Misty Dawn, a foggy lakeside sunrise at Lej da Staz

A lake landscape photograph, featuring a misty sunrise at Lej da Staz (Stazersee) with rising fog, reflections of snow-covered mountains and a wooden pier.

St. Moritz, Switzerland
October, 2014

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Camera and lens

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED


ƒ/11, 3s, ISO 64 and 35mm

Size original

7262 x 4847 pixels


As you can see, this autumn sunrise at Lej da Staz was not only very tranquil and peaceful but also quite cold and very foggy. Therefore, “Misty Dawn” seemed like a fitting title for this mountain lake landscape photograph. Lej da Staz, or Stazersee in German, is a small lake in the Engadin region, in Graubünden, Switzerland. The lake lies up a hill close to St. Moritz and is an excellent location for photographing lake landscapes.

Lej da Staz has various bigger and smaller wooden piers. The one in the photograph is the most characteristic. The Swiss Alps sunbathing in the back are Piz Julier and Piz Lagrev. They just received a dusting of fresh snow. Usually, the wind arrives shortly after sunrise. In this case, however, it didn’t. As a result, the photograph shows perfect reflections of the mountains and the pier. Also, the fog didn’t clear yet, which made for a unique misty setting. This photograph of a sunrise at Lej da Staz illustrates how beautiful the mountain lakes in Graubünden in the southeast of Switzerland are. Make sure to visit the region, if you get the chance!

Visit our Lakes landscape photography theme for more photographs of lakes, both big and small. You will find quite a few photos of sunrises at Lej da Staz there. Alternatively, check out our Mountains & Hills landscape photography theme to see more photographs of mountains.

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