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S-Bahn Tyrol, Scharnitz, Brunnensteinspitze, Pleisenspitze, Tirol, Tyrol, Austria, Oesterreich, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: approaching the AT-DE frontier at Schrarnitz

I’m on board an S-Bahn Tyrol S5 train from Innsbruck, and the route’s northern terminus in the town of Scharnitz is within sight. Those mountains tower over the historic north-south path along the Isar river and through Scharnitz pass, and also mark the present-day border between Austria (AT) and Germany (DE).

I made the photo above on 12 May 2018 with a Fujifilm X70 and the following settings: 1/250-sec, f/16, ISO1000, and 18.5mm focal length (28mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-cX7.

Grand Canyon National Park: NPS 100 years in 2019

Above/featured: West-northwest from Mohave Point – 15 October 2018 (HL).

26 February 2019 marks the 100th birthday of the Grand Canyon National Park.

On 26 February 1919, U.S. Congress passed legislation “An Act to Establish the Grand Canyon National Park in the State of Arizona” which was signed by President Woodrow Wilson. With official designation, the national park encompasses over 1-million acres (almost 405-thousand hectares) and several thousand years of history of habitation in the area by indigenous peoples including the Havasupai, Hualapai, Hopi, Navajo, Paiute, and the Zuni who consider the Grand Canyon as their ancestral birthplace. UNESCO inscribed the Grand Canyon National Park as World Heritage Site in 1979.

The geology at the Grand Canyon, however, is much much older than 100 years. By geologic standards, the Grand Canyon itself is relatively “young” with the Colorado River carving into the rock about 5 to 6 million years ago. However, the Vishnu basement rock in the Grand Canyon is over 1.7 billion years old; “only” 38 percent as old as Earth’s oldest rocks at 4.5 billion years old. For a rough comparison, if a person celebrated their 50th birthday today for a total age of 18262.5 days, the equivalence of the basement rock forming occurred about 19 years ago, and erosion by the Colorado River taking shape only 24 days prior to the 50th birthday.

In October 2018 we spent three days exploring parts of the Grand Canyon National Park. After our drive from Flagstaff to Cliff Dwellers (via Cameron), we pushed forward to the North Rim and the winding scenic drive took us to Point Imperial and Cape Royal in time for the day’s final illumination. With a night spent at the beautifully serene Cliff Dwellers Lodge, we retraced our drive back to Cameron, then turning west to Desert View and parts of the eastern end of the South Rim. With our new ‘base’ established in Flagstaff, we drove the following day to the main entrance of the Grand Canyon National Park (via Valle and Tusayan), and we spent the day in the western and central parts of the South Rim. The 1126 km (700 mi)# we covered over the three days was 22 percent of the entire 5049 km (3138 mi) we accumulated through parts of New Mexico and Arizona.

Locations

  • North Rim: Point Imperial, Cape Royal
  • South Rim: Desert View
  • South Rim: Navajo Point, Lipan Point
  • South Rim: Hermit’s Rest, Mohave Point
  • South Rim: Village along Rim Trail

Four of Mary Colter’s buildings on the South Rim (Desert View Watchtower, Hermit’s Rest, Hopi House, and Lookout Studio) have been inscribed since 1987 as U.S. National Historic Landmark properties in the National Register of Historic Places (reference number 87001436).

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Sigismund Gate, Žigmundova brána, Bratislava Castle, Bratislavský hrad, Most SNP, UFO Bridge, Petržalka, Danube, Bratislava, Slovakia, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: from hrad to panelak (Bratislava)

This post is the fourth and final spotlight on Bratislava for the month of October.

The lookouts across the Danube near Sigismund Gate at Bratislava Castle (Žigmundova brána, Bratislavsky hrad) provide south-facing views of the river and the UFO Bridge (Most SNP), and in the distance beyond are prefabricated Soviet-era “panelák” housing estates in the southern district of Petržalka.

I made the photo on 17 May 2018 with a Fujifilm X70 fixed-lens prime and the following settings: 1/250-sec, f/10, ISO1000, and 18.5mm focal length (28mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-caX.

UFO Bridge, Most SNP, Bratislava Castle, Bratislavsky hrad, Danube, Bratislava, Slovakia, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Bratislava and the Danube

This post is the first of four on Bratislava for the month of October.

Overcast skies don’t diminish the impact of standing over this famous river in the capital city of Slovakia, a mere 70 kilometres east from Vienna, Austria’s capital.

I’m crossing Bratislava’s Old Bridge (Starý most) for this classic view of the UFO Bridge (Most SNP), the Danube river and the city’s castle (Bratislavský hrad). Interesting thing is that the present incarnation of the Old Bridge was a replacement completed in 2015 which included a new tram track between the Old Town on the north flank and Petržalka on the south flank.

I made the photo on 17 May 2018 with a Fujifilm X70 fixed-lens prime and the following settings: 1/1000-sec, f/11, ISO1000, and 18.5mm focal length (28mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-c8J.

Innsbruck, Nordkette, Inn river, Tirol, Tyrol, Oesterreich, Austria, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Innsbruck’s multi-coloured houses in Mariahilf

From Innsbruck’s Marktplatz, I face the Nordkette mountains across the Inn river with the Inn bridge on the right. This has the appearance of a “standard” panorama, but I’m compelled to frame a shot with a row of brightly coloured houses hugging the river bank and the “crown” of rock hovering in the background. The “bunte Häuser” are located in the Stadtteil (neighbourhood) of Mariahilf.

I made the photo on 10 May 2018 with a Canon EOS6D, 24-105 glass, and settings: 1/800-sec, f/11, ISO500, and 24mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-bPa.

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