30.7.2008 On Gerlitzen

Today´s morning shows a near cloudless sky and excellent visibility. The ideal day for a family trip on Gerlitzen - of course we take the cable car and the chair lift to reach the summit.

This morning´s view to Mangart (2.679 m).

Zooming in on Mangart

View from our balcony. Excellent weather today.

First view o the Hohe Tauern from the lift.

Having reached the summit of Gerlitzen at an altitude of 1.909 m. This is a favourite skiing area of the local population, being in fact behind the backdoor of Villach.

This is also a favourite staring arena for the paragliders, ...

 ... which get height in the thermic winds soon after their start.

View to the western end of Lake Woerth ...

 ... and to its eastern end.

Gerlitzen with Villach - really at the "backdoor". Todays clear visibility enables us to see the whole range of the Julic Alps with Triglav and Mangart amongst numerous other mountains.

Panoramic view from near the summit of Gerlitzen (about 270 degree) from eastern to northern direction. Click here or into the picture for a larger version.

Zooming in on Hochalmspitze.

Villach and the Julic Alps

Lake Faak and Mittagskogel (2.145 m).

Villach and Mangart.

Numerous flowrishing exemplars of Krainer Kreuzkraut (Senecio incanus subsp. carniolicus) in the summit region of Gerlitzen.

This chairlift took us up, now we are walking down to the cable car.

Orange Hawkweed (Pilosella aurantiaticum)

Golden rod (Solidago virgaurea)

All of the descent we have a stunning round view

Hochalmspitze still visible

Julic Alps

Lake Faak and Mittagskogel

A lupine growing near one of the huts.

Triglav and the surrounding mountains

You have to walk a bit far to the start of the steep escarpments to get a glimpse on Lake Ossiach. Lake Woerth however can be seen from the summit because it is much farer away.

Birds-foot trifoil (Lotus corniculatus) ...

 ... on a flat skiing slope.

Thsi time with a view to Woerthersee.

View down from the gondola to lake Ossiach and -much better than from the summit, but the pictures was difficult to get through the very small window. It is getting more dusty now.

This dust is condensing to a huge thundercloud...

 ... that however brings only small amounts of rain to Annenheim, ...

 ... but enough to create this beautiful rainbow afterwards.