~ Senja star mania ~

We had some clear night hours on Senja but unfortunately only a faint glow of northern lights if any. The moon was shining nicely and I just went for star trail photos to make the best out of the (frustrating) situation. However, looking back now, I am not as unhappy with my outcome of the Senja trip as I was when we had just come back. It is the way it is, you can’t have it all. And this time, we were extremely lucky with good sunset light.
I hope you enjoy these star trail pics (at least a little bit, my special American friend:))




~ Blooming Baselbiet ~

The zenith of the blooming cherry trees in Southern Germany and Switzerland highly attracts and fascinates the local photographers and I am no different:)I especially like the old trees with the large branches that look like arms embracing the beautiful blossoms. I spent a few days in the area and these are two more photos that I took during one trip to Baselbiet over a week ago. I enjoyed it even more this season as we only had rain last year!

Kirschbäume Baselbiet

Cherry tree Baselbiet

  • Hans-Peter - 15/04/2014 - 11:10

    Fantastische Bilder liebe Sandra und vielen Dank für den Hinweis zur Kommentarposition…
    Liebe Grüsse Dir aus Basel, Hans-PeterReplyCancel

~ Hairy beauty ~

It has been a wonderful spring so far and I’m out and about shooting as often as I can. This is the reason why I’m still not through reviewing my Pasque flower images from early spring! It was a fantastic time with the flowers that I enjoyed to the fullest – especially after the bad season in 2013! So I think you will see one or the other Pasque flower in the course of the next few weeks:)
Pasque flowers (Pulsatilla vulgaris) are very hairy that looks great in backlight. This little group, however, is already fading but there is also a fresh one just popping up. The circle of life…

Pulsatilla vulgaris

Pasque flower – Pulsatilla vulgaris

  • Andrew Hardacre - 13/04/2014 - 06:52

    Ab fab! You need better titles / captions, Sandra. I thought this was going to be a Gingold Selfie.ReplyCancel

  • Steve Gingold - 13/04/2014 - 15:09

    Bawaaaaahahaaa indeed! Well, I don’t mind playing 2nd fiddle to this great image, Sandra. ReplyCancel

Senja panorama

Senja’s rugged and beautiful coast is a photographer’s dream for panorama photos and I also took a couple of panoramas during our stay. The image below consists of 11 photos in portrait format that I stitched using Panorama Studio software. Using dedicated software is easier, quicker and less hassle for me and I can’t complain about the results;)
A larger version (up to 2500px wide depending on your screen size) can be viewed in my Norway panorama gallery on my website >> Senja Panorama: large and beautiful

Senja Skaland Panorama

  • Adit Merkine - 11/04/2014 - 15:40

    Hi Sandra,

    I saw all the panos of yours and they are all great, as usual!

    Wishing you Shabbat Shalom and Happy Easter,


~ Spring explosion ~

Everything is early this year and the zenith of the cherry tree bloom is already happening right now! The farmers are kind and leave the dandelions and cuckoo flowers untouched – no wonder, it is a beautiful sight and means spring to me. Fortunately, I had time to visit some blooming trees near Eimeldingen (Germany) just in time and would like to show you two traditional photos before I continue with more abstract photos later this month;)


Cherry tree bloom


~ Lake Constance morning mood ~

Lake Constance had never been on top of my location wishlist to photograph so meeting a friend in Constance was a good opportunity to explore the area. The lake is large and there are no mountains to add interest if photos are taken from the Swiss side of the lake. Hence, composition was not easy and I decided to go for a moody long exposure shortly before sunrise. I was lucky to find an accessable stretch of the lake (not easy as most lakeside areas seem to be private or fenced off!!) and a few stones close to the shore that worked in the composition. It was hazy in the distance and colours very intense – this is my view of Lake Constance on an early morning in spring.

Lake Constance

  • Steve Gingold - 07/04/2014 - 20:11

    Lovely start to any day, Sandra. :-) ReplyCancel

  • Javier Vecino - 07/04/2014 - 20:19

    Sandra: how do you manage to photograph our dreams ? Have to explain …ReplyCancel

~ Perfect beauty ~

Early spring has been fantastic and I enjoyed many hours outside photographing the early bloomers. I quite often went into the lowland forest where the oxslips (Primula elatior) grow and a few days after I took the photos of my ~ Imperfect beauty ~, I stumbled upon these beautiful and perfect oxslips. The sun set behind the forest, the last light hit the blossoms and I later left the forest with a happy smile on my face.



  • Steve Gingold - 04/04/2014 - 23:07

    Guess which I like best? :-) The top is a perfectly beautiful image, Sandra. The bottom is quite nice as well, but, well, you know. :-) ReplyCancel

  • Andrew Hardacre - 05/04/2014 - 01:32

    Yay! Top one wins hands down. Glorious. ReplyCancel

  • Louis Foulon - 05/04/2014 - 20:24


  • Adit Merkine - 06/04/2014 - 16:52

    Hi Sandra,

    Beautiful pics, especialy the first one.

    All the Best,


~ Fiery sky ~

I can’t really complain about a lack of beautiful sunsets during our trip to Senja and all those wonderful evening hours compensated pretty well for the missing sunrises and northern lights.

The light in winter is fantastic and the sky turns into fiery red magic a few minutes after sunset. The colours are simply unbelievable and it was a joy and privilege to experience these still moments.

I also uploaded the first gallery to our website. Please visit our Senja – Winter gallery if you fancy some more impressions from our trip.


  • Steve Gingold - 04/04/2014 - 23:05

    Yes, yes, yes! There are thousands of nice aurora images, but shots like this are not that plentiful. This is wonderful, Sandra. Worth the price of admission without the auroras, IMO. :-) ReplyCancel

~ Delicate spring beauty ~

I continue my “Beauty theme” with two photos of the delicate Wood anemones (Anemone nemorosa) that I already took two weeks ago! Spring is indeed running fast;)I was very happy when I came across this forest with lots of fresh and beautifully clean wood anemones and the place almost looked like an anemone carpet.

I never get tired of these little beauties and always enjoy my time with them.

Wood anemone


  • Adit Merkine - 31/03/2014 - 15:43

    Hi Sandra,

    My favorite is the first pic because of its composition and nice atmosphere.

    All the Best from sunny Israel,


  • Steve Gingold - 31/03/2014 - 18:06

    They are lovely and I am eager for our anemones to bloom here. As you might guess, I prefer the first. :-) ReplyCancel

~ Fjordland ~

There isn’t much to say about this photo that simply summarizes the beauty of the North for me: the calmness, quietness, softness and pure beauty of fjordland. Nothing can beat it for me, it has it all.

Have a nice weekend everyone!


  • Steve Gingold - 29/03/2014 - 18:58

    Fantastic, Sandra!!!! With the lovely soft light and sweet pastel palette you have created a superb scene. Awesome. :-) ReplyCancel

~ Black beauty ~

Back to my beauties;)I love taking backlit photos of the Pasque flower (Pulsatilla vulgaris) as it has such a beautiful silhouette. So this year, I went for a strong black & white processing – perhaps not everybody’s taste but I like to try something different from the ordinary.
I hope you enjoy:)

Pasque flower

Pasque flower Pulsatilla vulgaris

Pasque flower Pulsatilla vulgaris

  • Hilde - 26/03/2014 - 12:10

    wonderful Sandra! so special effect, and also love the blurry effect of the last one.
    greetings, HildeReplyCancel

  • Iker Aizkorbe Agirre - 26/03/2014 - 12:14

    Preciosas las tres Sandra!!!
    Qu técnica utilizaste para la toma de la foto?ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 26/03/2014 - 18:42

    Hi Sandra,
    I like the third photo very much!



  • Sandra Schänzer - 26/03/2014 - 20:48

    Many thanks Adit and Hilde!!!ReplyCancel

  • Steve Gingold - 27/03/2014 - 09:26

    A change is always good, Sandra. And this one is outstanding. The backlit silhouettes treated in Black and White are riveting.ReplyCancel

New cityscape: Rheinfelden (Aargau)

Our cityscapes gallery has a new member: Rheinfelden in canton Aargau. When I was taking the photos of the Rheinfelden riverside with its narrow old houses, I thought that it seems to be a mini Basel:)

Larger, up to 2500px wide, versions are available in the cityscape gallery on our website: Swiss cityscapes – Panorama gallery

Rheinfelden sunrise


  • Adit Merkine - 24/03/2014 - 18:12

    Hi Sandra,

    Beautiful pano pics! My preference is the first one, as I think the skies is more interesting.



~ Imperfect beauty ~

We are in full swing of spring and the Pasque flowers are not the only ones that I have visited in the past two weeks. The oxslips (Primula elatior) are already growing in large numbers in the lowland forests along the Rhine river and these photos are almost two weeks old. This flower was quite tall already and I pretty much liked the blossoms that look like a bunch of flowers. I didn’t really care that one of the leaves is missing – it is still a beauty for me; an imperfect beauty:)
For the tech freaks, I used an old but very nice Meyer Görlitz Telemagor 180mm lens for both photos.
This photo was taken shortly before sunset:

Oxslip (Primula elatior)

And this one just a few minutes later when the sun slowly disappeared behind the forest:
Wald-Schlüsselblume (Primula elatior)

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