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My Favorite Images Of 2019

Here are my favorite photos, taken 2019. Head over to Jim Goldstein´s site, to take part in his annual blog project ( https://www.jmg-galleries.com/blog/2019/12/16/blog-project-your-best-photos-from-2019/ ). Cheers and have a good one in 2020!

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Total eclipse of the Moon, 21st of Jan. 2019, seen from my home @ Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Telescope shot from the eclipse, with a SC 8″ and a Canon 5d3, full size, no crop…

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The beauty of the winter night sky, feat. Orion with its deep sky objects, taken @ Simplon Pass, 2005m, Switzerland…

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Lenticular clouds at sunset @ Bernina Pass, 2328m, Switzerland…

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One of the most beautiful sunrises in the Alps I`ve ever seen @ Bernina Pass, 2328m, Switzerland…

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Majestic Dolomites and Dürrensteinhütte @ Plätzwiese, South Tyrol…

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The Milky Way in all its glory along the Grossglockner High Alpine Road, 2571m, Austria…

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Mosaic of the partial eclipse of the Moon, seen from my home, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Misty morning @ Lago di Vajont, Italy…

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Like out of a fairy tale, but just an hour´s drive away from my home…crescent Moon setting over castle Haag, Upper Bavaria, Germany…

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A feathered critter at the lower left watching the setting Moon – seen from my living room, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Fog creating some mystical mood @ Timmelsjoch, 2474m, Austria/Italy…

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Timmelsjoch High Alpine Road, 2509 m

On Sept. 19th 2019, I went on a short-trip to Timmelsjoch, a high alpine road in the Alps, connecting the Ötztal in Austria with the Passeiertal in South Tyrol/Italy. Spent the night up there, met some nice people, took some photos and got back home the next day with a refueled soul. Enjoy!

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Towards the Timmelsjoch, from the Austrian side…

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Timmelsjoch, 2509 m…

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Nautical twilight, facing the north-west…

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Low stratus coming in, adding some drama to the night sky…

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Dense fog creating some mystical moods…

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The next morning, facing South Tyrol…

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Like a spaceship, the so-called ´Passmuseum`…

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Border sign ´Austria`…

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Timmelsjoch sign…

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The so-called ´Fernrohr`…

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Solitude…

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New Moon Nights

Some impressions from last weeks drive to the Großglockner High Alpine Road, Austria. Two nights in a row during New Moon with almost clear skies. What better? Enjoy!

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Around 12:00 pm, the sky cleared up, giving way to the Milky Way, and lots of light pollution along the horizon, Jupiter (center) and Saturn (to the left)…

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Brennkogel, 3018 m, feat. the Milky Way…

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Stargazing @ 2517 m a.s.l….

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A bit hazy on the second night…

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Star tracking…

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NGC 7000, the North America Nebula, 35 x 120 sec…

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Beauty of the night sky, 44 x 20 sec…

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The Dolomites, Italy

Impressions from my last road trip three weeks ago to the Dolomites, Italy. What can I say? The Dolomites never disappoint, even if you are welcomed at the Brenner pass (austrian-italian border) on a Sunday night with a snow storm and five inches of fresh snow. Nature is starting to bloom at this time of the year and the green pastures gives a great backdrop to the freshly snow-covered landscape. Enjoy!

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Earth pyramids of Platten…

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Green pastures and freshly snow powdered mountains, Pustertal…

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Pragser Wildsee, home of the series “Bergpolizei”…

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Plätzwiese and Dürrensteinhütte…

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Plätzwiese…

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Cima Cadin di S.Lucano, 2839 m and Cima Ciadin de la Neve, 2757 m (right)…

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One of the few nightscapes this time, Hohe Gaisl, 3146 m, feat. Procyon/Canis Minor…

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I love lost places, and I love churches…the inscription on the ceiling says: ” Wer in den Teich hinabsteigt wird gesund. Der Geist Gottes schwebt über den Gewässern.”

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Sextner Rotwand, 2965 m, Kreuzbergpass…

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Town of Padola…

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Parrocchia di San Lucano Vescovo, Auronzo, with the Tre Cime di Lavaredo in the backdrop…

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Chiesa di San Martino, Valle di Cadore…

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Suspension brigde @ Igne…

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Vajont Dam site, Longarone, where a massive landslide of Monte Toc (to the right) caused a man-made tsunami and killed almost 2000 people, Oct. 1963…

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Lago di Vajont, Longarone…

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Mist, early morning, rising over the town of Etro…

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Sunrise over a hazy Lago di Vajont…

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Torrente di Cimoliana, Riserva Naturale delle Dolomiti Friulane…

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Val Settimana…

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Lago di Barcis…

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Mosaic, ossuary @ Timau

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Remains of WW 1 @ Kreuzbergpass…

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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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