I was delighted to find my little waterfall frozen when we passed by a week after our first visit (see ~ Winter waterfall ~). The snow was not as perfect as it was a week ago but the ice structures around the main fall made up for it very well. I really love this winter!
Ice waterfall

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 27/02/2015 - 07:53

    A beautiful fairytale!!!! Sandra :) <3ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 27/02/2015 - 16:12

    Hi Sandra,

    It’s a creative and interesting shot!

    All the Best,

    AditReplyCancel

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The Vesterålen Islands were a winter dream when we arrived there early January and temperatures even dropped below -17 °C. Lakes and the shores of the fjords froze quickly and created wonderful patterns of ice. I was delighted to find my favourite mountain range with a a sea of ice during a wonderful blue hour one morning. Please also view a large version in our Norway panorama gallery
Vesteralen

  • Robin Bræck Tøllefsen - 24/02/2015 - 06:01

    Beautiful work Sandra SchaenzerReplyCancel

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 24/02/2015 - 06:12

    Fantastic ti see it in the pano version Sandra :) I love this wonderful blue color :)ReplyCancel

  • Hilde Van den Bosch - 24/02/2015 - 12:08

    50 shades of blue ;-) Very beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Schaenzer - 25/02/2015 - 07:45

    MANY thanks Hilde and Marjo – tusen takk Robin! Very happy you enjoyed this pano :)ReplyCancel

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This oak tree is supposed to be Europe’s most perfect oak tree regarding size and shape and it is located in the small village Wintersingen in Switzerland. It is only a short drive from home and I visited this tree multiple times during the seasons last year until I finally got a winter photo just shortly before we left for our trip to Norway. I’m really happy that I managed to complete this little project and I hope you enjoy this collage. Well, I have a few more photos to show of this tree and the surroundings that I took as a sort of “side product” – stay tuned:)
Wintersingen Eiche

  • Peter Ensrud - 22/02/2015 - 12:45

    very cool. I have a few favorite trees here in the Rheintal. I considered doing something similar. Really nice with the rolling hills and changing colors and weather!!ReplyCancel

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 22/02/2015 - 19:44

    This morning there was no time to visit the website :( But I am happy that I have the time now to enjoy those amazing and beautiful pictures. From this fantastic oak tree during the four seasons of the year :) I <3 them all but the winter picture is my favorite Sandra. Bucketlist ;)ReplyCancel

  • Hilde Van den Bosch - 23/02/2015 - 21:44

    Wow! what a great idea, ‘the four seasons”, and what nice photos!ReplyCancel

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I must admit that this night with the northern lights belongs to my most unforgettable nights with the Lady. The aurora was subtle, not super spectacular but it fitted perfectly well into the setting of the fjord with the mountains and the fresh ice along the shores. Truly a night to remember!
Vesteralen Vesteralen

  • Hilde Van den Bosch - 20/02/2015 - 12:48

    really magic!!!!
    greetings from HildeReplyCancel

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 20/02/2015 - 18:02

    So as promised Sandra ::) Both are so beautiful but the last one with the glims of purple is fantastic :)ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Schaenzer - 20/02/2015 - 18:18

    Thanks a lot Marjo and Hilde for taking the time to view the photos and very happy that you enjoyed :) Thanks everyone for your likes!ReplyCancel

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Back to Germany before winter is over:)We have had some snow and cold temperatures since our return from Norway and we hence spent most of our free time in the Black forest. I have passed these trees many, many times and now eventually took the opportunity to capture these trees with a sort of character during a light snow shower.
whiteout tree

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 17/02/2015 - 08:54

    What a beautiful winter pictures Sandra :) I <3 the lonely tree it is is so strong in many ways :)ReplyCancel

  • Hilde Van den Bosch - 17/02/2015 - 09:16

    wonderful minimalistic winter scenes!
    hugs, HildeReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 17/02/2015 - 19:20

    Hi Sandra,

    The images reflect beautifully the gloomy atmosphere of winter time. Congrats!

    All the Best,

    AditReplyCancel

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The weather was not really winterly early January on the Lofoten Islands but the magnificent, soft arctic light made perfectly up for that. At the end of a rainy day, it suddenly cleared up and we were blessed with a perfect reflection in beautiful light. As usually, click on the image for a larger version of this panorama on our website or visit our Norway panorama gallery.
Lofoten Panorama
Weather improved towards the end of our time on the Lofoten and the rain turned into snow. Not much but enough to transform the coast and marshland into a winter dreamscape.
Lofoten winter panorama

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 15/02/2015 - 11:49

    WOW fantastic to see :) Those colors are so amazing <3 !! The large versions are beautiful Sandra :)ReplyCancel

  • Jürgen Weginger - 15/02/2015 - 11:59

    As always, great images.ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 15/02/2015 - 16:47

    Hi Sandra,

    Again great pano. shots of yours. Congrats!
    In my humble opinion the second one is very unique.

    All the Best from Israel,

    AditReplyCancel

  • Sandra Schaenzer - 15/02/2015 - 19:08

    Many thanks Marjo, Adit and Jürgen for your kind comments and everyone for the likes – I’m overwhelmed ;)ReplyCancel

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Cracking ice is one of the things that I really love about the arctic winter, especially along a remote and – at first sight – silent fjord. Standing at the shore of a fjord when the tide is coming in can involve a hell of noise from the ice! The ice is moving, the ice is breathing and the ice is cracking – pure power of nature that simply leaves me breathless and in awe.
Vesterålen Vesterålen

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 13/02/2015 - 09:40

    Always fantastic to see cracking ice :) and amazing blue colors and a little pink :) My favorite is the firts picture Sandra :)ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 14/02/2015 - 17:22

    Hu Sandra,

    It was very interesting for me to see these images. It’s brilliant how you managed to capture the ice in slow move. I also love the colors. Both images are great, however my favorite is the first one, because of the composition.

    All the Best from Israel,

    AditReplyCancel

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I had been waiting a long time for winter conditions in Laufenburg and I hence was very excited when it got freezing cold just a few days before our departure to Norway. I was simply overwhelmed when also snow was falling and didn’t melt away the next minute! So I spent a very happy blue hour at Laufenburg to grab these three panoramas. I think my little Laufenburg project is now complete…;)
Please click on the photos for a larger, up to 2500px wide, panorama or visit our Laufenburg Panorama gallery.
Laufenburg Schweiz
Laufenburg  (Baden)
Laufenburg D/CH

  • Tom Whelan - 11/02/2015 - 04:47

    All very beautiful – the blue/gold color contrast is very attractive.ReplyCancel

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 11/02/2015 - 15:14

    What a beauty’s all the 3 pictures but i have one favorite Sandra :) You have make a wonderful project with this pictures <3ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 11/02/2015 - 17:16

    H Sandra,

    There are great impressive pano shots.II love the colors. Magical moments! congrats!

    All the Best from Israel under a sand storm,

    AditReplyCancel

  • Mila Kovalski - 11/02/2015 - 21:02

    Sehr schoen!!!….ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Schaenzer - 12/02/2015 - 21:10

    Thank you Mila, Marjo, Tom and Adit for your comments and everyone for the likes! I’m extremely happy that you all like these pics so much :)ReplyCancel

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I already mentioned in my blog post ~ Moonlit icon ~ that I was very happy to explore Uttakleiv beach in “different” new settings for me. Well, fresh snow was the other one and although the Lofoten Islands are so far up north, you find more and more times with less snow along the coast. Changing times… I guess….
Uttakleiv
Uttakleiv

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 09/02/2015 - 11:50

    Fresh snow and a amazing beach and ocean gives fantastic and beautiful pictures Sandra :)ReplyCancel

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We found a real winter wonderland in the Black forest on our first weekend trip after our return from Norway. Sure enough, I had to visit my favourite little waterfall not far from home and I found it in a fairytale mood: untouched snow, not a single soul around, silent and peaceful. Simply wonderful!
Schwarzenbachtal Gumpen

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 07/02/2015 - 09:44

    So beautiful clean white snow no footprints :) and clear water in a fantastic Black and White :) Great pictures dear Sandra , i love it <3ReplyCancel

  • Hilde Van den Bosch - 07/02/2015 - 11:01

    a wonderful fairytale place!ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 07/02/2015 - 17:02

    Hi Sadra,

    It looks more like a Scandinavian landscape in winter time. Anyway, it’s breathtaking! Congrats! I hope it wasn’t too dangerous to walk there.

    All the Best,

    AditReplyCancel

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Humpback whaleWe were about two weeks too late for the whales on Senja last year and this was the main reason to return to Hamn i Senja early January this year. We had booked a 6-night stay and just hoped for a few good days for whale watching. Humpback whaleAnd yes, indeed! We were much luckier this year and went for three whale watching trips. Each was different but we were happy to view lots and lots and lots Orcas and Humpback whales. Photography was a challenge due to the low light level but it was as much fun as observing these massive mammals in the ocean. Today’s photos have all been taken during our first trip and I already got what I was dreaming of: whales against a pink and blue sky:)

Humpback whale:
Humpback whale
Orca:
Orca Orca

  • Andi Burchert - 05/02/2015 - 11:17

    Great PicsReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 05/02/2015 - 17:31

    Hi Sandra,

    Nice ones!
    You were very lucky to have clear skies and encouter the Orca!

    All the Best from sunny Israel,

    AditReplyCancel

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 05/02/2015 - 17:57

    Wow Sandra, You have got all whales orka’s and the blue and pink sky :) The pictures are fantastic <3ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Schaenzer - 05/02/2015 - 18:53

    Thank you very much Marjo & Andi for your kind comments and everyone for the likes :) Glad that you also like a bit of wildlife from me =D :pReplyCancel

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There are indeed a few iconic beaches on the Lofoten Islands and I actually promised myself not to take any more photos there on our recent trip. Well, I kept my promise and didn’t go for yet another aurora or magic red light photos there but could not resist when we had conditions that I had never experienced before at these beaches. One of those situations (beside one other:)) was full moon light and I found myself overwhelmed by the beauty of the rock pools of Uttakleiv in bright moon light. It is exactly one month ago since I have shot these photos – time is indeed flying!:o
Uttakleiv
Uttakleiv

  • Adit Merkine - 03/02/2015 - 16:34

    Hi Sandra,

    Really stunning shots! Congrats!

    All the Best from Israel,

    AditReplyCancel

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We felt like out of this world when the sky suddenly cleared and tiny clouds took over a pink hue over the mountains and the fjord. Just in time for the best time of the short day when the wind settled and the water surface of the fjord was as smooth as glass.
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  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 31/01/2015 - 08:25

    The tittle is perfect :) But it is also a wonderful and beautful picture to start your day with!! Fantastic picture Sandra :) <3ReplyCancel

  • Urpo Tarnanen - 31/01/2015 - 17:27

    Flott er det.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Schaenzer - 31/01/2015 - 18:25

    Tusen takk Urpo – many thanks Marjo for your kind comments and everyone for the likes! Makes me very happy :)ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 31/01/2015 - 20:02

    Hi Sandra,

    Another great shot of yours. Congrats!

    All the Best from sunny Israel,

    AditReplyCancel

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