Ouray Oktoberfest Fireworks

Oktoberfest, Ouray, Colorado, fireworks

Happy 4th of July, I mean, Oktoberfest! Just like last year, Ouray had leftover fireworks since the 4th of July show was cancelled due to fire danger, so they shot them off for the Oktoberfest party instead.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: there is no place like Ouray to watch (or listen to) fireworks! The booming echoes that reverberate around the mountain walls are incomparable.

Compare this photo with my shot of the fireworks last year, taken from the same perspective but much, much higher up!

Autumn Colors in Ouray

San Juan Mountains, Colorado, autumn, aspens, United States Mountain, Camp Bird, Ouray
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Colorful autumn aspens along Camp Bird Road near Ouray, with United States Mountain in the background.

Here’s a few photos from a quick drive and hike up Camp Bird Road above Ouray yesterday. So beautiful around here lately…

San Juan Mountains, Colorado, autumn, aspens
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Colorful autumn aspens and a fresh October snowfall.

Photos from the Lechtal Alps

I’ve just posted my landscape photos from our 8-day trek through the Lechtal Alps in Austria in July. Overall this might have been my favorite trek of the summer! Check out the full trip report, along with more new photos, here.

Lechtal Alps, Austria. Kaiserjochhaus, Grießkopf, sunset
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Sunset light on Grießkopf (2581m) as seen from near the Kaiserjochhaus hut.

Lechtal Alps, Austria, Memminger Hütte, sunset
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Sunset at the Memminger Hütte.

Lechtal Alps, Austria, Dremelspitze, Hanauer Hütte, sunset, reflection
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Brilliant sunset light illuminates Dremelspitze (2733m), as seen from above the Hanauer Hütte.

See more new photos and the complete trip report from the Lectal Alps.

Photos from the Allgäuer Alps

We are back in Colorado. Although we had to end our travels earlier than expected, we’ve had a wonderful two months in the Alps, and it’s never a bad thing to come back home to the San Juans – just in time for autumn colors too!

Now that I’m back home with my real computer monitor I’ve started going through my landscape photos from our treks in the Alps. As I work on processing them in the coming days and weeks, I will post the new photos here and will update the original trip reports as well.

Today we revisit the Allgäuer Alps, our first trek in the Alps this summer.

Rappensee, Allgäuer Alps, Germany, wildflowers, sunset, Kleiner Rappenkopf, reflection
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Wildflowers and a pleasant sunset at Rappensee, with a reflection of the Kleiner Rappenkopf (2276m).

Allgäuer Alps, Germany, Mittelberg, Austria, Fiderapass, sunset, panorama, Wildental
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Sunset on Fiderapass, on the border between Germany and Austria, looking down the Wildental towards the town of Mittelberg far below.

Allgäuer Alps, Germany, Hochalpsee, Widderstein, sunset
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Sunset over the Hochalpsee below Widderstein.

See more new photos and the complete trip report from our trek through the Allgäuer Alps here!

On Display in Denver

Robert Anderson Gallery

I am pleased to announce that several of my prints are on display at the Robert Anderson Gallery in Cherry Creek in Denver, Colorado. The gallery is dedicated to photographic arts, both regional and modern, and I am honored to have my prints displayed there. For those of you on the Front Range who would like to see my prints in person, this is a good chance to check them out. (Once if the rain stops!)

Here is a link to the gallery location on Google Maps.

Robert Anderson Gallery

Tough Luck in the Pyrenees

Lescun, France, Pyrenees, sunrise, town
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Sunrise over the town of Lescun.

On the first day of September Claudia and I started walking into the Pyrenees, the great mountain range that forms a natural border between France and Spain. Our plan was to trek along the Pyrenean Haute Route as far eastward through the range as we could in the next three weeks, staying in mountain huts and occasional small towns along the way. Unfortunately, due to a sudden stroke of bad luck our trip came to an abrupt end on the sixth day; I’ll explain more below. Continue reading “Tough Luck in the Pyrenees”

Zugspitze

Zugspitze, Wetterstein, Germany, klettersteig
Approaching the summit of Zugspitze via the Höllantal klettersteig climbing route, nearly 2,200m (7,200 ft) vertical above our start in the valley below.

At 2962m (9717 ft), Zugspitze is the tallest mountain in Germany. The white limestone massif of Wetterstein (of which Zugspitze is the summit) rockets out of the green hills below, towering above all surrounding peaks and dominating the landscape in this part of southern Bavaria near the towns of Garmish and Erwald. The mountain is reminiscent of the Dolomites in the way that its sheer walls soar vertically over the landscape, though the Wetterstein is perhaps even taller and larger than many of the Dolomite groups.

A month ago when Claudia and I summited Muttekopf peak in the nearby Lechtal Alps, we saw the impressive Wetterstein massif off in the distance and I immediately thought “What is that??!!”, followed soon after by the next thought “I want to go there!” We did, in fact, spend a few days then in the town of Ehrwald under the Zugspitze, but poor weather shut down any chance of climbing the mountain. So, last week we returned to the area and climbed to the summit via a fantastic klettersteig (cabled, aka via ferrata) route, and we even spent a night on the summit to catch a wonderful sunset over the clouds! Continue reading “Zugspitze”

Ferrata Trek in the Rosengarten

Dolomites, Italy, Rosengarten, via ferrata, Laurenzi, Molignon
Climbing along the ridgeline of Molignon during the Via Ferrata Laurenzi.

The Rosengarten is a group of mountains in the Dolomites with a dense cluster of exceptionally jagged peaks. 10 years ago I did two hikes through this range, and since then I’ve longed to return for some better photography and more challenging via ferrata climbing. Last week Claudia and I did just that, spending four days trekking, climbing, and photographing our way through the mountains. See lots more photos below! Continue reading “Ferrata Trek in the Rosengarten”

In the Dolomites

Dolomites, Italy, via ferrata, Cristallo
Ascending a ladder along the Cristallo via ferrata.

Last week Claudia’s father and brother drove down from Dresden to join us in the Dolomites in northern Italy for a fun week of hiking and climbing via ferrata routes together. The via ferrate are climbing routes with fixed cables and ladders, and by using a climbing harness with two short ropes with locking carabiners, it’s possible to safely climb exposed routes without technical climbing skills.

See lots more climbing shots from our week in the Dolomites below! Continue reading “In the Dolomites”