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Carnival

Over the weekend we made long journey over snow covered autobahns and horrible traffic up to a little corner of Nordrhein-Westfalen near the Dutch border. The reason: Carnival. Saturday night was spend among the costumed crowds in Cologne (home to the tallest cathedral in Germany). I’ve never been to Mardi Gras, but imagine it would be something similar, except the for the German Carnival songs that everyone is singing and dancing to the entire night.

On Sunday we went to a cool little parade in the town of Ratheim, near where we were staying.
2009 German Carnival parade photo, Ratheim, Germany.  Cody Duncan Photography

2009 German Carnival parade photo, Ratheim, Germany.  Cody Duncan Photography
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Berchtesgaden

It was non-stop snow from Friday afternoon until Sunday morning. Then the clouds parted and it was about as good of a day as can be asked for. Just a couple pics now, will post more in the next days. Busy researching any way possible so that I can stay in Germany. Have two weeks left to figure something out otherwise it’s plane ticket shopping…

Adventure stock photo: Woman hiking in deep snow towards summit of Jenner, Berchtesgaden national park, Bavaria, Germany. Cody Duncan Photography

Panoramic stock photo: snowy mountain view of Berchtesgaden national park from Jenner, Bavaria, Germany. Cody Duncan Photography

Panoramic stock photo: snowy mountain view of Berchtesgaden national park from Jenner, Bavaria, Germany. Cody Duncan Photography

Hohenstein

Hohenstein is the highest point in the area so I thought I would head there after wandering around in the snowy forest on Wednesday afternoon. Hiking through knee deep snow up the path to the castle the world became thoroughly cold and the sun vanished behind the clouds as the the next snow flurry settled in. I could see Auerbach off in the distance, nice and bright and sunny. Soon enough, but not after nicely frozen hands, the sun was back out again for a few fleeting moments before winter once again took over.

Panoramic stock photography: sunset on snowy winter landscape, Bavaria, Germany

Germany stock photography: Burg Hohenstein castle in winter, Mittelfranken - Bavaria, Germany

Snow flurries taking over the landscape again…
Panoramic stock photography: snowy winter landscape, Bavaria, Germany

A Walk in the Forest

Been snowing the last few days, which hasn’t made my morning drive very fun, but makes for kinda cool looking forests. The clouds have parted in the afternoon making for some nice light on the fresh snow and giving me a bit of hope to be able to do some night shooting (with snow), but as soon as it gets dark, it’s cloudy again. So it goes in Germany…

Landscape stock photo: snow covered forest, Oberpfalz - Bavaria, Germany

Landscape stock photo: snow covered forest, Oberpfalz - Bavaria, Germany

Landscape stock photo: snow covered forest, Oberpfalz - Bavaria, Germany

Landscape stock photo: snow covered forest, Oberpfalz - Bavaria, Germany

Windloch Sackdilling

Was in Windloch Sackdilling cave again last night. Weather wasn’t so good, so the best thing to do is go underground. The ice-stalagmites have grown quite a bit and are pretty cool looking. I only had 1 SB-800 flash with me and no tripod as I wanted to keep things light while down in the cave, so I couldn’t do too much. But hopefully I can head back sometime this week with all my lighting gear (it’s pitch black, no natural light) and see what I can come up with. The ice is only in the first part of the cave, so no rappelling required to get there.

Windloch Sackdilling cave, Oberpfalz, Germany: photo of Ice stalagmites

Windloch Sackdilling cave, Oberpfalz, Germany: photo of Ice stalagmites

Crawling out from one of the small passages in the back of the cave.

Caving photography: caver crawling through narrow passage in limestone cave, Windloch Sackdilling cave, Oberpfalz, Germany:

Wettersteingebirge

Panoramic photo: Wetterstein range in winter. Cody Duncan Photography

Wetterstein group in winter from near Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

9 vertical images at 200mm.

Burg Hohenstein

Burg Hohenstein castle, Mittelfranken - franconia, Germany

Warm winter light on a cold winter day at Hohenstein a few weeks back.

Across the Minch

Some twenty or so miles across the Little Minch rise the mountains of Harris. I was there once, on some journey years ago. For some reason the Hebridean isles have been on my mind lately. Maybe it’s because I haven’t seen any ocean since last July, the longest period in my life, so the idea of wandering along an empty beach with a cold north wind on some wild and rugged island on the edge of the world is like a dream.

Isle of Skye stock photo: view across the Little Minch to Isle of Harris, Scotland

Ice Cave

Was doing some cruising around the Fränkische Schweiz (franconian Switzerland) the other week and came across this. Not anything super interesting, but for someone who spent the first 24 years of his life in Southern California, it’s kinda cool. Almost stood up too quickly and impaled myself on one of the icicles.

German landscape stock photo: Icicles in limestone cave, Franconian Switzerland, Bavaria, Germany