The oxlips (Primula elatior) are among the first blooming flowers in the forest and, like every year, I enjoyed some time with them earlier this month – it’s a pure feeling of spring!
Oxlip (Primula elatior)
Oxlip (Primula elatior)

  • Roland Theys - 19/04/2015 - 06:50

    A wonderful photo! bravo!ReplyCancel

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 19/04/2015 - 07:26

    What a beautiful pictures from this flowers. Fantastic work Sandra :) <3ReplyCancel

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It was a crisp and cold night with only subtle aurora activity on the Vesterålen Islands back in January but we still enjoyed the night very much. On our way back to the apartment, we stopped one last time at a fjord when the lightshow suddenly started. It was a short but rather intense period of northern lights and I was very happy that the main display was happening over this particular fjord with one of my favourite Vesterålen mountains.
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  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 17/04/2015 - 05:37

    That is the beautiful green I hope to see one day <3 <3 A beautiful picture to start the last day of the week :) Have a wonderful weekend dear Sandra!!ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 17/04/2015 - 15:20

    Hi Sandra,

    It’s very beautiful. Congrats!

    All the Best,

    AditReplyCancel

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After all those years in this area, I was very happy to eventually find a great spot where the delicate Hollowroot birthwort (Corydalis cava) exist. They are growing in large numbers between the fresh leaves of Wild garlic and I just loved to explore them.
Hollowroot birthwort (Corydalis cava) Lerchensporn (Corydalis cava)

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 15/04/2015 - 09:43

    What a beautiful flowers and great pictures you have make from them Sandra <3ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 15/04/2015 - 17:22

    Hi Sandra,

    Beautiful flowers and beautiful shots. Congrats!

    All the Best,

    AditReplyCancel

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When I was looking for other interesting locations for my cityscape project, it didn’t took me long to stumble upon the small village of Diessenhofen in canton Thurgau. It is a lovely old city along the Rhine river and I am sure I’ll be there again pretty soon:)
Diessenhofen

  • Robin Bræck Tøllefsen - 12/04/2015 - 05:50

    Wonderful picture SandraReplyCancel

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 12/04/2015 - 07:34

    It is lovely Sandra It must be a beautiful city to walk around :)ReplyCancel

  • Hans Weenink - 12/04/2015 - 15:25

    wow, that is a fantastic picture. I put it on my list too.ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 12/04/2015 - 15:42

    Hi Sandra,

    It’s a very beautiful panoramic shot. Congrats!

    Best,

    AditReplyCancel

  • Sandra Schaenzer - 13/04/2015 - 05:55

    Many thanks Hans, Marjo and Robin for your kind comments and everyone for the likes! I’m always very happy when you also like my non-nature stuff ;) Much appreciated!ReplyCancel

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There seem to be countless opportunities for mirror photos on the Lofoten Islands – if you keep your eyes open;)During the past years, we had passed this spot over and over again but the light was only special on this very last day when we left the Lofoten Islands for good. Hope you enjoy!
Lofoten

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 09/04/2015 - 05:19

    Wonderful and perfect “double” :) I love the pink glow on the mountain tops Sandra :)ReplyCancel

  • Robin Bræck Tøllefsen - 12/04/2015 - 05:51

    Love it ❤️ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 12/04/2015 - 14:24

    Hi Sandra,

    The colors are ver nice and the reflection is extraordinary. Congrats!

    Best,

    AditReplyCancel

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The time of the beautiful Alpine squills (Scilla bifolia) is already over again for another year and I truly enjoyed my second – and last – visit to the fullest. Less is more and I’m really happy with my photos from this season.
Alpine squill, scilla bifolia Alpine squill, scilla bifolia

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 06/04/2015 - 07:14

    What a beautiful pictures from this lovely flowers and colors Sandra. <3 :)ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 13/04/2015 - 19:52

    Hi Sandra,

    Very beautiful. Congrats!

    Best,

    AditReplyCancel

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“This must be the most beautiful fjord in the whole wide world!” – these were the words that immediately came to my mind when I caught a glimpse at this scenery on Senja. It was just picture-perfect: a calm fjord, snow-covered mountains and the wonderful blue and pink light of umbra in the high North in January. I was breathless and I can truly say that this was the most memorable moment during our winter trip for me. Just awesome. Unbelievably f***cking awesome:)
Stønnesbotn pano
Stønnesbotn

  • Robin Bræck Tøllefsen - 02/04/2015 - 05:20

    Lovely shots, from a lovely place :-) Great work Sandra <3ReplyCancel

  • Hilde Van den Bosch - 05/04/2015 - 09:15

    wonderful reflections! nice palette of blue.
    Happy Easter Sandra!ReplyCancel

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 10/04/2015 - 21:17

    I have mist the post for some reason Sandra, but happy to see it know :) Wonderful artic colors and beautiful reflection in the water :)ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 13/04/2015 - 19:55

    Hi Sandra,

    I love the first image for the colors and the impressive reflection.

    Best,

    AditReplyCancel

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I was looking for new cityscape opportunities after I was lucky enough to cover all four seasons for Laufenburg and Basel last year. So I was very happy that I discovered three new picturesque towns respectively villages and one of them is Bad Säckingen which is located next to the Swiss border about 35 km east of Basel. Bad Säckingen is a beautiful rural place with a sweet old town and famous as the “Trumpeteer’s City” because of the book “The Trumpeteer of Säckingen”, a novel by German author Joseph Victor von Scheffel. So here are my first three panos of Bad Säckingen and I’m very much looking forward to the coming weeks when the trees put on their spring dress. Please also view the large versions of the panoramas on our website in the Cityscape panorama gallery
Bad Säckingen Bad Säckingen Bad Säckingen

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 30/03/2015 - 07:29

    They are lovely :) I rember the hard work from the middle one Sandra ;)
    Fantastic pictures and hard work from you Sandra <3ReplyCancel

  • Hilde Van den Bosch - 30/03/2015 - 07:56

    Hello Sandra, I just took a look at your ‘Cityscape panorama gallery’ website. I only have one word: GORGEOUS!!! Those pictures are masterpieces! What a great job you did there.
    Also this trio of Bad Säckingen is wonderful!
    Have a nice week!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Schaenzer - 30/03/2015 - 19:09

    Many thanks dear Hilde for taking the time to look at the gallery and I’m very happy that you enjoyed the photos!!! They come from my heart <3 Bedankt Marjo - yes, you were almost there - at least in your thoughts :)ReplyCancel

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Mallards have been among my favourite birds all my life and it goes as far that my hubby is not allowed to eat ducks when I’m with him;)I just think they are beautiful birds, both the Lady and the Gentleman and very often just as much overlooked as the equally beautiful sparrows. So here are my first tries at serious mallard photography – I hope you like it:)
Female Mallard Male mallard

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 28/03/2015 - 06:10

    They are beautiful and this pictures are fantastic :) <3 Sandra.ReplyCancel

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It’s a bit colder again though I can clearly see the distinctive signs of spring on my daily walks like blooming magnolia trees. So it is high time to close my winter pics with these two photos of the endemic “Snow squirrel” of southern Germany. Noooo….:)Just kidding…:)These are still the same Red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris) that we photographed in autumn and early winter – I just love these funny chaps!
Red squirrel, Sciurus vulgaris Eichhörnchenl, Sciurus vulgaris

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 25/03/2015 - 06:20

    Awwww what a cuties and beautiful pictures Sandra :) <3ReplyCancel

  • Hilde Van den Bosch - 25/03/2015 - 12:00

    They are so cute!!!!!
    have a wonderful wednesday!ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 25/03/2015 - 18:38

    Hi Sandra,
    Beautiful images. Congrats!
    Such a beautiful creature!

    All the Best,
    AditReplyCancel

  • Sandra Schaenzer - 26/03/2015 - 15:36

    Thanks Marjo and Hilde for your kind comments and everyone for the likes – MUCH appreciated :)ReplyCancel

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It is always hard to resist an icon but ever so often I find myself more satisfied with the “other” view of an iconic place. Tungeneset on Senja in Norway is one of those places! People arriving at the parking are heading hectically over the rocks to the little pool for the picture-perfect reflection of Okshornan mountains. Nothing wrong with that – it is absolutely a beautiful and extraordinary place! But sometimes it seems that it is just another tick off from the location list:(Well, the other side of this iconic view is also rather nice and I was very excited when I found these icicles in a tidal pool one afternoon. The next day, they were all washed away by a rather high tide.
Tungeneset Senja

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 23/03/2015 - 08:45

    People don’t take always the time for looking around for more beauty. I am happy you did this Sandra . It is fantastic with those colors and ice ❤ReplyCancel

  • Hilde Van den Bosch - 23/03/2015 - 09:53

    goodmorning Sandra, I come to enjoy your pictures of Norway. They are amazing.
    Have a nice day!ReplyCancel

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Thanks to the great support of my friend Oliver, I’ve recently got involved more and more into wildlife photography. We have some good places for bird photography close to Basel and I took this photo of a male Common merganser (Mergus merganser) enjoying the last rays of spring sun two weeks ago at the Rhine river.
Merganser (Mergus merganser)

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 21/03/2015 - 08:39

    He is a beauty and you have make a great picture from him Sandra :)ReplyCancel

  • Andreas Rößler - 21/03/2015 - 10:22

    Very nice!!!ReplyCancel

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On vacation, you sometimes only have one single occasion to take a photo and if you miss it, you probably might not be able to do it. This was one of those occasion when we arrived at one of my favourite Vesterålen spots and found some nice pools that were not frozen yet with a perfect reflection of the mountains covered in fresh snow. When we came back the next morning, the whole area was covered in ice and the reflection was gone. That photo is truly one of my favourite images of this trip!
Vesterålen

  • Robin Bræck Tøllefsen - 19/03/2015 - 05:37

    Beautiful picture SandraReplyCancel

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 19/03/2015 - 15:05

    Love this beautiful picture Sandra :) <3ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Schaenzer - 20/03/2015 - 05:53

    Tusen takk Robin / thanks Marjo for your comments and everyone for the likes! I wish I could be there now… ;)ReplyCancel

  • Hilde Van den Bosch - 20/03/2015 - 22:06

    Hello Sandra, I never get tired of looking at your wonderful pictures! What a great reflection!ReplyCancel

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