Tranquil Sunrise, the start of a new day at Lej da Staz

A lake landscape photograph in colour, showing a tranquil sunrise at Lej da Staz (Stazersee) with trees in fall colours and snow on the Alps in the back.

Sankt Moritz, Engadin, Switzerland
October, 2014

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Camera and lens

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


ƒ/11, 1/6s, ISO 64 and 24mm

Size original

7293 x 4862 pixels


This autumn sunrise at Lej da Staz, or Stazersee in German, was very tranquil and peaceful. Therefore, “Tranquil Sunrise” seemed to be a fitting title for this mountain lake landscape photograph. Lej da Staz is a small lake in the Engadin valley, in Graubünden, Switzerland. The lake lies up a hill close to St. Moritz and is an excellent location for photographing landscapes … and for bathing.

The photograph shows how beautiful the Swiss Alps and lakes in Graubünden are. Graubünden is a canton in the southeast of Switzerland. The larch trees of the forest of Staz (“Stazerwald”) in the background have their fall colours, and the mountains in the back just got a fresh dusting of snow. The sun just started to light the mountain tops when the photograph was taken. As a result, the light was still soft and balanced. The mountains catching first light in the back are Piz Julier and Piz Lagrev.

For more photographs of lakes, both large and small, make sure to visit our Lakes landscape photography theme. You will find quite a few photos of Lej da Staz there. Alternatively, check out our Mountains & Hills landscape photography theme to see more photographs of mountains.

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