I wrote previously about hanging out at the Zugspitze summit from the Austrian side. Conditions had been overcast, but I’m glad the chance I took coming up on the German side worked happily in my favour.
Zugspitze is one of many peaks in the Wetterstein mountains, which form part of the Northern Limestone Alps. The Limestone Alps are composed of “softer” porous rock, in contrast with the much harder granite composition found in the central and much taller Austrian Alps.
I was over on the Austrian side of Zugspitze, and by local noon, the clouds parted to reveal a fresh dusting of snow on all of the local peaks. At over 9000 feet above sea level, the mountains, regardless of composition, all look majestic, covered in snow and illuminated under sun.
“Radiative transfer” : antenna/fixture by Telekom Austria & Katastrophenfunk.
Southwest view – upper-centre: Schneefernerkopf; left-centre: Sonn Alpin, Zugspitzplatt; right: Zugspitzeck.
West view – left-centre: Ehrwald, Tirol, Austria; centre: Tiroler Zugspitzbahn.
Northwest view – left: Tiroler Zugspitzbahn, Tirol, Austria; right: Eibsee, Bayern, Germany.
North view – left-centre: Eibsee lake, right-centre: Grainau.
Northeast view – left-centre: Grosser, Kleiner Waxenstein; centre-background: Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Left: cross on Austrian side. Centre-background: Cross on Zugspitze peak in Germany.
• Ascent to Zugspitze, the top of Germany
• Zugspitze summit : part 1, German side
• Zugspitze summit : part 2, Austrian side
• Zugspitze summit : part 3, Austrian side, after the clouds cleared (this post)
• Zugspitze : part 4, the summit and the plateau below
I made the photos above on 9 October 2011 with the Canon EOS450D camera, EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS kit-lens, and the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens. This post is originally published on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com.