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Autumn colors and first snow in the Swiss Alps

First snow on the Swiss Alps in Autumn

Autumn colors and first snow in the Swiss Alps
October 31, 2011 Johan Peijnenburg
In Photography
First snow in the Swiss alps whilst the trees still have their autumn colors. (Johan Peijnenburg)
70mm – f/8 – 1/60sec – ISO400


Winter is an etching, spring a watercolour, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all. ~ Stanley Horowitz

We haven’t had a lot of snow in the Alps until now. Last year first snow came at the end of October just when the fall colours where at their peak. Perfect timing! I love it when Mother Nature comes along and “photoshops” a bit of contrast into the already amazing scenery! This photograph was taken on 26 October last year just a few 100 meters from my house. Lucky me! The mountains are nicely lit by the late afternoon sun.

Comments (59)

  1. Alan Majchrowicz 6 years ago

    Beautiful, fresh and crisp!

  2. Lotus Carroll 6 years ago

    So gorgeous

  3. Author

    Thanks Alan and Lotus ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Athena Carey 6 years ago

    It’s gorgeous Johan! You are so lucky to be so close to these scenes. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Author

      I’ll let you know when first snow comes and you can combine it with meeting our goats Athena ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Athena Carey 6 years ago

        oh yes Johan. I am looking forward to meeting the goats! Maybe a goat-photo-shoot is in order. tee hee

  5. Kerry Murphy 6 years ago

    So gorgeous, Johan!

  6. Deborah Vos 6 years ago

    Lucky me I live there too!

  7. Beautiful mix of autumn colors and snow aura Johan

  8. Beth Anthony 6 years ago

    Amazing scene.

  9. Author

    Kerry, Maciej and Beth: thank you ๐Ÿ™‚
    Debby: lucky me that you live there to ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Paul Conrad 6 years ago

    beautiful.

  11. mariano minolfo 6 years ago

    Great colors, I love “our” alps. I’m happy for you that live there.

  12. Dean Sonneborn 6 years ago

    Lucky you is right! Having that scene 325 feet from your house is amazing! Do they plow the roads to your driveway?

  13. Beautiful Johan

  14. Rick Worth 6 years ago

    Great quote, too, ending, “. . . and autumn a mosaic of them all.”

    • Author
      Johan 6 years ago

      Thanks Rick. Glad you like it ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Neil Camara 6 years ago

    Another awesome shot +Johan !!! I love it!!!

  16. Michael Russell 6 years ago

    I like the fall color/snow contrast a lot too. Thanks for posting this!

  17. Author

    Thanks Paul and Neil !

  18. Author

    @mariano: thanks for the compliment! Glad to meet another lover of the Alps! Rimini is close as well isn’t it?
    @Khrystiane: thank you very much. Thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚
    @Michael: thanks!

    • mariano minolfo 6 years ago

      Johan, Rimini is not too far, about 500 km.

      • Author

        I think the Alps look a lot different in the area you are in. I was in Ticino a while ago and it is so different. Also beautiful!

  19. Peter de Rooij 6 years ago

    This is gorgeous (and I am a bit jealous)

    • Author

      Lol Peter! Maybe you should move to the Alps then ๐Ÿ™‚ I am pretty sure though that you also have amazing places to shoot in Vietnam!

      • Peter de Rooij 6 years ago

        The thought has crossed my mind:-) But I am not done with Vietnam yet – plenty of amazing places still un(der)visited. (One reason why I am only a little jealous.)

  20. Beautiful!

    • Author
      Johan Peijnenburg 6 years ago

      Thanks Patricia ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Meg Rousher 6 years ago

    Beautiful shot

  22. Martin Richi 6 years ago

    great! the cut between snow and trees looks great.

  23. Author

    Meg and Martin: thanks for the compliment and visiting ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Mariusz Golus 6 years ago

    Winter is coming… ๐Ÿ™‚ Beautiful

    • Author

      Not yet Mariusz. This was last year at the end of October … it is still spring like here ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Robin Clarke 6 years ago

    This is beautiful Johan, two seasons in one. Nicely done ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Author

      Thanks Robin. I love it too. Didn’t happen this year yet though, but might the coming days ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Andy Kennelly 6 years ago

    beautiful composition and light!

  27. Prue Shockley 6 years ago

    Awesome Picture! I’ve just got the Blue Ridge here in VA – not as high of course but can be beautiful too.

  28. Author

    Thank you Andy and Prue!

  29. Nick Chill 6 years ago

    Wonderful composition, Johan

    • Author

      Thanks Nick! Wasn’t a 100% sure about the comp, but glad you like it ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Richard Murphy 6 years ago

    Really nice image Johan. The swiss alps are on my list of places to get to…..its a long list……. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  31. Simon Morris 6 years ago

    Wonderful shot Johan – great capture! ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Denis Monin 6 years ago

    Superbe vue

  33. Love the light and shadows in this one.

  34. Prue Shockley 6 years ago

    What a beautiful photograph! You live in an amazing place.

    • Author
      Johan 6 years ago

      Thank you Prue. I most certainly do ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. Wonderful shot regarding the colours and the composition !๏ปฟ

  36. Rashed Enam 5 years ago

    fantastic one!๏ปฟ

    • Author

      Rashed: missed this earlier. Thanks for commenting! I appreciate it!๏ปฟ

  37. Joseph Trinh 5 years ago

    Beautiful๏ปฟ

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