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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)
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)
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)
Diagonal scenic view of Lhasa's Potala Palace against cloudy snow-capped mountain peaks
Potala Palace against cloud- and snow-covered mountains
Diagonal scenic view of Lhasa's Potala Palace against cloudy snow-capped mountain peaks
What a breathtaking view to conclude our stay in Tibet. Despite (or because of?) the bad weather, the majestic Potala Palace with cloudy mountains covered by fresh snow looks absolutely magic. I particularly liked the sharp contrast between the impressive manmade construction, and the untamed beauty of nature. Zooming in combined these two elements even closer. (Lhasa, Tibet, April 2014 - Image ID: 201404-CN-66)
Aerial blue hour view of the Himalayas with some peaks illuminated peaks
Himalaya snow covered peaks in blue - I
Aerial blue hour view of the Himalayas with some peaks illuminated peaks
For me, no matter which flight, it always needs to be a window seat. One never knows what exactly to expect, and may discover very interesting landscapes or manmade structures, looking completely different from an aerial view. This was definitely true on our flight from Lhasa to Chengdu, flying over extended high-mountain ranges covered with fresh snow. Absolutely out of this world !!! (Tibet, April 2014 - Image ID: 201404-CN-68)
Early morning view of the river banks of Tibet's Yarlung Zangbo river in mountain valley
Yarlung Zangbo River morning panorama
Early morning view of the river banks of Tibet's Yarlung Zangbo river in mountain valley
On our way to Lhasa's Gonggar Airport early in the morning, we once again met an old acquaintance: the Yarlung Zangbo River. This time, the sun was still too low to fully illuminate the valley. Therefore, the riverbed and the trees growing on its shores still lay in the shade, whereas the mountains in the background already started to warm up in the sunshine. A very peaceful and relaxing scenery to say goodbye to Tibet! (Yarlung Zangbo River, Tibet, April 2014 - Image ID: 201404-CN-67)
Red buildings with artfully decorated golden roof against mountain ridge
Tashi Lhunpo monastery against mountain ridge
Red buildings with artfully decorated golden roof against mountain ridge
One our way out, I took this photo showing some of the buildings and rooftops of the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery against the backdrop of the surrounding mountains. A number of prayer flags is distributed this steep and rocky terrain. The colors of the construction nicely fit to the earthy tones of nature. The ornaments and carvings on the buildings and the golden rooftops are an impressive evidence of Tibetan artistic skills. (Shigatse, Tibet, April 2014 - Image ID: 201404-CN-62)
Two white painted stones with Chinese writing and altitude marker 5.020m at Kharola Glacier in Tibet
Altitude markers at Kharola Glacier viewpoint
Two white painted stones with Chinese writing and altitude marker 5.020m at Kharola Glacier in Tibet
These markers confirm the altitude of the highest mountain pass on our transfer from Lhasa to Gyantse, exceeding 5.000 meters above sea level. We stopped for a while at this place, and enjoyed the spectacular views of the Kharola Glacier nice framed by the typical and colorful Tibetan prayer flags. (Kharola Glacier, Tibet, April 2014 - Image ID: 201404-CN-47)
Ensemble of two mountain peaks, one with yellow-brownish grass and the other one with snow and ice on top
Snow covered mountain peak overlooking Tibetan grasslands
Ensemble of two mountain peaks, one with yellow-brownish grass and the other one with snow and ice on top
This is another example about the ever-changing natural beauty in the Tibetan highlands. On our way from Lhasa to Gyantse, we passed a lot of snow-covered mountains. Their bright white provided a strong contrast to the warm yellowish color of the ground, mostly covered by grass. (Tibet, April 2014 - Image ID: 201404-CN-43)
Large dark red prayer flags laid out on the arid floor with mountains and a beautiful lake in the background
Deep red prayer flags at high mountain lake
Large dark red prayer flags laid out on the arid floor with mountains and a beautiful lake in the background
This panoramic view once again underlines the stunning location and breathtaking beauty of the Yamzho Yumco lake in Tibet's Nagarze county. Surrounded by high mountains, the water reflects the blue of the sky. Whilst the surface due to the high altitude of 4.500m above sea level is only scarcely vegetated, there are other elements adding a lot of color. Whilst these are not the traditional multi-colored Tibetan prayer flags, I liked them a lot due to their intense dark red. (Gampa Pass, Tibet, April 2014 - Image ID: 201404-CN-39)
Scenic view of the turquoise Tibet's Yamdrok reservoir lake from Gampa Pass
Panoramic view of Yamzho Yumco lake
Scenic view of the turquoise Tibet's Yamdrok reservoir lake from Gampa Pass
On our drive from Lhasa to Gyantse, we passed quite a lot of spectacular mountains and lakes. One rest place was overlooking the beautiful Yamdrok lake reservoir at an altitude of almost 4.500m above sea level. It is one of four holy lakes in Tibet, and with more than 70km in length, also one of the largest freshwater reservoirs. With the surrounding snow-covered mountain peaks, the scenery is absolutely breathtaking. (Yamdrok Lake, Tibet, April 2014 - Image ID: 201404-CN-35)
Rocky beach with waves of the Yamzho Yumco lake against blue sky with large white clouds
Waves washing onto the rocky shores of Yamzho Yumco lake
Rocky beach with waves of the Yamzho Yumco lake against blue sky with large white clouds
After an extended stop, enjoying the spectacular lake and mountain scenery, we continued our journey towards Gyantse. The road descended towards the Yamdrok Lake reservoir, so we asked the driver for another stop to explore the lakeshore. It was quite windy and cold that day, so some smaller waves washed onto the rocky beach. The lake tends to freeze during winter. (Yamdrok Lake, Tibet, April 2014 - Image ID: 201404-CN-41)
Low-angle view of white and red painted road guiding posts against mountains and blue sky
Red and white concrete road guiding posts
Low-angle view of white and red painted road guiding posts against mountains and blue sky
One of the things I love about photography is that is sharpens your eye, and makes you see the world around you with a different perspective. This includes even simple things, such as these concrete guiding posts on a rural road in Tibet. There was nothing spectacular about this place, so I started to find a different (low-angle) viewpoint. Combining the red and white manmade objects with the natural spring awakening of the trees and the bold mountains in the background created an interesting composition. (Yarlung Zangbo River, Tibet, April 2014 - Image ID: 201404-CN-22)
Scenic view of Yumbu-Lha Khang palace with prayer flags overlooking green mountain valley
Yumbu-Lha Khang monastery with prayer flags
Scenic view of Yumbu-Lha Khang palace with prayer flags overlooking green mountain valley
Amongst the many monasteries' visited during our 1o days trip, I really liked Yumbu-Lha Khang in Tsetang. This is not so much about the architecture or religious treasures within the building. What I enjoyed most is the spectacular location on a small peak, half way up the mountain . From there, visitors can enjoy nice views over the valley, which in April already changed from winter into spring mode. Combined with the omnipresent Tibetan prayer flags, this resulted in a remarkable piece of art. (Tsetang, Tibet, April 2014 - Image ID: 201404-CN-19)
Highly color-saturated Tibetan prayer flags above the bank of the Yarlung Zangbo river flowing through Tibet mountain landscape
Colorful Tibetan prayer flags at Yarlung Zangbo river bank
Highly color-saturated Tibetan prayer flags above the bank of the Yarlung Zangbo river flowing through Tibet mountain landscape
This is another shot of the omnipresent Tibetan prayer flags. These ones were located right on the riverbed next to the road, and as such easy to spot and capture. Driving alongside the Yarlung Zangbo River running through the dry Tibetan mountain landscape never gets boring. Nature alone creates tons of photo opportunities. These rectangular flags were an optional extra that adds a lot of color to the image. (Yarlung Zangbo River, Tibet, April 2014 - Image ID: 201404-CN-24)
A small boat crossing the Yarlung Zangbo River with fresh green trees on the riverbank
Crossing the Yarlung Zangbo River by boat
A small boat crossing the Yarlung Zangbo River with fresh green trees on the riverbank
During our stay in Tibet, we took a day tour from Lhasa to Tsetang to visit the famous Thradrug monastery. On our way, we drove along the Yarlung Zangbo River. The blue water and sky created an amazing contrast to the bald mountains in the background, and the fresh spring green of the trees. The small red boat was the cherry on the top for this scenic landscape photo. (Yarlung Zangbo River, Tibet, April 2014 - Image ID: 201404-CN-10)
White cloud with the shape of a hot-air balloon on top of a mountain peak with green tree on the right
Hot-air balloon shaped cloud
White cloud with the shape of a hot-air balloon on top of a mountain peak with green tree on the right
Sometimes it doesn't require any famous buildings or breathtaking landscapes to create interesting photo opportunities. Looking up into the sky will frequently reward us with unusual cloud shapes and patterns. This one reminds me of a hot air balloon, ready for take-off into the dark blue sunny skies above Tibet. (Tsetang, Tibet, April 2014 - Image ID: 201404-CN-12)
Scenic view of a valley in Tibet in spring with trees showing first green leaves
Winter is over - Fresh green trees in mountain valley
Scenic view of a valley in Tibet in spring with trees showing first green leaves
Whilst especially in winter vast parts of Tibet are extremely dry and almost desert-like, there are some areas in the valley where you can always find some green. For us, travelling in April was quite nice since we could already enjoy the first signs of spring. This image is from a valley near Tsetang, the forth largest city in Tibet. I always loved the fresh green of the leaves when the trees awake from their winter hibernation. (Tsetang, Tibet, April 2014 - Image ID: 201404-CN-13)
Qinghai-Tibet plateau landscape in winter with snow-covered mountain peaks and stream flowing through grasslands
Idyllic stream flowing through Tibetan highland plateau
Qinghai-Tibet plateau landscape in winter with snow-covered mountain peaks and stream flowing through grasslands
There is a famous saying "The journey is the destination!" This is absolutely true for the epic train ride from Xining to Lhasa. Climbing up to the Qinghai-Tibet plateau, this 23 hour trip offers spectacular views of the vast and empty highland landscape. In April, snow-covered mountains, icy rivers and yellowish grasslands created amazing contrasts with the dark blue sky. Reaching altitudes of more than 5.000m, we were glad that the train was pressurized with plenty of oxygen available. (Qinghai, Tibet, April 2014 - Image ID: 201404-CN-02)
Qinghai-Tibet plateau landscape in winter with grasslands, snow-covered peaks and a river
Endless Tibetan grassland with winter mountain peaks
Qinghai-Tibet plateau landscape in winter with grasslands, snow-covered peaks and a river
The journey is the destination! This famous saying is absolutely true for the epic train ride from Xining to Lhasa. Climbing up to the Qinghai-Tibet plateau, this 23 hour trip offers spectacular views of the vast and empty highland landscape. In April, snow-covered mountains, icy rivers and yellowish grasslands created amazing contrasts with the dark blue sky. Reaching altitudes of more than 5.000m, we were glad that the train was pressurized with plenty of oxygen available. (Qinghai, Tibet, April 2014 - Image ID: 201404-CN-01)
A red paved way next to a wet gravel path in the forest
Wheelchair accessible rain forest
A red paved way next to a wet gravel path in the forest
We all know about the numerous benefits of regular forest walks for our physical well-being. Unfortunately, most hiking trails are not accessible for people with mobility restrictions. In this context, the administration of Taiwan's Yangmingshan National Park has really done a great job. For example, at Mount Datun West Peak, there is a paved wheelchair accessible path next to a natural gravel surface. Even in bad weather, this enables people of all ages and fitness levels to enjoy nature. (Yangmingshan, Taiwan, March 2014 - Image ID: 201403-TW-01)
Wet and slippery hiking trail with fixed ropes in lush forest
Hiking trail safety in the rain
Wet and slippery hiking trail with fixed ropes in lush forest
On days with nice weather, we sometimes asked ourselves why the park administration installed some fixed ropes in the Mount Datun area. Once you get heavy rain, you perfectly understand why the Yangmingshan National Park administration decided to take these precautions. As soon as the floor, stones and roots get wet, the path becomes extremely slippery. Therefore, any support is most welcome. (Yangmingshan, Taiwan, March 2014 - Image ID: 201403-TW-03)
Water-covered forest path with lots of pink blossoms and leaves
Pink blossom forest path
Water-covered forest path with lots of pink blossoms and leaves
Transcient beauty on the forest floor: I took this image in the Yangmingshan National Park close to Taipei shortly after the annual cherry blossom season was over. With pouring rain almost the entire weekend, there obviously were almost no visitors around. In good weather conditions, the volcanic mountain area is a popular recreation area. The wet floor was covered with thousands of fallen pink blossoms, adding a nice color touch to the green forest. (Yangmingshan, Taiwan, March 2014 - Image ID: 201403-TW-02)
Mountain ridge descending towards the right with snow covered trees
Snowy mountain ridge trees
Mountain ridge descending towards the right with snow covered trees
Zooming in on a freshly snowed mountain ridge reveals the natural beauty of the area. A number of coniferous trees of different age and sizes provide some green contrast in the otherwise completely white landscape. The warm morning sun and the dark blue sky complete this tranquil scenery. I took this image in Austria during a skiing holiday. (Silvretta, Austria, March 1994 - Image ID: 199403-AU-02)
Orange plastic fence in the snow against dark blue sky
Three-color winter fence
Orange plastic fence in the snow against dark blue sky
A dark blue sky plus clean white snow in general already guarantee spectacular winter photos. And sometimes you are lucky and get one single bold color on top. Upon exiting the cable car at Austria's Arlberg region on skies, I found this eyecatching safety fence in bright orange color. Obviously, I couldn't resist to take a few shots. (Arlberg, Austria, March 1994 - Image ID: 199403-AU-03)
People on skies pulled up a hill through a snow-covered forest
The only way is up
People on skies pulled up a hill through a snow-covered forest
Whilst T-bar lifts are not the most popular and comfortable way to go back up on skies, they obviously are very common at every wintersport location. Most of the time, in high-mountain areas, they pass through bald open areas, so the journey is not interesting at all. Sometimes however, the track is build into a forest. With snow-covered trees, sunshine and a blue sky the trip can actually become quite pleasant. (Arlberg, Austria, March 1994 - Image ID: 199403-AU-04)
Diagonal snowy mountain slope with trees and a wooden hut
Abandonned wooden hut
Diagonal snowy mountain slope with trees and a wooden hut
Whilst riding on a chairlift puts certain restrictions on properly composing an image, I couldn't resist to take this photo. The combination of white snow with patches of grass and some trees was just too beautiful. And abandonned and partially collapsed wooden cottage added another interesting detail to the early Spring landscape. (Silvretta, Austria, March 1994 - Image ID: 199403-AU-06)
Scenic winter landscape with snow covered fir trees
Fir tree winter landscape
Scenic winter landscape with snow covered fir trees
When you go skiing in high mountain areas, the weather can change very fast. Sometimes, you enter the cablecar in rain and fog, and once you reach the summit, there is sunshine and blue sky. In this case, the sun was still busy burning some low-hanging clouds away, creating a very special light and atmosphere. The fresh snow, combined with the fir trees randomly distributed in the winter landscape, created a beautiful scenery. (Silvretta, Austria, March 1994 - Image ID: 199403-AU-01)
View of two hiking boots on the edge of a steeply descending hiking trail
These boots are made for walking
View of two hiking boots on the edge of a steeply descending hiking trail
Conquering the steeps peaks of the Mount Datun regions is somehow streneous. So from time to time, it's a good idea to take a rest. This also allows to enjoy spectacular views of the Greater Taipei area, and the nearby sea. Hiking is probably the best way to explore the natural beauty of Taiwan's Yangmingshan National Park. Some of the volcanic peaks reach more than 1.000m above sea level. (Taipei, Taiwan, February 2014 - Image ID 201402-TW-13)
Two boys descending a steep root-covered slope in a forest
Safe descent on Yangmingshan hiking trail
Two boys descending a steep root-covered slope in a forest
In some parts, the well maintained trails of the Yangmingshan National Park are fitted with ropes to facilitate safe ascent and descent even in wet and slippery conditions. Hiking is a great way to explore the beauty of this volcanic mountain region. Apart from vast grasslands, nice forests provide shade on hot and sunny days. With the altitude of some peaks reaching more than 1.000m above sea level, visitors enjoy spectacular views of the Greater Taipei area, and the nearby sea. (Taipei, Taiwan, February 2014 - Image ID 201402-TW-12)
Scenic view of grass covered volcanic mountain peaks
Mt. Datun's grass-covered peaks
Scenic view of grass covered volcanic mountain peaks
Hiking Taiwan's Yangmingshan National Park is a great way to explore the natural beauty of this volcanic mountain region. In winter, the yellow tones of the Chinese silver grass add a nice colour contrast. With the altitude of some peaks reaching more than 1.000m above sea level, visitors enjoy spectacular views of the Greater Taipei area, and the nearby sea. (Taipei, Taiwan, February 2014 - Image ID 201402-TW-11)
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)
Volcanic peaks in Yangmingshan National Park
Yangmingshan volcanic peaks and fumaroles
Volcanic peaks in Yangmingshan National Park
From a distance, some of the main peaks of the volcanic peaks within Taiwan's Yangmingshan National Park look relatively small. However, conquering them by foot can be quite challenging. Despite the well maintained hiking trails, their steepness plus the immanent humidity and heat require a certain level of fitness. Or one just enjoys the scenic views from a distance... (Yangmingshan, Taiwan, January 1994 - Image ID 201401-TW-16)
Sunset over a bay surrounded by tropical forest
Tropical forest and sea sunset magic
Sunset over a bay surrounded by tropical forest
For me personally, this image alone would have made the tour up to the Kenting National Forest Recreation Area. Due to the higher elevation, there are a few open areas where visitors can enjoy spectacular views over the forest covered mountain and the Pacific Ocean. Timing and weather were also perfect for a romantic sunset photo shooting. And there were relatively few visitors, so we could really enjoy the stunning scenery. (Kenting, Taiwan, January 1994 - Image ID 201401-TW-12)
Low angle view of trees covering the sky between rocks
A different kind of sky above us
Low angle view of trees covering the sky between rocks
The steep and sharp rock walls next to the hiking trails in Kenting's National Park are quite spectacular. Combined with the green forest, the provide both a relaxing and exciting atmosphere at the same time. And as obvious as it may seem: most people walking here do not look straight up. They clearly miss out. Instead of the usual sky, there is a roof of trees with their branches and green covering almost the complete area above us. I just find this view absolutely stunning! (Kenting, Taiwan, January 1994 - Image ID 201401-TW-10)
Wall of stone with trees and two concrete stools
Trees growing on rough rocks
Wall of stone with trees and two concrete stools
At first sight, the rough rocks don't seem to be a suitable home for trees. However, over time, nature has found a way to conquer this apparently hostile territory. The holes in the stone combined with lots of rain provide a natural planting pot. Over the years, some of the seeds managed to develop roots, and grew to an impressive size. Located within the Kenting National Forest, this magic spot comes with some seating options for tired hikers. (Kenting, Taiwan, January 1994 - Image ID 201401-TW-08)
Reeds sunshade on a subtropical beach
Sunshade covering hill and holiday homes
Reeds sunshade on a subtropical beach
Whilst this reeds sunshade is obviously located far away, it seems to cover the houses and the rocky hill on the other side of the bay. I actually prefer this rustic natural material compared to plastic umbrellas, since it much better fits into the natural beauty. I took this photo in Kenting, located on the most southern tip of Taiwan during a short vacation trip. (Kenting, Taiwan, January 1994 - Image ID 201401-TW-02)
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.
Forest with waterfall and Chinese pavilion
Chinese pavilion and waterfall
Forest with waterfall and Chinese pavilion
One of the main attractions of the Wufengchi Hiking Trail in Yilan is this small pavilion, where visitors can rest and enjoy the sound and views of the nearby waterfall. What I particularly liked was that vegetation even conquered the roof. Lots of plants grow on top and between the tiles, making it a true green and living building. Apart from this, the strong contrast between the natural green and the red paint attracts every photographers eye. (Yilan, Taiwan, December 2013 - Image ID: 201312-TW-06)
Three cascades of small stream in subtropical forest
Mountain stream cascades
Three cascades of small stream in subtropical forest
The north-eastern part of Taiwan is covered with steep mountains. Yilan is a popular weekend destination for the population of Taipei and New Taipei City. Especially the numerous hot spring resorts attract a lot of visitors. The dense vegetation with trees, bushes and all kinds of other plants make this area a hiking paradise. Countless rivers and stream run through the rainforest down to the sea. I really liked this three-level cascade with its different shapes of water. (Yilan, Taiwan, December 2013 - Image ID: 201312-TW-03)
Mountain ridge with subtropical misty rainforest
Misty subtropical Taiwan rainforest
Mountain ridge with subtropical misty rainforest
Do you like the calming green color of lush rainforests? Then Taiwan might be a great travel destination. First, large parts of the higher elevations of this densely populated island are still covered with trees and bushes. And these obviously enjoy the humidity with large amounts of rainfall, not only during typhoon season. The mountains around Taipei and on the east coast are good examples for this natural beauty. I took this photo on a misty December day in Yilan County when the sun started to burn the fog away. (Yilan, Taiwan, December 2013 - Image ID: 201312-TW-02)
Small waterfall on black rocks with green vegetation
Flowing water meets hard rocks
Small waterfall on black rocks with green vegetation
Dark wet rocks covered with green plants alone are already an attractive target for nature photographers. This gets even better once you add a small waterfall. The north-eastern part of Taiwan is covered with steep mountains. The dense vegetation with trees, bushes and all kinds of other plants make this area a hiking paradise. Countless rivers and stream run through the rainforest down to the sea. (Yilan, Taiwan, December 2013 - Image ID: 201312-TW-04)
Waterfall dropping on moss covered dark rocks
Green moss and waterfall on the rocks
Waterfall dropping on moss covered dark rocks
I would probably have taken a few photos of the moos on the wet rocks even without this picturesque waterfall. The north-eastern part of Taiwan is covered with steep mountains. The dense vegetation with trees, bushes and all kinds of other plants make this area a hiking paradise. Countless rivers and stream run through the rainforest down to the sea. For this reason, nature photographers easily find lots of stunning motives. (Yilan, Taiwan, December 2013 - Image ID: 201312-TW-05)
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)
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)
Sandy beach with two white lounge chairs and a blue sunshade
Two lounge chairs and a sunshade on the beach
Sandy beach with two white lounge chairs and a blue sunshade
Shortly before sunset, I took this photo of these two perfectly arranged plastic lounge chairs. I found them on the Crandon Park beach on the way to Key Biscayne. Whilst this place is quite popular and busy during the day on weekends, one can enjoy tranquility on weekday mornings and evenings. The sunshade added this little extra to an already idyllic image. (Miami, USA, November 2003 - Image ID 200311-US-02)
Jiufen Golden Waterfall below green mountain peaks
Golden waterfall against mountain peaks
Jiufen Golden Waterfall below green mountain peaks
One of the main attractions in the Jiufen area is the Golden Waterfall. It is conveniently located close the the road connecting the touristic mining village with the coast. What makes these cascades very attractive are the intense colors. The reddish tone of the rocks nicely contrasts with the lush green of the vegetation. And on clear days, photographers may get a blue sky as an additional treat. (Jiufen, Taiwan, October 2013 - Image ID: 201310-TW-04)
Low angle view of diverse subtropical forest with blue sky
Colorful subtropical forest against blue sky
Low angle view of diverse subtropical forest with blue sky
What a view! During my time living and working in Taiwan, we stayed at a place surrounded by subtropical forest. Actually, one could even call it a jungle, for it being quite dense with plants competing for sunlight. Even though the local climate doesn't trigger four sharply different seasons, it was nice to observe the more subtile changes throughout the year. Especially the large diversity of trees and the different colors of flowering plants add extra visual treats. (Taipei, Taiwan, October 2013 - Image ID: 201310-TW-05)
Hiking trails through grasslands on volcanic peak
Yangmingshan peaks hiking trails
Hiking trails through grasslands on volcanic peak
A large number of well maintained hiking trails run across the Yangmingshan National Park. The peaks of this nature reserve reach more than 1.000m altitude above sea level. From there, visitors have fantastic panoramic views over Taipei and New Taipei City. Vast areas of this dormant volcano are covered with long grass, which covers the mountain like a green carpet. Due to the heat and high humidity, hiking in this area is quite strenuous throughout most of the year. (Yangmingshan, Taiwan, July 2013 - Image ID: 201307-TW-01)
Line of fence posts in mountain valley grassland
Grassland fence posts against dark sky
Line of fence posts in mountain valley grassland
Like most areas in northern Taiwan, the mountains surrounding Jiufen are covered by lush green vegetation. During our weekend trip, I found this interesting set-up. A large number of posts line up within the sun-illuminated grass, apparently without any fence or wires connecting them. The dark clouds hanging in the valley between the peaks provided an interesting background contrast. (Jiufen, Taiwan, October 2013 - Image ID: 201310-TW-03)
Brown and white cow lying on grass against alpine peaks and sky
Chillout with an awesome view - Cow resting on mountain pasture
Brown and white cow lying on grass against alpine peaks and sky
The power of marketing: It is probably because of successful chocolate advertising that many relate Switzerland with happy cows on green mountain pasture. Living in the fresh air on such a healthy diet, combined with the spectacular views must produce top class milk for this sweet trademark product. The area around Grindelwald has a lot of stunning hiking trails to enjoy the Bernese Alps panorama. (Grindelwald, Switzerland, July 2003 - Image ID 200307-CH-03)
Summer alpine lake surrounded by mountains against blue sky
Tranquility - Peaceful turquoise mountain lake in summer
Summer alpine lake surrounded by mountains against blue sky
As spectacular as the high peaks may be, the mountain lakes are equally attractive destinations. On clear and sunny summer days, the sky and the surrounding hills beautifully reflect in their water. And if your feet should feel too hot after a long hike, upon taking off your shoes the lakes provide an excellent refreshment. Just sitting there for some time, looking at the lake, is quite relaxing. (Grindelwald, Switzerland, July 2003 - Image ID 200307-CH-05)
Snow covered alpine peaks against green pasture edge
High above - Swiss alpine peak overlooking mountain pasture
Snow covered alpine peaks against green pasture edge
This is just another example of the spectacular Swiss mountain peaks. Based on Grindelwald, we took a number of day trips, for example by rail to the "Kleine Scheidegg". Once arrived at the top station, it was time to go for an extended hike to fully absorb this special location. What I like a lot about this photo is the contrast between the cold snow covered wall as opposed to the warm green grass at lower elevations. (Grindelwald, Switzerland, July 2003 - Image ID 200307-CH-04)
Small stream running down over stones in alpine summer valley
Small mountain stream in picturesque alpine stone valley
Small stream running down over stones in alpine summer valley
Isn't nature beautiful? A very simple setup, with just some water flowing down a valley covered with fresh green grass already looks nice on a sunny summer day. Once you add some stones with different shapes, sizes and colors, and it becomes even more attractive. And then you can obviously play around with different exposure times to create the effect of flowing water. (Grindelwald, Switzerland, July 2003 - Image ID 200307-CH-10)
Scenic view of Aletsch glacier and mountains from Jungfraujoch
Aletsch glacier seen from Jungfraujoch viewpoint
Scenic view of Aletsch glacier and mountains from Jungfraujoch
If you look for an unique and spectacular railway experience, the Jungfraujoch line might just be the right thing for you. Climbing up from Interlaken, the top station is an impressive 3.450 meters above sea level. This is a European record! Obviously, one does not only go up and down. Upon exiting the tunnel, visitors can enjoy spectacular views of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, and the Aletsch glacier. (Jungfraujoch, Switzerland, July 2003 - Image ID 200307-CH-06)
Wooden bench on alpine hiking trail inviting to take a rest
Take a rest - Wooden bench inviting hikers to have a break
Wooden bench on alpine hiking trail inviting to take a rest
Even in high season, there are still many awesome places available to take a rest, and to enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. I found this inviting wooden bench on the "Männlichen" mountain ridge close to Grindelwald. This place is easily accessible by cable car, and lots of well-signed hiking trails connect the top station with the surrounding peaks and other transport hubs. (Grindelwald, Switzerland, July 2003 - Image ID 200307-CH-02)
Artificial dark red alpenglow illuminating the Matterhorn peak
Alpenglow - Red hot Matterhorn against dark sky
Artificial dark red alpenglow illuminating the Matterhorn peak
As much as I like nature, I sometimes enjoy to play around with light. This color change was not done in Photoshop. I already did this when I scan my analogue slides, and experimented with different color settings. The inspiration for this particular one came from the term "Alpenglühen". It describes the effect of the mountain peaks glowing in the evening sunlight (= therefore Alpenglow). And whilst the color in reality is more yellow to orange than dark red, I liked this version which looks like burning charcoal. (Zermatt, Switzerland, July 2013 - Image ID 201307-CH-07)
Peaceful Swiss Alps mountain lake with snow covered peaks
Swiss Alps mountain lake and snow covered peaks
Peaceful Swiss Alps mountain lake with snow covered peaks
Upon exiting the Gornergrat railway, we went for a hike to the nearby Grindji Lake. From there, visitors can enjoy spectacular views of the Matterhorn. Unfortunately, the time of the day was not perfect with the sun coming right from that direction. So the best option was to turn around, and rather capture the peaceful lake with the snow covered mountain range in the background. (Zermatt, Switzerland, July 1993 - Image ID 199307-CH-05)
Large sun illuminated cloud above the Matterhorn peak
Glowing cloud covering the peak of Matterhorn
Large sun illuminated cloud above the Matterhorn peak
The advantage of staying in Zermatt is that one can easily check the visibility and light conditions on the Matterhorn at any time of the day. And obviously, things will always change… This photo was taken early in the morning, with the valley still covered by shade. This was more than compensated by a single cloud right on top of the peak. Illuminated by the morning sun, it seemed to be almost glowing. (Zermatt, Switzerland, July 1993 - Image ID 199307-CH-06)
Group of pine trees on mountain slope overlooking an alpine valley
High mountain trees overlooking the valley - Photo painting
Group of pine trees on mountain slope overlooking an alpine valley
Summer vacations in the mountains are not complete without hiking. Lots of rack railways, cable cars and other lifts provide convenient access to higher elevations. As such, it is possible to enjoy the fresh air and the stunning views also as a day visitor. Since I always liked to take photos of trees, I couldn't resisit to capture this idyllic scenery. The original slide scan has been converted into a photo painting. (Zermatt, Switzerland, July 1993 - Image ID 199307-CH-03)
Scenic view of Matterhorn surrounded by sun illuminated clouds
The impressive Matterhorn surrounded by illuminated clouds
Scenic view of Matterhorn surrounded by sun illuminated clouds
Due to its special shape, the Matterhorn is one of the most famous mountain peaks worldwide. Four steep faces form an almost perfect pyramid, rising to almost 4.500 meters above sea level. Visitors can enjoy spectacular views from both the valley as well as from the nearby mountain ridges. We stayed in Zermatt for a few days, and did a number of day trips. On one of the afternoons, I took this photo of the iconic place surrounded by a beautifully illuminated cloudscape. (Zermatt, Switzerland, July 1993 - Image ID 199307-CH-04)
Sandy Malaysian island beach with tropical forest and tree trunk
Pristine tropical Sabah beach with lush vegatation
Sandy Malaysian island beach with tropical forest and tree trunk
This is how "paradise" looked like upon arrival on one of the small islands close to Kota Kinabalu. The advantage of just taking a transfer with a small boat was that we got there rather early, and basically had the beautiful sandy beach all for ourselves. We were impressed about the lush tropical jungle on such a small island. And the beach had a lot of small and larger details to explore. Hence the time went by rather quickly, and we were sort of sad when we had to leave. (Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, July 2013 - Image ID 201307-MY-14)
Small green and blue painted boat approach tropical island
Boat transfer to paradise - Tropical island excursion Sabah
Small green and blue painted boat approach tropical island
One of the top activities in Kota Kinabalu are full- or half-day tours to a number of smaller islands just off the coast of Borneo. Obviously there are larger tourist ships including catering and entertainment. But we opted for just a transfer with a small boat. Riding towards our destination in this open boat at high speed was an experience itself. And the closer we got, the more our destination looked like paradise... (Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, July 2013 - Image ID 201307-MY-12)
Stream flowing down a rainforest valley covered with stones
Picturesque stream in the dense jungle of Mt. Kinabalu park
Stream flowing down a rainforest valley covered with stones
Not far away from the city of Kota Kinabalu is the mountain sharing the same name. With more than 4.000m of altitude, it is the highest peak in Malaysia. Initially, we were tempted to try to climb it, like many people do together with local guides. However, since we didn't really bring appropriate clothes and shoes, and with two children we decided to skip this idea. Instead, we took an extended hike in the beautiful jungle of the Mt. Kinabalu park. Lots of streams and the lush vegetation made this visit absolutely worthwhile. (Kinabalu Park, Malaysia, July 2013 - Image ID 201307-MY-11)
Tree trunk lying on a sandy beack with turquoise sea background
Tree trunk washed ashore a sandy tropical beach
Tree trunk lying on a sandy beack with turquoise sea background
For a photographer, beaches are always a tempting motif. This is particularly true when people who grew up in a cold or moderate climate visit sandy tropical beaches. If nature is kind enough to add some decorative driftwood, the number of pictures will increase dramatically. I found this tree trunk during our day trip to one of the outlying islands close to Kota Kinabalu in Borneo's state of Sabah. (Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, July 2013 - Image ID 201307-MY-15)
Silhouette of fishing boats at sunset against dark cloudy sky
Fishing boats in the bay of Kota Kinabalu at sunset
Silhouette of fishing boats at sunset against dark cloudy sky
Upon arrival at Kota Kinabalu on Malaysia's Borneo island, we felt the need to move a little bit before going for dinner. So we took a stroll in the city. Obviously, taking a look at the sun setting over the tropical South China Sea was a "must do". To make things even better, a number of fishing boats were lined up nicely in front of the glowing horizon. A very romantic way to start our time in this part of the country... (Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, July 2013 - Image ID 201307-MY-10)
Huge golden statue in front of stairs leading into mountain cave
Batu Caves statue and entrance near Kuala Lumpur
Huge golden statue in front of stairs leading into mountain cave
One of the most popular days trips from Kuala Lumpar is a visit to the nearby Batu Caves. It actually is a whole ensemble of karst caves, and they are home to a number of Hindu shrines and temples. The gigantic Murugan statue at the entrance is very impressive, both due to its heights as well as its bright color. Upon climbing the steep stairs, visitors can enter the caves and explore the countless statues inside. (Batu Caves, Malaysia, July 2013 - Image ID 201307-MY-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)
Almost full moon rising above red rocks with pine trees
Moon rising above colorful red rocks and pine trees - Photo painting
Almost full moon rising above red rocks with pine trees
Later in the evening, I took this photo from a different angle and perspective. The moon nicely rises above the red colored rocks and some pines still illuminated a little bit by the sun. (Cote d'Azur, France, July 1993 - Image ID: 199307-FR-17)
Side view of Pont du Gard aqueduct on a rainy summer day
Pont du Gard aqueduct on a misty rainy summer day
Side view of Pont du Gard aqueduct on a rainy summer day
The final attraction on our road trip was a historic one. The Pont du Gard, built by the Romans in the first century, is one of the best preserved aqueducts. With almost 50m, it is also the tallest, and has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Unfortunately, there were no blues skies and sunshine for our visit. But we could still enjoy the magic of this impressive monument, and walk over it to the other side. (Pont du Gard, July 1993 - Image ID: 199307-FR-24)
View over Sainte-Croix lake into the steep Verdon gorge
Verdon gorge with lake of Sainte-Croix
View over Sainte-Croix lake into the steep Verdon gorge
One of the most famous destinations in the area is the Verdon gorge, sometimes also referred to as the "Grand Canyon of Verdon". This spectacular gorge is up to 700m deep, and around 25km long. At the end, the river with its fresh turquoise water feeds the artificial lake of Sainte-Croix. (Gorges du Verdon, July 1993 - Image ID: 199307-FR-22)
Sun illuminated river flowing through forested mountain valley
Idyllic and densely forested river valley
Sun illuminated river flowing through forested mountain valley
Moving away from the Cote d'Azur, there are a number of very scenic natural parcs with lots of well maintained and signed hiking trails. We made full use of this opportunity, and explored a number of picturesque river valleys. (Southern France, July 1993 - Image ID: 199307-FR-19)
Dark thunderstorm clouds over calm turquoise mediterranean sea
Threatening storm clouds over the Mediterranean
Dark thunderstorm clouds over calm turquoise mediterranean sea
After several days in high mountain areas of the Route des Grandes Alpes, it was nice to finally arrive at the sea. However, the Mediterranean welcomed us with quite a threating dark sky and thunderstorms. (Cote d'Azur, France, July 1993 - Image ID: 199307-FR-10)
Colorful maritime alps peak with moon on the upper right
Mountain peak with moon in the afternoon sun
Colorful maritime alps peak with moon on the upper right
The colorful rocks of the mountains alone have a lot of potential when it comes to nature photography. We were lucky enough to have a beautiful moon rising early in the afternoon that added this little extra to the images. (Cote d'Azur, France, July 1993 - Image ID: 199307-FR-16)
View over the city of Monaco and coastline from above
Scenic view of Monaco from above
View over the city of Monaco and coastline from above
The best place to get an overview about Monaco and its beautiful surroundings is definitely from the steep mountains rising quickly from sea level. We also visited the city itself to get a feeling for one of the smallest and richest countries in the world. (Monaco view, France, July 1993 - Image ID: 199307-FR-11)
Silhouette of people at the end of a tunnel made of ice
Groups of tourists exiting the Aiguille du Midi ice tunnel
Silhouette of people at the end of a tunnel made of ice
To access the most spectacular viewpoint, upon exiting the cable car, visitors had to pass a tunnel through the ice. Not sure if this tunnel still exists with all the climate change and meltdown of the alpine glaciers. At that time, I truly enjoyed this unique experience. (Aiguille du Midi, France, July 1993 - Image ID: 199307-FR-02)
Alpine mountain panorama view from Aiquille du Midi
Aiguille du Midi alpine peaks panorama
Alpine mountain panorama view from Aiquille du Midi
From the Aiguille du Midi, one can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic views over the French and Swiss Alps. At the time of our visit in July, there was quite a lot of snow. Together with the intense sunshine and the deep blue sky, this place felt quite magic. (Aiguille du Midi, France, July 1993 - Image ID: 199307-FR-01)
Wild mountain stream flowing down a valley full of rocks
Mountain stream on the Route des Grandes Alpes
Wild mountain stream flowing down a valley full of rocks
You might have heard the saying: "The journey is the destination". This is particularly true when travelling the "Route des Grandes Alpes". This epic roadtrip from the Lake Geneva to the Cote d'Azur crosses 16 mountain passes with an incredibly diverse landscape. Streams and waterfalls are regular companions on this trip. (Route des Grandes Alpes, France, July 1993 - Image ID: 199307-FR-03)
Clouds rising from a mountain valley on a rainy day
Route des Grandes Alpes - Above the clouds !
Clouds rising from a mountain valley on a rainy day
One of the benefits of crossing six mountain passes at altitudes above 2.000 meters is that sooner or later one may end up above the cloud cover, or at least some individual clouds. Watching them slowly rising with the thermal winds is quite relaxing. With a bit of sunlight, lots of photo opportunities arrise... (Route des Grandes Alpes, France, July 1993 - Image ID: 199307-FR-08)
Mountain forest with V-shaped pine tree on a foggy day
V-shaped pine tree in misty mountain area
Mountain forest with V-shaped pine tree on a foggy day
Theoretically, as a photographer one could stop a few hundreds times, since the "Route des Grandes Alpes" has so many amazing natural treasures to offer just next to the road. Obviously, this would require a lot more time than we had available. So I focused on the most attractive models, such as this V-shapes pine against a misty mountain background. (Route des Grandes Alpes, France, July 1993 - Image ID: 199307-FR-07)
Fine waterfalls emerging from lush green forest and moss-covered rocks
The shape of water - Natural beauty at its best - I
Fine waterfalls emerging from lush green forest and moss-covered rocks
When you think about a magic place with lots of water, this probably is at good as it gets! Since my first visit to Plitvice in 1991, I was fascinated by the breathtaking scenery. Water simply seems to come out of the forest, everywhere. The cascade of lakes connected by waterfalls is incredibly beautiful. Obviously, the place is a very popular tourist destination. If you want to enjoy the serenity and the unique shape of water of this location, I would suggest to come early in the morning. (Plitvice Lakes, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-51)
Large scenic Plitvice waterfall dropping into the valley from tree-covered rocks
As beautiful as it gets - Waterfall in a forest
Large scenic Plitvice waterfall dropping into the valley from tree-covered rocks
To view this high waterfall in person is a special experience that makes you feel quite humble. Since my first visit to Plitvice in 1991, I was fascinated by the breathtaking scenery. Water simply seems to come out of the forest, everywhere. The cascade of lakes connected by waterfalls is incredibly beautiful. Obviously, the place is a very popular tourist destination. If you want to enjoy the serenity and magic of the location, I would suggest to come early in the morning. Later it tends to get quite crowded. (Plitvice Lakes, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-63)
Scenic view of Plitvice lakes and forest with waterfalls
The breathtaking beauty of Plitvice lakes, forest and waterfalls
Scenic view of Plitvice lakes and forest with waterfalls
At the end of our hike around the lakes, I took this final shot showing the amazing scenery of the Plitvice lakes. Since my first visit in 1991, I was fascinated by the breathtaking scenery. Water simply seems to come out of the forest, everywhere. The cascade of lakes connected by waterfalls is incredibly beautiful. Obviously, the place is a very popular tourist destination. If you want to enjoy the serenity and magic of the location, I would suggest to come early in the morning. Later it tends to get quite crowded. (Plitvice Lakes, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-64)
Colorful rainbow at the bottom of a waterfall in the forest
Perfect combination - Waterfall and rainbow
Colorful rainbow at the bottom of a waterfall in the forest
A pristine waterfall already makes a wonderful photo model. Combine it with a water and it gets even better... Since my first visit to Plitvice in 1991, I was fascinated by the breathtaking scenery. Water simply seems to come out of the forest, everywhere. The cascade of lakes is incredibly beautiful. Obviously, the place is a very popular tourist destination. If you want to enjoy the serenity and the unique shape of water of this location, I would suggest to come early in the morning. (Plitvice Lakes, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-58)
A fresh green summer mountain forest overlooking a tranquil lake
Tranquil place - Quiet turquoise lake within dense summer forest
A fresh green summer mountain forest overlooking a tranquil lake
Whilst not as spectacular as the waterfalls, the surrounding forest also deserves protection and respect. This unique combination put the National Park is on the UNESCO World Heritage list for a good reason. Since my first visit to Plitvice in 1991, I was fascinated by the breathtaking scenery. Water simply seems to come out of the forest, everywhere. Obviously, the place is a very popular tourist destination. If you want to enjoy the serenity and magic of the location, I would suggest to come early in the morning. (Plitvice Lakes, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-59)
One of the impressive forest waterfalls at Plitvice upper lakes
Majestic - Large waterfall with lush green vegetation
One of the impressive forest waterfalls at Plitvice upper lakes
Standing in front of this tall waterfall makes you feel quite humble. This National Park is on the UNESCO World Heritage list for a good reason. Since my first visit to Plitvice in 1991, I was fascinated by the breathtaking scenery. Water simply seems to come out of the forest, everywhere. The cascade of lakes connected by waterfalls is incredibly beautiful. Obviously, the place is a very popular tourist destination. If you want to enjoy the serenity and magic of the location, I would suggest to come early in the morning. (Plitvice Lakes, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-55)
The deep turquoise eye-shaped Cetina river spring in Croatia
Eye of the Earth - Cetina river spring Croatia
The deep turquoise eye-shaped Cetina river spring in Croatia
The "Eye of the Earth" shares the destiny with many other previous "insider-tips". This photo taken from above shows where the name is coming from. Years ago, only locals knew about the unique beauty spring of the Cetina river. However, with more and more people sharing photos of the stunning colors and shape of the source of the Cetina river, things changed. Especially drone images contribute to an increased popularity. Still not crowded, but not a secret anymore... (Cetina, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-44)
Orthodox church overlooking the turquoise colored Cetina river spring
Eye of the Earth - Cetina river spring and orthodox church
Orthodox church overlooking the turquoise colored Cetina river spring
Overlooking the beautiful spring of the Cetina river, there is an orthodox church. Years ago, only locals knew about this place in a rather remote area of Croatia. Most international tourists had no clue about the existence of the "Eye of the Earth". However, with more and more people sharing photos of the stunning colors and shape of the source of the Cetina river, things changed. Still not crowded, but not a secret anymore... It's worth walking around to the other side of the lake to enjoy the view. (Cetina, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-46)
Vertical rock wall at Cetina river source dropping into deep blue water
Eye of the Earth - The deep aquamarine blue
Vertical rock wall at Cetina river source dropping into deep blue water
This view shows the almost vertical wall of the "Eye of the Earth" leading into the karst underground. From there, the crystal clear water feeds the Cetina, the longest river in Croatia. Years ago, only locals knew about this place in a remote part of Croatia. However, with many people sharing photos of the stunning colors and shape, things changed. Still not crowded, but not a secret anymore... Thankfully, swimming is strictly prohibited to maintain the purity of the water. I loved the contrast with the fresh green. (Cetina, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-48)
Idyllic spring forest with crystal clear river flowing through it
Cetina river spring flowing through a beautiful forest
Idyllic spring forest with crystal clear river flowing through it
Wouldn't it be great if all rivers were as clean as the Cetina right below its source? The crystal clear water coming out of the karst underground feeds the longest river in Croatia. Before it makes its way to the Adriatic sea, the journey starts in this breathtaking valley. The fresh green of trees and bushes underline the natural beauty. To protect the purity of the water, swimming in the river spring is strictly prohibited. Hopefully people will respect and protect this magic place for future generations. (Cetina, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-49)
Scenic view of Stomorska village and harbour on Solta island Croatia
Fishing village - Stomorska harbour with Split in the background
Scenic view of Stomorska village and harbour on Solta island Croatia
The small previous fishing harbour of Stomorska on Šolta island is now a regular destination for touristic day tours out of Split. Various operators offer countless options from 1-10 hours, including various islands and locations. From what I saw, most people will just disembark, take a short stroll in the harbour, and maybe eat or drink something. I decided to take a walk up the road to get a better view of the village. It was definitely worth the effort on that hot spring afternoon, with a lovely panoramic sight. (Solta, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-39)
Sailboat leaving the harbour on a beautiful windless summer day
Departure - Sailboat leaving the harbour of Stomorska on Šolta
Sailboat leaving the harbour on a beautiful windless summer day
I guess that the best way to explore the countless larger and smaller islands of the Croatian adriatic sea is probably by sailing along the coastline. Obviously, this is only an assumption, since I have not done it. However, just looking at this boat leaving the small harbour of Stomorska made me think about trying one day. Even though there was virtually no wind on that tranquil day in late spring, the scenery looked very tempting. And we saw a lot of sailboats from all over Europe in the different ports. (Solta, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-38)
Hidden mediterrenean beach in Croatia with crystal clear water
Hidden place - Lonely beach with crystal clear water near Cavtat
Hidden mediterrenean beach in Croatia with crystal clear water
Not far away from Dubrovnik, it the small coastal town of Cavtat. It's horseshoe shaped bays makes it quite special, even though you can only really see it from above. On route towards our day trip destination, driving on the coastal road, I spotted a secluded small beach. Fortunately, it was possible to access this hidden place. There were absolutely no people, and we celebrated the natural beauty of the rugged shores with the crystal clear blue water. (Cavtat, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-13)
South Croatian mountain road framed by blooming yellow broom
Framed - Mountain road with blooming broom and a threatening dar
South Croatian mountain road framed by blooming yellow broom
Most tourists in the Dubrovnik area stay within the city, or just visit some of the nearby coastal towns and beaches. It is however worth exploring the surrounding rural areas in the mountains. They rise to more than 1.000 meters above sea level with in just a few kilometers distance from the sea. Whilst driving uphill, a thunderstorm was approaching. I used this opportunity to capture the threatening dark sky, with the intense yellow broom shrubs framing the road. (Cavtat, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-15)
Mediterrenean rocky nudist beach without people on a sunny day
Secluded rocky nudist beach without people near Cavtat
Mediterrenean rocky nudist beach without people on a sunny day
On route towards our day trip destination Cavtat, while driving on the coastal road, I spotted a secluded small beach. It looked quite interesting and attractive from above, so I looked for an access path to this hidden place. It was just a short walk until we got to what turned out to an official "nudist beach". But there were absolutely no people, hence we just celebrated the natural beauty of the rugged shores with the crystal clear blue water. (Cavtat, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-14)
View down the cliffs onto beautiful Croatian mediterrenean beaches
Breathtaking beach and cliff views from mountain path near Dubro
View down the cliffs onto beautiful Croatian mediterrenean beaches
The Frana Supila road east of Dubrovnik is closed for traffic of any kind, but accessible by foot. From there, one can enjoy spectacular views of the Adriatic sea, and the dramatic fissured coastline. Due to the steep incline, it almost replaces aerial drone shots. The dark blue of the Mediterranean with its crystal-clear water stands in an eye-catching contrast with the lush green on the light grey cliffs. As an optional extra, all kinds of spring flowers add further colors to the scenery. (Dubrovnik, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-27)
View on Lokrum island and Hotel Belvedere with red heart graffiti
Faded love - Red heart graffiti above abandoned Belvedere Hotel
View on Lokrum island and Hotel Belvedere with red heart graffiti
Despite the temperatures being already quite high in June, I decided to take a hike on the Frana Supila road east of Dubrovnik. From there, one can enjoy spectacular views of Lokrum, the Adriatic sea, and the fissured coastline. Due to the steep incline, it feels almost like an aerial view. One of the first sights was the abandoned Hotel Belvedere with Lokrum island in the background. Someone was kind enough to leave this graffiti heart behind, with its color perfectly matching the roof. (Dubrovnik, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-26)
Woman paddling along Dubrovnik coastline in a yellow kayak
Kayaking Dubrovnik - Exploring the coastline and its caves
Woman paddling along Dubrovnik coastline in a yellow kayak
Another popular activity for tourists visiting Dubrovnik is kayaking. Most people take guided tours, that usually cover surrounding the city walls, Lokrum island and the coastline with a number of caves. Whilst this comes with the plus of interesting information about the city and its history, there are a few providers who also offer kayaks just for rent by the hour. We decided to rather take this option which allows to travel at your own speed, and to take photos without any peer pressure to move on. (Dubrovnik, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-06)
Beautiful coastline with colorful rocks, pine trees and cave
Kayaking Lokrum - Beautiful island coastline with a small cave
Beautiful coastline with colorful rocks, pine trees and cave
Most of the kayak tours in Dubrovnik last for 2-3 hours, and do include crossing over to Lokrum island. Whilst guided excursions come with the plus of interesting information about the city and the island, we decided to just rent the kayaks by the hour and go our own route. The big benefit is that this option permits to travel at your own speed. And, very important for me, to take as many photos where and whenever I want without any peers or the tour guide pressuring to move on. (Dubrovnik, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-09)
Beautiful rocky coast of Lokrum island with pine trees
Out of this world - The beauty of the shores of Lokrum island
Beautiful rocky coast of Lokrum island with pine trees
One of the most popular activities in Dubrovnik is a tour to the close-by small island of Lokrum. Located less than a kilometer away, it can easily reached by ferry service or with a kayak. The island hosts a botanical garden with old trees. Other sightseeing points are a monastery and the fortress. Most people will spend just 1-2 hours in the densely forested island before returning to the much more busy city. My favorite place was the colorful coastline with it's rocks and trees. (Dubrovnik, Croatia, May 2023 - Image ID: 202305-CR-25)
Rocky coast of Lokrum island with pine trees against mountain range
Out of this world - The beauty of the shores of Lokrum island - II
Rocky coast of Lokrum island with pine trees against mountain range
One of the most popular activities in Dubrovnik is a tour to the close-by small island of Lokrum. Located less than a kilometer away, it can easily reached by ferry service or with a kayak. The island hosts a botanical garden with old trees. Other sightseeing points are a monastery and the fortress. Most people will spend just 1-2 hours in the densely forested island before returning to the much more busy city. My favorite place was the colorful coastline with it's rocks and trees. (Dubrovnik, Croatia, May 2023 - Image ID: 202305-CR-26)
View of Dubrovnik old town, city walls and Lokrum island
Scenic view of Dubrovnik old town and Lokrum island from the city walls
View of Dubrovnik old town, city walls and Lokrum island
This is one of my favorite images from Dubrovnik. We obviously went for the tourist "MUST DO", and climbed the huge city walls. Whilst obviously rather crowded, it's worth going due to the spectacular views over the colorful rooftops and the Adriatic sea. Despite the heat, we decided to visit around noon time, since it was rather cloudy in the morning. This image towards the east shows almost the complete historic town, plus Lokrum island and the coastline in the background. (Dubrovnik, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-03)
Dubrovnik evening panorama with cypress trees
Obstructed view - Dubrovnik evening panorama with cypress trees
Dubrovnik evening panorama with cypress trees
Probably one of the best viewpoints of Dubrovnik is towards the east, on or above the small pebble beach of St. Jacob. Instead of the usual low-angle beach perspective I opted for a higher position. Initially, I tried to find another spot for unobstructed views of the city. But then I realized that the cypress trees rather added a special extra to the photo than ruining it. Blue hour was the perfect time, with a colorful sky and the city already beautifully illuminated. (Dubrovnik, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-10)
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)
Impressive waterfall flowing down a rock valley during blue hour
Blue hour grand finale at the Orange River Augrabies Falls
Impressive waterfall flowing down a rock valley during blue hour
On the final evening, we returned once again to the majestic Augrabies Falls in South Africa. We had visited the same place twice before, once in the morning, and once during the day. This time, we stayed until after sunset. It's amazing to see the gradual change when the sun starts going down, transforming the landscape and its colors by the minute. One of the best times for photography remains the blue hour; the time after the sun is down and before it gets dark. We enjoyed the natural wonder of the 60m high waterfall in this magic twilight. Time to say good-bye to the mighty Orange River... (Augrabies National Park, South Africa, April 2011 - Image ID: 201104-ZA-24)
Scenic landscape with hills in savanna valley with warm evening light
Hills in the valley with evening light
Scenic landscape with hills in savanna valley with warm evening light
Driving around the park, the ever-changing landscape with its beautiful colours provide endless photo opportunities. (Augrabies National Park, South Africa, April 2011 - Image ID: 201104-ZA-22)
Evening sunlight illuminating savanna with single quiver tree
Last sunrays illuminating Quiver Tree
Evening sunlight illuminating savanna with single quiver tree
The colours of the landscape in Augrabies National Park keep changing throughout the day, and become particularly beautiful in the late afternoon and evening. Here the warm sunlight illuminates a Quiver Tree. (Augrabies National Park, South Africa, April 2011 - Image ID: 201104-ZA-21)
Mighty waterfall in steep rock gorge with warm afternoon light
Augrabies Falls in the warm afternoon light
Mighty waterfall in steep rock gorge with warm afternoon light
Revisiting the Augrabies Falls at a different time of the day makes a huge difference due to the different position and tone of the sunlight. No matter when, it's always an impressive sight (Augrabies National Park, South Africa, April 2011 - Image ID: 201104-ZA-14)
Rock pinnacle with waterfall in a steep gorge of colorful stone
Augrabies Falls rock pinnacle, mist and rainbow
Rock pinnacle with waterfall in a steep gorge of colorful stone
Many years ago, we spent some days in one the less visited attractions of South Africa, the Augrabies Falls National Park. It's spectacular landscape is mainly popular amongst local outdoor enthusiasts. As its name already indicates, the parks major attraction is a majestic waterfall. This shot of the valley below the Augrabies Falls reveals the rugged beauty of the colourful rocks. The mighty Orange River has shaped this picturesque landscape with its water for millions of years. The high water levels after heavy rain and the small rainbow in the lower right corner were two nice add-ons. (Augrabies National Park, South Africa, April 2011 - Image ID: 201104-ZA-13)
Scenic South African desert landscape with gravel road
Gravel road in the Augrabies National Park
Scenic South African desert landscape with gravel road
Not only the waterfall, but the entire park is a feast for the eyes. A number of gravel roads cross the red rocky terrain towards the endless horizon with a dark blue sky. (Augrabies National Park, South Africa, April 2011 - Image ID: 201104-ZA-15)
Trees, bushes and yellow flowers growing in a sand dune valley
Spring colours in Autumn
Trees, bushes and yellow flowers growing in a sand dune valley
After days with lots of rain, entire areas of the park are filled with meadows of yellow flowers. Fresh green sharply contrasts with the sandy and usually rather dry surface. (Augrabies National Park, South Africa, April 2011 - Image ID: 201104-ZA-16)
River carrying low water in a dry landscape with many boulders
Tranquil waters in rocky landscape
River carrying low water in a dry landscape with many boulders
Whilst most people visit the Augrabies National Park because of the impressive waterfalls, there are lots of other picturesque locations up- or downriver. (Augrabies National Park, South Africa, April 2011 - Image ID: 201104-ZA-17)
Vast plain landscape covered with beautiful silver grass
Silver grass in endless plains
Vast plain landscape covered with beautiful silver grass
Beautifully illuminated grass always makes a nice photo motif. Combine it with the reddish gravel soil of the Northern Cape area, the resulting contrast makes it stand out even more. (Augrabies National Park, South Africa, April 2011 - Image ID: 201104-ZA-10)
Impressive African landscape with many rocks and yellow flowers
Yellow flowers in Augrabies National Park
Impressive African landscape with many rocks and yellow flowers
In some areas, fresh grass, shrubs and flowers add some colour to the otherwise rather rocky landscape. (Augrabies National Park, South Africa, April 2011 - Image ID: 201104-ZA-09)
South African landscape with rocks split by heat in the foreground
Rock split by the powers of nature
South African landscape with rocks split by heat in the foreground
A number of well-signed hiking trails allow visitors to explore the wild beauty of this remote area. Even large rocks crack into huge pieces due to the permanent exposure to sun, heat, cold, wind etc., creating amazing pieces of natural art (Augrabies National Park, South Africa, April 2011 - Image ID: 201104-ZA-07)
Scenic view of the Augrabies Falls carrying a lot of water
Augrabies Falls on the edge
Scenic view of the Augrabies Falls carrying a lot of water
In this case, a single photo doesn't really do justice to the power of the Oranje River dropping down into the ravine below the Augrabies Falls. A video clip shows it much better, but nothing beats the live experience. (Augrabies National Park, South Africa, April 2011 - Image ID: 201104-ZA-11)
Scenic view of Orange River in the gorge below Augrabies waterfall
Orange River after passing the Augrabies Falls
Scenic view of Orange River in the gorge below Augrabies waterfall
After its 60 meters drop of the Augrabies Falls, the Orange River makes its way through the vast plateau of the Northern Cape. Steep and colourful rock walls on both sides make it a spectacular view. (Augrabies National Park, South Africa, April 2011 - Image ID: 201104-ZA-04)
Scenic view of three waterfalls dropping into rocky canyon
Three subwaterfalls dropping into the rocky ravine
Scenic view of three waterfalls dropping into rocky canyon
Three smaller falls drops into the colourful ravine, just below the main part of the Augrabies Falls. (Augrabies National Park, South Africa, April 2011 - Image ID: 201104-ZA-05)
Metal suspension bridge diagonally crossing Taroko Gorge
Taroko Gorge suspension bridge
Metal suspension bridge diagonally crossing Taroko Gorge
One of the most beautiful bridges on the Central Cross-Island Highway near the Tianxiang Recreation Area. Whilst the river carried little water when we visited, during rainy and especially typhoon season, massive amounts of water run down the narrow gorge. (Taroko Gorge, Taiwan, March 2013 - Image ID: 201303-TW-15)
Narrow road with tunnels and clear stream in steep Taroko Gorge
Tunnels deep inside Taroko Gorge
Narrow road with tunnels and clear stream in steep Taroko Gorge
To make the extremely deep and steep gorge accessible to visitors, engineers had to drill a lot of tunnels into the marble rock. The Taroko Gorge is one of the most spectacular roads I have ever driven - breathtaking new views behind every corner. (Taroko Gorge, Taiwan, March 2013 - Image ID: 201303-TW-12)
Scenic view of Taiwan's Taroko Gorge with stream and boulders
Taroko Gorge river beauty
Scenic view of Taiwan's Taroko Gorge with stream and boulders
Cool water runs down between huge boulders against a backdrop of mountains with dense green vegetation. As a photographer, the Taroko Gorge offers hundreds of spots for scenic photo shots (Taroko Gorge, Taiwan, March 2013 - Image ID: 201303-TW-10)
Scenic view of Sun Moon Lake from and with cable car gondala
Scenic cable car lake view
Scenic view of Sun Moon Lake from and with cable car gondala
An absolute must for every tourist visiting the popular Sun Moon Lake in Nantou District: taking the cable car to enjoy stunning scenic views over the lake and its surrounding mountains. Definitely worth it! (Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan, March 2013 - Image ID: 201303-TW-01)
Scenic view of waterfall dropping into gorge with large boulders
Into the gorge...
Scenic view of waterfall dropping into gorge with large boulders
Looking down, visitors enjoy a beautiful view of the bottom of the gorge with its clean turquoise water, constantly fed with supply dropping down from the forest area above. Simply relaxing and so beautiful. (Taipei, Taiwan, January 2013 - Image ID: 201301-TW-11)
Thin waterfall dropping from densely vegetated rock face
Thin Wulai waterfall
Thin waterfall dropping from densely vegetated rock face
About an hours drive from Taipei is the popular tourist attraction of the Wulai Falls. The water dropping into the steep rocky gorge with its lush sub-tropical rainforest green is absolutely beautiful (Taipei, Taiwan, January 2013 - Image ID: 201301-TW-09)
Smoke from fumeroles of Yangmingshan crater in evening sun
Yangmingshan crater fumes
Smoke from fumeroles of Yangmingshan crater in evening sun
Something special about Taipei is the close vicinity to both the sea and relatively high mountains. Yangmingshan is a popular recreation and hiking area for citizens, with vast grasslands, and some craters and fumeroles giving testimony of its volcanic origin. (Taipei City, Taiwan, February 2013 - Image ID: 201302-TW-08)
Small green pine trees on black lava field against snowy peaks
Survivor trees regaining their territory on black lava field
Small green pine trees on black lava field against snowy peaks
Never give up! We all know about the importance of healthy forests for the world's climate, and the challenges they face. Forests are home to countless species and provide a valuable recreation area for human beings. This photo shows reason for hope as a nice example about the power of forests to recover from natural disasters. The first spruces reclaim their territory after a devastating lava stream destroyed all life in its path years ago. The snow-covered Mount Etna in the background surrounded by dark clouds adds to the dramatic atmosphere of the scenery. (Mount Etna, Italy, December 2022 - Image ID: 202212-IT-25)
Colorful patches of grass growing on slope with dark volcanic ash
Grass patches on Mount Etna's black volcanic ash and red rocks
Colorful patches of grass growing on slope with dark volcanic ash
The southern slopes of Mount Etna attract a large number of tourists. There are a number of well-signed hiking trails from the parking lot. Using them, or with a cablecar, one can get up to approx. 2.500m above sea level. For tours above this altitude, local guides are mandatory to ensure the safety of the visitors. The Etna shows us quite a different face here compared to its northern area. Extended fields of colorful lava and ash are slowly being reconquered by grass and other vegetation. The contrasting colors and the blue sky are a true feast for the eyes. (Mount Etna, Italy, December 2022 - Image ID: 202212-IT-27)
Intense red colored rock against snow covered Etna volcano peak
Colourful Etna
Intense red colored rock against snow covered Etna volcano peak
Another view of Mount Etna from the touristically more developped South side on a beautiful December Sunday. The peak covered with fresh snow contrasts with the red rocks and beige grass at lower heights. (Mount Etna, Italy, December 2022 - Image ID: 202212-IT-14)
Scenic view Volcano village and Lipari against blue sky and clouds
View over Volcano village and Lipari
Scenic view Volcano village and Lipari against blue sky and clouds
The views from the top of the main crater on Volcano island are breathtaking. Looking North, the neighboring island of Lipari seems just a short distance away. So relaxing and beautiful! (Volcano Island, Italy, December 2022 - Image ID: 202212-IT-18)
Hiking boots on the edge of the main crater on Volcano island
Volcano main crater and Lipari
Hiking boots on the edge of the main crater on Volcano island
The hike up the main crater on the island of Volcano ("nomen est omen") is quite steep. As such, carrying up all the photo gear is a bit painful, but still worth the effort. Just sitting at the crater and enjoying the panoramic view over the Aeolian islands = pure joy. (Volcano Island, Italy, December 2022 - Image ID: 202212-IT-15)
Low angle view of black and red lava fields against sky with single cloud
Just an illusion - Hike to the top of Volcano Island
Low angle view of black and red lava fields against sky with single cloud
The hike up them main crater of Volcano (Italy) leads via a steep gravel path. First-time visitors might have the impression to reach the top where the red soil meets the blue sky. But this is just an illusion - in reality, the walk is still quite a bit longer. Especially in summer, with high temperatures and no shade, this requires a bit of physical fitness. Reaching the summit, with it's panoramic views over the surrounding Aeolian islands is very rewarding and definitely worth the effort. (Volcano Island, Italy, December 2022 - Image ID: 202212-IT-19)
Star-shaped sun illuminating snowfield and ice on Mount Etna
Mount Etna snowfield
Star-shaped sun illuminating snowfield and ice on Mount Etna
After taking the cable car, we embarked for a longer walk in a winter wonderland at 2.500m above sea level. With a strong wind, it was quite chilly, despite the strong sunshine from a dark blue sky. (Mount Etna, Italy, December 2022 - Image ID: 202212-IT-12)
Black and red lava fields with green grass and snow covered peak
Etna tricolore
Black and red lava fields with green grass and snow covered peak
Three different surface colours of the same mountain against the background of a dark blue sky. A spectacular contrast creating a number of geometric shapes. (Mount Etna, Italy, December 2022 - Image ID: 202212-IT-11)
Traces of snow groomer on Mount Etna with two volcano craters
Snow groomer craters
Traces of snow groomer on Mount Etna with two volcano craters
The traces of the snow groomer (also used to carry tourists) lead towards two side craters of Mount Etna. We decided to rather walk this loop, and to enjoy the sunshine and the amazing scenery. (Mount Etna, Italy, December 2022 - Image ID: 202212-IT-13)
Grass covered black lava field against blue sky and snowy peak
Grass patches on black lava
Grass covered black lava field against blue sky and snowy peak
The south side of Mount Etna looks quite different, with extended lava fields, slowly reconquered by vegetation. On the peak, snow has replaced the black and red summer colours. (Mount Etna, Italy, December 2022 - Image ID: 202212-IT-10)
Fuming snow covered volcano overlooking colorful autumn forest
Autumn meets winter
Fuming snow covered volcano overlooking colorful autumn forest
The advantage of visiting the North side of Mount Etna in the morning is perfect sunlight illuminating the peak, and less clouds than in the afternoon. Visiting in early December was perfect to combine the snow-covered peak with the colourful autoum leaves of the forest in lower elevations. (Mount Etna, Italy, December 2022 - Image ID: 202212-IT-08)
Pine trees emerging from black lava against snowy mountain
Survivor trees regaining their territory on black lava field
Pine trees emerging from black lava against snowy mountain
Never give up! We all know about the importance of healthy forests for the world's climate, and the challenges they face. Forests are home to countless species and provide a valuable recreation area for human beings. This photo shows reason for hope as a nice example about the power of forests to recover from natural disasters. The first spruces reclaim their territory after a devastating lava stream destroyed all life in its path years ago. The snow-covered Mount Etna in the background surrounded by dark clouds adds to the dramatic atmosphere of the scenery. (Mount Etna, Italy, December 2022 - Image ID: 202212-IT-05)
Lonely tree skeleton against snowy volcano, lava field and sky
Lonely trunk in a field of lava
Lonely tree skeleton against snowy volcano, lava field and sky
Whereas most other trees in this area completely vanished when the hot lava made its way downhill, this one tree somehow stood strong. New vegetation has started to reconquer the black field of sharp volcanic rocks. (Mount Etna, Italy, December 2022 - Image ID: 202212-IT-23)
Orange rippled Namibia sanddune against starry night sky
Namibia sand dune night magic - Photo Painting
Orange rippled Namibia sanddune against starry night sky
The huge sand dunes surrounding Swakopmund are an amazing landscape. Despite of their "emptiness", I have always been fascinated by deserts. Their vast and often surreal landscape creates a special feeling that is hard to explain with words. One really needs to experience it, together with the daytime heat, evening cold and the dry air. For short-term visitors to Namibia, these treasures are best explored by quad bike, together with a local guide. Countless shapes and the wind-created wave patterns in the sand just blow you away. (Swakopmund area, Namibia, December 2007 - Image ID 202212-NA-04)
Deadvlei tree skeletons against red sand dunes and starry sky
Deadvlei red dunes and tree skeletons at night
Deadvlei tree skeletons against red sand dunes and starry sky
Out of this world! The unreal scenery of the dead skeletons in the Deadvlei against the dark sky is probably one of the most spectacular locations I have ever been to… For this reason, lots of tourists visit this place every year. The original image was taken during daytime, and then combined with a 2nd image of the stars at night. Whilst it is possible to fly into Sossusvlei with small planes, we decided to drive from Windhoek. The trip on the rough gravel roads through the empty and vast desert landscapes already is an amazing experience. I would definitely recommend to stay a few days to really explore the breathtaking natural beauty. (Sossusvlei, Namibia, December 2007 - Image ID 202212-NA-08)
Orange Namibia sand dune with ripples against starry night sky
Untouched dune night waves
Orange Namibia sand dune with ripples against starry night sky
As much fun it may be to climb up these amazing huge red dunes in the Sossusvlei area, this is not good news for us photographers. Hence it's recommended to come early in the morning, and search for an unspoiled piece of art in the desert. What I particularly like about this image is the striking difference between the two sides of the dune. (Sossusvlei, Namibia, December 2012 - Image ID: 202212-NA-12)
Scenic view of the Sossusvlei sand dunes against starry night sky
Sossusvlei or Mars ?
Scenic view of the Sossusvlei sand dunes against starry night sky
This image could also have been created for a science fiction movie about conquering Mars. No need to travel so far. Our beautiful planet offers it all, like these breathtaking Namibian desert landscape. (Sossusvlei, Namibia, December 2007 - Image ID 202212-NA-10)
Wooden railway sleepers in red sand dunes against night sky
Stairway to heaven - Namibia desert railway sleepers
Wooden railway sleepers in red sand dunes against night sky
History lessons are best told outdoors in the field, just where it happens. During a vacation trip to Namibia, we made a surprising discovery in the greater Swakopmund area. We took a guided quad bike tour into the impressive dunes. Apart from a lot of sand, we found this testimony from long forgotten times. The remaining wooden railway sleepers create a mystical and almost unreal scenery. The metal rails have been removed and most probably recycled. Good for lots of photos… I took this image on Fuji slide film, scanned it, and then digitally added the starry night sky. (Swakopmund area, Namibia, December 2007 - Image ID 202212-NA-03)
Dry soil pattern with Sossusvlei sand dunes against night sky
Deadvlei night mystery
Dry soil pattern with Sossusvlei sand dunes against night sky
The bright white soil pattern creates an unbelievable contrast to the coloured sand dunes and the sky above the desert. Taking lots of water is essential for any longer hike to explore this amazing area. (Sossusvlei, Namibia, December 2007 - Image ID 202212-NA-05)
Two oval boulders holding each other against rock face at night
Two boulders holding each other
Two oval boulders holding each other against rock face at night
The rock formations around "Spitzkoppe" seem to be from another planet. Stones, dry sand, leafless trees - quite a hostile environment, but at the same time absolutely fascinating. (Spitzkoppe, Namibia, December 2007 - Image ID 202212-NA-01)
Spectacular yellow clouds at sunset over African bushveld
Sabi Sabi Evening Sky
Spectacular yellow clouds at sunset over African bushveld
Sunsets in Africa tend to be spectacularly beautiful. This one in the bushveld and forests of the game reserve made no exception. (Sabi-Sabi Game Reserve, South Africa, December 2012 - Image ID 201212-SA-02)
Wave running ashore on an pristine sandy beach in Mexico
Riviera Maya - 20 years ago
Wave running ashore on an pristine sandy beach in Mexico
20 years ago, it was still relatively easy to find empty and natural dream spots on the Riviera Maya. Few visitors, endless sandy beaches, warm crystal clear water full of sealife, and lots of sunshine. With the continued "touristic development", nowadays many of these secret escapes are now part of hotel resorts. (Riviera Maya, Mexico, November 2002 - Image ID 200211-MX-13)
Open cave with water of a Yucatan cenote exit into the jungle
Cenote jungle exit
Open cave with water of a Yucatan cenote exit into the jungle
Located within lush and dense tropical forest, this is how an entry or exit into a cenote may look like. Most of them though need to be accessed via stairs, going down from the collapsed roof of a cave. Feels a bit like "Indiana Jones"... (Riviera Maya, Mexico, November 2002 - Image ID 200211-MX-12)
Scenic view of Tulum Mayan ruins and tropical beaches
Tulum Mayan ruins and tropical Caribbean beach
Scenic view of Tulum Mayan ruins and tropical beaches
This image shows the spectacular location of the archeological site of Tulum. From my perspective, it is one of the most beautiful spots on Mexico's Riviera Maya! As the name already says: you get a combination of breathtaking tropical seaside, combined with pre-hispanic Mayan heritage. When I took this photo back in 2002, one could still climb up the pyramids for an even more panoramic view. Nowadays, to preserve this historic site, this is no longer allowed. But the white sandy beaches and the warm waters of the Caribbean still invite for a swim after taking history lessons while exploring the ruins. (Tulum, Mexico, November 2002 - Image ID 200211-MX-10)
There are definitely worse days at the office than this  Walking around World Heritage Site  Mont Saint Michel  during ebb tide with this kind of weather and relatively few tourists was absolute fun   France, Mont Saint Michel, October 2022   Image ID 202210 FR 24
At Work (II)
There are definitely worse days at the office than this  Walking around World Heritage Site  Mont Saint Michel  during ebb tide with this kind of weather and relatively few tourists was absolute fun   France, Mont Saint Michel, October 2022   Image ID 202210 FR 24
There are definitely worse days at the office than this... Walking around World Heritage Site "Mont Saint Michel" during ebb tide with this kind of weather and relatively few tourists was absolute fun. (France, Mont Saint Michel, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-FR-24)
The early morning visit to major tourist attractions comes with many benefits  First, one can watch the sun rise, and enjoy the beautiful warm light  Second, one can still explore the area before the tsunami of day visitors moves in  I visited the iconic Mont Saint Michel twice, once in the afternoon, and a second time early the next morning  Doing so, I could also see it with different water levels  During high tide, the grasslands around Mont Saint Michel are under water  As long as you don't mind getting your shoes  or feet  dirty, this provides unique photo opportunities   France, Mont Saint Michel, October 2022   Image ID 202210 FR 30
Mont Saint-Michel morning sun high tide reflection
The early morning visit to major tourist attractions comes with many benefits  First, one can watch the sun rise, and enjoy the beautiful warm light  Second, one can still explore the area before the tsunami of day visitors moves in  I visited the iconic Mont Saint Michel twice, once in the afternoon, and a second time early the next morning  Doing so, I could also see it with different water levels  During high tide, the grasslands around Mont Saint Michel are under water  As long as you don't mind getting your shoes  or feet  dirty, this provides unique photo opportunities   France, Mont Saint Michel, October 2022   Image ID 202210 FR 30
The early morning visit to major tourist attractions comes with many benefits. First, one can watch the sun rise, and enjoy the beautiful warm light. Second, one can still explore the area before the tsunami of day visitors moves in. I visited the iconic Mont Saint-Michel twice, once in the afternoon, and a second time early the next morning. Doing so, I could also see it with different water levels. During high tide, the grasslands around Mont Saint-Michel are under water. As long as you don't mind getting your shoes (or feet) dirty, this provides unique photo opportunities. (France, Mont Saint Michel, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-FR-30)
Tranquil afternoon panarama with sheep feeding on the juicy grass surrounding Le Mont Saint Michel  The U shaped ditch added this little extra to an otherwise sort of boring photo   France, Mont Saint Michel, October 2022   Image ID 202210 FR 29
U - sheep
Tranquil afternoon panarama with sheep feeding on the juicy grass surrounding Le Mont Saint Michel  The U shaped ditch added this little extra to an otherwise sort of boring photo   France, Mont Saint Michel, October 2022   Image ID 202210 FR 29
Tranquil afternoon panarama with sheep feeding on the juicy grass surrounding Le Mont-Saint-Michel. The U-shaped ditch added this little extra to an otherwise sort of boring photo. (France, Mont Saint Michel, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-FR-29)
Autumn must be one of the best times for sailing enthusiasts to enjoy Brittany's spectacular coastline and pitoresque harbour cities  Relatively empty, reliable solid wind and pleasant temperatures make this part of France an excellent destination  France, Dinard, October 2022   Image ID 202210 FR 16
Sailing paradise
Autumn must be one of the best times for sailing enthusiasts to enjoy Brittany's spectacular coastline and pitoresque harbour cities  Relatively empty, reliable solid wind and pleasant temperatures make this part of France an excellent destination  France, Dinard, October 2022   Image ID 202210 FR 16
Autumn must be one of the best times for sailing enthusiasts to enjoy Brittany's spectacular coastline and pitoresque harbour cities. Relatively empty, reliable solid wind and pleasant temperatures make this part of France an excellent destination (France, Dinard, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-FR-16)
As kids, most of us spent endless time just sitting at a beach, and watching the waves rolling onto the shore  As busy adults, we tend to just walk by  Maybe time to rethink, take a rest and relax  Better than many TV programs   France, Tregastel, October 2022   Image ID 202210 FR 07
Just waves !
As kids, most of us spent endless time just sitting at a beach, and watching the waves rolling onto the shore  As busy adults, we tend to just walk by  Maybe time to rethink, take a rest and relax  Better than many TV programs   France, Tregastel, October 2022   Image ID 202210 FR 07
As kids, most of us spent endless time just sitting at a beach, and watching the waves rolling onto the shore. As busy adults, we tend to just walk by... Maybe time to rethink, take a rest and relax. Better than many TV programs! (France, Tregastel, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-FR-07)
For good reasons, this is one of the most frequently photographed landmarks on the pink granite coast in Brittany  The Ploumanac'h lighthouse in Perros Guirec enjoys a spectacular location  What makes it special is that its color perfectly matches the surrounding landscape  Whilst I didn't visit it in the morning, I guess late afternoon is probably the best time for amazing light and color contrasts  I really like how the long exposure time creates this really smooth texture on the waves of the Atlantic ocean   France, Ploumanac'h, October 2022   Image ID 202210 FR 09
The Guardian - Ploumanach lighthouse overlooking pink granite coast Brittany
For good reasons, this is one of the most frequently photographed landmarks on the pink granite coast in Brittany  The Ploumanac'h lighthouse in Perros Guirec enjoys a spectacular location  What makes it special is that its color perfectly matches the surrounding landscape  Whilst I didn't visit it in the morning, I guess late afternoon is probably the best time for amazing light and color contrasts  I really like how the long exposure time creates this really smooth texture on the waves of the Atlantic ocean   France, Ploumanac'h, October 2022   Image ID 202210 FR 09
For good reasons, this is one of the most frequently photographed landmarks on the pink granite coast in Brittany. The Ploumanac'h lighthouse in Perros-Guirec enjoys a spectacular location. What makes it special is that its color perfectly matches the surrounding landscape. Whilst I didn't visit it in the morning, I guess late afternoon is probably the best time for amazing light and color contrasts. I really like how the long exposure time creates this really smooth texture on the waves of the Atlantic ocean. (France, Ploumanac'h, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-FR-09)
Admittedly, a very well known photo motif: the lighthouse of Ploumanac'h  Made of the same material as the rocks it stands on, the late afternoon sun brings out the amazing colors   France, Ploumanac'h, October 2022   Image ID 202210 FR 10
Pink granite only
Admittedly, a very well known photo motif: the lighthouse of Ploumanac'h  Made of the same material as the rocks it stands on, the late afternoon sun brings out the amazing colors   France, Ploumanac'h, October 2022   Image ID 202210 FR 10
Admittedly, a very well known photo motif: the lighthouse of Ploumanac'h. Made of the same material as the rocks it stands on, the late afternoon sun brings out the amazing colors. (France, Ploumanac'h, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-FR-10)
Whilst the strong wind continuously pushes the waves onto the rocky shores of Brittany, the small puddle lies absolutely calm behind a wall of pink granite rocks   France, Plougrescant, October 2022   Image ID 202210 FR 05
Shelter
Whilst the strong wind continuously pushes the waves onto the rocky shores of Brittany, the small puddle lies absolutely calm behind a wall of pink granite rocks   France, Plougrescant, October 2022   Image ID 202210 FR 05
Whilst the strong wind continuously pushes the waves onto the rocky shores of Brittany, the small puddle lies absolutely calm behind a wall of pink granite rocks. (France, Plougrescant, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-FR-05)
During mid  and low season, one can be lucky and have the beautiful beach all for yourself  In this case, another photographer had already set up his tripod and was busy capturing the amazing scenery   France, Tregastel, October 2022   Image ID 202210 FR 04
Colleague at work
During mid  and low season, one can be lucky and have the beautiful beach all for yourself  In this case, another photographer had already set up his tripod and was busy capturing the amazing scenery   France, Tregastel, October 2022   Image ID 202210 FR 04
During mid- and low season, one can be lucky and have the beautiful beach all for yourself. In this case, another photographer had already set up his tripod and was busy capturing the amazing scenery. (France, Tregastel, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-FR-04)
During low tide, one can easily walk over from Trebeurden to L'Ile Miliau  A short distance only, and already packed with spectacular views   France, Trebeurden, October 2022   Image ID 202210 FR 01
Ebb tide access
During low tide, one can easily walk over from Trebeurden to L'Ile Miliau  A short distance only, and already packed with spectacular views   France, Trebeurden, October 2022   Image ID 202210 FR 01
During low tide, one can easily walk over from Trebeurden to L'Ile Miliau. A short distance only, and already packed with spectacular views. (France, Trebeurden, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-FR-01)
Abstract close-up on water surface with orange light reflections
Water clouds - abstract flow in silver and orange
Abstract close-up on water surface with orange light reflections
What is this? Please take a guess what this may be? Maybe an abstract painting? Or some evening clouds? Both wrong! Even though it doesn't look like: this is water! To be more precise, it is a close-up on the surface of a small lake. The colors have not been digitally added, they rather result from the backlight caused by the low-standing afternoon sun. I love the impression of a constant flow, whilst at the same time being a very relaxing and tranquil scene. (South Africa, Centurion, October 2012 - Image ID 201210-SA-01)
Stream flowing through Lesotho winter mountain landscape covered with snow and ice
Red rocks and riverbed winter wonderland
Stream flowing through Lesotho winter mountain landscape covered with snow and ice
A very special winter landscape: due to its high altitude, Lesotho can get quite a lot of seasonal snow. Combined with a dark blue sky and the clean fresh air, the vast mountain region becomes a very scenic destination. (Lesotho, August 2012 - Image ID 201208-LS-01)
Red rocks in Lesotho winter landscape, covered with a frozen waterfall of icicles
Icicle waterfall on the rocks
Red rocks in Lesotho winter landscape, covered with a frozen waterfall of icicles
Same location, different perspective. Instead of taking an image from behind the icicles, this overview shows the stunning beauty of the frozen waterfall in the Lesotho highlands. A temporary feast for the eyes... (Lesotho, August 2012 - Image ID 201208-LS-05)
Stream flowing in curves through snow and ice covered winter landscape in Lesotho
Icy stream flowing through Lesotho's winter landscape
Stream flowing in curves through snow and ice covered winter landscape in Lesotho
Another breathtaking view of a little stream, flowing peacefully in various curves through the higlhlands of Lesotho. With the entire landscape beautifully covered with fresh and clean snow, this place was just magic. (Lesotho, August 2012 - Image ID 201208-LS-03)
Low angle view of a steep wall of snow against the dark blue cloudless Lesotho winter sky
A wall of snow towards the dark blue sky
Low angle view of a steep wall of snow against the dark blue cloudless Lesotho winter sky
One of my favourite pics from this short trip into Lesotho: a step wall of snow including an overhang at the top. The bright white creates an extreme contrast with the ultra-dark and blue sky. (Lesotho, August 2012 - Image ID 201208-LS-02)
three cows feeding on grass pasture in the Lesotho highlands with snow covered mountain peaks
Cows high mountain pasture feast
three cows feeding on grass pasture in the Lesotho highlands with snow covered mountain peaks
Cattle breeding and agriculture are an important part of most people's life in Lesotho. These cows have found a snow-free area with juicy grass to feed on, whereas the mountains in the background are fully covered with snow. (Lesotho, August 2012 - Image ID 201208-LS-07)
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)
Mountain range of Golden Gate highlands glowing red at sunset
Golden Gate Highlands mountain range glowing red at sunset
Mountain range of Golden Gate highlands glowing red at sunset
Time to say good-bye to the Golden Gate Highlands. On the drive back to our lodge, the National Park once again spoiled us with a breathtaking scenery and spectacular sunset colours. (South Africa, August 2012 - Image ID 201208-SA-11)
Low angle view of red and yellow sandstone cliffs against sky
Two-coloured sandstone cliffs in Golden Gate Highlands National
Low angle view of red and yellow sandstone cliffs against sky
Very similar to the previous photo, just a slightly different perspective without the tree. Personally, I prefer this one, since it ensures full focus on the dramatic rugged sandstone formations in red and orange colours. (South Africa, August 2012 - Image ID 201208-SA-10)
Crescent moon over snow-covered mountain ridge with bushes
Cresent moon behind bushland mountain range
Crescent moon over snow-covered mountain ridge with bushes
No, this moon has not been photoshop'ed into the image, it was really there! Whilst the sun was already warming up the area, the moon still had a quick view on us before disappearing behind the horizon. (South Africa, August 2012 - Image ID 201208-SA-08)
Small footpath through golden grass towards snowy mountains
Golden stairway to heaven
Small footpath through golden grass towards snowy mountains
The final stage of a beautiful day hike on small paths through the golden grasslands in the evening winter sun. As beautiful as it gets, with amazing views of snow-covered peaks and yellow-to-red sandstone formations. (South Africa, August 2012 - Image ID 201208-SA-07)
Snowman with cap and sunglasses melting on brown grasslands
Lonely snowman in the golden grasslands
Snowman with cap and sunglasses melting on brown grasslands
Unfortunately, not a lasting sculpture in this breathtaking landscape of the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. Build with the last remaining stains of snow, this cool representative of its species is doomed to melt away. (South Africa, August 2012 - Image ID 201208-SA-05)
Snow covered mountain and blue sky overlooking grass valey
Grassland valley in the snow-covered Golden Gate Highlands
Snow covered mountain and blue sky overlooking grass valey
The contrasting colours of the golden-brown grass, the bright white snow, and the deep blue sky were perfect ingredients for an extended photo session in this very peaceful and quiet place. (South Africa, August 2012 - Image ID 201208-SA-06)
Scenic view of Golden Gate highlands in winter with snow peaks
Triple horizon landscape in Golden Gate Highlands National Park
Scenic view of Golden Gate highlands in winter with snow peaks
Amazing contrasts and colours accompany us during our journeys and hikes in this not so well-known national park. Vast grasslands and pitoresque sandstone formations provide an ever-changing and beautiful scenery. (South Africa, August 2012 - Image ID 201208-SA-04)
Breathtaking view below red sandstone arch cave against sunset
Golden sunset light illuminating sandstone arch
Breathtaking view below red sandstone arch cave against sunset
One of my personal favourites from this unique location! An amphit theater like cave, open on one side, facing the snow covered mountains. And the timing was just right for the warm golden light at sunset. (South Africa, August 2012 - Image ID 201208-SA-02)
Footstep shaped patches of snow leading into vast grasslands
Snowy footsteps leading towards the mountain range
Footstep shaped patches of snow leading into vast grasslands
The two pitches of snow almost look as if they were footsteps, showing hikers their way towards the red-coloured mountain range in the background. (South Africa, August 2012 - Image ID 201208-SA-01)
Stream emerging from bluish glacier ice on rock surface
Glacier river mouth
Stream emerging from bluish glacier ice on rock surface
Hike right to the powerful and chilly source of one of the countless Norwegian rivers and streams. An amazing visual and acoustic experience! (Bjöbergfjell, Norway, August 1992 - Image ID 199208-NO-06)
Bluish piece of ice swimming on the edge of Norwegian waterfall
Blue piece of ice on the edge of a waterfall
Bluish piece of ice swimming on the edge of Norwegian waterfall
A nice conclusion of the 1992 Norway images upload: another ice sculpture near the Bjöbergfjell glacier. We didn't stay long enough to see it melting further and subsequently falling down the waterfall. (Bjöbergfjell, Norway, August 1992 - Image ID 199208-NO-05)
Scenic view of a mountain lake surrounded by rocks and snow
High elevation Norwegian lake in mid-summer
Scenic view of a mountain lake surrounded by rocks and snow
Even during mid-summer, the lakes in the higher elevations of Norway continue to be partially covered with ice and snow. This one on the Sognefjell was particularly beautiful to watch (not to swim) (Sognefjell, Norway, August 1992 - Image ID 199208-NO-01)
Sun illuminates a forested island within a lake in a mountain range
Island forest illuminated by sunbeam
Sun illuminates a forested island within a lake in a mountain range
A perfect spot for an overnight stay with a camping car: a beautiful (yet cold and windy) lake in Central Sweden, on our route back into Norway. (Överturingen, Sweden, July 1992 - Image ID 199207-NO-17)
A Norwegian beach and cloudy sky transformed in sphere shape
Skoganvarre spherized stony beach and sky
A Norwegian beach and cloudy sky transformed in sphere shape
On the way South towards Finland, we came across this peaceful beach with shallow water nicely structured by a huge amount of stones. To enhance the magical atmosphere of this place, I used a filter creating a sphere in the center of the image. (Skoganvarre, Norway, July 1992 - Image ID 199207-NO-16)
A lonely red painted wooden house on the shores of a fjord
Lonely red house at Porsangerfjord
A lonely red painted wooden house on the shores of a fjord
On the return from the most Northern point in continental Europe, I spotted this typical pitoresque red house on the shores of yet another fjord, beautifully illuminated by the sun. (Porsangerfjord, Norway, July 1992 - Image ID 199207-NO-15)
Seaside boulder covered with yellow seaweed at ebbtide
Rombaksfjord boulder at low tide
Seaside boulder covered with yellow seaweed at ebbtide
Another view over one of the many bays of the Rombaksfjord. Low tide reveals the colourful beauty of the marine flora otherwise hidden by the water. (Rombaksfjord, Norway, July 1992 - Image ID 199207-NO-13)
Stones and seaweed at ebb tide with fjord and mountain range
Ullsfjord at low tide
Stones and seaweed at ebb tide with fjord and mountain range
On our way towards the North Cape, we passed Ullsfjord at low tide. Reveiling seagrass usually hidden below the surface made a nice contrast to the clean air and the still snow-covered peaks in the background. (Ullsfjord, Norway, July 1992 - Image ID 199207-NO-14)
Romantic summer sunset over fjord in Norway
Skjerstadfjord summernight colors
Romantic summer sunset over fjord in Norway
One of those magic evening/night drives in Scandinavian summer, with breathtaking scenery behind every corner. Always loved the very unique colours enhanced by the fresh and clean air. (Skjerstadfjord, Norway, July 1992 - Image ID 199207-NO-11)
Tiny waterfalls running down steep rocks into Geiranger fjord
Small waterfalls, destination Geiranger Fjord
Tiny waterfalls running down steep rocks into Geiranger fjord
Taking a ferry to cross the vast and deep fjords in Norway is a guaranteed WOW-trip. Countless waterfalls drop down the steep mountain walls, adding a nice contrast to the dark rocks. (Geiranger Fjord, Norway, July 1992 - Image ID 199207-NO-05)
Shore of Rombaksfjord at ebb tide revealing yellow seaweed
Ebb tide shores in Rombaksfjord
Shore of Rombaksfjord at ebb tide revealing yellow seaweed
One of the main advantages of visiting Norway with a motor home is the option to spontaneously decide for a spectacular overnight stay in nature. Waking up, the low tide offered beautiful views over the fjord. (Rombaksfjord, Norway, July 1992 - Image ID 199207-NO-12)
Glacier and its lake in a rocky mountain area in Norway
Svartissen triangle: Glacier, lake and rocks
Glacier and its lake in a rocky mountain area in Norway
Not sure how large the Svartissen glacier still is today. 30 years ago, it was an amazing experience to approach it during our hike along the lake. I love the blue color of the ice. (Svartissen, Norway, July 1992 - Image ID 199207-NO-10)
Layers of wet stone with green plants against dark clouded sky
Svartissen rocks relief and dark clouds
Layers of wet stone with green plants against dark clouded sky
Despite of the bad weather with repeated heavy rainshowers, we went for an extended hike to explore the Svartissen glacier and lake. Nature generously rewarded us for our efforts. (Svartissen, Norway, July 1992 - Image ID 199207-NO-09)
Scenic view of the majestic steep rock faces at Geiranger fjord
The majestic Geiranger Fjord
Scenic view of the majestic steep rock faces at Geiranger fjord
From the times when there was only a few large cruise ships entering this impressive location... Equally impressive from the ferry and from above. (Geiranger Fjord, Norway, July 1992 - Image ID 199207-NO-06)
Scenic view of beautiful lake with forest, mountains and waterfall
Glacier lake and waterfall
Scenic view of beautiful lake with forest, mountains and waterfall
En route from Fjärland via Briksdal to Loen, we found this stunning lake and waterfall, both fed from the glaciers on top of the surrounding mountains. (Briksdal, Norway, July 1992 - Image ID 199207-NO-04)
Voringsfossen waterfall dropping into the dark ravine
Voringsfossen waterfall - ravine view
Voringsfossen waterfall dropping into the dark ravine
In order to fully appreciate and enjoy this spectacular scenary, it is important to go for a hike in the steep and dark ravine. Apart from the views, its obviously the roaring sound of the falling water, and the moisture in the air to provide a special experience. (Voringsfossen, Norway, July 1992 - Image ID 199207-NO-02)
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)
A colorful photography-based digital painting of La Digue beach
Seychelles tropical dream beach rock formations - Photo Painting
A colorful photography-based digital painting of La Digue beach
In the 1980'ies ago, this location was used for a TV- and cinema commercial by Bacardi Ron. The holiday feeling was accompanied by corresponding tropical music. Back then, few people knew about this place. Today, it is one of the most famous beaches in the world. The Anse Source d'Argent on La Digue Island, Seychelles still has the same "Wow" effect. To find it this empty, without tourists, once needs to go either early in the morning, or late in the afternoon. Since thousands of pictures of this spot have already been published, I created a digital photo painting. (La Digue, Seychelles, June 2012 - Image ID: 201206-SC-26)
Small island with red rocks and palm trees in the Indian Ocean
Palm tree pirate treasure island St. Pierre Seychelles
Small island with red rocks and palm trees in the Indian Ocean
Do you enjoy reading pirate books, or did you when you were young? Then you might have the same association as me when I first spotted the tiny St. Pierre island. This image was only possible thanks to the catamaran captain. He took just the right course to align the islands' silhouette with the one of the Praslin mountains in the background. And so did the clouds, hanging over the mountain like a soft cover blanket. (St. Pierre Island, Seychelles, June 2012 - Image ID: 201206-SC-19)
Branch of coconut tree lying on a beautiful tropical beach
Natural art - Branch of a coconut palm tree on Seychelles beach
Branch of coconut tree lying on a beautiful tropical beach
Just laying on the beach or at the hotel pool is not the kind of vacation I do enjoy. Instead, I rather like to explore new places at our holiday destination. This includes both nature as well as urban; ideally a mix of both. On the tropical island of La Digue (Seychelles), there is no city. During a walk, I found this highly decorative natural piece of art on one of the typical granite rock beaches. Whilst most people just walked by without paying much attention, I couldn’t resist to take a number of pictures of this branch of a coconut tree. (La Digue, Seychelles, June 2012 - Image ID: 201206-SC-17)
Blue hour view of small touristic island with buildings and trees
Blue Hour Island View
Blue hour view of small touristic island with buildings and trees
No! I did not stay on this tiny island, just offshore the Northern part of Praslin. But I did enjoyed the view together with a nice meal at a beach restaurant (Praslin, Seychelles, June 2012 - Image ID: 201206-SC-10)
Teeth-shaped granite rocks on a tropical beach with catamaran
Dinosaur teeth - Seychelles granite rocks and catamaran
Teeth-shaped granite rocks on a tropical beach with catamaran
One of various highlights of our Seychelles vacation was a organized catamaran day trip from Praslin. One of the stops led us to the hidden Laraie Bay on Curieuse Island. This one is best accessed by boat. Apart from swimming, we had time for a walk on the picturesque beach with the typical granite boulders. And what a surprise it was to discover these uniquely shaped rocks. Not sure what your first association was? To me they look as if a giant predator dinosaur had lost its teeth. Looks like the perfect location for a honeymoon photo shooting! (Curieuse, Seychelles, June 2012 - ImageID: 201206-SC-08)
Colorful digital painting of Seychelles granite rock beach
Seychelles Laraie beach granite rocks and catamaran - Photo Painting
Colorful digital painting of Seychelles granite rock beach
One of various highlights of our Seychelles vacation was a organized catamaran day trip from Praslin. One of the stops led us to the hidden Laraie Bay on Curieuse Island. This one is best accessed by boat. Apart from swimming, we had time for a walk on the picturesque beach with the typical granite boulders. And what a surprise it was to discover these uniquely shaped rocks. Not sure what your first association was? To me they look as if a giant predator dinosaur had lost its teeth. Looks like the perfect location for a honeymoon photo shooting! And a photo painting... (Curieuse, Seychelles, June 2012 - Image ID: 201206-SC-22)
La Digue granite rock beach with palmtrees
DREAM BEACH rock formations
La Digue granite rock beach with palmtrees
For good reasons, one of the most famous tropical beaches in the world: "Anse Source d'Argent", La Digue. Photo planning is important; either early in the morning, or late in the afternoon. (La Digue, Seychelles, June 2012 - Image ID: 201206-SC-18)
Pink granite rock formations and palm trees on Seychelles La Digue
Late Afternoon at "Anse Source d'Argent"
Pink granite rock formations and palm trees on Seychelles La Digue
Mystic afternoon light sculpturing the rocks of the famous "Anse Source d'Argent" Beach on La Digue. (La Digue, Seychelles, June 2012 - Image ID: 201206-SC-13)
Turquoise Seychelles water against granite beach with rainforest
Tropical Forest and Rocks on the Beach
Turquoise Seychelles water against granite beach with rainforest
Amazing natural "skyline", to be appreciated only by boat. The different shades of green nicely combine with the colour of the water and the rocks. (Curieuse, Seychelles, June 2012 - Image ID: 201206-SC-11)
Waves running ashore densely overgrown La Digue granite coast
Strong waves hitting rocky La Digue shores
Waves running ashore densely overgrown La Digue granite coast
Strong waves running onto the rocky shores of Petite Anse Beach on La Digue Island. (La Digue, Seychelles, June 2012 - Image ID: 201206-SC-09)
A small boat floating next to Indian Ocean island during blue hour
Romantic evening in Praslin: Island and Boat
A small boat floating next to Indian Ocean island during blue hour
Romantic evening on a beach on the North-Western shores of Praslin Island, overlooking a tiny island just a 100m away. (Praslin, Seychelles, June 2012 - Image ID: 201206-SC-07)
Two bend palm trees on a sandy tropical beach with hills
Coconut palm trees on a sandy Praslin island Seychelles beach
Two bend palm trees on a sandy tropical beach with hills
To find this gorgeous place on Praslin Island (Seychelles) so empty, you have to get up early. On such a morning walk, I found these two coconut palmtrees on a sandy beach. They somehow represent what most people associate with a dream vacation. Tourists want to enjoy a beautiful tropical island with perfect weather, lots of sunshine, delicious fresh food, and ideally not too many people. That's why one can find this kind of images in travel catalogues or webpages, creating this strong wanderlust for long-distance travel. (Praslin, Seychelles, June 2012 - Image ID: 201206-SC-05)
View from a sandstone cave on a beautiful landscape against sky
Cave and rock landscape Cederberg
View from a sandstone cave on a beautiful landscape against sky
Of all the cave and rock formations I've seen on my travels, the Cederberg Wilderness Area was something very special, like a huge adventure playground. (Cederberg Wilderness Area, South Africa, April 2012 - Image ID: 201204-ZA-17)
Scenic aerial view of Cape Town mountains, bays and city
Cape Town's mountains and bays from above (Photo painting)
Scenic aerial view of Cape Town mountains, bays and city
The return flight along the coast with views of Table Mountain, Signal Hill, Camps Bay, Clifton Bay and Cape Town unfortunately was far too short, but breathtaking. This time as an artistic photo painting. (Cape Town, South Africa, April 2012 - Image ID: 201204-ZA-16)
Scenic aerial view of Cape Town Seapoint and mountain range
Cape Town Seapoint and surroundings from above (Photo painting)
Scenic aerial view of Cape Town Seapoint and mountain range
The flight along the coast with views of Table Mountain, Signal Hill, Sea Point, the bays and the long mountain range is spectacular, in this version as a photo painting variant. (Cape Town, South Africa, April 2012 - Image ID: 201204-ZA-15)
Coastal blue hour against Cape Town and Table Mountain
Blue Hour with views of Cape Town and Table Mountain
Coastal blue hour against Cape Town and Table Mountain
Especially after sunset, a magical atmosphere develops with breathtaking views of Cape Town and Table Mountain. (Bloubergstrand, South Africa, April 2012 - Image ID: 201204-ZA-08)
Evening view of Hout Bay with waves rolling onto empty beach
Dramatic evening vibe on the beach at Hout Bay
Evening view of Hout Bay with waves rolling onto empty beach
Despite the menacingly dark sky over the mountains around Hout Bay, the evening was just too tempting for a walk on the beach. (Hout Bay, South Africa, April 2012 - Image ID: 201204-ZA-05)
Pink hat on large boulder against sea and mountain range
Pink Hat on the Rocks
Pink hat on large boulder against sea and mountain range
Lost pink hat on a beach near Cape Town, discovered during a hike on the rocky shores. (Cape Town, South Africa, February 2012 - Image ID: 201202-ZA-16)
Small stream flowing through green bushland with red rocks
Small stream between red boulders
Small stream flowing through green bushland with red rocks
The spectacular and diverse landscape of the Entabeni Game Reserve provides a great habitat for a wide range of animal species, and makes every tour a visual experience. (Entabeni Game Reserve, South Africa, February 2012 - Image ID: 201202-ZA-01)
Powerful flash over rooftops during thunderstorm at night
Massive Flash over Centurion
Powerful flash over rooftops during thunderstorm at night
During summer season, heavy thunderstorms frequently create spectacular effects on the Highveld, e.g. in Pretoria area - better to watch them from a safe indoor place... (Centurion, South Africa, January 2012 - Image ID: 201201-ZA-01)

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