I have visited this remote and very hidden waterfall a few times during summer and early autumn in the southern part of the Black forest. This little gem doesn’t even have a name and I always have a hard time to find it again;)When I visited the waterfall the last time, autumn has just begun and colours started to change. The water level was good though not high and I used the opportunity for this large panorama. It is worth checking the large, up to 2500px wide, version on my website to see all those wonderful details: Hidden beauty – large version Click the thumbnail of the first image and the largest version will open. Enjoy:)

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 31/10/2014 - 08:09

    You find always beautiful things around you Sandra! ! What a beautiful fairytale waterfall and place :) I think you must give it your name :). Fantastic picture :)ReplyCancel


I’m still processing and reviewing photos from our weekend trip around the Grimsel area end of September. The autumn colours were great and I was happy about the location that I had chosen as it offered lots of different compositions and elements. I always find it amazing how quickly the light and the mood change early in the morning. These photos were taken just 10 to 12 minutes apart and while the one shows the nice hues of the blue hour, the other one has become a dream in pink just minutes before sunrise.

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 30/10/2014 - 06:07

    What a wonderful pictures Sandra!! Its amazing to see how fast the sky is change from colors :) Beautiful to start my day with this beautiful pictures <3ReplyCancel

  • Hilde Van den Bosch - 30/10/2014 - 08:49

    awesome! yeah, just amazing the change of colours! you created a nice depht in the second photo.
    great work SandraReplyCancel

  • Sandra Schaenzer - 30/10/2014 - 12:41

    Many thanks Hilde & Marjo! Looking back, it also amazes me how quickly the clouds developed from blue hour to almost sunrise time :oReplyCancel


We only got one good day in our six days on Senja last September and unfortunately only had about three hours to explore a really small part of the Anderdalen Nasjonalpark. We did not get far because this national park is a true bog wonderland! The pine and beech trees looked wonderful with the autumn setting of yellow grass and dark pools and was an endless playground. I hope you enjoy these three photos.

Anderdalen Nasjonalpark


Anderdalen Nationalpark
  • Louis Foulon - 28/10/2014 - 06:42

    Beautiful images!

    gr LouisReplyCancel

  • Hilde Van den Bosch - 28/10/2014 - 07:23

    wonderful landscape Sandra! evenso the pictures! it’s a pitty you had 5 bad days, but that’s Norway. it can rain a lot overthere.
    greetings from HildeReplyCancel

  • Sandra Schaenzer - 28/10/2014 - 12:55

    Many thanks Louis & Hilde. Yes that’s Norway and this time we were extremely unlucky : More luck next time!ReplyCancel

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 28/10/2014 - 16:23

    Sandra you have make the very best of this day you had. This are pictures and view to sit down and dreaming! ! Special number 3 is so beautiful <3 :)ReplyCancel

  • Sonja Jordan - 29/10/2014 - 06:27

    Sehr schön, ich liebe diesen Nationalpark!ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 29/10/2014 - 17:17

    Hi Sandra,

    Beautiful pics, as always.



  • Jim Flowers - 31/10/2014 - 07:15

    Bogs and Fens are some of the most “less known” and misunderstood wonders on planet earth and I am totally in love with and obsessed by them. I can spend hours exploring the flora of these Jewels. Such lovely imagery Sandra Schaenzer!!!ReplyCancel


While I was looking back at my spring / summer photos, I found these exposures that I have not processed so far. I do fairly like them as they were taken in a rather picturesque part of Baselbiet after a period with lots of rain. It is only a short drive from Basel and I used the opportunity for a forest stroll when the rain eventually stopped. I still remember the wonderful atmosphere and the fresh air after the rain.



  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 25/10/2014 - 06:12

    Ohhhhh what a beautiful place!!! Lovely waterfall in a fairytale view. All pictures are fantastic Sandra my favourite is nr 2 <3.ReplyCancel

  • Keith Carver - 25/10/2014 - 10:09

    These are all wonderful images, Sandra. I love all the different shades of green. ReplyCancel

  • Jim Flowers - 25/10/2014 - 10:51

    Beautiful and would love to be there!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Schaenzer - 25/10/2014 - 12:27

    Many thanks Keith, Jim & Marjo!ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 25/10/2014 - 15:22

    Hi Sandra,

    My favorites are the second and third pics.
    The composition is very beautiful and the colors are so vivid. Congrats!



  • Steve Gingold - 25/10/2014 - 15:40

    Green!!! Very nice, Sandra. Even a swirl to make you happy. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Hilde Van den Bosch - 25/10/2014 - 21:36

    wonderful pictures Sandra, as always when I come by! I love especially the first one with the rocksnearly hanging over the water!
    have a nice sunday! greetings, Hilde

  • Sandra Schaenzer - 26/10/2014 - 05:59

    Thank you, too Steve and Hilde – happy you enjoyed the pics :)ReplyCancel


Due to storm and heavy rain, I had to wait until the very last day for taking photos in this wonderful location near Skjervøy! I had seen the potential of this place during earlier stops but it just had either been too stormy or too wet or both for setting up the gear. So I only had these two hours to explore the area and it was a hell lot of fun:)I could have spent days and weeks in different conditions including northern lights here but yes… it was just a short holiday:(Anyway, I enjoyed my playtime very much and here are two of many photos that I took in this autumnal playground.


I also would like to mention that our trip report Norway – Troms 2014: Arctic whims of weather is now online with lots of information and photos. I hope you enjoy!
  • Jürgen Weginger - 22/10/2014 - 07:08

    Autumn in Norway is always worth for a surprise. Where exactly is this Location?ReplyCancel

    • Sandra Schänzer - 22/10/2014 - 07:17

      Wie wahr Jürgen :) Steht doch im Text oben: Skjervøy. Aber eigentlich findet man solche Stellen an vielen Orten entlang der Fjorde.ReplyCancel

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 22/10/2014 - 07:13

    Bad weather ore not the time that you had. Have you make great pictures!!! Those amazing colors and that little blue hole on the sky :)) Sandra they are fantastic :)ReplyCancel

  • Steve Gingold - 22/10/2014 - 08:34

    Two nice perspectives, Sandra. Great foregrounds and in the first you got a small mountain close up too. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Robin Bræck Tøllefsen - 22/10/2014 - 08:55

    Beautiful picture’s Sandra <3 Next time you must take a trip to Ullsfjord :-) ReplyCancel

  • Hilde Van den Bosch - 22/10/2014 - 09:43

    Amazing! such beautiful colors!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ivar Isaksen - 22/10/2014 - 09:56

    WOW beautiful, This I have Just outside our doors but do not see it, though I know where it is :-(

  • Tatiana Mikhaleva - 22/10/2014 - 14:19

    The contrast of cold and warm shades gives special taste to these pictures. I believe they are perfect technically but I’m speaking about esthetic effect, SandraReplyCancel

  • Sandra Schaenzer - 22/10/2014 - 15:08

    Many thanks Tatiana, Ivar, Hilde, Steve & Robin for your kind comments and everyone for the likes!!! Not sure why my comments don’t show up under yours anymore so here is a big thank you to all of you :) I know what you mean Tatiana :) Ullsfjord is very nice, too Robin!!! There will be some more “next times” – I’m sure =DReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 22/10/2014 - 15:58

    Hi Sandra,

    Very impressive colors! You simply painted with the camera. Congrats!

    All the Best,



Time is just running too quickly and it’s already been more than three weeks ago since I took these photos one beautiful September morning in the Swiss Jura. I was not really happy with sunrise itself (the second photo) but the stronger sunlight just five minutes later bathed the hills in a glorious orange light. This is a the typical Jura atmosphere that I always soak in and enjoy to the fullest.


  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 20/10/2014 - 06:34

    Wow I love both pictures :) the first one because that amazing light. It gives some mystique on the mountains. The second one is just wonderful with the sun as a star and the red glow. Sandra you have make fantastic pictures :)ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 20/10/2014 - 17:31

    Hi Sandra,

    The pics are very beautiful, as always.

    All the Best from Israel,


  • Hilde Van den Bosch - 21/10/2014 - 20:59

    amazing Sandra! I walked in the Jura for several times.ReplyCancel


We have seen a couple of coronas since we travel to Norway but the night, when we experienced the KP6-7 solar storm, was exceptional! Corona after corona exploded over our heads! When the one was over and the colours fainted, the next started just next to it. A true firework and an unbelievable and unforgettable sight – simply a night that we will never forget in our lives.

Aurora borealis
Corona aurora borealis
  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 16/10/2014 - 05:13

    The Lady in all the beauty she have :) A night that even we in The Netherlands where hopeful to see here. We didn’t. But lucky you have had a crazy night there up :) Fantastic pictures Sandra :) <3ReplyCancel

  • Robin Bræck Tøllefsen - 16/10/2014 - 05:20

    Really beautiful <3 ReplyCancel

  • Hans Weenink - 16/10/2014 - 15:11

    fantastic Sandra!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Schaenzer - 16/10/2014 - 16:48

    Thank you very much Hans, Marjo & Robin and everyone for your visit! Glad you like the pics :)ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 16/10/2014 - 19:02

    Hi Sandra,
    I remember you showed me these photos in Basel. I enjoy looking at them again and again. These are fantastic captures! Congrats!

    All the Best from Slovenia,


I don’t have a clue why I have not come across this little picturesque lake earlier as it is only about 35 km away from Basel and easy to reach. So we eventually spent a nice summer evening late August at this lake and enjoyed a light summer dinner in the lakeside restaurant before we explored the area for a suitable location. We were blessed with a beautiful sunset and we are already looking forward to autumn colours later this month.

Bad Säckingen
  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 14/10/2014 - 05:15

    It maybe a sunset when you make this beautiful pictures Sandra. But is also fantastic to start you day with :) Have a great day :)ReplyCancel

  • Hilde Van den Bosch - 14/10/2014 - 06:56

    what a gorgeous sunset Sandra! so beatiful it’s reflection in the water!
    and indeed a wonderful location. it’s fine, isn’t it, if you still can find such nice places you didn’t know.
    greetings, HildeReplyCancel

  • Sandra Schaenzer - 14/10/2014 - 07:31

    Indeed Hilde – it always surprised me and I’m very much looking forward to some nice autumn foliage!ReplyCancel


When we spent one of the rare good summer weekends in the Swiss Alps, I was not only lucky with a beautiful sunrise (see this post: ~ Mythen sunrise ~ ) but was also blessed with a very nice sunset. Emmetten is located high above Lake Lucerne and offers great views across the lake to both sides. The first photo was taken at sunrise when the first light hit the steep slopes:

Lake Lucerne

Wonderful colours at sunset:
Lake Lucerne

Vierwaldstätter See
  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 11/10/2014 - 05:25

    Wow what a fantastic view you have there Sandra !!! The pictures are all wonderful, but the middle one is a fairytale :) :)ReplyCancel

  • Robin Bræck Tøllefsen - 11/10/2014 - 05:43

    Really great stuff you are posting <3 ReplyCancel


The photos, that I show you today, are a good example why bad weather is no reason to stop taking pictures! There was no hope for sunset colours but the sun occasionally found a hole in the thick bank of clouds and created wonderful sun beams across the Lyngen Alps. This spectacle happened three days in a row and we breathlessly took photos while admiring the ever changing view from our terrace. I have the feeling I took thousands of sun beam shots:)so here are the first two that I would like to share with you.

Lyngen Alps

Lyngen Alps
  • Sonja Jordan - 08/10/2014 - 05:58

    Genialst, Sandra!! :-) Solche “sunbeams” sind schon wirklich klasse!ReplyCancel

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 08/10/2014 - 19:27

    Ohhh this are beautiful photo’s :) This sunbeams are so wonderful. Sandra glad you was outside to take this pictures even the weather was bad :)ReplyCancel

  • Robin Bræck Tøllefsen - 21/10/2014 - 14:58

    No bad weather ;-) Beautiful picture’s Sandra Schaenzer <3 ReplyCancel

  • Carrie Yugar - 22/10/2014 - 20:46

    Breathtakingly Beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • Tatjana Lutz - 23/10/2014 - 16:23

    Das ist unglaublich schön! :)ReplyCancel


Please excuse the German title but there is no reasonable translation for this play on words. I took these photos a week ago at sunrise in the Grimsel area; a region that truly fascinates me. The giants of the Bernese Oberland are performing a parade with their corresponding glaciers and the autumn vegetation was the perfect foreground for this impressive panorama. Most of the peaks have the name Aar in it, hence the pun. The highest peaks from left to right are the Oberaarhorn, Finsteraarhorn, Zinggenstock in the foreground and Lauteraarhorn followed by the Schreckhorn. It was a perfect morning, pure magic!

Oberaar panorama
Oberaar panorama

  • Andrew Hardacre - 05/10/2014 - 06:08

    These take me back 30 years to a holiday with my late brother in the Berner Oberland. Happy memories. Wonderful pics.ReplyCancel

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 05/10/2014 - 08:35

    This looks amazing. The golden glow on the mountains and the reflection in the water. Autumn in all here beauty :) Fantastic photo’s Sandra :)ReplyCancel

  • Mike Bale - 06/10/2014 - 10:13

    Stunning contrast between the colour variants and the sun lighting the peaks. Great. ReplyCancel


Autumn starts about a month earlier up there in northern Norway than here in Switzerland and we are quite happy that we are able to enjoy a sort of extended autumn this year:)
The colours of the bushes and leaves had already started to turn red and yellow when we arrived in Norway and I decided to go for more intimate shots with shallow depth-of-field. The fern as well as the fir and beech trees worked in perfect harmony with the colourful vegetation and I was delighted about this playground when the weather was dull and grey!

Fir tree

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 03/10/2014 - 06:19

    Beautiful this foggy fore ground!! Wonderful colors from Autumn ReplyCancel

  • Hilde Van den Bosch - 03/10/2014 - 10:45

    very special effect with this blurred foreground. beautiful, evenso the colours!
    have a nice weekend Sandra!ReplyCancel

  • Adit - 04/10/2014 - 18:17

    Hi Sandra,

    Beautiful autumn colors and a brilliant idea!
    I love especially the vertical pic.

    All the Best,



Something fresh for a change from last weekend:)After all those bad weather summer weekends, we finally spent a weekend in the Bernese alps and enjoyed a wonderful night under the stars. So I would like to share this photo of the milky way with you and must say that I’m very pleased with the file quality of the Sony A7r at high ISO. My Canon cameras have become true backup cameras now:)

Grimsel milky way
  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 01/10/2014 - 08:23

    What a wonderful and amazing view on the night sky!!! Sandra it must be fantastic to see the night sky and Milky Way so clear :)ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 01/10/2014 - 16:48

    Hi Sandra,




  • Håvard Larsen - 02/10/2014 - 09:09

    beautiful image.ReplyCancel

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