These wonderful ice sculptures are a creation of the unsurpassed master: NATURE!
The result of a synergy of water, gravity, wind, ice-cold air and atmospheric light refraction.
IN WINTER WONDERLAND!
Exactly the conditions that prevail during winter in this deep valley in the Swiss Alps.
This is because the rock walls in which it is nestled are so high that no sunlight reaches the valley floor from November to March!
This masterpiece of Nature is the lower end of a huge icefall, that MADELEINE and ERIC call HEAVEN’S GATE!
SEE IT FOR FREE!
And best of all! Its sightseeing is free! For Nature demands no admission fee!
Just a little perseverance, some puff as well as some sweat!
«THE MEDIATOR OF THE INEXPRESSIBLE IS THE ART WORK!»
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
(1749 - 1832)
German poet, playwright, novelist, scientist, statesman, theater director, critic and amateur artist.
The last rays of the sun get refracted at the sharp mountain crests of the Swiss Alps.
IN MAGICAL TWILIGHT!
The heights are now bathed in the magical blue twilight of the nightfall!
Whilst the night has already spread its black cloak over the deep valley.
THE DEEP VALLEY!
This valley is so narrow that from November to March no ray of sunlight falls into it!
Eric discovered it on his forays through the Swiss Alps in summer, as in winter!
ITS ICE FALLS!
Eric knew exactly that in winter we would find gigantic icefalls here, flowing over the high rock faces down to the valley floor!
And particularly, the magnificent Heaven’s Gate with its beautiful ice sculptures, which you know from my photos!
OUR WAY BACK!
Now it's high time to descend into the valley, because the coming night will be bitterly cold!
Because the way back through the deep snow in the forests of the valley will be energy-sapping and take a long time!
But that's the price we gladly pay for the wonderful day we had at Winter Wonderland!
I am so glad to present you this unique beauty, that only can be found in nature!
Cordially welcome in Winter Wonderland of the Swiss Alps!
NATURE CURES MENTAL DAMAGES!
For here at this altitude blows the fresh wind of spiritual health!
All mental sicknesses of our perverse civilization are swept away by him!
SYMPTOM OF SPIRITUAL HEALTH!
You don't get a fuck about politics, politicians and their completely idiotic jabbering about democracy, state of law, human rights, environment protection, renewable energy, blah, blah, blah!
THE GENIUS, BORN IN THE FRESH AIR OF THE SWISS ALPS!
Not far from here, in 1493 or 1494, a boy was born who received the name Theophrastus at his baptism!
This Theophrastus became a genius pioneer of modern medicine, chemistry and pharmacology!
And is till today worldwide known as PARACELSUS!
«All that man needs for health and healing has been provided by GOD in nature, the Challenge of science is to find it.»
I present you this unique beauty, that only can be found in nature!
Here in the winter wonderland of the Swiss Alps!
The stage from which I speak to you is the frozen lake on which I stand!
Can you hear the scary cracking in its ice cover too?
THE SIGNS IN THE SKY!
Have you already recognized the dramatic cloud formations over the mountain ranges of the Swiss Alps behind me?
They are the harbingers of an approaching severe snowstorm!
A BRIEF RESPITE!
Let's use the remaining time before the outbreak of the storm!
And let's rejoice the clear light above the foggy lowlands!
When one returns there, one recognizes that the people there have fog in their minds too!
They believe in the lies of Social-fascist media!
They run after any political puppet, who is nothing else than the useful stooge of some billion-dollar capitalists!
For they love it so much to be cheated through and properly!
THE AMERICAN DECLINE!
Now it's the Americans turn, to get lead by the nose through the ring by an old buffoon!
I'm the mysterious Snow Queen, the Snow Czarina from the far away Siberia!
Far, far eastwards of the river Yenisei that divides Siberia into Western and Eastern Siberia!
AT BLACK DRAGON RIVER!
Somewhere, where the huge Black Dragon River flows that you know as Amur River!
IN HUGE FORESTS!
Somewhere in the endless forests, which I, the mysterious Snow Czarina clandestinely roam!
MY WINTER WONDERLAND!
Forests, which become a gorgeous Winter Wonderland when they are slumbering under a deep blanket of snow.
When billions of glittering little snowflakes dance in the shimmering moonlight through the ice-cold Winter night!
When billions of icicles, which hang on the branches of larches, spruces and pines softly clink with every icy breath of wind!
What an enchanting music that accompanies the swirling dance of the little snowflakes!
THE NOBEL PRIZE LAUREATE!
«NOT EVERYTHING HAS A NAME. SOME THINGS LEAD US INTO A REALM BEYOND WORDS.»
ALEKSANDR ISAYEVICH SOLZHENITSYN - (1918 - 2008)
Author of «THE GULAG ARCHIPELAGO» and «ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH».
He was awarded the 1970 Nobel Prize in Literature «for the ethical force with which he has pursued the indispensable traditions of Russian literature.»
As an outspoken critic of the Soviet Union and Communism, Solzhenitsyn spent 8 years of his life in prisons and forced-labor camps!