Tre Cime di Lavaredo / Drei Zinnen

A long yet flat hike took us Dreizinnenhütte this summer to spend one night in the Rifugio and see the breathtaking landscape of Tre Cime Mountains of Alps. Nearest place that you can drive is Rifugio Auronzo. To get there you need to take a special toll road that is only open from June to September and beware that the road is extremely expensive! After you park your car to Rifugio Auronzo, a 1,5 hour hike awaits you to the place. The view is so beautiful once you are up there, time flies when you are wandering around. Even though the electricity limited in Rifugio their food was absolutely amazing.

Seceda

The edge of the world! Maybe not the scariest place on earth, but the peaks of Seceda (2519m) looks really stunning and intimidating. The plateau of Seceda is widely considered one of the most photogenic locations in the Dolomites, which puts it among the best of the entire Alps. You need to hike to the point in order to shot a sunrise or a sunset as the lifts do work only during the daytime for a limited duration. From the mountain station of the Col Raiser gondola cableway (2,100 m), we take the trail n° 4, leading us the way across meadows and high-alpine forests towards the Rif. Firenze. From this place, the hiking trail n°1 stretches towards the Seceda. Hiking length is about 9,5km and it takes around 4 hours to finish it as the attitude difference is nearly 500 meters!

Alpe di Siusi / Seiser Alm

The local tourist information defines this place as ‘Where the Dolomites are at their most beautiful’. You need to have a hotel reservation to surrounding villages of Castelrotto/Kastelruth, Siusi/Seis, Fiè allo Sciliar/Völs am Schlern and Tires al Catinaccio/Tiers am Rosengarten to be able to enter the area. The area is restricted to car traffic unless you have overnight on the region. I’d recommend to spend at least 2-3 days as the place is a hiking and mountain biking heaven.

This particular shot was from a slightly cloudy sunrise. Watching the sunrise with the extraordinary views of Dolomites worth all the effort to go there. This is a perfect place for time lapse photography as the sun rises from the side of the mountains the small hilly region on the front does its spectacular light show!

Fields of Valensole

This year, I had the privilege to go to the lavender heaven, Plateau de Valensole in Provence. I was a bit late, though. Harvesting was already started when we have arrived and some of my favourite locations for shooting have already been harvested. I found this location in a sunrise time just before the villagers started harvesting the lavender. Same sunrise, I had the opportunity to shoot this incredible landscape and witness (and smell) the whole process. To smell the lavenders being cut was an absolutely thrilling experience.