Austrian eyecandy …
With the late autumn days growing short, dark and gray, it seemed like a good time to reach back into the archives for some of the brightest summer pictures I could find. The soft, caressing clouds over the foothills of Upper Austria are especially soothing to me, and the mere memory of the glowing sunset over the craggy Alps around the Krippenstein still warms my heart. And it will be a few months before we’re back to swimming in our favorite alpine lake, the Langbathsee, but until then, we have this photographic memory of a perfect summer day to tide us over. Be sure to check out the Summit Voice Sunday set archive for more travel pics, and check out our online gallery for nature and landscape images.
Along the wall.
Along the trail.
Sunflowers over the city.
I was pleasantly surprised, last weekend, to find a late-blooming field of sunflowers on a sunny hillside above Linz, Austria. Even as most forests donned their tan and burnished autumn coats, this patch of blossoms seemed to defying the season with one last-ditch blaze of summer glory. Visit the Summit Voice Sunday set archive for more travel pics, and check out our online gallery for nature and landscape photography.
In the vines …
All the colors of autumn in one leaf.
I had a chance to explore the heart of Austria’s wine country on a perfect autumn day, following an interpretive trail through neatly tended terraces in the Kamp River valley, north of Vienna. Most of the grapes were already harvested, but a few clusters were still ripening in the sun for a late harvest. Some will be left until they freeze on the vine. That late harvest yields a smaller amount of concentrated wine, its sweetness balanced by high acidity. Check out all the latest Summit Voice travel photography in our Sunday Set archive, and visit our online gallery or more landscape and nature images.
Climate change threatens The Med …
St. Tropez lighthouse harbor.
Cap Roux wave.
Haven’t had a chance to hang out near the ocean for a while, so it’s time to reach back into the archives for a seaside set from the coast of the Mediterranean, a region feeling the full impact of global warming. One recent climate study found that the current dry spell in the region is the most intense in the past 900 years, and just in the past couple of weeks, scientists said this past summer’s record heatwave across the region, dubbed Lucifer, had clear global warming fingerprints all over it. And along with direct heat impacts, there are other effects. In the eastern Mediterranean, warmer water has enabled tropical fish to invade, and they are having a big impact on marine ecosystems. There are also clear signs that global warming will intensify droughts and the wildfire danger in the region. NOAA has also warned the region could become more susceptible to winter drought.
Summer scenes …
Sunset over the Ottensteiner Stausee.
Storm over the Danube.
A quickie photo trek through through parts of Austria reflecting the peak of the summer season, including building thunderstorms over Vienna and the Danube, one more of the poppy fields in full bloom, and some countryside shots. Check the Sunday Set archive for more travel pics, and visit our online gallery for fine art nature and landscape images, available printed on a wide range of mediums.
Bittersweet days …
In the pond.
From the marketplace out into the fields and forests, late summer brings a last flush of colorful blooms. Make sure to get out a few more times before the monochromatic days of fall and winter come along. Not that there’s anything wrong with a crystalline or wet world of white and gray, but it’s nice to tank up on some of summer’s energy when you can. These are some of my favorite end-of-season images from last year, taken at the Brunnenmarkt in Vienna, the Austrian Alps and the canyon country of southern France.
Salzburg and Tirol may get all the glory for dramatic mountain scenery, singing nuns and happy cows, but the northeastern quadrant of Austria also has its charms. The Waldviertel is one of the most rural and agricultural sections of the country, with a pleasing patchwork of carefully tended fields and forests, not to mention ponds and lakes that have been managed for aquaculture for several hundred years. The images in this set were all taken around the town of Zwettl, the heart of the Waldviertel at the confluence of the Kamp and Zwettl rivers. Check out the last few Summit Voice photo essays in the archives and visit our online gallery for more nature and landscape photography.