Above/featured: Harbour Air seaplane landing in Burrard Inlet: Vancouver, BC – 6 Dec 2016.
In winter, low-lying areas in the Canadian southwest don’t get snow, but when there’s a dump of at least an inch or two, that’s enough to paralyze the cities’ streets. Drivers are spoiled by the lack of snow, unaccustomed to dealing with the slip and slide. But after a snow event, the day after brings out the sun, almost like clockwork. To that end, I’ve always been fascinated by winter views on snow-capped summits; it’s about the view after all.
In the languages with which I’m familiar, the word “winter” appears as:
- Chinese: 冬季
- French: l’hiver
- German: der Winter
- Spanish: el invierno
If there are any mountains, and they happened to be topped with snow, my compulsion is to ascend to the summit for the view; the included bonus is always the ride itself on the gondola, lift, or cable car to the top. While the sun is out in my time in Oberstdorf in southern Germany, I’m up at nearby peaks Nebelhorn and Fellhorn.
Visible from the Fellhorn summit are a number of skiers (some more adventurous) along the Austro-German frontier between Grosser Widderstein, the Kanzelwandbahn cable car, and Hochkünzelspitze.
At the highest location in Germany, you can see the Alps in as many as five countries on a clear day with good atmospheric transparency. A set of binoculars or long zoom glass helps with seeing mountains as far as Italy and Liechtenstein.
From late-November to late-December, any German town will have at least one Christmas market where you can enjoy food, drink (Glühwein – mulled wine!), and the lights. For me, it’s difficult to think about (early) winter in Germany without an afternoon or an evening in the Weihnachtsmarkt.
I made all photos above with a Canon EOS6D mark1; alle Fotoaufnahmen sind mit Wasserzeichen versehen worden. Acknowledgements go to Ann-Christine for LAPC no. 107 in the week of 25-31 Jul 2020. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-i9K.