Landscape,  Travel

Brione (Valle Verzasca)

My hotel 1900 (Novecento) in Muralto was rebuilt by the new owners 20 years ago. Breakfast organic and with vegan spreads, a lightness of being. The house has a nice garden, where tea is served with freshly harvested sage. The only thing they didn’t consider was the Internet. Therefore, my blog or video communication was hardly to think about.

On the last day I wanted to photograph the birch forests near Brione. The parking lot the day before was so crowded that had no chance to park the car safely. Arriving at half past ten o’clock there were no problems. Even a tree was allowed to provide shade.

Morning at Brione © Julian Köpke

You only have to search a bit to find an exit to the banks of the river Verzasca. You’re not the first to try. If you make it, you will be rewarded by the photographic options with magnificent water between diverse and colourful boulders.

Morning near Brione in Verzasca valley © Julian Köpke

The selfie has many variations. A variant shows the pride of the photographer on location. Or a shadow selfie.

Equipment selfie at Verzasca © Julian Köpke
Shadow selfie an der Verzasca © Julian Köpke

The rocks in the water change their color with the daylight and the water color they reflect. This makes these objects interesting and varied photo motifs. Once you find a hungry shark, who has already taken one or the other photographers. Or in the shadow, a white stone that looks almost metallic.

The shark © Julian Köpke
White rock near Brione © Julian Köpke

I couldn’t reproduce the delicate colorfulness of an autumn birch forest, the distance over the river was too great for that. The sun was still too high, it vanished far too soon behind ridge, and the valley lay in the shade. Maybe you can still guess early autumn.

Birch trees above Brione © Julian Köpke

I like to make things visible the naked eye isn't able to see. That's part of my profession as a radiologist, too.

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