandyCarlson said...

That is astonishing. Just beautiful.

Rachel* said...

this is a beautiful image of the mountains!! im very impressed!

Jump Back! said...

What a beautiful place!

babooshka said...

Spectacualr shot and very informative.

Titania said...

Thank you Marie.

Rose said...

What a view! I bet it would be awesome to see this in person.

Whitney said...

Absolutely beautiful photo!! The sky and scenery are amazing! And very interesting post!

Katarina i Kullavik said...

This is impressive - makes you a bit humble by the power of nature, doesn't it?
/Katarina

Greyscale Territory said...

Wow! That is a panoramic shot! Love it!

Raven said...

Gorgeous photo. I love the legend. Very funny story to be attached to such incredible beauty.

juliana said...

that's an amazing photo!

Barbara said...

Immer wieder ein Genuss, dieses Panorama bei schönem Wetter! Super Aufnahme!

HaBseligkeiten said...

....frei wie ein Vogel fühle ich mich, wenn ich ab und zu die Gelegenheit habe in den Bergen zu sein. Der Ausblick, die Stille und die wunderbar würzige Luft.......himmlisch. Ein schönes Erinnerungsphoto für mich,
liebe Sommergrüße,
Heidi

Titania said...

Danke Heidi fuer deinen Besuch.

Arija said...

Loved discovering your blog with lovely memories of the alps. Your snow drops (Schneegloeckchen - Galanthus nivalis) so hard to come by in Oz, are impossible to grow in NSW except in a special coolhouse. What you have are commonly called snowflakes (Maerzenbaecher - Leucojum vernum), but sentimentally just as evocative to an ex-pat European. Happy gardening!