The view below that I woke up to early yesterday morning before sun rise was well worth the effort. I had left in the mid afternoon on Friday and driven most of the night arriving at 2.30 Saturday morning and slept in my car for three hours. It was a cool, crisp night at 2200 m altitude and the starts appeared to be just above my head but I did not have the energy to put my camera on its tripod and take a shot of the Milky Way, clearly visible in the absence of any parasite light. I had parked my car only a few kilometres away from my goal for this morning, the Three Peaks Mountain in the Tre Cime di Lavaredo natural park in the Dolomites in northern Italy. I know, it has been photographed millions of times but I have never see it in its majestic reality.
The trail around the Tre Cime mountain was almost empty when I left at 06.15. We were no more than half a dozen people, most carrying cameras and tripods on our way to the different locations where you can enjoy the first rays of the rising sun project on this very particular mountain.
I found a little pond with the Tree Cime reflecting in the surface of the calm water surface that you can enjoy in our title photo and then returned to my car to drive back home just before 9 a.m. Like what we reported in our post from Jutland when returning from its northern tip, Grenen, I met the initial troop of Saturday visitors. I counted to more the 1400 people over my 5 kilometre return hike. And even worse, there was over 7 kilometres of cars lining up in front of the gate to the national park when I left it to drive the 650 kilometres back to Lausanne. It took all day: Will I return? Never on a week-end but maybe sometimes in the late fall-early winter when the first snow has powdered the mountains. Below are some shots in the early morning of the Dolomites with its play of shadows and wold horses, peacefully grazing the arid mountain slopes. Stay tuned for more adventures!