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My Favorite Images Of September 2012

As you may have noticed, this blog tends to become more and more “nocturne-sided”. I cant help myself, but I´m somehow addicted to the stars and the universe itself. That´s the kind of stuff that fuels my soul, my inner motor, my vision. Since we are made out of that stuff, the so-called star-dust, I think it´s some kind of normal  being addicted to the cosmos. The digital area gives us so many new possibilities for capturing the stars in a way that wouldn´t have been possible some time ago. These days I even plan my journeys on the phases of the Moon, and the first images I process when I´m back home are the ones of the night sky. There is a saying that gear doesn´t matter, it’s the person behind the lens that matters. That´s right – except for one term – when you are shooting night-scenes. There is an interesting article by Michael Frye on his blog about gear – check it out: http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2012/09/27/photographing-the-milky-way/ . 

I´m heading to Volgograd, Russia on Friday,12th Oct. – Friday, 19th Oct., to see the grave of one of my fallen uncles during WWII. I´d planed this trip on the phases of the Moon (New moon 15th Oct.), not knowing until later, that my uncle Martin was fallen 16th Oct. 1942; that makes it exactly 70 years, for one of the Priller-clan to visit his graveyard….This time I´m traveling by airplane; here are links when I had tried this by car in 2010: https://wernerpriller.wordpress.com/2010/11/11/dealing-with-russia-part-i/ , https://wernerpriller.wordpress.com/2010/11/24/dealing-with-russia-part-ii/ , https://wernerpriller.wordpress.com/2010/12/08/dealing-with-russia-part-iii/ , https://wernerpriller.wordpress.com/2011/03/28/dealing-with-russia-last-part/ 

Enjoy!

Dramatic clouds during nautical twilight…

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A so-called Fireball or Bolide hitting the MilkyWay…

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Backlit clouds over the Austrian Alps with the so-called Venus Belt (pinkish line) and Earth Shade (the grey line above the ridge)…

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The stars shine over the Austrian Alps; notice the light dot at the middle of the ridge-this is where the Großglockner-High-Alpine-Road leads to (2504 m)…

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Long-time exposure of the MilkyWay; though the foreground gets blurred, this single shot contains that much information…

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The MilkyWay above Gr0ßglockner Ridge, 3798 m, with the Pasterze-glacier to the right…

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20 min. single startrail shot; notice the light track (center) – mountaineers still descending from the summit of Großglockner Mt., 3798 m…

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Stars and Venus above, while the city of Auronzo lies beneath a cloud cover, the Dolomites, Italy…

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The Dolomites, the city of Misurina and the stars…

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The Dolomites, just before the stars become visible…

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3-image pano: Venus (left), Procyon (center) and Sirius (right); the city of Auronzo shines through the clouds/low stratus, Italy…

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Startrails above the ridge of the famous Tre Cime mountains, the Dolomites, Italy…

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“When god created the world, he took the Dolomites as example.” 

(Author ?)

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Austria: Hohe Tauern National Park

Last years trip has led me to Austria´s  “Hohe Tauern National Park” at the beginning of the fall season. Early October is a pretty good time to visit such a high frequented area – school holidays are over and most tourists don´t want to spend their valuable time in the cold. From where I live, access is very easy and it´s only a four hours drive. The “Grossglockner High Alpine Road” leads you on a spectacular drive through the NP, with fantastic lookouts and sightings. For more information go to: www.grossglockner.at . Enjoy!

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Crescent Moon along the way to the Hohe Tauern NP…

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 Dawn @ Hohe Tauern NP

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On top of  Edelweiß-Spitze (2571 m) @ Hohe Tauern NP

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High alpine road @ Hohe Tauern NP

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Information board at Gamsgrubenweg…update 22th Sept. 2018: the image to the left shows John Muir (right)  with Theodore Roosevelt and not as stated with Albert Wirth…Thanks to Dave Dobak and Hugh Shercliff…

The Hour Of Birth Of The National Park ( Albert Wirth´s legacy):

In the year 1899, Albert Wirth, a distinguished captain of the timber industry of Villach, was the first Austrian to visit the North American national parks of Yellowstone and Yosemite. Wirth returned to Austria an ardent conservationist burning to introduce the idea of national parks into this country. Nineteen years later a oppurtunity opened when plans by a financially potent consortium became publicly known. These plans included the closure of the Grossglockner area, public admittance for an entrance fee and to increase the accessibility by building cable-cars. Wirth decided to buy the Carinthian part of the Grossglockner area, including the Pasterze glacier, a total of 4100 hectares, and to bestow it on the Austrian Mountaineering Association, requiring to guarantee “this part of the Grossglockner area to be preserved for the future as a conservation area”.

Dusk @ Hohe Tauern NP

Setting crescent Moon @ Grossglockner ridge

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This gentleman reminds me a lot of my deceased father…

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the Pasterze, the longest glacier in the eastern alps @ Hohe Tauern NP…

Mt. Grossglockner, the highest mountain in Austria, 3798 m, with some mountaineers ascending the top and some already up on the top…

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