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The dramatic, distant mountains of Southern Bavaria in the early morning light all appear as a monochrome blue colour, are all bunched together and appear to float above the low stratus clouds. Looks like it is going to be a really nice, clear day. Can just make out on the distant horizon, a few snow-capped mountains as well.
From Rebecca Hill
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Gorgeous early morning sunrise picture of the fog lifting over the pine forests and magnificent European Alps in Austria, central Europe. Very dramatic. Having been there myself a couple of years ago, I got a sense of the scale and awe of this magnificent landscape.
The story behind the clouds, from Steve and Carolyn…
While hiking to Cero Torre (near Mt Fitz Roy) in Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina. The morning of Feb 13, 2018, we climbed up to the base of the tower from the town of El Chalten. Normally the winds can be dramatic in this part of Patagona, but that morning was nothing more than breezy – however, as we climbed we saw the clouds over the mountains building. We made it to the glacial lake at the base of Cerro Torre and had a relaxing snack, while watching drama of the clouds continuing to build. Just as we put our packs on to head back, big blustery winds burst out over the lake and onto our shoreside picnic spot. As we tried to make our way down the moraine, the wind howled at our backs, making it extremely difficult to stay upright even with hiking poles. To keep from tumbling down the rocky face, we had to link arms and work our way off the moraine into the trees, where we finally could stand without the fear of face-planting. We later heard the winds were upward of 60 mph. The winds grew from single digits to 60 mph in less than five minutes.
Despite the drama of trying to staying upright, we took plenty of time to appreciate the most spectacular clouds that we’ve seen within recent memory.
My thoughts are most certainly with you. Earlier this week I saw a TV programme on a Freeview channel featuring the nature of Patagonia. The weather there is certainly something to be cautious of. Much like the Lake District in Cumbria and the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland, plus Snowdonia, Wales. The cloudscapes shewn were stupendous!
Glad to know you are ok and made it back to safety. Thanks for the photo.
To Steve & Carolyn
A correction to my previous posting about the TV programme portraying Patagonia.
It was broadcast on BBC’s “BBC4” channel (FREEVIEW 9) yesterday (Saturday, 9th June at 20.00 hrs GMT / ZULU). The next and final one hour programme is set, I think, for next Saturday completing a wonderful 3-part series. I am not able to give the timing of the broadcast but I would imagine it to be at 20.00 hrs GMT / ZULU like the previous two programmes.
The vistas of the dramatic clouds filmed were marvellous.
Thanks very much, Marco, for this lovely photo.
The view brought back fond memories of when I visited and stayed at Castelfidardo for several nights during a really pleasant tour of this part of Italy. During my albeit, too brief, time of stay I was blessed with wonderful weather but not quite like the type you have captured. The clouds really make the photo grand!
Thanks, Emily, for this gorgeous and wonderful capture. A sight to behold.