We changed our mind and left the Lofoten earlier than planned – mainly due to the bad weather but also because we wanted to see something different and remembered that we had dreamt of seeing the Vesterålen Islands in winter. So I searched and booked a wonderful apartment near Sortland and we left the Lofoten Islands four nights early. It was a dead right decision as we were following the polar night further north and could enjoy the wonderful pink and blue light even more. But… wait! Not only that light:)Lady Aurora decided to dance for us almost every night and I especially liked her dance in this night when it was still almost full moon. If I lived up there, I would only take aurora shots with moonlight but when you are on holiday, you have to take what you get. But I must admit that these moonlit shots belong to my alltime favourites:)

  • Adit Merkine - 29/01/2015 - 18:24

    Hi Sandra,
    Very beautiful. Congrats!

    All the Best from frozen Norway,

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 29/01/2015 - 18:53

    SA*GA Photography ~ Moments in Light ~ just beautiful it have everything from a wonderful winternight dear Sandra :) <3ReplyCancel


The weather was very unsettled during our first days in Norway but the blue light of the polar night was truly enough to fascinate me! I always enjoy “playtime at the beach” and as it wasn’t too windy, I was able to grab a few long but also shorter exposures to retain some detail in the water. Well, a trip to Norway would not be complete for me without waiting for the perfect wave:P
Myrland Myrland

  • Hilde Van den Bosch - 27/01/2015 - 13:02

    Nice! and the pictures are really ‘blue’ReplyCancel

  • Steve Gingold - 27/01/2015 - 21:02

    Wonderful blues, Sandra. The circular motion in the first is quite an interesting feature.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Schaenzer - 27/01/2015 - 21:34

    Thank you very much Hilde & Steve for your kind comments and everyone for likes and comments on Facebook. MUCH appreciated :)ReplyCancel

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 28/01/2015 - 18:52

    It must be amazing to see this with your own eyes this beautiful and intense blue colors. Wonderful pictures Sandra <3ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 28/01/2015 - 20:28

    Hi Sandra,

    Very beautiful and stunning. Congrats!
    I love the soft atmosphere of the images.

    All the Best from gloomy arctic Norway,


Winter in the arctic around the end of the polar night is just amazing. The colours are intense but still full of very soft pastel hues. I took this photo one early afternoon early January when umbra was at its best – I really must admit that I preferred the umbra side very much to the sunrise side of the islands;)

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 24/01/2015 - 06:56

    What a intense and beautiful colors in this wonderful picture Sandra :) And that view wow <3ReplyCancel

  • Hilde Van den Bosch - 24/01/2015 - 08:28

    just amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 24/01/2015 - 16:17

    Hi Sandra,

    A great shot! Beautiful composition and colors. Congrats!

    All the Best from gloomy Andenes,


  • Sandra Schaenzer - 24/01/2015 - 21:00

    Thank you very much Marjo & Hilde & Adit for your kind comments and EVERYONE for your likes – much appreciated! This location is deep in my heart <3ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Holsten - 28/01/2015 - 04:36

    This one is my favorite! Great job Sandra!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Schaenzer - 29/01/2015 - 09:21

    Thanks Nancy – more from the North in the pipeline ;)ReplyCancel


We are back from our winter holiday on the Lofoten Islands, Vesterålen and Senja and I must say that this time of the year is by far the most impressive for me! The sun does not come above the horizon but who needs the sun if you have such beautiful pastell pink and blue colours? We were following the polar night up north in the course of our journey and were fascinated by the tender blue tones of the everlasting blue hour – truly uncomparable to our blue hour. So here is my first pano shot that I took on our first stretch on the Lofoten Islands when the mood was still winterly. It is a panorama and if you fancy the large, up to 2500px wide version, please visit our Norway panorama gallery on our website.

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 21/01/2015 - 07:39

    Ohhhh what a intense and beautiful colors :) I <3 that blue and the snow! ! Beautiful Sandra :)ReplyCancel

  • Robin Bræck Tøllefsen - 21/01/2015 - 07:41

    One of the best picture’s i have ever seen <3 Really great Sandra :-)ReplyCancel

  • Jean-Marie Déant - 21/01/2015 - 08:50

    blue symphony ! very beautiful light. ConratulationsReplyCancel

  • Sandra Schaenzer - 21/01/2015 - 17:58

    Tusen takk Robin – I’m blushing :o ;) Bedankt Marjo – very happy you enjoy it!!! Thank you very much Jean-Marie!ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 22/01/2015 - 12:14

    Hi Sandra,
    This is a great pano. Congrats!



It is not very long ago that I took this photo back home in Switzerland but it seems to be ages! I also cannot believe that our holiday in Norway comes to an end tomorrow and I’m very happy about what we experienced and achieved. All colours have been covered: blue, pink and green and I really must admit that I did not miss the sun at all! These enchanting, subtle pastell colours made me perfectly happy! So here is one photo of early December that I like pretty much and sorts of takes me back home. Bye Norway – hello Switzerland;)
Golden fog

  • Hilde Van den Bosch - 20/01/2015 - 00:03

    beautiful Sandra!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Holsten - 28/01/2015 - 04:37

    Another top shot!!! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Schaenzer - 29/01/2015 - 09:20

    Thanks once again for your kind comments Nancy & Hilde!!! <3ReplyCancel


I just would like to show you another photo from that magic afternoon early December before the photos disappear in a gallery on my website. Well, it was cold when I was waiting for the blue hour opposite of the famous Ankenballen but not as cold as it is right now here in Norway where we had -17°C a few days ago when I was shooting along a fjord. But both conditions have the wonderful blue light in common that adds to the icy feeling of a cold day. I showed a photo from the same day when the light was still golden last month >> ~ Freezing fog ~

  • Adit Merkine - 14/01/2015 - 20:55

    Hi Sandra,

    The image is very beautiful, as always. I love the harmony of the colors and the composition of course. Congrats!
    I hope you and Gerd are having a good time in Norway, although the freezing temp.

    Safe travels and All the Best,

  • Hilde Van den Bosch - 16/01/2015 - 23:02


  • Nancy Holsten - 28/01/2015 - 04:38

    Another killer shot! Love this!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Schaenzer - 29/01/2015 - 09:19

    Thanks a lot Nancy & Hilde – much appreciated :)ReplyCancel


Endless opportunities and idyllic places around every corner – this is the Black forest! These two photos were taken off the beaten track in the Hotzenwald. Every time we go, we discover more beautiful spots that are not mentioned in any guides. You only have to walk with open eyes and an open heart to discover the hidden beauties of the forest. What a pleasure it is!

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 08/01/2015 - 19:13

    Wonderful and fantastic pictures again <3 . It must be amazing to walk around here Sandra :)ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Schaenzer - 09/01/2015 - 05:16

    thanks a lot Marjo – it is indeed! This part is like an enchanted forest :)ReplyCancel


November was great and brought some fantastic evening moods. That day at the end of November, it felt as if the sky was on fire over the Swiss Jura with dramatic clouds and all shades of red colour. I had not been sure if it would be worth the short trip to the Belchen region but I definitely didn’t regret it!
Belchen Belchen

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 07/01/2015 - 19:37

    Awww what is this beautiful and suds a fantastic colors and sky :) Love that little fog around the mountains. Sandra it is a big WOW <3ReplyCancel


Like every year, I selected the photos I liked the most in the course of the year and created a lightbox. 2014 was a very good year and I’m rather happy about my achievements. I’m now very much looking forward to 2015 and as usually, I don’t make specific plans for projects (apart from holidays) because I feel it limits my creativity. So let’s see what 2015 will bring – I’m quite curious about it!

The photos in the lightbox can be enlarged by clicking on the thumbs or you can just watch the slideshow – I hope you enjoy!


  • Peter Ensrud - 03/01/2015 - 10:29

    very nice! Some great images in there. Macro, backlit flowers, Africa, Schwarzwald. Was a good yearReplyCancel

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 03/01/2015 - 10:57

    Wonderful and not for once to see but many more times .What a fantastic work dear Sandra Schaenzer :)ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Schaenzer - 03/01/2015 - 15:59

    Thanks a lot Marjo & Peter – glad you enjoyed :)ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 03/01/2015 - 16:29

    Hi Sandra,

    It’s a very impressinve collection of many great shots of landscape and wildlife alike.
    I wish you and Gerd again a Very Happy and Healthy New Year with many great shots and safe travels!

    All the Best,


  • Nancy Holsten - 03/01/2015 - 18:08

    Absolutely delightful and amazing images Sandra! I can’t believe this is only one years worth of work and not a lifetime’s worth!!!ReplyCancel

  • Daniel Grand - 04/01/2015 - 07:01

    Super schöe Zusammenstellung!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Schaenzer - 29/01/2015 - 09:18

    Thanks a lot Nancy – yes, 2014 was a fantastic year!ReplyCancel


We wish you a happy new year 2015 with many happy moments! I uploaded two new large winter panoramas of Basel to our Basel panorama gallery – hope you enjoy!

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 01/01/2015 - 12:10

    Wonderful pictures from your fantastic city in winter dress Sandra :)ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Schaenzer - 02/01/2015 - 15:35

    Many thanks Marjo – very happy that you like the pics of “my” city :) Especially the second one will for sure be my all time favourite ;)ReplyCancel

  • Judy Davis - 02/01/2015 - 15:38

    Oh my gosh…how beautiful…can’t decide which one I like the best!! :)ReplyCancel


I say goodbye 2014 with these photos of the Walensee in Switzerland and would like to thank you all for following my photography, your interest and support. 2014 was a fantastic year and I hope that 2015 will greet us with some great photo opportunities in Norway as we are leaving today for a 2 1/2 week holiday:)See you soon in 2015!

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 30/12/2014 - 08:42

    They are so beautiful :) Difficult to make a choice :) I love them both Sandra !!ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 30/12/2014 - 16:34

    Hi Sandra,

    They are both very beautiful, however my favorite is the second image, because of the composition. Just stunning. Congrats!

    Wishing you and Gerd Haapy, Healthy and Sweet New Year with many great shots and safe travels!



I have not done a lot of star photography at home this year, mainly due to the bad weather on the weekends. But we did enjoy this weekend in the Swiss Alps back in September and we both admired the Milky way for hours. This is one of the results;)
Milky way

  • Robin Bræck Tøllefsen - 27/12/2014 - 06:35

    Beautiful pictureReplyCancel

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 27/12/2014 - 11:16

    What must this wonderful to see with your own eyes :) Thank you Sandra for this beautiful picture :) Have a fine day !!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Schaenzer - 27/12/2014 - 14:16

    Thanks a lot Marjo – takk Robin :) Glad you like it!ReplyCancel

  • Judy Davis - 27/12/2014 - 14:47

    Wow, what a gorgeous shot!!ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 27/12/2014 - 20:04

    Hi Sandra,

    It’s very beautiful. The red color of the skies and the contour of the mountains make the difference. Congrats!

    Happy and Healthy New Year!



With this photo of my home town Basel in Christmas mood, I would like to wish you all a merry Christmas, happy holidays and a peaceful, relaxing time. If you like this photo, please also view the large (up to 2500px wide) version in our Basel panorama gallery or just click on the photo;).
Christmas 2014

  • Silas K. Tarus - 24/12/2014 - 08:50

    What a wonderful panoramic hot. I love it.ReplyCancel

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