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I’m happy to announce that I now also have a Norway 2014 calendar available via ISBN in online shops (delivery European Union) and by order in any regular book store. It is available in sizes A2, A3 and A4 and can be ordered via Amazon.de, online book shops or at your local book store.
ISBN A4: 978-3-660-44491-9
Please find a larger and page-by-page preview of the Norway calendar here: Norway 2014 preview
A3 Calendar at Buchhandel.de : Norway 2014 calendar at Buchhandel.de
A3 Calendar at AMAZON.DE (will be available soon): Norway 2014 calendar at Amazon.de
A3 Calendar at Kalenderhaus.de : Norway 2014 calendar at Kalenderhaus.de
The Norway and Switzerland calendars are now also available in English and / or in a perpetual version without year and holidays.
Norway English AND perpetual calendar: The magic of Norway – English and perpetual
Norway perpetual / everlasting: Norway Everlasting calendar
Switzerland English AND perpetual calendar: Switzerland English and perpetual
Switzerland perpetual / everlasting: Switzerland perpetual
Yes, I have a fall-back to autumn although we made our first walk in the snow yesterday! I actually finally processed all my photos that I took after our return from Norway and came across these three photos that I eventually liked a lot.
So please enjoy my (really!!!) last photos of autumn 2013 that I took in the Belchen region in Baselbiet.
I would pass this wonderful view on my way to work that morning and I simply could not resist planning some extra time for photography when I read the promising weather forecast the evening before.
Well, I was not disappointed at all and arrived just in time when the sky in the east turned orange and the fine mist was floating in the valleys below. It was an ever changing situation that I breathlessly watched while taking the photos.
Wow, what a morning to start a working day!!
I have not shown a monochrome photo for quite a while though I have processed a bunch from our Norway photos. The light on this late afternnon was rather soft but accentuated the fine structure in the wet sand.
So what do you think – which one looks more pleasing to your eye? Colour or monochrome?
Looking forward to your opinion!
Well, the title refers to a song by the brilliant German band Juli but actually, you can use the title of the song for many situations in your life.
When I was standing in front of the Rhine river close to Basel that evening, I was looking at a rather disappointing sky and tried to concentrate on details when I suddenly visualised this wave with its reflection of the light.
I could not get the lyrics out of my head the whole evening and this is how it is…
“This is the perfect wave, it is the perfect day…”
Back to the gorgeous Northern lights
We were so lucky that one night on the Lofoten Islands when we had nice moonlight and a rather strong aurora that seemed to come out of the offshore rock. It simply looked amazing with its shape like a corkscrew! For sure one of those Nothern lights that I will never forget – it was overwhelming and very exciting!
Now that autumn is gone, I’m very delighted that winter arrived pretty early in the Swiss alps. I could not wait to set my feet into the white stuff and so we spent the last weekend in central Switzerland enjoying the mountains and the first snow.
As much as I liked the snow fun during the day, there is nothing that beats a full moon shining on fresh snow and the sea of fog down in the valley. Nature just had another treat on the plate for me
It has always amazed me to watch the quickly changing light of an early morning. I just love the calm atmosphere and how the colours develop from minute to minute.
When I came to this fjord 45 minutes before sunrise, I was greeted by a deep blue colour that worked nicely with the mist just above the surface of the water.
Shortly after sunrise, the scene has changed completely and the mountains were illuminated by the lovely golden light of a northern sunrise.
It was a picture-perfect morning and I happily returned to the rorbuer for breakfast.
Let’s face it: autumn is already history and as usually, it has passed way too quickly!
The season was almost in full swing on our return from Norway but for some odd reason, the colours never really developed and many leaves fell down when they were still green. So some of the places that I visit regularly in autumn were a big disappointment.
However, I had at least some luck and these three photos have been taken on three different excursions.
The river Doubs usually is always good for some “Indian summer” like colours but not this year. So I tried something different and yes, it is a double exposure. I have just discovered this functionality in my camera so I think that justifies two photos with the same technique in a short time
The following photo was taken one evening after work in the Belchen region which is rather close to my home. Just incredible deep colours with the soft fog in the distance!
Last but not least, I visited the Taubenlochschlucht as I had planned in spring but again, it was a bit too late and most of the trees were already naked. So I only went for a small detail of a tree that grows out of the rock – amazing, isn’t it?
I hope you enjoyed my last autumn photos. Well, perhaps I’m going to find the other odd one later…
The light is simply incredible in autumn up there in the North when days are becoming shorter and the sun is never really high in the sky. But nothing can beat the subtle pastel blue and pink colours in the morning and the deep orange hue created by the setting sun.
We spent the sunset hour on a beach near Myre (Vesterålen) with a fantastic view over the fjord and the sun bathed the distant mountains in all shades of orange. The orange was changing from a pale orange over to a very intense almost red glow.
What a view and what a joy to witness this spectacle – I hope you enjoy it, too!
The region Jura (which should not be confused with the canton Jura) is a beautiful wild and lush part of Switzerland and is a limestone range that runs from Lake Geneva up to the Rhine near Basel. We are lucky to have this almost unspoilt area right on our doorsteps and we love to explore it in any season but summer.
So it did not come as a surprise that we went to the Jura forest on our first visit we made after our return from Norway. This valley is extremely wet and shady which leads to a wild jungle with moss covered trees and rocks.
An almost fairy-tale like atmosphere – please enjoy!
Errr…. yes, another aurora photo but I must say that I could not resist when I processed this photo yesterday. It is one of those photos that keeps your imagination running and I found quite a few different things that I see in this photo.
Isn’t the aurora borealis just magnificent? Always different, always amazing, never boring and always good for a nice surprise!
We hope you will enjoy a journey across those beautiful island in the North where we found beautiful autumn colours and were blessed with seven nights with the magnificent Aurora borealis.
We invite you now to visit the travelogue at Trip report: Lofoten & Vesterålen – Autumn magic and Northern lights