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North Sea Sunset

A beautiful sunset is reflected in the clouds over the North Sea in Denmark, Europe.
Even on Denmark's rural west coast scenes like these are hardly to find anymore. There are only a few "harbors" left which operate like this one, pulling the boats and ships just up on the beach. The ...
Austria Winter

The sun peeks over the tops of the hills behind this winter scene near Pinzgau, Austria, Europe.
Picture perfect winter settings can often be found right along the road in rural Austria. This setting was found not far from our hotel on a quiet way just 200 metres from the main road.
Brandenburger Tor Berlin

A dramatic sky above the Brandenburger Tor at blue hour in the city of Berlin, Germany, Europe.
During the evening hour just before nightfall all the lights in Berlin are come on and light up the famous Brandenburger Tor and other landmarks in the city of Berlin, Germany.
Isle Of Skye

A beautiful rainbow contrasts with the dark thunder clouds in the Isle of Skye, Scotland, Europe.
While the frequent rain on the Isle of Skye can be annoying, it also provides lots of occasions to catch beautiful sights of the rainbows which are produced by the rare sunshine spots.
Rettenstein Austria

The first rays of sunlight hit the peak of the Rettenstein Mountain in Austria, Europe.
When sun comes up during the early hours of a bright clear winter day at the Wildkogel near Neukirchen in Austria the deeply frozen landscape at -20°C gives a great setting for the great Rettenstein ...
Pinzgau Winter

A cold winter in Pinzgau brought about some beautiful snow formations throughout Austria, Europe.
The snow rich winter of 05/06 created throughout Europe not only winter chaos but also formations of unseen beauty like these chains of snow-topped fence posts in rural Austria. To catch these in the ...
Christmas Market Frankfurt

An annual event which takes place in the city of Frankfurt is the Christmas Market.
The Frankfurt Christmas Market is one of the biggest christmas markets throughout Germany. Seen from the balcony of a nearby church the whole place is bustling with celebrations and christmas spirit ...
Vatican Rome

The Angel Bridge and the Vatican in Rome, Italy, Europe.
When night is coming to Rome, all the lights come on and illuminate the city like at christmas. This scenery was seen from the angel bridge towards the Vatican during blue hour. Ponte Vittorio Emanuele ...
Forum Romanum Rome

A view of the historic Forum Romanum in Rome in Italy, Europe.
Even in the bright daylight the Forum Romanum radiates a certain majestic and ancient dignity. Seen from the Capitol hill toward the Colloseum.
Austria Christmas Lights

A snowy scene with christmas lights glowing at a house in Austria, Europe.
During the christmas season all the houses in Austria are decorated for the season with christmas lights and decorations. This private house was specially illuminated for christmas.
Grand Teton National Park

Snake River in the foreground while the tops of the Teton Range are caught in the sunrise light in Wyoming, USA.
Although you need to get up early while staying the night in Jackson Hole it's absolutely worth the drive out to Snake River overlook about an hour out of Jackson to witness the first light on the ...
Killer Whale BC

One of the best places to see a Killer Whale is in the coastal waters off BC, British Columbia, Canada.
Orcas or killer whales are very common in Johnstone Strait just between Vancouver Island and the mainland coast of British Columbia, BC. Going out on a small vessel just before sunset to catch these ...
Snow Formation

An interesting formation made in the snow in Germany, Europe.
During the hard and long winter of 05/06 in Europe the snow formations in these abundant masses of cold white were creating lots of interesting subjects to photograph.
Running Deer


During a hiking trip in rural Austria we stumbled across a group of deer just in the middle of hunting season. We surely "shot" them with our telephoto lenses until they escaped to the woods.
Toscany Thunderstorm

Dark clouds gather over Toscany, Italy during a thunderstorm.
While travelling in Tuscany for a week we just drove for dinner and came across this thunderstorm scenery in front of us. The dark skies add to the strong colours of the sunset light and gives a good contrast ...
Michelstadt Germany

Snow surrounds the Town Hall in the town of Michelstadt, Germany, Europe.
The ancient town of Michelstadt in Germany is hosting one of the best known regional christmas markets. While during these markets the crowds make it next to impossible to get serious pictures of this ...
Vancouver Island Lake

Nimpkish Lake is a great camping vacation destination on Northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
Back from a two day trip on a boat out on Johnstone Strait and Knight Inlet we relaxed one evening having a barbecue on the shores of Nimpkish lake on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
Monument Valley Sunrise

A stunning Monument Valley Sunrise in Utah, USA.
To watch a sunrise in the magnificent surroundings of Monument Valley is worth to get up early. Since the park opens only at 6 am the best time to get this kind of picture is during April / may and ...
Michelstadt

Buildings are laborately decorated during christmas in the town of Michelstadt in Germany, Europe.
The ancient town of Michelstadt in Germany is hosting one of the best known regional christmas markets. While during these markets the crowds make it next to impossible to get serious pictures of this ...
Battery Point Lighthouse

The Battery Point Lighthouse near Crescent City in California, USA.
Some lonely lighthouses along the northern California coastline are catering for some very quiet shots during the evening hours. This one was taken standing knee deep in the Pacific ocean on the beach ...
Stonehenge

The Stonehenge is a popular tourist attraction in the countryside of England, Europe.
While a first grade tourist target, Stonehenge still provides some occasions of getting an undisturbed picture of these ancient and magnificent stone formations.
Vancouver Island Scenery

Nimpkish Lake is backdropped by the mountain and wilderness scenery of Vancouver Island.
Back from a two day trip on a boat out on Johnstone Strait and Knight Inlet we relaxed one evening having a barbecue on the shores of Nimpkish lake, Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.
Rathaus Michelstadt

The Rathaus or Town Hall decorated during the christmas markets in the historic town of Michelstadt, Germany, Europe.
The ancient town of Michelstadt in Germany is hosting one of the best known regional christmas markets. During these markets the crowds make it next to impossible to get serious pictures of this maginficent ...
Paragliders Austria

A couple of paragliders view the alps of Austria from the top.
To fly over the top of the mountains is an old dream of mankind, these paragliders found their way to make this dream come true over the snowy tops of the Austrian alps.
Icicles

The water flowing over a waterfall turns to icicles during the winter in Austria, Europe.
Lots of deep blue ice forms on the Waterfalls in Austria during the long time of far below freezing temperature in the winter.
Denmark Beach

A stoney beach along the shores of the North Sea in Denmark, Europe.
Even on Denmark's rural west coast scenes like these are hardly to find anymore. There are only a few "harbors" left which operate like this one, pulling the boats and ships just up on the beach.
Knight Inlet Sunset

A beautiful sunset in Knight Inlet, British Columbia, Canada.
Back from a two day trip on a boat out on Johnstone Strait and Knight Inlet we relaxed one evening having a barbecue on the shores of Nimpkish lake, Vancouver island.
Cute Dog

A cute Border Collie dog plays in the deep snow on a cold winter day in Germany, Europe.
Despite the cold snow of -15C this young Border Collie has a lot of fun playing with the lights and shadows on the snow, chasing them deep into the soft, fluffy snowbed.
Colloseum Ruin Rome

Colloseum
The illuminated Colloseum ruin in Rome is surely one of the classics in photography but nenetheless a worthwile subject.
Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle situated on the shores of Loch Duich in Scotland, Europe.
Eilean Donan Castle on the shores of Loch Duich in north western Scotland was not only the setup for the famous movie "Highlander" featuring Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery, it is also one of ...
Stenbjerg Denmark

Colourful boats along the shores in Stenbjerg, Denmark, Europe.
Even on Denmark's rural west coast scenes like these are hardly to find anymore. There are only a few "harbors" left which operate like this one, pulling the boats and ships just up on the beach.
Skiing

A man performs some acrobatic moves while skiing in Austria, Europe.
Getting a certain speciality in skiing takes years and years of experience. For me it was a challenge to even follow this guy to the places where he wanted to conduct this type of acrobatic, but the ...
Austria Skiing

A popular destination for skiing is Pinzgau in Austria, Europe.
In snow heights of over 2 meters this guy had a lot of fun posing and driving in front of my camera. The action and fun we had during these shootings are unforgettable.
Grizzly Bear Family

A grizzly bear crosses a river with her family in the Katmai National Park in Alaska.
Walking around in katmai National Park during the salmon run is like walking in the Zoo, just without the fences. bears everywhere! But to spot a mother with 4 cubs is a rare thing even for Katmai standards ...
Melting Snow

A small hole in the melting snow reveals the earth beneath during the winter in Germany, Europe.
During the hard and long winter of 05/06 in Europe the snow formations in these abundant masses of cold white were creating lots of interesting subjects to photograph.
Loch Gairloch

Situated in Western Highlands is Loch Gairloch on the west coast of Scotland, Europe.
Along the Scottish west coast the lush green vegetation and the blue sea are contrastng to some very interesting sceneries like here near Gairloch.
Antelope Canyon

The world famous Antelope Canyon in Arizona, USA.
The once-secret Antelope Canyon is today bustling with photographers and tourists frm all over the world. Nonetheless you can still catch the beauty and majesty of this place with a little preparation ...
Snow

The formations of on the top of fence posts look like scoops of ice cream along the road in Austria, Europe.
The snow rich winter of 05/06 created throughout Europe not only winter chaos but also formations of unseen beauty like these chains of snow-topped fence posts in rural Austria. To catch these in the ...
Fall Leaves

Fall leaves photographed in Frankfurt am main in Germany, Europe.
When the fall leaves are falling the mass of colours are overwhelming. This photograph is showing several fall leaves in green, yellow and red colors. This scnerey was photographed in a backyard of ...
Monument Valley Butte

The East Mitten Butte in Monument Valley during Sunrise in Utah, USA.
To watch a sunrise in the magnificent surroundings of Monument Valley makes it worth getting up early. Since the park opens only at 6 am the best time to get this kind of picture is during April / ...
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