The Island of Maui – Road to Hana, a Road to Heaven

View over one of the many Waterfalls along the Road to Hana.

I am on my way to Berlin right now! Seatting in the Train and going through my photo archive, when my I caught this image, which I took on Maui back in 2013. Enroute to the city of Hana, I took the famous road which thousands of bends, offering great views down deep cliffs over the pacific on one side and on the other side to beautiful rain forests.

Towards the end of the road, you still can catch up with hippies from the 70th, who remained on the island and selling now Coconut bread and other Hawaiian food specialities in order to maintain their lifestyle!

They still keep their attitude and seemed to be very relaxed! Of course, in such an environment it is very easy to be it!

Have you already been on Hawaii? If yes, then I am looking forward seeing your images of the Road to Hana!

Ködeltalsperre

Day 110 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Today I roamed the woods around the Ködeltalsperre on my photo tour.

The drinking water reservoir Mauthaus – also called Ködeltalsperre – is a dam in Bavaria, which was built between 1968 and 1972 near Nordhalben for the supply of drinking water. As a secondary purpose, it serves flood protection, low water elevation and the generation of electricity from hydropower.

The dam offers a vast range of photo motives of the most different kinds.

It also shows its charm in all seasons.

The picture shows the starter, which is located about 4.5 km before the main dam.

I can only recommend everyone to include this place on one of their next holiday destinations.

Here the link to the website of Nordhalben, which is an ideal starting point for tours around the dam.

http://www.nordhalben.de/Tourismus-Erholung.5.0.html

Aruncus dioicus Fernald

Day 78 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Despite the bad weather, I took the opportunity for a trip to the foothills of the Alps. This time I visited a remote and little known gorge near the Ammersee.

It is lovely to be all alone. No tourists, no would-be alpinists who do everything just for a posting on Instagram or Facebook.

Just to be in nature, to let the noises affect you and to watch the animals and insects at their goings-on.

Today’s photo portrays the beauty of the Bride’s-feather, a plant from the rose family. This plant is actually only found in the wild in North America. In Europe, it is mostly cultivated as a garden plant. Wild-growing specimens are usually runaways that spread locally via pollen flight.

I immediately noticed the Bride’s-feathers because of their white flowers, which seemed to me like fairy hair in contrast to the dark environment within the wet canyon.

I hope you feel the same way? If not, tell me what you see in it!

A foggy morning at Ammersee

Day 74 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Today’s picture shows the beauty of a foggy morning at Ammersee.

The picture was taken around 08:30.

Actually, I wanted to visit the nearby bird sanctuary, but the fog thwarted this plan. Therefore I paid a visit to the promenade of Dießen.

Generally, at this time of the year, masses would be cavorting at the landing stage of the excursion steamers.

However, due to the Corona crisis, there were very few people on the promenade, which gave me enough space and time to find the right composition.

For the shot, I use my 24-70mm f2.8 lens, which I mounted on a tripod with my D850. To choose the right white balance, I relied on the auto setting of the D850, which did an excellent job.

I just needed to add a touch more warmth to the final image editing in Lightroom.

I hope you like the photo as well!

Andechser Waterfall

Day 51 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Finally an extended tour in the foothills of the Alps again. This time I set out to photograph a waterfall near Kloster Andechs.

Since I did not know the exact location of the waterfall, I had to search the riverbed along the river Kienbach for a length of 5km. It took me almost 3 hours.

Fortunately, there was still enough daylight.

For the photo, I used a polarizing filter and a 0.9 ND filter. I also used my GITZO tripod and my MC-36 Remote Trigger.

It is a pity that the waterfall had a low altitude of water due to an extended reasonable weather period! For sure, I will revisit the fall after a rainy day.

I hope you like the picture.

Tazelwurm Waterfalls

Day 46 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Because of the excellent weather conditions and the bank holiday, I thought it would be an excellent idea to visit the alps for a photoshoot. For the trip, I set the Tazelwurm waterfalls as a destiny. Unfortunately, thousands of other people had the same thoughts too!

What was even more worth, the waterfalls were 100m off a well-known restaurant and recreational area, so lots of tourists in high heels and equipped with selfy-sticks visited the waterfalls.

I planned to employ my 10-Stop Neutral Density filter to soften and blur the water. Because there was a little wooden bridge on which I had to position myself to frame the waterfall and people walking on and off, sometimes even jumping around, it was impossible to use long shutter speeds. Therefore I gave up the plan and postponed the shoot to a later day when fewer tourists are around.

Nevertheless, I took one image to get an idea for the next shooting.

I hope you like it!