Good morning, Basel!

I spent a couple of mornings along the Rhine river in Basel to capture some nice morning moods and concentrated on the St. Alban quarter where a few of the charming atmospheric fishing huts are located. They are called “Fischergalgen” and hold a device to sink and raise a fishing net for catching salmon at the deepest parts of the Rhine river. Nowadays, they belong to well-off locals and are used as weekend huts or alcoves.
I was lucky with the weather early April and was rewarded with gorgeous morning light for the early morning bike ride to the river.

Fischergalgen and Basler Münster

Fischergalgen and Basler Münster

Fischergalgen St. Alban

Fischergalgen St. Alban


~ Spring morning along the Rhine river ~

Spring has been rather dry with little rain this year and the water levels in rivers and streams are very low. The Rhine river was especially low end of March and I spent a couple of mornings along the riverbanks very close to Basel. I was highly excited to find lots of interesting rock patterns and little pools in the middle of the river that I had never been able to reach before when the water is just a little higher. What a fantastic playground it was and these two photos are the opening of a small series about this location.

Istein rapids orange pre-sunrise glow

Istein rapids, orange pre-sunrise glow

Istein rapids during blue hour before sunrise

Istein rapids during blue hour before sunrise

  • Jarek - 23/04/2014 - 06:06

    I like your pictures of landscapes. This is also a great!ReplyCancel

~ Lake Constance idyll ~

It’s been already three weeks since our weekend trip to Lake Constance and I’m slowly processing a few sunrise and sunset images. We have been lucky with light conditions and the mood was very soft and calm. However, the early morning hours will always be my most favourite time of the day!

Lake Constance sunset

Lake Constance sunset (Germany)

Lake Constance sunrise

Lake Constance sunrise (Switzerland)

  • jagdish borhade - 21/04/2014 - 06:29

    dear Sandra your photography is so buetiful that it touch to the heart.ReplyCancel

  • Steve Gingold - 21/04/2014 - 07:20

    Lovely no matter which side you are looking from, Sandra. :-) ReplyCancel

  • Jarek - 22/04/2014 - 07:49

    Lovely photograph the sunset. Nice colors, beautiful light and simple composition!ReplyCancel

~ Senja star mania ~

We had some clear night hours on Senja but unfortunately only a faint glow of northern lights if any. The moon was shining nicely and I just went for star trail photos to make the best out of the (frustrating) situation. However, looking back now, I am not as unhappy with my outcome of the Senja trip as I was when we had just come back. It is the way it is, you can’t have it all. And this time, we were extremely lucky with good sunset light.
I hope you enjoy these star trail pics (at least a little bit, my special American friend:))



  • Jarek - 17/04/2014 - 07:37

    Beautiful pictures with long exposure.ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 17/04/2014 - 15:13

    Hi Sandra,

    Very beautiful pics. The first one is just stunning.

    Wishing you a Happy Easter and All the Best,


  • Steve Gingold - 17/04/2014 - 21:42

    Yes, I do enjoy them…and more than you might think. :-) They are growing on me, especially when done so well. :-) :-) ReplyCancel

~ Blooming Baselbiet ~

The zenith of the blooming cherry trees in Southern Germany and Switzerland highly attracts and fascinates the local photographers and I am no different:)I especially like the old trees with the large branches that look like arms embracing the beautiful blossoms. I spent a few days in the area and these are two more photos that I took during one trip to Baselbiet over a week ago. I enjoyed it even more this season as we only had rain last year!

Kirschbäume Baselbiet

Cherry tree Baselbiet

  • Hans-Peter - 15/04/2014 - 11:10

    Fantastische Bilder liebe Sandra und vielen Dank für den Hinweis zur Kommentarposition…
    Liebe Grüsse Dir aus Basel, Hans-PeterReplyCancel

~ Hairy beauty ~

It has been a wonderful spring so far and I’m out and about shooting as often as I can. This is the reason why I’m still not through reviewing my Pasque flower images from early spring! It was a fantastic time with the flowers that I enjoyed to the fullest – especially after the bad season in 2013! So I think you will see one or the other Pasque flower in the course of the next few weeks:)
Pasque flowers (Pulsatilla vulgaris) are very hairy that looks great in backlight. This little group, however, is already fading but there is also a fresh one just popping up. The circle of life…

Pulsatilla vulgaris

Pasque flower – Pulsatilla vulgaris

  • Andrew Hardacre - 13/04/2014 - 06:52

    Ab fab! You need better titles / captions, Sandra. I thought this was going to be a Gingold Selfie.ReplyCancel

  • Steve Gingold - 13/04/2014 - 15:09

    Bawaaaaahahaaa indeed! Well, I don’t mind playing 2nd fiddle to this great image, Sandra. ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Kaelin-Wolf - 19/04/2014 - 07:08


Senja panorama

Senja’s rugged and beautiful coast is a photographer’s dream for panorama photos and I also took a couple of panoramas during our stay. The image below consists of 11 photos in portrait format that I stitched using Panorama Studio software. Using dedicated software is easier, quicker and less hassle for me and I can’t complain about the results;)
A larger version (up to 2500px wide depending on your screen size) can be viewed in my Norway panorama gallery on my website >> Senja Panorama: large and beautiful

Senja Skaland Panorama

  • Adit Merkine - 11/04/2014 - 15:40

    Hi Sandra,

    I saw all the panos of yours and they are all great, as usual!

    Wishing you Shabbat Shalom and Happy Easter,


~ Spring explosion ~

Everything is early this year and the zenith of the cherry tree bloom is already happening right now! The farmers are kind and leave the dandelions and cuckoo flowers untouched – no wonder, it is a beautiful sight and means spring to me. Fortunately, I had time to visit some blooming trees near Eimeldingen (Germany) just in time and would like to show you two traditional photos before I continue with more abstract photos later this month;)


Cherry tree bloom


~ Lake Constance morning mood ~

Lake Constance had never been on top of my location wishlist to photograph so meeting a friend in Constance was a good opportunity to explore the area. The lake is large and there are no mountains to add interest if photos are taken from the Swiss side of the lake. Hence, composition was not easy and I decided to go for a moody long exposure shortly before sunrise. I was lucky to find an accessable stretch of the lake (not easy as most lakeside areas seem to be private or fenced off!!) and a few stones close to the shore that worked in the composition. It was hazy in the distance and colours very intense – this is my view of Lake Constance on an early morning in spring.

Lake Constance

  • Steve Gingold - 07/04/2014 - 20:11

    Lovely start to any day, Sandra. :-) ReplyCancel

  • Javier Vecino - 07/04/2014 - 20:19

    Sandra: how do you manage to photograph our dreams ? Have to explain …ReplyCancel

~ Perfect beauty ~

Early spring has been fantastic and I enjoyed many hours outside photographing the early bloomers. I quite often went into the lowland forest where the oxslips (Primula elatior) grow and a few days after I took the photos of my ~ Imperfect beauty ~, I stumbled upon these beautiful and perfect oxslips. The sun set behind the forest, the last light hit the blossoms and I later left the forest with a happy smile on my face.



  • Steve Gingold - 04/04/2014 - 23:07

    Guess which I like best? :-) The top is a perfectly beautiful image, Sandra. The bottom is quite nice as well, but, well, you know. :-) ReplyCancel

  • Andrew Hardacre - 05/04/2014 - 01:32

    Yay! Top one wins hands down. Glorious. ReplyCancel

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  • Adit Merkine - 06/04/2014 - 16:52

    Hi Sandra,

    Beautiful pics, especialy the first one.

    All the Best,


~ Fiery sky ~

I can’t really complain about a lack of beautiful sunsets during our trip to Senja and all those wonderful evening hours compensated pretty well for the missing sunrises and northern lights.

The light in winter is fantastic and the sky turns into fiery red magic a few minutes after sunset. The colours are simply unbelievable and it was a joy and privilege to experience these still moments.

I also uploaded the first gallery to our website. Please visit our Senja – Winter gallery if you fancy some more impressions from our trip.


  • Steve Gingold - 04/04/2014 - 23:05

    Yes, yes, yes! There are thousands of nice aurora images, but shots like this are not that plentiful. This is wonderful, Sandra. Worth the price of admission without the auroras, IMO. :-) ReplyCancel

~ Delicate spring beauty ~

I continue my “Beauty theme” with two photos of the delicate Wood anemones (Anemone nemorosa) that I already took two weeks ago! Spring is indeed running fast;)I was very happy when I came across this forest with lots of fresh and beautifully clean wood anemones and the place almost looked like an anemone carpet.

I never get tired of these little beauties and always enjoy my time with them.

Wood anemone


  • Adit Merkine - 31/03/2014 - 15:43

    Hi Sandra,

    My favorite is the first pic because of its composition and nice atmosphere.

    All the Best from sunny Israel,


  • Steve Gingold - 31/03/2014 - 18:06

    They are lovely and I am eager for our anemones to bloom here. As you might guess, I prefer the first. :-) ReplyCancel

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