A piece of Heaven  by Michael Breitung

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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 ;-)



  • Louise Linossi Telfer
    Louise Linossi...over 3 years ago

    A slice of paradise

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...over 3 years ago

    Absolutely exquisite view & photography sweetheART * a fave ;~} Valz

  • Steen Nielsen
    Steen Nielsenover 3 years ago

    It must have been great hiking up the mountain to experience this extraordinary beautiful view even though it was during darkness. It definitely is a wonderful shot and seems to be a great place to go for a hike.

  • Wojciech Dabrowski
    Wojciech Dabro...over 3 years ago

    Absolutely exquisite view…..a piece of heaven indeed.

  • Honor Kyne
    Honor Kyneover 3 years ago

    Stunning view and colours…heavenly :)

  • NancyC
    NancyCover 3 years ago


  • czanti
    czantiover 3 years ago

    a piece of Heaven…a magnificent view…Thank you so much for sharing

  • Nick Skinner
    Nick Skinnerover 3 years ago

    Nice one mate! Great read too :)

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithover 3 years ago

    What a awesome view,….Fanulous capture,….Love the narrative too,…

  • Diana Graves Photography
    Diana Graves P...over 3 years ago

    This is breathtaking!!! Love all the beautiful colors. It brings a peaceful feeling. Yeah, it would have been hard for me to hike up the mountain. Thank you for sharing this beauty for everyone to enjoy. :)

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