Day 4/5

Passo di Giau

This night I also return to Passo di Giau. The best thing to do is to try not to repeat doing exactly the same. It’s no problem to take the same photograph if the light is different, but if the light is comparable there is no sense in doing that. I have often noticed that when visiting a location several times, I automatically try to find new perspectives and compositions.

On my way I see that nice view on the Croda da Lago in between the trees again. Tomorrow is the last night. Then I just have to shoot that photo from somewhere around here. I still haven’t found a safe place to park, but I think I’m going to do it in one way or the other anyway. I just have to have that photo. But not tonight. I’m going back up there again. More photographs are overthere to get.

Instead of driving straight up immediately, this time I stop at a large parking area close to the turn-off. From here, there is a good view on the Croda da Lago, but from a different perspective. It’s like it’s a completely different mountain altogether.

Croda da Lago

A bit further I see another spot with a nice view on the Croda, now with a bit more of foreground.

Croda da Lago

After this photo I continue all the way to the top. The mountains are looking the same as the past few nights, so nothing to gain from that. There is another path at the top to a kind of motel or restaurant. Let’s see if that offers some opportunities. A whole bunch of people is skiing together with parapentes. Some are really good at it and fly from left to right over the mountain.

I follow the path between high walls of snow and ice. It indeed seems to be some kind of motel but it’s closed. Some other people are photographing here as well. The snow is quite deep and I really have to take care not to sink too deep, have to walk carefully.

In front of me is that same valley and the sun is already quite low on the horizon. Now I have to hurry after all! It proves difficult to stabilize the tripod in the soft snow, but after compacting the snow a bit, I finally succeed. Quickly shoot a couple of exposures on the moment-suprème.

Passo di Giau

The others leave as soon as the sun sets. Good, that gives me some space. The sky is completely clear. It’s getting a lot colder quickly up here. The snow in front of me is full of nice patterns and the mountain in the back is bathing in warm light. That’s another photo for the collection.

Passo di Giau

The light on the mountain is so beautiful that I shoot a couple of close-ups with the tele lens.

Passo di Giau
Passo di Giau

As soon as the sun has really set, everything around me turns blue and now the cold really kicks in.

Passo di Giau

After a while I’m getting the feeling that not much will happen anymore. The pink light of last night is not there. Sometimes I wonder what circumstances cause these colors to occur. I’m almost always surprised by them and just can’t seem to anticipate. While walking back, I look once again towards the valley where the sun was setting earlier. A bit of snow on the foreground, delivers another nice one.

Passo di Giau

Strangely these color always get brighter and deeper after a while. Quite beautiful.

Passo di Giau

There is a last bit of warm light in the west…

Passo di Giau

…and then it’s over and out for today

Passo di Giau

Not as spectacular as yesterday, but I do have acquired another couple of unique photo’s. I first get rid of three layers of sweaters and then start driving back. I’m used to the road now and it’s quite a bit of fun to race these curves. A couple of nights ago the road was really slippery at the highest points because of wind blown snow, but now everything is clean. I pay attention on whether I see the fox again, but today she is not there. Maybe tomorrow she will.

Maps, Charts & Downloads

GPS Map with color coded altitude information

Color coded distance/altitude chart

Color coded distance/altitude chart, Dolomites Winter 2015, Day 4

Download the original gpx file here.

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