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Close-up of pink and white spring blossom backlit by the sun
Spring floral beauty backlit
Close-up of pink and white spring blossom backlit by the sun
Whilst this is a bit more tricky, taking images against the light really shows the fragile structures of spring blossoms. Growing up in a rural area with lots of fruit trees has the advantage of having lots of potential beauty photo shots on an annual basis. I was even so lucky to have some of them in our garden, so I could monitor the development from the early stages of buds until the last petals finally fell. (Laubach, Germany, May 1994 - Image ID: 199405-DE-01)
Macro view of a dandelion blowball flowerhead
Fragile dandelion blowball details
Macro view of a dandelion blowball flowerhead
Even though I fully understand why people owning a garden hate this plant, I have always been fascinated by the amazing structure of dandelion flower seedheads. Taraxacum looks nice with ist yellow flowers, but the true magic starts when these transform into blowballs. The parachute-shaped pappus are perfect for wind-aided dispersal of the seeds over long distances. Just looking at the amount produced by a single plant, it is obvious why they spread to fast and survive all efforts to remove them. (Darss, Germany, May 2004 - Image ID: 200405-DE-01)
Close-up of red apple tree blossom in springtime
Apple tree blossom close-up
Close-up of red apple tree blossom in springtime
Not all fruit tree blossoms are white, some of the apple species actually have deep red flowers. Growing up in a rural area with lots of fruit trees has the advantage of having lots of potential beauty photo shots on an annual basis. I was even so lucky to have some of them in our garden, so I could monitor the development from the early stages of buds until the last petals finally fell. (Laubach, Germany, May 1994 - Image ID: 199405-DE-03)
Idyllic view of reeds field with rural German coastal village and dark sky
Dark skies over village rooftops
Idyllic view of reeds field with rural German coastal village and dark sky
If you love beautiful beaches with white sand, you first association might be tropical destinations, such as the Caribbean. There are however also a lot of such spots here in Europe. Around the Baltic Sea, you will find miles of unspoiled nature. Unless you go in high season, these places tend to be rather empty. The Fischland Darss Zingst peninsula in Mecklenburg Vorpommern in Germany is one of them. Apart from the coastline itself, the small picturesque villages are equally worth visiting. (Darss, Germany, May 2004 - Image ID: 200405-DE-07)
An empty basket beach chair for two people in the sand
Basket chair waiting for guests
An empty basket beach chair for two people in the sand
Basket couple beach chairs are a very popular option for day visitors. If you love beautiful beaches with white sand, you first association might be tropical destinations, such as the Caribbean. There are however also a lot of such spots here in Europe. Around the Baltic Sea, you will find miles of unspoiled nature. Unless you go in high season, these places tend to be rather empty. The Fischland Darss Zingst peninsula in Mecklenburg Vorpommern in Germany is one of them. (Darss, Germany, May 2004 - Image ID: 200405-DE-03)
Grass covered sanddunes with red lighthouse on the left
Darss sand dunes and lighthouse
Grass covered sanddunes with red lighthouse on the left
The Darss Lighthouse overlooks some nice protected sand dunes. If you love beautiful beaches with white sand, you first association might be tropical destinations, such as the Caribbean. There are however also a lot of such spots here in Europe. Around the Baltic Sea, you will find miles of unspoiled nature. Unless you go in high season, these places tend to be rather empty. The Fischland Darss Zingst peninsula in Mecklenburg Vorpommern in Germany is one of them. (Darss, Germany, May 2004 - Image ID: 200405-DE-02)
Beach grass growing on a dune of white sand
Sand dune beach grass
Beach grass growing on a dune of white sand
Beach grass including ammophila is an important element to protect sand dunes against erosion. If you love beautiful beaches with white sand, you first association might be tropical destinations, such as the Caribbean. There are however also a lot of such spots here in Europe. Around the Baltic Sea, you will find miles of unspoiled nature. Unless you go in high season, these places tend to be rather empty. The Fischland Darss Zingst peninsula in Mecklenburg Vorpommern in Germany is one of them. (Darss, Germany, May 2004 - Image ID: 200405-DE-06)
Diagonal double line of tree trunks as breakwater in the waves of the Baltic Sea
Surf-weathered tree trunks
Diagonal double line of tree trunks as breakwater in the waves of the Baltic Sea
Wouldn't you agree that this wooden breakwater feature is a lot nicer than its concrete sibblings? If you love beautiful beaches with white sand, you first association might be tropical destinations, such as the Caribbean. There are however also a lot of such spots here in Europe. Around the Baltic Sea, you will find miles of unspoiled nature. Unless you go in high season, these places tend to be rather empty. The Fischland Darss Zingst peninsula in Mecklenburg Vorpommern in Germany is one of them. (Darss, Germany, May 2004 - Image ID: 200405-DE-04)
A piece of driftwood on a sandy beach with basket chairs in the background
Driftwood on sandy beach
A piece of driftwood on a sandy beach with basket chairs in the background
Driftwood comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes, and each of them comes with a long history. If you love beautiful beaches with white sand, you first association might be tropical destinations, such as the Caribbean. There are however also a lot of such spots here in Europe. Around the Baltic Sea, you will find miles of unspoiled nature. Unless you go in high season, these places tend to be rather empty. The Fischland Darss Zingst peninsula in Mecklenburg Vorpommern in Germany is one of them. (Darss, Germany, May 2004 - Image ID: 200405-DE-05)
Close up on a pink-white colored orchid against green background
Palmengarten orchid beauty
Close up on a pink-white colored orchid against green background
For people who like nature and plants, the Palmengarten in Frankfurt is an interesting place to visit. As child and teeenager, I went there a number of times with my family. The differently themed houses showcase the botanics of many regions of the world. The hot and humid one with tropical forest and plants was one of my favourites. There one can find lots of orchid species showcasing their diverse beauty. To make this look even more romantic, I applied a soft-focus filter (Frankfurt, Germany, May 1984 - Image ID: 198405-DE-02)
Close up on the spines of various small cacti
Cactus spines close-up
Close up on the spines of various small cacti
For someone who likes nature and plants, the Palmengarten in Frankfurt is an interesting place to visit. As child and teeenager, I went there a number of times with my family. The differently themed houses showcase the botanics of many regions of the world. One of my favourites was the cacti collection, with hundreds of species of different shapes and sizes. Zooming in on their spines reveals the beauty of these highly fortified leaves, somehow balanced by a soft-focus filter. (Frankfurt, Germany, May 1984 - Image ID: 198405-DE-01)
Close-up of pink and white fruit tree blossom
Fruit tree blossom pollen
Close-up of pink and white fruit tree blossom
Zooming in onto the pollen at the center of the fruit tree blossoms reveals the fragile structure of their pollen. Growing up in a rural area with lots of fruit trees has the advantage of having lots of potential beauty photo shots on an annual basis. I was even so lucky to have some of them in our garden, so I could monitor the development from the early stages of buds until the last petals finally fell. (Laubach, Germany, May 1994 - Image ID: 199405-DE-02)
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)
Ice crystals covering red stones and green plants
Icy red stones and green plants
Ice crystals covering red stones and green plants
Even though the diagonal line seperating green and red is not perfect, I still like this classic color contrast. The wet hard stones combine nicely with the green succulent plants, fighting to survive below the ice. Initially, I thought that I might be too late with my camera, since the temperature had already climbed above zero degrees Celsius. So the crystals started to melt. However, taking a closer look, I realized that this transition between completely frozen and partially liquid created some interesting visual effects. (Esslingen, Germany, January 2024 - Image ID: 202401-DE-08)
A small eye-shaped whole in an evening sky filled with red clouds and shades of yellow and orange
Eye in the sky winter sunset
A small eye-shaped whole in an evening sky filled with red clouds and shades of yellow and orange
Within an apparently burning sky, there seems to be an eye opening on the left side of the image. I took this photo in Esslingen near Stuttgart in December 2023. With the cold and clear air, and frequent weather changes, winter often spoils us with amazing sunsets. Fast moving clouds and intense colours create an ever-changing piece of art. It somehow feels like a giant movie theatre screen, where you just need to sit back and relax. (Esslingen, Germany, December 2023 - Image ID: 202312-DE-01)
Close-up of a green woodpecker in grass, looking to the right
European green woodpecker
Close-up of a green woodpecker in grass, looking to the right
Whilst I am not a bird-watch expert, sometimes feathered visitors in our garden do catch my attention. This green woodpecker comes by on a regular basis, looking for a morning or afternoon snack. Since the main diet are ants, this process usually takes a while. With a length of more than 30cm it is almost impossible to miss it. Unfortunately, this bird is extremely shy and keeps monitoring the area constantly. For this reason, it never stands still, and flies away even with the smallest movement behind the window. (Esslingen, Germany, December 2023 - Image ID: 202312-DE-04)
Tree branches without leaves with colourful winter sunset in the background
Bald tree branches at sunset
Tree branches without leaves with colourful winter sunset in the background
As spectacular the cloudscape may be, I felt that adding the bald branches of a tree in the foreground still adds a little extra to an already dramatic shot. With the cold and clear air, and frequent weather changes, winter often spoils us with amazing sunsets. Fast moving clouds and intense colours create an ever-changing piece of art. It somehow feels like a giant movie theatre screen, where you just need to sit back and relax. (Esslingen, Germany, December 2023 - Image ID: 202312-DE-03)
Pink clouds of different sizes against dark blue sky
Cloud symphony in pink
Pink clouds of different sizes against dark blue sky
One large and a few smaller dark pink clouds illuminate the sky over Stuttgart. Winter with its frequent and often drastic weather changes is a great season for capturing impressive cloudscapes. Since my early days of photography, I do enjoy observing the ever-changing sky above me. Over time, my collection of such images has grown quite a lot. This is a really old image, originally taken on Fuji slide film. After scanning it, I enhanced colors and contrast for an even more spectacular impression. (Stuttgart, Germany, January 1994 - Image ID 199401-DE-01)
Dramatic evening sky with colorful clouds and blue sky
Cloud sky color transition
Dramatic evening sky with colorful clouds and blue sky
This evening sky above Stuttgart comes with a breathtaking spectrum of bold colors. Winter with its frequent and often drastic weather changes is a great season for capturing impressive cloudscapes. Since my early days of photography, I do enjoy observing the ever-changing sky above me. Over time, my collection of such images has grown quite a lot. This is a really old image, originally taken on Fuji slide film. After scanning it, I enhanced colors and contrast for an even more spectacular impression. (Stuttgart, Germany, January 1994 - Image ID 199401-DE-03)
A long orange cloud against dark evening sky
Cloud trail in orange
A long orange cloud against dark evening sky
This orange cloud illuminating the sky above Stuttgart looks like a condensation trail. Winter with its frequent and often drastic weather changes is a great season for capturing impressive cloudscapes. Since my early days of photography, I do enjoy observing the ever-changing sky above me. Over time, my collection of such images has grown quite a lot. This is a really old image, originally taken on Fuji slide film. After scanning it, I enhanced colors and contrast for an even more spectacular impression. (Stuttgart, Germany, January 1994 - Image ID 199401-DE-02)
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)
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)
Many yellow and red leaves arranged in the shape of a flower
Red and yellow leaves flower
Many yellow and red leaves arranged in the shape of a flower
Wouldn't you like this flower to grow somewhere naturally? Instead of a natural environment capture of colorful autumn foliage, I decided to do something different this year. So I collected a few of these stunning yellow to red painted leaves which I really found by coincidence. At home, I looked for an appropriate background to capture them with natural light. With strong wind blowing this was quite a challenge outdoors, so I later switched to our bathroom. Finally, I changed the background from grey tiles to a nice green. (Esslingen, Germany, November 2023 - Image ID: 202311-DE-12)
Red and yellow autumn leaves arranged in arrow shape
Colorful leaves arrow on blue
Red and yellow autumn leaves arranged in arrow shape
Wouldn't this be a nice traffic direction sign? Instead of the usual natural environment capture of colorful autumn foliage, I decided to do something different this year. So I collected a few of these stunning yellow to red painted leaves which I really found by coincidence. At home, I looked for an appropriate background to capture them with natural light. With strong wind blowing this was quite a challenge outdoors, so I later switched to our bathroom. Finally, I changed the background from grey tiles to intense blue. (Esslingen, Germany, November 2023 - Image ID: 202311-DE-10)
Twelve colorful autumn leaves in circle shape like a clock
Yellow and red leaves clock
Twelve colorful autumn leaves in circle shape like a clock
How do you like this unique clock-style circle? Instead of the usual natural environment capture of colorful autumn foliage, I decided to do something different this year. So I collected a few of these stunning yellow to red painted leaves which I really found by coincidence. At home, I looked for an appropriate background to capture them with natural light. With strong wind blowing this was quite a challenge outdoors, so I later switched to our bathroom. Finally, I changed the background from grey tiles to a matching tone. (Esslingen, Germany, November 2023 - Image ID: 202311-DE-11)
Close-up on the head of a young brown scottish highland cow
Highland cattle teenager portrait
Close-up on the head of a young brown scottish highland cow
This close-up show the face of a youngster within a whole herd of Scottish highland cattle grazing on juicy grass. The low-standing sunlight on a chilly autumn morning nicely highlighted the long hair and the colors. With the wild hairstyle this animal looked really cute. I felt like touching it, but obviously didn't considering the long horns of the surrounding adults. (Göppingen, Germany, November 2023 - Image ID: 202311-DE-05)
Face portrait of Scottish highland cattle with eyes covered by hair
Two horns and blindfold
Face portrait of Scottish highland cattle with eyes covered by hair
This Scottish highland cow definitely doesn't need any sunglasses. It rather seems to be completely blindfold. The long brown hair completely covers the face, and it is impossible to even spot the eyes. However, when I approached the fence to take some photos, the cow clearly recognized me, and looked up into my direction. (Göppingen, Germany, November 2023 - Image ID: 202311-DE-04)
Beige hairy highland cattle bull with threatening pose
This is my highland cattle territory
Beige hairy highland cattle bull with threatening pose
As cute as they may look, the long horns still send a clear signal that these cows could actually defend themselves whenever they feel threatened. Especially this bull stood out, partially because of the lighter brown / beige color of the fur. In addition, the pose clearly indicated that I shouldn't try to invide the herds territory. (Göppingen, Germany, November 2023 - Image ID: 202311-DE-07)
Two dark brown highland cows breathing cold air
Two highland cows breathing cold air
Two dark brown highland cows breathing cold air
The two dark-brown colored Scottish highland cows standing in the morning sun alone would have been enough for some interesting photos. What made the whole scene even more attractive was the cold weather on an early November morning. Due to the low temperatures, every breath resulted in swathes of mist coming out of the cattles mouths and noses. Backlit by the low-standing sun, this looked really special. (Göppingen, Germany, November 2023 - Image ID: 202311-DE-09)
One young highland cow standing on a green meadow
Young Scottish highland cow
One young highland cow standing on a green meadow
Since long, I wanted to take some photos of a herd of Scottish highland cattle that I had seen during my cycling tours. Finally, on a cold November morning, I went and took a whole series of images. This young cow was peacefully standing on the field of grass, enjoying the warming effect of the morning sunshine. (Göppingen, Germany, November 2023 - Image ID: 202311-DE-06)
Side view of a brown highland cow with long hair
Scottish highland cattle side view
Side view of a brown highland cow with long hair
Since months, I wanted to take photos of a large herd of Scottish highland cattle that I had spotted during my cycling training sessions. A cold but sunny November morning was the perfect opportunity. So I went with my camera gear by car, and took a whole series of images. This side view shows why this specific breed of cows has become so popular amongst photographers. The warm light of the morning sunshine was a perfect assistant for this session. (Göppingen, Germany, November 2023 - Image ID: 202311-DE-08)
Neuschwanstein Castle view from Marienbrucke in fall
Autumn view Neuschwanstein Castle
Neuschwanstein Castle view from Marienbrucke in fall
Some pictures don't really need a title or description. Worldwide, there are a number of places that are so well-known that most people will recognize them without any help. Neuschwanstein Castle clearly falls into this category. And yes, it is an extremely popular and therefore busy tourist spot. What I really do like about it is how much the atmosphere and the visuals change during the course of the year. Autumn for me is probably the nicest season to visit. (Neuschwanstein, Germany, November 2013 - Image ID: 202311-DE-01)
View into Pöllat gorge with colorful trees in fall
Valley autumn view from Marienbrücke
View into Pöllat gorge with colorful trees in fall
For the best views of the iconic Neuschwanstein Castle, one needs to walk a bit further up the mountain. From the Marienbrücke, spectacular views including the surrounding mountains and lakes are guaranteed. Depending on how busy it gets, one might need to wait in line to access the bridge. When I visited in early November, autumn had finally kicked in. Taking a look down into the Pöllat gorge with the colorful leaves on the trees was equally rewarding. (Pöllat Gorge, Germany, November 2023 - Image ID: 202311-DE-02)
Scenic view of Neuschwanstein Castle and Forggensee in fall
Autumn view Neuschwanstein Castle and Forggen Lake
Scenic view of Neuschwanstein Castle and Forggensee in fall
This photo most likely doesn't require a title or description. There are some places in the world that are so well-known that most people will recognize them immediately. Neuschwanstein Castle clearly falls into this category. Less tourists will be able to correctly name the lake in the background. What I really do like about this Instagram magnet is how much the atmosphere and the visuals change during the course of the year. Autumn for me is probably the nicest season to visit. (Neuschwanstein, Germany, November 2023 - Image ID: 202311-DE-03)
Black silhouette of chess pieces illuminated by colored light
Colorful chess pieces silhouette
Black silhouette of chess pieces illuminated by colored light
Just four pieces of chess, a white paper and some colored lightbulbs. This was all I needed for this still life. Even in times of 3D video entertainment, the ancient board game of chess has not lost its fascination. People from around the world enjoy the countless strategic variations. I was never good in playing chess, but sometimes tried for fun. Apart from the intellectual challenge, I decided to add a photographic one to it. Long winter evenings are the perfect time to play around with light. (Laubach, Germany, December 1983 - Image ID: 198312-DE-02)
A painting-style photo of five red burning candles
Five burning red candles
A painting-style photo of five red burning candles
As part of my early photographic experiments with light, I also played around with special effect filters. One of these creates five images from a single motif. Obviously, this doesn't work with every object, and rarely with landscape. However, for this pre-Christmas candle shot, I very much like the visual impact. To further enhance the Festive Season look and feel, I converted the final photo into a digital painting. (Laubach, Germany, December 1982 - Image ID: 198212-DE-01)
Partial view of chess board illuminated red and green
Chess board and figures in red light
Partial view of chess board illuminated red and green
The white king is the center of attention in this photo. Even in times of 3D video entertainment, the ancient board game of chess has not lost its fascination. People from around the world enjoy training their brains with the countless strategic variations. I was never good in playing chess, but sometimes tried for fun. Apart from the intellectual challenge, I decided to add a photographic one to it. Long winter evenings are the perfect time to play around with light, and to capture some still life scenes. (Laubach, Germany, December 1983 - Image ID: 198312-DE-01)
A small forest with three stylized blue pine Xmas trees
Blue Pine Christmas Tree Forest
A small forest with three stylized blue pine Xmas trees
For those who prefer a more traditional look of a Xmas tree, I decided to create a special forest. It is based on an old photo of a blue pine. This coniferous tree is particularly beautiful in spring time, when the fresh immature cones are still red. Those look like the usual sphere decoration. This composite consists of various crops of a single photo on a black background. To further enhance the beauty, I converted the original image into a digital painting. Looks like an appealing greeting card or photo present for the Festive Season to me... (Esslingen, Germany, October 2023 - Image ID: 202310-DE-02)
A stylized Christmas tree composed of blue pine photos
Blue Pine Christmas Tree Eight Rows
A stylized Christmas tree composed of blue pine photos
For those who prefer a more traditional look of a Xmas tree, I decided to create this special edition with eight branches. It is based on an old photo of a blue pine. This coniferous tree is particularly beautiful in spring time, when the fresh immature cones are still red. Those look like the usual sphere decoration. This composite consists of various crops of a single photo on a black background. To further enhance the beauty, I converted the original image into a digital painting. Looks like an appealing greeting card or photo present for the Festive Season to me... (Esslingen, Germany, October 2023 - Image ID: 202310-DE-01)
A composite of eight chaotically arranged blue pine trees
Blue Pine Christmas Tree Mikado
A composite of eight chaotically arranged blue pine trees
For those who prefer a more traditional look of a Xmas tree, I decided to create this spillikins edition with eight individual trees. The material is based on an old photo of a blue pine. This coniferous tree is particularly beautiful in spring time, when the fresh immature cones are still red. Those look like the usual sphere decoration. This composite consists of various crops of a single photo on a black background. To further enhance the beauty, I converted the original image into a digital painting. Looks like an appealing greeting card or photo present for the Festive Season to me... (Esslingen, Germany, October 2023 - Image ID: 202310-DE-03)
Partial view of Stuttgart Solitude Castle against dark blue sky
Solitude Castle evening sunlight
Partial view of Stuttgart Solitude Castle against dark blue sky
This image perfectly illustrates why my favorite material for loutdoor photography used to be low ASA Fuji slide film. The intense colors created impressive contrasts and dramatic effects. Combine this with a polarization filter, and you get images like this - no need to enhance with Photoshop. I took this image at Stuttgart's Solitude Castle on a sunny October evening. (Stuttgart, Germany, October 1993 - Image ID: 199310-DE-02)
Still-life with half filled red wine glass and shards
Half full or empty, and partially broken ?
Still-life with half filled red wine glass and shards
No, this image is not AI-generated. It actually is one of my early creative works in photography. In order to better understand my camera and how to work with light, I spent quite a few late-night hours translating ideas into color slides. In this specific case, I dropped one of two identical glasses. Instead of just throwing it away, I dediced to visualize the famous "glass half full or empty" concept. Via double exposure I combined the two images of that photo with one of the broken twin. (Stuttgart, Germany, October 1993 - Image ID: 199310-DE-01)
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)
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)
Two polar bears cuddling asleep on a big rock
Two sleeping polar bears - Take a rest
Two polar bears cuddling asleep on a big rock
This is one of my personal all-time zoo photography favorites. I took it already 30 years ago at the Wilhelma in Stuttgart, together with many other photos. The enclosure for the polar bears there is rather spacious, with lots of rocks and deep pools. Glass windows below the water surface provide visitors with spectacular views of the majestic animals swimming and diving. But every now and then, even the most active ones need to take a rest. (Stuttgart, Germany, September 1993 - Image ID: 199309-DE-07)
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)
Closeup on elephant foot on sandy soil
Elephant foot and toes - Solidly grounded
Closeup on elephant foot on sandy soil
Imagine how much weight these feet need to carry on a daily basis! It may not be the most looked at part of these majestic animals. However, since zoos usually are not great for wildlife photography (too much background disturbance), I decided to rather approach the elephants with some close-up images. The toenails very much remind me of our own ones... (Stuttgart, Germany, September 1993 - Image ID: 199309-DE-04)
Romantic pond with water lilies in botanical garden
Water lilies pond Wilhelma botanical gardens
Romantic pond with water lilies in botanical garden
This rather romantic place is usually pretty busy during opening hours of the Wilhelma in Stuttgart. It is a unique combination of a zoo and botanical gardens, surrounded by another large park. A number of ponds with and without fountains invite to take a rest on one of the surrounding benches. I particularly like the ones covered with water lilies during flowering season. (Stuttgart, Germany, September 1993 - Image ID: 199309-DE-01)
Sunlit head of baby hippo in dark water
Hippo toddler swimming in pond
Sunlit head of baby hippo in dark water
As fascinating as exotic animals might be for children, I always had mixed feelings about them. On one hand, they do play an important role for conservation and education. On the other hand one doesn't have to be a scientist to understand that the "accomodation" in many cases is not species-appropriate. The pond even for a baby hippo was already rather small. (Stuttgart, Germany, September 1993 - Image ID: 199309-DE-05)
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)
Peacock butterfly with two eyes on pink flower
European peacock butterfly on pink flower
Peacock butterfly with two eyes on pink flower
Natural beauty perfectly set in scene: this butterfly is called European peacock. I guess the name makes sense since it is almost as colorful as the mesmerizing feathers of the bird bearing the same name. In this case I was lucky. The butterfly choose a nice flower to take a short rest. Can you spot the two eyes? (Laubach, Germany, September 1983 - Image ID: 198309-DE-02)
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)
Orange-black butterfly resting on grey wall
Small tortoiseshell reddish orange butterfly
Orange-black butterfly resting on grey wall
As much as I prefer to take butterfly images when they rest on a flower, one sometimes needs to settle for less. I found this beautiful medium-sized butterfly taking a rest on a great wall. (Laubach, Germany, September 1983 - Image ID: 198309-DE-01)
Hamburg Speicherstadt harbour city hall and sunshades against blue sky
Historic harbour city hall at Hamburg Speicherstadt
Hamburg Speicherstadt harbour city hall and sunshades against blue sky
Hamburg's "Speicherstadt" is the worlds largest warehouse ensemble. Built from the 1880'ies to the 1920'ies as part of the port, the building foundations rests on hundreds of huge wooden logs. The City of Warehouses now is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a very popular tourist destination. The huge buildings made from red bricks are testimony of Hamburg's important role in global maritime trade. One of the most iconic buildings is this so-called Hafenrathaus (harbour city hall). (Hamburg, Germany, July 2013 - Image ID 201307-DE-09)
Closeup on window fascade of Hamburg Elbphilharmonie
Elbphilharmonie window structures and reflections
Closeup on window fascade of Hamburg Elbphilharmonie
As impressive as the Elbharmonie building in total may be, I was more interested in the unique fascade. The curved glass results in amazing reflections, and in combination with the light constantly changes the visual appearance of the building. Whilst there was a lot of criticism against the project due to the much higher than planned construction costs, the city of Hamburg now has a new icon. (Hamburg, Germany, July 2013 - Image ID 201307-DE-04)
Empty masts and dews of sailing ships against blue sky
Maze of sailing ship masts and dews
Empty masts and dews of sailing ships against blue sky
Like probably most children, I was always fascinated by the adventures of the great explorers of the past centuries. One item firmly associated with these stories are the iconic sailing ships. No matter how many masts, they opened up new horizons and enabled the discovery of previously unknown territories. Therefore, I was very happy to find not only one, but quiet a number of these impressive testimonies of the past in the port of Hamburg. Zooming in on their masts revealed a confusing, yet organized maze of dews. (Hamburg, Germany, July 2013 - Image ID 201307-DE-10)
Many blue and yellow cranes in Hamburg harbour against sky
Hamburg port "Blohm + Voss dock 10" crane parade
Many blue and yellow cranes in Hamburg harbour against sky
One of the "MUST DO's" when visiting Hamburg is a harbour cruise. Apart from the scenic views of the city, I found both the terminals and the docks very interesting. As the largest port in Germany, Hamburg was always considered the gateway to the world. During our trip, this parade of loading cranes caugt my attention. (Hamburg, Germany, July 2013 - Image ID 201307-DE-01)
Low angle view of dark orange sunshade with black spokes
Deep orange colored sunshade
Low angle view of dark orange sunshade with black spokes
This image is just one of a whole collection of photos that I took of sunshades in this striking dark orange color. In summertime, both businesses and private people supply these photographic elements to all cities Especially restaurants and cafes provide comfort and protection to their guests by putting up a whole collection of them. Some of them are true designer-style piece of art. If you invest a bit of time to find the right position and angle, you will identify many stunning photo opportunities. (Hamburg, Germany, July 2013 - Image ID 201307-DE-12)
Low angle view of four white sunshades framing dark blue sky
White sunshade collection and dark blue sky
Low angle view of four white sunshades framing dark blue sky
In summertime, both businesses and private people tend to add a very photographic element to cityscapes: sunshades! Especially restaurants and cafes provide comfort and protection to their guests by putting up a whole armada of them. Obviously, a lot of the sunshades are branded advertising, but then you also have the more neutral, designer-style sunshades. If you invest a bit of time to find the right position and angle, you will identify many stunning photo opportunities. (Hamburg, Germany, July 2013 - Image ID 201307-DE-07)
Hamburg harbour cruise paddle steamer with Elbphilharmonie
Lousiana Star harbour cruise against Elbphilharmonie
Hamburg harbour cruise paddle steamer with Elbphilharmonie
The "Lousiana Star" paddle steamer is one of the many options to explore the Hamburg harbour area. Whilst not typical for Germany, it blends in nicely into the large variety of boats, vessels and ships. In the background, partially covered, lies the still unfinished Elbphilharmonie. (Hamburg, Germany, July 2013 - Image ID 201307-DE-02)
Low angle view of modern residential building with yellow sunshade
Futuristic residential building with yellow sunshade
Low angle view of modern residential building with yellow sunshade
Walking around Hamburg on one hand is like a history lesson. There are a lot of unique old buildings to discover, giving testimony of the important role the city always played in global trade. On the other hand, there are many new developments, both residential and commercial. The one that almost called "Please take a photo" was this futuristic residential building. The unique architecture, combined with the intense color of both the fascade and the sky, plus the yellow sunshade made this ensemble a perfect photo model. (Hamburg, Germany, July 2013 - Image ID 201307-DE-06)
Wooden man sculpture on buoy within Outer Alster Lake
Wooden buoy-man sculpture on the Outer Alster Lake
Wooden man sculpture on buoy within Outer Alster Lake
This gentlemen is one of four wooden sculptures created by artist Stephan Balkenhol. They are distributed within Hamburg's city limits. This specific one resides on a buoy in the beloved "Außenalster". This artificial lake is very popular amongst Hamburg citizens for recreational purposes and sport. Looking at the statue from a distance, one can get easily confused, and consider it a real person lost in the water. A great piece of art... (Hamburg, Germany, July 2013 - Image ID 201307-DE-08)
Gravel path through dandelion meadow against dark stormy sky
Scary looking clouds approaching dandelion meadow in full blosso
Gravel path through dandelion meadow against dark stormy sky
Do you also happen to still have a huge collection of old analogue photo treasures burried somewhere in your house? Maybe 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 at the small town of Laubach (Hesse) where I spent my teenage years. June at that time was often wet, relatively cold, and with frequent sudden weather changes. The beautiful countryside served as an inspiration for my passion for nature photography. (Laubach, Germany, June 1983 - Image ID: 198306-DE-01)
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)
Low angle view of Berlin TV Tower and Red Town Hall against sky
Berlin TV tower and Rotes Rathaus (=Red Town Hall) with clouds
Low angle view of Berlin TV Tower and Red Town Hall against sky
The sky over Berlin ("Wings of Desire") is a famous movie by German director Wim Wenders. When I visited Berlin in early May 2023, this sky presented itself at its best with a nice blue and dramatic cloud formations. I used this opportunity to take a few photos of places that I had visited before with less attractive light and weather conditions. I added the arch of a passage of another building to frame the famous Berlin TV-tower and the Red Town Hall ("Rotes Rathaus"). (Berlin, Germany, May 2023 - Image ID: 202305-DE-07)
Berlin cityscape with historic port of Berlin against cloudy sky
Historic port of Berlin and cityscape with TV tower
Berlin cityscape with historic port of Berlin against cloudy sky
Despite of many visits to Berlin, I always discover places that I have not seen before. When I returned in early May, I went for an urban exploration walk in the city center. This included the Fischerinsel / museum's island. At its southern tip, I found the historic port of Berlin. A number of vintage ships and boats are moored in the harbour, which doesn't operate as such anymore. From there, I enjoyed spectacular views of the skyline of Berlin Mitte & Alexanderplatz. (Berlin, Germany, May 2023 - Image ID: 202305-DE-09)
Low angle view of large and colorful Berlin residential building
Colorful residential building in Berlin with street lantern
Low angle view of large and colorful Berlin residential building
During my walk in the center of Berlin in early May, I intentially left the area with all the famous attractions, to explore some of the less touristic parts of the city. In general, this gives you a much better feeling for a place and the people who live there. South of the museum's island (Fischerinsel), I found this huge residential building, that occupied almost an entire street. In total, it must be more than 250m long. After some renovation, it's beautifully painted in different colors. (Berlin, Germany, May 2023 - Image ID: 202305-DE-10)
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)
Rainbow against dark sky illuminating the left side of a forest
Evening rainbow illuminating the forest above the Neckar valley
Rainbow against dark sky illuminating the left side of a forest
I guess there are few people who don't like rainbows. Their prisma colors combined with a dark sky shortly before sunset are just breathtaking. A typical photographer's problem is that they are hard to predict. Most rainbows that appear in the sky above Esslingen (near Stuttgart) tend to surface above the forest covered hills on the south side of the river Neckar. (Esslingen, Germany, May 2023 - Image ID: 202305-DE-01)
Closeup on a rainbow with a small jet plane flying though it
Business jet crossing an evening rainbow
Closeup on a rainbow with a small jet plane flying though it
The advantage of shooting photos locally is that a.) one usually has the complete equipment at hand and b.) over time gains experience about the best location. Most rainbows that appear in the sky above Esslingen tend to always surface above the hills on the South side of the river Neckar. And if the wind direction fits, planes landiing at Stuttgart airport might just have to cross that rainbow in their final approach. (Esslingen, Germany, May 2023 - Image ID: 202305-DE-02)
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)
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)
Composite of autumn leaves forming a 8-layer Christmas tree
Beech autumn leaves Xmas tree
Composite of autumn leaves forming a 8-layer Christmas tree
Based on my colorful autumn leaves series "Foreigner", I decided to go one step further, and to create three uniquely different Xmas trees for the upcoming Festive Season. Instead of the common coniferous trees, these colorful composites consist of various single shots of fallen leaves from deciduous trees. I took them already last year in October 2022. To make the colors even more striking, I decided to use a pitch black background. This specific version shows single leafs on a bed of yellow beech oak leaves. (Esslingen, Germany, November 2022 - Image ID 202211-DE-01)
Composite of autumn leaves forming a 7-layer Christmas tree
Red oak autumn leaves Xmas tree
Composite of autumn leaves forming a 7-layer Christmas tree
Based on my colorful autumn leaves series "Foreigner", I decided to go one step further, and to create three uniquely different Xmas trees for the upcoming Festive Season. Instead of the common coniferous trees, these colorful composites consist of various single shots of fallen leaves from deciduous trees. I took them already last year in October 2022. To make the colors even more striking, I decided to use a pitch black background. This specific version shows single leafs on a bed of red oak leaves. (Esslingen, Germany, November 2022 - Image ID 202211-DE-02)
Composite of autumn leaves forming a 6-layer Christmas tree
Mixed autumn leaves Xmas tree
Composite of autumn leaves forming a 6-layer Christmas tree
Based on my colorful autumn leaves series "Foreigner", I decided to go one step further, and to create three uniquely different Xmas trees for the upcoming Festive Season. Instead of the common coniferous trees, these colorful composites consist of various single shots of fallen leaves from deciduous trees. I took them already last year in October 2022. To make the colors even more striking, I decided to use a pitch black background. This specific version shows single leafs on a bed of mixed leaves from various tree species. (Esslingen, Germany, November 2022 - Image ID 202211-DE-03)
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)
Yellow clouds and condensation trails illuminated by evening sun
Evening Cloud Magic VI - Condensation trails
Yellow clouds and condensation trails illuminated by evening sun
Sometimes it's good to be at home, so one can quickly access the camera gear when nature provides an unexpected photo opportunity. August 2022 was one of these occasions, where spectacular clouds were moving across the dark blue sky. With a bit of imagination, one can spot all kinds of animals, shapes and objects. The later during the day, the more dramatic they looked, illuminated by the warm and low-standing evening sun. To further enhance this effect, I digitally reworked the already underexposed images for more dramatic colours and contrast. As such, the condensation trails became more prominent. (Esslingen, Germany, August 2022 - Image ID 202208-DE-11)
Yellow cloud formations illuminated by evening sun
Evening Clouds (I)
Yellow cloud formations illuminated by evening sun
Sometimes it's good to be at home, so one can just quickly access the gear when nature provides an unexpected photo opportunity. This series was taken on a late Summer evening in August in Esslingen, and digitally enhanced for more dramatic colour and contrast. (Esslingen, Germany, August 2022 - Image ID 202208-DE-06)
Yellow cloud shaped like an eagle illuminated by the evening sun
Evening Cloud Magic V - The Eagle
Yellow cloud shaped like an eagle illuminated by the evening sun
Did you immediately spot the giant eagle cloud in the dark sky? With a bit of imagination, looking up, one can spot all kinds of animals, shapes and objects. In August 2022, where spectacular clouds were moving across the dark blue sky. The later during the day, the more dramatic they looked, illuminated by the warm and low-standing evening sun. To further enhance this effect, I digitally reworked the already underexposed images for more dramatic colours & contrast. As such, this magnificent eagle appears more prominent. (Esslingen, Germany, August 2022 - Image ID 202208-DE-10)
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)
Line of trees silhouette against cloudy sky in black and white
Esslingen airstrip panorama at sunset (black and white)
Line of trees silhouette against cloudy sky in black and white
After weeks of almost continuous sunshine during the day, one starts getting happy to see a few clouds, even though they actually didn't bring a lot of rain. On the positive side, the evening sunset over the small airstrip at Esslingen-Jägerhaus was very spectacular (Esslingen, Germany, August 2022 - Image ID: 202208-DE-05)
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)
An iceland gravel road with colorful rainbow and dark sky
A stony road in Iceland towards the rainbow
An iceland gravel road with colorful rainbow and dark sky
When nature in June 2022 presented me with a jaw-dropping rainbow & sunray opportunity in Esslingen (Germany), I had to rush to get my camera and took a few shots. Whilst the original image was nice, I decided to do something special. So I digitally combined it with an older photo of an endless gravel road crossing a volcanic landscape in Iceland, taken back in 2016. Apart from the visual impact, I also consider the result a nice symbol for the still long and bumpy road towards true diversity. (Esslingen, Germany, June 2022 - Image ID 202206-DE-01)
Three red rose flowers behind metal bars
Forbidden love - Heart shaped red rose behind metal bars - Photo Painting
Three red rose flowers behind metal bars
During a walk in a tranquil wine village of Sasbachwalden (Germany), I discovered this red rose. Its three flowers formed a heart behind metal bars, which inspired the title "Forbidden Love" for this image. And yet, even behind the fence, the fresh red petals and the intense green of the leaves maintain their natural beauty (Sasbachwalden, Deutschland, Juni 1982 - Image ID: 198206-DE-01)
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)
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)
An usual climate change traffic light with colored icebergs
Iceberg traffic light reflections
An usual climate change traffic light with colored icebergs
Considering the huge amount of normal images with traffic lights, I wanted to do something more creative. This fine art composite originates from the times of analogue photography. Instead of digital post-processing, I worked with a mirror and different colored lightbulbs. With this arrangement, I created a magic iceberg-shaped landscape using the three-colored scheme of a traffic light. Each iceberg reflection makes it look as if they are floating on a pitch-black lake. (Germany, Esslingen, March 2022 - Image ID: 202203-DE-02)
Composite of four icebergs in different colors on a black lake
Four coloured "Icebergs" on a crystal-clear black lake
Composite of four icebergs in different colors on a black lake
From the times of analogue photography, without digital image processing: Working with a mirror and different colored lightbulbs, I tried to create magical iceberg-shaped landscapes and details against a pitch-black background. Obviously, this composition of four different images was created using Photoshop. (Esslingen, Germany, March 2022 - Image ID: 199203-DE-01)
Close-up on iceberg peaks illuminated in yellow and green
Golden-green Illuminated "Iceberg" Detail
Close-up on iceberg peaks illuminated in yellow and green
From the times of analogue photography, without digital image processing and Photoshop: working with a mirror and different colored lightbulbs, I tried to create magical iceberg-shaped landscapes and details against a pitch-black background. (Stuttgart, Germany, March 1992 - Image ID: 199203-DE-05)
Close-up on iceberg peak illuminated with vibrant red light
Red Illuminated "Iceberg" Detail
Close-up on iceberg peak illuminated with vibrant red light
From the times of analogue photography, without digital image processing and Photoshop: working with a mirror and different colored lightbulbs, I tried to create magical iceberg-shaped landscapes and details against a pitch-black background. (Stuttgart, Germany, March 1992 - Image ID: 199203-DE-01)
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)
Zooming in on the details of blue icicles
Blue Ice Sculptures
Zooming in on the details of blue icicles
30 years ago, we still used to have serious winters, lasting with November to March, with cold weather and a lot more snow than today. Extended periods of 24h sub-zero temperatures created beautiful ice scultpures like this one. (Stuttgart, Germany, January 1992 - Image ID: 199201-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)

About this archive

The Germany archives contain all the images that I took in my home country. This is where I started to take my first photos back in the 1970'ies.

Initially, I took family pictures using really old camera equipment with roll films. Later, I expanded into nature photography. Flowers, trees and landscapes were amongst my most popular topics.

Since everything on my equipment was manual, I had to learn the basics of photography from scratch. So I read a lot of books about it, and subscribed to a number of photo magazines. Apart from their tips and tricks, I truly enjoyed looking at the masterpieces of other photographers. In addition, I visited quite a few trade shows, exhibitions and multi-media presentations to learn from the pros.

Over time, I started to experiment a lot with light and other effects. In addition, I broadened my portfolio to other subjects, e.g. urban exploration, macro and wildlife.

Some highlights of this long period of picture-taking in Germany are already live on this website. More photos will follow over the next months and years, in line with the images4nature upload logic. The regional focus clearly is on the states of Hesse, Bayern and Baden-Wuerttemberg. This is where I have lived and spent most of the time.

Like other people, I realize that whilst I have travelled the world intensively, there are still many regions back home that I don't know. So apart from sharing old photos (many of them taken on analogue slide film), I will also add new images from "good old Germany".

Please enjoy scrolling through my growing Germany archives.

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