austrian alps – 2

While they
caught up with their family updates etc I left them to have their personal
space and went out to explore the surroundings. I found a path leading to the
mountain and started walking on and on – it meandered through a thick growth of
evergreens and curiosity and pure rapture with the pristine surroundings drove
me to go further and further to see what’s around the next bend – what’s around
that corner – what’s beyond that hill? At the back of my mind was – what if I
get lost? There was mostly only a single path with very few others crossing it,
and I decided that I was confident enough to know how to get back. I had a cell
phone and Ralf had told me to give him a call if I get lost. I had replied – “and
what would I tell you? That I’m in some place which has a big evergreen tree in
front of me, one to my right and one to my left and another dozen all around?
J” He saw the point and there was no doubt that I was
more or less on my own.

 

The
journey was worth its risks – the view was becoming increasingly breathtakingly
spectacular.

 

View of a
neighboring mountain. As with the one I was climbing, most of the snow had
melted except at the top.

 

 

Being a
naturalist, one learns to see beauty not just straight ahead but everywhere. Here
is an upward view of the towering pine trees.

 

 

This one
was taken with a timer… I especially wanted to capture the sunlight
highlighting the moss at the right. Here the path I was walking on can also be
seen… a valley on one side, and the mountain on the other.

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This is a
beautiful example of
survival of life! A chopped off tree isn’t giving
up!

 

 


View of
distant mountains seen through the silhouette of pine branches.

 

 

View of
sunlight filtering through the trees. The camera (Olympus D-460 autofocus) has
amazingly managed to capture even this very well!

 

 

I went on
and on up the path. Finally I reached a dead end – the path just ended.

 

I was at
the edge of a small valley – and below I could see a frozen stream. I just
couldn’t go on due to the steep slope downwards and the thick undergrowth. I
was disappointed but realized that it was time to get back anyway, and
successfully (and thankfully) made it back to the farmhouse.

 

 

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