|The first rays hit the peaks further up the valley|
Most modern cameras have a special setting for capturing the colours of a sunset. However, none seem to have a similar setting for a sunrise.
At this time of year it isn’t too much of a struggle to get up in time to see the first rays of the sun hit the peaks which surround Embach. Sunrise is soon after 6am and by that time at the end of March the blackbird is burbling his heart out in the tree outside the window and the cockerel has been making his presence heard for an hour or more. So when the church bells thunder out their 6am extra-loud and long wake up call, spring out of bed and take a walk outside.
One or two mountains further down the valley greet the first rays and then the Baukogel – our mini Matterhorn – begins to blush pink. It is a minute or two later that the Hochkönig to the north, though it is nearly 3000m high, begins to warm to the sunrise. Meanwhile the Klingspitz is already glowing.
This really is the best time of day. The sunlight rapidly pushes the shadows down the mountain, to gather in the valleys. The mountains glow and, as the day warms up, the last patches of snow on the sunny side of the village begin their retreat. The promise of spring is in the air.
By the time you get inside, the breakfast coffee will smell even more wonderful and you will be bubbling with enthusiasm for the wonders you have just seen.
|The Klingspitz is soon a rosy pink|
|The Baukogel basking in the early morning sun|