The last of the sun
I´ve just returned from a few days in the Gesäuse area of the Enntal Alps in Steiermark, Austria. This was my first visit – but it most certainly will not be my last! It´s a beautiful limestone area, of jagged peaks and wonderful mountain meadows situated on the way down to Graz on the Austrian, Slovenian border.
Last weekend I had a good weekend in the Tuxer Alps, snow shoeing. Saturday was a brilliantly sunny day but with a very stron Föhn wind blowing up from the south. It led to some very impressive cloud formations which were blown along at a tremendous speed. I took these shots whilst climbing the Vennspitze (2390m) which is above Paduan.
During Saturday night it started to snow which lasted well into Sunday. Changes in weather just completely change the atmosphere of a place. The last shot, taken on Sunday is looking down onto a small hamlet near Lippenhof. By the way this area is near the Brenner Pass which leads over into Italy.
The heavy rain on Saturday night turned to snow. But Sunday dawned dry and the thick cloud cover lifted up into the sunlight which is just starting to pick out the ridge running down from the Oberer Focherzkopf. Both the beginning and end of bad weather can give some very dramatic lighting effects.
I took this a few weeks ago on a snowy day in the Stubia Alps in Austria. For me it has a Japanese quality about it – in fact I can feel a Haiku coming on.
I took this yesterday morning. I was staying up at the Kemater Alm in the Tuxer region of the Stubai Alps in Austria. The day before had been one of snow storms, cloud and this mountain range was almost completely hidden by cloud – then yestarday it dawned fine with blue skies. The sun was rising behind the range and projecting their shadows up into the sky above them.
The limestone of the Totenkirchl has been weathered over millions of years and, to me, bears a strange resemblance to one of those anatomical diagrams showing hand and foot joints, or a many hundreds of meters high whale skeleton. This is appropriate because the name “Totenkirchl” roughly translates as “Church of the Dead”, at least that´s my translation.