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An empty basket beach chair for two people in the sand
Basket chair waiting for guests
An empty basket beach chair for two people in the sand
Basket couple beach chairs are a very popular option for day visitors. If you love beautiful beaches with white sand, you first association might be tropical destinations, such as the Caribbean. There are however also a lot of such spots here in Europe. Around the Baltic Sea, you will find miles of unspoiled nature. Unless you go in high season, these places tend to be rather empty. The Fischland Darss Zingst peninsula in Mecklenburg Vorpommern in Germany is one of them. (Darss, Germany, May 2004 - Image ID: 200405-DE-03)
Diagonal double line of tree trunks as breakwater in the waves of the Baltic Sea
Surf-weathered tree trunks
Diagonal double line of tree trunks as breakwater in the waves of the Baltic Sea
Wouldn't you agree that this wooden breakwater feature is a lot nicer than its concrete sibblings? If you love beautiful beaches with white sand, you first association might be tropical destinations, such as the Caribbean. There are however also a lot of such spots here in Europe. Around the Baltic Sea, you will find miles of unspoiled nature. Unless you go in high season, these places tend to be rather empty. The Fischland Darss Zingst peninsula in Mecklenburg Vorpommern in Germany is one of them. (Darss, Germany, May 2004 - Image ID: 200405-DE-04)
The friendly smile of a young Tibetan novice monk at Tashi Lhunpo monastery
A friendly smile - Tibetan monastery-school novice
The friendly smile of a young Tibetan novice monk at Tashi Lhunpo monastery
Isn't it amazing how much of a difference even a small smile can make? This young Buddhist novice shows us why and how! Visiting an active monastery, no matter which religion, always feels a bit strange. On one hand, it is of course very interesting to not only explore the buildings and historic treasures, but to also get a feeling of the daily life within the walls. On the other hand, one tends to feel like an intruder, not really fitting in. (Shigatse, Tibet, April 2014 - Image ID: 201404-CN-61)
Rear view of an elderly couple in traditional clothes with prayer mill and walking stick
Elderly Tibetan pilgrim couple
Rear view of an elderly couple in traditional clothes with prayer mill and walking stick
Within the temple complex, we felt a quiet and peaceful atmosphere. This was further enhanced by the decent amount of visitors who came here for religious reason. I particularly liked this elderly couple equipped with a prayer mill. They slowly walked around the main square within the huge complex of the Palcho Monastery. (Gyantse, Tibet, April 2014 - Image ID: 201404-CN-51)
Deeply absorbed Tibetan woman with prayer mill on her pilgrimage inside Tashi Lhumpo monastery
Elderly Tibetan woman with prayer mill
Deeply absorbed Tibetan woman with prayer mill on her pilgrimage inside Tashi Lhumpo monastery
Our final of many temple visits in Tibet was the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in Shigatse. It is very important both from a historical and cultural point of view. For this reason, many people travel there to worship. This elderly woman with her portable prayer mill seems to be completely focused on her walk around the main square of the monastery. (Shigatse, Tibet, April 2014 - Image ID: 201404-CN-56)
Portrait of smiling Tibetan farmer in traditional costume with little goat
Proud owner of a cute little goat
Portrait of smiling Tibetan farmer in traditional costume with little goat
After a few days in Lhasa, we moved on to our next destination. On our way to Gyantse, the road climbed to more than 4.500 meters above sea level at Gampa Pass. One of the attractions on our route was the beautiful Yamzho Yumco lake. With a lot of tourists stopping at various viewpoints, some local Tibetans make a living from posing for photo and video cameras with their typical costumes and animals. (Gampa Pass, Tibet, April 2014 - Image ID: 201404-CN-32)
Rear side view of a Tibetan woman performing a prayer against mountain landscape with colorful flags
Say a highland prayer for me
Rear side view of a Tibetan woman performing a prayer against mountain landscape with colorful flags
After some interesting days in Lhasa, it was time to go to our next destination. On the way to Gyantse, the Gampa Pass climbs more than 4.500 meters above sea level. One of the attractions on our route was the beautiful Yamzho Yumco lake. With a lot of tourists stopping at various viewpoints, some Tibetans make a living from posing for cameras with their typical costumes. This woman performed some kind of a prayer ceremony. (Gampa Pass, Tibet, April 2014 - Image ID: 201404-CN-33)
Portrait of a friendly smiling fruit vendor with his cart filled with citrus fruit and apples
Happy fruit merchant in Lhasa
Portrait of a friendly smiling fruit vendor with his cart filled with citrus fruit and apples
When you walk around a town during a holiday trip, one tends to get a feeling about the locals living there as well. Are they open, curious and welcoming towards visitors, or rather shy or even showing a repressive attitude? During our time in Lhasa, we mostly met people who fell into the first category. Even though communication was difficult due to language issues, we saw a lot of friendly smiles. This fruit merchant proudly presented his mobile shop to us. (Lhasa, Tibet, April 2014 - Image ID: 201404-CN-29)
Low-angle view of many ropes with Tibetan prayer flags attached to a stony mountain peak
Colorful Tibetan prayer flags against blue sky
Low-angle view of many ropes with Tibetan prayer flags attached to a stony mountain peak
One of the first things that come to your mind after travelling to Tibet are the colorful prayer flags. Traditionally, the colors represent the five pure lights. They can be found almost everywhere, especially along trails and on mountain peaks. This makes sense since their purpose is to bless the surrounding area. I found this accumulation of Tibetan prayer flags in the mountains above the Yumbu-Lha Khang monastery in Tsetang. (Tsetang, Tibet, April 2014 - Image ID: 201404-CN-20)
Line-up of four metal chairs with red seats and backs in front of a weathered blue wall
Four aged metal chairs with red seats
Line-up of four metal chairs with red seats and backs in front of a weathered blue wall
Yes, these chairs have definitely seen better days. But they are still in working condition, and therefore are properly lined up, waiting for "customers". I found this line-up during a stroll in the narrow alleys and streets of the old town of Lhasa. (Lhasa, Tibet, April 2014 - Image ID: 201404-CN-27)
Pieces of fresh meat hanging outside a butchery in Lhasa Old Town
Freshly cut meat in Lhasa old town butchery
Pieces of fresh meat hanging outside a butchery in Lhasa Old Town
I always find it quite interesting to visit local markets when I travel to foreign countries. For visitors coming from "developed countries", this might not be the most appealing place to buy meat. However, this is how a local butchery in Lhasa old town looks like, and the merchandise was quite fresh. What obviously helps are the low temperatures in Tibet, compared to similar set-ups in the tropics. (Lhasa, Tibet, April 2014 - Image ID: 201404-CN-30)
Green painted sheet metal with a silver bucket, a broom and a floor wiper
Ready for spring cleaning
Green painted sheet metal with a silver bucket, a broom and a floor wiper
In many cultures, the awakening of spring is also the time when people do a major clean-up in their homes and gardens. After a long and sometimes tough winter, this marks the beginning of a new era. Therefore, even people usually not very passionate about housekeeping do follow this tradition. I found this diverse line-up in the old town of Lhasa. (Lhasa, Tibet, April 2014 - Image ID: 201404-CN-28)
Collection of many flower pots with plants in full blossom against red wall
Lhasa old town flower lover
Collection of many flower pots with plants in full blossom against red wall
The old town of Lhasa is an absolute paradise for photographers who enjoy "urban exploration". Whenever I go to a new place, I do enjoy just walking around to absorb the specific atmosphere. Instead of ticking of tourist attractions, I focus on capturing ordinary details. This collection of flower pots against the beautiful red of the stone wall immediately caught my attention. It seems that the owner of this house really likes plants. (Lhasa, Tibet, April 2014 - Image ID: 201404-CN-21)
Yellow triangle-shaped road sign with black frame showing a house and tree
Unique Tibetan road sign against blue sky
Yellow triangle-shaped road sign with black frame showing a house and tree
No matter how hard I try to remember where exactly I took this picture, I can't. This wouldn't normally be important for a road sign, but in this case it probably would help to understand the meaning of this interesting design. Anybody out there who can help? (Tsetang, Tibet, April 2014 - Image ID: 201404-CN-14)
Basketball court in a remote Tibetan highlands landscape
High-altitude basketball court
Basketball court in a remote Tibetan highlands landscape
Whilst most of the views from the Tibet Rail show empty landscapes, from time to time the train passes small towns and other settlements. In addition to that, one may spot some interesting details such as this lonely police station somewhere in the middle of nowhere. To ensure the fitness of the staff working in this rather remote location, they even installed a basketball field. An almost surrealistic scenery... (Qinghai, Tibet, April 2014 - Image ID: 201404-CN-03)
Green palm tree shaped plant illuminated by the sun on a balcony with red wall
Balcony plant taking a sunbath
Green palm tree shaped plant illuminated by the sun on a balcony with red wall
Considering the low temperatures and strong wind in Madrid, I am not sure if this plant survives outdoors the entire winter. Historic towns and their city centers are always great places for urban exploration photography. Instead of ticking off the "Must Visit" tourist attractions, there usually is no specific plan for this activity. The whole idea is to just walk around, absorb the look & feel and keep an open eye for interesting details. (Madrid, Spain, March 2024 - Image ID: 202403-ES-35)
A balcony with a Spanish flag folded on top of the metal railing
Spanish flag gone with the wind
A balcony with a Spanish flag folded on top of the metal railing
Whilst this balcony seems to be well protected against pigeons, the Spanish flag clearly has seen better days. Constantly moved by the strong wind between the buildings, it has been stabbed by the metal wire on top of the railing. This is not meant to be symbolic; it just caught my attention. And I love the color scheme ranging from yellow over brown to red. (Avila, Spain, March 2024 - Image ID: 202403-ES-22)
Close-up on a green metal balcony with yellow flowerpot and pigeon
Green balcony with pigeon and flowers
Close-up on a green metal balcony with yellow flowerpot and pigeon
I don't like pigeons, I really don't. For this reason, I have very few pictures with theses "rats of the air". For this shot, however, I really liked to have this single bird on the balcony railing. Together with one of the blinds being half open, it added a nice aspect to an otherwise rather symmetrical photo. If you like balconies as a photo subject, Madrid is a great location to go to. (Madrid, Spain, March 2024 - Image ID: 202403-ES-31)
No parking sign next to a closed window with spear-shaped bars
Confusing arrows
No parking sign next to a closed window with spear-shaped bars
Obviously, the arrow on the street sign has no relation whatsoever with the spearhead-shaped bars in front of the closed window. Nevertheless, I found it funny how they seem to point into different directions. I also liked the particular structure in the stones used for building this house. (Segovia, Spain, March 2024 - Image ID: 202403-ES-25)
Rustic stone wall with two empty black plastic chairs in front
Two black plastic chairs waiting
Rustic stone wall with two empty black plastic chairs in front
Chairs are one of my long-standing favorite photo motifs. One reason is that you find them everywhere on this planet, in countless different shapes, materials, and colors. Placing them in an interesting location, be it in- our outdoors, multiplies the opportunities for capturing something special. In addition to this, chairs tend to be something pleasant, silently waiting and inviting us to take a rest. (Avila, Spain, March 2024 - Image ID: 202403-ES-20)
Six pairs of denim trousers on a rod converted into flower pots
Denim jeans flower pots
Six pairs of denim trousers on a rod converted into flower pots
Isn't is amazing with what kind of creative ideas some people come up with. Converting denim jeans with shoes into flower pots is absolutely eye-catching. Historic towns and their city centers are always great places for urban exploration photography. Instead of ticking off the "Must Visit" tourist attractions, there usually is no specific plan for this activity. The whole idea is to just walk around, absorb the look & feel and keep an open eye for interesting details. (Madrid, Spain, March 2024 - Image ID: 202403-ES-07)
Four white plastic tables and chairs fully covered by fresh snow
Snow tables and chairs
Four white plastic tables and chairs fully covered by fresh snow
Even ordinary plastic chairs and tables may become interesting motifs for photoshoots. One way to do that is to find an unusual perspective. Before drones became mainstream, aerial views were not that easy, and usually required flying or at least an elevated position. The other ingredient could be a special setting or something extra, like snow. I took this image during a skiing trip to the French Alps from our hotel room. (Les Trois Vallees, France, March 1993 - Image ID 199303-FR-01)
Green plant leaves on black metal poles with heart-shaped ornaments
Metal heart duo with green leaves
Green plant leaves on black metal poles with heart-shaped ornaments
The sharp contrast between cold solid metal and the fresh warm green of the leaves of a climbing plant immediately got my attention. I accidentally found this arrangement during a restaurant visit. To protect guests from the wind, the owners installed panels of perspex on a number of metal poles. Each of them came with two hearts, one upright and the other one turned upside down. I liked both the shape as well as the colours. (Taipei, Taiwan, February 2014 - Image ID 201402-TW-07)
Closeup of red stones and green plants covered by melting ice
Ice abstract in red and green
Closeup of red stones and green plants covered by melting ice
Initially, I thought that I might be too late to capture the transcient beauty of the ice. The temperature already climbed above zero degrees Celsius. So the crystals started to melt. However, taking a closer look, I realized that this transition between completely frozen and partially liquid created some interesting visual effects. The red stones combined with the green of some small plants, both covered by ice looks like an abstract painting to me. (Esslingen, Germany, January 2024 - Image ID: 202401-DE-04)
A tree shaped red and green succulent plant partially covered by ice
Succulent tree on ice crystals (I)
A tree shaped red and green succulent plant partially covered by ice
With a bit of imagination, the structure of these small succulent plants looks a bit like a tree with its branches and leaves. I particularly like the warm color combination red/green with the cold ice. Initially, I thought that I might be too late with my camera, since the temperature had already climbed above zero degrees Celsius. So the crystals to melt. However, taking a closer look, I realized that this transition between completely frozen and partially liquid created some interesting visual effects. (Esslingen, Germany, January 2024 - Image ID: 202401-DE-06)
Macro shot of green succulent plants covered with ice crystals
Green succulent on the rocks
Macro shot of green succulent plants covered with ice crystals
In summer, I already took some photos of these small succulent plants in our garden. Revisiting them now in winter shows how they bravely survive even cold winter nights. Their green looks as fresh as it does throughout the entire year. Taking a closer look, I realized that the crystals were just in the transition between completely frozen and partially liquid. This created some nice details with water drops next to the ice. (Esslingen, Germany, January 2024 - Image ID: 202401-DE-02)
Ice crystals covering red stones and green plants
Icy red stones and green plants
Ice crystals covering red stones and green plants
Even though the diagonal line seperating green and red is not perfect, I still like this classic color contrast. The wet hard stones combine nicely with the green succulent plants, fighting to survive below the ice. Initially, I thought that I might be too late with my camera, since the temperature had already climbed above zero degrees Celsius. So the crystals started to melt. However, taking a closer look, I realized that this transition between completely frozen and partially liquid created some interesting visual effects. (Esslingen, Germany, January 2024 - Image ID: 202401-DE-08)
Tree branches without leaves with colourful winter sunset in the background
Bald tree branches at sunset
Tree branches without leaves with colourful winter sunset in the background
As spectacular the cloudscape may be, I felt that adding the bald branches of a tree in the foreground still adds a little extra to an already dramatic shot. With the cold and clear air, and frequent weather changes, winter often spoils us with amazing sunsets. Fast moving clouds and intense colours create an ever-changing piece of art. It somehow feels like a giant movie theatre screen, where you just need to sit back and relax. (Esslingen, Germany, December 2023 - Image ID: 202312-DE-03)
Pink clouds of different sizes against dark blue sky
Cloud symphony in pink
Pink clouds of different sizes against dark blue sky
One large and a few smaller dark pink clouds illuminate the sky over Stuttgart. Winter with its frequent and often drastic weather changes is a great season for capturing impressive cloudscapes. Since my early days of photography, I do enjoy observing the ever-changing sky above me. Over time, my collection of such images has grown quite a lot. This is a really old image, originally taken on Fuji slide film. After scanning it, I enhanced colors and contrast for an even more spectacular impression. (Stuttgart, Germany, January 1994 - Image ID 199401-DE-01)
Dramatic evening sky with colorful clouds and blue sky
Cloud sky color transition
Dramatic evening sky with colorful clouds and blue sky
This evening sky above Stuttgart comes with a breathtaking spectrum of bold colors. Winter with its frequent and often drastic weather changes is a great season for capturing impressive cloudscapes. Since my early days of photography, I do enjoy observing the ever-changing sky above me. Over time, my collection of such images has grown quite a lot. This is a really old image, originally taken on Fuji slide film. After scanning it, I enhanced colors and contrast for an even more spectacular impression. (Stuttgart, Germany, January 1994 - Image ID 199401-DE-03)
A long orange cloud against dark evening sky
Cloud trail in orange
A long orange cloud against dark evening sky
This orange cloud illuminating the sky above Stuttgart looks like a condensation trail. Winter with its frequent and often drastic weather changes is a great season for capturing impressive cloudscapes. Since my early days of photography, I do enjoy observing the ever-changing sky above me. Over time, my collection of such images has grown quite a lot. This is a really old image, originally taken on Fuji slide film. After scanning it, I enhanced colors and contrast for an even more spectacular impression. (Stuttgart, Germany, January 1994 - Image ID 199401-DE-02)
Sunshade and two lounge chairs on a sandy beach during blue hour
Blue hour southern Taiwan beach relaxation
Sunshade and two lounge chairs on a sandy beach during blue hour
In January 2014, we decided to spend part of the festive season in the subtropical south of Taiwan. Weather conditions there differ a lot from Taipei in the north, with much higher temperatures and more sunshine. Whilst most people go to the beach during the day, a stroll in the fine sand after sunset offers completely different perspectives. I found this colorful arrangement with the two deckchairs and the sunshade on the beach in Kenting. Blue hour magic! (Kenting, Taiwan, January 1994 - Image ID 201401-TW-13)
A safe passage on stairs between rough stone walls
Stairs with metal railing between rocks
A safe passage on stairs between rough stone walls
Thankfully not all parts of the hiking trails in the Kenting National Park are fully covered with concrete. For this section, I assume visitor convenience and safety were the guiding principles. Since the floor might get quite muddy and slippery with all the rain, this seems a safe option. Using natural stones would however look much better. And in many other areas, the paths are a lot more basic and in line with their forest environment. (Kenting, Taiwan, January 1994 - Image ID 201401-TW-09)
Single branch with leaves against flowing water
Green leaves meet flowing water
Single branch with leaves against flowing water
Sometimes really simple things make great models for photography. It just depends on finding the right angle and perspective. After experimenting a bit, I found a spot that made an otherwise rather boring branch with green leaves stand out. Compared to the backdrop of fast-flowing water of a mountain stream, the tree appears completely solid. I found this one during one of my hikes in Yilan County, Taiwan. (Yilan, Taiwan, December 2013 - Image ID: 201312-TW-07)
Macro shot of red fly agaric and grass in the snow
Fly agaric and grass covered by snow
Macro shot of red fly agaric and grass in the snow
Only lying flat on the floor provides this stunning view of the fly agaric. Winter is not ideal for picking and photographing fungi. In autumn 2023, the mushroom season started rather late. Its peak time therefore overlapped with a serious onset of winter in late November. Within hours, the colorful forest floor was fully covered with snow. Fully? Not really, only for those who do not take the time to observe closely. Admittedly, it was difficult to find good motives, and it was rather cold, but definitely worth the effort. (Esslingen, Germany, November 2023 - Image ID: 202311-DE-37)
Brown autumn leaf leaning on snow covered beige mushroom
Mushroom and leaf in the snow
Brown autumn leaf leaning on snow covered beige mushroom
Lean on me! Surprised by the cold, this mushroom and leaf seem to support each other. Winter is not ideal for picking and photographing fungi. In autumn 2023, the mushroom season started rather late. Its peak time therefore overlapped with a serious onset of winter in late November. Within hours, the colorful forest floor was fully covered with snow. Fully? Not really, only for those who do not take the time to observe closely. Admittedly, it was difficult to find good motives, and it was rather cold, but definitely worth the effort. (Esslingen, Germany, November 2023 - Image ID: 202311-DE-39)
Two mushrooms growing together with the small one sheltered by the larger cap
Mushroom symbiosis of two growing together
Two mushrooms growing together with the small one sheltered by the larger cap
Gimme shelter! Doesn't this look like being well protected against all odds a mushroom might face? After a dry and warm summer extending into October, the mushroom season in southern Germany only started after heavy November rains. But then, within a few day, fungi started to grow everywhere in unbelievable quantities. Therefore, I decided to focus on mushrooms this autumn season. Unfortunately, I am not a mushroom expert, and therefore don't know which species we are looking at. (Esslingen, Germany, November 2023 - Image ID: 202311-DE-27)
Two mushrooms standing next to each other, with the larger covering the smaller one
Larger beige mushroom sheltering smaller sibling
Two mushrooms standing next to each other, with the larger covering the smaller one
My first association finding these mushrooms was that the bigger one provided shelter to the smaller colleague. After a dry and warm summer extending into October, the mushroom season in southern Germany only started after heavy November rains. But then, within a few day, fungi started to grow everywhere in unbelievable quantities. Therefore, I decided to focus on mushrooms this autumn season. Unfortunately, I am not a mushroom expert, and therefore don't know which species we are looking at. (Esslingen, Germany, November 2023 - Image ID: 202311-DE-26)
Frontal view of metal fence against evening sky
Evening sky and sun with metal railing
Frontal view of metal fence against evening sky
Sometimes small position changes and deviations with the camera position result in completely different images. This frontal view of the metal railing on Taipei 101's viewing deck against the low-standing sun has a strong visual impact. The warm orange sky nicely contrast with the metal poles. (Taipei, Taiwan, November 2013 - Image ID: 201311-TW-12)
Tourist on Taipei 101 viewing deck at sunset
Lonely tourist on Taipei 101 viewing deck
Tourist on Taipei 101 viewing deck at sunset
On a late afternoon, a lonely tourist stands on top of Taipei's landmark 101 Tower. Apart from taking a photo with her cellphone, she clearly enjoys the good weather and blue skies. The viewing platform is completely surrounded with a huge railing illuminated by the warm evening sunlight. As such, the entire area turns into a golden cage. For visitors, some permanently installed binoculars are available for exploring Taipei City and the surrounding mountains. (Taipei, Taiwan, November 2013 - Image ID: 201311-TW-10)
Black silhouette of chess pieces illuminated by colored light
Colorful chess pieces silhouette
Black silhouette of chess pieces illuminated by colored light
Just four pieces of chess, a white paper and some colored lightbulbs. This was all I needed for this still life. Even in times of 3D video entertainment, the ancient board game of chess has not lost its fascination. People from around the world enjoy the countless strategic variations. I was never good in playing chess, but sometimes tried for fun. Apart from the intellectual challenge, I decided to add a photographic one to it. Long winter evenings are the perfect time to play around with light. (Laubach, Germany, December 1983 - Image ID: 198312-DE-02)
A painting-style photo of five red burning candles
Five burning red candles
A painting-style photo of five red burning candles
As part of my early photographic experiments with light, I also played around with special effect filters. One of these creates five images from a single motif. Obviously, this doesn't work with every object, and rarely with landscape. However, for this pre-Christmas candle shot, I very much like the visual impact. To further enhance the Festive Season look and feel, I converted the final photo into a digital painting. (Laubach, Germany, December 1982 - Image ID: 198212-DE-01)
Partial view of chess board illuminated red and green
Chess board and figures in red light
Partial view of chess board illuminated red and green
The white king is the center of attention in this photo. Even in times of 3D video entertainment, the ancient board game of chess has not lost its fascination. People from around the world enjoy training their brains with the countless strategic variations. I was never good in playing chess, but sometimes tried for fun. Apart from the intellectual challenge, I decided to add a photographic one to it. Long winter evenings are the perfect time to play around with light, and to capture some still life scenes. (Laubach, Germany, December 1983 - Image ID: 198312-DE-01)
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)
White and red flower bouquets on a stone wall against blue sky
Flower wedding decoration on the wall
White and red flower bouquets on a stone wall against blue sky
Not too many people can afford to have a private party at Miami's Vizcaya Musuem and Gardens. This amazing venue is open for visiting to the general public. Only once did we see the place being prepared for a wedding afternoon and evening event. Apart from exquisite table decoration, countless flower bouquets were distributed everywhere, including the surrounding walls. I couldn't resist to take a number of pictures against the blue sky. (Miami, USA, November 2003 - Image ID 200311-US-06)
A metal cable running around a wooden post in circles
Boat dock post with rusted metal cables
A metal cable running around a wooden post in circles
During my walk around the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, I spotted this abstract feature. On the weathered wooden posts of the boat dock, metal cables ran around in circles several time. Due to humidity, they already started to corrode. The brown-reddish color of the rust added a nice contrast to an otherwise quite monochrome image. (Miami, USA, November 2003 - Image ID 200311-US-05)
Hiking trail with falling rocks warning sign
Hazardous hiking trail warning sign
Hiking trail with falling rocks warning sign
Putting up warning signs on mountaineous hiking trails makes a lot of sense to prevent accidents. Adding an English translation to the Chinese writing is an optional extra. Especially on weekends, the Yangmingshan National Park is a popular recreation area for the citizens of Taipei and New Taipei City. People of all ages gear up to explore the natural beauty in this massive volcano landscape. To me, this specific trail didn't appear to be particularly difficult or dangerous. However, safety first! (Yangmingshan, Taiwan, July 2013 - Image ID: 201307-TW-03)
Cute cat and three bowls on a wall
Copper colored cat on brick wall
Cute cat and three bowls on a wall
Jiufen is a popular tourist destination in the north-east of Taiwan. Whilst most people will visit shops, monuments and restaurants, I tend to focus my exploration on some smaller details. Walking around the old city center, there are a lot of things to discover. Amongst others, I found this beautiful colored cat sitting on a weathered wall. The three bowls with different colors and materials provided an interesting background. Most likely, the owner uses them to feed the beloved pet. (Jiufen, Taiwan, October 2013 - Image ID: 201310-TW-01)
Six red double London street lamps against clear blue sky
Diagonal line-up of red London street lanterns on sunny day
Six red double London street lamps against clear blue sky
Apart from the usual tourist attractions, I always enjoy to discover and capture ordinary things in a visually appealing format. This line-up of street lamps against a clear blue sky serves as an example. (London, England, September 1993 - Image ID: 199309-GB-02)
Diagonal group of five red English telephone booths
Five iconic red English telephone booths lined up diagonally
Diagonal group of five red English telephone booths
For decades, they were one of the most iconic symbols of England. The shape and the intense red color of the public telephone booths made them unforgettable. They were also a popular postcard motif and tourist souvenir in all kinds of formats. Unfortunately, they have disappeared - nice memories! (London, England, September 1993 - Image ID: 199309-GB-05)
Strangely assembled green-white fabric lounge chair in a park
Disorganized lounge chair with white-green fabric in park
Strangely assembled green-white fabric lounge chair in a park
Apart from the busy inner city wth its tourist attractions, I truly enjoyed the many large parks with their old trees and enough space for residents and tourist to get some fresh air. On one of my walks I found this interesting, not perfectly assembled, lounge chair (London, England, September 1993 - Image ID: 199309-GB-04)
Two traffic lights on red yellow lights against green background
Street lantern and two red-yellow traffic lights in sea of green
Two traffic lights on red yellow lights against green background
Another small detail that caught my attention! At first, I spotted the metal street lamp with a traffic light, until I realized that a second one was located right next to it. After finding the right angle, I waited until both lit up in red and yellow, and took this shot against the lush green background. (London, England, September 1993 - Image ID: 199309-GB-07)
Right front view of Mercedes AMG GT Coupe on mountain road
Mercedes AMG GT S solarbeam on Yangmingshan - front view right
Right front view of Mercedes AMG GT Coupe on mountain road
Even without moving, this photo illustrates the dynamics of the AMG GT S Coupe. For its launch back in 2015, Mercedes AMG used a very special metallic paint called "solarbeam". When you look at the car, you immediately understand why this name was chosen. The strikingly vibrant color shines even on cloudy days as if the car had integrated sunlight. Therefore, I took a lot of photos on a half-day round trip around Taiwan's Yangmingshan National Park mountain roads and the nearby coast. (Yangmingshan, Taiwan, December 2015 - Image ID 201512-TW-08)
Yellow Mercedes AMG GT Coupe parked next to bamboo forest
Mercedes AMG GT S solarbeam meets bamboo forest
Yellow Mercedes AMG GT Coupe parked next to bamboo forest
One of my favourite backgrounds for the iconic AMG GT S Coupe is this bamboo forest. For its launch back in 2015, Mercedes AMG used a very special metallic paint called "solarbeam". When you look at the car, you immediately understand why this name was chosen. The strikingly vibrant color shines even on cloudy days as if the car had integrated sunlight integrated. Therefore, I took a lot of photos on a half-day round trip around Taiwan's Yangmingshan National Park mountain roads and the nearby coast. (Yangmingshan, Taiwan, December 2015 - Image ID 201512-TW-06)
Left front view of AMG GT Coupe at coastal road with dog
Mercedes AMG GT S solarbeam meets dog near Yehliu Geopark
Left front view of AMG GT Coupe at coastal road with dog
Even this dog takes a closer look at the AMG GT S performance coupe parked near the Yehliu Geopark. For its launch back in 2015, Mercedes AMG used a very special metallic paint called "solarbeam". When you look at the car, you immediately understand why this name was chosen. The strikingly vibrant color shines even on cloudy days as if the car had integrated sunlight. Therefore, I took a lot of photos on a half-day round trip around Taiwan's Yangmingshan National Park mountain roads and the nearby coast. (Yehliu, Taiwan, December 2015 - Image ID 201512-TW-04)
Yellow Mercedes AMG GT parked in front of Buddhist temple
Mercedes AMG GT S solarbeam parked in front of Buddhist temple
Yellow Mercedes AMG GT parked in front of Buddhist temple
Another nice contrast to the AMG GT S Coupe is this colorful buddhist temple on the road to Wanli. For its launch back in 2015, Mercedes AMG used a very special metallic paint called "solarbeam". When you look at the car, you immediately understand why this name was chosen. The strikingly vibrant color shines even on cloudy days as if the car had integrated sunlight. Therefore, I took a lot of photos on a half-day round trip around Taiwan's Yangmingshan National Park mountain roads and the nearby coast. (Yangmingshan, Taiwan, December 2015 - Image ID 201512-TW-07)
Left rear view of Mercedes AMG GT on Yangmingshan mountain
Mercedes AMG GT S solarbeam on Yangmingshan - rear view left
Left rear view of Mercedes AMG GT on Yangmingshan mountain
A rear-view of the AMG GT S Coupe showcases automotive design at its best! For its launch back in 2015, Mercedes AMG used a very special metallic paint called "solarbeam". When you look at the car, you immediately understand why this name was chosen. The strikingly vibrant color shines even on cloudy days as if the car had integrated sunlight. Therefore, I took a lot of photos on a half-day round trip around Taiwan's Yangmingshan National Park mountain roads and the nearby coast. (Yangmingshan, Taiwan, December 2015 - Image ID 201512-TW-09)
Side view of yellow Mercedes AMG GT Coupe on coastal road
Mercedes AMG GT S solarbeam sideview near Yehliu Geopark
Side view of yellow Mercedes AMG GT Coupe on coastal road
The smooth aerodynamic silhouette of the AMG GT S Coupe contrasts with the sharp edges of the rocks near Yehliu Geopark. For its launch in 2015, Mercedes AMG used a special metallic paint called "solarbeam". When you look at the car, you immediately understand why this name was chosen. The strikingly vibrant color shines even on cloudy days as if the car had integrated sunlight. A perfect model to take lots of photos on a trip around Taiwan's Yangmingshan National Park mountain roads and the nearby coast. (Yehliu, Taiwan, December 2015 - Image ID 201512-TW-05)
Red plastic chairs with table and dustbin on a foggy day
Red plastic chairs and lantern in mountain mist
Red plastic chairs with table and dustbin on a foggy day
Even in mid of summer, the weather can change quickly in the higher altitudes of the Swiss Alps. The cafe stop for sure has seen better days for the owners. On sunny days, the terrance and interior are obviously packed with tourists. When we came buy, it was rather cold, rainy, and with very poor visibility. At least the red plastic chairs provided a nice and striking contrast. (Valais, Switzerland, July 1993 - Image ID 199307-CH-01)
White and red boat on Lake Lucerne reflecting in the water
Afternoon boat reflections in Lake Lucerne
White and red boat on Lake Lucerne reflecting in the water
The first stage of our 1993 family vacation in Switzerland brought us to Lucerne. Since my first visit to this city, I really liked this place with its unique location on a large lake surrounded by high mountains. During a walk on the shore, I found this boat. The afternoon sun beautifully illuminated it with its golden light, which reflected nicely in the water. (Lucerne, Switzerland, July 1993 - Image ID 199307-CH-01)
Empty plastic bottle against sandy beach, turquoise sea and sky
Hydrate yourself - Empty plastic water bottle against sea and be
Empty plastic bottle against sandy beach, turquoise sea and sky
Even when you spend just a few hours on a non-developed island, it is important to bring enough water. Otherwise, there is a risk to dehydrate due to the intense sunshine combined with hot temperatures. Thankfully, we did pack quite a lot of bottles. And we also took all of them with us for proper disposal and recycling when we left the tropical paradise later in the afternoon. (Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, July 2013 - Image ID 201307-MY-16)
Head of brown horse looking out of a yellow and black building
Honor to whom honor is due - Horse taking a look
Head of brown horse looking out of a yellow and black building
I am not exactly sure anymore at which building I took this snapshot. The scenery with the yellow painted building covered with marble and just the head of one horse sticking out was almost unreal. Nothing we would have expected in the city center of a multi-million people capital. The horse was just standing there, taking a look at the street. Considering the color, it looks like a royal stable to us. (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, July 2013 - Image ID 201307-MY-05)
Closeup on window fascade of Hamburg Elbphilharmonie
Elbphilharmonie window structures and reflections
Closeup on window fascade of Hamburg Elbphilharmonie
As impressive as the Elbharmonie building in total may be, I was more interested in the unique fascade. The curved glass results in amazing reflections, and in combination with the light constantly changes the visual appearance of the building. Whilst there was a lot of criticism against the project due to the much higher than planned construction costs, the city of Hamburg now has a new icon. (Hamburg, Germany, July 2013 - Image ID 201307-DE-04)
Empty masts and dews of sailing ships against blue sky
Maze of sailing ship masts and dews
Empty masts and dews of sailing ships against blue sky
Like probably most children, I was always fascinated by the adventures of the great explorers of the past centuries. One item firmly associated with these stories are the iconic sailing ships. No matter how many masts, they opened up new horizons and enabled the discovery of previously unknown territories. Therefore, I was very happy to find not only one, but quiet a number of these impressive testimonies of the past in the port of Hamburg. Zooming in on their masts revealed a confusing, yet organized maze of dews. (Hamburg, Germany, July 2013 - Image ID 201307-DE-10)
Low angle view of dark orange sunshade with black spokes
Deep orange colored sunshade
Low angle view of dark orange sunshade with black spokes
This image is just one of a whole collection of photos that I took of sunshades in this striking dark orange color. In summertime, both businesses and private people supply these photographic elements to all cities Especially restaurants and cafes provide comfort and protection to their guests by putting up a whole collection of them. Some of them are true designer-style piece of art. If you invest a bit of time to find the right position and angle, you will identify many stunning photo opportunities. (Hamburg, Germany, July 2013 - Image ID 201307-DE-12)
Low angle view of four white sunshades framing dark blue sky
White sunshade collection and dark blue sky
Low angle view of four white sunshades framing dark blue sky
In summertime, both businesses and private people tend to add a very photographic element to cityscapes: sunshades! Especially restaurants and cafes provide comfort and protection to their guests by putting up a whole armada of them. Obviously, a lot of the sunshades are branded advertising, but then you also have the more neutral, designer-style sunshades. If you invest a bit of time to find the right position and angle, you will identify many stunning photo opportunities. (Hamburg, Germany, July 2013 - Image ID 201307-DE-07)
Two water bottles and glasses with lemon and ice on striped table cloth
Summer refreshment - Drinks with lemon and ice
Two water bottles and glasses with lemon and ice on striped table cloth
Even an afternoon refreshment can easily become a photo model. In one of the countless cafes we ordered some drinks. After a few re-arrangements the glasses, bottles and spoons became their own piece of art on the two-colored tablecloth. (Cannes, France, July 1993 - Image ID: 199307-FR-14)
Yellow house wall with painted window and reflection
Window plus window reflection on a yellow wall
Yellow house wall with painted window and reflection
During our walk through the streets of Cannes, I spotted this interesting and colorful wall with a painted single window. Thanks to the afternoon sunshine, there was an interesting reflection of another real glass window right next to it. (Cannes, France, July 1993 - Image ID: 199307-FR-12)
Close-up of untamed stream flowing over cascades of rocks
Refreshing alpine mountain stream close-up
Close-up of untamed stream flowing over cascades of rocks
Zooming in on the fresh and clear cascades of one of the mountain streams reveals the beauty of the untamed alpine nature. I especially like the contrast between the smooth texture of the flowing water and the hard sharp rocks. (Route des Grandes Alpes, France, July 1993 - Image ID: 199307-FR-04)
Closeup of the bottom of a waterfall dropping on plant covered rocks
Splash - Closeup of the bottom of a beautiful waterfall - II
Closeup of the bottom of a waterfall dropping on plant covered rocks
As with many other things, taking a photo of the bottom of a waterfall reveals the true beauty of nature in a specific moment. 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-57)
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)
Black metal lamp with two lightbulbs with blue Mediterrenean background
Relax -Two beam metal lamp against the Mediterrenean blue
Black metal lamp with two lightbulbs with blue Mediterrenean background
This is on of my favourite images from my recent trip to Croatia. The stunning blue of the adriatic sea reminds me of relaxing vacation days. And the nice contrast with the yellowish glass adds this special photographic extra. If found this interesting design piece in the fishing port of Stomorska. This small village was one of the stops during a day cruise out of Split. I used the stop on Šolta island to explore the area with my camera. Can you spot the spider web pieces below the lamp on the right? (Solta, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-43)
Weathered green paint on a wooden door secured with padlock
Closed - Wooden door with padlock and green weathered paint
Weathered green paint on a wooden door secured with padlock
Ports and fishing villages are a paradise for photographers who love to capture unusual motives in an interesting environment. Therefore, whenever travelling in a coastal area, I try to make time for exploring local ports. During a short break of our day cruise to Split's neighbouring islands, I walked around Stomorska village and its port. Humidity and salty air take a permanent toll on everything. As a result, wooden objects with their weathered paint over time become pieces of art. (Solta, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-42)
Four blue enamel cooking pots on balcony with flowering plants
Recycling - Blue cooking pots enjoying second life as flower pots
Four blue enamel cooking pots on balcony with flowering plants
In addition to the usual tourist attractions, I spent time exploring some hidden treasures of the old town. Just walking around without a concrete plan always comes with nice surprises for the curious photographer. On our way walking up towards the densely forested Marjan Park, I found this nice collection of recycled blue cooking pots. The color stood out from the beige and green surroundings, and as such it was almost impossible not to see them. Well, most people passed by without even turning their heads. (Split, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-36)
Single weathered wooden chair standing in summer garden
Take a seat - Lonely weathered wooden chair in a lost rural mountain village
Single weathered wooden chair standing in summer garden
This is one of my most loved discoveries from an abandoned rural mountain village. As a portfolio collector of chair photos, I was fascinated by this weathered wooden specimen. Actually, there were quite a few of them distributed all over the empty house and its patio garden, some of them completely broken. The contrast between the old vintage chair with its splitting veneer wood and the fresh green of spring vegetation was just fascinating. (Dubrovnik area, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-20)
Remains of former kitchen in an abandoned rural house
Masterchef - A long time ago
Remains of former kitchen in an abandoned rural house
Another room, another discovery: I found this old stove and oven in what previously must have been the kitchen. Now completely abandoned, and most empty, it seems nobody was interested in taking and reusing this old-fashioned equipment anymore. Therefore, it stayed at its original location, and now adds some extra flair to the otherwise empty place. How many years may have passed since someone last used it for cooking? I will probably never know... (Dubrovnik area, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-21)
Small boat anchored in peaceful bay with clear turquoise water
Paradise - single small boat in a secluded bay below the cliffs
Small boat anchored in peaceful bay with clear turquoise water
This gentleman clearly enjoys a prime location in a secluded bay close to the rather busy city of Dubrovnik. Accessible only from the sea, nobody is about to disturb his afternoon nap. I took this image with as much telephoto lens as I had available in my backpack. Apart from the great location and tranquility of the scene, I particularly like the very special aquamarine color of the Adriatic sea, and the stones in all different shades and sizes at the bottom of this idyllic spot. (Dubrovnik, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-29)
White bathtub in front of broken window of an abandoned hotel
Lost places - White bathtub with a great view of Lokrum and mediterrenean sea
White bathtub in front of broken window of an abandoned hotel
Whilst obviously not at it's original location, this bathtub enjoys a breathtaking view though a broken window. "Lost places" have become popular destinations for photographers. The previous Hotel Belvedere in Dubrovnik has been abandoned since it was severely damaged by Serbian troops during the war in 1991. This huge 5-star luxury resort had only been in operation for just six years when it became a casualty of this armed conflict. Since then, several plans to restore it or to replace it with a new luxury hotel have failed. (Dubrovnik, Croatia, May 2023 - Image ID: 202305-CR-19)
Rusty dismantled bathtub standing in corridor of destroyed hotel
Lost places - Hotel Belvedere green patio corridor with bathtub
Rusty dismantled bathtub standing in corridor of destroyed hotel
For whatever reason, all bathtubs have been removed from the old guestrooms, and can now be found at various strange locations. The previous Hotel Belvedere in Dubrovnik has been abandoned since it was severely damaged by Serbian troops during the war in 1991. This huge 5-star luxury resort had only been in operation for just six years when it became a casualty of this armed conflict. Since then, several plans to restore it or to replace it with a new luxury hotel have failed. (Dubrovnik, Croatia, May 2023 - Image ID: 202305-CR-20)
Spiral concrete staircase going down into abandoned hotel
Lost places - Concrete spiral staircase in ruins at Hotel Belvedere
Spiral concrete staircase going down into abandoned hotel
This dark spiral staircase was the only way to move up within the huge "lost place" of the previous Hotel Belvedere in Dubrovnik. The building has been abandoned since it was severely damaged by Serbian troops during the war in 1991. This huge 5-star luxury resort had only been in operation for just six years when it became a casualty of this armed conflict. Since then, several plans to restore it or to replace it with a new luxury hotel have failed. (Dubrovnik, Croatia, May 2023 - Image ID: 202305-CR-23)
Dismantled bathroom with green tiles in abandoned hotel
Completely lost - Private bathroom in Hotel Belvedere guestroom
Dismantled bathroom with green tiles in abandoned hotel
Probably not everyone's favorite color: the intense green bathroom tiles inside the guestrooms of the previously glorious Hotel Belvedere in Dubrovnik. The place has been abandoned since it was severely damaged by Serbian troops during the war in 1991. This huge 5-star luxury resort had only been in operation for just six years when it became a casualty of this armed conflict. Since then, several plans to restore it or to replace it with a new luxury hotel have failed. (Dubrovnik, Croatia, May 2023 - Image ID: 202305-CR-18)
Indoor swimming pool ruins with graffiti at abandoned hotel
Once upon a time the indoor swimming pool of Hotel Belvedere
Indoor swimming pool ruins with graffiti at abandoned hotel
Even without glass, one can easily imagine the previous glory of this indoor pool. The previous Hotel Belvedere in Dubrovnik has been abandoned since it was severely damaged by Serbian troops during the war in 1991. This huge 5-star luxury resort had only been in operation for just six years when it became a casualty of this armed conflict. Since then, several plans to restore it or to replace it with a new luxury hotel have failed. (Dubrovnik, Croatia, May 2023 - Image ID: 202305-CR-17)
Green and yellow empty chairs on alley with paving stones
Colorful couple - Green and yellow chairs in old town alley
Green and yellow empty chairs on alley with paving stones
Chairs have always been one of my favorite photo motives. Why? Not really sure, because I somehow hated long meetings where one had to be seated for hours without moving. I guess it's probably because the look so inviting and relaxing. Apart from that, chairs exist in all kinds of material, shapes and colors, and you can find them virtually everywhere on this planet. I found this nice couple in green and yellow inside the city walls of old town Dubrovnik. (Dubrovnik, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-05)
Yellow flowers growing between round red clay roof tiles
Symbiosis - Red clay roof tiles and yellow flower ensemble
Yellow flowers growing between round red clay roof tiles
This image is the result of an early morning jogging workout. Obviously, I didn't carry my iPhone, and even less my SLR with me. At some point I spotted a picturesque roof with the typical red tiles and some non-typical decoration on a slope below the road. It wasn't a big problem, because at that time of the day, the entire area was still in the shade. So I decided to come back later during the day with the complete equipment, incl. telephoto lens, and captured this image. (Dubrovnik, Croatia, June 2023 - Image ID: 202306-CR-25)
Red wall with wooden window with six Kodak Film stickers
Zadar old town exploration - Windows collection - Kodak
Red wall with wooden window with six Kodak Film stickers
Whenever I visit a town for the first time, I do enjoy just walking around to get a feeling for the location. This is particularly true for historic city centers, where there are so many details to discover. Obviously, there are the usual tourist attractions. In addition, I love to hunt for new motives for one of my many image subject collections. Amongst them, doors and windows are two of my oldest and broadest portfolios. In this regards, the old town of Zadar in Croatia had a lot to offer. (Zadar, Croatia, May 2023 - Image ID: 202305-CR-07)
Metal statue of Croatian scientist Spiro Brusina at Zadar seafront
Statue of Spiro Brusina in Zadar, overlooking the mediterranean
Metal statue of Croatian scientist Spiro Brusina at Zadar seafront
Not all statues are equal, and I usually tend not to spend too much time looking at most of them. However, in this case, I was quite fascinated by both the beautiful artwork as well as its meaning. Spiro Brusina was a Croatian natural scientist and zoologist who dedicated his life to studying fauna and promoting environmental protection. The pose of him looking at a huge sea shell clearly demonstrates his decication and serves as a motivation for today's students to follow in his footsteps. (Zadar, Croatia, May 2023 - Image ID: 202305-CR-08)
Rust traces flowing down a textured wall against blue sky
Artwork made of rust on a textured wall against blue sky
Rust traces flowing down a textured wall against blue sky
Another perspective shows the same heavily corroded wall looking up against the dark blue sky. A piece of art that could make it into a museum for the beauty of its colors and texture created by an amazing artist: mother nature! Over time, the metal parts fixed on top of the building started to corrode in the humid climate of the coastal town of Zadar, Croatia. The traces running down the wall look like a precious painting to me; so beautiful! (Zadar, Croatia, May 2023 - Image ID: 202305-CR-12)
Rainbow against dark sky illuminating the left side of a forest
Evening rainbow illuminating the forest above the Neckar valley
Rainbow against dark sky illuminating the left side of a forest
I guess there are few people who don't like rainbows. Their prisma colors combined with a dark sky shortly before sunset are just breathtaking. A typical photographer's problem is that they are hard to predict. Most rainbows that appear in the sky above Esslingen (near Stuttgart) tend to surface above the forest covered hills on the south side of the river Neckar. (Esslingen, Germany, May 2023 - Image ID: 202305-DE-01)
Closeup on a rainbow with a small jet plane flying though it
Business jet crossing an evening rainbow
Closeup on a rainbow with a small jet plane flying though it
The advantage of shooting photos locally is that a.) one usually has the complete equipment at hand and b.) over time gains experience about the best location. Most rainbows that appear in the sky above Esslingen tend to always surface above the hills on the South side of the river Neckar. And if the wind direction fits, planes landiing at Stuttgart airport might just have to cross that rainbow in their final approach. (Esslingen, Germany, May 2023 - Image ID: 202305-DE-02)
Close up on single pink hibiscus flower on wet red bricks surface
Pink hibiscus flower - Wet Red Bricks Series IV
Close up on single pink hibiscus flower on wet red bricks surface
Rainy days often provide exceptional opportunities for photographers. One just needs to overcome the inner bastard, and get outside. Once you start to explore nature, one can capture unusual images of otherwise very frequent and common motives. Mai 2013 had quite a lot of these lousy days with the so-called "Plum Rain" (big waterdrops!) in Taiwan. I decided to explore the neighborhood, and found quite a diverse collection of leaves and flowers on a driveway with red bricks. Amongst them this beautiful pink hibiscus flower... And no, I didn't pick it - just arranged it a bit on the bricks. (Taipei, Taiwan, May 2013 - Image ID: 201305-TW-04)
Closeup on white and yellow plumeria flower on wet red bricks
Yellow white plumeria flower - Wet Red Bricks Series II
Closeup on white and yellow plumeria flower on wet red bricks
Rainy days often provide exceptional opportunities for photographers. One just needs to overcome the inner bastard, and get outside. Once you start to explore nature, one can capture unusual images of otherwise very frequent and common motives. Mai 2013 had quite a lot of these lousy days with the so-called "Plum Rain" (big waterdrops!) in Taiwan. I decided to explore the neighborhood, and found quite a diverse collection of leaves and flowers on a driveway with red bricks. Amongst them this nice two-color tone plumeria flower... And no, I didn't pick it - just arranged it a bit on the bricks. (Taipei, Taiwan, May 2013 - Image ID: 201305-TW-02)
Close up on two yellow-green leaves on wet red bricks surface
Yellow and green tree leaves - Wet Red Bricks Series VI
Close up on two yellow-green leaves on wet red bricks surface
Rainy days often provide exceptional opportunities for photographers. One just needs to overcome the inner bastard, and get outside. Once you start to explore nature, one can capture unusual images of otherwise very frequent and common motives. Mai 2013 had quite a lot of these lousy days with the so-called "Plum Rain" (big waterdrops!) in Taiwan. I decided to explore the neighborhood, and found quite a diverse collection of leaves and flowers on a driveway with red bricks. Amongst them these two-colored leaves, that look like Autumn, even though I took the photo in Spring. (Taipei, Taiwan, May 2013 - Image ID: 201305-TW-06)
Close-up on single bright yellow leaf on wet red bricks surface
Bright yellow leaf (Wet Red Bricks Series - V)
Close-up on single bright yellow leaf on wet red bricks surface
Rainy days often provide exceptional opportunities for photographers to capture unusual images of frequent motifs. May 2013 had quite a lot of these days in Taiwan. I decided to explore the neighborhood, and found quite a diverse collection of leaves and flowers on a floor with red bricks. This yellow leaf was particularly attractive.
Close-up on one green leaf from a tree on wet red bricks surface
Green tree leaf (Wet Red Bricks Series - III)
Close-up on one green leaf from a tree on wet red bricks surface
Rainy days often provide exceptional opportunities for photographers to capture unusual images of frequent motifs. Mai 2013 had quite a lot of these days in Taiwan. I decided to explore the neighborhood, and found quite a diverse collection of leaves and flowers on a floor with red bricks.
Close up on beige plant tuft on wet red bricks surface
Beige colored plant tuft (Wet Red Bricks Series - I)
Close up on beige plant tuft on wet red bricks surface
Rainy days often provide exceptional opportunities for photographers to capture unusual images of frequent motifs. Mai 2013 had quite a lot of these days in Taiwan. I decided to explore the neighborhood, and found quite a diverse collection of leaves and flowers on a floor with red bricks. Not really sure which plant this is from?
Steeps rocky gorge with a mighty waterfall on the right
Powerful Augrabies waterfall
Steeps rocky gorge with a mighty waterfall on the right
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)
Uphill mountain road with yellow guardrail in rocky terrain
The final climb
Uphill mountain road with yellow guardrail in rocky terrain
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)
Shrine with waterfall on a steep tree covered mountain slope
Changchun Shrine and waterfall
Shrine with waterfall on a steep tree covered mountain slope
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)
Rock in fresh mountain stream obstructing the flow of the water
Obstacle in flowing water - rock meets mountain river
Rock in fresh mountain stream obstructing the flow of the water
Hiking in mountain areas is an experience for all senses. What continues to always fascinate me is to watch and to listen to the numerous streams and rivers running downhill. Unfortunately, many gorges are so steep and inaccessible, that it is almost impossible to enjoy their beauty. But one can always find a peaceful spot where it is possible to sit down, and watch how the rocks divert the flow of water. But only with a long exposure photo, one can truly appreciate the contrast between movement and static obstacle. I took this image in the breathtakingly wild Taroko Gorge in Taiwan. (Taroko Gorge, Taiwan, March 2013 - Image ID: 201303-TW-11)
Looking down a hexagonal blue white staircase with safety net
Staircase in white and blue with safety net
Looking down a hexagonal blue white staircase with safety net
No pain, no gain. In order to enjoy a fantastic panoramic view over the famous Sun Moon Lake in Central Taiwan, a little physical effort is required. To get up to the viewing platform of the 46m high Ci'en Pagoda, one needs to climb up this beautiful white and blue staircase. Instead of just rushing up and down this hexagonal construction, it is worth stopping now and then, and have a look up and down. The simple design with just three colors will blow architecture and art fans away (Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan, March 2013 - Image ID: 201303-TW-04)
Half-open blue metal door and white staircase with wooden railing
Stairs with half-open blue metal door
Half-open blue metal door and white staircase with wooden railing
After enjoying a fantastic view over the famous Sun Moon Lake, visitors will exit the tower via this decorative blue & white staircase via the half-open door with metal bars. Coming down from the 46m high Ci'en Pagoda, the return is a lot easier than the way up the equally colored staircase. The design with just three colors is so simple, and yet extremely eyecatching. A nice way to say good-bye... And after the last visitor has left, the bars ensure nobody can enter unauthorized. (Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan, March 2013 - Image ID: 201303-TW-05)
Flowing waterfall on a dark grey rock face
Wulai Falls close-up
Flowing waterfall on a dark grey rock face
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)
Dead fish with a smile and white thorns on sandy beach
On the beach with a smile
Dead fish with a smile and white thorns on sandy beach
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)
Small green plant growing from a wooden pole
The power of plants
Small green plant growing from a wooden pole
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)
Many pineapples with red gift ribbons lined up for sale
Symbolic pineapple presents
Many pineapples with red gift ribbons lined up for sale
One of the most common and popular fruit year-round, but especially during New Year celebrations is the pineapple. It symbolizes wealth and prosperity, and presenting it to someone has this wish for the upcoming year attached symbolically. (Taipei City, Taiwan, February 2013 - Image ID: 201302-TW-03)
Two rows of yellow chinese lanterns with red writing
Yellow lanterns
Two rows of yellow chinese lanterns with red writing
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)
Three glowing red Chinese lanterns at night against dark sky
Red lanterns at night
Three glowing red Chinese lanterns at night against dark sky
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)
Red candles burning and smoking in the wind towards the right
Burning candles in the wind
Red candles burning and smoking in the wind towards the right
During Chinese New Year season, a lot more people than usual visit the large number of temples inside the Greater Taipei metropolitan area. They usually come with the entire family, and pray together for a good year ahead. Thousands of candles are lit every day, creating a very festive mood. As a foreigner, it is very interesting to observe the permanent flow of people coming and going. When it comes to taking pictures, I think it is better to focus on the temple, its interior and candles than photographing unknown people performing their religious rituals. (Taipei City, Taiwan, February 2013 - Image ID: 201302-TW-01)
Smoking fumeroles on yellow sulphor field against blue sea
Fumes from hell
Smoking fumeroles on yellow sulphor field against blue sea
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)
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)
Diagonal close-up of rusted metal against dark blue water
Nothing lives forever - Rusted metal meets blue water - I
Diagonal close-up of rusted metal against dark blue water
It's probably healthy for our minds not to think about the transience of all living creatures. On the other hand, it seems important to remember that nothing really lasts forever. Even things that appear solid and strong, and are built to last, can be destroyed over time by something as smooth as water. This metal platform in an italian island harbour has been exposed to humidity and salt for years. The destructive impact is clearly visible. For a photographer, the striking colours create an amazing visual effect against the backdrop of the dark blue mediterrenean sea. Therefore, I took a whole series of images whilst waiting for the ferry. (Sicily, Italy, December 2022 - Image ID: 202212-IT-20)
Boot-shaped patch of paint missing from yellow staircase wall
The boot
Boot-shaped patch of paint missing from yellow staircase wall
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)
Close-up on the sole of a lion cub's paw lying in red sand
Little paw
Close-up on the sole of a lion cub's paw lying in red sand
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)
Two dung beetles struggling to push a ball of soil on red sand
Instead of soccer...
Two dung beetles struggling to push a ball of soil on red sand
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)
Yellow brain coral sphere in clear Mexican Caribbean water
Yellow brain coral on the Riviera Maya
Yellow brain coral sphere in clear Mexican Caribbean water
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)
Sunshade and wooden chairs located on rocks of a tropical bay
A quiet place
Sunshade and wooden chairs located on rocks of a tropical bay
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)
Yellow wall with green bench and broom on red white tiled floor
Have a break
Yellow wall with green bench and broom on red white tiled floor
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)
Wooden deck with weathered lounge chair at a tropical lagoon
Aged wooden lounge chair overlooking a Caribbean lagoon
Wooden deck with weathered lounge chair at a tropical lagoon
Whilst maybe not the most comfortable of its kind, this lounge chair definitely enjoys a prime location. Being just 1m away from the warm and crystal clear waters of the Mexican Riviera Maya, its age really doesn't matter. I found this vintage edition during a vacation trip back in November 2002. Being low season, there were only few tourists around. Otherwise, I assume all of the seats overlooking this beautiful tropical bay would already have been taken. (Riviera Maya, Mexico, November 2002 - Image ID 200211-MX-06)
Colorful autumn chestnut tree leaf on bed of brown oak leaves
Foreigner (I)
Colorful autumn chestnut tree leaf on bed of brown oak leaves
Remember! Each of us is a foreigner everywhere in the world, except for one (or maybe two) countries. This series of Autumn leaves illustrates how cultural and ethnical diversity add color to any society. (Esslingen, Germany, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-DE-01)
Colorful autumn staghorn tree leaf on bed of yellow beech leaves
Foreigner (II)
Colorful autumn staghorn tree leaf on bed of yellow beech leaves
Remember! Each of us is a foreigner everywhere in the world, except for one (or maybe two) countries. This series of Autumn leaves illustrates how cultural and ethnical diversity add color to any society. (Esslingen, Germany, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-DE-02)
Colorful autumn oak tree leaf on bed of brown red oak leaves
Foreigner (III)
Colorful autumn oak tree leaf on bed of brown red oak leaves
Remember! Each of us is a foreigner everywhere in the world, except for one (or maybe two) countries. This series of Autumn leaves illustrates how cultural and ethnical diversity add color to any society. (Esslingen, Germany, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-DE-03)
Colorful autumn red oak tree leaf on bed of yellow gingko leaves
Foreigner (IV)
Colorful autumn red oak tree leaf on bed of yellow gingko leaves
Remember! Each of us is a foreigner everywhere in the world, except for one (or maybe two) countries. This series of Autumn leaves illustrates how cultural and ethnical diversity add color to any society. (Esslingen, Germany, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-DE-04)
Colorful autumn maple leaf on bed of yellow plane tree leaves
Foreigner (VI)
Colorful autumn maple leaf on bed of yellow plane tree leaves
Remember! Each of us is a foreigner everywhere in the world, except for one (or maybe two) countries. This series of Autumn leaves illustrates how cultural and ethnical diversity add color to any society. (Esslingen, Germany, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-DE-06)
Colorful autumn chestnut tree leaf on bed of brown beech leaves
Foreigner (VII)
Colorful autumn chestnut tree leaf on bed of brown beech leaves
Remember! Each of us is a foreigner everywhere in the world, except for one (or maybe two) countries. This series of Autumn leaves illustrates how cultural and ethnical diversity add color to any society. (Esslingen, Germany, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-DE-07)
Colorful green and yellow autumn tree leaf on bed of other leaves
Foreigner (VIII)
Colorful green and yellow autumn tree leaf on bed of other leaves
Remember! Each of us is a foreigner everywhere in the world, except for one (or maybe two) countries. This series of Autumn leaves illustrates how cultural and ethnical diversity add color to any society. (Esslingen, Germany, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-DE-08)
Colorful red oak autumn leaves on bed of brown oak leaves
Foreigner (IX)
Colorful red oak autumn leaves on bed of brown oak leaves
This image is part of a whole series. The inspiration came from my work-related relocations around the globe. They provided me with the opportunity to live on different continents. Hence, I had the opportunity to experience completely different cultures. Remember! Each of us is a foreigner everywhere in the world, except for one (or maybe two) countries. This series of autumn leaves illustrates how cultural and ethnical diversity add color to any society. No matter if in business or private life: engaging with people of different backgrounds is very enriching. (Esslingen, Germany, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-DE-09)
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)
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
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
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)
For many, sailing boats maintain a high attraction, and are associated with freedom, adventure and beautiful trips around the world  For this reason, I was happy to get one into this image of the two red deckchairs  I found them in October 2022 in France  Brittany is worth visiting at any season throughout the year  The coastline is quite diverse with breathtaking views overlooking the sea  A beautfiul hiking trail leads from Basse Cancale to Pointe du Grouin  After every corner, interesting surprises and new motives await the curious photographer   France, Basse Cancale, October 2022   Image ID 202210 FR 22
Red adirondack chairs meet anchored sailing boat
For many, sailing boats maintain a high attraction, and are associated with freedom, adventure and beautiful trips around the world  For this reason, I was happy to get one into this image of the two red deckchairs  I found them in October 2022 in France  Brittany is worth visiting at any season throughout the year  The coastline is quite diverse with breathtaking views overlooking the sea  A beautfiul hiking trail leads from Basse Cancale to Pointe du Grouin  After every corner, interesting surprises and new motives await the curious photographer   France, Basse Cancale, October 2022   Image ID 202210 FR 22
For many, sailing boats maintain a high attraction, and are associated with freedom, adventure and beautiful trips around the world. For this reason, I was happy to get one into this image of the two red deckchairs. I found them in October 2022 in France. Brittany is worth visiting at any season throughout the year. The coastline is quite diverse with breathtaking views overlooking the sea. A beautfiul hiking trail leads from Basse Cancale to Pointe du Grouin. After every corner, interesting surprises and new motives await the curious photographer... (France, Basse Cancale, October 2022 - Image ID 202210-FR-22)
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
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
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)
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
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
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)
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
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
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)
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)
Yellow clouds and condensation trails illuminated by evening sun
Evening Cloud Magic VI - Condensation trails
Yellow clouds and condensation trails illuminated by evening sun
Sometimes it's good to be at home, so one can quickly access the camera gear when nature provides an unexpected photo opportunity. August 2022 was one of these occasions, where spectacular clouds were moving across the dark blue sky. With a bit of imagination, one can spot all kinds of animals, shapes and objects. The later during the day, the more dramatic they looked, illuminated by the warm and low-standing evening sun. To further enhance this effect, I digitally reworked the already underexposed images for more dramatic colours and contrast. As such, the condensation trails became more prominent. (Esslingen, Germany, August 2022 - Image ID 202208-DE-11)
Yellow cloud formations illuminated by evening sun
Evening Clouds (I)
Yellow cloud formations illuminated by evening sun
Sometimes it's good to be at home, so one can just quickly access the gear when nature provides an unexpected photo opportunity. This series was taken on a late Summer evening in August in Esslingen, and digitally enhanced for more dramatic colour and contrast. (Esslingen, Germany, August 2022 - Image ID 202208-DE-06)
Yellow cloud shaped like an eagle illuminated by the evening sun
Evening Cloud Magic V - The Eagle
Yellow cloud shaped like an eagle illuminated by the evening sun
Did you immediately spot the giant eagle cloud in the dark sky? With a bit of imagination, looking up, one can spot all kinds of animals, shapes and objects. In August 2022, where spectacular clouds were moving across the dark blue sky. The later during the day, the more dramatic they looked, illuminated by the warm and low-standing evening sun. To further enhance this effect, I digitally reworked the already underexposed images for more dramatic colours & contrast. As such, this magnificent eagle appears more prominent. (Esslingen, Germany, August 2022 - Image ID 202208-DE-10)
Intense red colored maple leaf on black and white clay tile
LOVE - Red maple leaf on monochrome grey tile
Intense red colored maple leaf on black and white clay tile
It's arguably the most common link between human feelings and a color: RED means LOVE. After an extended period of rain, I found this colorful gift just outside our house in Taipei. The original photo, before digital editing for split color, was completely red, including the clay tile. Autumn leaves in general make great photo models. In this case, I liked the structure of the solid red clay tile providing a nice contrast to the soft and transient leaf. Whenever I look at this finished product, I do think about Canada and the Canadian flag. (Esslingen, Germany, September 2022 - Image ID 202209-DE-01)
Intense red colored maple leaf on black and white clay tile
LIGHT - Yellow leaf on dark grey bricks
Intense red colored maple leaf on black and white clay tile
Do you associate certain colors with specific feelings,events or other things? As the brightest basic color, people frequently think about LIGHT (or the sun) when they see YELLOW. This wet leaf set against the dark black & white background clearly illustrates this effect. I took the photo in Taipei (Taiwan) on a rainy day in 2013, and enhanced the color/contrast with a b&w split. In Asia, yellow is the color of virtue and nobility, whereas in western culture it is not such a popular tone. How do you like this specific type of yellow? (Esslingen, Germany, September 2022 - Image ID 202209-DE-02)
Closeup of green leaf with raindrops on black and white bricks
HOPE - green leaf on grey bricks
Closeup of green leaf with raindrops on black and white bricks
What are your associations when it comes to certain colors? GREEN is usually associated with HOPE, nature, freshness and environmental protection. To illustrate this feeling (currently in high demand), herewith another rain-inspired image from my time in Taipei. To enhance the effect, I turned everything except the main subject into black & white. And yes, green also may symbolize other feelings, such as jealousy and envy. But I clearly prefer the positive annotations. (Esslingen, Germany, September 2022 - Image ID 202209-DE-03)
Low angle view of melting icicles against dark blue Lesotho winter sky
Icicle curtain melting in the powerful Lesotho sun
Low angle view of melting icicles against dark blue Lesotho winter sky
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)
Typical Lesotho round stone house located in a remote snow covered mountain area
Lesotho round house in snow-covered mountain area
Typical Lesotho round stone house located in a remote 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)
Rear view of a curtain of icicles melting in the Lesotho winter sun
Icicles melting in the powerful Lesotho highland sun
Rear view of a curtain of icicles melting in the Lesotho winter 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)
Small green shrub breaking through a cover of snow and ice in Lesotho winter
Vegetation in the fight with snow and ice
Small green shrub breaking through a cover of snow and ice in Lesotho winter
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)
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)
Large cube of clear ice resting on a rock
Ice cube XXL on the rocks
Large cube of clear ice resting on a rock
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)
Raindrops forming circles on a dark blue water surface
Raindrop circles in a deep-blue pond
Raindrops forming circles on a dark blue water surface
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)
Weave and moss creating yellow and red patterns on boulder
Colorful patterns on a huge boulder
Weave and moss creating yellow and red patterns on 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)
Orange shovel with pink shrimps at Bergen fish market
Shrimp shovel - a perfect color match
Orange shovel with pink shrimps at Bergen fish market
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)
A fountain with many water outlets in the shape of mushrooms
Mushroom fountain
A fountain with many water outlets in the shape of mushrooms
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 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)
Three red rose flowers behind metal bars
Forbidden love - Heart shaped red rose behind metal bars - Photo Painting
Three red rose flowers behind metal bars
During a walk in a tranquil wine village of Sasbachwalden (Germany), I discovered this red rose. Its three flowers formed a heart behind metal bars, which inspired the title "Forbidden Love" for this image. And yet, even behind the fence, the fresh red petals and the intense green of the leaves maintain their natural beauty (Sasbachwalden, Deutschland, Juni 1982 - Image ID: 198206-DE-01)
A colorful digital painting of coconut branch on the beach
Branch of a coconut palm tree on a tropical beach (Photo Paintin
A colorful digital painting of coconut branch on the 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-25)
Green leaf with three raindrops lined up on its edge
Three raindrops resting on a green leaf
Green leaf with three raindrops lined up on its edge
Rainy days offer unique photo opportunities: I found these three raindrops just outside the hotel in its' lush tropical garden. (Mahe Island, Seychelles, June 2012 - Image ID: 201206-SC-14)
Shadow of lizzard seen from below through colorful leaf
Lizzard walking on a colourful transparent leaf
Shadow of lizzard seen from below through colorful 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)
Colorful assortment of fresh uncut tropical fruit
Now this is what I call a really fresh tropical fruit salad
Colorful assortment of fresh uncut tropical fruit
In the colorful markets on the Seychelles, you will find a huge variety of tropical fruit. They are locally produced, absolutely fresh and delicious in taste. We actually found this nice collection during a bicycle trip at a street vendor's stand on Praslin island. Since we needed a snack anyhow, we bought a variety of cut fruit from him. It somehow felt nice to support this kind of small business rather than buying at a supermarket. (Praslin, Seychelles, Juni 2012 - Image ID: 201206-SC-02)
One orange beach towel lying on granite rock in tropical waters
Orange beach towel "on the rocks"
One orange beach towel lying on granite rock in tropical waters
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)
Tulip with red flower and green leaves covered by snow and ice
Red tulip surprised by the snow...
Tulip with red flower and green leaves covered by snow and ice
After an entire winter without snowfall, photographers got an early April present, providing excellent picture-taking opportunities of the flowers already in bloom. (Esslingen, Germany, April 2022 - Image ID: 202204-DE-09)
Wet yellow orange daffodil flowerhead in the snow
Brave lonely daffodil surprised by the snow...
Wet yellow orange daffodil flowerhead in the snow
Winter 2021/22 never really arrived in Germany's greater Stuttgart area. It was too warm, and whenever it was cold, there was no precipitation. Only in April, when everyone was looking forward for spring, snow finally fell overnight. With vegatation already pretty much in springtime mode, fresh powder covered all the flowers with a white dress. This was a great photo opportunity for those who got up early in the morning. One of my favourites was this brave daffodil resisting the unexpected cold return of winter. Fortunately, this didn't last, and the snow quickly melted away. (Esslingen, Germany, April 2022 - Image ID: 202204-DE-07)
Glowing street light against orange rainshower sky at sunset
Shades of orange - Paternoster street lamp and sunset sky
Glowing street light against orange rainshower sky at sunset
Most international tourists visiting South Africa include Cape Town in their itinerary, and then make their way to the Garden Route (or the other way around). Only few people will travel up the West coast, which has some lovely places for a relaxed break-away from work and citylife. One of these picturesque villages in Paternoster, famous for its Cape Dutch buildings with their typical shape and roofs. During our stay, we were lucky to witness this colorful sunset spectacle. 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)
Folded white towel lying on rippled red sand at sunset
White towel on red sand waves
Folded white towel lying on rippled red sand at sunset
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)
Two ropes against weathered rusty painted ship wall
Hout Bay harbour observations - two ropes and weathered ship paint
Two ropes against weathered rusty painted ship wall
Exploring urban environments is something I truly enjoy, no matter if it's the city where I live or an unknown place. The eye of a photographer willl always find something interesting. This is especially true for harbours, no matter if a small fishing village, or a huge industrial port. Piers, boats, ships and accessoires provide countless opportunities for amazing images. During a walk in the harbour of Hout Bay (South Africa), I spotted this colorful arrangement with an orange rope in front of a rusted metal ship wall... Simple, just two materials and colors, and yet visually striking. (Hout Bay, South Africa, April 2012 - Image ID: 201204-ZA-04)
Close up wooden boat painted blue and white with orange rope
Weathered wooden fishing boat with orange dew
Close up wooden boat painted blue and white with orange rope
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)
Close up on yellow doors with handles secured by padlock
Yellow metal door with rusted lock
Close up on yellow doors with handles secured by padlock
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)
Yellow bollard with colorful ropes against concrete pier
Securely fastened - bollard with colorful ropes in Hout Bay harbour
Yellow bollard with colorful ropes against concrete pier
Urban exploration is something I truly enjoy. No matter if you take a walk in your home town, or a new place, with open eyes a photographer will always find interesting details to capture. A particular subcategory of this activity are harbour walks. The piers and ships provide endless opportunities for colorful images. I found this eyecatching arrangement during a discovery walk in the scenic and relatively small Hout Bay harbour in South Africa. What I particularly like about this motive are the intense colors, magnified by the corrosion over all those years. Someone even spotted a feminine divine statue!? (Hout Bay, South Africa, April 2012 - Image ID: 201204-ZA-01)
Close-up on iceberg peaks illuminated in yellow and green
Golden-green Illuminated "Iceberg" Detail
Close-up on iceberg peaks illuminated in yellow and green
From the times of analogue photography, without digital image processing and Photoshop: working with a mirror and different colored lightbulbs, I tried to create magical iceberg-shaped landscapes and details against a pitch-black background. (Stuttgart, Germany, March 1992 - Image ID: 199203-DE-05)
Close-up on iceberg peak illuminated with vibrant red light
Red Illuminated "Iceberg" Detail
Close-up on iceberg peak illuminated with vibrant red light
From the times of analogue photography, without digital image processing and Photoshop: working with a mirror and different colored lightbulbs, I tried to create magical iceberg-shaped landscapes and details against a pitch-black background. (Stuttgart, Germany, March 1992 - Image ID: 199203-DE-01)
Three mussels and shells on a white rock with dark pattern
Mussel and shell arrangement on the rocks
Three mussels and shells on a white rock with dark pattern
Like most children, exploring beaches has always fascinated me. There is so much to discover when you give yourself some time, and look carefully. Obviously, not every beach is equally rewarding. Some might just be empty, or - even worse - polluted with man-made rubbish. Visiting a clean and rather natural beach on the other hand is like attending outdoor biology and geography lessons at the same time. The shores of the Western Cape around Cape Town have a lot to offer in this regards. Despite the many tourists and local visitors, the variety of shells in all shapes and colors is amazing. (Cape Peninsula, South Africa, February 2012 - Image ID: 201202-ZA-017)
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)
Two people walking home on wet road, after work at tourist resort
People behind the scenes
Two people walking home on wet road, after work at tourist resort
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)
Hippopotamus exiting the stairs of a hotel swimming pool
Caught in the act - Wellness hippo exiting hotel swimming pool
Hippopotamus exiting the stairs of a hotel swimming pool
Expect the unexpected! During holiday trips, esp. adventure trips like safaris, great moments can happen anytime. When we woke up, one morning we discovered an unusual visitor enjoying the swimming pool at our lodge in South Africa. A hippo had taken over these wellness facilities. Being a professional when it comes to swimming and diving, it seemed to enjoy this unusual treat. I was just wondering if and why the chlorine didn't bother it. Whilst this put a big smile on our face, it wasn't such a nice surprise for the service team. They had to perform a massive cleaning before reopening the pool to the guests. (Entabeni Game Reserve, South Africa, February 2012 - Image ID: 201202-ZA-10)
Macro shot of red amaryllis flower with pollen
Red amaryllis in focus
Macro shot of red amaryllis flower with pollen
Natural beauty often reveals itself even better once you take a closer look. This is true for flowers, where it is worth zooming in on the fascinating floral details. (Esslingen, Germany, January 2022 - Image ID: 202201-De-01) Englisch  I always find it amazing how many of these magnificent flowers a single amaryllis produces within a few weeks. The NIKON 105mm Macro opens up even the smallest details. (Esslingen, Germany, January 2022 - Image ID: 202201-DE-01)
Zooming in on the details of blue icicles
Blue Ice Sculptures
Zooming in on the details of blue icicles
30 years ago, we still used to have serious winters, lasting with November to March, with cold weather and a lot more snow than today. Extended periods of 24h sub-zero temperatures created beautiful ice scultpures like this one. (Stuttgart, Germany, January 1992 - Image ID: 199201-DE-01)
Macro image of magenta colored clematis flower
Clematis flower close-up - magenta color against black background
Macro image of magenta colored clematis flower
Spring-time equals flower-time! For just about 30min, the sun illuminated these two clematis blossoms against a very dark background. It almost felt like someone had generously switched on a spotlight, just for me. The 2nd image from my spontaneous flower photo shooting session is a macro close-up. Some of the beauty around us remains unseen to most of us. Usually, we tend to rush by without paying close attention... Please take a closer look and enjoy all the amazing details nature has to offer! To me this whole looks like an futuristic spaceship in the endless dark universe. (Esslingen, Germany, May 2022 - Image ID 202205-DE-02)

About this archive

The Observations archives contain all photos that fit to this theme. The images here are unique subjects or things that I discover during my photography sessions. Many of them are not the usual tourist shots, but rather details that tend be remain unnoticed by most people passing by. A lot of these photos happen in an urban environment. Just strolling around in an unknown place with open eyes will generate lots of interesting photo opportunities. AI-generated images are not part of my work!

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Macro image of magenta colored clematis flower
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