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Butterfly Meadow - 2820 meters.

Butterfly Meadow - 2820 meters.
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Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-12
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Naturpark Oetztal [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-21 3:55
Viewed: 5506
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Butterfly Meadow - 2820 meters.

The Location:

Hochegg, a mountain meadow on a small natural platform at an elevation of 2820 meters on the rocky slopes of Schrankogel (3500m), high above Gries im Sulztal, Oetztal valley, Tyrol.

Who would have expected a lively population of butterflies up there amidst bare rocks between patches of snow?

During a rest of just ten minutes at midday I could observe Pontia callidice, Vanessa cardui, Aglais urticae, Boloria pales, Euphydryas cynthia, Erebia pandrose, Papilio machaon flying - and also resting -there.


What a place to rest and be thankful.

The camera:

SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 6mm, F/5, 1/1000 sec., ISO-125; no tripod, no flash; 12.07.2006, 12:01.

The pile of stones, measuring approximately 2 meters, has been doing a good job for orientation in this remote region since generations, from the time before those bright yellow metal signposts were invented. Maybe it was started to be piled up hundreds of years ago. I think that modest little landmark fits perfectly well into the genuine wilderness of the Sulztal valley, and it also does its good job in winter when most of the colour markings on rocks near the path are covered by snow.

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day.

Alex99, horia, cataclysta, jmp, ramthakur, njmv79, RAP, jeanpaul, wallhalla15, dew77, cedryk, Shoot_Score has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Shoot_Score: Inukshuk - stone cairn.peter_stoeckl 4 02-01 14:11
To herkingen: Auf wiedersehen!peter_stoeckl 4 01-04 13:18
To njmv79: highlight the viewpeter_stoeckl 3 10-22 03:21
To batu: Erebia gorge oder sogar Erebia pluto?peter_stoeckl 1 10-21 19:09
To wallhalla15: was wollen sie so weit oben?peter_stoeckl 1 10-21 19:00
To ramthakur: "cairns"peter_stoeckl 1 10-21 09:15
To horia: add a stone yourself?peter_stoeckl 1 10-21 04:13
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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-10-21 4:07]
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Timing was excellent! Just as i finished reading the notes from your last post, i saw this link and checked it :)) A very nice coincidence because you only had 2 views on the photo, so...it was very fresh uploaded :)
Comming back the the image...it's a beauty!
The view from up there is simply breathtaking! Indeed a very wierd place for butterflies (and so many of them) - at least in my mind :)
I really like the POV and the DOF, with those mountains that seem to go on and on forever into the horizon.
Also the colors and tones are lovely and the exposure is impecable.
The pile of stones is also interesting and looking great! (did you add a stone yourself? :))

Bravo, TFS and have a great weekend

Very good photo and interesting note. Together with a picture of P. machaon a perfect inforamtion about a place and butterflis. Realy good job.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-10-21 4:16]

Hi Peter.
Excellent center-weighted landscape picture. Charm landscape and Nature of your edges. Transparency of the air, clearness of the paints, 3D-effect and perfect POV and composition make a very strong esthetic impression. My best regards and TFS,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-10-21 4:26]

Hi again,
Butterflies in Austria have an excellent meeting point! Great place to hike and forget business. This shot shows a beautiful day and place. Except for the size, and the winter snow, some small pieces of "my moutains" are like this one.
Best regards, José M.

Such stone piles as this one are seen frequently on the high altitude trails in Nepal, Peter. They are called "cairns" in general parlance and serve exactly the purpose you have mentioned in your note - the beacons when there is heavy snow fall. In the Khumbu region in the vicinity of Mt. Everest, they are also erected to commemorate lives lost on the mountains.
This a lovely picture of the mountains on a sunny summer day and the stone pillar in the foreground looks very nice.
Thanks and take care.

Hello fellow friend Peter,
Amazing breathtaking landscape,
Nice colors and good sharpness, please have a look on my WS, hope you like it too.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-10-21 8:35]

Nice and instructive presentation Peter, with the compo and your notes as strong points.

I like it a lot: composition, POV, DOF, sharpness, focus, color, lighting, framing, background, notes and the option of Workshop.

I don't like it: nothing.

Thank you very much for an interesting and unusual post.
Best regards... Ricardo

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-10-21 11:39]
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Hallo Peter,
wenn ich das Bild sehe, möchte ich sogleich wieder meinen Rucksack packen. Leider geht das nicht - so ist das Bild für mich zweischneidig: es freut und 'quält' mich.
Gibt es in der Nähe der Geröllhalde im Sommer Erebia gorge oder sogar Erebia pluto?
Eine schöne perspektivische Aufnahme und mittendrin ein 'Steinmännchen'. Die haben mir auch schon desöfteren geholfen.
Schöne Grüße, Peter

Bonjour Peter
Un ciel plein de nuanges, au dessus d'un beau paysage désertique et qui semble très dur.
Merci pour la note qui est très intéressante.
Merci et bon week end...JP

Hallo Peter,
phantastisches Alpenpanorama! Ich glaube Dich gut zu verstehen, daß Du die Berge liebst. Schade, daß ich für solche Höhen die Puste nicht mehr habe. Ich bin schon stolz wie "Oskar" wenn ich Hügel von knapp 400 Metern hoch komme. - Jetzt hast Du aber eine Frage mit Deinen Faltern in den Raum gestellt: was wollen sie so weit oben? Das Nahrungsangebot dürfte wohl nicht so gut sein. Und in Sachen Fortpflanzung ist das auch nicht der passende Ort. (viel zu kalt normalerweise) Ich nehme an, daß die Falter durch Aufwinde mehr oder weniger auf diese Höhe gelangt sind. - Zu Deinem Foto kann ich nur sagen: es ist sehr gut für einen Kalender geeignet. Es gefällt mir sehr. Danke Dir.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-22 5:52]

Hello Peter,
Wonderful landscape.I liked POV,clear details,DOF,3D effect,sharpness and composition a lot.Excellent work!

Hi Peter,
Great photo with a stunning view. I would never expect this to be a meeting place for butterflies. The pile of stones is a little too centered and blocking the view into the valley. Exposure is perfect.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-10-26 21:04]

Hello Peter,
It's a very interesting note and also nice illustration with the picture. I'm not sure about this almost centered composition but... :-)
Anyway, a very nice landscape!
Best greetings,

Hi Peter,

I like Austria so much. This photo is a real good photo and has a nice composition. I like it visit Austria again.

Auf wiedersehen!!!


This photo caught my attention because of the stone cairn.
Here in Canada, stone cairns are used up North which have a very special shape. We call them Inukshuk < which means "image of person" , which is immediately apparent when one sees one > The Inukshuk was traditionally constructed by the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic... It is also the symbol of the 2010 Winter Olympics, which will be in BC, CANADA.

Dear sógor (Schogor),
Until you post a new photo, I have to browse the older ones in your beautiful gallery - what I do with great pleasure, of course. This scene reminds me to a couple of Irish summits - the difference is the altitude, as our mountains are much smaller (even the highest top is on 1040 meters asl. only). But the same "stone desert" and subalpine sheep pasture, not to mention the same stone columns. Very interesting. Nice composition, a little overexposure here and there on the clouds, but the view's breathtaking.
Kind regards from your Hungarian friend who lives in Ireland, László

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