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
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  • 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!

    Best,

    AditReplyCancel

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We spent the first six days of our holiday on Senja, Norway’s second largest island. We came early so that we won’t miss autumn and were not disappointed. Unfortunately, the weather has been rainy and stormy almost all the time and we only got this one so-so sunset:oWhen we were on Senja in February, we couldn’t see the sun as it was setting behind the high mountain on the left so this was a nice change.

I tried to make the best out of it and I’m quite happy about the result. Needless to say that my favourite is the vertical format:P

Senja

Senja
  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 19/09/2014 - 07:37

    Wow what a fantastic colors in the sky and on the ground! !! Sad that the weather was so bad :( Both are beautiful buth I love the vertical more :)ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 19/09/2014 - 17:31

    Hi Sandra,

    Beautiful colors and compositions. Congrats!

    Best,

    AditReplyCancel

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

    Now that is a tough choice…they both work so well. I think I prefer the landscape format for the way the land surrounds the image. :-)ReplyCancel

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Summer 2014 has been unsettled with a lot of rain which is bad for taking photos of insects and butterflies but good for the woods. The forests of the Rheinaue wetlands in southern Germany looked extremely beautiful with almost lush spring colours and we enjoyed a few days exploring the area.

Rheinauen

Rheinaue wetlands

Rheinaue

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 17/09/2014 - 05:29

    What a lovely start from the day here Sandra :) They are all beautiful but my favourite is that one with the sun shinnig in the tree :)ReplyCancel

  • Steve Gingold - 17/09/2014 - 22:14

    That first one has such a nice reflection, Sandra. Like you, I am a bit on the fence with the third. I like the sunstar very much, but the colorful flare around it and down to the left corner isn’t working for me. ReplyCancel

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My first thought was that this MUST be the home of the famous Robber Hotzenplotz when I came across this beautiful picturesque place in the heart of Hotzenwald (!!:)) in the Black Forest. It was such a mystic atmosphere deep in the forest that I was convinced that the next thing I would see is the Robber with Seppel appearing behind the trees. The books, written by Otfried Preussler, were among my favourite children’s books, by the way:)

Hotzenwald

Hotzenwald
  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 15/09/2014 - 07:11

    It looks wonderful!! I don’t know this books but I can see the fairy’s dance behind the trees :) Fantastic pictures Sandra :)ReplyCancel

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It’s been a while since I took my summer photos of Laufenburg and I can’t wait for autumn to continue my little project! Here are a few summer shots – hope you enjoy:)

Laufenburg

Laufenburg

Laufenburg

Laufenburg
  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 12/09/2014 - 05:18

    Beautiful pictures to see Sandra :)
    Is the third one make with a fisheye lens? It looks amazing :)ReplyCancel

  • Louis Foulon - 12/09/2014 - 06:08

    Sehr schöner bilder!!

    gr LouisReplyCancel

  • Dennis Heidrich - 12/09/2014 - 10:28

    super schöne Fotos!
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  • Adit Merkine - 14/09/2014 - 16:13

    Hi Sandra,

    How are you?
    Very beautiful pics, as always!
    I’m back from my trip and you are invited to visit my gallery from there: http://www.pbase.com/adit8/finland_2014

    All the Best,
    AditReplyCancel

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I have only worked on a few monochrome versions during the past months but I intend to process some more in the course of the year. Sometimes, I feel that it is better to look back at photos after a while and then decide on a monochrome version. However, it was fun once again and here is a small selection of my new stuff. If you fancy more of my monochrome work, please visit my updated Black & White photo gallery – the last three galleries show the most current photos. Enjoy!

Senja

Senja

Drakensberge

Azoren
  • Jarek - 09/09/2014 - 07:24

    Excellent photos!ReplyCancel

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 09/09/2014 - 18:06

    WOW and WOW fantastic black and white. It tells a story from power and beauty on the same time. Love this :)ReplyCancel

  • Hilde Van den Bosch - 09/09/2014 - 20:15

    dear Sandra, VERY NICE photos Sandra! But…… for landscapes my favorites always will be the ‘colored’ ones.
    I appreciate a lot ‘streetpothograpy’ in black and white, but for landscaapes I adore colours (but that’s my personal impression!)!
    One have to explore all kind of photograpy (colours, black aand white,….). Anywaygou’r so good! I wish you a good continuation (I adore looking at your photos, so don’t worry! :-)
    Many greetings from Hilde ☺☺☺♥♥♥☺☺☺♥♥♥ReplyCancel

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I had always been reluctant to hike to the Feldsee alone in the dark early in the morning and so I was quite delighted when I had the opportunity to make this trip with my friend Oliver a few weeks ago. When we arrived at the lake, the water was calm with a perfect reflection and the first light of dawn was visible in the east.

Feldsee

Unfortunately, wind came up just at sunrise and destroyed the reflection. However, the fiery and colourful spectacle in the sky was worth every minute. We happily walked up to the parking area after the firework was over and the magic was gone.
Feldsee
  • Hilde Van den Bosch - 06/09/2014 - 14:33

    wonderful!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Robin Bræck Tøllefsen - 06/09/2014 - 15:42

    Awesome picture ReplyCancel

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 06/09/2014 - 17:21

    Lovely to see and so calm and peachful :)ReplyCancel

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Well, I don’t have a clue if this male elephant in South Africa was going north or not. But I’m sure he is not walking towards storms and rain like we do when we leave later today for our autumn trip to northern Norway:(So I would like to say goodbye for a few days – it is simply unbelievable how fast time flies – our return from South Africa seems like yesterday! Bye guys – see you soon:)

Elephant (Loxodonta africana)
  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 03/09/2014 - 05:25

    Elephants amazing and clever animals :) beautiful picture from him. Sandra have a great time up north and stay safe.ReplyCancel

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Waterfalls seems to exist in abundance in the Black forest and we happily used the bad weather to explore another really spectacular one in the beautiful Zweitälerland. Water flow was good after the rain but I was still wondering how impressive these falls must look after heavy rain! Definitely still on our list:)Please view more photos in our updated Black forest photo gallery .

Zweitälerland

Zweribach
  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 01/09/2014 - 07:17

    Wow Sandra the first one is beautiful :) and that green from the ferns are amazing :)ReplyCancel

  • Jim Flowers - 01/09/2014 - 12:45

    Beautiful Sandra! I wish I would have had more time to explore that area during my years in Germany!ReplyCancel

  • Hilde Van den Bosch - 01/09/2014 - 21:33

    wonderful pictures Sandra!!!ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 14/09/2014 - 16:34

    Hi Sandra,

    The pics are very beautiful as they reflect so nicely the beauty of nature! I especially like the perspective.

    All the Best,

    AditReplyCancel

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I also uploaded two new Pasque flower galleries with photos of 2014 before we will leave for our next holiday soon. It was a good time and I achieved some shots that I had had in mind for a long time. It might be difficult to find new ideas for 2015 now:o!!
Please view the new galleries here: Pasque flowers 2014 – Gallery I and Pasque flowers 2014 – Gallery II . I hope you enjoy another look back to spring!

Pulsatilla vulgaris

Küchenschelle

Pasque flower
  • Jacques Pierrot - 11/09/2014 - 23:29

    Bonjour Sandra.

    Un grand bravo pour ces images extraordinaire, on ne ce lasse pas de les regarder tellement elles sont jolies.
    Continue de nous faire rêvé c’est superbe.
    Bonne continuation.ReplyCancel

    • Sandra Schänzer - 12/09/2014 - 04:26

      Merci beaucoup Jacques for your kind words and I’m glad that you like my flower photos :)ReplyCancel

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I have visited this location several times in March when the water level of the Rhine River was exceptionally low and have already shown some photos in my post ~ Spring morning along the Rhine river ~. In the meantime, I have processed all photos, that I took mainly at sunrise, and would like to share a few of them with you now. I hope you enjoy my look back to spring and this great place! Please visit our new South Baden photo gallery if you fancy more photos of this location.

  • Keith Carver - 28/08/2014 - 09:47

    Love all of these, Sandra, and I’ll be back to look at more of your posts. Wonderful having these photographs of the Rhein at low water level.ReplyCancel

    • Sandra Schänzer - 28/08/2014 - 09:48

      Many thanks Keith – much appreciated! I am glad that you like the photos and I hope you will enjoy future posts as well. All the best, SandraReplyCancel

  • Mari Anne - 28/08/2014 - 20:36

    Kompliment , unglaublich ! Ich kenne Istein, aber aus einer ganz anderen Perspektive ….ReplyCancel

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We are both very fond of giraffes and they are among our favourite mammals in Africa. So we were always very happy when we met a group of these elegant animals on our game drives in the Zululand Rhino Reserve (South Africa). This handsome bull was close enough for a portrait with 500mm focal length and we loved the facial expression when he was enjoying the acacia bush.

Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis)

Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis)

Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis)
  • Steven Schwartzman - 26/08/2014 - 12:13

    How nice to see a giraffe in its native habitat. Your 500mm lens was just the thing to capture facial expressions.ReplyCancel

  • Adit Merkine - 26/08/2014 - 19:21

    Hi Sandra,

    Very beautiful pics especially the second one, as you can really see the animal in its habitat, which looks like paradise.

    Best,

    AditReplyCancel

  • Steve Gingold - 26/08/2014 - 20:04

    All nice, Sandra. But I like the close up and the great look at the horns. They are such interesting animals.ReplyCancel

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Our weekend weather has been very bad over the past few weeks and we didn’t even bother going to the mountains. We explored our local areas and found (thanks to a good friend!) Wasp spiders (Argiope bruennichi) and a few European Mantis (Mantis religiosa). It was the first time we photographed a Mantis and I was amazed about the look and behaviour of this insect which is a true carnivore! The credit for the spider photo goes to Gerd as it was a bit too close for my taste:PThe light is pretty boring but I’m still happy about the photos because they are our first of these species.

Wasp spider

European mantis
  • Andrew Hardacre - 24/08/2014 - 07:44

    Two of my favourite creatures. Terrific and kudos to Gerd. A mantis can bite but is usually very wary. ReplyCancel

  • Marjo Slingerland Boks - 24/08/2014 - 10:28

    Wow Sandra beautiful pictures! ! And what a amazing spider :) Never see it here :)ReplyCancel

  • Jim Flowers - 24/08/2014 - 11:20

    Love them both and especially the Mantis!ReplyCancel

  • Steve Gingold - 24/08/2014 - 15:31

    If you consider this light to be boring for insect portraits, then you must find all of mine boring. I think they are both excellent aside from the leaf in the mantis foreground, but its head looks great!
    Gerd did a fine job on the spider. These are not jumping spiders, you know. :-)ReplyCancel

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