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The viewpoint high above of Fajã dos Cubres belongs to the must-see’s of the island of São Jorge as it is a wonderful and unique little piece of landscape. The rugged coastline with its up to 400 m high cliffs is breathtaking and the flat Fajãs accentuate the abruption of the landscape.
I went up there all alone that morning and it was just magic. The silence of the night when I arrived, soon turned into a morning song: the birds started singing, the waves crashed against the lava rocks way down at the beach and the wind played with the leaves of the trees behind me. The sun rose between the clouds and bathed the ocean, the dramatic clouds and the upper parts of the coast in warm light.
I was completely overwhelmed by the beauty of this scene and almost forgot to press the shutter. Well, luckily only almost
It was our last day at the Lofoten Islands and we were still overwhelmed by the last night with gorgeous northern lights. Our day trip to Reine had been accompanied by heavy snow storms with complete white-outs on the road when we returned to Leknes.
When we came across the pass of Napp, I noticed a leak in the thick clouds and thought that it might be near Haukland or Uttakleiv and so we decided to turn left at the junction instead of heading to Leknes. It was a dead right decision as the leak was exactly over Uttakleiv and the warm setting sun bathed the mountains into warm light. There was another large group of photographers around, so it was not easy to compose but I’m quite happy with this photo that shows the strength of the weather as well as the tranquility of the light.
When we returned to Leknes, we were greeted by the snow storm again. But as we know by now, this had not been the end of the night – the snow storm passed and we experienced the most magical night with northern lights of our life.
I spent quite some time with my friends Karen and Ruthie in the Jewish neighbourhood of Nachlaot in Jerusalem. It is a very charming, calm quarter of an elsewhere busy city. There are old courtyards, narrow alleys and of course Jewish synagogues.
When I came across this synagogue, I was very fascinated by the colourful art of the door with the twelve symbols and the mixture between these old traditional symbols with mod cons like the world clock or the charity box. The twelve carvings symbolise the 12 tribes of Israel and origin to the twelve sons of Jacob (many thanks to Ruthie for the explanation!!). I was just lucky when the old man came across and went into the synagogue.
I wonder how you like both versions: I like the colour of the door on the one hand but also like the simplicity of the whole scene in the monochrome version. Looking forward to your views!
We are just back from 17 + 1 wonderful days on the islands of the Azores. Why 17 + 1? Well, SATA airlines decided to keep us one day longer on São Miguel and we had an extra night in Lisbon before we returned to Switzerland.
All three islands – São Miguel, São Jorge and Pico – were unique and very much different from each other but São Miguel is the most touristic so far. We spent the majority of our time on São Jorge and Pico which turned out to be a perfect decision. The light on the Azores in the early morning and just before sunset is one of the most dramatic light that I have ever come across – just amazing! I think it is due to the high humidity in the air which actually does not fall below 80%. The colours during these few minutes are simply gorgeous.
Well, we are just back and I have not had the time to fully review our photos but I would like to share this photo that I took one morning from Pico Island with you. The rocks belong to Pico while the sun rises behind the mountains of São Jorge.
It was epic.
En Gedi is a beautiful Nature Reserve just next to the Dead Sea with rugged wadis, waterfalls and lots of wildlife.
The Rock hyrax (Procavia capensis) are not really shy and can be observed well just from the car. We spent a long time with these sweet animals and were also lucky to see some young baby hyrax. I also would like to say TODA – Thank you – to my friend Karen for the great day and letting me borrow her 500mm lens!
Aren’t they cute?
Over two months have passed since this night but it still seems to be like yesterday. It was remarkable, epic, incomparable and I will never ever forget that night on the Lofoten Islands when the sky rained green fire on me.
Hope you can still bear these two photos
This was actually the question I asked myself most of the time that I spent in Jerusalem. Six days are simply not enough to fully understand Israel and the complexity of the history and the resulting issues. I learnt a lot from my friends Karen and Ruthie and got some great insight into the daily life in Jerusalem when I met and talked to people which I greatly appreciated and enjoyed. But the problems and tension are always around when you stroll through Jerusalem – just like in this small alley in the Jewish quarter of Makhane Yehuda.
It was a magical morning at Metzoke Dragot, high above the Dead Sea last week in Israel. My friend Karen and I started very early from Jerusalem and arrived just in time for the sunrise behind the mountains of Jordan. The clouds made it a very dramatic setting and we both enjoyed the mood and atmosphere of this fantastic start into the day.
I really had only one day this year to take photographs of my beloved Pasque flowers. Actually, I only had two minutes good light that Sunday morning last week. One reason was the long winter with bad spring weather that had made it impossible for me to visit the meadow when I had time. The other reason was that we hardly were at home and traveling when the flowers started to bloom. Well, clearly a case of “You can’t have it all”
So I enjoyed my short time with these beautiful flowers very much and hope for a better year in 2014.
I’m just back with wonderful memories from a great week in Israel. I visited my friend Karen who is a fantastic photographer and shares my love for birds. So it was dead sure that we would also go birdwatching during my stay which we did in a quarry south-east of Tel Aviv.
The White-throated kingfisher, also known as the Smyrna Kingfisher, is a beautiful bird of the kingfisher family with its white breast, brown body and the turquoise wings and tail. We were lucky to spot this chap in the warm morning light and came across him again in harsher light but with a lizard in his beak. He was ready to offer the prey to his Lady and I unfortunately missed him posing nicely by a fraction of a second but caught him in flight instead. In the end, I’m happy about both pictures as his gorgeous blue plumage can be seen well in the second photo.
I would like to share two more photos that I took during the night in Nigüelas in Spain during our Easter break. It is indeed a new field but it is fun – and I’m following up on it in Jerusalem currently!
We spent six days in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, explored the Tropical Coast and admired the glorious history and moorish architecture of Granada. We had our base was in the wonderful Casa de Lino in Nigüelas and spent one night in the fancy Alhambra Palace Hotel
Please enjoy reading the travelogue and viewing the photos.
The Rigi mountain, situated high above Lake Lucerne, is one of the most famous mountains in central Switzerland and called “the queen of the mountains”.
I took this photo on a very cold evening in February and I was just amazed by the mood, wind, colours and atmosphere above the sea of fog.
Good night, Rigi!