2019.01.26

The frozen lake of Piburg

The Piburgersee (or lake Piburg in English) is one of my favorite spots in Tirol. I was introduced to this beautiful location by none other than my wife, since she comes from the valley of Ötztal; where this lake is located. Even though I have been in Piburg several times, this was my first visit in winter with a proper camera (my trusty Sony a6500 and all its lenses – lmao). What is also quite visible from the photos, is my flying camera too. Can you guess what it is? 

As I mentioned in the past, I am not a major fan of snow. Especially combining snow with photography. It’s too cold and I lack the patience and stamina to withstand the element. I guess that’s why I won’t quite make it as an arctic photographer or ever get a call from NatGeo. Anyway, I found something new in lake Piburg. There is a hut (or wooden house) on one side of the lake that I always thought it was some private fishing cabin or whatever. I was wrong. It’s a scientific facility of Limnology (Limnonologie). The word is quite interesting to me, because it’s Greek. Comes from λίμνη = lake.

The scenic treasure above Ötz was initially formed by a rockslide after the last ice age. The archaic forest growing around the boulders of the rockslide and the idyllic lake with a panorama of the peaks around the Acherkogel makes this area truly spectacular, which is why it has been designated as a nature reserve since 1929.

For the past 75 years, it has also been researched intensely. In the summer heat, the public swimming area is an ideal place for recreation, and an evening stroll around the lake is relaxing both for the body and soul. Keep your eyes open as mysterious legends are told about the surroundings of Lake Piburg.

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