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“When you look up at the sky, you have a feeling of unity which delights you and makes you giddy.” ~ Ferdinand Hodler, 1853 – 1918

At the foot of the Petit Saleve ~ Hodler, 1893

Lake Geneva from Chexbres ~ Hodler, 1904

Lake Geneva from Chexbres ~ Hodler, 1905

Lake Geneva with Savoyerbergen ~ Hodler, 1907

Elger, Monch and Jungfrau in Moonlight ~ Hodler, 1908

Evening mist on Lake Thun ~ Hodler, 1908

La pointe d’Andey, vallee de l’Arve (Haute-Savoie) ~ Hodler, 1909

Hilly Landscape with Ravens, in the Bernese Oberland ~ Hodler, 1910

Lake of Geneve ~ Hodler

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Yesterday’s summer rain recalled a favorite chapter from E.B. White’s One Man’s Meat…his poetic telling of an afternoon thunderstorm at the lake is a timeless summer story ripe with imagery and childhood memories…hope this brightens your Monday afternoon!

“One afternoon while we were there at that lake a thunderstorm came up. It was like the revival of an old melodrama that I had seen long ago with childish awe. The second-act climax of the drama of the electrical disturbance over a lake in America had not changed in any important respect. This was the big scene, still the big scene. The whole thing was so familiar, the first feeling of oppression and heat and a general air around camp of not wanting to go very far away. In midafternoon (it was all the same) a curious darkening of the sky, and a lull in everything that had made life tick; and then the way the boats suddenly swung the other way at their moorings with the coming of a breeze out of the new quarter, and the premonitory rumble. Then the kettle drum, then the snare, then the bass drum and cymbals, then crackling light against the dark, and the gods grinning and licking their chops in the hills. Afterward the calm, the rain steadily rustling in the calm lake, the return of light and hope and spirits and the campers running out in joy and relief to go swimming in the rain, their bright cries perpetuating the deathless joke about how they were getting simply drenched, and the children screaming with delight at the new sensation of bathing in the rain, and the joke about getting drenched linking the generations in a strong indestructible chain. And the comedian who waded in carrying an umbrella.” ~ an excerpt from E.B. White’s One Man’s Meat, 1938

1) Landscape at Caux with increasing clouds ~ Ferdinand Hodler, 1917

2) Thun, Stockhornkette, In clouds ~ Ferdinand Hodler, 1912

3) Lake Thun ~ Ferdinand Hodler, 1884

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