Magic afternoon in the mountains

Rainbow Mountain
1/800 sec | f/11 | ISO 200 | 47mm

Good things come to those who dare – like on this magic afternoon in the mountains. The Significant Other and I decided to do a late afternoon hike up the Riedingtal, a valley in the Austrian Alps, despite the overcast and showery weather. And yes, while almost up on the valley floor, it started pouring, and we barely escaped into a serviced alpine hut for some cake and coffee. And then the magic happened….

Cloudy Mountain
1/640 sec | f/11 | ISO 800 | 38mm

Just twenty minutes later, the clouds started to break up and the sun came out. The first we saw was the magnificent rainbow over the Zwillingwand mountain (2518 meters), which is the title image of this post. Then we started to walk around the Schlierensee, a mountain lake directly at the hut, and where treated with significant views of the surrounding mountains, mainly the Weißeck (2714 meters) and the majestic, pyramid-like Riedingspitze (2266 meters).

Riedenspitze und Schlierensee
1/200 sec | f/13 | ISO 200 | 12mm
Monochrome Mountains
1/800 sec | f/11 | ISO 200 | 35mm
Alpine Flowers
1/250 sec | f/4 | ISO 200 | 80mm
Kühe am Schlierende
1/100 sec | f/11 | ISO 200 | 100mm

With local time already approaching 7pm, the golden glow of the sun starting her descent behind the mountains and the fogs raising from the surface of the mountain lake provided for some great photographic opportunities. I carried the Olympus OM-D E-M1X and the mZuiko 12-100 F/4 Pro Zoom.

Goldener Wasserdampf am Schlierende
1/160 sec | f/11 | ISO 200 | 61mm

On the way back down the valley we passed the “Brünnwand Quellen”, waterfalls where the water actually comes out into the open in the middle of the mountain rock face before tumbling to the valley floor (visible in the top right of the image below).

Brünnwand Quellen
1/200 sec | f/7.1 | ISO 800 | 29mm
Alpine Valley Sunset
1/250 sec | f/7.1 | ISO 800 | 41mm

We made it down to the parking at the valley entrance just with sunset, still awed by the natural beauty that appeared so unexpectedly on this magic afternoon in the mountains. Because good things come to those who dare.

All images RAW converted and post processed in Lightroom Classic.

Wish you a great Saturday


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  1. Beautiful, breathtaking images, in particular the rainbow (I love rainbows :-)) and the black-and-white image. Magical, indeed. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I enjoy your pictures so much that you have inspired me to purchase a better camera. I haven’t been on this site very much due to my new favorite hobby. Thank you, life looks so different to me now.

  3. All beautiful captures, Marcus. I think my favourite is the one of the lake with the daisies in front. I love the mountains but I’m always drawn to water.

  4. What a stunning hike Marcus and so glad you dared! I love the rainbow and the dramatic light created by this type of weather – a true photographer’s dream. Thank you so much for sharing and we look forward to when restrictions are lifted and we can go hiking again too 🤗

  5. Oh yes…magic indeed! I love the photos with the flowers in the foreground…so pretty. The fog rising over the lake is perfection. So glad to see you were able to get away to the mountains and those views!

  6. You were smart to go out even when the weather wasn’t perfect. I find that times when the weather is changeable can be much more rewarding than a blue sky day. The photos are great – what an inspiring place! You had the mountains, the lakes, fog, a rainbow – AND a place to duck in for treats. And each other to enjoy it all with. I love the low angle of the last photo – perfect composition. Putting the daisies right in front of the lake scene was smart, too – that’s such a fresh, happy-looking shot. Well, I’m jealous, but I’m happy for you both. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Lynn, appreciate your feedback so much! We both love your kind words. It feels so good to be able to experience these natural marvels! Have a splendid weekend! Marcus

      1. Fantastic mountain pictures Marcus – love it!! Take care, Michael

  7. OM Gosh, Marcus, your photos are so beautiful! I can see what you were doing on holiday! stay safe and well my friend. 😎

    1. Thanks so much for reading and commenting, John, highly appreciated! We truly enjoyed our vacation! Stay safe as well, on horror story coming from the US these days. Marcus

      1. Thanks, Marcus, I stay away from the crazy BS going on here. Home is my safe place. And your so welcome! 😎

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