Outdoors

mucking about

Havn't posted for a while as I have been busy taking pictures for clients (which is all good!) and building a kitchen (which is nearly finished - photos coming soon!) but did take the Fuji and the family into the woods the other day as it was too hot to be at the park and the pool was more of a zoo! Boys had fun though being boys and getting mucky!

shot on Fujifilm X-E1 with all the OM lenses that I have - 35mm f/2.8, 50mm f/1.4, 35-100mm f/3.5-5.6, 70-210 f/5.6

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My family and other animals.

I really love animals and I don't really approve of Zoos but the Wildlife Center at Whipsnade is a different experience. The animals have a lot more space roam about and generally seem in a better psychological stat than those you see in the more enclosed city zoos. I understand what organisations such as the ZSL are doing with protection and study of species, and also how necessary it is for us to be able to see these animals in person. Most children would never see these magnificent creatures in real life and conservation would not be such an important issue. Still we should work more to make it that these animals are not endangered in there natural habitat and where we don't need to have zoos in order to preserve creatures from extinction.

Shot on Fujifilm X-E1

#whipsnade #zsl #oneearth #itsahardlifeinthemountains #thisisnotafrica

The New Penken Playground

So, last weekend we went up the Penken to see the new play area that they have built. Great place to let the kids burn off some steam and to just sit about enjoying the summer for the grown-ups (who wants to go for a hike on a day like this anyway!) Well worth a visist if you are going up, it's just at the top of the Combi-bahn along with some very cool looking electric bikes and some 'Zorb' ball on a lake. I spoke to one of the chaps up there and apparently there is a lot more planned for next year, so watch this space (not literally, but keep following the blog!).

#itsahardlifeinthemountains #penken #somuessenbergsein #mayrhofen

Easter Egg Hunt '18

Easter is back again and it is time for the Mayrhofen Easter Egg hunt. The weather was kind enough to be dry for a while but the sun decided not to show up. Oh well, maybe next year!

There were nearly 40 children who turned up to scour the Waldfestplatz for the nearly 3000 eggs and other chocolate treats, which they managed to round up in less than 20 minutes.

A huge thanks to everyone who contributed and helped, especially to my amazing wife, Karen for organising the event, her 3 chief helpers, Barbara, Helen and Chris, and to  the Gemeinde Mayrhofen.

Shot with canon 6D, with a number of lenses

#easteregghunt #itsahardlifeinthemountains #lovemayrhofen #lovetirol

Winter walk in the woods

I was looking back over some photos from this winter and I found a folder with a few pictures that I had somehow forgotten to process! (not quite sure how that happened with my quiet and relaxing life in the mountains!) So a couple of early morning post sessions and here is our winter walk in the woods as well as the Kindergarten race day.

fujifilm xe1 and lightroom

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Ice Racing

This weekend the we had an Ice racing track built on a field nearby and some chaps turned up with some sporty looking motors to have a blast round. Although we missed the first days action I managed to get down there on the Sunday with my eldest to catch some of the high octane snow racing. More fun was had by all!

 

#mayrhofen #iceracing #petrolheads

Winter Begins

OK I had some time off, and during that time the winter season kicked off, Well that was lucky wasn't it!, Oh and it snowed too!!! Got some nice shots of the mountains in all their glory and had some pretty decent skiing too. All captured on an iPhone 6s with post done in Adobe Lightoroom Mobile and CC and some experimentation with a new thing or 2 that I learned in Photoshop CC. Tell me what you think in the comments below.

#winterishere #lovemayrhofen #somuessenbergesein #itsahardlifeinthemountains

The Last Days of the Season

Well the winter season finished yesterday, and as luck would have it I managed to get the week off so that I could enjoy this big Alpine playground that I live in. I was hoping for more of the weather that we had been enduring over the last few weeks (hot and sunny) so that I could go up the Glacier at Hintertux. Fortunately it was better than that, it dumped with snow all week, and no there are very few pictures of that as I was having way too much fun in the power!

Hintertux from the Gletcher Bus I

The East view of the Alps from Hintertux 3250m

However, the weather did change on the Friday, and I managed to get up to Hintertux for a day of blasting down near deserted motorway pistes with an amazing view of the Alps.

The Glacier is open 365 days a year and yes, I have been skiiing in August before but I dont recommend it unless you like ice skating on the mountain. Spring is really where it comes into its own with a drpo of fresh snow, and a clear sky, it is really what skiing is about.

The South view from 3250m over into the Italian Alps

PS. dont go there in January unless you like being cold, I have been there in -30 degrees before without the windchill!

The Olperer and the Snowboard park from the top of the observation platform on the Gefrorene-Wand 3250m

The Tuxertal, Zillertal, and beyond

Shot with iPhone 6s, Post production with Adobe Lightroom CC

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