Black and White – Eiger & Jungfraujoch railway

The Aletsch Glacier, the largest glacier in the Swiss Alps runs for 23 km (14 miles), from the peaks of the Jungfrau, Monch & Eiger Mountains. For many years I had visited the base of these three mountains. In 2008 I took the Jungfraujoch railway, which traverses these mountains via a tunnel to this top col (saddle), and came upon this glorious inner mountain glacier. Originally a color photo, I converted the color to Black & White and cropped the layout to “stretch” the photo to give less sky and a feeling of more rocks and mountains and greater length to the glacier. This more accurately fits the feeling I experienced when I was up there at 12,000 feet. (If you look back to my post for Jungfrau gebeit this photo is posted in color and not cropped. In color the focus is on the station to the left, while here I am trying to get you to focus on the distant mountains and run of the glacier. The only problem with the photo is the lack of definition in the snow of the glacier in the forground just beyond the large rock. This is because everything is so white with no contrasting undulation).

A look at the Jungfraujoch railway tunnel entrance under and up into the mountain to the Jungfrau station at far upper right with the Monch mountain in center. The rail journey takes about an hour with a half-way stop inside the Eiger mountain to look out the tunnel windows down 5,000 ft. onto the face of the Eiger. The Eiger was featured in the movie Eiger Sanction with Clint Eastwood in the 70’s. Every year in June & July young men loose their lives climbing the face of the Eiger.Something about mountains attract us all.

Eiger nordwand

Photographs copyrighted by Jean-Bernard Cabana (c) 2012.