A Bit of B&W: Storseterfossen

Storseterfossen

Looking at the next few photos I want to post, I noticed that many were in black and white. So I thought I would group them together in a theme “week”. It will actually be more like a number of posts over two weeks, but that doesn’t matter.

There are not many places where you can actually go behind a large waterfall. On a hike in Norway in the summer of 2015, we passed by Storseterfossen. The waterfall, located near Geiranger, is about 30 m high and can be reached by steep but short hike. The view from behind the waterfall is quite different. The sound echoes, the rocks are moist and mossy, and you appreciate the waterfall not by looking at its size cascading over the mountain, but rather by feeling and hearing it.

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Princely View

Princely View

When visiting a historical spot, I always have a sense of history weighing on my shoulders. Here in Schloß Hohenschwangau I picture King Ludwig II moving through these rooms and looking out the window. He is widely thought to have been a disturbed man, I wonder if he felt the same soothing effect of the mountains that I did. Such a view is simply breathtaking.

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Just Chillin’

Chillin Goat

I’m a city person, but I do enjoy getting away and being in nature…as long as I can return to a shower and clean bed in the evening. When in nature, I am always fascinated at how simple things are, how different life is, and how we take so much like technology for granted. I took this picture while hiking in Norway. There was a heard of goats just chillin’ on the mountains that form the side of the Geiranger Fjord. It was striking at how different they live, and the farmers life is from mine.

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Peeking Through

Austria - Alps

The mountains fascinate me. Majestic, powerful, foreboding, fun, beautiful – there are many ways to describe mountains. In 2013 I spent Easter weekend in the Bavarian Alps. I had previously only been there in the summer months, and it was (un)surprisingly a completely different world. The snow really changes the landscape and the mountains looked more beautiful than ever – when you could see them. It was cloudy most of the time, but the owner of the B&B said that if you drive through a certain pass to Grän, Austria, it would be less cloudy. She knew her microclimates because the mountains poked through the clouds and the sun did as well.

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Sea Gulls in Telašćica

Sea Gulls in Talašćica

Sea gulls remind me of summer vacation. They are nice birds to watch in flight. And they are nasty. They steal ice cream cones from children and can be rather aggressive when food is around. Despite their annoyance, I still love hearing their call – it sounds like vacation. On a boat ride to Telašćica Nature Park in Croatia, people started throwing bread over and many sea gulls started following the boat, diving for the food. It was amazing to see how fast they were flying and how precisely they could catch the bread. And it was a wonderful opportunity to get close up photos of these birds.

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