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Fotoeins Friday: winter scenes, five (Karwendel)

Above Mittenwald and next to the mountain station of the Karwendelbahn cable car is a tunnel “underneath” the mountain to its “backside” whose alternate route is down into the Dammkar valley. Experienced and adventurous skiers make the short 400-metre trek through the tunnel to the Dammkar ski run (black diamond, off-piste). This is what it’s like to stare into the unknown maw of a deep mountain valley. When the snow’s gone in summer, the Dammkar is a mountain-hike down past a couple of alpine huts.

In southern Bavaria, Mittenwald is 23 km east from Garmisch-Partenkirchen; frequent trains between the two towns is only 20 minutes each way. Mittenwald is also served by trains north from Innsbruck.

I made the image on 27 Feb 2017 with a Canon EOS6D mark1 and these settings: 1/400-sec, f/22, ISO500, and 24mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-o2H.

My Mittenwald: mountains, masks, music, Mahlzeit!

Above/featured: From the regional train: facing southwest over Schöttlkarstrasse and the eastern end of the Wettersteinwand at right.

In 1786, the German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe described the alpine town of Mittenwald as “lebendes Bilderbuch” – a living picture-book. Images and descriptions in print and provided by visitors became a real draw and lure. Funny thing is I’d stayed in nearby Garmisch-Partenkirchen several times, and I hadn’t taken the easy 20-minute train hop to Mittenwald.

I took care of that with two visits within a span of 15 months: with snow and without snow.

Wandering through Mittenwald is pure delight because of abundant fresh mountain air, picturesque surroundings, and the compact nature of the town. The description becomes a common refrain for alpine towns.

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 the warm sun dominates in spring and summer, it seems like an endless vista of blue skies along with green meadows and mountains to accompany your time outside on walks and hikes in the area.


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Fotoeins Friday: mountain goats on Austria’s Karwendel

I see movement at the corner of my eye: two little dark blips move slowly against a field of loose rock, boulders, and patches of snow.

At the mountain station of the Karwendel cable car, few venture through the 430-metre (1411 feet) “under rock” tunnel to Dammkar. On the other side is a predominantly east-facing view of the Karwendel mountains along the border ridge between Germany and Austria.

I install the 70-300 glass, and my first guess is that they’re mountain goats. Google Maps tells me later they were at a distance of over 500 metres (550 yards). Even with full-frame and maximum 300mm focal length, I don’t have enough spatial resolution to determine whether the quadrupeds are Alpine ibex (Alpensteinbock) or chamois (Gams). My best guess is that they’re the latter.

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A pair of mountain goats, most likely Alpine chamois.

I made the above photo on 30 May 2018 with the Canon 6D, 70-300 glass, and the following settings: 1/1000-sec, f/8, ISO1000, and 300mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie on fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-bUD.

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Fotoeins Friday: Karwendel soars over Mittenwald

On the Bundesstrasse 2* in Upper Bavaria between Munich and Innsbruck is the German Alpine town of Mittenwald next to the Isar river. Towering above town to the east-southeast is the snow-covered wall that is the Karwendel mountain range. The Karwendelbahn gondola takes visitors, hikers and skiiers, and employees of Bergwelt Karwendel up to over 2240 metres (7350 feet) in elevation. The ridge line along the very top is the Germany-Austria border.

* The road signage at the intersection of Mühlenweg and Weidenweg points the way towards German highway Bundesstrasse B2. B2 also has the European (B-class) road label E533.


I made the picture above on 27 February 2017 with the Canon 6D, 24-105 lens, and the following settings: 1/640-sec, f/16, ISO1000, and 24-mm focal length. Die Fotoaufnahme ist mit Wasserzeichen versehen worden. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-aMd.

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