Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Foggy Mountains [Part 1/3]: Isolation

Finding interesting photo subjects during rainy winter days can be quite challenging. While I wrote on this subject before, I recently felt the need to act upon my own words. That's why I decided to venture out into nearby mountains. Rain had been plaguing us for a couple of days in a row. Every day, while looking out of the windows of my room, I noticed heavy fog banks rolling over the hills.

I thought to myself, rain does create a dull atmosphere, but fog doesn't. That was my main motivation to drive out. In this tree part series, I hope to show you these regions in a new light, but also reflect on life in nature during these still months.

This is a multi-part series. Other parts include:
Part One: Isolation
Part Two: Inside
Part Three: Return

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Up and Beyond

We drove out around 11 o'clock. While midday was approaching, the darkness had already set in over the nearby slopes of mountain Velez. Driving out here from the city takes about half an hour, some due to the distance, and on the other hand, due to the bad condition, the single track road is in. Once you reach the top, there is a spot where earth and sky meet, and it creates a really great effect. Especially with the fog in the background. It's almost otherworldly.


Isolation in the Mountauns

The slopes here, still had some snow on them, that recently visited the higher altitudes of Bosnia and Herzegovina at the beginning of last week. The valley of Mostar was covered in fog, which hid the houses and buildings. There is nothing up here. Only vast fields and mountains in the far back. It's really a great spot to tank in some fresh air.


Maybe if you enlarge the next image you will be able to see some buildings of Mostar hidden inside the fog. We tried hard, but from so high up, it was almost impossible. Nevertheless the sights were very interesting.



Moving in Deeper

We left our first look out spot, and continued driving deeper into the mountains. Luckily my red car was very much visible even in the fog, so we didn't have to search for it. On the other hand, it pierced the grey landscapes with a splosh of color. Our next destination was the foothill of mountain Velez, even though none of us were sure If we were going to see it because of the mist.


Some lonely and isolated winter green pines were spread out in the fields, and created an interesting viewpoint. Snow was to be found here as well.



Foothill of Mountain Velez

Our fears were justified. As we approached the foothill of mountain Velez we could only see the thick layer of clouds and fog that were engulfing it, almost completely. I could only imagine the heavy rain or snow that was falling behind the veil of grey. It did create a mysterious photo. Since there wasn't much left here to shoot, we went back to the car, and continued driving to our next spot: the woods. You will discover, what we saw there in the next part.



End of Part One
To be continued...

What do the landscapes look like in your corners of the world?


42 comments:

  1. Beautiful even in the fog, Mersad!

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  2. Wonderful images, Mersad.
    Love how you captured the fog.
    Desolation has a beauty all its own.

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  3. These are gorgeous! I wish I could capture the fog like you do!

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  4. Hello Mersad, beautiful captures of the landscapes and fog. Have a happy day!

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  5. Ich finde solche Momente des Nebels immer sehr mystisch und mag das. Vor allem wenn man das Wolkenspiel so gut beobachten kann^^

    Liebe Grüsse

    N☼va

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    1. Das Wolkenspiel war wirklich herrlich. Danke für deinen Besuch.

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  6. your pictures are amazing! love those desolate landscapes.

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  7. Gerade der dunkle Himmel und Nebel machen aus der Landschaft was ganz besonderes! Sehr schöne Fotos!

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  8. I’d like to take advantage of the fog to create such atmospheric photos like you, Mersad.

    Yoko

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  9. no mountains here, but we are enveloped by fog this morning. :) i like the lines of pines scattered around!

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  10. number 2 tells a wordless story and i love it. i like those views with the lonely trees.. all that fog and clouds are wonderful

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  11. It's gray and foggy here in Portland today, too, but that's not unusual for this time of year. Terrific captures as always, Mersad, one can feel the sense of isolation!! Hope your week is going well!!
    Enjoy!!

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    1. This is a remote place, so the sense of isolation is not that unusual, and actually a welcome change from the fast paced city life.

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  12. I'm so curious to see what these lands around you look like in the summertime! They are beautiful in the winter. :)

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  13. Wild, lonely landscapes like the ones you've shown have a mood all their own. Your red car provides a eye-catching spot of color. Isolation can be beautiful.
    Landscapes here are ocean, forest and rocks. Wild and beautiful for the most part.

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    1. Those landscapes sound fantastic dear Lorrie! Thanks for visiting.

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  14. Fog and mist can make some wonderful photo opportunities. Nice shots!!

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  15. These are lovely images. I love the foggy look.

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  16. you always work wonders with whatever the weather throws at you and these images are wonderful. The fogginess adds to them.

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    1. Much appreciated. Thanks Margaret.

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  17. This is a pretty desolate terrain, but still pretty.

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  18. fog gives images a mysterious look.

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  19. Warum immer nur blauen Himmel und Sonne fotografieren??? Eigentlich sind düstere Wolken, Nebel und all das viel impressiver. Super Fotos über eine tolle Stimmung in der Landschaft Mersad! GlG Anne

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  20. I enjoyed this tour with you through the fog. It looks so desolate but it shows there is always something to photograph. It was great to meet you over at Communal Global today. Happy travels. I look forward to visiting again.

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  21. I enjoyed this stream of captures... A rough landscape and funny with red point, your car. I looking forward to the next photos you will post.

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  22. Mersad. You never cease to amaze me. This place looks so forsaken and yet your photographs give it an etheral feel. Well done.

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  23. they are beautiful and isolated mountains. I love the way fog looks when it gets caught up in mountains. We get quite a bit of fog here by the Oceanside as well. It's always nice to photograph. I am wishing you sunny days.

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    1. Thanks so much. Sending those wishes right back to you!

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  24. beautiful! love the foggy shots!

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  25. Fog adds even MORE beauty in my opinion. Thanks for sharing at Song-ography.

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  26. Especially like these!

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  27. Such moody skies, so beautiful in contrast to the earth.

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  28. Fog creates great atmosphere in photographs. We have rain today and it is hiding the hills.
    Joy - ABC Team

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    1. The sun has peeked out through the clouds here for a short moment this morning, but it's back to the usual rain again. :) Stay warm!

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  29. Beautiful rugged landscape.

    Mollyxxx

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  30. some of it looks so BARREN...
    ROG, ABCW

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  31. Mystical. Lovely. Desolate. I love these shots!

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  32. These are wonderful series of pictures. Each has its own special character. I especially like the darkest grey cloud. It feels lile the sky's screaming and wants to burst out. Fog is another art that nature created.

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  33. I like that you are willing and then able to get out in less than perfect weather and to find beauty. I found the mountains to be beautiful as we traveled to my daughter's house except for the periods of blowing snow...Michelle

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  34. I love mountain wilderness and as I can't go hiking or tramping for long distances now being able to get into it my car is perfect. Are the pastures grazed in summer?

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