Cold River, a mountain river in winter in the Alps

A landscape photograph in black & white of winter in the Alps, featuring a mountain river finding its way down from the Swiss Alps near the Albula pass.

Albula pass, Engadin, Switzerland
October, 2013
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Camera & lens

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

Camera settings

ƒ/14, 1/200s, ISO 100 and 32mm

Size original

4850 x 7268 pixels


It was the start of winter in the Alps when this moody snow landscape photograph was taken. The water of the small mountain river was still flowing and finding its way down from the Swiss Alps in the back. Fog is rising, and the sun manages to warm the landscape a bit. It was close to the end of the day. As a result, the light is nicely soft. The mountain river leads the eye precisely to the patch of sunlight as well as the mountains in the back.

The view as shown in this winter landscape photograph, titled “Cold River”, is a view from a higher altitude close to the Albula pass road in the Swiss canton of Graubünden. The name of the more dominant mountain in the back is Piz Üertsch and has an elevation of 3,268 metres (10,722 ft). The Albula pass road offers gorgeous views and many excellent landscape photography opportunities. Make sure to visit if you get the chance!

Interested in seeing more? This photograph of winter in the Alps is part of our Mountains & Hills landscape photography theme. Please visit our Winter & Snow photography theme to see more winter photography in general. Alternatively, check out our Swiss Landscape Photography portfolio for more photographs from Switzerland.

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1 comment for Cold River, a mountain river in winter in the Alps

  1. Kate Palmer

    Beautiful … and chilly :-p

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