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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)
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)
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)
Collection of many flower pots with plants in full blossom against red wall
Lhasa old town flower lover
Collection of many flower pots with plants in full blossom against red wall
The old town of Lhasa is an absolute paradise for photographers who enjoy "urban exploration". Whenever I go to a new place, I do enjoy just walking around to absorb the specific atmosphere. Instead of ticking of tourist attractions, I focus on capturing ordinary details. This collection of flower pots against the beautiful red of the stone wall immediately caught my attention. It seems that the owner of this house really likes plants. (Lhasa, Tibet, April 2014 - Image ID: 201404-CN-21)
Window with metal bars and flower pots with cacti
Cacti behind bars
Window with metal bars and flower pots with cacti
Not sure what crime these cacti have been convicted for to end up behind bars? Historic towns and their city centers are always great places for urban exploration photography. Instead of ticking off the "Must Visit" tourist attractions, there usually is no specific plan for this activity. The whole idea is to just walk around, absorb the look & feel and keep an open eye for interesting details. (Toledo, Spain, March 2024 - Image ID: 202403-ES-03)
Close-up on a green flower pot with daffodils hanging on a balcony railing
Daffodil balcony plants
Close-up on a green flower pot with daffodils hanging on a balcony railing
Whenever I see daffodils, I know that Easter time is coming up! I found these during a stroll in Madrid. Historic towns and their city centers are always great places for urban exploration photography. Instead of ticking off the "Must Visit" tourist attractions, there usually is no specific plan for this activity. The whole idea is to just walk around, absorb the look & feel and keep an open eye for interesting details. (Madrid, Spain, March 2024 - Image ID: 202403-ES-34)
Tree blooming with pink flowers in old town Madrid alley
Springtime in the city
Tree blooming with pink flowers in old town Madrid alley
Even though it was rather cold during our visit to Madrid in early March, the awakening of Spring was obvious everywhere. Fresh flowers on the balconies, blooming bushes in the numerous parks, and the first trees in full blossom added even more color to the already beautiful city center. (Madrid, Spain, March 2024 - Image ID: 202403-ES-13)
Wet and slippery hiking trail with fixed ropes in lush forest
Hiking trail safety in the rain
Wet and slippery hiking trail with fixed ropes in lush forest
On days with nice weather, we sometimes asked ourselves why the park administration installed some fixed ropes in the Mount Datun area. Once you get heavy rain, you perfectly understand why the Yangmingshan National Park administration decided to take these precautions. As soon as the floor, stones and roots get wet, the path becomes extremely slippery. Therefore, any support is most welcome. (Yangmingshan, Taiwan, March 2014 - Image ID: 201403-TW-03)
Mountain ridge descending towards the right with snow covered trees
Snowy mountain ridge trees
Mountain ridge descending towards the right with snow covered trees
Zooming in on a freshly snowed mountain ridge reveals the natural beauty of the area. A number of coniferous trees of different age and sizes provide some green contrast in the otherwise completely white landscape. The warm morning sun and the dark blue sky complete this tranquil scenery. I took this image in Austria during a skiing holiday. (Silvretta, Austria, March 1994 - Image ID: 199403-AU-02)
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)
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)
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)
Closeup of Fiddlehead shaped tree fern branch
Tree fern fiddlehead spirals
Closeup of Fiddlehead shaped tree fern branch
The real beauty of nature often only reveals itself once you invest some time and take a closer look. What I often observe is that people, even in the most amazing forests, just walk along without paying much attention to the small wonders around them. Of course, this is still better than just lying on a couch and streaming the latest series episodes. But with a bit of good will everyone can become a little explorer. Children tend to do this naturally. I found this interesting plant details during a hike on Taiwan's Yangmingshan mountain. (Yangmingshan, Taiwan, January 1994 - Image ID 201401-TW-14)
Low angle view of tree fern against sky
The beauty of tree ferns from below
Low angle view of tree fern against sky
The interesting structure of fern leaves has fascinated me since my childhood. Combined with their bright green color they make excellent photo models in German forests, especially when illuminated by the sun. Tree ferns somehow take this to the next level, since they combine these properties with the natural beauty of trees. Walking in an entire forest of trees ferns is a lasting experience. (Yangmingshan, Taiwan, January 1994 - Image ID 201401-TW-15)
Side view of a fly agaric with green moss on its cap
Fly agaric cap covered with moss
Side view of a fly agaric with green moss on its cap
Don't you agree that the small piece of green moss on its cap makes this fly agaric stand out? Autumn 2023 was exceptional for mushroom picking and photo-taking. After a dry and warm summer, the mushroom season in southern Germany only really started in November after heavy rain. Within a few day, fungi started to grow everywhere in unbelievable quantities. So I spent quite some time on the forest floor these days. Unfortunately, I am not a mushroom expert, and therefore don't know which species we are looking at. (Esslingen, Germany, November 2023 - Image ID 202311-DE-44)
One small orange mushroom growing on green moss
Fresh moss with single orange mushroom
One small orange mushroom growing on green moss
This mushroom clearly enjoys its territory with fresh moss all around. Autumn 2023 was exceptional for mushroom picking and photo-taking. After a dry and warm summer, the mushroom season in southern Germany only really started in November after heavy rain. Within a few day, fungi started to grow everywhere in unbelievable quantities. So I spent quite some time on the forest floor these days. Unfortunately, I am not a mushroom expert, and therefore don't know which species we are looking at. (Esslingen, Germany, November 2023 - Image ID 202311-DE-49)
Colorful autumn leaves with broken mushroom
Collapsed mushroom on autumn leaves
Colorful autumn leaves with broken mushroom
Not sure who made this mushroom collapse for its final rest on the colorful bed of autumn leaves. 2023 was exceptional for mushroom picking and photo-taking. After a dry and warm summer, the mushroom season in southern Germany only really started in November after heavy rain. Within a few day, fungi started to grow everywhere in unbelievable quantities. So I spent quite some time on the forest floor these days. Unfortunately, I am not a mushroom expert, and therefore don't know which species we are looking at. (Esslingen, Germany, November 2023 - Image ID 202311-DE-47)
View into and through a hollow tree stump in the forest
Hollow tree stump in lush green forest
View into and through a hollow tree stump in the forest
Located in the southernmost part of the island, Kenting is the oldest National Park in Taiwan. It covers both scenic land and sea areas of the Pacific Ocean. Thanks to the tropical climate with lots of rainfalls, the mountains are covered with dense and lush green forests. Well marked and maintained hiking trails invite visitors to spend more than just a few minutes in the area. During one of our hikes, I spotted this hollow tree stump with open "windows" on all sides. (Kenting, Taiwan, January 1994 - Image ID 201401-TW-04)
Wall of stone with trees and two concrete stools
Trees growing on rough rocks
Wall of stone with trees and two concrete stools
At first sight, the rough rocks don't seem to be a suitable home for trees. However, over time, nature has found a way to conquer this apparently hostile territory. The holes in the stone combined with lots of rain provide a natural planting pot. Over the years, some of the seeds managed to develop roots, and grew to an impressive size. Located within the Kenting National Forest, this magic spot comes with some seating options for tired hikers. (Kenting, Taiwan, January 1994 - Image ID 201401-TW-08)
Closeup of green palm weds with blue sea in the background
Palm weds against blue Pacific Ocean
Closeup of green palm weds with blue sea in the background
Palm trees on sandy beaches are probably one of the most frequent associations when thinking about relaxing summer holidays. I found these weds in the Kenting area in Southern Taiwan on a warm and sunny January day. The blue sea of the Pacific Ocean provided the perfect background. As fragile as these plant parts may look, they are extremely strong and resist even powerful tropical storms. (Kenting, Taiwan, January 1994 - Image ID 201401-TW-11)
Trunks of coniferous trees illuminated by winter sunlight
Coniferous forest mysteries
Trunks of coniferous trees illuminated by winter sunlight
What's the first thing you saw looking at this photo of a coniferous forest? In the fairytales of many cultures, forests play an important role. In the past, they represented something between mysterious and dangerous. This is where predators and violent robbers could hide, and strike by surprise out of the dark. With these winter images taken in Germany in December, I tried to capture part of this atmosphere. The intentional shaking of the camera while shooting creates an unreal mood.
A line-up of many tree trunks with a few brown leaves
Deciduous tree trunks in winter
A line-up of many tree trunks with a few brown leaves
In the fairytales of many cultures, forests play an important role. In the past, they represented something between mysterious and dangerous. This is where predators and violent robbers could hide, and strike by surprise out of the dark. With these winter images taken in Germany in December, I tried to capture part of this atmosphere. The monochrome brownish color creates a very special and dark mood, despite the sunshine.
Bottom of deciduous tree trunks apparently moving
Deciduous forest hallucinations
Bottom of deciduous tree trunks apparently moving
Does something look strange with these tree trunks? In the fairytales of many cultures, forests play an important role. In the past, they represented something between mysterious and dangerous. This is where predators and violent robbers could hide, and strike by surprise out of the dark. With these winter images taken in Germany in December, I tried to capture part of this atmosphere. The intentional shaking of the camera while shooting creates an unreal mood just like in a bad dream.
Macro shot of red fly agaric and grass in the snow
Fly agaric and grass covered by snow
Macro shot of red fly agaric and grass in the snow
Only lying flat on the floor provides this stunning view of the fly agaric. Winter is not ideal for picking and photographing fungi. In autumn 2023, the mushroom season started rather late. Its peak time therefore overlapped with a serious onset of winter in late November. Within hours, the colorful forest floor was fully covered with snow. Fully? Not really, only for those who do not take the time to observe closely. Admittedly, it was difficult to find good motives, and it was rather cold, but definitely worth the effort. (Esslingen, Germany, November 2023 - Image ID: 202311-DE-37)
Brown autumn leaf leaning on snow covered beige mushroom
Mushroom and leaf in the snow
Brown autumn leaf leaning on snow covered beige mushroom
Lean on me! Surprised by the cold, this mushroom and leaf seem to support each other. Winter is not ideal for picking and photographing fungi. In autumn 2023, the mushroom season started rather late. Its peak time therefore overlapped with a serious onset of winter in late November. Within hours, the colorful forest floor was fully covered with snow. Fully? Not really, only for those who do not take the time to observe closely. Admittedly, it was difficult to find good motives, and it was rather cold, but definitely worth the effort. (Esslingen, Germany, November 2023 - Image ID: 202311-DE-39)
A fly agaric with a crooked cap standing in the snow
Snowy diagonal fly agaric cap
A fly agaric with a crooked cap standing in the snow
It's not the weight of the snow that made this fly agaric cap lean to the right. Winter is not ideal for picking and photographing fungi. In autumn 2023, the mushroom season started rather late. Its peak time therefore overlapped with a serious onset of winter in late November. Within hours, the colorful forest floor was fully covered with snow. Fully? Not really, only for those who do not take the time to observe closely. Admittedly, it was difficult to find good motives, and it was rather cold, but definitely worth the effort. (Esslingen, Germany, November 2023 - Image ID: 202311-DE-36)
Two mushrooms growing together with the small one sheltered by the larger cap
Mushroom symbiosis of two growing together
Two mushrooms growing together with the small one sheltered by the larger cap
Gimme shelter! Doesn't this look like being well protected against all odds a mushroom might face? After a dry and warm summer extending into October, the mushroom season in southern Germany only started after heavy November rains. But then, within a few day, fungi started to grow everywhere in unbelievable quantities. Therefore, I decided to focus on mushrooms this autumn season. Unfortunately, I am not a mushroom expert, and therefore don't know which species we are looking at. (Esslingen, Germany, November 2023 - Image ID: 202311-DE-27)
Fallen trunk of birch with orange mushroom growing on top of it
Orange mushrooms growing on fallen birch trunk
Fallen trunk of birch with orange mushroom growing on top of it
This is one of my personal favorites. A group of orange mushrooms with huge hats grow on top of a fallen birch trunk. After a dry and warm summer extending into October, the mushroom season in southern Germany only started after heavy November rains. But then, within a few day, fungi started to grow everywhere in unbelievable quantities. Therefore, I decided to focus on mushrooms this autumn season. Unfortunately, I am not a mushroom expert, and therefore don't know which species we are looking at. (Esslingen, Germany, November 2023 - Image ID: 202311-DE-33)
A group of mushrooms with damaged cap plus insect on brown leaf
Mushroom ensemble with insect on leaf
A group of mushrooms with damaged cap plus insect on brown leaf
Another family shot shows one injured mushroom, whereas all the other ones are perfectly intact. After a dry and warm summer extending into October, the mushroom season in southern Germany only started after heavy November rains. But then, within a few day, fungi started to grow everywhere in unbelievable quantities. Therefore, I decided to focus on mushrooms this autumn season. Unfortunately, I am not a mushroom expert, and therefore don't know which species we are looking at. Did you see the insect? (Esslingen, Germany, November 2023 - Image ID: 202311-DE-23)
One large and one small umbrella shaped brown mushroom
Two small umbrella-shaped mushrooms
One large and one small umbrella shaped brown mushroom
An interesting couple of two mushrooms grow on some dead wood. After a dry and warm summer extending into October, the mushroom season in southern Germany only started after heavy November rains. But then, within a few day, fungi started to grow everywhere in unbelievable quantities. Therefore, I decided to focus on mushrooms this autumn season. Unfortunately, I am not a mushroom expert, and therefore don't know which species we are looking at. (Esslingen, Germany, November 2023 - Image ID: 202311-DE-18)
Two mushrooms standing next to each other, with the larger covering the smaller one
Larger beige mushroom sheltering smaller sibling
Two mushrooms standing next to each other, with the larger covering the smaller one
My first association finding these mushrooms was that the bigger one provided shelter to the smaller colleague. After a dry and warm summer extending into October, the mushroom season in southern Germany only started after heavy November rains. But then, within a few day, fungi started to grow everywhere in unbelievable quantities. Therefore, I decided to focus on mushrooms this autumn season. Unfortunately, I am not a mushroom expert, and therefore don't know which species we are looking at. (Esslingen, Germany, November 2023 - Image ID: 202311-DE-26)
Two spiked white mushrooms plus a really small one on green moss
Moss with two spiked mushroom adults and a baby
Two spiked white mushrooms plus a really small one on green moss
Another two spiked mushrooms (plus a very small one between them) call this moss-covered place their home. After a dry and warm summer extending into October, the mushroom season in southern Germany only started after heavy November rains. But then, within a few day, fungi started to grow everywhere in unbelievable quantities. Therefore, I decided to focus on mushrooms this autumn season. Unfortunately, I am not a mushroom expert, and therefore don't know which species we are looking at. (Esslingen, Germany, November 2023 - Image ID: 202311-DE-31)
Isolated light colored mushroom with dots on brown autumn leaves
Single dotted mushroom on brown leaves
Isolated light colored mushroom with dots on brown autumn leaves
This two-tone image with just a small mushroom and brown fallen leaves perfectly captures the autumn mood. After a dry and warm summer extending into October, the mushroom season in southern Germany only started after heavy November rains. But then, within a few day, fungi started to grow everywhere in unbelievable quantities. Therefore, I decided to focus on mushrooms this autumn season. Unfortunately, I am not a mushroom expert, and therefore don't know which species we are looking at. (Esslingen, Germany, November 2023 - Image ID: 202311-DE-25)
Partial view of the cap and slats of a fly agaric
Closeup on fly agaric cap and slats
Partial view of the cap and slats of a fly agaric
This close-up on the cap of a fly agaric shows the stunning beauty of this well-known poisonous mushroom. After a dry and warm summer extending into October, the mushroom season in southern Germany only started after heavy November rains. But then, within a few day, fungi started to grow everywhere in unbelievable quantities. Therefore, I decided to focus on mushrooms this autumn season. Unfortunately, I am not a mushroom expert, and therefore don't know which species we are looking at. (Esslingen, Germany, November 2023 - Image ID: 202311-DE-24)
A large group of yellow mushrooms growing in autumn forest
Yellow mushroom family reunion
A large group of yellow mushrooms growing in autumn forest
This seems to be a huge family gathering of yellow mushrooms. After a dry and warm summer extending into October, the mushroom season in southern Germany only started after heavy November rains. But then, within a few day, fungi started to grow everywhere in unbelievable quantities. Therefore, I decided to focus on mushrooms this autumn season. Unfortunately, I am not a mushroom expert, and therefore don't know which species we are looking at. (Esslingen, Germany, November 2023 - Image ID: 202311-DE-16)
Single mushroom with damaged white cap on green moss
White single mushroom on green moss
Single mushroom with damaged white cap on green moss
This single white mushroom clearly enjoys its environment with the fresh green moss. After a dry and warm summer extending into October, the mushroom season in southern Germany only started after heavy November rains. But then, within a few day, fungi started to grow everywhere in unbelievable quantities. Therefore, I decided to focus on mushrooms this autumn season. Unfortunately, I am not a mushroom expert, and therefore don't know which species we are looking at. (Esslingen, Germany, November 2023 - Image ID: 202311-DE-19)
Low angle view of fallen mushroom next to yellow leaf
Fallen mushroom with yellow leaf
Low angle view of fallen mushroom next to yellow leaf
No, I did not turn this mushroom over for a nice shot next to the yellow leaf. I found it this way. After a dry and warm summer extending into October, the mushroom season in southern Germany only started after heavy November rains. But then, within a few day, fungi started to grow everywhere in unbelievable quantities. Therefore, I decided to focus on mushrooms this autumn season. Unfortunately, I am not a mushroom expert, and therefore don't know which species we are looking at. (Esslingen, Germany, November 2023 - Image ID: 202311-DE-21)
One single mushroom with purple cap on forest floor
Little purple mushroom and leaves
One single mushroom with purple cap on forest floor
This small purple mushroom grows on the autumn forest floor all by itself. After a dry and warm summer extending into October, the mushroom season in southern Germany only started after heavy November rains. But then, within a few day, fungi started to grow everywhere in unbelievable quantities. Therefore, I decided to focus on mushrooms this autumn season. Unfortunately, I am not a mushroom expert, and therefore don't know which species we are looking at. (Esslingen, Germany, November 2023 - Image ID: 202311-DE-17)
One brown leaf laying on top of a branch with yellow leaves
Brown leaf resting on yellow peers
One brown leaf laying on top of a branch with yellow leaves
For this kind of images, I did not have to travel far. The forests surrounding Esslingen, every year in fall become a source of visual inspiration. When the leaves on the trees start changing colors is a strong call to go outside with my camera gear. And no matter how often one may have captured autumn beauty before, there are always new and different motives around. What a particularly liked about this scene is the dark background and one single leaf resting on others with a different color. (Esslingen, Germany, November 2023 - Image ID: 202311-DE-14)
Street in colorful autumn forest leading to wind wheel
Wind powered autumn forest
Street in colorful autumn forest leading to wind wheel
As every year, October and November 2023 were rather busy days for outdoor photography. After a really long period with warm weather, the annual transformation of the forests kicked in rather late. Simultaneously, energy transition in Germany is in full swing. More and more projects harvesting renewable sources like wind and solar go live. Therefore, this wind wheel can also be considered a symbol and enabler for healthy forests in the future. (Esslingen, Germany, November 2023 - Image ID: 202311-DE-13)
Yellow leaves in autumn backlit by the afternoon sun
Backlit yellow beech leaves
Yellow leaves in autumn backlit by the afternoon sun
The forests surrounding Esslingen (Germany) every year in fall become a source of visual inspiration. When the leaves on the trees start changing colors is a strong call to go outside with my camera gear. And no matter how often one may have captured autumn beauty before, there are always new and different motives around. In this case, I was actually out to shot mushrooms. On the way back I found this branch with intense yellow beech leaves, nicely illuminated by the afternoon sun. (Esslingen, Germany, November 2023 - Image ID: 202311-DE-15)
Close-up on pink flower with darker dots on the petals
Pink flower patterns macro
Close-up on pink flower with darker dots on the petals
Most people will probably just remember to have seen a pink flower. However, once you take a closer look, the specific pattern with hundreds of tiny darker dots becomes visible. It almost looks like a super-fine QR code. In the center of the flower, some yellow disappears in the area completely out of focus. I took this photo in the garden of the house that we rented during our time living in Taipei. (Taipei, Taiwan, November 2013 - Image ID: 201311-TW-02)
Tufts of flowering silver grass against blue sky
Yangmingshan Chinese silver grass
Tufts of flowering silver grass against blue sky
The grasslands within the Yangmingshan National Park are quite special, and beautiful year-round. For me personally, autumn is probably the best time for extended hikes on the well maintained trails. One reason is that temperatures are not as high as in summer. Most importantly, at this time of the year, the silver grass presents itself in all its glory. With a bit of sun backlight, it becomes a spectacular photo motif. (Yangmingshan, Taiwan, November 2013 - Image ID: 201311-TW-01)
A close-up of a yellow flower head
Yellow flowerhead with raindrops
A close-up of a yellow flower head
This is another image from my autumn garden exploration in Taipei. The subtropical climate is the perfect environment for plants to flourish. Apart from trees and bushes, the owners also planted quite a lot of different flower species. And others just started to grow there naturally, without any planning or human influence. (Taipei, Taiwan, November 2013 - Image ID: 201311-TW-03)
Palm fronds in yellow and green against blue sky
Yellow and green palm fronds against sky
Palm fronds in yellow and green against blue sky
No matter how often I look at this image, it always makes me feel happy. Palm trees somehow remind me of relaxing times in beautiful and tropical locations. Once you combine this with blue sky, holiday feelings seem guaranteed. I took this photo in Key Biscayne's Crandon Park, and particularly like the shape of the leaves giving structure to the image. (Miami, USA, November 2003 - Image ID 200311-US-04)
White and red flower bouquets on a stone wall against blue sky
Flower wedding decoration on the wall
White and red flower bouquets on a stone wall against blue sky
Not too many people can afford to have a private party at Miami's Vizcaya Musuem and Gardens. This amazing venue is open for visiting to the general public. Only once did we see the place being prepared for a wedding afternoon and evening event. Apart from exquisite table decoration, countless flower bouquets were distributed everywhere, including the surrounding walls. I couldn't resist to take a number of pictures against the blue sky. (Miami, USA, November 2003 - Image ID 200311-US-06)
Close-up of dandelion clock against sunset
Sunset dandelion close-up
Close-up of dandelion clock against sunset
When you grow up in a rural area, and enjoy photography, dandelions will certainly make several appearances in your portfolio. The massive transformation from a yellow flower to the fragile parachutes blown off by the wind is just amazing. Gardeners tend to hate this species for being quite resistant to all attempts to remove them. (Laubach, Germany, August 1983 - Image ID: 198308-DE-03)
Single pine tree on misty mountain slope
Pine tree on diagonal mountain slopes
Single pine tree on misty mountain slope
Even on days when the area is covered with mist, Yangmingshan National Park has a lot of great views to offer. The best ways to explore this beautiful scenic area on a dormant volcano is hiking. Many well maintained trails run through vast grasslands, deep valleys, lush forests and over mountain peaks. During one of these hikes, I discovered this tree nicely framed by two opposing diagonal slopes. And suddenly the dull white background made a lot more sense than a clear blue sky. (Yangmingshan, Taiwan, July 2012 - Image ID: 201307-TW-02)
Low angle view of diverse subtropical forest with blue sky
Colorful subtropical forest against blue sky
Low angle view of diverse subtropical forest with blue sky
What a view! During my time living and working in Taiwan, we stayed at a place surrounded by subtropical forest. Actually, one could even call it a jungle, for it being quite dense with plants competing for sunlight. Even though the local climate doesn't trigger four sharply different seasons, it was nice to observe the more subtile changes throughout the year. Especially the large diversity of trees and the different colors of flowering plants add extra visual treats. (Taipei, Taiwan, October 2013 - Image ID: 201310-TW-05)
Partial close view of green barrel cactus with lots of yellow spines
Mother-in-law's cushion cactus
Partial close view of green barrel cactus with lots of yellow spines
Funny enough, the nickname of this cactus reads exactly the same in English as it does in German. Could it be that "Mother's in law" are equally popular in both cultures? Within the botanical gardens of the Wilhelma there are a number of themed greenhouses. One of them is dedicated to deserts, featuring many succulent plants and cacti. Whilst the flowers are the main attraction for most visitors, I really like zooming in on the spines and to find the right angle for an interesting photo. (Stuttgart, Germany, September 1993 - Image ID: 199309-DE-03)
Close-up on blue agave leaves with black spines
Blue agave leaves close-up
Close-up on blue agave leaves with black spines
Within the botanical gardens of the Wilhelma there are a number of themed greenhouses. One of them is dedicated to deserts, featuring many succulent plants and cacti. Once you take a closer look, you perfectly understand why this plant is called "blue" agave. The famous Mexican tequila is made of it, but also just looking at its natural beauty is breathtaking. (Stuttgart, Germany, September 1993 - Image ID: 199309-DE-02)
Close look at red cones of blue spruce tree
Blue spruce with immature red cones
Close look at red cones of blue spruce tree
Quite often, we feel the need to travel somewhere else to see something new. However, there is so much to discover at home. This is another example of natural beauty right in front of our doorsteps. I took this close-up of the immature cones of a blue spruce tree in our garden in spring-time (Laubach, Germany, April 1983 - Image ID: 198304-DE-01)
Close up of red amaryllis flower interior
Amaryllis flower closeup in red
Close up of red amaryllis flower interior
A close-up of this popular flower reveals some amazing details, such as the thorn-shaped pattern on the leaves. With its size and beauty, the amaryllis flower is perfect gift for someone special. Hopefully the recipient will take the time to admire the hidden details. (Laubach, Germany, August 1993 - Image ID: 198308-DE-02)
Macro of red spines on green cactus
Red spines on green cactus
Macro of red spines on green cactus
Zooming in on plant details reveals amazing beauty. This photo is from my early days of photography. It shows the wonderful color contrast of red spines on a green cactus. For most of us with our hectic lifestyles, such details remains hidden. I can only recommend to replace a few minutes of social media feeds with quality nature observation. (Laubach, Germany, 1983 - Image ID: 198301-DE-01)
Purple daisy with yellow center against dark blackground
Magenta colored daisy closeup
Purple daisy with yellow center against dark blackground
For most of my closeup images about nature, I prefer natural light as opposed to flash photography. In this case, the sun nicely illuminated the flowerhead of this colorful daisy variant. Its magenta purple color nicely contrast with the yellow rosette and the dark background. (Laubach, Germany, August 1983 - Image ID: 198308-DE-01)
Macro shot of purple willow gentian on alpine meadow
Willow gentian purple flowers closeup
Macro shot of purple willow gentian on alpine meadow
With lots of spectacular mountain peaks surrounding you, there obviously is a certain risk to forget about the smaller things just close to your feet. I sometimes catch myself forcing my attention downside, to explore the little natural wonders. In summer, the Swiss Alps are covered with lots of colorful flowers. This purple willow gentian definitely deserved my attention. (Grindelwald, Switzerland, July 2003 - Image ID 200307-CH-08)
Group of pine trees on mountain slope overlooking an alpine valley
High mountain trees overlooking the valley - Photo painting
Group of pine trees on mountain slope overlooking an alpine valley
Summer vacations in the mountains are not complete without hiking. Lots of rack railways, cable cars and other lifts provide convenient access to higher elevations. As such, it is possible to enjoy the fresh air and the stunning views also as a day visitor. Since I always liked to take photos of trees, I couldn't resisit to capture this idyllic scenery. The original slide scan has been converted into a photo painting. (Zermatt, Switzerland, July 1993 - Image ID 199307-CH-03)
Three trees with red, yellow and green leaves on alpine meadow
Autumn trees traffic light - Photo painting
Three trees with red, yellow and green leaves on alpine meadow
Even though we travelled the "Route des Grandes Alpes" in the mid of summer, some trees already wore their autumn outfit. One of my personal photo highlights is this natural traffic light of three different trees with the usual colors of our most important road signal. And no, I didn't change the colors in Photoshop. The credit for this piece of art goes to Mother Nature!
Small green plant surviving on the edge of a tiny Plitvice waterfall
On the edge - Small plant withstanding the power of water
Small green plant surviving on the edge of a tiny Plitvice waterfall
Never give up! This seems to be the philosophy of this small plant growing right on the edge of a drop in water level. Whilst I am not a botanical expert, and don't know the species, I was quite impressed by this brave survivor. I found this detail during our extended hike around the lakes. Having arrived early, the morning light contributed to this photo opportunity. Combined with the breathtaking color of the Plitvice lakes water, I really like this unexpected discovery. (Plitvice Lakes, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-60)
Branches with fresh green spring leaves against turquoise lake
Magic color contrast - Fresh green meets turquoise water
Branches with fresh green spring leaves against turquoise lake
In spring, the fresh green of the trees next to the boardwalks contrasts with the fascinating color of the clear water. This National Park is on the UNESCO World Heritage list for a good reason. Since my first visit to Plitvice in 1991, I was fascinated by the breathtaking scenery. The cascade of lakes connected by waterfalls is incredibly beautiful. Obviously, the place is a very popular tourist destination. If you want to enjoy the serenity and magic of the location, I would suggest to come early in the morning. (Plitvice Lakes, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-54)
A fresh green summer mountain forest overlooking a tranquil lake
Tranquil place - Quiet turquoise lake within dense summer forest
A fresh green summer mountain forest overlooking a tranquil lake
Whilst not as spectacular as the waterfalls, the surrounding forest also deserves protection and respect. This unique combination put the National Park is on the UNESCO World Heritage list for a good reason. Since my first visit to Plitvice in 1991, I was fascinated by the breathtaking scenery. Water simply seems to come out of the forest, everywhere. Obviously, the place is a very popular tourist destination. If you want to enjoy the serenity and magic of the location, I would suggest to come early in the morning. (Plitvice Lakes, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-59)
Several reeds of reed growing in green Plitvice lakes water
Magic green - Reed growing in beautifully colored water
Several reeds of reed growing in green Plitvice lakes water
This photo only needed two models: water and reed. Despite of this simple setup, I am very excited about the result. Since my first visit to Plitvice in 1991, I was fascinated by the breathtaking scenery, and the very unique colors of the crystal clear water. The cascade of lakes connected by waterfalls is incredibly beautiful. If you want to enjoy the serenity and the unique shape of water of this location, I would suggest to come early in the morning. And take your time, don't rush through. (Plitvice Lakes, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-62)
South Croatian mountain road framed by blooming yellow broom
Framed - Mountain road with blooming broom and a threatening dar
South Croatian mountain road framed by blooming yellow broom
Most tourists in the Dubrovnik area stay within the city, or just visit some of the nearby coastal towns and beaches. It is however worth exploring the surrounding rural areas in the mountains. They rise to more than 1.000 meters above sea level with in just a few kilometers distance from the sea. Whilst driving uphill, a thunderstorm was approaching. I used this opportunity to capture the threatening dark sky, with the intense yellow broom shrubs framing the road. (Cavtat, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-15)
Magenta colored thristle flower beginning to open
A circle of stars - thistle flower preparing to open soon
Magenta colored thristle flower beginning to open
Due to the intense magenta color, thistle are easy to spot even from a greater distance. They are quite common in the mountain areas of the Dubrovnik district. Before the show their entire beauty, they start opening from the center. What I really like about this stage of flowering is the circle of five or even six stars of different sizes. What I also found interesting is the flower power repeating in the tips of the green leaves. (Dubrovnik, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-23)
Three thristle flowers at different stages of flowering in pink
Evolution - Thistle trio in different stages of flowering
Three thristle flowers at different stages of flowering in pink
Taken from the same outstanding viewpoint overlooking Dubrovnik and its surroundings, this interesting trio immediately caught my attention. Already on the way up, I saw quite a lot of colorful flowers in full spring outfit. On the edge of the stony cliffs, I found this interesting trio. All three belong to the same species, but were in completely different stages of their development. Perfectly aligned in the breeze the were an excellent flora model. (Dubrovnik, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-12)
Thistle flower in full magenta colored bloom against blue sky
Almost perfect - Thistle flower in full bloom against a blue sky
Thistle flower in full magenta colored bloom against blue sky
This obviously is not an unusual photo. Many images of thistles in full magenta bloom against a blue sky must be taken almost by the minute during flowering season. Nevertheless, I believe the striking beauty of the color contrast and the details of this natural piece of art do justify posting this capture as part of my Croatia portfolio. The tricky part of taking this photo was the permanent wind, which made the plant move quite a bit in a refreshing breeze. (Dubrovnik, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-24)
Macro shot of blooming red cactus flower with lots of pollen
Single red cactus flower and pollen macro close-up
Macro shot of blooming red cactus flower with lots of pollen
A macro-shot of the red flower and its pollen reveals an amazing natural beauty. As a child, I used to have a few small cactus plants in my room. It was a special event whenever one of them produced a flower, in most cases just a single one. Whilst I have stopped cultivating these fascinating plants long ago, I much more enjoy finding them outdoors in their natural habitat. I found this extraordinary representative of its species during an afternoon hike along the cliffs east of Dubrovnik. (Dubrovnik, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-32)
Macro shot of blooming yellow cactus flower with lots of pollen
Single yellow cactus flower and pollen macro close-up
Macro shot of blooming yellow cactus flower with lots of pollen
A macro-shot of the yellow flower and its pollen reveals an amazing natural beauty. As a child, I used to have a few small cactus plants in my room. It was a special event whenever one of them produced a flower, in most cases just a single one. Whilst I have stopped cultivating these fascinating plants long ago, I much more enjoy finding them outdoors in their natural habitat. I found this extraordinary representative of its species during an afternoon hike along the cliffs east of Dubrovnik. (Dubrovnik, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-33)
Closeup of cactus leaves blooming with red and yellow flowers
Together - Cactus family with red and yellow flowers
Closeup of cactus leaves blooming with red and yellow flowers
As a child, I used to have a few small cactus plants in my room. It was a special event whenever one of them produced a flower, in most cases just a single one. Whilst I have stopped cultivating these fascinating plants long ago, I much more enjoy finding them outdoors in their natural habitat. I found this extended family during an afternoon hike along the cliffs east of Dubrovnik. The flowers came in all stages of their short lifespan, and added amazing colors to the green spikes in the background. (Dubrovnik, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-31)
Silver ragwort plant with yellow flowers against blue sky
Single silver ragwort plant with yellow flowers "on the rocks"
Silver ragwort plant with yellow flowers against blue sky
Apart from the spectacular views over the old city, walking the Dubrovnik city walls also offers opportunities for nature loving photographers. The gardens of the house close the town borders, and even the stone walls themselves are home to many plants and flowers. I spotted this lonely silver ragwort plant with one single stem and its yellow flowers about half way around the city. Hard to believe how it can survive in this hostile environment, consisting mainly of stone and rocks. (Dubrovnik, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-04)
Yellow flowers growing between round red clay roof tiles
Symbiosis - Red clay roof tiles and yellow flower ensemble
Yellow flowers growing between round red clay roof tiles
This image is the result of an early morning jogging workout. Obviously, I didn't carry my iPhone, and even less my SLR with me. At some point I spotted a picturesque roof with the typical red tiles and some non-typical decoration on a slope below the road. It wasn't a big problem, because at that time of the day, the entire area was still in the shade. So I decided to come back later during the day with the complete equipment, incl. telephoto lens, and captured this image. (Dubrovnik, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-25)
Beautiful summer meadow with blooming flowers and trees
Healthy summer meadow with dandelions, white flowers and trees
Beautiful summer meadow with blooming flowers and trees
Maybe you still have a huge collection of old analogue photo treasures burried somewhere in your house? Then it's time to scan the best of them, so you can transfer them into the new digital age. I completed this exercise in 2022. This is one example of my really early work, taken in the small town of Laubach (Hesse). This is where I spent my teenage years, and the beautiful countryside was an inspiration for my passion for nature. After school, I spent a lot of time outdoors, with sports and photography as main leisure activities. (Laubach, Germany, June 1983 - Image ID: 198306-DE-02)
Macro shot of green roofing succulents illuminated by sunshine
Green roofing succulents - The mystic imaginary forest - I
Macro shot of green roofing succulents illuminated by sunshine
Isn't it sad how as adults we tend to loose big part of our imagination from childhood times? When we were young, everything could become anything. It just depended on whom we were playing with, and how far we would allow our mind to go. I thought about this when I recently took some macro-shots of succulent plants used for green roofing. Just 3cm high... Don't they look like a fairytale enchanted forest with giant trees? Who knows what else we might find once we go inside and start to explore... (Esslingen, Germany, May 2023 - Image ID: 202305-DE-11)
Macro image of green and red colored roofing succulents
Green roofing succulents - The mystic imaginary forest - II
Macro image of green and red colored roofing succulents
Somehow I believe it is sad that as adults we tend to loose big part of our imagination from childhood times? When we were young, everything could become anything. It just depended on whom we were playing with, and how far we would allow our mind to go. I thought about this when I recently took some macro-shots of succulent plants used for green roofing. Just 3cm high... Don't they look like a fairytale enchanted forest with giant trees? Who knows what else we might find once we go inside and start to explore... (Esslingen, Germany, May 2023 - Image ID: 202305-DE-12)
Macro photo of green roofing succulents
Green roofing succulents - The mystic imaginary forest - III
Macro photo of green roofing succulents
Would you agree that as adults we tend to loose big part of our imagination from childhood times? When we were young, everything could become anything. It just depended on whom we were playing with, and how far we would allow our mind to go. I thought about this when I recently took some macro-shots of succulent plants used for green roofing. Just 3cm high... Don't they look like a fairytale enchanted forest with giant trees? Who knows what else we might find once we go inside and start to explore... (Esslingen, Germany, May 2023 - Image ID: 202305-DE-13)
Close up on single pink hibiscus flower on wet red bricks surface
Pink hibiscus flower - Wet Red Bricks Series IV
Close up on single pink hibiscus flower on wet red bricks surface
Rainy days often provide exceptional opportunities for photographers. One just needs to overcome the inner bastard, and get outside. Once you start to explore nature, one can capture unusual images of otherwise very frequent and common motives. Mai 2013 had quite a lot of these lousy days with the so-called "Plum Rain" (big waterdrops!) in Taiwan. I decided to explore the neighborhood, and found quite a diverse collection of leaves and flowers on a driveway with red bricks. Amongst them this beautiful pink hibiscus flower... And no, I didn't pick it - just arranged it a bit on the bricks. (Taipei, Taiwan, May 2013 - Image ID: 201305-TW-04)
Closeup on white and yellow plumeria flower on wet red bricks
Yellow white plumeria flower - Wet Red Bricks Series II
Closeup on white and yellow plumeria flower on wet red bricks
Rainy days often provide exceptional opportunities for photographers. One just needs to overcome the inner bastard, and get outside. Once you start to explore nature, one can capture unusual images of otherwise very frequent and common motives. Mai 2013 had quite a lot of these lousy days with the so-called "Plum Rain" (big waterdrops!) in Taiwan. I decided to explore the neighborhood, and found quite a diverse collection of leaves and flowers on a driveway with red bricks. Amongst them this nice two-color tone plumeria flower... And no, I didn't pick it - just arranged it a bit on the bricks. (Taipei, Taiwan, May 2013 - Image ID: 201305-TW-02)
Close up on two yellow-green leaves on wet red bricks surface
Yellow and green tree leaves - Wet Red Bricks Series VI
Close up on two yellow-green leaves on wet red bricks surface
Rainy days often provide exceptional opportunities for photographers. One just needs to overcome the inner bastard, and get outside. Once you start to explore nature, one can capture unusual images of otherwise very frequent and common motives. Mai 2013 had quite a lot of these lousy days with the so-called "Plum Rain" (big waterdrops!) in Taiwan. I decided to explore the neighborhood, and found quite a diverse collection of leaves and flowers on a driveway with red bricks. Amongst them these two-colored leaves, that look like Autumn, even though I took the photo in Spring. (Taipei, Taiwan, May 2013 - Image ID: 201305-TW-06)
Close-up on single bright yellow leaf on wet red bricks surface
Bright yellow leaf (Wet Red Bricks Series - V)
Close-up on single bright yellow leaf on wet red bricks surface
Rainy days often provide exceptional opportunities for photographers to capture unusual images of frequent motifs. May 2013 had quite a lot of these days in Taiwan. I decided to explore the neighborhood, and found quite a diverse collection of leaves and flowers on a floor with red bricks. This yellow leaf was particularly attractive.
Close-up on one green leaf from a tree on wet red bricks surface
Green tree leaf (Wet Red Bricks Series - III)
Close-up on one green leaf from a tree on wet red bricks surface
Rainy days often provide exceptional opportunities for photographers to capture unusual images of frequent motifs. Mai 2013 had quite a lot of these days in Taiwan. I decided to explore the neighborhood, and found quite a diverse collection of leaves and flowers on a floor with red bricks.
Macro shot of three yellow flower buds ready to open soon
Yellow flower buds macro - Ready to open soon...
Macro shot of three yellow flower buds ready to open soon
Whilst I am not an expert in macro photography, I do enjoy having a closer look at some of the small thing around us. Usually, most of us don't take the time to really appreciate the natural beauty in all its details. For example, weed in our gardens is mostly considered a nuisance. However, when we sit down, nature reveals interesting botanical details. In this case, I was even lying flat in a bed of red gravel, used for green roofing. I especially liked the striking color in the background. Anybody knows which plant this is? I took this photo in Esslingen near Stuttgart, Germany. (Esslingen, Germany, April 2023 - Image ID: 202304-DE-10)
Macro image dandelion flower against unsharp green background
Dandelion bokeh close-up
Macro image dandelion flower against unsharp green background
Probably one of the most hated flowers in the world! Gardeners and especially fans of pure green front gardens with nothing but well-trimmed grass are usually merciless in their fight against dandelions. Nevertheless, they are quite beautiful once you take a closer look. (Esslingen, Germany, April 2023 - Image ID: 202304-DE-15)
Closeup on blooming plum blossoms against dark blue sky
Two plus two cherry (or plum) blossoms against blue sky
Closeup on blooming plum blossoms against dark blue sky
To get into spring feeling mood, flowering trees are probably one of the strongest signals that winter will be over soon. And no matter how often one may have taken photos of cherry blossoms, the temptations returns annually. This activity is particularly popular in Asia, where thousands of people chase picture perfect as soon as sakura season starts. For this photo, I went for a real macro close-up to highlight the beauty in all its details. Can you spot the single spider web thread on top of the left flower? And is it a cherry blossom, or a plum blossom? I always get confused... (Esslingen, Germany, April 2023 - Image ID: 202304-DE-12)
Closeup of green leaves with raindrops in the morning sun
Raindrops on fresh green leaves with morning sunlight
Closeup of green leaves with raindrops in the morning sun
The color green is always very calming. Once you have a closer look, you will discover all kind of shades of green in the vegetation around you. I took these images after some overnight rain in our garden on a nice April morning. (Esslingen, Germany, April 2023 - Image ID: 202304-DE-11)
Closeup of blooming forsythia branches against dark background
Two forsythia branches against dark background
Closeup of blooming forsythia branches against dark background
In order to do something different, I underexposed this image of the two forsythia branches in full blosson to create a more dramatic contrast. (Esslingen, Germany, April 2023 - Image ID: 202304-DE-07)
Closeup of a tree stump in the forest
Close-up on the remains of a logging victim
Closeup of a tree stump in the forest
A closer look reveals the moss-covered splintered wood at the bottom of a felled tree. Whilst I know that we do need a sustainable timber industry, and that new life will soon emerge from the ruins, I always feel sad when I come across such signs of "destruction". (Esslingen, Germany, April 2023 - Image ID: 202304-DE-05)
Tree stump and cut trunk lying next to it
Freshly cut - fallen tree trunk
Tree stump and cut trunk lying next to it
Just recently cut, this tree now waits to be removed from it's forest home. It's wood will have a 2nd life, maybe as furniture or in construction. Somehow looks like a violent crime scene (Esslingen, Germany, April 2023 - Image ID: 202304-DE-03)
Many cut tree trunks lying in the forest like a giant spillikins
Spillikins XXL - felled tree trunks
Many cut tree trunks lying in the forest like a giant spillikins
This scene reminded my of a giant spillikins setup, even though it's obviously not a game, but rather a business. Many trees are "harvested" in Spring, making space for new ones to take over their territory and restart the cycle of life. (Esslingen, Germany, April 2023 - Image ID: 202304-DE-02)
Evening sunlight illuminating savanna with single quiver tree
Last sunrays illuminating Quiver Tree
Evening sunlight illuminating savanna with single quiver tree
The colours of the landscape in Augrabies National Park keep changing throughout the day, and become particularly beautiful in the late afternoon and evening. Here the warm sunlight illuminates a Quiver Tree. (Augrabies National Park, South Africa, April 2011 - Image ID: 201104-ZA-21)
Single quiver tree with two branches in African savanna landscape
Quiver tree - giant tree aloe with two branches only
Single quiver tree with two branches in African savanna landscape
In 2011, we spent some time in one of South Africa's less known tourist destinations, the Augrabies Falls National Park. Located in the Northern Cape, it covers approx. 820 square km. The spectacular landscape is quite popular amongst local outdoor fans. Whilst mainly dry with rocks and sand, the colorful park also features a broad range of flora and fauna. This lonely and rather small quiver tree with just two branches adds a little something to the vast landscape. This plant is very typical for the park, which is perfectly adapted to the climate, and able to cope with extreme temperatures and the infertile soil. (Augrabies National Park, South Africa, April 2011 - Image ID: 201104-ZA-18)
Vast plain landscape covered with beautiful silver grass
Silver grass in endless plains
Vast plain landscape covered with beautiful silver grass
Beautifully illuminated grass always makes a nice photo motif. Combine it with the reddish gravel soil of the Northern Cape area, the resulting contrast makes it stand out even more. (Augrabies National Park, South Africa, April 2011 - Image ID: 201104-ZA-10)
One single quiver tree in arid landscape against blue sky
Lonely Quiver Tree
One single quiver tree in arid landscape against blue sky
One of the few trees that survive in the dry and sunny climate of the Northern Cape is the Quiver Tree. Due to their unique shape they make a perfect model for every photographer. (Augrabies National Park, South Africa, April 2011 - Image ID: 201104-ZA-08)
Single tuft of grass with mousehole on red gravel surface
Tuft of grass hideaway
Single tuft of grass with mousehole on red gravel surface
Even in this very dry area of the Northern Cape, there is plenty of vegetation that manages to survive in this environment. And next to it, a mouse seems to have recently settled into its new home. (Augrabies National Park, South Africa, April 2011 - Image ID: 201104-ZA-01)
Single tuft of grass on gravel surface illuminated by the sun
Tuft of Kgalagadi grass on red gravel soil at sunset
Single tuft of grass on gravel surface illuminated by the sun
In November 2011, we spent a few days in one the less known (and visited) National Parks of South Africa. The Augrabies Falls are located in the Northern Cape, close to the border to Namibia. It's spectacular landscape is mainly popular amongst local outdoor fans, who mostly come for camping with their off-road vehicles. Whilst mainly dry with lots of rocks and sand, the colorful park also features a broad range of flora and fauna. Even though quite common and ordinary, the tufts of grass are quite beautiful. What I liked a lot about this one is the unique illumination by the warm late afternoon light shortly before sunset. (Augrabies National Park, South Africa, April 2011 - Image ID: 201104-ZA-02)
Dark blue cloudy sky half covered by pink blooming cherry tree
Cherry tree pink sakura spring blossoms - I
Dark blue cloudy sky half covered by pink blooming cherry tree
Cherry blossoms are probably amongst the most photographed flowers in the world. Especially in Asia, people will go out every year in search of the perfect sakura shot. Different weather conditions, another tree, new angles, creative post-processing - there are many ways to add something new to the collection. During the years living in Taipei, the large cherry tree in the garden of our neighbor spoiled us with stunning visuals (eye candy!) in all shades of pink. Combine this with a beautiful dark blue sky, and you get the perfect setting for photographers to take a whole series of images. (Taipei, Taiwan, February 2014 - Image ID: 201402-TW-001)
Branch with pink cherry blossoms against blue cloudy sky
Cherry tree branch with pink sakura spring blossoms - V
Branch with pink cherry blossoms against blue cloudy sky
Cherry blossoms are probably amongst the most photographed flowers in the world. Especially in Asia, people will go out every year in search of the perfect sakura shot. Different weather conditions, another tree, new angles, creative post-processing - there are many ways to add something new to the collection. During the years living in Taipei, the large cherry tree in the garden of our neighbor spoiled us with stunning visuals (eye candy!) in all shades of pink. Combine this with a beautiful dark blue sky, and you get the perfect setting for photographers to take a whole series of images. (Taipei, Taiwan, February 2014 - Image ID: 201402-TW-005)
Close up on cherry tree branch with pink sakura spring blossoms
Cherry tree branch with pink sakura spring blossoms - IV - Photo Painting
Close up on cherry tree branch with pink sakura spring blossoms
Cherry blossoms are probably amongst the most photographed flowers in the world. Especially in Asia, people will go out every year in search of the perfect sakura shot. Different weather conditions, another tree, new angles, creative post-processing - there are many ways to add something new to the collection. During the years living in Taipei, the large cherry tree in the garden of our neighbor spoiled us with stunning visuals (eye candy!) in all shades of pink. Combine this with a beautiful dark blue sky, and you get the perfect setting for photographers to take a whole series of images. (Taipei, Taiwan, February 2014 - Image ID: 201402-TW-004)
Blue sky with clouds with pink blooming cherry tree on the right
Cherry tree pink sakura spring blossoms - II
Blue sky with clouds with pink blooming cherry tree on the right
Cherry blossoms are probably amongst the most photographed flowers in the world. Especially in Asia, people will go out every year in search of the perfect sakura shot. Different weather conditions, another tree, new angles, creative post-processing - there are many ways to add something new to the collection. During the years living in Taipei, the large cherry tree in the garden of our neighbor spoiled us with stunning visuals (eye candy!) in all shades of pink. Combine this with a beautiful dark blue sky, and you get the perfect setting for photographers to take a whole series of images. (Taipei, Taiwan, February 2014 - Image ID: 201402-TW-002)
White-red Tianfeng Pagoda in dense green mountain forest
Tianfeng Pagoda
White-red Tianfeng Pagoda in dense green mountain forest
A landmark within the lush green of the slopes of the Taroko Gorge: the Tianfeng Pagoda. No matter if you driving up- or downhill, it is impossible to miss it - even at night when it is beautifully illuminated. (Taroko Gorge, Taiwan, March 2013 - Image ID: 201303-TW-16)
Sunbeam spotlight illuminating a single tree on mountain ridge
Foggy spotllight tree
Sunbeam spotlight illuminating a single tree on mountain ridge
Such a relaxing and peaceful scene: a single tree standing out from the forst on a high mountain slope. The fog and the limited amount of available created an almost fairy-tale like scene. (Taroko Gorge, Taiwan, March 2013 - Image ID: 201303-TW-09)
Relaxing view from rooftop pool into green mountain forest
Relaxation for body, mind and soul
Relaxing view from rooftop pool into green mountain forest
Enjoying the breathtaking beauty of Taroko Gorge in style from the warm rooftop pool at Silks Place Taroko Hotel. Absolutely beautiful and so relaxing for body, mind and soul !!! (Taroko Gorge, Taiwan, March 2013 - Image ID: 201303-TW-13)
Tree fern growing in front of waterfall with black rocks
Tree fern waterfall
Tree fern growing in front of waterfall with black rocks
Timeless beauty, and so relaxing to just sit down and to watch and listen to the sound of the falling water. (Taipei, Taiwan, January 2013 - Image ID: 201302-TW-15)
Branch of dark pink sakura against unsharp waterfall background
Wulai Falls sakura blossoms
Branch of dark pink sakura against unsharp waterfall background
Taking close-up photos of cherry blossoms is very popular throughout Asia. Doing so in such a spectacular setting as the Wulai Falls gorge adds a little extra aspects to this morif, usually captured against a blue sky background. (Taipei, Taiwan, January 2013 - Image ID: 201301-TW-10)
Many pineapples with red gift ribbons lined up for sale
Symbolic pineapple presents
Many pineapples with red gift ribbons lined up for sale
One of the most common and popular fruit year-round, but especially during New Year celebrations is the pineapple. It symbolizes wealth and prosperity, and presenting it to someone has this wish for the upcoming year attached symbolically. (Taipei City, Taiwan, February 2013 - Image ID: 201302-TW-03)
Colorful autumn forest with snow covered volcano background
Mount Etna autumn forest meets winter peak
Colorful autumn forest with snow covered volcano background
The diversity of the landscapes and their flora on Sicily's iconic volcano is quite amazing. Colors, vegetation, soil, and plants change constantly, depending on the exact location. Therefore, it is absolutely worth exploring this area on foot with multiple hikes. Obviously, the scenery also changes a lot depending on the seasons. This is a spectacular view on our way from Catania towards the southern slopes of Mount Etna. The multi-colored forest with its autumn outfit creates a stunning contrast with the already frozen and snow-covered main peak. Just too beautiful... (Mount Etna, Italy, December 2022 - Image ID: 202212-IT-26)
Small green pine trees on black lava field against snowy peaks
Survivor trees regaining their territory on black lava field
Small green pine trees on black lava field against snowy peaks
Never give up! We all know about the importance of healthy forests for the world's climate, and the challenges they face. Forests are home to countless species and provide a valuable recreation area for human beings. This photo shows reason for hope as a nice example about the power of forests to recover from natural disasters. The first spruces reclaim their territory after a devastating lava stream destroyed all life in its path years ago. The snow-covered Mount Etna in the background surrounded by dark clouds adds to the dramatic atmosphere of the scenery. (Mount Etna, Italy, December 2022 - Image ID: 202212-IT-25)
Pine trees emerging from black lava against snowy mountain
Survivor trees regaining their territory on black lava field
Pine trees emerging from black lava against snowy mountain
Never give up! We all know about the importance of healthy forests for the world's climate, and the challenges they face. Forests are home to countless species and provide a valuable recreation area for human beings. This photo shows reason for hope as a nice example about the power of forests to recover from natural disasters. The first spruces reclaim their territory after a devastating lava stream destroyed all life in its path years ago. The snow-covered Mount Etna in the background surrounded by dark clouds adds to the dramatic atmosphere of the scenery. (Mount Etna, Italy, December 2022 - Image ID: 202212-IT-05)
Close up on lower part of birch trunks growing on dark lava field
Birch family in colorful lava field grass at Mount Etna
Close up on lower part of birch trunks growing on dark lava field
Do you share the fascination for volcanoes? In this case, Mount Etna on Italy's Sicily island for sure is worth a trip. What I really enjoyed is how diverse this mountain is. The appearance changes constantly, depending on which side and altitude you are. Many areas are covered with lava and ash from previous eruptions, with no or very little vegetation. Then, we had a surprising sight around 2.000m above sea level: a forest of birches. Apparently they enjoy the fertile soil on top of an old lava field of Mount Etna. I took this family picture with a close-up on their trunks with the typical white bark. (Mount Etna, Italy, December 2022 - Image ID: 202212-IT-07)
Low angle view of many palmtrees framing a dark blue sky
Palmtree sky
Low angle view of many palmtrees framing a dark blue sky
Not much to say about this view... (Riviera Maya, Mexico, November 2002 - Image ID 200211-MX-08)
Composite of nine colorful autum leaves on beech
Autumn Visuals I (Beech)
Composite of nine colorful autum leaves on beech
For nature lovers, autumn is an amazing season of ever-changing visuals. This is a compilation of various photos taken for my series "Foreigners". Using the same background for differently coloured leaves, and putting them next to each other summarizes a golden October day. (Esslingen, Germany, November 2022 - Image ID 202211-DE-04)
Composite of nine colorful autum leaves on red oak
Autumn Visuals II (Red Oak)
Composite of nine colorful autum leaves on red oak
For nature lovers, autumn is an amazing season of ever-changing visuals. This is a compilation of various photos taken for my series "Foreigners". Using the same background for differently coloured leaves, and putting them next to each other summarizes a golden October day. (Esslingen, Germany, November 2022 - Image ID 202211-DE-05)
Composite of nine colorful autum leaves on ginko
Autumn Visuals III (Ginko)
Composite of nine colorful autum leaves on ginko
For nature lovers, autumn is an amazing season of ever-changing visuals. This is a compilation of various photos taken for my series "Foreigners". Using the same background for differently coloured leaves, and putting them next to each other summarizes a golden October day. (Esslingen, Germany, November 2022 - Image ID 202211-DE-06)
Composite of nine colorful autum leaves on ginko and red oak
Autumn Visuals V (Ginko - Red Oak)
Composite of nine colorful autum leaves on ginko and red oak
For nature lovers, autumn is an amazing season of ever-changing visuals. This is a compilation of various photos taken for my series "Foreigners". Using the same background for differently coloured leaves, and putting them next to each other summarizes a golden October day. (Esslingen, Germany, November 2022 - Image ID 202211-DE-08)
Composite of nine colorful autum leaves on various other leaves
Autumn visuals - Mix of colorful leaves from various trees
Composite of nine colorful autum leaves on various other leaves
For nature lovers, autumn is an amazing season of ever-changing visuals. This is a compilation of various photos taken for my series "Foreigners". Using diverse backgrounds for differently coloured leaves, and putting them next to each other summarizes the breathtaking beauty of a golden October day. (Esslingen, Germany, November 2022 - Image ID 202211-DE-09)
Composite of nine colorful autum leaves on red oak and ginko
Autumn Visuals IV (Red Oak - Ginko)
Composite of nine colorful autum leaves on red oak and ginko
For nature lovers, autumn is an amazing season of ever-changing visuals. This is a compilation of various photos taken for my series "Foreigners". Using the same background for differently coloured leaves, and putting them next to each other summarizes a golden October day. (Esslingen, Germany, November 2022 - Image ID 202211-DE-07)
Colorful autumn chestnut tree leaf on bed of brown oak leaves
Foreigner (I)
Colorful autumn chestnut tree leaf on bed of brown oak leaves
Remember! Each of us is a foreigner everywhere in the world, except for one (or maybe two) countries. This series of Autumn leaves illustrates how cultural and ethnical diversity add color to any society. (Esslingen, Germany, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-DE-01)
Colorful autumn staghorn tree leaf on bed of yellow beech leaves
Foreigner (II)
Colorful autumn staghorn tree leaf on bed of yellow beech leaves
Remember! Each of us is a foreigner everywhere in the world, except for one (or maybe two) countries. This series of Autumn leaves illustrates how cultural and ethnical diversity add color to any society. (Esslingen, Germany, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-DE-02)
Colorful autumn oak tree leaf on bed of brown red oak leaves
Foreigner (III)
Colorful autumn oak tree leaf on bed of brown red oak leaves
Remember! Each of us is a foreigner everywhere in the world, except for one (or maybe two) countries. This series of Autumn leaves illustrates how cultural and ethnical diversity add color to any society. (Esslingen, Germany, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-DE-03)
Colorful autumn red oak tree leaf on bed of yellow gingko leaves
Foreigner (IV)
Colorful autumn red oak tree leaf on bed of yellow gingko leaves
Remember! Each of us is a foreigner everywhere in the world, except for one (or maybe two) countries. This series of Autumn leaves illustrates how cultural and ethnical diversity add color to any society. (Esslingen, Germany, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-DE-04)
Colorful autumn maple leaf on bed of yellow plane tree leaves
Foreigner (VI)
Colorful autumn maple leaf on bed of yellow plane tree leaves
Remember! Each of us is a foreigner everywhere in the world, except for one (or maybe two) countries. This series of Autumn leaves illustrates how cultural and ethnical diversity add color to any society. (Esslingen, Germany, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-DE-06)
Colorful autumn chestnut tree leaf on bed of brown beech leaves
Foreigner (VII)
Colorful autumn chestnut tree leaf on bed of brown beech leaves
Remember! Each of us is a foreigner everywhere in the world, except for one (or maybe two) countries. This series of Autumn leaves illustrates how cultural and ethnical diversity add color to any society. (Esslingen, Germany, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-DE-07)
Colorful green and yellow autumn tree leaf on bed of other leaves
Foreigner (VIII)
Colorful green and yellow autumn tree leaf on bed of other leaves
Remember! Each of us is a foreigner everywhere in the world, except for one (or maybe two) countries. This series of Autumn leaves illustrates how cultural and ethnical diversity add color to any society. (Esslingen, Germany, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-DE-08)
Colorful red oak autumn leaves on bed of brown oak leaves
Foreigner (IX)
Colorful red oak autumn leaves on bed of brown oak leaves
This image is part of a whole series. The inspiration came from my work-related relocations around the globe. They provided me with the opportunity to live on different continents. Hence, I had the opportunity to experience completely different cultures. Remember! Each of us is a foreigner everywhere in the world, except for one (or maybe two) countries. This series of autumn leaves illustrates how cultural and ethnical diversity add color to any society. No matter if in business or private life: engaging with people of different backgrounds is very enriching. (Esslingen, Germany, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-DE-09)
One large and one small fly agaric mushroom on grass
Together
One large and one small fly agaric mushroom on grass
One of the most colourful and fascinating, but also toxic mushrooms to be found in German forests. I took this image with these two 40 years ago with my first own camera, a Revueflex ACX. (Laubach, Germany, October 1982 - Image ID: 198210-DE-03)
A fallen fly agaric mushroom lying on its side in the grass
Fallen
A fallen fly agaric mushroom lying on its side in the grass
Not sure who or what caused this fly agaric to collapse, but it still made a descent job as a model. (Laubach, Germany, October 1982 - Image ID: 198210-DE-02)
Close up of red fly agaric mushroom with cut in its umbrella
Injured
Close up of red fly agaric mushroom with cut in its umbrella
Last image from my fly agarics series: this large one had been injured, but bravely and proudly still endured on the forest floor. (Laubach, Germany, October 1982 - Image ID: 198210-DE-01)
Intense red colored maple leaf on black and white clay tile
LOVE - Red maple leaf on monochrome grey tile
Intense red colored maple leaf on black and white clay tile
It's arguably the most common link between human feelings and a color: RED means LOVE. After an extended period of rain, I found this colorful gift just outside our house in Taipei. The original photo, before digital editing for split color, was completely red, including the clay tile. Autumn leaves in general make great photo models. In this case, I liked the structure of the solid red clay tile providing a nice contrast to the soft and transient leaf. Whenever I look at this finished product, I do think about Canada and the Canadian flag. (Esslingen, Germany, September 2022 - Image ID 202209-DE-01)
Intense red colored maple leaf on black and white clay tile
LIGHT - Yellow leaf on dark grey bricks
Intense red colored maple leaf on black and white clay tile
Do you associate certain colors with specific feelings,events or other things? As the brightest basic color, people frequently think about LIGHT (or the sun) when they see YELLOW. This wet leaf set against the dark black & white background clearly illustrates this effect. I took the photo in Taipei (Taiwan) on a rainy day in 2013, and enhanced the color/contrast with a b&w split. In Asia, yellow is the color of virtue and nobility, whereas in western culture it is not such a popular tone. How do you like this specific type of yellow? (Esslingen, Germany, September 2022 - Image ID 202209-DE-02)
Closeup of green leaf with raindrops on black and white bricks
HOPE - green leaf on grey bricks
Closeup of green leaf with raindrops on black and white bricks
What are your associations when it comes to certain colors? GREEN is usually associated with HOPE, nature, freshness and environmental protection. To illustrate this feeling (currently in high demand), herewith another rain-inspired image from my time in Taipei. To enhance the effect, I turned everything except the main subject into black & white. And yes, green also may symbolize other feelings, such as jealousy and envy. But I clearly prefer the positive annotations. (Esslingen, Germany, September 2022 - Image ID 202209-DE-03)
Gravel road in the forest leading into the evening sun
Light at the end of the forest tunnel
Gravel road in the forest leading into the evening sun
Even the most passionate photographers do not always carry their full gear. During an extended evening walk in the forests above Esslingen, I fortunately still had my iPhone with me to take this shot against the low-standing sun. I was quite impressed with the result of this smartphone capture. (Esslingen, Germany, July 2022 - Image ID 202207-DE-01)
Closeup of yellow pitcher carnivorous plant with red dots
Seychelles Pitcher Carnivorous Plant
Closeup of yellow pitcher carnivorous plant with red dots
An endemic species to the Seychelles, found on Mahe Island during a long hike through the tropical forest. (Mahe, Seychelles, June 2012 - Image ID: 201206-SC-16)
Close up of magenta clematis flowers against black background
Two beautifully illuminated magenta Clematis flowers
Close up of magenta clematis flowers against black background
Spring-time equals flower-time! For just about 30min, the sun illuminated these two clematis blossoms against a very dark background. It almost felt like someone had generously switched on a spotlight, just for me. So I quickly interrupted my lunch for a few minutes and took a series of different shots of this natural beauty. Of all the clematis plants in our garden, I really like this vibrant magenta/pink/purple one most. Taking a close-up reveals this piece of botanical art. (Esslingen, Germany, May 2022 - Image ID 202205-DE-01)
Green leaf with three raindrops lined up on its edge
Three raindrops resting on a green leaf
Green leaf with three raindrops lined up on its edge
Rainy days offer unique photo opportunities: I found these three raindrops just outside the hotel in its' lush tropical garden. (Mahe Island, Seychelles, June 2012 - Image ID: 201206-SC-14)
Turquoise Seychelles water against granite beach with rainforest
Tropical Forest and Rocks on the Beach
Turquoise Seychelles water against granite beach with rainforest
Amazing natural "skyline", to be appreciated only by boat. The different shades of green nicely combine with the colour of the water and the rocks. (Curieuse, Seychelles, June 2012 - Image ID: 201206-SC-11)
Side-by-side view of grain and rapeseed field in full blossom
Green and yellow - side by side
Side-by-side view of grain and rapeseed field in full blossom
Always great for striking color contrast: rapeseed fields in full blossom! (Laubach, Deutschland, Juni 1992 - Image ID: 199206-DE-02)
Tulip with red flower and green leaves covered by snow and ice
Red tulip surprised by the snow...
Tulip with red flower and green leaves covered by snow and ice
After an entire winter without snowfall, photographers got an early April present, providing excellent picture-taking opportunities of the flowers already in bloom. (Esslingen, Germany, April 2022 - Image ID: 202204-DE-09)
Magnolia flowers covered by powder snow against starry sky
Night sky Magnolia, covered by the snow...
Magnolia flowers covered by powder snow against starry sky
Winter 2021/22 virtually never arrived in Germany's greater Stuttgart area. It was far too warm, and whenever it was cold, there was no precipitation. Then, in early April, snow finally fell overnight, and fresh powder covered all the flowers with a white dress. Perfect timing for taking some photos of the magnolia trees in full blossom. Even without snow, they are very beautiful. With the powder snow on top, and combined with the starry night sky, they looked even better. But I had to be quick, this beauty didn't last long until the snow melted away. (Esslingen, Germany, April 2022 - Image ID: 202204-DE-08)
Wet yellow orange daffodil flowerhead in the snow
Brave lonely daffodil surprised by the snow...
Wet yellow orange daffodil flowerhead in the snow
Winter 2021/22 never really arrived in Germany's greater Stuttgart area. It was too warm, and whenever it was cold, there was no precipitation. Only in April, when everyone was looking forward for spring, snow finally fell overnight. With vegatation already pretty much in springtime mode, fresh powder covered all the flowers with a white dress. This was a great photo opportunity for those who got up early in the morning. One of my favourites was this brave daffodil resisting the unexpected cold return of winter. Fortunately, this didn't last, and the snow quickly melted away. (Esslingen, Germany, April 2022 - Image ID: 202204-DE-07)
Red and pink cherry blossoms covered with snowflakes
Snowy red cherry blossoms - Photo Painting
Red and pink cherry blossoms covered with snowflakes
The winter 2021/22 virtually never arrived in Germany's greater Stuttgart area. It was far too warm, and whenever it was cold, there was no precipitation. Only in April, when everyone was looking forward for spring, snow finally fell overnight. With vegatation already pretty much in springtime mode, fresh powder covered all the flowers with a white dress. This was a great photo opportunity for those who got up early in the morning. Can you spot the ice crystals on top of the cherry blossoms? I converted the image in an acrylic-style photo painting. (Esslingen, Germany, April 2022 - Image ID: 202204-DE-06)
Abstract digital painting of pink cherry blossoms
Snowy pink ornamental cherry tree in full bloom - Photo Painting
Abstract digital painting of pink cherry blossoms
The winter 2021/22 virtually never arrived in Germany's greater Stuttgart area. It was far too warm, and whenever it was cold, there was no precipitation. Only in April, when everyone was looking forward for spring, snow finally fell overnight. With vegatation already pretty much in springtime mode, fresh powder covered all the flowers with a white dress. This was a great photo opportunity for those who got up early in the morning. To enhance the natural beauty, I converted the pink snow-covered cherry blossoms into a modern photo painting. (Esslingen, Germany, April 2022 - Image ID: 202204-DE-01)
Two branches of blooming cherry tree at night
Cherry blossoms at night
Two branches of blooming cherry tree at night
Worldwide one of the symbols of spring and most popular photo motifs ever: blossoming cherry trees, mostly in front of a bright blue sky. Even at night, they unfold their timeless beauty for a few days. (Esslingen, Germany, April 2022 - Image ID: 202204-DE-03)
Digital painting with low-angle view of cherry tree in full bloom
Cherry tree in full bloom from below (photo painting)
Digital painting with low-angle view of cherry tree in full bloom
Even if it doesn't look like it: this photo was taken at night near the castle in Esslingen, and was then digitally edited. I especially liked the unusual perspective... (Esslingen, Germany, April 2022 - Image ID: 202204-DE-02)
Low angle view of weeping willow tree with fresh green leaves
Weeping willow in fresh green spring outfit
Low angle view of weeping willow tree with fresh green leaves
I assume most photographers have a number of motives in their close neighborhood that they revisit over and over again. Images taken in different weather conditions, times of the day, or seasons provide enough reason to come back. This large weeping willow in Esslingen (Germany) is an impressive sight all year round. It stands in a huge private garden with many other species of old trees. I especially adore it during spring season, when the young and fresh green leaves unfold, and provide a feast for the eyes. For this, sunshine and a blue sky is a big plus. (Esslingen, Germany, March 2022 - Image ID: 202203-DE-04)
A diverse lineup of trees in spring against blue sky
Spring Diversity
A diverse lineup of trees in spring against blue sky
Even in nature, not everyone is the same, and only the combination of different species unfolds its full splendor. The spring awakening of the various trees does not take place in parallel, but with a staggered time. (Esslingen, Germany, March 2022 - Image ID: 202203-DE-03)
Close up of red flower details and leaves of crimson bottlebrush
Crimson Bottlebrush Color Explosion
Close up of red flower details and leaves of crimson bottlebrush
A piece of natural art with very intense colors. (Cape Town, South Africa, February 2012 - Image ID: 201202-ZA-15)
Macro shot of red amaryllis flower with pollen
Red amaryllis in focus
Macro shot of red amaryllis flower with pollen
Natural beauty often reveals itself even better once you take a closer look. This is true for flowers, where it is worth zooming in on the fascinating floral details. (Esslingen, Germany, January 2022 - Image ID: 202201-De-01) Englisch  I always find it amazing how many of these magnificent flowers a single amaryllis produces within a few weeks. The NIKON 105mm Macro opens up even the smallest details. (Esslingen, Germany, January 2022 - Image ID: 202201-DE-01)
Macro image of magenta colored clematis flower
Clematis flower close-up - magenta color against black background
Macro image of magenta colored clematis flower
Spring-time equals flower-time! For just about 30min, the sun illuminated these two clematis blossoms against a very dark background. It almost felt like someone had generously switched on a spotlight, just for me. The 2nd image from my spontaneous flower photo shooting session is a macro close-up. Some of the beauty around us remains unseen to most of us. Usually, we tend to rush by without paying close attention... Please take a closer look and enjoy all the amazing details nature has to offer! To me this whole looks like an futuristic spaceship in the endless dark universe. (Esslingen, Germany, May 2022 - Image ID 202205-DE-02)

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