• Kevin Esser

Bavarian Alps, part III

A nice hike along a little stream called Hammersbach leads to the Höllentalklamm (Hell Valley Gorge). The name might sound a little scary, but the scenery is simply amazing. A dream came true, when I spotted an Alpine Salamander (Salamandra atra). Our very first observation of this species! It was already evening and quite cold in the gorge, but I think I was a little shaky because of pure happiness - not because of the temperature.

The photo shooting of the black beauty, some long exposure shots and a really long hike took quite some time... so on our way back it already got dark, also a thunderstorm came up. Well prepared, with flashlights and umbrellas, we made it back to the car. I thought the rain might atract some more salamanders, but we didn't find another one. Instead we came across a massive and beautifully colored Common Toad (Bufo bufo).


Hammersbach
Hammersbach
Hammersbach

Salamandra atra - Alpine Salamander
Salamandra atra - Alpine Salamander
Alpine Salamander - portrait
Alpine Salamander - portrait
Höllentalklamm
Höllentalklamm
Bufo bufo - Common Toad
Bufo bufo - Common Toad

After we moved from Mittenwald to Schönau, we went straight to the famous and fotogenic Hintersee. The nature reserve Zauberwald (enchanted forest) next to the lake is beautiful as well and offers some nice trails along a river.


Hintersee
Hintersee
Zauberwald
Zauberwald
Ramsauer Ache
Ramsauer Ache
Marxenklamm
Marxenklamm