I’m spending a few days off in the Alps these days, if you are wondering :-). So I share a few wildflower pictures (click to enlarge) from the hiking tours today. Many trails were closed due the security measurements for the Bilderberg summit in the area, so we had to change our plans. First I thought it was for the G7 summit which is over and was on another alp in Germany. But then I realized that they did that massive thing (military forces, no-fly zone, mobile radar systems, etc) for that Bilderberg conference too. At least it did not impact us much, except using alternative routes, hikes and trails.
A very nice and relaxing vacation week in Austria comes to its end. It was fascinating to see how nature changes by altitude: the lower areas had big and ‘expensive’ flowers, while in the higher areas they were much smaller and had to survive a much harsher environment.
I have good friends in Texas which think that there are no mountains in the Alps: at the time when they visited Switzerland, there were no mountains visible because of low clouds :-(. So their believe is that all the mountains I show are created with Photoshop! To prove that they are wrong (or that I indeed have good Photoshop skills), a collection of mountains from the Austrian mountain tours the past week:
Lakes are the gems of the Alps. Most lakes have been carved out by glaciers during the last ice age, around 10’000 years ago. Their beauty depends on the view-point, angle and position of the sun during the day. So here is a view collection of wonderful lakes from this week:
The weather cleared up, after some rain in the morning. Getting up early for hiking on beautiful trails, including climbing parts in the southern Zugspitz mountain area. My training level is very low as I had no practice this year yet due all the work load. With the result that at the end of the day, I’m very tired with my muscles burning. But I’m full of memories from this wonderful day in the mountains. And this got topped with a beautiful golden sunset. Instead sharing pictures from the tour, I share pictures from the end of the day…
It was a day with rain and clouds in the mountains. In the evening, when we returned to the bottom of the valley, the clouds broke up and a wonderful rainbow marked the end of that day.
Hiking through the Austrian Alpine regions let me believe that each valley has its own species of butterflies. So I apologize that I don’t know them by name, but I can share pictures:
Hiking through the Alps means watching beautiful mountains. But the small and tiny wildflowers are even more beautiful. So here is a small from today…
The Zugspitze mountain on the left with the Sonnenspitze mountain on the right builds a beautiful natural arena.
Hiking in the Austrian mountains, and with the first sun beams wild bees are around us …