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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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Macro shot of fallen pink blossoms lying on the floor
Pink fallen blossom macro
Macro shot of fallen pink blossoms lying on the floor
Most pictures of spring blossoms are captured when they are perfectly fresh and still on their trees or bushes. Rarely do photographers take images of them after they have fallen, and suffer the inevitable process of decay. When you lower your view, you might however find very unique and interesting motifs. I took this photo during my time in Taipei in our lush tropical garden. (Taipei, Taiwan, February 2014 - Image ID 201402-TW-10)
Two small pink blossoms on large green and wet leaves
Pink blossoms on large leaves
Two small pink blossoms on large green and wet leaves
Spring blossoms are mostly captured when they are perfectly fresh and still on their trees or bushes. Rarely do photographers take images of them after they have fallen, and suffer the inevitable process of decay. When you lower your view, you might however find very unique and interesting motifs. I took this photo during my time in Taipei in our lush tropical garden. To further enhance the artistic effect, I digitally converted it into a subtle photo painting. (Taipei, Taiwan, February 2014 - Image ID 201402-TW-08)
Green plant leaves on black metal poles with heart-shaped ornaments
Metal heart duo with green leaves
Green plant leaves on black metal poles with heart-shaped ornaments
The sharp contrast between cold solid metal and the fresh warm green of the leaves of a climbing plant immediately got my attention. I accidentally found this arrangement during a restaurant visit. To protect guests from the wind, the owners installed panels of perspex on a number of metal poles. Each of them came with two hearts, one upright and the other one turned upside down. I liked both the shape as well as the colours. (Taipei, Taiwan, February 2014 - Image ID 201402-TW-07)
Closeup of red stones and green plants covered by melting ice
Ice abstract in red and green
Closeup of red stones and green plants covered by melting ice
Initially, I thought that I might be too late to capture the transcient beauty of the ice. The temperature already climbed above zero degrees Celsius. So the crystals started to melt. However, taking a closer look, I realized that this transition between completely frozen and partially liquid created some interesting visual effects. The red stones combined with the green of some small plants, both covered by ice looks like an abstract painting to me. (Esslingen, Germany, January 2024 - Image ID: 202401-DE-04)
A tree shaped red and green succulent plant partially covered by ice
Succulent tree on ice crystals (I)
A tree shaped red and green succulent plant partially covered by ice
With a bit of imagination, the structure of these small succulent plants looks a bit like a tree with its branches and leaves. I particularly like the warm color combination red/green with the cold ice. Initially, I thought that I might be too late with my camera, since the temperature had already climbed above zero degrees Celsius. So the crystals to melt. However, taking a closer look, I realized that this transition between completely frozen and partially liquid created some interesting visual effects. (Esslingen, Germany, January 2024 - Image ID: 202401-DE-06)
Red stones and flowerless dandelion covered with ice
Dandelion winter survivor
Red stones and flowerless dandelion covered with ice
Hated as a fast growing weed by many gardeners, this dandelion bravely masters the rough winter conditions. Initially, I thought that I might be too late with my camera, since the temperature had already climbed above zero degrees Celsius. So the crystals started to melt. However, taking a closer look, I realized that this transition between completely frozen and partially liquid created some interesting visual effects. (Esslingen, Germany, January 2024 - Image ID: 202401-DE-01)
View of two hiking boots on the edge of a steeply descending hiking trail
These boots are made for walking
View of two hiking boots on the edge of a steeply descending hiking trail
Conquering the steeps peaks of the Mount Datun regions is somehow streneous. So from time to time, it's a good idea to take a rest. This also allows to enjoy spectacular views of the Greater Taipei area, and the nearby sea. Hiking is probably the best way to explore the natural beauty of Taiwan's Yangmingshan National Park. Some of the volcanic peaks reach more than 1.000m above sea level. (Taipei, Taiwan, February 2014 - Image ID 201402-TW-13)
Two boys descending a steep root-covered slope in a forest
Safe descent on Yangmingshan hiking trail
Two boys descending a steep root-covered slope in a forest
In some parts, the well maintained trails of the Yangmingshan National Park are fitted with ropes to facilitate safe ascent and descent even in wet and slippery conditions. Hiking is a great way to explore the beauty of this volcanic mountain region. Apart from vast grasslands, nice forests provide shade on hot and sunny days. With the altitude of some peaks reaching more than 1.000m above sea level, visitors enjoy spectacular views of the Greater Taipei area, and the nearby sea. (Taipei, Taiwan, February 2014 - Image ID 201402-TW-12)
Scenic view of grass covered volcanic mountain peaks
Mt. Datun's grass-covered peaks
Scenic view of grass covered volcanic mountain peaks
Hiking Taiwan's Yangmingshan National Park is a great way to explore the natural beauty of this volcanic mountain region. In winter, the yellow tones of the Chinese silver grass add a nice colour contrast. With the altitude of some peaks reaching more than 1.000m above sea level, visitors enjoy spectacular views of the Greater Taipei area, and the nearby sea. (Taipei, Taiwan, February 2014 - Image ID 201402-TW-11)
Macro shot of green succulent plants covered with ice crystals
Green succulent on the rocks
Macro shot of green succulent plants covered with ice crystals
In summer, I already took some photos of these small succulent plants in our garden. Revisiting them now in winter shows how they bravely survive even cold winter nights. Their green looks as fresh as it does throughout the entire year. Taking a closer look, I realized that the crystals were just in the transition between completely frozen and partially liquid. This created some nice details with water drops next to the ice. (Esslingen, Germany, January 2024 - Image ID: 202401-DE-02)
Macro shot of red succulent plants covered with ice crystals
Red succulent on the rocks
Macro shot of red succulent plants covered with ice crystals
I already took some photos of these small succulent plants in our garden last summer. Revisiting them in winter shows how they bravely survive cold winter nights. Their red and green looks as fresh as it does throughout the entire year. Taking a closer look, I realized that the crystals were just in the transition between completely frozen and partially liquid. This created some nice details with water drops next to the ice. (Esslingen, Germany, January 2024 - Image ID: 202401-DE-03)
Ice crystals covering red stones and green plants
Icy red stones and green plants
Ice crystals covering red stones and green plants
Even though the diagonal line seperating green and red is not perfect, I still like this classic color contrast. The wet hard stones combine nicely with the green succulent plants, fighting to survive below the ice. Initially, I thought that I might be too late with my camera, since the temperature had already climbed above zero degrees Celsius. So the crystals started to melt. However, taking a closer look, I realized that this transition between completely frozen and partially liquid created some interesting visual effects. (Esslingen, Germany, January 2024 - Image ID: 202401-DE-08)

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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…

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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...

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