Morning Glory, an alpine autumn sunrise at Lej da Staz

A lake landscape photograph, showing an alpine autumn sunrise at Lej da Staz (Stazersee) in St. Moritz with fall colours and fresh snow on the Swiss Alps.

Sankt Moritz, Switzerland
October, 2014

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Camera and lens

Nikon PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED


ƒ/13, 2s, ISO 64 and 24mm

Size original

7133 x 4760 pixels


This alpine autumn sunrise at Lej da Staz, or Stazersee in German, was very calm and serene. The photograph illustrates how beautiful the Swiss mountains and lakes in the Engadin region in the Swiss canton of Graubünden are.

“Morning Glory” seemed to be a very appropriate title for this alpine autumn sunrise. The larch trees of the forest of Staz (“Stazerwald”) in the back have their fall colours, and the Swiss Alps in the background already have snow on them. The sun just started to rise above the mountains. The light was still soft and balanced as a result. The mountains bathing in first light in the back are Piz Julier and Piz Lagrev. In the foreground, you see a wooden pier (jetty). It nicely leads the eye towards the forest and mountains in the back. There was hardly any wind, so the tree and mountain reflections are close to perfect.

Lej da Staz is a small mountain lake near the town of St. Moritz in Graubünden, Switzerland. The lake lies up a hill in an alpine forest and is a great location both for hiking and photography.

For more photographs of mountain lakes, make sure to visit our Lakes landscape photography theme. You will find quite a few photos of an alpine autumn sunrise at Lej da Staz there. Alternatively, check out our Mountains & Hills landscape photography theme to see more photographs of mountains. Lastly, visit our Swiss Landscape Photography portfolio for a collection of landscape photographs taken in Switzerland.

1 comment for Morning Glory, an alpine autumn sunrise at Lej da Staz

  1. Mark Hofs

    What a beautiful country you live in Johan! I should visit 🙂

    • Johan Peijnenburg

      You should Mark! Tnx 🙂

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