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Powerful Augrabies waterfall
Another attempt to catch the unbrindled power of the water masses falling down into the valley. After heavy rain, the river carried a lot of sediments, making the colour quite similar to the surrounding rocks. (Augrabies National Park, South Africa, April 2011 - Image ID: 201104-ZA-12)
The final climb
The Central Cross-Island Highway isn't really a highway. It's rather a spectacular and narrow mountain road with countless tunnels, bridges and breathtaking views after every turn. The final ascent towards the summit is amongst the steepest parts of the journey. (Taroko Gorge, Taiwan, March 2013 - Image ID: 201303-TW-14)
Changchun Shrine and waterfall
This eyecatching shrine in an idyllic location is located in the lower part of the Taroko Gorge, and a popular tourist stop. As beautiful as it is: the shrine was actually build in memory of the workers who died during the construction of the mountain road. (Taroko Gorge, Taiwan, March 2013 - Image ID: 201303-TW-17)
Obstacle in flowing water
Always fascinating and beautiful to watch and to listen to: Mountain streams with lots of rocks diverting the flow of the cold water. But only with a long exposure photo, one can truly appreciate the contrast between movement and static obstacle. (Taroko Gorge, Taiwan, March 2013 - Image ID: 201303-TW-11)
Staircase with safety net
To get up to the viewing platform of the 46m high Ci'en Pagoda, one needs to climb up this beautful white and blue staircase. (Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan, March 2013 - Image ID: 201303-TW-04)
Half-open metal door bars
Another scene from the staircase inside the Ci'en Pagoda. Half-open blue metal bars mark the end of the descent before exiting the building. I liked both the shape and the colours. (Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan, March 2013 - Image ID: 201303-TW-05)
Wulai Falls close-up
Zooming in on the water running down the steep cliff also reveals a number of plants growing in this very wet environment. (Taipei, Taiwan, January 2013 - Image ID: 201301-TW-12)
On the beach with a smile
This poor fish stranded and died on a sandy beach in the Tamsui area. Despite of this misfortune, it still seems to smile at everyone walking by. Somehow sad! (Taipei, Taiwan, January 2013 - Image ID: 201301-TW-06)
Thr power of plants
Keeping your eyes open is often rewarded with unusual discoveries. I found this small plant growing out of a wooden pole at Huanshan 1914 Creative Park. Almost impossibe, and yet nature found its way... (Taipei City, Taiwan, February 2013 - Image ID: 201302-TW-07)
Symbolic pineapple presents
One of the most common and popular fruit year-round, but especially during New Year celebrations is the pineapple. It symbolizes wealth and prosperity, and presenting it to someone has this wish for the upcoming year attached symbolically. (Taipei City, Taiwan, February 2013 - Image ID: 201302-TW-03)
Yellow lanterns
Yellow and red are the dominating colours for the countless lanterns decorating temples, businesses and private homes. (Taipei City, Taiwan, February 2013 - Image ID: 201302-TW-02)
Red lanterns at night
Not much to say about these very decorative and almost romantic red lanterns. They are not limited to the Festive season, but obviously more common during winter months. (Taipei City, Taiwan, February 2013 - Image ID: 201302-TW-04)
Candles in the wind
During Chinese New Year, a lot more people than usual visit the large number of temples inside the metropolitan area, and pray for a good year ahead. Thousands of candles are lit every day, creating a very festive mood. (Taipei City, Taiwan, February 2013 - Image ID: 201302-TW-01)
The fire extinguisher couple
Whilst well protected with plastic bags on the sides, the dust on top of these two fire extinguishers clearly indicates that it has been some time since the last functional test. (Taipei City, Taiwan, February 2013 - Image ID: 201302-TW-06)
Fumes from hell
When hiking on Volcano, it is important to check the wind direction, so that one doesn't get smoked in the stinky and potentially toxic fumes constantly evaporating from the otherwise quiet crater. Watching the flow of smoke above the yellow sulphor field is a fascinating spectacle. (Volcano Island, Italy, December 2022 - Image ID: 202212-IT-17)
Snow groomer 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)
Rust meets water
Sometimes the most simple things surprise you with the most amazing photo opportunities. I found this striking contrast between rusted metal and water while waiting for a ferry. (Sicily, Italy, December 2022 - Image ID: 202212-IT-20)
The boot
Urban exploration in Taormina: the old city with its narrow lanes has a lot of details to discover. Like this boot-shaped area where the paint came off an otherwise colourful staircase. Do we need a painter or a shoemaker to fix this? (Taormina, Italy, December 2022 - Image ID: 202212-IT-04)
Little paw
Just adorable: the paw from this lion cub is still small, but will grow together with its owner, and become a dangerous hunting weapon in the future. (Ukuthula Conservation Center, South Africa, December 2012 - Image ID 201212-SA-18)
Instead of soccer...
Whilst high-paid superstars play for glory, these two dung beetles struggle in their fight against gravity. Absolutely fun and impressive to watch how they manage to push the much bigger sphere in any terrain. (Sabi-Sabi Game Reserve, South Africa, December 2012 - Image ID 201212-SA-11)
Brain coral
Anybody else who still remembers taking your SLR underwater back in the 90s or early 2000s? Wrapped in a special solid plastic bag was the most affordable way to do it. Whilst not as professional, and hard to operate, I still think it was worth the effort to capture some of the amazing scenery below the waterline. (Riviera Maya, Mexico, November 2002 - Image ID 200211-MX-15)
A quiet place
Despite of the excellent location, this inviting place with shade and lounge chairs was completely empty. Located in an amazing tropical bay with warm water with lots of fish, I assume it didn't take long for someone to occupy this spot. (Riviera Maya, Mexico, November 2002 - Image ID 200211-MX-07)
Have a break
Cleaning and cutting plants belongs to the ongoing tasks in any of the renovated Haciendas. Seems like whoever is in charge of this just took a break (or "siesta") (Merida, Mexico, November 2002 - Image ID 200211-MX-03)
Aged wooden lounge chair
Whilst maybe not the most comfortable of its kind, this lounge chair definitely enjoys a prime location. Overlooking a beautiful tropical bay, and just 1m away from the warm and crystal clear waters of the Riviera Maya, its age really doesn't matter. (Riviera Maya, Mexico, November 2002 - Image ID 200211-MX-06)
Green patio benches
With the henequen boom in the late 1800s/early 1900s, large Haciendas emerged in the area of Merida, Yucatan. Business collapsed during the economic crisis in the 1920s, and even more with the invention of synthetic fibers. Some Haciendas have been renovated and turned into luxury hotels. Others are open for day visitors, definitely worth a trip. (Merida, Mexico, November 2002 - Image ID 200211-MX-04)
Foreigner (I)
Remember! Each of us is a foreigner everywhere in the world, except for one (or maybe two) countries. This series of Autumn leaves illustrates how cultural and ethnical diversity add color to any society. (Esslingen, Germany, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-DE-01)
Foreigner (II)
Remember! Each of us is a foreigner everywhere in the world, except for one (or maybe two) countries. This series of Autumn leaves illustrates how cultural and ethnical diversity add color to any society. (Esslingen, Germany, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-DE-02)
Foreigner (III)
Remember! Each of us is a foreigner everywhere in the world, except for one (or maybe two) countries. This series of Autumn leaves illustrates how cultural and ethnical diversity add color to any society. (Esslingen, Germany, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-DE-03)
Foreigner (IV)
Remember! Each of us is a foreigner everywhere in the world, except for one (or maybe two) countries. This series of Autumn leaves illustrates how cultural and ethnical diversity add color to any society. (Esslingen, Germany, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-DE-04)
Foreigner (V)
Remember! Each of us is a foreigner everywhere in the world, except for one (or maybe two) countries. This series of Autumn leaves illustrates how cultural and ethnical diversity add color to any society. (Esslingen, Germany, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-DE-05)
Foreigner (VI)
Remember! Each of us is a foreigner everywhere in the world, except for one (or maybe two) countries. This series of Autumn leaves illustrates how cultural and ethnical diversity add color to any society. (Esslingen, Germany, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-DE-06)
Foreigner (VII)
Remember! Each of us is a foreigner everywhere in the world, except for one (or maybe two) countries. This series of Autumn leaves illustrates how cultural and ethnical diversity add color to any society. (Esslingen, Germany, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-DE-07)
Foreigner (VIII)
Remember! Each of us is a foreigner everywhere in the world, except for one (or maybe two) countries. This series of Autumn leaves illustrates how cultural and ethnical diversity add color to any society. (Esslingen, Germany, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-DE-08)
Foreigner (IX)
Remember! Each of us is a foreigner everywhere in the world, except for one (or maybe two) countries. This series of Autumn leaves illustrates how cultural and ethnical diversity add color to any society. (Esslingen, Germany, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-DE-09)
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)
Pink window veils
Bad weather is always a perfect opportunity to stroll around cities and villages, trying to find interesting details to photograph. Not sure about the motivitation or deeper meaning of this window decoration, but it definitely caught my attention. (France, Cancale, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-FR-18)
Red chairs
A beautfiul hiking trail leads from Basse Cancale to Pointe du Grouin. After every corner, interesting new views await ... (France, Basse Cancale, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-FR-22)
Forbidden (II)
Whenever I go on my urban photo walks, I enjoy taking a whole series of images featuring the same topic. In the touristic coastal city of Cancale (oysters!), a number of colorful "No Parking" signs were almost asking to be captured. (France, Cancale, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-FR-20)
Season's over
When visiting around mid October, the naval season was basically over. Sailboats, kayaks and surfboards were still lying on the beach, but operations will most likely only resume next summer. (France, Basse Cancale, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-FR-23)
Broken heart
Even with bad weather, an extended hike along the rocky coastline near Plougrescent is worth the effort. Whilst most eyes are obviously focused on the sea and the waves, the spectacular rock formations also deserve our attention. (France, Plougrescant, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-FR-06)
Stranded...
The tides in Brittany come with quite impressive amplitudes, creating huge optical difference between ebb tide and flood. Walking around the smalll harbours comes with an abundance of photo opportunities. (France, Tregastel, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-FR-02)
Double V
Another motif discovered during a stroll on the still wet (and muddy!) seabed during ebb tide. With lots of small boats resting in the harbour, there are obviously countless anchors and ropes volunteering as models. (France, Tregastel, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-FR-03)
201210-SA-03-i
Another abstract view of the standing water in a small lake, backlight by the low-standing afternoon sun. Just two colours, yet quite mesmerising. (South Africa, Centurion, October 2012 - Image ID 201210-SA-03)
Water clouds
Even though it doesn't look like: this is water in a small lake, backlight 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)
Evening Clouds (VI)
Sometimes it's good to be at home, so one can just quickly access the gear when nature provides an unexpected photo opportunity. This series was taken on a late Summer evening in August in Esslingen, and digitally enhanced for more dramatic colour & contrast. (Esslingen, Germany, August 2022 - Image ID 202208-DE-11)
Evening Clouds (I)
Sometimes it's good to be at home, so one can just quickly access the gear when nature provides an unexpected photo opportunity. This series was taken on a late Summer evening in August in Esslingen, and digitally enhanced for more dramatic colour & contrast. (Esslingen, Germany, August 2022 - Image ID 202208-DE-06)
Evening Clouds (V)
Sometimes it's good to be at home, so one can just quickly access the gear when nature provides an unexpected photo opportunity. This series was taken on a late Summer evening in August in Esslingen, and digitally enhanced for more dramatic colour & contrast. (Esslingen, Germany, August 2022 - Image ID 202208-DE-10)
LOVE !
Probably the most common link between human feelings and a colour: RED means LOVE. After an extended period of rain, I found this colorful gift just outside our house in Taipei. The original photo, before digital editing, was completely red, including the clay tile. (Esslingen, Germany, September 2022 - Image ID 202209-DE-01)
LIGHT !
As the brightest basic color, YELLOW logically is frequently associated with LIGHT. This wet leaf set against the dark black & white background ilearly llustrates this virtue. Original photo taken in Taiwan had red bricks as a background. (Esslingen, Germany, September 2022 - Image ID 202209-DE-02)
HOPE !
The colour GREEN is the one usually associated with HOPE. To illustrate this feeling (currently in very high demand), herewith another rain-inspired image from my time in Taipei. To enhance the effect, I turned everything except the main subject into black & white. (Esslingen, Germany, September 2022 - Image ID 202209-DE-03)
Icicle curtain melting in the sun
Changing perspective! After taking a number of photos of the icicles covering the colourful boulders, I leaned against the rocks and captured the melting needles from below and behind. Small change in position, big change of the image. (Lesotho, August 2012 - Image ID 201208-LS-10)
Lesotho round house in snow-covered mountain area
Built entirely from local materials (stones, wood, grass), this typical hut can provide shelter even in Winter, even though it seemed uninhabited at the time of our visit. (Lesotho, August 2012 - Image ID 201208-LS-08)
Icicles melting in the powerful Lesotho highland sun
No matter how cold it may get during the Lesotho mountain nights, things quickly change as soon as the sun comes up. Enhanced by the clean air and high altitude, the magic of winter wonderland quickly starts to melt away. (Lesotho, August 2012 - Image ID 201208-LS-04)
Vegetation in the fight with snow and ice
Even though Winter doesn't last long in Lesotho, it poses some challenges to local plants that need to survive the time they are covered with snow and ice. (Lesotho, August 2012 - Image ID 201208-LS-09)
Lonely snowman in the golden 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)
Ice cube XXL on the rocks
A glacier by itself is already a very impressive view. Once you start strolling around, and explore the various pieces of ice melting in its surroundings, you will discover a lot more natural, yet short-lived, beauty. (Bjöbergfjell, Norway, August 1992 - Image ID 199208-NO-04)
Raindrop circles in a deep-blue pond
Water comes in countless shapes and colours. Rainy days provide ample opportunities to create photos that are very different from the mainstream motifs usually taken. (Jostedal, Norway, August 1992 - Image ID 199208-NO-03)
Colorful patterns on a huge boulder
Even in harsh cold climate conditions, certain plants and organisms will survive and add nice colours to an otherwise rather grey landscape. Just picked one exmple of several shots of these natural pieces of art. (Sognefjell, Norway, August 1992 - Image ID 199208-NO-02)
July sky in flames
As usual, whenever sun and clouds decide to spoil us with their spectacular colour and shape variety, one has to be fast. Usually, these performances don't last too long, so in this case I quickly grabbed my iPhone and captured this amazing natural beauty. (Esslingen, Germany, July 2022 - Image ID 202207-DE-02)
Shrimp shovel - a perfect color match
Visiting fresh produce markets is always interesting, e.g. the fish market in Bergen. I liked this arrangement in orange and pink, and of course the shrimps caught in the clean cold waters of the North Sea. (Bergen, Norway, July 1992 - Image ID 199207-NO-03)
Mushroom fountain
A different shape of water: this interesting fountain in Norway's capital Oslo creates beautiful visual and acoustic effects. A good reason to sit down, relax, observe and enjoy. (Oslo, Norway, July 1992 - Image ID 199207-NO-01)
Branch of a coconut palm tree on a tropical beach
I found this highly decorative natural piece of art on one of the most famous tropical beaches in the world: “Anse Source d'Argent” on La Digue. Whilst most people just walked by without paying much attention, I couldn’t resist to take a number of pictures. (La Digue, Seychelles, June 2012 - Image ID: 201206-SC-17)
Forbidden Love: Heart-shaped red rose behind metal fence
During a walk in a tranquil wine village, I discovered this red rose, whose three flowers formed a heart behind the metal fence. (Sasbachwalden, Deutschland, Juni 1982 - Image ID: 198206-DE-01)
Branch of a coconut palm tree on a tropical beach (Photo Paintin
I found this highly decorative natural piece of art on one of the most famous tropical beaches in the world: “Anse Source d'Argent” on La Digue. Whilst most people just walked by without paying much attention, I couldn’t resist to take a number of pictures. (La Digue, Seychelles, June 2012 - Image ID: 201206-SC-25)
Three Raindrops Resting on a Leaf
Rainy days offer unique photo opportunities: I found these three raindrops just outside the hotel in its' lush tropical garden. (Mahe Island, Seychelles, June 2012 - Image ID: 201206-SC-14)
Lizzard walking on a colourful transparent leaf
Whilst hiking in the "Vallee de Mai" Nature Reserve, I spotted a lizzard on this Autumn-coloured leaf. In order to do something different, I took the image from below against the sunlight. (Vallee de Mai, Seychelles, June 2012 - Image ID: 201206-SC-04)
Now this is a real fruit salad!
In the colorful markets on the Seychelles, you will find a huge variety of tropical fruit, absolutely fresh and delicious in taste (Praslin, Seychelles, Juni 2012 - Image ID: 201206-SC-02)
Orange beach towel "on the rocks"
Admittedly not the most comfortable (because very hard!) place, but a fantastic sunbathing location with a view. (Praslin, Seychelles, Juni 2012 - Image ID: 201206-SC-01)
Red tulip surprised by the snow...
After an entire winter without snowfall, photographers got an early April present, providing excellent picture-taking opportunities of the flowers already in bloom. (Esslingen, Germany, April 2022 - Image ID: 202204-DE-09)
Daffodil surprised by the snow...
After an entire winter without snowfall, kids and photographers got an early April present, providing fun and excellent picture-taking opportunities. (Esslingen, Germany, April 2022 - Image ID: 202204-DE-07)
Icy cherry blossoms (photo painting)
In early April, late snow covered flowers and blossoms with a white dress. A great photo opportunity, whereby I have digitally transformed this one into a photorealistic painting. (Esslingen, Germany, April 2022 - Image ID: 202204-DE-05)
Shades of orange: Street light and evening sky
Colour spectacle on the beach of Paternoster: the light of the old street lamp perfectly matches the intense red-orange-yellow evening sky, from which a downpour discharges on the right. (Paternoster, South Africa, April 2012 - Image ID: 201204-ZA-19)
White towel on red sand waves
Before using it for its actual purpose, this towel first had to stand for a few photos model. (Paternoster, South Africa, April 2012 - Image ID: 201204-ZA-06)
Rusted ship wall with two ropes
Discovery walk in the harbour of Hout Bay: well-coloured arrangement with orange dew in front of a rusted ship wall... (Hout Bay, South Africa, April 2012 - Image ID: 201204-ZA-04)
Weathered wooden fishing boat with orange dew
Discovery walk in the harbor of Hout Bay. Quite banal things become natural paintings on closer inspection... (Hout Bay, South Africa, April 2012 - Image ID: 201204-ZA-03)
Yellow metal door with rusted lock
Discovery walk in the harbor of Hout Bay. And suddenly a rusted padlock becomes a small work of art... (Hout Bay, South Africa, April 2012 - Image ID: 201204-ZA-02)
Bollards with colorful ropes in the harbor of Hout Bay
Discovery walk in the harbour of Hout Bay near Cape Town. What I particularly liked about this motif was the colors and the clear traces of time. (Hout Bay, South Africa, April 2012 - Image ID: 201204-ZA-01)
Golden-green Illuminated "Iceberg" Detail
From the times of analogue photography, without digital image processing and Photoshop: working with a mirror and different colored lightbulbs, I tried to create magical iceberg-shaped landscapes and details against a pitch-black background. (Stuttgart, Germany, March 1992 - Image ID: 199203-DE-05)
Green Illuminated "Iceberg" Detail
From the times of analogue photography, without digital image processing and Photoshop: working with a mirror and different colored lightbulbs, I tried to create magical iceberg-shaped landscapes and details against a pitch-black background. (Stuttgart, Germany, March 1992 - Image ID: 199203-DE-03)
Red Illuminated "Iceberg" Detail
From the times of analogue photography, without digital image processing and Photoshop: working with a mirror and different colored lightbulbs, I tried to create magical iceberg-shaped landscapes and details against a pitch-black background. (Stuttgart, Germany, March 1992 - Image ID: 199203-DE-01)
Mussel and Shell Arrangement on the Rock
Like most children, exploring beaches has always fascinated me. There is so much to discover when you give yourself some time, and look carefully. Just the variety of shells in the Cape Town area is amazing. (Cape Peninsula, South Africa, February 2012 - Image ID: 201202-ZA-017)
Pink Hat on the Rocks
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)
People behind the scenes
Whenever you visit a game reserve, wildlife obviously is the main attraction. However, it is important to appreciate all those people who make our stay a memorable one. Each of them contributes to this special experience. Apart from a friendly smile and "thank you", an appropriate tip is highly recommended. (Entabeni Game Reserve, South Africa, February 2012 - Image ID: 201202-ZA-014)
Hippo Exiting Swimming Pool
Expect the unexpected! On safaris, great moments can happen anytime. One morning we discovered an unusual pool visitor; a professional when it comes to swimming and diving. Not so great for the service team, they had a massive cleaning to do before reopening the pool. (Entabeni Game Reserve, South Africa, February 2012 - Image ID: 201202-ZA-10)
A perfect place to relax - just not 100% ready yet
What a wonderful spot to enjoy the stunning landscape, with an immanent chance for a sudden spectacular game view at any time. (Entabeni Game Reserve, South Africa, February 2012 - Image ID: 201202-ZA-06)
Red Amaryllis in focus
Nach Englisch  I always find it amazing how many of these magnificent flowers a single amaryllis produces within a few weeks. The NIKON 105mm Macro opens up even the smallest details. (Esslingen, Germany, January 2022 - Image ID: 202201-DE-01)
Blue Ice Sculptures
30 years ago, we still used to have serious winters, lasting with November to March, with cold weather and a lot more snow than today. Extended periods of 24h sub-zero temperatures created beautiful ice scultpures like this one. (Stuttgart, Germany, January 1992 - Image ID: 199201-DE-01)
Clematis flower against black background
The 2nd image from my spontaneous flower photo shooting session. Some of the beauty around us remains unseen to most of us, usually rushing by and not paying close attention... Please take a closer look! (Esslingen, Germany, May 2022 - Image ID 202205-DE-02)
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