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Ptarmigan Summer Plumage

A Ptarmigan bird with brown summer plumage
The usually shy ptarmigan bird is covered with its summer feathers as we saw it near Savage River, Denali NP.
Manhattan New York

The glistening lights of Manhattan at night seen from Brooklyn in New York, USA.
One of the classic shots of New York. While not every place in New York is safe to go at night with some hundred dollars worth of equipment, this place just beneath the Brooklyn Bridge is a family ...
Mt McKinley Alaska

The snowcapped peak of Mt McKinley in Denali National Park, Alaska, USA.
Although Mt.McKinley is notorious for beeing shrouded in clouds it usually comes out for some time between dusk and dawn. This is particularly true during the light nights in the summer,when it is ...
Fishing Boat Denmark

Fishing boat with buoys at Vorupoer harbor in Denmark.
In some tiny fishing towns along Denmarks west coast the fishermen still work with small boats, setting out their nets with flagged buoys. The boats themselves are just dragged onto the sand by winches, ...
Sandy Harbor Denmark

Fishing boats on the sandy beach in the harbor of Vorupoer in Denmark, Europe.
The fishermen at the Danish West Coast are still working with small boats, setting their nets with buoys while operating out of sandy beach harbors. In these harbors the boats are simply dragged on ...
Fishing Boats Denmark

A couple of Fishing boats on a sandy beach in Jutland, Denmark.
The fishermen at the danish west coast are still working with small boats, setting their nets with buoys while operating out of sandy beach harbors. In these harbors the boats are simly dragged on ...
Scotland North Coast

The colourful North Coast of Scotland near Fraserburgh.
On the Scottish North Coast near Fraserburgh this colorful scenery awaits the visitor. The rugged north coast is widely known for its contrasts between green farmlands and steep cliffs falling down ...
Edinburgh Scotland

A view over the city of Edinburgh in the evening from Calton Hill, Scotland, Europe.
From Calton Hill above Princess street one have the best overview over the whole city of Edinburgh, the scottish capital. Especially in the evening hours, when night is coming to Edinburgh and all ...
Half Moon

As the night falls a half moon appears in the sky over Northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
While having a barbecue on the shores of Nimkish Lake on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, the moon came up over the forest as the fog rolled in.
St Monans Scotland

The small community of St Monans in Scotland is a hub for many fish merchants and smokehouses.
In the small town of St.Monans, just across the Forth of Fife from Edinburgh, a pretty small harbor awaits the visitor. While the town is less well know to tourists like Anstruther just 5 miles away, ...
Culross Scotland

Homes along the cobbled streets of the fishing community of Culross, Scotland, Europe.
On the coast of the Scottish region Fife, just across from Edinburgh and not far from Stirling, lies the ancient small fishing settlement of Culross. The old town with its small houses and cobblestone ...
Fall Leaves Vancouver Island

A pool of semi still water and fall leaves at Marble River, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
Enroute to Port Alice, on the West Coast of Northern Vancouver Island, is the pristine Marble River which on this day was surrounded by Fall Leaves and mossed covered boulders.
Boat Bay BC

A calm morning in Boat Bay, BC as the fog slowly clears to reveal an anchored sailboat.
After camping out on a boat in Boat bay off Johnstone strait we woke up to this quiet and calm scenery in this then foggy bay.
Monument Scotland

Calton Hill monument in the city of Edinburgh provides a great overview of Edinburgh in Scotland, Europe.
The Dugald Stewart's Monument on Calton Hill above Princess Street is one of the best views over the whole city of Edinburgh, the Scottish capital.
Nimpkish Lake Vancouver Island

Nimpkish Lake is one of the best kept secrets on Northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
A barbecue on the banks of a canadian wilderness lake is a real unique experience for the average city slicker. To hear the crackling fire and the quiet sound of the waves while smelling the fresh ...
Danish Sunset

The rocky Danish coast of the North Sea in Denmark, Europe.
This rocky part of the usually sandy beach on denmarks west coast gives a perfect foreground to enjoy the sunset at the sea.
Johnstone Strait BC

Gentle pastels light the sky during sunset in Boat Bay in Johnstone Strait, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.
During a tour on the Blue Fjord, a converted justice ship and now serving as a recreational vessel, we needed to get our feet on dry land to get the skippers dog on a place he could use. During that ...
Lights Festival Frankfurt

The annual Festival of Lights in Frankfurt, Germany is also known as Luminale, a lighting and cultural event.
Every year the city of Frankfurt am Main in Germany conducts a festival of lights. Multiple light installations throughout the city illuminates the city in some very unusual way.
Frankfurt Fireworks

The evening sky explodes with a bright flash as the fireworks erupt over Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Europe.
Once a year in August the river and city of Frankfurt in Germany are lit by a magnificient fireworks display when the city celebrates it's annual main festival.
Perched Bald Eagle

A Bald Eagle watches while perched in a large pine tree.
Bald eagles are common in most of the Northwest coast of the American continent. This one was seen in a tree on the shores of an island in Johnstone Strait, British Columbia, Canada.
Sunset Knight Inlet

Evening sky over Knight Inlet during sunset in British Columbia, Canada.
After a day of boating in the remote Knight Inlet off Vancouver Island we rested in Glendale cove and had good time when shortly after sunset this gorgeous evening light came up.
Scotland Scenery

The Quiraing Mountains are situated on the Isle of Skye amongst beautiful scenery in Scotland, Europe.
On the Isle Of Skye one of the most interesting landscapes is the Quiraing mountain range on the northwestern tip of the island. The lush green hills and the rocks provide a magnificent landscape.
Deer Stag

A wild deer stag stands on the hillside and blows a raspberry at the camera.
Maybe he was just tired of getting photographed all the time, but somehow he decided to give me the raspberry when I decided to portrait him in his rainy zoo.
Scotland Castle

The Eilean Donan Castle is lit up in the evenings in North West 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 ...
Ancient Rome

The ancient structure of the Temple of Saturn in the Forum Romanum or Roman Forum in Rome, Italy, Europe.
Temple of Saturn situated in the Forum Romanum (Roman Forum) is lit up with lighting during the blue hour with a full moon in the background.
Pisa Tower

The world famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and a statue of angels in Tuscany, Italy, Europe.
To get new perspective out of well known and photographed subjects is always a challenge. While walking around in Pisa I looked for new aspects of the crooked tower. I found it with this statue of ...
Fireworks Frankfurt

A stunning fireworks display erupts over the city of Frankfurt am Main in Germany, Europe.
The Skyline of Frankfurt, Germany, is among the most impressive of Europe's cities. Seen during blue hour and with the fireworks of a local celebration it's a very special view.
Grizzly Bear Cubs

A mother Grizzly Bear teaches her 4 cubs to search for food in Katmai National Park, Alaska, USA.
Walking around in katmai NP 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. ...
Grizzly Cubs

A grizzly bear sow leads her 4 cubs out of the bush in Katmai National Park, Alaska, USA.
Walking around in katmai NP 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. ...
Winter Snow

A row of snow capped fence posts during a long cold winter 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 ...
Blue Butterfly

A butterfly shows of its beautiful blue wings.
One of natures most beautiful, but yet very fragile, creatures are undoubtedly the butterflies. Seeing and photographing these magnificent creatures in a butterly garden is a very rewarding experience ...
Tuscany Italy

During the summer poppies bloom throughout the region of Tuscany in Italy, Europe.
Poppies are everywhere in the region of Tuscany in Italy during the summer. We stumbled across this particular field while driving to Firenze.
Krimml Falls Austria

During the winter in Austria the Krimml Falls freeze solid and are surrounded in snow.
The highest waterfalls in Europe, the Krimml, Falls, even freeze nearly over during the long time of far below freezing temeratures during the long winters in Austria.
Mountain Scenery

The beautiful scenery atop a mountain at sunrise in Austria, Europe.
To experience a sunrise on top of my favourite ski mountain at 7 in the morning in February I had to come up with some new ideas. After checking the possibilities of getting up on the mountain as early ...
Winter Sunrise

The sun peaks over a mountain at sunrise in the winter landscape of Pinzgau, 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 ...
Dunnottar Castle

An sight worth visiting along the south east coast of Scotland, Europe is the Dunnottar Castle.
Dunnottar Castle on Scotland's south east coast is well-known for its dramatic setting on a rock above the sea. But also on the inside it has many very interesting sights for the visitor.
North Sea Denmark

With the fishing boats safetly hauled out onto the shores of the North Sea, the sun sets 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 ...
Glamis Castle

The historic Glamis Castle situated in the manicured park setting in Scotland, Europe.
Who knows his Shakespeare? Where Macbeth allegedly killed Duncan, in Glamis Castle, the still used castle provides these nice views in it's quiet park surroundings.
Butterfly

A beautiful butterfly takes a rest on a green leaf
One of natures most beautiful, but yet very fragile, creatures are undoubtedly the butterflies. Seeing and photographing these magnificent creatures in a butterly garden is a very rewarding experience ...
Grizzly Bears

Two Grizzly bears rest in the lush vegetation of Denali National Park, Alaska, USA.
During a bus tour from Denali Visitor Center to Kantishna Roadhouse in the Summer of '06 we stopped for two brown spots in the green grass on the slopes of Polychrome Pass. After waiting for some minutes ...
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