23 km of Ice – Panoramic Views in Switzerland

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Great Aletsch Glacier, Bernese Alps, Switzerland

Indeed, for this glacier one needs a panoramic format: This one combines seven shots!The Great Aletsch Glacier is the biggest glacier of the Alps: 23 km long and 900 m think. It surrounds the 4’193 m high Aletschorn. Unfortunately like most glaciers in the world it’s a fading … melting … beauty. Continue reading “23 km of Ice – Panoramic Views in Switzerland”

Bernese Alps – Panoramic Views in Switzerland

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Wetterhorn, Schreckhorn and Eiger – Grindelwald, Switzerland

This is the 4th addition to my little series on panoramic views in Switzerland. On the left the Wetterhorn (3’692m), further to the right the Schreckhorn (4’078m) and on the very right the Eiger (3’967m). Down in the valley of the Bernese Alps: Grindelwald. Continue reading “Bernese Alps – Panoramic Views in Switzerland”

Piz Bernina – Panoramic Views in Switzerland

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Mountain Range with Piz Bernina in the Upper Engadine, Kanton Graubünden, Switzerland

Today I’d like to extend my little series about “Panoramic Views in Switzerland” with this shot from a region called Upper Engadine in the Canton Graubünden. On the very left one can see Piz Palü (3’901 m) with its characteristic three peaks, in the middle Piz Bernina with its famous Biancograt (4’049 m, the highest mountain of the eastern Alps) and on the right Piz Roseg 3’937 m).

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Green Ice

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Marmolada with its glacier (view from Passo di Falzarego), The Dolomites, Italy

Here is a new addition to my ice series: The Marmolada glacier. As all the snow melted away one can see the blank glacier ice with its typical green to blue color. The Marmolada is a mountain range in the Dolomites (Italy).  Its highest peak is called Punta Penia (3’343 m), the highest mountain of the Dolomites.

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A mountain range that started as tropical sea: The Dolomites

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The Three Pinnacles, The Dolomites, Italy

In comparison to other mountain ranges in the world the Dolomites stand out as pretty unique: The variety of structures and shapes including peaks, towers, needles, pinnacles, plaetaus, layers, gorges, lakes and many more mirror the dramatic geologic history of this area that started about 280 million years ago.

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Swiss National Holiday

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Niesen, Switzerland

On the occasion of today’s Swiss national holiday I once again like to publish a shot from a beautiful and iconic spot in Switzerland. This pyramid-shaped mountain, called “Niesen” ist definitely one of them. Famous painters such as Paul Klee and Alfred Hodler were inspired by this mountain which is located close to lake Thun in the Bernese Alps.

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Two Panoramic Views in Switzerland

In the heart of Europe one can find a quite significant accumulation of “structures and shapes”: The Alps. Today I’d like to share the outcome of two projects related to panoramic shots capturing this part of the World.

Each of the following pictures is composed of 10 shots in portait format and merged into one photo using Adobe Lightroom. For the first set I used a Canon EF 24-70 mm f/4L IS USM at 32 mm, 1/400 sec. and f/6.3 with ISO 100.  For the second set I used the same lens at 53 mm, 1/500 sec. and f/5.6 with ISO 100. I did not use a tripod. The size of the raw files are 1 and 1.5 GB. I’m showing reduced versions of 32 and 35 MB.

Below the view from a mountain called Niesen (2’362 m above mean sea level) located in the Swiss region “Berner Oberland”. The panoramic view captures an angle of approx. 230 degree and features the Bernese Alps from the north. From left to right: Thun, Lake Thun, Interlaken with Lake Brienz in the back followed by the famous mountains Eiger (“North Face”), Mönch and Jungfrau.

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Panoramic View from Niesen

The next photo is the view from the Monte Generoso (1’701 m above mean sea level) located in the Swiss Canton Ticino. Here the Alps are shown from the south side. This panorama has an angle of approx. 270 degree. From left to right: In the front Lake Lugano, in the back Monte Rosa and the north end of Lake Maggiore, famous mountains Jungfrau, Mönch, Eiger, followed by the Finsterarhorn, Lugano, in the very front Monte Generoso peak, northeast end of Lake Lugano, Eastern Swiss Alps with Piz Bernina unfortunately in the clouds, Monte Legnone, north end of Lake Como, Monte Grigna Settentrionale.

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Panoramic View from Monte Generoso

Vulcanos in the Mediterranean Sea

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Vulcano Island

Wherever tectonic plates meet there is volcanic activity as in the Mediterranean sea where the northward-moving African plate meets the Eurasian plate. Sicily has the Etna and northward in the Tyrrhenian Sea there are the Liapri Islands with Vulcano, Stromboli and 5 other islands. Today I’d like to share 3 shots from 3 different vulcanos.

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