Between 2003 and 2006, I spent three memorably enjoyable years in Minneapolis and working at the University of Minnesota (U of M). I visited the Twin Cities as one of many destinations during my year-long RTW in 2012, and I returned again briefly in 2019 to see what became of the city.
With my return onto the U of M’s East Bank, I reacquainted myself with the Washington Avenue Bridge, connecting the university campus on both sides of the Mississippi river. I forgot how good the illuminated skyline looks over the river with floating ice. The view shown here faces northwest: at left is the downtown Minneapolis skyline; at right are the Northern Pacific Rail Bridge Number 9, now used for bicycles and pedestrians, and the I-35W Saint Anthony Falls Bridge.
I made the photo above on 8 March 2019 with a Fujifilm X70 and the following settings: 1/1000-sec, f/11, ISO1000, 14mm focal length (21mm full-frame equivalent with the WCL-X70). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-gle.
Above/featured: From the regional train: facing southwest over Schöttlkarstrasse and the eastern end of the Wettersteinwand at right.
The German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in 1786 described the alpine town of Mittenwald as “lebendes Bilderbuch” or “a living picture-book”. Images and descriptions in print and provided by visitors became draw and lure. Funny thing is I’d set foot and stayed in nearby Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and hadn’t taken the easy 20-minute train hop to Mittenwald.
I took care of that with two visits within a 15-month interval.
Wandering through Mittenwald is a delight because of the abundant fresh mountain air, picturesque surroundings, and the easy compact nature of the town. It’s a very familiar refrain for alpine towns in this part of the world.
Mid-winter is special with the combination of seeing mountains freshly frosted with snow, people of all ages wearing masks and costumes during carnival season, houses painted in colourful “Lüftlmalerei”, and the town’s special place in music history. When clouds break in spring and summer, it seems like an endless vista of blue skies and lakes along with green meadows and mountains to accompany your time outside on walks and hikes in the area.
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