Zermatt in the Evening


Sometimes I think about the nature of looking forward to something.  This is good, you know, looking forward to things.  And sometimes I wonder if it is as good as the thing-itself.  Okay this is a weird subject… stick with me…  like, for example, spending all day looking forward to eating a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies is on par with actually eating the cookies.  Know what I mean?  Or did I already lose you.  Because when you look forward to something, you get a little excited about it.  And them, if you add up all those little excitements, it roughly equals the amount of excitement you actually get from the thing itself.

I don’t know why I’m talking about this.

Daily Photo – Zermatt in the Evening

This is one of my favorite times of night while traveling.  It’s that blue dusk after a long day.  I’m hungry and tired and just trying to capture a little bit more light before finding some food for the night.

This is the town of Zermatt, a cozy little mountain village nestled up in the Alps.  It’s charming and filled with all the sorts of things you would hope would fill a little mountain town.

Zermatt in the EveningThis is one of my favorite times of night while traveling.  It's that blue dusk after a long day.  I'm hungry and tired and just trying to capture a little bit more light before finding some food for the night.This is the town of Zermatt, a cozy little mountain village nestled up in the Alps.  It's charming and filled with all the sorts of things you would hope would fill a little mountain town.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this entry at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PRUZYIT5ASYXVXKFIVWVXFTL4U Susan

    What a beautiful town! I love that blue dusk color too! I know I feel the same way about looking forward to something – on the other hand, when I am dreading something, it usually turns out alot better than I expected!

  • Anonymous

    Trey, you’re making me homesick again….. Beautiful picture. I hope you had some fondue for dinner.

  • http://www.facebook.com/edenbrackstone Eden Brackstone

    Yea, you lost me… My brain ain’t working today though :-(
    I had to look twice at the photo, as the surrounding landscape looks a lot like Queenstown. You know where Skyline sits atop the Gondola? Very similar…

  • http://soldierswifecrazylife.com Julie

    What a cute little village!

  • http://blog.ahles.nl/ Patrick Ahles

    I think sometimes the thing itself doesn’t live up to it’s expetations… So the looking forward thing is – sometimes- even better!

    Great picture, the blue dusk is gorgeous.

  • http://blog.ahles.nl/ Patrick Ahles


  • Casper van Zyl

    Love Switzerland,lived in Luzern for 3 months and those little villages are very nice and people so friendly.

  • Anonymous

    I love that time in the evening too.  Just before the last rays of the sun are gone.  Nice village, terrific photo.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MrAndyBird Andy Bird

    I love these elevated views – it’s something I would like more opportunities to have a go at.
    I also like these small European towns – the always look so traditional(?). Maybe that’s not the right word but that’s the only one I can think of right now.
    As for ‘The Thing’ I usually keep a nice trip or a project  on the cards to keep me motivated. With no trip happening this year and my latest DIY project completed I need something new. I’m thinking about a dog – probably a pug – to give me something to work towards. Surely that can’t end in disappointment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cliff.baise Cliff Baise

    I know exactly what you’re talking about. My “thing” lately has been reading The Name of the Wind…. until I finished it a few days ago (level me up!) The last couple of days, something was def. missing so I downloaded the sequel as to continue my vicarious adventures through Kvothe.

    I’ve been loving your LA shots and am planning to see you in Monterrey. Tell Tom I said, “Aloha” as you continue your IRL adventures around the world!

  • http://mandjadventures.blogspot.com/ Michele

    It’s called “antici…pation”.  Summed up so well by Dr. Frank N. Furter in the Rocky Horror Picture Show:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlwnbcxBuzI&feature=related

  • http://twitter.com/thesharpestshot thesharpshooter

    My grandmother used to always say that the anticipation of something is the most fun.  She used the example of Christmas.  The build up of Christmas and the feelings you get for a good 2 weeks prior to the actual day actually outweigh the feeling of the day. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4N3U5UT4VPUPB2O3YNMKW46VBY Gail M

    Wow, great photo of the city and the mountains, love it.  Have a great day, Trey.  Thanks so much!!

  • http://www.batteredluggage.com/ IPBrian

    I totally get what you are saying…its Christmas syndrome.  The anticipation makes for greater excitement.  I ordered a new RRS tripod…I didnt realize they forge the darn thing special for me.  The anticipation is killing me!  SO want before SXSW!

  • http://twitter.com/wbeem William Beem

    Trey, is this the chocolate talking?

    I enjoy looking forward to something.  I was looking forward to a sunrise shoot this morning, but it didn’t work out quite right.  Central Florida was socked in with fog.  On one hand, that was fantastic.  Very different than I expected, but still something I’ve wanted to shoot here.  Part of me wished I was in a different location (That Portofino Bay shot in the fog I’ve wanted since seeing your shot there), but I was OK with the scene before me in the fog.

    Things don’t always turn out the way you anticipate, but if you keep a good attitude, you kind of get two happy moments out of one.

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Wow – glad you like the book as much as me :)

  • Trey Ratcliff

    hehe – thanks everyone :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=601684471 Marjo Aho

    I like everything about this image except the cyan sky. I’d like to look at the town, but my eyes insist on wandering to the sky. I think the image would be stronger if the sky would be a more realistic color. 

  • Scotty Graham

    Love your first paragraph, Trey….I totally get it…you crack me up, though! Hey did you ever hire a DOP for your upcoming adventure that I am sure you are looking forward to?

  • Matthew Lusk

    Yep Trey, I understand “the thing”. It is dang near unexplainable, yet overwhelmingly obvious at the same time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001717830037 John Richardson

    I’m with you on the looking forward thing…yes it is a little hard to explain. But it is all part of the “thing’s” experience!

  • MelC78

    I just love your work. It’s just AWESOME.

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