December 21, 2010 – Grand St. Bernard Pass

Grand St. Bernard Pass

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

It’s been awful sleepy around these parts lately, hasn’t it? I mean, I know that Will is sitting there hitting refresh over and over and over, waiting for me to put something else up here, but the rest of us have been checked out for awhile. Something about the holidays, blah blah. And, don’t get your hopes up too much, I’m telling you now that this will be the only post this week. I don’t want to put all that wear and tear on my keyboard if Will is the only one reading it.

Anyway, today’s picture comes from Grand St. Bernard Pass, which lies right on the border between Italy and Switzerland. Rumor has it Napoleon marched his army through these parts back in the day. Actually, that’s not a rumor at all, it might even be true. There’s a monastery right at the summit of the pass that’s been here for hundreds of years, and yes, that’s where they breed the dogs of the same name (the ones with the fictional barrels of brandy or whatever around their neck, that (non-fictionally) are intended to rescue people caught in avalanches and such. ) Thus, the cross. The cross isn’t intended to endorse any particular religion or anything, but since it’s the time of year for Christian holidays, and I live in a predominantly Christian society, this is the kind of thing that I (and now you) get to see all over the place. Actually, I should be slightly more specific: that cross is TOTALLY intended to endorse a specific religion. However, the PICTURE of it isn’t, nor is the inclusion of it here on this blog. There, everybody on the same page now? Cool.

So, enjoy your holidays! Or, at the very least, enjoy the latter part of December! I’ll see you all on the flip side.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300mm lens. 1/400s, f/6.3, ISO 100. Focal length: 42mm.

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  1. avatar
    Will December 24, 2010

    I hate you because I have no witty comeback. Damn IP tracking.

  2. avatar
    Bill Hess December 27, 2010

    Hey Dave – Nice shot – and one with a great deal of personal meaning here. From my blog, you have become familiar with my son, Jacob and my wonderful daughter-in-law, Lavina. You also know they have a St. Bernard – Muzzy.

    Lavina fell in love in St. Bernards when she was child growing up on the Navajo reservation.

    After my son fell in love with her, he took her to St. Bernard and there proposed to her.

    I will make certain that they see your picture.

    And thank you for the note on my blog.

    A whole new year is about to begin!

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      Dave December 27, 2010

      I am indeed familiar with those folks, through your narrative, but I had no idea about the link to St. Bernard Pass, that’s awesome! A fantastic place to propose, it’s true. I only had a few minutes there as we were driving through, but it’s definitely on my list of places to make it back to, to spend more time.

      And yes, here’s to the new year!

  3. avatar
    Linda W. Whitacre September 15, 2011

    “Anyway, today’s picture comes from Grand St. Bernard Pass, which lies right on the border between Italy and Switzerland. ”

    It’s nice to see some amazing pictures on the internet once in a while. Just like the Grand St. Bernard Pass you are featuring here in your post. The history and story behind the place makes it even more special.

    I know that the star of the picture above is the cross, I am more drawn to the breathtaking scenery in the background though.

    Linda W. Whitacre

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    Richard October 12, 2011

    Beautiful photo. I have visited Switzerland a few times, Zurich and Geneva and always try to get some hikes in … I will have to try the Pass when I next go over …

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