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By Kai-Uwe Nielsen
Gorges, Canyons - Mountain streams in the Alps

The Alps are a fascinating terrain for nature and landscape photography. Thanks to the activity of the nature conservancy organisations and the sustainable agriculture on the alps, the nature is largely in a natural, wild and unspoild condition. The Alpenverein, an association of mountaineers wanderer and nature lovers, has well developed a wide net of marked trails and through the Alps, that enables a photographer to reach the most impressive but lonely places in this region. The Klamm, is a sort of gorge or canyon, that was digged through the rock by the streaming waters of meltwater or by little creeks and rivulets. After period of bad weather or after a heavy thunderstorm these little creeks become dangerous wild streams, that tear with them broken trees and scree. The atmosphere in these dark and only by few beams of the direct sunlight enlighted gorges is in a way like in a cave or at the entrance of hell. Since the running down waters are very cold ones, the rockfaces are wet with dripping water and it is very loud. In early times these gorges were part of the lumbering: After the streams had been dammed in order to rise the water level the timber was thrown into the waters and the damm was opened. With the downhill flowing water the timber was transported rapidly into the valley. This was a very dangerous job for the locals, since often the timber was wedged in the narrow parts of the gorges and had to be released and freed.

Photographing in summertime means the perspiring transport of the heavy equipement to the location, to change the light garment against a warm raincoat and to protect the cameras against water. The camera lenses get soon steamed up from condensation and one has to take care for not slipping with the tripod into the water. But on the other hand you are part of the forces of Nature and you capture them in a photograph! More….

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