The Winter Landscape
On a warm sunny February day, I took the opportunity for a midday walk along the Steinbach stream near the village of Gaißach just south of the town Bad Tölz in the Isarwinkel. The fields were covered in snow but the recent warm weather had hardened the surface, turning it into small hard cyrstals. The area is part of the upper Isarwinkel ice stating cross-country loop, with these views it’s an understandable attraction. The moisture in the air gives the distant mountains their blue haze. The Alpen backdrop provides stunning winter landscape scenery……
The Steinbach flows down from the eastern valley mountains along the Isarwinkel. In places the stream is frozen over as the flow winds downhill beneath the surface of the ice. The Steinbach’s stones are covered by mounds of snow, sealing the surface. The occasional changes of level in the stream, creates a new frozen waterfall where ice forms at the side of the flow.
This is the stunning view across the snow covered fields as the Steinbach stream turns right and downhill towards the River Isar. The footpath then heads down through a beech tree wood to the river where the stream joins the river opposite the village of Schlegldorf, merging with the Isar to flow towards München. I turned left and headed upstream towards Lenggries, where the footpath reaches the river rapids just south of the village.
A Fall in the River
Not far from the river bridge in Lenggries, the Isar drops a couple of meters forming a set of fast flowing rapids. Depending on the released flow upstream from the Sylvensteinspeicher, the Isar rapids used throughout the summer months by canoe or rubber raft boat tours. At present the flow is strong and clear from the warm weather melt water. Watching the rapids is hypnotizing as the light reflects from the wet stone surfaces, in the distance the Brauneck mountain provides the backdrop.