Stag beetle (Lucanus cervus) Money or Love Fragile Art Little climber Snake's head (Fritillaria meleagris) Hyacinthoides Crocus with visitor Ant Red Kite Good bye, little blue diamond Tunnel view Aggressive crab River Kingfisher Gossamer-winged Butterflies (Lycaenidae) Pool frog (Pelophylax lessonae)
Stag beetle (Lucanus cervus)

Stag beetle (Lucanus cervus)

This year I had searched most oaks I had encountered along the Jura Crest Trail for stag beetles. I never found one. Then one morning during the holidays I opened the window and there sat a huge specimen right in front of me. So that it did not come into the room, I placed it first on the balcony railing, but noticed that it would mean there by the sparrows looking for food for their young birds probably its end. So I carried him outside and put him on a tree where this photo was taken.

This picture is part of the category Close-Up & Macro

24. Juli 2019 - 09:36:23
Money or Love

Money or Love

Sometimes you discover small works of art when you walk through cities with your eyes open.

This picture is part of the category Et Cetera

31. Mai 2019 - 11:46:24
Fragile Art

Fragile Art

The very first time I passed this building I noticed the broken window glass, but I didn't realize what was there to see, because the whole building was uninhabited and in need of repair. Only a few days later did the sun light shine on the window pane in such a way that the cracks glowed and the true "face" appeared.

This picture is part of the category Et Cetera

19. Juli 2019 - 18:18:19
Little climber

Little climber

This little bug seems to have a goal. Hopefully the flower will withstand its weight.

This picture is part of the category Close-Up & Macro

16. Juni 2019 - 08:09:47
Snake's head (Fritillaria meleagris)

Snake's head (Fritillaria meleagris)

This extremely rare flower only grows on special grounds. In Switzerland there are just two places where they can be found. The more important of them is in the Newbourgian Jura at the border of the Doubs river. Approximately 300 pieces were growing on the slumping grass. Because this flower is on the red list it is strictly protected and the nature reserve was established just for its protection.

This picture is part of the category Close-Up & Macro

14. April 2016 - 11:51:31
Hyacinthoides

Hyacinthoides

Once again I was stalking in my usual territory when I discovered some very beautiful flowers that were eye-catching because of their blue color. Anna-Barbara Utelli helped me to identify this plant as Hyacinthoides which is the very same plant that transforms the floor of a famous forest in Belgium to a blue carpet. There are many international photographers travelling there just to take the ever same pictures.

This picture is part of the category Close-Up & Macro

26. April 2019 - 15:47:25
Crocus with visitor

Crocus with visitor

One of the earliest indicators for the approaching spring time are crocus. Just shortly after the snowdrops they show their heads in parks and gardens. That's also the time when the first bees start flying around, given that the weather is nice and warm enought.

This picture is part of the category Close-Up & Macro

21. Februar 2019 - 16:08:10
Ant

Ant

This picture of an ant walking on the lower side of a leaf is one of my favourites and hanging on the wall of my bed room as large format print.

This picture is part of the category Close-Up & Macro

18. Mai 2016 - 06:04:16
Red Kite

Red Kite

It is an interesting fact that the number of Red Kites is growing in Switzerland in contrast to most other countries. It is nothing unusual to see one of these raptors in the sky. Still it was quite special when I could see about ten of these animals flying in circles above me. The reason was a farmer who was cutting the grass and by that probably made available some food that they were diving for. I could even observe as one of the birds caught a big dragonfly in flight.

This picture is part of the category Wildlife Wild

9. Juli 2018 - 10:52:19
Good bye, little blue diamond

Good bye, little blue diamond

After I had observed two kingfishers at a new location in the forests nearby, I decided to take a morning off and spend that time on only that most beautiful of all birds. I was in that area for about three hours and had the luck that the bird came back four times and I could observe it. Again and again it returned to the very same branches in the stream and also next to it. It seemed to come there to relax from hunting. This allowed me to take a lot of beautiful pictures.

This picture is part of the category Wildlife Wild

23. Oktober 2018 - 09:20:11
Tunnel view

Tunnel view

These fungi found a well protected place in the moss.

This picture is part of the category Close-Up & Macro

8. Oktober 2018 - 10:27:13
Aggressive crab

Aggressive crab

One evening on my holidays at the North Sea I was sitting on the floor at the mudflat when the sea was receding. I was hoping for some good pictures of sea birds when something rather unexpected happened: Some crabs suddenly started comming out of the water and were looking for a hide behind stones. This crab was pretty sure that I was a stone. It was difficult convincing it that I wasn't a stone and that I didn't want to be one until I started pushing it softly with my feet.

This picture is part of the category Wildlife Wild

30. Juli 2018 - 20:50:12
River Kingfisher

River Kingfisher

Almost two years after my latest viewing of a river kingfisher in the area of the Rohrer Schachen near Aarau I was riding my bike home when I discovered a kingfisher about to change its seating place along the Aare river. So I stopped and got off my bike, got under the camouflage. Shortly after I realized that there were three kingfishers who dived into the river almost non stop just in front of me. Just after each dive they retuned to some branch nearby. Once that branch was just above me. That is when I took this picture.

This picture is part of the category Wildlife Wild

9. Juli 2018 - 09:41:20
Gossamer-winged Butterflies (Lycaenidae)

Gossamer-winged Butterflies (Lycaenidae)

Long before sunrise the first light of the twilight falls on that little Lycaenidae. Some hours will pass before the sun has finally evaporated the dew from its wings.

This picture is part of the category Close-Up & Macro

23. Mai 2018 - 05:18:49
Pool frog (Pelophylax lessonae)

Pool frog (Pelophylax lessonae)

Quietly it was sitting on the branch swimming in the water. As always when approaching pool frogs I had to be very careful because the slightest movement on my part would force it to jump into the protecting water of the pool. That would mean that one has to wait for a long time for its reappearance - hopefully at the very same location. I could take this picture of the pool frog from a very low position through the reed.

This picture is part of the category Wildlife Wild

16. April 2018 - 10:04:44