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


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


I can’t really describe my feelings when I read about a huge solar storm that was supposed to hit the Earth in two days – and this after we had not had a single clear night in eight days since we had been in Norway! I was even more excited when I read that the weather forecast predicted clear weather exactly for that one night:o:oIt all came out well and we experienced a magic KP 6 night that exceeded our expectations.

Aurora borealis
Corona after corona exploded above our heads and the light of the aurora seemed to rain on the landscape. The lights were so colourful from green over blue to red and lots of magenta. We had never seen magenta northern lights before and it was simply amazing.

These are the first two shots I would like to show you. It took some time to process them – I’m still overwhelmed by that night and cannot stop looking at our photos:)

  • Robin Bræck Tøllefsen - 29/09/2014 - 05:18

    Really beautiful picture’s Sandra :-) Happy that you could enjoy at least one night with Aurora <3 The did'nt do their Job ;-) ReplyCancel

  • Robin Bræck Tøllefsen - 29/09/2014 - 05:22

    Really beautiful picture’s Sandra.The Trolls did some work for you ;-) Glad you got at least one night with Aurora ;-) Hopefully better conditions next timeReplyCancel

  • Norma - 29/09/2014 - 05:35

    That first photo is particularly amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Ivar Isaksen - 29/09/2014 - 06:36

    Congratulations, really Beautiful pictures of aurora above the Lyngen Alps :-)

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 29/09/2014 - 08:23

    Wow Sandra they are so beautiful!!! The lady on here best :) what I show must this have been! I am happy that you have see al this beauty :)ReplyCancel

  • Opti Phot - 29/09/2014 - 10:06

    Great, simply great…!ReplyCancel

  • Hamza Farooq - 29/09/2014 - 10:59

    Jaw dropping

  • Adit Merkine - 29/09/2014 - 17:11

    Hi Sandra,

    Breath taking pics! It deserved waiting so long…



  • Ad En Leonne van den Bosch - 30/09/2014 - 05:21

    Breathtaking Sandra! ReplyCancel


I hope you are not bored yet from even some more Black forest photos! We really had a great summer time exploring the various gorges and streams in the southern part of the area and here are three photos that show the beauty of the Black forest.

St. Blasien

St. Blasien

St. Blasien
  • Hilde Van den Bosch - 27/09/2014 - 07:30

    I never go bored of those forest photos Sandra! they look just coming out of a faairy-tale. Adore them!
    Second one is my favorite in this serie!
    Nice weekend, HildeReplyCancel

  • Jürgen Weginger - 27/09/2014 - 07:41

    Ich glaube da muss ich auch einmal hin! HerrlichReplyCancel

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 27/09/2014 - 08:33

    Sandra how can you say that ! Your photo’s are fantastic to see and this 3 are so lovely to see :) They are all beautiful !!!ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 27/09/2014 - 15:32

    Hi Sandra,

    Very beautiful, as always.

    Best from hot Israel,


  • Håvard Larsen - 02/10/2014 - 07:58

    Beautiful photos.ReplyCancel


The day after my Senja blues was the only day with the sun shining from a blue sky! To be honest, I hate those days on a holiday because it means a very hectic day when we rush from location to location to make the most of the time. Well, I had a relaxed start into the day when I went to this location for sunrise. Actually, it was the opposite side of my previous shot:)Blue hour was very nice with pink tones (I will show a photo later this month) but I was very happy when all came together and the sun illuminated the mountain peaks. What a wonderful moment!

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 24/09/2014 - 05:13

    Beautiful to start you day on this way!! Its amazing to see this mountain double in the water!! Great photo Sandra :)ReplyCancel

  • Iwan Groot - 24/09/2014 - 14:57
  • Adit Merkine - 25/09/2014 - 07:35

    Hi Sandra,

    It’s beautiful!




I really must admit (and some of my friends will be able to confirm;)) that I indeed suffered from the Senja blues after all this bad weather the first days!! But just sitting inside was no option either and we spent every dry moment outside. This little bog was not too far away and we made a nice evening stroll to it and waited with photos until the blue hour started as the sun had decided to stay behind thick clouds again.

At the very end, I took the shots for this panorama which I like very much. It is also available larger in our Norway panorama gallery. Just click on the thumbnail to view a larger, up to 2500px wide version (depending on your window size). I hope you enjoy!

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 21/09/2014 - 10:27

    WOW I knew it the big one is realy beautiful!!!! Sandra instead the bad weather you have had on your vacation there will be always a moment that you make beautiful pictures. <3

  • Jim Flowers - 21/09/2014 - 13:21

    Love this Sandra Schaenzer! Light is light, even if it is that of such a subdued nature! Such “subtle” drama in lovely hues and shapes. Just Wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Steve Gingold - 21/09/2014 - 15:25

    It is always difficult to deal with the disappointment of unattained preconceived visions. But you overcame it and produced a fine image, Sandra. Although spectacular scenery is most always our first choice, sometimes the less spectacular gives us sights that were unimagined and remarkable just the same. Well worth the effort. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 21/09/2014 - 15:54

    Hi Sandra,

    A beautiful compostion, reflection and colors. Congrats!



  • Carlos Augusto Silveira Pinto - 22/09/2014 - 18:05

    Beautiful capture Sandra Schaenzer! Congratulations! ReplyCancel

  • Hilde Van den Bosch - 23/09/2014 - 21:26

    wooow, soooooo beautiful Sandra! great those colours and the reflection. this view makes me feel like a humble person in front of such majestic nature.ReplyCancel

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