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 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.

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.

Dolomites – Lago di Misurina

Dolomites - Lago di Misurina | Explore #295 17 November 2016

Another beautiful lake in the Dolomites, this time the Lago di Misurina.  Misurina is a small town a short drive from Cortina, at the start of the toll road up to Tre Cime.  This was shot early in the morning (before an exhausting day hiking around Tre Cime).

Dolomites – Laghi di Piani Reflection

Dolomites - Laghi di Piani Reflection

This is a composite of six shots, resulting in a 50.6 MP panorama. It’s shot in the Dolomties at the Laghi di Piani, which are two small lakes just below the Rifugio Locatelli, near the famous Tre Cime peaks. It was a beautiful, windless day, resulting in incredible reflections of the surrounding peaks.

The six shots were combined using Hugin software and subsequently post-processed in Lightroom.

Dolomites – Lago di Braies Reflection

Dolomites - Lago di Braies Reflection

The Lago di Braies, or Pragser Wildsee, is one of the most beautiful lakes in the dolomites, and therefore also one of the most visited and photographed. It’s also very easy to access, since you can drive up to it and park just a 1 minute walk away from the lake shore. There is an easy trail that circles the lake and takes about an hour and a half to walk (more if you keep stopping to take pictures!)

I was there in late October and many of the trees had changed to beautiful shades of yellow and orange. It was a windless day, creating a perfect mirror on the lake surface. There also weren’t many people there since it was out of season – just me and the mirror-like lake!