Travel photography as creative outlet

I don’t kid myself or anyone here at tool. When it comes to sketching abilities (we sketch here quite frequently), I have trouble making a stick figure look good. Thank goodness our design team can sketch with the best in the business. I would put them up against anyone. I digress.

While I can’t sketch well, I’m not devoid of creative talent. I thoroughly enjoy all that goes into taking a good photo. I’m not a professional photographer, but I like what I can do with my amateur equipment and untrained eye. I’m pretty sure I’ve talked about this before.

A recent European vacation provided an excellent opportunity to flex my creative muscles. My bride and I traveled to Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. We started with Oktoberfest in Munich, then traveled around from there.

Below please find a number of photos from our Euro-xcursion. I will add some commentary to each photo, but I hope they speak for themselves.


We climbed on the roof of the Olympic Stadium in Munich. Great fun and outstanding views.

A new BMW (at BMW Welt in Munich) with a silky smooth matte finish. Just sick.

The Hippodrom beer tent at Oktoberfest in Munich. It’s the smallest major tent as it only seats 3,200.

Inside the Augustiner beer tent at Oktoberfest. It seats close to 10,000.

A monument at the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site. A somber place.

A restaurant on the ridge of Kehlstein mountain is the former “Eagle’s Nest.” An unfortunate past for a beautiful site near Berchtesgaden.

This gentleman was sitting at the top of Kehlstein mountain (1,800+ meters). My wife thinks he climbed it.

We took a great, little boat trip out to St. Barholoma on the lake at Konigssee.


The beauty of Salzburg was one of the highlights of the entire trip. It even shines through on an overcast day.

After trekking through the Dachstein Ice Caves (near Halststatt, Austria), the hike down offered nearly zero visibility at times.


My wife (an architect) tells me the State Forum and Parliament building in Vaduz (capital of the Principality of Liechtenstein) won the Wienberger Brick Award in 2010. I did not know that.


One of my wife’s architectural “bucket list” sites is the thermal spa designed by Peter Zumthor in Vals. Check.

The surprise of the trip was stumbling across this gorgeous lake in the Alps at Zervreilasee.

Our final stop was Zurich. Another boat ride gave us an excellent view of the city and surrounding area.