I was looking for new cityscape opportunities after I was lucky enough to cover all four seasons for Laufenburg and Basel last year. So I was very happy that I discovered three new picturesque towns respectively villages and one of them is Bad Säckingen which is located next to the Swiss border about 35 km east of Basel. Bad Säckingen is a beautiful rural place with a sweet old town and famous as the “Trumpeteer’s City” because of the book “The Trumpeteer of Säckingen”, a novel by German author Joseph Victor von Scheffel. So here are my first three panos of Bad Säckingen and I’m very much looking forward to the coming weeks when the trees put on their spring dress. Please also view the large versions of the panoramas on our website in the Cityscape panorama gallery
Bad Säckingen Bad Säckingen Bad Säckingen

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 30/03/2015 - 07:29

    They are lovely :) I rember the hard work from the middle one Sandra ;)
    Fantastic pictures and hard work from you Sandra <3ReplyCancel

  • Hilde Van den Bosch - 30/03/2015 - 07:56

    Hello Sandra, I just took a look at your ‘Cityscape panorama gallery’ website. I only have one word: GORGEOUS!!! Those pictures are masterpieces! What a great job you did there.
    Also this trio of Bad Säckingen is wonderful!
    Have a nice week!ReplyCancel

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Mallards have been among my favourite birds all my life and it goes as far that my hubby is not allowed to eat ducks when I’m with him;)I just think they are beautiful birds, both the Lady and the Gentleman and very often just as much overlooked as the equally beautiful sparrows. So here are my first tries at serious mallard photography – I hope you like it:)
Female Mallard Male mallard

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 28/03/2015 - 06:10

    They are beautiful and this pictures are fantastic :) <3 Sandra.ReplyCancel

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It’s a bit colder again though I can clearly see the distinctive signs of spring on my daily walks like blooming magnolia trees. So it is high time to close my winter pics with these two photos of the endemic “Snow squirrel” of southern Germany. Noooo….:)Just kidding…:)These are still the same Red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris) that we photographed in autumn and early winter – I just love these funny chaps!
Red squirrel, Sciurus vulgaris Eichhörnchenl, Sciurus vulgaris

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 25/03/2015 - 06:20

    Awwww what a cuties and beautiful pictures Sandra :) <3ReplyCancel

  • Hilde Van den Bosch - 25/03/2015 - 12:00

    They are so cute!!!!!
    have a wonderful wednesday!ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 25/03/2015 - 18:38

    Hi Sandra,
    Beautiful images. Congrats!
    Such a beautiful creature!

    All the Best,
    AditReplyCancel

  • Sandra Schaenzer - 26/03/2015 - 15:36

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

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It is always hard to resist an icon but ever so often I find myself more satisfied with the “other” view of an iconic place. Tungeneset on Senja in Norway is one of those places! People arriving at the parking are heading hectically over the rocks to the little pool for the picture-perfect reflection of Okshornan mountains. Nothing wrong with that – it is absolutely a beautiful and extraordinary place! But sometimes it seems that it is just another tick off from the location list:(Well, the other side of this iconic view is also rather nice and I was very excited when I found these icicles in a tidal pool one afternoon. The next day, they were all washed away by a rather high tide.
Tungeneset Senja

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 23/03/2015 - 08:45

    People don’t take always the time for looking around for more beauty. I am happy you did this Sandra . It is fantastic with those colors and ice ❤ReplyCancel

  • Hilde Van den Bosch - 23/03/2015 - 09:53

    goodmorning Sandra, I come to enjoy your pictures of Norway. They are amazing.
    Have a nice day!ReplyCancel

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Thanks to the great support of my friend Oliver, I’ve recently got involved more and more into wildlife photography. We have some good places for bird photography close to Basel and I took this photo of a male Common merganser (Mergus merganser) enjoying the last rays of spring sun two weeks ago at the Rhine river.
Merganser (Mergus merganser)

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 21/03/2015 - 08:39

    He is a beauty and you have make a great picture from him Sandra :)ReplyCancel

  • Andreas Rößler - 21/03/2015 - 10:22

    Very nice!!!ReplyCancel

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On vacation, you sometimes only have one single occasion to take a photo and if you miss it, you probably might not be able to do it. This was one of those occasion when we arrived at one of my favourite Vesterålen spots and found some nice pools that were not frozen yet with a perfect reflection of the mountains covered in fresh snow. When we came back the next morning, the whole area was covered in ice and the reflection was gone. That photo is truly one of my favourite images of this trip!
Vesterålen

  • Robin Bræck Tøllefsen - 19/03/2015 - 05:37

    Beautiful picture SandraReplyCancel

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 19/03/2015 - 15:05

    Love this beautiful picture Sandra :) <3ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Schaenzer - 20/03/2015 - 05:53

    Tusen takk Robin / thanks Marjo for your comments and everyone for the likes! I wish I could be there now… ;)ReplyCancel

  • Hilde Van den Bosch - 20/03/2015 - 22:06

    Hello Sandra, I never get tired of looking at your wonderful pictures! What a great reflection!ReplyCancel

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I know that spring is in full swing when I find the Alpine squills (Scilla bifolia) in a local nature reserve near Basel. They are blooming in high numbers this year and it is a joy to view these tiny but beautiful flowers between the leaves of autumn. I’m a bit reluctant to shoot flowers this season and decided to photograph each flower not more than twice to avoid any more “overkill”. I’m lacking new ideas and I’m fed up with the same photos or bokeh every year. So at least, it was a good start with this group of Alpine squills as I have never done a “bunch of flower” photo in previous years. And I have one more time to look for other options…;)
Alpine quill, Scilla bifolia

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 16/03/2015 - 07:09

    Beautiful little flower with a wonderful color :) you have make a fantastic picture Sandra :) <3ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 16/03/2015 - 18:08

    Hi Sandra,

    I love the light and the colors. Very beautiful!
    I’m looking forward to seeing more of your images after my coming trip.

    All the Best,

    AditReplyCancel

  • Hilde Van den Bosch - 17/03/2015 - 16:45

    I love this flower, and I love this soft blue color. Yeah, spring is in the air!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Schaenzer - 18/03/2015 - 06:57

    Many thanks Hilde & Marjo for your kind comments and everyone for the likes – wow :o ! Enjoy spring everyone :)ReplyCancel

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Spring is just around the corner and the first early bloomers are already sticking their heads out so I think it is time to say farewell to winter! It has been a fantastic winter with lots of snow and ice and this evening in the Black forest (Germany) was truly a mood to remember. The winter colours in the crisp air were just gorgeous and the snow on the fir trees was the icing on the cake. Bye-bye winter – I’m already looking forward to greeting you again in December:)
Schwarzwald Black forest Schwarzwald

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 14/03/2015 - 18:13

    Dreaming pictures with lovely colors :) The best way to say goodby winter and welcome spring!! What a fantastic and beautiful pictures Sandra <3 :)ReplyCancel

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These everlasting sunrise/sunset hours never stopped to fascinate me on our Norway trip in January. No stress, no need to hurry, take your time to choose a perfect location – the light won’t be gone in just ten minutes as at home but stay for about 90 minutes:)
I took these photos over 60 minutes apart from each other and the quality of light just remained a dream. Wonderful Vesterålen!
Vesterålen Vesterålen

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 12/03/2015 - 06:08

    Awww both are beautiful with there colors. But for some reason I love the first one it most :) Fantastic pictures Sandra <3ReplyCancel

  • Robin Bræck Tøllefsen - 12/03/2015 - 06:26

    Fantastic pictures sandra. The light up here is greatReplyCancel

  • Sandra Schaenzer - 12/03/2015 - 20:40

    Many thanks Marjo – tusen takk Robin for your kind comments and THANKS everyone for your likes. I’m really happy :)ReplyCancel

  • Hilde Van den Bosch - 14/03/2015 - 15:31

    sunshine, my only sunshine…. you make me happy, when skies are grey…!
    Great Sandra, especially the first one!
    wish you a nice weekendReplyCancel

  • Richard Gubert - 21/03/2015 - 08:31

    Danke für die wunderbaren Bilder und auch für die guten Kommentare dazu!ReplyCancel

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A Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla) invasion happens every couple of years and 2015 was one of those occasions. I read about the arrival of millions of bramblings just around Basel while we were in Norway and I was extremely happy that they were still there after our return. We visited their resting place twice and it truly was a memorable experience to watch huge swarms of birds flying in and settling on the trees and bushes for the night. We unfortunately were not lucky with some interesting sky but I think these three pics are worth showing. Hope you enjoy!
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla) Bergfinken (Fringilla montifringilla) Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 09/03/2015 - 06:50

    Ohhh that must be spectacular to see and to hear so many birds!! Fantastic pictures Sandra <3ReplyCancel

  • Patricia Faulkner - 09/03/2015 - 21:31

    wow that is a lot of bird and biggest everReplyCancel

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I discovered this picturesque little stream on Senja during our last visit in autumn 2014 and I had already been dead sure that I would return to this spot in winter. So we were waiting for the right moment during our stay in January and I was delighted when the sky suddenly cleared on a dull day. You can still see the bad weather clouds moving away in these pictures and they made for a picture-perfect background.
Senja Senja

  • Robin Bræck Tøllefsen - 06/03/2015 - 06:14

    Beautiful picture’s Sandra <3 A really great location :-)ReplyCancel

  • Harald Meierjohann - 06/03/2015 - 14:06

    Wunderbares Licht!ReplyCancel

  • Photo(geo)grapher - 06/03/2015 - 15:40

    Beautiful photosReplyCancel

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 06/03/2015 - 17:26

    <3 wonderful place and beautiful pictures Sandra :)ReplyCancel

  • Jarek - 06/03/2015 - 17:30

    Great colours, excellent composition… bautiful photos.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Schaenzer - 06/03/2015 - 18:59

    Lieben Dank Harald – Bedankt Marjo – Tusen takk Robin! Thanks everyone for your likes – very happy you all like it :)ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 07/03/2015 - 08:43

    Hi Sandra,

    Stunning shots. Congrats!

    All the Best,

    AditReplyCancel

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I had not been visiting Myrland beach very often on our previous trips to the Lofoten Islands so it was a sort of “fresh” location for me. I was amazed about the endless opportunities depending on tide and wind that I found on this very small beautiful beach. Here is selection of what this location has to offer – a place I definitely will return to… if we ever come back;)
Myrland beach Myrland beach Myrland beach

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 03/03/2015 - 17:44

    Ohhhh it is so beautiful to see how the water is playing around the rocks and that amazing and wonderful color blue :) You have make fantastic pictures Sandra <3ReplyCancel

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I always took the opportunity to grab sort of “side products” of the old oak tree and the surrounding cherry trees while I was taking photos for my 4-seasons-project (see ~ Perfection ~ for the result). I would like to start with this photo from late December when it was heavily snowing – I hope you enjoy!
Wintersingen

  • Jarek - 01/03/2015 - 10:02

    Beautiful winter photo!ReplyCancel

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 01/03/2015 - 10:25

    This trees are amazing to see and you have make a great picture Sandra :) <3ReplyCancel

  • Hilde Van den Bosch - 02/03/2015 - 13:14

    very beautiful!!! very atractive trees. love the contrast between the 2 forms.ReplyCancel

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