Alpine autumn reflections

Autumn scenery reflected in an Alpine mountain lake

Alpine autumn reflections
December 21, 2011 Johan Peijnenburg
In Photography
Autumn photography featuring an alpine lake with the reflection of the Swiss Diablerets mountain and trees in fall colours (by Johan Peijnenburg)
17mm – f/16 – 1/40sec – ISO100

I haven’t found the time to work on my new Winter images yet. Luckily enough I still have some autumn photography up my sleeve. This image was shot at the end of last October. This small mountain lake is located in the Derborence valley just behind the Diablerets mountains. It can be reached via the Swiss canton of Valais. The surroundings of this small lake are quite typical. There is a large variety in trees, which makes it look quite special in Autumn.

Comments (133)

  1. excellent work…Johan

  2. Mark Esguerra 8 years ago

    Beautifully shot! Great scene and reflections! 😉

  3. Sandra Parlow 8 years ago

    This is beautiful Johan!

  4. Cho Tang 8 years ago

    Erg mooie kleuren en reflectie Johan!

    • Author

      dank je wel! Hoe is het? Sneeuw in Scheveningen ?

      • Cho Tang 8 years ago

        Ja gaat wel weer wat lekkerder, met jou ook? Gelukkig geen sneeuw hier. Is meestal leuk voor 1 dag en daarna alleen maar vervelend :p

        • Author

          mooi. Hopelijk heb je het wat rustiger rond de Kerst! Hier alles goed 🙂 Witte Kerst …

  5. Jon M 8 years ago

    Very pretty!

  6. Sumit Sen 8 years ago

    Great shot Johan

  7. Dane Clingan 8 years ago

    Just lovely, Johan. The reflection is perfect!

  8. Johan, I like this one very much. Great reflection, beautiful dark sky in there, eye-leading line to the summit. A very good composition. Thank you for sharing, Johan! Looking forward to your winter shots!

  9. Dave Pattinson 8 years ago

    Amazing colours and reflections!!!!

  10. Shelly Gunderson 8 years ago

    This is quite beautiful!

  11. Jörn Daberkow 8 years ago

    Looks like Norway …

  12. dene' miles 8 years ago


  13. Francis Gagnon 8 years ago

    Swiss seems to be an awesome country ! Nice shot, Johan !

    • Author

      It definitely is a beautiful country Francis and I think I only explored 5% of it 🙂

  14. Lance Rudge 8 years ago

    Wonderful natural colors!

  15. Beverley Aston 8 years ago

    Excellent composition, love the way the water with the reflections lead us into the distant mountains…

  16. Davorin Mance 8 years ago

    Lovely colors and reflection. Beautiful landscape.

  17. Richard Murphy 8 years ago

    Very nice Johan

  18. Author

    @Mark, @Sandra and @Peter Paul: thanks! Glad you like it 🙂

  19. Author

    @Cho: dank je wel! Hoe is het? Sneeuw in Scheveningen ?
    @Sumit and @Jon: thanks very much!

  20. Athena Carey 8 years ago

    Very lovely Johan. Is this from the time we went to this place together?

    • Author

      yes, the picturesk (?) place to have lunch 🙂 I shot this with my (now broken) wide angle from the shadow just after that small bridge.

      • Athena Carey 8 years ago

        True Johan a very picturesque place for lunch for sure! I am still sad for your lens. Any word on the repair?

        • Author

          yes, I told them to fix it … they estimated a cost of CHF1000 … ouch

          • Athena Carey 8 years ago

            Ouch is right Johan. I’m so sorry. But I bet it will help you remember to zip that zipper on your bag. Some lessons are painful. I dropped my 10stop filter yesterday – thankfully it landed in the snow (was a pain to clean) and there was no damage.

  21. Author

    @Dane: thanks! I was lucky that part of the lake was still in the shadow 🙂
    @Wilfried: thanks and glad you like it! I will be shooting a lot in the next few weeks, so hopefully I will run into some nice scenes. I won’t be posting a lot until early next year though, as I have family over for a few weeks for Christmas and New Year. Enjoy the coming weeks!

  22. Author

    @Shelly, @Dene’, @Lance, @Richard and @Davorin: thanks for the compliments 🙂
    @Jörn: thanks. I can imagine. Hope to visit Norway one day!
    @Beverley: thanks 🙂 How is the B&W project going?

  23. Nathan Wirth 8 years ago

    Lovely and bright and lovely! Once again … so sorry to hear about that lens.

  24. Peter de Rooij 8 years ago

    Beautiful. Too bad I am not smelling the crisp air when I take the obligatory deep breath:-/

    • Author

      Lol Peter! Thanks. Did you discover this one when you were in CH?

      • Peter de Rooij 8 years ago

        No, I’ve been to that corner only twice. To climb, so in higher spheres;-]

        • Author

          ah ok. Not a lot of people know this lake I think. It is a bit hidden.

  25. Author

    @Athena: didn’t need the lesson really, but it is a good reminder indeed 🙂 Snow to the rescue for the filter … good move. Where were you shooting?

    • Athena Carey 8 years ago

      I was down by the lake towards la ville. We had an entire park to ourselves. Apparently other people don’t like to go out by the lake in blizzard like snow. 🙂

      • Author

        you found a strategy and when you do a LE of snow it’ll look like fog as well 😉

        • Athena Carey 8 years ago

          It’s very tough to keep it off the filter Johan. I should have taken an umbrella.

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 8 years ago

            that’s true. I tried it with my circular one in combination with the normal lens cap and that works fine. You need to put circular ones on your list as well :o)

          • Athena Carey 8 years ago

            I think Santa knows which circular filters I would like to find in my stocking on Christmas. 😉

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 8 years ago

            you have a thing with sticking filters in weird places haven’t you?

  26. Nathan Wirth 8 years ago

    @Athena Carey … do you think Santa could fit some lights in my Christmas stocking?

    • Nathan Wirth 8 years ago

      @Johan … I’m not even going to ask what you what that comment to Athena means …

      • Author

        Lol. She knows … it’s not as bad as it sounds 🙂

        • Athena Carey 8 years ago

          roflmao you two!! Yes Johan, but this time I meant the Christmas stocking!

          Nathan Wirth: I have to explain now I think because otherwise who knows WHAT you will think of!

          I am a bit of a tom boy. And lazy about carrying my camera bag. So sometimes when we get to a shooting location, I’ll leave the bag in the car and take my tripod and camera in my hands and shove the square and rectangular filters (in their cases) into the back of my jeans. 🙂

          I guess if I switch to circular filters I can just shove them into my jeans pockets. 😉

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 8 years ago

            yes and less color cast when stuck in jeans pockets 😉

  27. Athena Carey 8 years ago

    Johan: I said “in their cases”!! You goofball. 😀

    • Nathan Wirth 8 years ago

      As you know Athena, I am a proper gentleman, so my thoughts were all rated G. However, the back pocket is probably a bad idea for filters — even in their cases– just in case you should stumble and fall on your arse! And you have square and rectangular filters … should I go there … or should we call a cease fire for a few days?

      • Athena Carey 8 years ago

        you already won. I conceded. But only to the point of accepting both. I do have a square and two rectangular filters (and two squares on order). 😉

  28. Kerry Murphy 8 years ago

    What a crisp, clear day! This is just beautiful and enchanting, Johan!

  29. Charles Lupica 8 years ago

    Johan: Happy holidays to you and yours.

  30. Andre Hohenstein 8 years ago

    great capture from this place 😉
    thanks for sharing and wish you happy Holidays

  31. Charles Lupica 8 years ago

    Beautiful image Johan

  32. Philip Arthur 8 years ago

    Beautiful and calming.

  33. Deborah Vos 8 years ago

    You should put it in a calendar Johan 😉

  34. Joel Tjintjelaar 8 years ago

    That is a great location and you’ve captured it very skilfully Johan! The blues in the sky and water are awesome:)

  35. Neil Camara 8 years ago

    Another beautiful shot my friend!!! 🙂

  36. Author

    Thanks Joel and Neil !!!

  37. Gemma Costa 8 years ago

    wonderful and so peaceful Johan

  38. Simon Morris 8 years ago

    Super shot Johan – beautiful reflections! 🙂

  39. Francesco Gola 8 years ago

    Perfect reflection Johan !

  40. Author

    Gemma, Simon and Francesco: thanks all so much 🙂 Glad you like it!

  41. Stuart Williams 8 years ago

    Awesome scene, wish I was there. :o)

  42. Beautiful! Love the reflections!

  43. Meg Rousher 8 years ago

    Great Shot, Johan!

  44. A real beauty! I love how the line of trees on the left leads the eye right to the mountain peak. Very nice work.

  45. Kurt Harvey 8 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous reflections and color Johan. A place to sit and contemplate natures beautify. 🙂

  46. Thomas Schwarz 8 years ago

    Awesome reflection

  47. Author

    @Kurt: It certainly is! Thanks!
    Thanks @Thomas. Glad you like it !

  48. Beautiful work Johan!

  49. Rudolf Vlček 8 years ago


  50. Gerard Charnley 8 years ago

    Another lovely shot Johan . I’m looking forward to seeing more of your work in 2012 🙂

  51. Louis Lavoie 8 years ago

    Great one Johan. The best to you for 2012.

  52. John G Moore 8 years ago

    Nice one Johan. The reflection works great! 😉

  53. You make me nostalgic here, I kinda recognize the word Diablerets cause it’s so unusual, and it also gives me associations – and I’ve been to Valais… 🙂

  54. Author

    @Louis: thanks and best for 2012 for you as well!
    @John: thanks John!
    @Charlotte: thank you. How long ago have you been there?

    • I’m not sure, the years kinda float together nowadays, I don’t find the info right now, must have been somewhere between 1995-1999, in the summer, just a few weeks. The scanned mountain pic I posted awhile ago was from there.

      • Author

        that’s already quite some time ago. You should re-visit one day!

        • Yes. I hope to do that! Which season is the most beautiful photowise….? Oh – almost forgot – wishing you a beautiful new year!

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 8 years ago

            all seasons have their charm. Personally I like Spring and Winter best. Mid-Summer can be challenging for photography. Autumn is usually very short and you need a bit of luck with first snow 🙂 All the best to you as well for the New Year!!!

  55. dene' miles 8 years ago

    Hope you have a wonderful NYE Johan 🙂

  56. luvit

  57. Jan van Erven 8 years ago

    Prachtige reflecties en kleuren Johan!…

  58. Author

    Thanks Dene’!!! Happy New Year 2u2 🙂
    Thanks for the nice comments Pawel and Jan !

  59. Johan, all the best and many masterpiece-photos in the new year! See you soon, Johan !

    • Author

      Thanks Wilfried 🙂 I’ll do my best! Best wishes to you as well and looking forward to your high alpine work! See you on the 15th!

  60. Rumiana Nikolova 8 years ago

    Wonderful album..Greetings for your exellent work..
    I will learn to you ..Thank you for sharing..:-)

  61. Subhan C 8 years ago

    sup pic

  62. Author

    Thanks Subhan and Rumiana!

  63. Oh! Yes sir magnificently done.

  64. Biplab Kumar Pal 8 years ago


  65. Author

    Saqenu and Biplab: thanks so much!

  66. Jessy Eykendorp 8 years ago

    Wonderful atmosphere! Hi Johan, hope you’re doing great 🙂

    • Author

      Thanks Jessy! I am doing terrific. Hope all’s well with you as well. Looking forward to you work in the New Year!

  67. Beautiful reflection

  68. Mikko Tyllinen 8 years ago

    Amazing place Johan! wonderful shot!

  69. Yasmin Simpson 8 years ago

    I don’t know how I could miss this treasure… Lovely work!

  70. The amazing beauty! Thank you! You are a master!

  71. David Burns 8 years ago

    Very nice,reflections are one of my favorites Johan,I particularly like how the color of the mountain and snow and green of the trees are toned down in the water reflection,really draws me into the image.

    • Author

      Thank you David. I have a few more images of this lake that I might publish later 🙂

  72. Saeed Rezaei 8 years ago

    i dont know what i have to say .its so beautiful

  73. Lovely

  74. Lilia Lin 7 years ago

    Beautiful Johan. Dank je for sharing :)

  75. Author

    @Shashikanth: thanks!
    @Lilia: thanks again 🙂 So where did you pick up the Dutch?

    • Lilia Lin 7 years ago

      Well, I speak a few languages and I’m interested languages 🙂 I managed to remember a few words from my holiday in Holland, I definitely think if i stayed longer, I would make better progress ;)

      • Author

        I wish I was that good at languages 🙂 

        • Lilia Lin 7 years ago

          Oh no, no, I am Not that good at languages Johan. I grew up in a multi-lingual family so that helps :)

  76. Que maravilla es una gozada poder contemplar este paisaje .Una perfecta foto.

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