Good Morning [Explore 2011-08-15 #487]
Blades of grass, glowing in the rising morning sun.
Me and by buddy André got up very early and drove up to the farming hamlet of Ballenbühl (which belongs to the municiaplity of Konolfingen).
The location offers great view from the Bernese Alps to the Jura mountains.
We took some great shots during the sunrise. Enjoy!
A hamlet is usually a rural settlement which is too small to be considered a village, though sometimes the word is used for a different sort of community. The name comes from Anglo-Norman hamelet(t)e; Old French hamelet, the diminutive of Old French hamel. Another diminutive of Old French ham is possibly a cognate with similar words of Germanic origin. Compare with Dutch heem, German Heim, Swiss German cham or -kon, Old English hām and Modern English home, all derived from the Proto-Germanic *kham-. Historically, when a hamlet became large enough to justify building a church, it was then classified as a village. One example of a hamlet is a small cluster of houses surrounding a mill.
Konolfingen is first mentioned in 1148 as Chonolfingen. It is a relatively new municipality, having been formed from the union of Gysenstein and Stalden in 1933.
Konolfingen has an area, as of 2009, of 12.79 km2 (4.94 sq mi). Of this area, 8.48 km2 (3.27 sq mi) or 66.3% is used for agricultural purposes, while 2.44 km2 (0.94 sq mi) or 19.1% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 1.85 km2 (0.71 sq mi) or 14.5% is settled (buildings or roads), 0.01 km2 (2.5 acres) or 0.1% is either rivers or lakes.
Of the built up area, housing and buildings made up 8.4% and transportation infrastructure made up 3.8%. 18.5% of the total land area is heavily forested. Of the agricultural land, 39.4% is used for growing crops and 24.6% is pastures, while 2.3% is used for orchards or vine crops. All the water in the municipality is in rivers and streams.
Lying at an altitude of over 650 meters (2,130 ft), Konolfingen is often referred to as the "gateway to the Emmental."
The municipality includes the new village center which connects the older villages of Konolfingen-Dorf and Stalden. It also includes the farming hamlets of Gysenstein, Herolfingen, Hürnberg, Ursellen, Ballenbühl and Hötschigen as well as scattered individual farm houses.
Canon EOS 60D
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Exposure time: 1/5000 second
Focal length: 73 mm
ISO Speed 100
Processed with PS CS5