Peaceful reflects best the atmosphere on this clear January morning at the Vatnajökull Glacier Lagoon in Iceland when the sunrise turned the peak of Hvannadalshnúkur – the highst mountain in Iceland (2’110 m) – into pink!
It is a really special place there in the southeast of Iceland. The Vestrahorn a 8-11 million years old mountain rises up good 450 meter out of the sea over a black lava sand beach. Continue reading “Vestrahorn – a mystic place in Iceland”
Caves, cracks and tunnels offer a look inside the biggest glacier in Europe – the Vatnajökull Glacier located in the southeast of Iceland. All pictures have been taken at the Breiðamerkurjökull outlet glacier, one of the tongues of Vatnajökull.Continue reading “Inside Europe’s biggest Glacier – Inside Vatnajökull”
Regular visitors of my website know about my captivation for glaciers – created by nature but destroyed by civilization & industrialization – knowing that these shots can’t be replicated anymore a few weeks later Continue reading “Glacier d’Argentière”
Today I’m very happy to share a new addition to my portfolio about animals: The Alpine Marmot. Here I found a real showpiece!Continue reading “The Alpine Marmot – shy inhabitants of the Alps”
Indeed, for this glacier one needs a panoramic format: This one combines seven shots!The Great Aletsch Glacier is the biggest glacier of the Alps: 23 km long and 900 m think. It surrounds the 4’193 m high Aletschorn. Unfortunately like most glaciers in the world it’s a fading … melting … beauty. Continue reading “23 km of Ice – Panoramic Views in Switzerland”
Probably one of the most frequently photographed landscapes in Switzerland. The shot captures good 200 degrees and is composed of 8 shots in landscape format. Continue reading “200° – Panoramic Views in Switzerland”
This is the 4th addition to my little series on panoramic views in Switzerland. On the left the Wetterhorn (3’692m), further to the right the Schreckhorn (4’078m) and on the very right the Eiger (3’967m). Down in the valley of the Bernese Alps: Grindelwald. Continue reading “Bernese Alps – Panoramic Views in Switzerland”
A good 40 minutes drive north-west from Locarno, close to the little village Foroglio, the river Calnegia falls good 100 meter down: first from an 80 meter cliff and then cascading further through steep rocks with lots of spray and bluster – pretty spectacular! Continue reading “Foroglio Waterfall”
To welcome spring time I’d like to share this shot from an asiatic lily. In order to get all six anthers around the stigma sharp and the dots on the leafs as well this shot is composed of seven individual pictures with varying focus points. This method is called “focus stacking” I described it in one of my previous posts.Continue reading “Yellow Spring!”
Now that the winter is gone, I’d like to post this sunset from the frozen lake Sils.
Today I’d like to extend my little series about “Panoramic Views in Switzerland” with this shot from a region called Upper Engadine in the Canton Graubünden. On the very left one can see Piz Palü (3’901 m) with its characteristic three peaks, in the middle Piz Bernina with its famous Biancograt (4’049 m, the highest mountain of the eastern Alps) and on the right Piz Roseg 3’937 m).Continue reading “Piz Bernina – Panoramic Views in Switzerland”
Heading towards El Chalten on route 23: For nearly 100 km alongside Lago Viedma this road offers a fantastic panoramic view of two of the most famous mountains of the Andes: Cerro Torre and Mount Fitz Roy. Rarely there are no clouds!Continue reading “Iconic Mountains in Patagonia”
While it is well known that the north of Chile is the place of the largest and best observatories in the world, I tried a shot just with my DSLR and a wide angle lense in the Torres del Paine National Park which is located in the south of Chile.Continue reading “Southern Cross”
One may think all glaciers look the same. These four shots proof the opposite!Continue reading “Glaciers of Patagonia – blue, white, turquoise”
King penguins are the second largest pinguins in the world. The subspecies “Aptenodytes patagonicus patagonicus” is found in the south atlantic only. They live 25 years on average, weigh 10-12 kg and get around 1 meter tall.Continue reading “King Penguins from Tierra del Fuego”
After a good 6 km hike from the Passo Tre Croci (1’805m) I reached Lago di Sorapis on 1’923 m. Its turquoise water is stunning – like a huge turquoise pane of opal glass.Continue reading “Colorful Mountain Lakes in the Dolomites”
Here is a new addition to my ice series: The Marmolada glacier. As all the snow melted away one can see the blank glacier ice with its typical green to blue color. The Marmolada is a mountain range in the Dolomites (Italy). Its highest peak is called Punta Penia (3’343 m), the highest mountain of the Dolomites.Continue reading “Green Ice”
In comparison to other mountain ranges in the world the Dolomites stand out as pretty unique: The variety of structures and shapes including peaks, towers, needles, pinnacles, plaetaus, layers, gorges, lakes and many more mirror the dramatic geologic history of this area that started about 280 million years ago.Continue reading “A mountain range that started as tropical sea: The Dolomites”
… seems this young red damselfly calling out to the photographer.
Damselflies are a great motif for photographers and “structures and shapes created by nature” at its best. But as they are pretty shy and fast moving they are diffucult to catch. So patience and a lot of time is needed to get a couple of good shots. These ones I found at the Étang de la Gruère, a moore lake in the Swiss canton Jura.Continue reading ““Hi there!” …”
On the occasion of today’s World Photography Day I’d like to share a photo that nicely shows that the frightening or ugly may appear completely different when taking a closer look. So zoom in!
This shot of a good 5mm in size spider alive and in it’s web was taken with a 1/10 sec., f/3.2 and ISO 100 by a Canon EF 100 f/2.8L Macro IS USM on a EOS 5DSR body using a tripod. To increase depth of field this shot is a blend from two shots using focus stacking.
On the occasion of today’s Swiss national holiday I once again like to publish a shot from a beautiful and iconic spot in Switzerland. This pyramid-shaped mountain, called “Niesen” ist definitely one of them. Famous painters such as Paul Klee and Alfred Hodler were inspired by this mountain which is located close to lake Thun in the Bernese Alps.Continue reading “Swiss National Holiday”