I was looking forward to my trip to the Dolomites mountain range. I visited it two summers ago and the breathtaking views and scenic mountain panoramas stuck with me. I started photographing as a hobby last year and was planing to take as many shots as possible on this trip. I stayed at Cortina d’Ampezzo in a small family hotel Villa Alpina, which I highly recommend.

It’s not easy to get up at 4 am and then drive for an hour to the mountain pass. But the sunrises in the mountains are something special and worth the effort. The first morning I visited Tre cime di Lavaredo, which are probably one of the best-known mountain groups in the Alps. The north part is considered by climbers to be one of the great north faces of the Alps.

The sunrise was beautiful and I made several decent photographs that morning. In the evening I visited passo di Giau, in my opinion the most scenic mountain pass in the Dolomites region. The cottage with the grandiose mountain behind is one of the most iconic scenes I have ever seen.

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Lago di Misurina

One of the most spectacular sights in the Dolomites. Perfect mirror at lago di Misurina.

Passo di Giau

Passo di Giau is the most spectacular mountain pass in the Dolomites in my eyes. Sunrises and sunsets are just captivating.

Passo di Giau

Magical Sunrise at passo di Giau. Last day I was rewarded with the perfect Sunrise.

Lago di Antorno

Lago di Antorno (lake Antorno) can hypnotize you. I was gazing at this image and was reluctant to leave.

Self portrait

I always make a self portrait or two, just to show how grandiose landscape can be.

Close up of mountains above

Mountains and Flowers

Valley below

Breathtaking mountain panorama at Dolomites in the early morning.

Tre Cime di Lavaredo at Sunrise

View of Tre Cime di Lavaredo

View of Tre Cime di Lavaredo with mountain flowers in front.

Heart shaped lake

If you take a few steppes from passo di Giau over a meadow you will notice this heart shaped lake. Such a fortunate discovery.

Forest region under Tre Cime

Tre cime di Lavaredo at Sunrise

Lago di Braies

Weather wasn’t as perfect as I hoped for, but it’s still a decent shot of Lago di Braies.

Passo di Giau

Cycling in Dolomites

Cycling is an important part of the Dolomites, mountain passes are perfect for training and the beautiful views make the climbing effortless.

Meadow full of Dandelions

This is a scene near the Lake Braies.