Marbled White (Melanargia galathea) Marbled White (Melanargia galathea) Marbled White (Melanargia galathea) Great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) Meadow brown (Maniola jurtina) Gossamer-winged Butterfly (Lycaenidae) Gossamer-winged Butterfly (Lycaenidae) Kingfisher Kingfisher Crested Tit (Lophophanes cristatus) Path Diamonds Mushroom in autumn forest Grey wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) Mushroom in autumn forest

Marbled White (Melanargia galathea)

This year I have been working intensively with these beautiful butterflies. I am still amazed how specific they are to be found. Meanwhile I know just two meadows where they can be found in the surroundings of my home. On this photo this individual wakes up still covered with dew on the quaking grass where it spent the night.

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

4. Juli 2020 - 07:52:12

Marbled White (Melanargia galathea)

These colours are almost kitschy, when a marbled white presents itself in the early morning on a blade of grass in front of my camera, its sleeping place of the previous night. Its body and also the wings are still covered with dewdrops. It is waiting for the sun to release it from its rigidity.

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

18. Juni 2020 - 06:50:44

Marbled White (Melanargia galathea)

Early in the morning on the orchid meadow I discover a marbled white every few meters. Outside this meadow I have never seen these butterflies consciously before, but here they reliably appear every year. Thanks to the cloudy and rather cool morning it takes several hours until they finally thaw out and leave their sleeping places. I use this unusually long time to photograph them in many situations.

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

18. Juni 2020 - 06:29:10

Great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)

After a break of two years, I was lucky again to observe a family of great spotted woodpeckers. Nest photography is a critical task, because you consciously take the risk of disturbing the birds, which in the worst case could lead to a breeding stop. But the fact that I was able to observe countless feedings, take more than 900 photos and also some films in a single morning is a clear sign that I approached and behaved considerately under the camouflage cover.

This picture is part of the category Wildlife Wild

8. Juni 2020 - 08:03:12

Meadow brown (Maniola jurtina)

At the beginning of June the meadows are suddenly full of the Meadow Brown. Typically, however, they do not sit at the top of the grasses, which is why they are not as easy to spot as the Lycaenidae. I usually find them when I let my eyes wander over the meadows early in the morning, because in the backlight the slightly darker spots stick visually out of the grass.

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

3. Juni 2020 - 06:48:54

Gossamer-winged Butterfly (Lycaenidae)

If the sunlight performs the way you dreamed it would before you got up early, the day is automatically a success. This gossamer-winged butterfly presented itself in the tall grass shortly after sunrise while warming up for its start into the day.

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

22. Mai 2020 - 06:54:13

Gossamer-winged Butterfly (Lycaenidae)

Already a week ago I went to a meadow where I always met many butterflies. But at that time I did not find a single one. Afterwards I could imagine that it was because of the rather cool nights, which temporarily prevailed during the ice saints' days. So I went there again today and was not disappointed this time. Shortly after sunrise I discovered a lot of gossamer-winged butterflies that were recovering from the nightly numbness in the warm sunlight and left the night place shortly after.

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

22. Mai 2020 - 06:36:06

Kingfisher

Once again a successful photo tour to the kingfishers. This time in the evening, to use the best light of the day. Again I was able to realize many photos during approach and surfacing from the water. This male is calling for the female that was sitting very close by. For about ten minutes I was listening to their evening conversations at a distance of about six meters. Unfortunately I still miss the moment of the handing over of the bridal gift. Nevertheless, I have so many photos in the meantime that I will probably soon create an own page for these beautiful birds.

This picture is part of the category Wildlife Wild

20. April 2020 - 18:37:39

Kingfisher

This is a Corona photograph, so to speak. Today I went for the first time this spring by bike to the nearby nature reserve and sat down under the camouflage cover. It is not even as safe as here at home, because here I am all alone. At the moment I get up almost every day at four o'clock in the morning to do the first hours in the home office before the family wakes up. For a change, I allowed myself a visit to the kingfishers, which I had photographed for several days last fall. And I was rewarded, I think. Besides, today was the first time I saw a beaver on land ever. And then a buzzard sat on a branch right above me. A fulfilling day, I'd say.

This picture is part of the category Wildlife Wild

9. April 2020 - 08:33:49

Crested Tit (Lophophanes cristatus)

I spent two days on the Col du Marchairuz to take pictures for a new project. Unfortunately, the motif I was looking for was not to be found. With the Crested Tit I was still able to find a species that was missing in my photo collection, although it occurs frequently in Switzerland. The reason is that the Crested Tit tends to live in higher altitudes than Aarau, so I can't find it at home.

This picture is part of the category Wildlife Wild

21. Februar 2020 - 08:58:20

Path

Along the Jura Crest Trail I saw many impressive trees. Often they grew on exposed ridges and were shaped by the weather, most of them beeches. Other trees stood alone or in small groups on meadows and, like this one still waiting for spring, formed a beautiful landscape motif on their own.

This picture is part of the category Landscape

23. Mai 2019 - 19:22:03

Diamonds

Probably I take photos in black and white far too rarely. Here I tried it once again, because I had the feeling that the ice packs would stand out more intensively. The photo is already some years old, it is from my trip to Iceland.

This picture is part of the category Snowscape

7. Januar 2014 - 10:28:27

Mushroom in autumn forest

In autumn, the ground in the forests is covered with leaves fallen from trees. In between, however, there is still life and even fruiting organisms like the ones of the mushrooms. This individual has fought its way through the foliage and has thus come to light where it is warmed by the evening sun.

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

26. Oktober 2019 - 15:57:07

Grey wagtail (Motacilla cinerea)

Beside the quite frequent white wagtail there is also the mountain wagtail in Switzerland, which occurs however some more rarely. It is mostly found on the gravelly banks of watercourses, and contrary to its name, also in the lowlands. While I was watching the kingfishers, I suddenly noticed that there was another bird near the water. Since it did not notice me under the camouflage cover, I was able to photograph it for a few minutes.

This picture is part of the category Wildlife Wild

10. Oktober 2019 - 14:07:40

Mushroom in autumn forest

Autumn is the time of mushrooms. I spent a whole afternoon looking for a beautiful picture in the woods. There were more than enough fungi, but most of them grow in foliage or branches, so they can't be ideally shown on a photo. Fortunately, this small specimen grew a little exposed on an old tree trunk.

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

26. Oktober 2019 - 15:29:32