Workers, photographed with a fisheye lens, harvested grapes near Lake Léman in Chexbres, Switzerland, Tuesday, Oct. 2. The present terraces at the Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, a Unesco World Heritage site, date back to the 11th century when monasteries controlled the area.
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A flock of alpine sheep walk on a cliff path on the way from summer grazing high above the Aletschgletscher glacier down to Belalp in the canton of Valais on Aug. 25, 2012, during the “Schaeferwochenende” (Shepherd’s Weekend) near Blatten, Switzerland.
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People raise their hands to vote during the annual Landsgemeinde meeting at a square in the town of Appenzell, April 29, 2012. Appenzell is one of Switzerland’s two remaining Landsgemeinden, a 700-year tradition of an open-air assembly in which citizens can take key political decisions directly by raising their hands.
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An aerial view shows rescuers searching for persons under an avalanche at Col de la Croix in the Skiing area on Wednesday, Feb. 29. It is assumed that two persons are buried under the snow. Picture taken out of a rescue helicopter shows people searching for victims after an avalanche near Col de la Croix mountain, Swiss Alps, near Les Diablerets, Switzerland.
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Swiss shepherd Markus Nyffeler walks with his flock of sheep through a snow covered field in Muehlethurnen near Bern February 15, 2012. Nyffeler, who has been a professional herdsman for the past 20 years and owns 450 sheep of differing breeds, moves during the winter months around the region, seeking to feed his animals.
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Skiers enjoy the view of a sea of fog on top of the Weisshorn mountain, at an altitude of 2,653 meters in Arosa, Switzerland on Monday. Heavy snow and a severe cold snap have killed at least 36 people across eastern Europe and many areas were under emergency measures, as schools closed down, roads became impassible and power supplies were cut off.
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