Marmolada by berndt2

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The highest peak in the alps around Val Gardena, Italy (also known as Groedn, Austria. It’s a World War I thing. Language-wise, the area is if anything more German/Austrian).

The view from the Marmolada was pretty staggering, the altitude was high, the ski back to the chairlift long, and (after I mistakenly skied past the chairlift) the challenge of getting back to the hotel before the whole region shut down was intense. And although I failed to make it back all the way and had to settle on a taxi, the photo was arguably worth it.

It also achieves a rare (though dubious) personal photographic honor. For the last three ski trips, my favourite mountain photo has been my computer’s desktop theme for more or less a full year until the next ski trip. And this is the one for 2009.

Below : the one for 2008:

Below : the one for 2007:

(interestingly, the ones for 2007 and 2008 were both taken on cheap Nikon point-and-shoot digital cameras. 2009 was taken on a Pentax DSLR. Which proves that even cheap point-and-shoots are no slouches in the right conditions)

And it’s been on the hompage!!


snow, italy, mountains, austria, precipice, mountaintop, berndt2, marmolada, val gardena, sella ronda

Bernd Talasch doesn’t remember being hatched in a research laboratory in Omaha in the late 1950s so maybe that never happened. (Placeholder bio – remember to replace).

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  • Anthony Mancuso
    Anthony Mancusoabout 5 years ago

    Berndt, absolutely fantastic images! What a glorious sight. Well worth missing the ski lift!

  • Daniel J. McCauley IV
    Daniel J. McCa...about 5 years ago

    Beauty! What an unbelievable view! Gorgeous capture, Berndt!

  • UncleWiggley
    UncleWiggleyabout 5 years ago

    A lovely, well exposed image. Very nice indeed!

  • Angie Muccillo
    Angie Muccilloabout 5 years ago

    Wow so beautiful!

  • Stung  Photography
    Stung Photogr...about 5 years ago

    WOW nothing more to be said you know this is a great capture!!

  • shell4art
    shell4artabout 5 years ago

    Wow, looks like God sprinkled this with powdered sugar…it is Swwwweeeeet!

  • mimi yoon
    mimi yoonabout 5 years ago

    majestic majestic majestic and majestic, berndt…. : )

  • dominiquelandau
    dominiquelandauabout 5 years ago

    this is splendid..:)))))))))))))

  • J.K. York
    J.K. Yorkabout 5 years ago

    glorious scenic. truly on top to the world. well done.

  • Ken Thomas Photography
    Ken Thomas Pho...about 5 years ago

    Magnificent view!!

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