I often hike up to the Stoanerne Mandln in the morning, when the natural surroundings are just coming to life. I never tire of watching the sun rise. Every day it is different. The temperature, the light, the nature. You also experience the change of seasons much more intensely here. Depending on the time of year, my walks start at daybreak or while the sky is still full of stars.
But when I reach the summit, I always feel happy and free.
It’s nothing short of spellbinding when the sun appears behind the Dolomites and bathes the natural surroundings in warm, reddish light. For me, this is a moment of sheer fulfillment. Listening to the stillness, I'm perfectly in tune with myself and with nature. It’s a wonderful feeling!
I walk home, through my natural herb garden, thinking of the day ahead, feeling contented after such a magnificent start.
- by Heinrich Schneider