Facts about the image, Fichtelberg Summit
Mount Fichtelberg at 1214m is the highest point in Saxony (Eastern Germany) and with a road to the top as well as ski lift and cable car is easily accessible at all times of the year. The summit of the mountain is a small plateau large enough for a hotel, restaurant, weather station, cable car station and car park.
It is therefore not surprising that this mountain is the major regional centre for winter sports and with the village of Oberwiesenthal at its base with its famous ski jump used every year in the ski jumping championships attracts foreign as well as local skiers. What caught mu eye when creating this image were the ice formations on the sign and on the mast of the weather station, the building on the right is the Fichtelberg Haus Hotel. The skier on the far right of the image was an unexpected bonus as the area had been deserted with this guy only appearing as I released the shutter. Strong winds have formed horizontal icicles on the signpost and weather station mast as well as blowing the hanging snow from the vegetation horizontal leaving a sense of the unusual when we are so used to seeing icicles hanging vertically.