Spomeniks Of Former Yugoslavia

When I first came across the so-called Spomeniks of former Yugoslavia early 2017, I started to plan my travels to Croatia and Bosnia the coming fall to visit as many as possible of those impressive monuments. To dig deeper into this topic head over to: http://www.spomenikdatabase.org  , with tons of information and illustrations. Enjoy!

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Podgaric, Croatia…

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Petrova Gora, Croatia…

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Garavice, Bosnia…

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Medono Polje, Bosnia…

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Grmec, Bosnia…

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Tjentiste, Bosnia…

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Petrovac, Croatia…

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Vukovar, Croatia…

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Road Trip To Italy and Switzerland

Some impressions from my latest road trip to Italy and Switzerland, late February 2019. Lots of snow around, but uncommonly warm at this time of the year…Enjoy!

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Setting Moon over the Lechtaler Alpen, Tyrol, Austria…

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Anti-tank obstacles, covered in 1.5 m of snow, Plamort, South Tyrol, Italy…

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Eerie looking halo covering the half Moon, early morning @ Ofen Pass, Switzerland…

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Lenticular clouds at sunset over Bernina Pass, Switzerland…

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Pre-dawn with the rising crescent Moon, Venus and Jupiter, Bernina Pass, Switzerland…

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Magical light @ Bernina Pass, Switzerland…

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Not an everyday sight…railroad through the city of Tirano, Italy…

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Paintings around a public well, Tirano, Italy…

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Somewhere around Lago di Como, Italy…

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Simplon Adler (Monument), Simplon Pass, Switzerland…

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Stargazing @ Simplon Pass, Switzerland…notice the bright light to the right…

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…the so-called Zodiac Light, pointing towards the Pleiades and engulfing Mars and Uranus…

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Lots of high-alpine roads are closed in Switzerland during winter times…

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Along the Simplon Pass route…

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Ganter bridge and Bortelhorn (center), 3193 m, Switzerland…

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Second night @ Simplon Pass, with Orion up high…

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Pre-dawn @ Simplon Pass, Switzerland…

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Winter´s magic @ Simplon Pass, Switzerland

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Verbania @ Lago Maggiore, Italy, with the snow-capped suisse Alps in the distance, where I just got down from…

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Lago Maggiore, seen from Villa Giulia, Verbania, Italy…

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Weingut I, Upper Bavaria, Germany

Yesterday, I visited a place called “Weingut 1”, just some 90km away from where I live. I have been to a lots of weird places, but this one ranks up very high in my list. Since you follow my blog, you may have noticed that I´m a WW2 buff, and every time I come around those places, it feels like I have been here myself back in the days. Wondering if there is anyone out there who feels the same like me…Here is a link with tons of information about this site: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weingut_I . Writings in Italic are taken from the information boards at the newly installed mass grave memorial site…

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On May 2, 1945, U.S. troops liberated the prisoners and organized their food and care. The U.S. military administration had the dead exhumed and given them a dignified burial. 

Cemetery dedicated to the 392 victims of National Socialism, Neumarkt St.Veit, Upper Bavaria…

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Tombstone for the nearly 1500 Jewish people buried at this and surrounding cemeteries, Neumarkt St.Veit…

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All concrete and iron…The entire armament bunker -except for one arch- was blown up in 1947…The bunker was never completed. It was demolished after the war…

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Plans called for the bunker in Mühldorf to be 400 meters long and 85 wide. The concrete roof was to be five meters thick…

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Information boards at the mass grave memorial site…

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Mass grave site…Inmates died every day in the camps and at the construction site. In a remote area of the woods, prisoners had to dig a grave three meters deep and several meters wide. A work detail with twelve prisoners and four guards used a horse-drawn cart to transport the dead to the site. The naked emaciated corpses were placed in layers in the grave. As the number of dead rose, the grave was extended…

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According to investigations by the American military administration, 3.934 concentration camp prisoners died in the Mühldorf camp complex. Within ten months nearly half of all prisoners had died…

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The newly installed mass grave memorial site, Mühldorfer Hart, Mühldorf, Upper Bavaria, Germany…

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Orion At Simplon Pass, Switzerland

Just a quick impression from last weeks tour to Simplon Pass, Switzerland. Two nights in a row with clear skies and moderate temperatures at an elevation of 2005 m – what more to ask for. Images are shot with a modified Canon 1100 D with a Sigma 1.8/20mm lens on a Vixen Polarie. Enjoy!

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One of the single shots for the stars straight out of the camera, 240 sec./f 2.5…

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A single shot with the Polarie turned off to get a clear shot for the foreground, 240 sec./f2.5, already processed…

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Stacked images, with PixInsight, a total of 76 min…

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Final image: foreground and background image combined, with the constellation of Orion in all its glory and the Rauthorn, 3268 m, to the left…

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Total Eclipse Of The Moon, 21st Jan 2019

Impressions from the total eclipse of the Moon, seen from Lower Bavaria, Germany. Fortunately, the sky cleared up just right in time to watch an extraordinary celestial event early this year. Enjoy!

 

Totality around a quarter past six early morning, with HIP 39749 to the right…

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Totality, wide field…

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Minutes after totality…

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…enjoying the show

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Partial eclipsed Moon with Earth´s Shadow and Belt of Venus…

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My Favorite Images Of 2018

Though I have been to a lot of countries in 2018, some of my favorite shots happened just around the corner of my home turf (Lower Bavaria, Germany). Narrowing down some +10k images into a set of 12 takes some time, but showing them off in a community with like-minded photographers is more than rewarding. If you want to be a part of it too, head over to: https://www.jmg-galleries.com/blog/2018/12/16/blog-project-photos-2018/ and say Hi to Jim Goldstein, who is putting up this project every year. Enjoy!

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Solitude @ Ofenpass, Suisse Alps, Switzerland…

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Mercury (bottom) and Venus (center left) being watched, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Good Friday´s Full Moon rising, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Along the Isar River, Upper Bavaria, Germany…

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Pano of 26 single shots taken with a 8″ Meade telescope and a 24mm Hyperion eyepiece, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Total eclipse of the Moon, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Stargazing with my teenage daughter at my brothers farmland, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Colle del Nivolet, 2612 m, Italy…

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Pano of 20 single images, Little St Bernard Pass, 2188 m, looking towards France…

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On top of Mont Chaberton, 3131 m, France…

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Crescent Moon and the hopfields of the Hallertau, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Camp under the stars with my grown-up sons, Theth National Park, Albania…

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Mont Chaberton

Is there a more weirder thing than a fort on top of a 3130 m high mountain? While coming across images of Mont Chaberton late 2017, the destination for my next trip was set for the French Alps in August 2018. After a week of touring, I arrived in Fenils/I on a sunny Sunday afternoon. The weather forecast looked promising, so I packed my 20 kg backpack and hit the track around 06:00 pm, to avoid the hot afternoon sun. My plan was to arrive late at night on top of Mont Chaberton, to photograph the stars and the Milkyway and of course to spend the night up there. Around 10:00 pm, the weather started to change; clouds moved in, thunder and lightning followed. The benefit of traveling on your own: you don´t have to ask anyone where or when to go, what to do or what not to do. The downfall: you can´t ask someone for advice in a situation like this while being completely on your own. When the rain started at Clot des Morts at 2457 m, after four hours of hiking, I was still confident that the storm would pass as quickly as it came. The thunder was far away, some 25 seconds counting, and heading back was no option. But the further I went on, the rain got heavier and the thundering intervals shortened. So what to do?! Though this situation brought me to my limits, mentally speaking, I closed my eyes, and I decided: whatever would come to my mind first, I will do. And of course, some praying will help to. My intuition was to further go up and to find a spot to get shelter from the storm. Around 11:00 pm, I arrived at Col du Chaberton, 2650 m, the pass underneath Mont Chaberton. As I looked the way back, I saw clouds moving in up from the valley floor, dropping the sight down to zero within minutes. I thought everything is lost now. Luckily the clouds moved away as quickly as they came in and the same moment I spotted the ruins at Col du Chaberton, probably the remains of the former barracks of the fort. What a relief, just in time. I found a small shelter where I could change my cloth and meanwhile the thunder counting dropped down to three seconds. The place has been too small to lay down and sleep, so I had to wait another hour, around 12:00 pm, till the storm dispersed and I could put up my mat and sleeping bag on a flat spot around the ruins. At 04:00 am I got up to hit the last batch of the Mont Chaberton trail, just in time to witness the sunrise with its magical light. A night to remember for sure. Enjoy!

PS: I met some french fellows up there in the morning. One of the guys goes by the name of Ce Dric. I´m sorry, but I couldn´t find you on social media. If you ever come across this post, please drop me a note. Cheers!

View from Col Lauson, 2497 m, towards Mont Chaberton…

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On track, late evening…

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Looking back at sunset with the clouds coming in…

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Shelter from the storm…but also a preferred spot by hikers to relieve oneself…

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Thunder and rain passed, the stars came out…

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Bivouac for a couple of hours after the rain had stopped…

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Greeted on top of the mountain by a camp fire and some french fellows, minutes before sunrise…

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Belt of Venus and Earth Shadow indicates the upcoming sunrise on the opposite side…

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The artillery battery on top of Mont Chaberton…

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Sunrise…

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Artillery battery, Mont Chaberton…

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Facing north-west @ sunrise…

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Facing south @ sunrise…

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Facing south-east @ sunrise…

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Enjoying the show…

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Can it get much weirder? A flattened mountain top with artillery batteries…

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Forte Chaberton, 3130m…

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Inside the fort…

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Memorial stone, Mont Chaberton…

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Memorial stone, Mont Chaberton…

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Heading back on a sunny Monday morning…

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Col du Chaberton, 2650 m…

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Clot des Morts, 2457 m…

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Col du Chaberton to the left…

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The “Cracked Rock” to the right, along the old military road (start of construction 1898)…

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One last look back, before the track hits the forest again…

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Where the fun started: 14 km and 1500 m difference in altitude all the way up to Mont Chaberton, from the italian side at Fenils…

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