Thursday, May 29, 2014

Admiring Alpspitze - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Rubbing shoulders with Germany's highest point, Zugspitze, the pyrimad point of Alpspitze stands sentry over the valley of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.  Starting with the picture above and on the left, my first morning in Garmisch I gladly woke up with the sunrise to watch the first light of the sun strike the 8,622 foot summit with its light dusting of snow for the upcoming winter season.  Continuing clockwise, on the same day as the sun went down, I captured this shot of the golden colors of the setting sun adding to the beginning hues of autumn.  As the centerpiece to this photo is the traditional Bavarian farm shed, heustadel in German, which dot the Bavarian countryside in these alpine valleys.  Pictured below on the right is the view that lay before me on my last day spent in the Bavarian Alps.  On the left side of the picture you can see the cables of the bergbahn going up to Osterfelderkopf and that can easily be seen in the night shot as the bright light upon the mountainside.  When I took the cable car up, I was worried about the fog obstructing my alpine adventure, however I would say it made the experience all the more exciting!   Breaking out of a fog bank and seeing either the tops of the pines beneath become smaller or the moutain tops come out of their white shroud added a dynamic to the trip up.  Although I was not able to make the hike to the top due to time restraints, a couple of the descenders I spoke with state it is a phenomenal experience! 

Next time.

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