Maglic

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Sunset at Trnovacko Jezero : Prints Available

Sunset light on Maglic and nearby mountains, as seen at Trnovacko Lake, in Montenegro just across the border from Bosnia.

For the first mountain adventure of our Bosnia/Montenegro trip, Claudia and I went backpacking for two nights at Trnovacko Lake along the border of Bosnia and Montenegro. The lake itself is located on the Montenegro side of the border, but is only accessible via Sutjeska National Park on the Bosnian side. Sure enough, while we were camped there a warden came by to check our passports, which is kind of a novel thing to have happen while backpacking!

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Trnovacko Misty Morning : Prints Available

A foggy morning at Trnovacko Jezero.

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A hiker enjoys the view above Trnovacko Jezero, in Montenegro not far from the border of Bosnia.

The heart-shaped, emerald-colored Trnovacko Lake provides a great base camp for hiking up Maglic (pronounced Mag-leech), the highest mountain of Bosnia — which we did, of course. From the summit we had a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and canyons, including the neighboring Durmitor mountains to the south (our next destination).

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To the Balkans!

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Kotor Evening : Prints Available

Evening over the town of Kotor and the Boka Kotorska, a fjord off the Adriatic Sea, Montenegro.

Tomorrow we fly to Sarajevo for a month of traveling through Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Croatia! I have visited this beautiful region before back in 2004, and have longed to return ever since. Our rough plan is to rent a car in Sarajevo and head south into Montenegro where we will hike and backpack in various mountain ranges down through the rugged chain of the Dinaric Alps. Perhaps we will also have a chance to raft down the Tara River, a turquoise river that cuts through the deepest canyon in Europe. Eventually we’ll work our way back up along the coast and through Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, before heading up to Germany for my sister-in-law’s wedding!

I’ll probably update the blog while I’m away, but in the meantime check out my photos from my previous travels in Montenegro and Croatia back in 2004.

From the Vault: More Zugspitze

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Zugspitze Moonlight : Prints Available

The moon shines above the clouds.

Here are a couple more photos from our night and morning on the summit of Zugspitze (2962m), Germany’s tallest mountain, back in August 2013. See all the photos and read more about our climb up Zugspitze here.

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Zugspitze Morning : Prints Available

Morning on the summit of Zugspitze.

From the Vault: Cimon della Pala

Cimon della Pala, Passo Rolle, Dolomites, Italy
Misty Cimon della Pala : Prints Available

Cimon della Pala is revealed glowing in evening light as low clouds thin out from Passo Rolle.

In the last few months I’ve been steadily working on reorganizing my photo archives in Lightroom, and during the process I’ve unearthed quite a few gems that I had overlooked during the initial selection process. So in the next few days and weeks I’ll be sharing many of these finds.

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Pala Winter Shadows : Prints Available

Cimon della Pala rises over Passo Rolle high above the town of San Martino di Castrozza – December.

This first batch comes from December of 2010 when I spent a week in the small town of San Martino di Castrozza in the Italian Dolomites. Every day I’d drive my rental car up the winding road to Passo Rolle to ski around looking for a variety of photo angles of the immense jagged spire of Cimon della Pala – one of the most striking peaks in a region full of striking peaks.

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Malga Bocche : Prints Available

A December snowstorm envelopes the mountains around Cimon della Pala.

Check out more of my photos from the Dolomites here.

A Few More Photos from the Pyrenees

Pic du Midi d'Ossau. Lac Gentau, Refuge d'Ayous, Pyrenees, France
Lac Gentau Reflection : Prints Available

Dusk reflection of Pic du Midi d’Ossau in Lac Gentau near the Refuge d’Ayous in the Pyrenees – September.

I have just updated my trip report from our trek in the Pyrenees with newly processed photos. This was our final trek of our European travels this last summer, and thus the last new photos I have to post from Europe.

Our trek through the Pyrenees was cut short by an unfortunate injury, and so I hope to return someday to see many parts of the range that we missed. And concerning the Alps and Europe in general, there are so many mountains there to see I feel like we only scratched the surface during our two months of trekking there. We could spend many many summers there before really getting a solid grasp on that mighty mountain range, and hopefully we’ll get the chance to do so in the future.

More Zugspitze Photos

Here’s a few photos of sunset and sunrise from our night atop the Zugspitze, the tallest mountain in Germany. See the complete trip report here, including photos from the 7,000+ vertical foot hike and klettersteig climb of the Höllental route.

Zugspitze, Wettersteingebirge, Germany, summit, sunset
Zugspitze Summit Sunset : Prints Available

Sunset light as seen from the summit of Zugspitze (2962m).

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Zugspitze Above the Clouds : Prints Available

Sunset light on a rugged ridge of Zugspitze, high above the clouds.

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Zugspitze Summit Sunrise : Prints Available

Sunrise on the top of Zugspitze (2962m), the highest mountain in Germany.

The Vajolet Towers

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Vajolet Towers Sunset : Prints Available

Brilliant sunset light illuminates the Vajolet Towers in the Rosengarten as misty clouds swirl off the peaks.

Here’s “The Shot” I spoke about from the magical sunset we witnessed during our trek through the Rosengarten in the Dolomites in Italy back in August. It was such a sublime moment – truly one the most memorable and spectacular events I’ve witnessed in nature. If this photo conveys just a fraction of the true life experience, then I’m happy with it!

By the way, I’ve updated the original Rosengarten trip report, including this and other new photos. Check it out.

Photos from the Sesto/Sextener Dolomites

I’ve just posted some new landscape photos taken during the first half of our time in the Dolomites this summer, near Sexten and Cortina mainly around the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, an impressive cluster of vertical peaks that look like rock knives thrust up from inside the earth. Despite my best efforts, the rainy overcast weather during that week offered precious few photo opportunities. Nevertheless, I did manage to grab a couple nice photos before and after the storm! See the full updated trip report here.

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Tre Cime Dawn : Prints Available

Dawn glow illuminates Tre Cime di Lavaredo / Drei Zinnen (2998m).

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Tre Cime B/W : Prints Available

Tre Cime di Lavaredo / Drei Zinnen (2998m).

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Enrosadira Reflection : Prints Available

Brilliant enrosadira sunset light on Tre Cime di Lavaredo / Drei Zinnen (2998m) reflected in a small lake.

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Evening Above Misurina : Prints Available

Dusk light over the Dolomites as seen from the base of Tre Cime, far over the village of Misurina.