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A little longer story than usual for those interested:
I love to photograph landscapes before sunrise. It’s always a unique experience when the world awakens and you are seemingly the only person on earth to watch it. Sunsets tend to get a little more crowded with people but during sunrise in summer only few people get out of bed that early. I’m one of those :-) Even when on vacation the alarm rings every morning and I at least take a look out of the window to check the conditions.
Last weekend I have been to the german alps again and I wanted to get a more intense experience. For this a hike of rougly 6 miles (one way) was needed with an elevation change of more than 4000ft, all with 20kg of equipment, provision, and what else you need on a mountain. I slept in a guest house at 1600m which is believe it or not quite normal in the alps. There are many of those around and it brings a little comfort. Camping isn’t allowed by the way but I think if I could fit a small tent in my backback this would make the next trip even more interesting.
On Sunday morning I got up 3:45am and was greeted by heavy fog on the mountain. The hike through it and then through the pine forest with a full moon casting creepy shadows made me halt, listen and turn around quite few times ;-) And even with a full moon and a flash light it wasn’t so easy to find the right way up the mountain. Some of you might laugh about this but hiking through the dark on a mountain without knowing exactly where to go is a bit frightening.
After reaching the top I was rewarded with a magnificent view and perfect conditions for photography. A colorful sky, fog over the Königsee, germanys deepest lake and soft warm light on the Watzmann, germanys second highest mountain. What made all this even better was that for sure I was the only one up on that mountain and there was no sound to be heard besides the wind and some sheep in the valley behind. Up in the mountains I feel very close to nature, it’s nothing compared to those sunrise shoots where I drive to a parking lot and walk a few minutes to get the shot. Even if I might also be the only one out there beeing at a place I can only reach by foot through a sternous hike makes the experience much more intense and the photo even more special for me. When I have the time I will try to do such tours a little more in the future.
I hope you also like the result here even if you didn’t have to hike up that mountain ;-)