Italy | Lago di Braies

Italy | Lago di Braies

The view from the boating house at the Lago di Braies in the Dolomites in northern Italy, on a cloudy fall day.

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Italy | Lago di Sorapis

Italy | Lago di Sorapiss

Another throwback to my trip to the Dolomites last year.  I hiked up to the stunning Lago di Sorapis, which has cloudy blue water thanks to the minerals it contains.  Unfortunately it was cloudy and started to rain just as I arrived at the lake, but the hike is stunning, with views of the surrounding valleys from the narrow trail.

Italy | Lago di Braies

Italy | Lago di Braies

During summer the Lago di Braies in the Dolomites in northern Italy is crowded with daytrippers hiking the short circuit around the lake. Come winter though, and you have the place almost to yourself especially on weekdays. This shot was taken in fall last year; the weather wasn’t great, but the clouds add to the atmosphere and I loved the bright splash of color from the trees turning orange all around the lake.

Italy | Lago di Braies

Italy | Lago di Braies

During the summer Italy’s Lago di Braies is overwhelmed with day visitors, but early in the morning in fall it’s peaceful and (almost) deserted – with the exception of a few photographers walking around at sunrise. The colorful trees are beautiful, especially on a still day when they reflect with the mountains in the water.

Italy | Lago di Braies

Italy | Lago di Braies

Right now it’s 28 degrees C and sunny where I’m sitting, but I was going through some older pictures from September last year when I spent a week in northern Italy, and I came across this one.  Just looking at it makes me want to sit down next to a fire with a good book!

It was a cloudy morning at the beautiful Lago di Braies; I went super early to try to catch the sunrise, but with the thick low cloud cover I had no chance!  It was still worth the visit though, since it’s a beautiful spot regardless of the weather, and it was almost deserted since it was low season, early in the morning, and the weather was bad.

I post-processed this one in Lightroom by lowering the vibrance to make it appear colder; the autumnal orange and yellow trees in the background still give it some warmth though.  I’m pretty happy with how this one turned out in the end, even though I didn’t have high hopes due to the weather!

Slovenia | Bled Island

Slovenia | Bled Island

This is a view of the island in the middle of Lake Bled, shot from one of the row boats available for rent. It only takes about 10-15 minutes to row out to the island, which has a church and café on it. The lake water has a beautiful blue hue to it thanks to the minerals that have dissolved in it, and here the color of the sky is beautifully matched by the water.

Italy | Lago di Braies

Italy | Lago di Braies

This is a view of the Lago di Braies in Italy, taken from the top of the steps of the boathouse, leading down to the rowboats available for rent.  It’s probably the most overdone shot of the lake… but when you’re there, you’ve got to do it!