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Old Jun 14, 2010, 3:38 PM   #1
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This is a shot from last friday, when a big traditional event took place in the whole province of Tyrol: The so-called "Bergfeuer" or "Herz-Jesu-Feuer", when people climb mountains and light fires in heart, cross or goblet formations...

Unfortunately, the link to the "Google Translation" is to long - so I'll post the german text here... plese feel free to translate this text with google or something else if you're interested in this old tradition:

"Die Bergfeuer zur Zeit der Sommersonnenwende wurzeln wie auch andere Jahresfeuer im alten, vorchristlichen Kult der Naturvölker. In ihrem Glauben hing das Leben von den Naturkräften ab. Große Bedeutung hatte die Sonne, von ihr kamen Heilung, Segen und Fruchtbarkeit für Mensch, Tier und Natur. Mit dem Entzünden von Feuer wollte man die Kraft der Sonne nachbilden, mit dem Abbrennen eines Feuerstoßes oder dem Abrollen glühender Räder über die Berghänge wollte man sie beschwören. Viehzuchttreibende Volksstämme gebrauchten die sogenannten "Notfeuer", um Seuchen zu bannen. Die Nacht der Sommersonnenwende war eine der "Freinächte", in der Geister, Hexen und Druiden ihr Unwesen trieben. Heute noch erhaltenes Brauchtum zum Schutz vor Hexen, aber auch in Zusammenhang mit der Heilkraft dieser besonderen Nacht, läßt Reste heidnischen Kultes erkennen; so soll beispielsweise das Überspringen des hochlodernden Feuers Glück für Verliebte bringen."

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BTW, the shot was taken by my wife... C&C is always very welcome! Of course my main goal with this picture is just to show you one of the really old austrian traditions!
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Old Jun 14, 2010, 3:52 PM   #2
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Nice photo!!! And the composition is great! Thanks for sharing it.

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Thank you for the kind comment Ned...

BTW, this mountain is called "Tschirgant" and it's about 2300m (7545 ft.) high... you can check out how this impressive mountain looks like in daytime here
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Thank you for the kind comment Ned...

BTW, this mountain is called "Tschirgant" and it's about 2300m (7545 ft.) high... you can check out how this impressive mountain looks like in daytime here
Awesome!!! I wish we had real mountains here in Finland. Very impressive mountain. Again, thanks for sharing the photo!

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Old Jun 15, 2010, 1:30 AM   #5
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You're welcome Ned... let me quote the famous norwegian photographer Walter_S: "The grass is always greener on the other side" - that's what he said to me when I dreamed of having his stunning seascapes here in Austria
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Cool picture and an interesting story behind it! I like the dark blue sky...was it taken soon after sunset?
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Hey Jehan, glad you like my shot and glad you understood the text

This shot was taken at about 10:30 pm, about 2 hours after sunset... but I increased the exposure when developing from RAW (+1 EV)!

BTW, this event takes place every year at about the same time - and the weather is ALWAYS bad
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This is a shot from last friday, when a big traditional event took place in the whole province of Tyrol: The so-called "Bergfeuer" or "Herz-Jesu-Feuer", when people climb mountains and light fires in heart, cross or goblet formations...

Unfortunately, the link to the "Google Translation" is to long - so I'll post the german text here... plese feel free to translate this text with google or something else if you're interested in this old tradition:

"Die Bergfeuer zur Zeit der Sommersonnenwende wurzeln wie auch andere Jahresfeuer im alten, vorchristlichen Kult der Naturvölker. In ihrem Glauben hing das Leben von den Naturkräften ab. Große Bedeutung hatte die Sonne, von ihr kamen Heilung, Segen und Fruchtbarkeit für Mensch, Tier und Natur. Mit dem Entzünden von Feuer wollte man die Kraft der Sonne nachbilden, mit dem Abbrennen eines Feuerstoßes oder dem Abrollen glühender Räder über die Berghänge wollte man sie beschwören. Viehzuchttreibende Volksstämme gebrauchten die sogenannten "Notfeuer", um Seuchen zu bannen. Die Nacht der Sommersonnenwende war eine der "Freinächte", in der Geister, Hexen und Druiden ihr Unwesen trieben. Heute noch erhaltenes Brauchtum zum Schutz vor Hexen, aber auch in Zusammenhang mit der Heilkraft dieser besonderen Nacht, läßt Reste heidnischen Kultes erkennen; so soll beispielsweise das Überspringen des hochlodernden Feuers Glück für Verliebte bringen."

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BTW, the shot was taken by my wife... C&C is always very welcome! Of course my main goal with this picture is just to show you one of the really old austrian traditions!

Markus,

Es wäre viel besser mit eine Sonne-Gott. Die Sonne existiert ja auch in der (die?) faktische Welt. Intressante tradition. Was mit dem Kreutz?

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Neat pick maggo.
BTW: where's Walter_S?
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Neat pick maggo.
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Thanks Ordo... Walter wrote me a few days ago - he's busy with his boat and maquerell-fishing
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