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Albuquerque: world’s largest hot air balloon festival

What colourful and interesting sights of light and balloons you might see, whether it’s your first or the umpteenth time at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Every year beginning the first weekend in October, hundreds of thousands of visitors descend upon central New Mexico to see several hundred hot-air balloons ascend into the skies over the Duke City.

To kick off our time in the American Southwest, we drove into Albuquerque for our first time in the city and to attend our first Balloon Fiesta. We purchased in advance tickets to day 1’s morning session with park-and-ride, day 2’s evening session with park-and-ride, and day 3’s morning session without park-and-ride.

For opening day, clear skies and crisp conditions waited for us as we struggled mightily out of bed, but headed out into the dark of the early morning with great anticipation. Even with massive crowds and some traffic chaos, the long wait was worth the sight of seeing the balloons as oval dots on the horizon and as shapely giants up close.

I have to mention the breakfast chile relleno burritos which everybody recommended we seek and try on the festival grounds. How about a version consisting of a New Mexico green chile stuffed with cheese and batter fried, enveloped in a scrambled egg and cheese mixture, all wrapped in a soft corn tortilla and lightly grilled? Big balloons and breakfast burritos? “YES, GUY!

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Fotoeins Friday: winter play at Fellhorn (Bayern 100)

Upon arrival in town, the signs in and around Oberstdorf will tell you you’re in a special place regardless of the season. If it’s green in summer, there are countless hikes down in the valleys and up on the peaks. If it’s white in winter, skiiers and `boarders are everywhere with their fiberglass “sticks and boards”. Among the Allgäu Alps is Fellhorn which hugs the German-Austrian border at an elevation of 2038 metres (6686 feet). If you’re lucky to find yourself plowing or “flying” through fresh powder, remind yourself you’re playing oh so freely in between two independent nations.

RVA regional bus 9762 (or line 7) provides service between Oberstdorf and the Fellhorn cable car (Fellhornbahn) lower or valley station.

November 2018 is the 100th anniversary for the declaration of Bavaria as “free state” (Freistaat). I made the picture above on 8 March 2017 with the Canon 6D, 24-105 glass, and the following settings: 1/1000-sec, f/22, ISO1000, and 58mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-cb6.

Nebelhorn, Oberstdorf Kleinwalsertal Bergbahnen, Allgaeuer Alps, Allgaeu, Oberstdorf, Swabia, Schwaben, Bavaria, Bayern, Germany, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: over the edge at Nebelhorn (Bayern 100)

I don’t ski nor do I (snow)board; I have my ankles and knees to thank for that. However, any perspective whether it’s personal or geometrical deserves recognition.

At Höfatsblick (1932 metres / 6339 feet) under the Nebelhorn summit, there’s a restaurant and many are lying out on deck chairs getting their sun on. These two skiers seem to linger at the edge of a downhill slope with the Allgäu Alps looming in the distance beyond. Timing is everything, and I press the shutter button as one remains still while the other proceeds downhill.

November 2018 is the 100th anniversary for the declaration of Bavaria as “free state” (Freistaat). I made the picture above on 5 March 2017 with the Canon 6D, 24-105 glass, and the following settings: 1/500-sec, f/20, ISO500 and 65mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-czV.

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Fotoeins Friday: winter activity on Nebelhorn (Bayern 100)

Above the Bavarian mountain town of Oberstdorf among the Allgäu Alps is Nebelhorn mountain. Skiing, snowboarding, hang gliding are available on the mountain summit (2224 metres / 7297 feet), as well as additional snow runs near the cable car’s two intermediary stations.

The view shown faces southwest with the “flat slanted ridge” structure called Hoher Ifen in the background at centre. Oberstdorf is prominent as the southern most town in Germany, is host to a large ski jump and European championship-grade skating facilities, and is also home to various German athletes who have participated at recent Winter Olympic Games.

November 2018 is the 100th anniversary for the declaration of Bavaria as “free state” (Freistaat). I made the picture above on 5 March 2017 with the Canon 6D, 24-105 glass, and the following settings: 1/640-sec, f/22, ISO500, and 24-mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-aMk.


Alpspitze, Alpspitzbahn, Alpspitz-Gebiet, Osterfelderkopf, skiing, snowboarding, Garmisch-Classic, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Grainau, Bavaria, Bayern, Germany, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Skiing at Alpspitze (Bayern 100)

It’s full swing into (northern) autumn, which for many means that winter and winter sports aren’t far off! (Me, I’m still mourning over the loss of summer.)

From the valley station in Grainau in Upper Bavaria, the Alpspitzbahn cable-car takes visitors on a steep ascent past the rocky outcrop of the neighbouring Waxenstein peaks to the Bergstation (mountain station) on Osterfelderkopf at an elevation of 2050 metres (6726 feet). The Alpspitz-Gebiet (Alpspitz area) is dominated by the distinctive pyramidal-shaped Alpspitze summit (2628 metres, 8622 feet) which is visible upper-left. In winter, skiers and snowboarders come up to experience the powder conditions as part of the “Garmisch-Classic” skiing area; admission prices vary for non-skiers like me.

November 2018 is the 100th anniversary for the declaration of Bavaria as “free state” (Freistaat). I made the photo above on 26 February 2017 with the Canon 6D, 24-105 glass, and the following settings: 1/500-sec, f/16, ISO1000, and 24mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-9tz.

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