A one-week mission to the Hohe Tauern National Park in Austria was both splendid and challenging experience. Shooting among falling rocks, in thunderstorms, pouring rain, heavy snow, freezing wind or skin-burning sun, that’s something to remember. Literal and figurative work on the edge!
On my assignment, I was accompanied by my friend Marek Kołodziejczyk. As the camera movie operator, he was doing his best to show on film backstage actions and nature of the area. Though the greatest thing was his support and assistance during many tough and risky moments of that trip.
My final destination was Grossglockner Mountain, the highest peak of Austria, located just in the heart of Hohe Tauern National Park. Famous for large glacial expanses and spectacular alpine habitats, it seemed an excellent location to fulfill my mission.
As a first time visitor to the Alps I was overwhelmed by the power and beauty of that mountain environment. Spectacular landscapes, dramatic weather changes and blossom of summer life over melting glaciers impressed me at first glance. Nevertheless I found myself in photographer’s paradise!
The longer I explored the Grossglockner area, the more I was impressed by abundance and diversity of species that live in that seemingly hostile environment. Among the most characteristic ones I would mention Alpine Ibex, Bearded Vulture, Golden Eagle, Chamois, Alpine Chough, Ptarmigan, Rock Partridge, Wallcreeper, Wheatear, Mountain Hare, and of course Marmot.
Countless possibilities to explore new habitats and discover new species, actually made me dizzy. However, having so many exciting subjects to photograph and only a week to accomplish my mission, I could not possibly loose sight of my primary target – the Marmots.
PHOTOGRAPHY & TEXT: Grzegorz Leśniewski
FIELD ASSISTANCE / BACKSTAGE PHOTOS: Marek Kołodziejczyk
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