The Last Rites Of Winter

By now, winter is gone, at least to an elevation of 1500 m a.s.l. I took this images in the attempt to photograph comet PanStarrs early morning, 2nd of April 2013, but the night I arrived at the Rossfeldpanorama-Straße, Berchtesgaden, Upper Bavaria, Germany, I got nothing but clouds and the sight was below 50 m – much different to the predicted clear skies for that night. Traveling for 3 hours and a 180 km drive away, I camped in my van, set the alarm for 5:00 am and waited for the things to come. First I was disappointed by the fact that there were still clouds and comet PanStarrs and the Andromeda nebula were obscured by clouds, but when I got home and looked at the images, the trip was it worthwhile, and it got me some images I dreamed of for some time – extended low stratus clouds down in the valley and stars up above!  Enjoy!



The valley of Berchtesgaden is covered by clouds, city lights are shining through, and the constellations of the Big Dipper and Leo, as well as the bright star Arcturus, are accentuated…



View to the opposite side, lots of clouds around, but fantastic scenery…



No sign of PanStarrs, but some stars are still visible in this pre-dawn scenery; like the constellations of Perseus, Cassiopeia, Cepheus and Cygnus (l.-r.)…



Nice place to “work”…



Above the clouds…



At the office…



Clouds are still floating through the valley…



Still some snow around, 04/02/2013, 1400 m…



Same elevation, different place, but most of the snow is gone, while the wild flowers are starting to bloom, 05/01/2013, Soingraben, Bayrischzell, Upper Bavaria, Germany …


“Personality is everything in art and poetry.” (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)




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