"One year ago, today my friend Nick and I set out on an adventure to capture the Matterhorn reflecting in the Stellisee.
I should say we are from Western Australia therefore, we are definitely not experienced in dressing warm enough for sub zero mountain temperatures. Armed with our converse, a summer sleeping bag and our Canon DSLR’s we started the short hike to the Stellisee.
At first there were a couple of tourists lingering but they soon cleared off as the sun started to drop and the last train left. We set up our tripods on the edge of the lake and started capturing the different pastels of colour in the clouds. As we were photographing a local fox came, we didn’t know this at the time but this fox would come back repeatedly.
The fox went into Nicks bag in search of food but found his train ticket, of course this resulted in us chasing the fox through the rocky terrain to get the ticket back.
As the mountain range turned into a beautiful pink/ orange, the wind dropped off, and the silence became thick throughout the air. The temperatures started to plummet rapidly, so we whipped out our trusty sleeping bag, listening to the occasional fish causing a stir in the water next to us.
At about 12pm it was starting to get unbearably cold to the point we couldn’t feel our feet, we heard a slight noise to our right. As we turned the torch on there was that damned fox again trying to drag my 10kg backpack off a rock.
We immediately swung into action, almost stumbling over one another chasing this fox before he ran off with what little we had brought along with us. Now too cold to lie down we decided to turn our cameras back on with our numb fingers to capture some night time star scenes over the Matterhorn.
As we left the cameras running for the next two hours, some Swedish tourists came and joined us in attempting to stay overnight. We spent the night sharing stories and running around to try keep warm. The sun slowly started to pierce over the horizon in the morning that’s when this photo was taken." - @davidammann
Shot on a EOS 5D Mark III and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens
ISO 50 | f/11 | 1/4" | 35mm focal length