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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.

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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.


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Fotoeins Friday: Skiing near Germany’s southernmost town

The Bavarian mountain and hiking town of Oberstdorf is the southernmost in Germany. After a short bus ride from the town centre, you reach the valley station for the Fellhorn cable car. Fellhorn mountain is located near the Austrian-German border where the German federal state of Bavaria bumps up against Austria and the federal state of Vorarlberg. After disembarking the cable car near the summit (at 1967 metres or 6453 feet above sea level), you can ski along the Austria-German frontier into Austria in winter, or walk the trails along the frontier ridge in summer. The picture above is the view facing east from the summit station of the cable car. Skiers and snowboarders find fresh powder everywhere on the slopes of Fellhorn, even in the area near the support pylons for the cable car.


I made the picture above on 8 March 2017 with the Canon 6D, 24-105 lens, and the following settings: 1/1000-sec, f/22, ISO1000, and 35mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-aMn.

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Oberstdorf: Sunday Allgäu night auf Deutsch

Why multiple languages rock my world

With fewer than ten-thousand inhabitants, Oberstdorf in southern Bavaria is as its German name suggests: an “upper village” tucked in the Allgäu Alps near the German-Austrian border. Yet, the town feels busy and full with skiers, snowboarders, and winter hikers.

It’s Sunday night and I’m on the hunt for “schnitzel and spätzle.” With my eye already on a place, I arrive at 630pm to a full house. I don’t have a reservation (which is dumb in a small town), but a table of four is available (which is fortunate). The server offers me the table, with the condition I’ll be sharing the table if two people want places. “Alles klar,” I reply.

I order a standard half-litre Weizen beer, along with the required schnitzel-and-spätzle platter. An elderly couple is offered two places at my table; they take one glance in my direction, and they’re gone. The server wears a puzzled look, and I can only shrug. A second couple arrives ten minutes later, and as they approach my table with curiosity, I tell them “die Plätze sind noch frei” (the places are available). They express their thanks, and take their seats across from me. Those last five German words set a positive tone for the rest of the evening.

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