I have finally reviewed and processed all photos from this gorgeous morning with the Snake’s head fritillaries (Fritillaria meleagris) near Hamburg. I was very happy that there was also a white flower bathing in the first warm light of the day.
Schachbrettblume (Fritillaria meleagris)
Snake’s head fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris)

  • Adit Merkine - 24/05/2015 - 15:16

    Hi Sandra,

    Beautiful shots. Congrats!



  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 24/05/2015 - 16:01

    Ahhh what a wonderful and beautiful flowers Sandra :) The white one is amazing :) <3ReplyCancel


We have rather large populations of Red kites (Milvus milvus) in the south of Germany and northern Switzerland and we both really adore these beautiful birds of prey. These photos were taken on a nice trip with our friend Stefan Merkle in the southern part of the Black forest.
Milvus milvus Rotmilan Milvus milvus Red kite

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 21/05/2015 - 07:13

    WOW what a fantastic pictures from those birds Sandra :) The two with the trees are beautiful <3ReplyCancel


Finally, all trees are green and I was able to take photos for my spring panoramas in Bad Säckingen. It was a beautiful mild spring day and we enjoyed sitting in the sun with the first ice cream of the season 😉 Please also view the large, up to 2500px wide panoramas in the new Bad Säckingen panorama gallery.
Bad Säckingen Bad Säckingen

  • Jarek - 17/05/2015 - 05:13

    Beautiful panorama shots. First one is my favourite.ReplyCancel

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 17/05/2015 - 14:22

    Finaly behind pc to see this beautiful pictures full screen :) Great work dear Sandra and the pano’s are wonderful!! Special those with the little puddle reflection <3ReplyCancel


We were not really optimistic when we went out that night on Senja as the sky looked pretty much overcast. So we just drove towards the location of our choice, spent some time in the car listening to the radio and watching the sky. All of a sudden, the sky cleared completely and a gorgeous firework kicked off. How amazing was that! And it was not over after the main outburst, the green light stayed and transformed into many abstract figures in the sky. Crazy!
Northern lights Senja
Senja Aurora borealis

  • Adit Merkine - 13/05/2015 - 16:29

    Hi Sandra,
    These are really stunning shots. Congrats!
    Have a safe and great trip you and Gerd.


I dedicated most of my spring time to the Black forest in Germany last year so it was time to look for something new and fresh in Switzerland this year 😉 A short research came up with the highest waterfall in canton Aargau in Linn and I thought I would just give it a try. Well, this location is more difficult than I expected and I had a hard time to find a pleasing position. I’m happy with this photo and I hope you like it as well!
Linn (Aargau)

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 11/05/2015 - 08:51

    Waterfalls have something magic for me :) And you hard work have a beautiful result <3 It is beautiful Sandra :)ReplyCancel

  • Hilde Van den Bosch - 12/05/2015 - 17:58

    a magical forest! so beautiful.ReplyCancel


The Snake’s head fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris), which is also commonly known as Chess flower, prefers habitats further north and don’t grow somewhere near my home. I had admired this beautiful plant for a long time and so I was very happy when we were able to combine a business trip to Hamburg with a morning excursion to a field where these delicate flowers grow in large numbers. It was early in the season and many flowers were still closed but we nevertheless found two pleasing models. Many thanks again to Corinna Leonbacher for the nice company and for taking me to the location 😉
Snake's head fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris) Schachbrettblume (Fritillaria meleagris)

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 09/05/2015 - 07:37

    They are so beautiful to see this flowers what we called: Kievites bloemen :) This pictures are so fantastic with this light and it brings a sun on a rainy day here Sandra :) <3ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 09/05/2015 - 16:35

    Hi Sandra,

    Very beautiful. The colors are very special. Congrats!



  • Roléro-T - 09/05/2015 - 17:17

    Great photos, bravo!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Schaenzer - 09/05/2015 - 19:46

    Funny Marjo! Kiebitzei is another common name for this flower in German – like your Kievites bloemen :)ReplyCancel


I can’t really believe that we’re going to leave for our South Africa holiday in a few days already – it seems like yesterday that we returned from Norway! There are still a few photos from this magnificent trip in the pipeline and here are two photos that I took on a cold morning along Flakstadpollen on the day we left the Lofoten Islands for good.
Flakstadpollen Lofoten

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 07/05/2015 - 18:55

    Those blue colors are so amazing and intense <3 fantastic pictures and view Sandra and counting down ;)ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Schaenzer - 07/05/2015 - 19:22

    Thank you Marjo! Just a couple of days and we are on the other side of the hemisphere :)ReplyCancel


The peak of spring was very short this year and as I have mentioned before, the blossoms were not as splendid as last year. But I was still pleased with the time that I spent at home in Baselbiet and I especially enjoyed this peaceful morning sitting in the grass next to a cherry tree. I released the shutter from time to time while I was watching the changing colours in the sky until the sun finally rose. Life is good:)
Baselbiet spring

  • Hilde Van den Bosch - 04/05/2015 - 07:37

    what a joy in this landscape!!! lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 04/05/2015 - 08:10

    awww that is a wonderful place for sunrise :) Beautiful picture Sandra <3ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 04/05/2015 - 17:45

    Hi Sandra,

    A lovely picture. Congrats!



  • Sandra Schaenzer - 06/05/2015 - 06:03

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


In the past few months, I spent some wonderful moments with the squirrels and I finally dedicated two new galleries to these cute little chaps. Feel free to visit two new galleries in case you would like to see more adorable little rascals: Squirrel gallery and Squirrel gallery II.
Red squirrel
Sciurus vulgaris Sciurus vulgaris

  • Andy - 01/05/2015 - 05:38


    das sind ganz tolle Aufnahmen. Leider hatte ich bisher kein Glück mit den Eichhörnchen.

    Wünsche dir einen schönen Tag.

    Liebe Grüße AndyReplyCancel

    • Sandra Schänzer - 01/05/2015 - 05:40

      Vielen Dank Andy – freut mich, dass sie gefallen und ich wünsche Dir, dass es bald auch mal bei Dir klappt :)ReplyCancel

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 01/05/2015 - 14:54

    Wow your squirrels are very beautiful and expresive Sandra :) It is fun to look at the pictures >3ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 01/05/2015 - 16:08

    Hi Sandra,

    Very beautiful and razor sharp. Congrats!




Gerd had a business appointment in Hamburg and we used the opportunity for an extended weekend break in the high north of Germany. Hamburg was a great change for us with its impressive harbour, the huge container ships, the strange quarter St. Pauli and the gorgeous redeveloped Speicherstadt (Old warehouse district). I spent two evenings during blue hour in the Speicherstadt and here are my two favourite photos.
Old warehouse district

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 29/04/2015 - 16:55

    Fianly I can see them here and that is so much better than on phone 😉 Fantastic to see Sandra :) <3ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 29/04/2015 - 18:47

    Hi Sandra,

    Very sharp panos in long exposure I assume. beautiful colors and details. Well done. Congrats!

    All the Best,


  • Sonja Scholer - 01/05/2015 - 11:36

    wonderbeautiful Picture ………….. congratulation ………… have a nice timeReplyCancel


The best time of the blooming fruit trees at home here in Baselbiet is already over now and I was happy that I could at least spend two days around my favourite spots. The trees were not as beautiful as last year when they had been in top shape for multiple days but I still enjoyed this magical time.

  • Hilde Van den Bosch - 26/04/2015 - 07:32

    spring at his best! lovely how the sun is peeping through the trees!ReplyCancel

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 26/04/2015 - 13:24

    Wonderful trees and a beautiful meadow with flowers under the trees. It is fantastic dear Sandra <3ReplyCancel


Being a “Part-time” wildlife photographer:):), I was very happy when my friend Stefan from Merkle Naturfotografie took me along on a trip to the European toad (Bufo bufo) habitat. We had a very enjoyable afternoon and I was rather fascinated by these little cute creatures. In the end, we were blessed with some nice evening light and I returned home pretty happy.
Erdkröte (Bufo bufo) European toad (Bufo bufo)

  • Adit Mwekine - 24/04/2015 - 15:38

    Hi Sandra,

    My preference is the the first shot, as you can see more of this lovely creature. Very beautiful. Congrats!

    All the Best,


  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 24/04/2015 - 16:12

    Finaly I see them big :) The last one is fantastic Sandra <3ReplyCancel


The sheer abundance of orcas and humpback whales was the main reason for visiting Senja in early January and I already showed photos from our first boat trip in this blog post: ~ Whales ~. We went on two more trips during our stay at Hamn i Senja and were very happy to observe all sort of whale behaviours. The light was gorgeous and the whole experience simply incredible! I hope you enjoy the photos.

Humpback whale
  • Roland Theys - 21/04/2015 - 05:59

    Splendid photos!ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 21/04/2015 - 19:54

    Hi Sandra,

    The arctic dawn colors are fantastic. From my experience there you were very lucky to encounter such good sea conditions. I liked best the shot of the orca(?) with the fish. It’s a great shot of a great moment and considering the poor light conditions you did an excellent job. Congrats!

    All the Best,


  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 22/04/2015 - 14:54

    Finaly i can tell how amazing and fantastic this pictures are. It must be a fantastic to be so close to those wonderful orca’s and whales :) Thanks for sharing those beautiful pictures Sandra <3ReplyCancel

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