Indian Summer, fall colours in the Alps of Engadin

An autumn landscape photograph of the Alps of Engadin in Switzerland, featuring mountains with snow and larch trees with fall colours lit by sunrise light.

Pontresina, Graubünden, Switzerland
October, 2012
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Camera & lens

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR

Camera settings

ƒ/11, 1/100s, ISO 100 and 70mm

Size original

7305 x 4875 pixels


Fall colours in the Swiss Alps are breathtaking, as this photograph illustrates. The view captured in this autumn photograph is in Pontresina, a town situated at 1,805 metres (5,921 ft) above sea level in the Engadin region in Graubünden, Switzerland. This region offers plenty of attractive landscape photography opportunities. Engadin has many beautiful mountains, lakes and mountain rivers. Also, and not unimportant in autumn, it has vast forests with larch trees. The needles of the larch trees all turn to orange and yellow towards the end of October.

This photograph was taken just after sunrise. The soft morning light warms the larch trees and rising fog sideways as a result. Besides, it makes the fall colours of the larch trees extra vivid. The clouds above the snow-covered mountain peaks in the back add a nice bit of drama and mood and the warm fall colours contrast nicely with the fresh snow on the mountain peaks.

The name of the mountain in the back is Piz Cambrena, by the way. Piz Cambrena is a mountain of the Bernina Range of the Alps and is 3,606 metres (11,831 ft) high.

Please visit our Mountains & Hills landscape photography theme to find more Swiss mountain landscape photographs. Alternatively, check out our Autumn & Fall Colours photography theme if you wish to see more autumn photography. That theme includes more photos that show the beauty of fall colours in the Alps.

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1 comment for Indian Summer, fall colours in the Alps of Engadin

  1. Tim Jones

    Almost time again Johan! 🙂 Love the colours and contrast here.

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