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Nature photography by Eckart Mayer celebrating the beauty of our planet !
Selected images are available as wall prints, photo presents or jpg files (shop).
50% of sales proceeds will be donated to support environmental protection.
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Close-up of pink and white spring blossom backlit by the sun
Spring floral beauty backlit
Close-up of pink and white spring blossom backlit by the sun
Whilst this is a bit more tricky, taking images against the light really shows the fragile structures of spring blossoms. Growing up in a rural area with lots of fruit trees has the advantage of having lots of potential beauty photo shots on an annual basis. I was even so lucky to have some of them in our garden, so I could monitor the development from the early stages of buds until the last petals finally fell. (Laubach, Germany, May 1994 - Image ID: 199405-DE-01)
Macro view of a dandelion blowball flowerhead
Fragile dandelion blowball details
Macro view of a dandelion blowball flowerhead
Even though I fully understand why people owning a garden hate this plant, I have always been fascinated by the amazing structure of dandelion flower seedheads. Taraxacum looks nice with ist yellow flowers, but the true magic starts when these transform into blowballs. The parachute-shaped pappus are perfect for wind-aided dispersal of the seeds over long distances. Just looking at the amount produced by a single plant, it is obvious why they spread to fast and survive all efforts to remove them. (Darss, Germany, May 2004 - Image ID: 200405-DE-01)
Close-up of red apple tree blossom in springtime
Apple tree blossom close-up
Close-up of red apple tree blossom in springtime
Not all fruit tree blossoms are white, some of the apple species actually have deep red flowers. Growing up in a rural area with lots of fruit trees has the advantage of having lots of potential beauty photo shots on an annual basis. I was even so lucky to have some of them in our garden, so I could monitor the development from the early stages of buds until the last petals finally fell. (Laubach, Germany, May 1994 - Image ID: 199405-DE-03)
Idyllic view of reeds field with rural German coastal village and dark sky
Dark skies over village rooftops
Idyllic view of reeds field with rural German coastal village and dark sky
If you love beautiful beaches with white sand, you first association might be tropical destinations, such as the Caribbean. There are however also a lot of such spots here in Europe. Around the Baltic Sea, you will find miles of unspoiled nature. Unless you go in high season, these places tend to be rather empty. The Fischland Darss Zingst peninsula in Mecklenburg Vorpommern in Germany is one of them. Apart from the coastline itself, the small picturesque villages are equally worth visiting. (Darss, Germany, May 2004 - Image ID: 200405-DE-07)
An empty basket beach chair for two people in the sand
Basket chair waiting for guests
An empty basket beach chair for two people in the sand
Basket couple beach chairs are a very popular option for day visitors. If you love beautiful beaches with white sand, you first association might be tropical destinations, such as the Caribbean. There are however also a lot of such spots here in Europe. Around the Baltic Sea, you will find miles of unspoiled nature. Unless you go in high season, these places tend to be rather empty. The Fischland Darss Zingst peninsula in Mecklenburg Vorpommern in Germany is one of them. (Darss, Germany, May 2004 - Image ID: 200405-DE-03)
Grass covered sanddunes with red lighthouse on the left
Darss sand dunes and lighthouse
Grass covered sanddunes with red lighthouse on the left
The Darss Lighthouse overlooks some nice protected sand dunes. If you love beautiful beaches with white sand, you first association might be tropical destinations, such as the Caribbean. There are however also a lot of such spots here in Europe. Around the Baltic Sea, you will find miles of unspoiled nature. Unless you go in high season, these places tend to be rather empty. The Fischland Darss Zingst peninsula in Mecklenburg Vorpommern in Germany is one of them. (Darss, Germany, May 2004 - Image ID: 200405-DE-02)
Beach grass growing on a dune of white sand
Sand dune beach grass
Beach grass growing on a dune of white sand
Beach grass including ammophila is an important element to protect sand dunes against erosion. If you love beautiful beaches with white sand, you first association might be tropical destinations, such as the Caribbean. There are however also a lot of such spots here in Europe. Around the Baltic Sea, you will find miles of unspoiled nature. Unless you go in high season, these places tend to be rather empty. The Fischland Darss Zingst peninsula in Mecklenburg Vorpommern in Germany is one of them. (Darss, Germany, May 2004 - Image ID: 200405-DE-06)
Diagonal double line of tree trunks as breakwater in the waves of the Baltic Sea
Surf-weathered tree trunks
Diagonal double line of tree trunks as breakwater in the waves of the Baltic Sea
Wouldn't you agree that this wooden breakwater feature is a lot nicer than its concrete sibblings? If you love beautiful beaches with white sand, you first association might be tropical destinations, such as the Caribbean. There are however also a lot of such spots here in Europe. Around the Baltic Sea, you will find miles of unspoiled nature. Unless you go in high season, these places tend to be rather empty. The Fischland Darss Zingst peninsula in Mecklenburg Vorpommern in Germany is one of them. (Darss, Germany, May 2004 - Image ID: 200405-DE-04)
A piece of driftwood on a sandy beach with basket chairs in the background
Driftwood on sandy beach
A piece of driftwood on a sandy beach with basket chairs in the background
Driftwood comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes, and each of them comes with a long history. If you love beautiful beaches with white sand, you first association might be tropical destinations, such as the Caribbean. There are however also a lot of such spots here in Europe. Around the Baltic Sea, you will find miles of unspoiled nature. Unless you go in high season, these places tend to be rather empty. The Fischland Darss Zingst peninsula in Mecklenburg Vorpommern in Germany is one of them. (Darss, Germany, May 2004 - Image ID: 200405-DE-05)
Close up on a pink-white colored orchid against green background
Palmengarten orchid beauty
Close up on a pink-white colored orchid against green background
For people who like nature and plants, the Palmengarten in Frankfurt is an interesting place to visit. As child and teeenager, I went there a number of times with my family. The differently themed houses showcase the botanics of many regions of the world. The hot and humid one with tropical forest and plants was one of my favourites. There one can find lots of orchid species showcasing their diverse beauty. To make this look even more romantic, I applied a soft-focus filter (Frankfurt, Germany, May 1984 - Image ID: 198405-DE-02)
Close up on the spines of various small cacti
Cactus spines close-up
Close up on the spines of various small cacti
For someone who likes nature and plants, the Palmengarten in Frankfurt is an interesting place to visit. As child and teeenager, I went there a number of times with my family. The differently themed houses showcase the botanics of many regions of the world. One of my favourites was the cacti collection, with hundreds of species of different shapes and sizes. Zooming in on their spines reveals the beauty of these highly fortified leaves, somehow balanced by a soft-focus filter. (Frankfurt, Germany, May 1984 - Image ID: 198405-DE-01)
Close-up of pink and white fruit tree blossom
Fruit tree blossom pollen
Close-up of pink and white fruit tree blossom
Zooming in onto the pollen at the center of the fruit tree blossoms reveals the fragile structure of their pollen. Growing up in a rural area with lots of fruit trees has the advantage of having lots of potential beauty photo shots on an annual basis. I was even so lucky to have some of them in our garden, so I could monitor the development from the early stages of buds until the last petals finally fell. (Laubach, Germany, May 1994 - Image ID: 199405-DE-02)

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Capturing moments on camera has been my passion for more than 40 years. And we all know that beautiful moments are best enjoyed together. Sharing my memories will hopefully inspire others to appreciate the big and little wonders of this world…

Selected images are available for sale for a purpose related to my favorite photo location: NATURE!
Capturing moments on camera has been my passion for more than 40 years. And we all know that beautiful moments are best enjoyed together. Sharing my memories will hopefully inspire others to appreciate the big and little wonders of this world...

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