Grasshopper
Canon EOS 5D Mk III, Canon EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, 100 mm, f/8.0, 1/180 s, ISO 400
26. Juni 2014 - 19:02:21

Grasshopper

Usually I'm going to the nature reserve of the Rohrer Schachen in the early morning. Sometimes in summertime I change my mind and head for the evening because the light is ideal for macro photography of insects just before sunset. The animals sit down for the night and are much less reclusive, probably partially because of the sinking temperatures. This grasshopper was sitting on a reed leave and posing in the back light.

A big thank to Florin Rutschmann of orthoptera.ch for the exact identification of this grasshopper. It is a Green Leek Grasshopper (mecostethus parapleurus).

Touché
Canon EOS 5D Mk III, Canon MP-E65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo, 65 mm, f/8.0, 6 s, (1/1), ISO 400
27. Juli 2016 - 16:19:39

Touché

This image reminds me of a lance fighter... I could mug this grasshopper at a magnification of five with my magnifying lens. Thereby even a small animal with a body length of just about one and a half centimeters suddenly becomes a giant. Extreme macro photography allows an insight in a unknown world invisible to our eyes.

A Ghost's eyes
Canon EOS 5D Mk III, Canon EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, 100 mm, f/2.8, 1/180 s, ISO 100
09. Oktober 2015 - 16:20:05

A Ghost's eyes

I had wanted to see praying mantis for a long time. Unfortunately there are none of these creatures nearby my home. So I was hoping to see some on a journey to Italy. I had almost given up the hope when I suddenly found a European dwarf mantis (Ameles spallanzania) next to a trail along the beach. It was sitting on a bush, obviously waiting for prey. As there were many butterflies and dragonflies flying around in that area there was enough potential food.

Slackline for Pros
Canon EOS 5D Mk III, Canon MP-E65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo, 65 mm, f/5.6, 1/20 s, ISO 1600
06. August 2015 - 18:50:15

Slackline for Pros

I photographed this little spider just before sunset. It was sitting in her net that she had built across a little curved tree leaf when I discovered it. So I could take the picture parallel to the leaf which is why the net itself is only shown as a thin line.

Gossamer-winged Butterflies (Lycaenidae)
Canon EOS 5D Mk III, Canon EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, 100 mm, f/4.5, 1/250 s, ISO 200
17. Juli 2015 - 07:41:24

Gossamer-winged Butterflies (Lycaenidae)

Usually it is quite difficult to approach butterflies. There was that morning when there were some Lycaenidae flying around the place I had chosen for some photography. So I did the easiest thing you can do: Wait until one of them stopped on a nearby flower.

About time to get up
Canon EOS 5D Mk III, Canon EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, 100 mm, f/3.5, 1/180 s, (1/1), ISO 200
26. Juni 2015 - 07:55:45

About time to get up

Early in the morning, still full of water drops that were deposited by the ground fog, this butterfly is about to fly away just after being warmed by the rising sun.

Fly in cold rigor
Canon EOS 5D Mk III, Canon MP-E65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo, 65 mm, f/8.0, 1/6 s, (1/1), ISO 800
22. Mai 2015 - 06:25:36

Fly in cold rigor

What many people never see in their lifes: Early in the morning after a cold night insects dottet are all over with small water drops. They are in a cold rigor until the sun has evaporated the water. That's a perfect time for photographers as the animals keep their positions for a long time.

Insect
Canon EOS 5D Mk III, Canon EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, 100 mm, f/8.0, 1/60 s, ISO 1600
20. Juli 2014 - 07:18:23

Insect

I cannot describe this creature more accurate because I have no clue what animal species it belongs to. But I loked its posing on that leave so I took this picture.

Arc of triumph
Canon EOS 5D Mk III, Canon EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, 100 mm, f/4.0, 1/350 s, (1/2), ISO 100
26. Juni 2016 - 13:48:49

Arc of triumph

In the center of a fairy environment this damselfly sits on the to of a bended reed.

Blue-tailed damselfly (Ischnura elegans)
Canon EOS 5D Mk III, Canon EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, 100 mm, f/4.5, 1/60 s, (1/1), ISO 800
08. August 2016 - 08:31:18

Blue-tailed damselfly (Ischnura elegans)

My working zone was never smaller than on that morning: Two stretches along a stream, each about one meter long and just about five meters apart from each other. On this tiny area I enjoyed the time starting at sunrise and could take more than 400 pictures in just a few hours. They show damselflies with dewdrops on their bodies.

Frozen Dragonfly
Canon EOS 5D Mk III, Canon EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, 100 mm, f/6.7, 1/30 s, ISO 400
25. September 2015 - 08:17:46

Frozen Dragonfly

It was many early mornings that I was searching for a dragonfly in rigor due to low temperature. Finally I had a happy morning with lots of fog and temperatures not really rising for a long time. It never appeared to notice me. So I was able to take a big number of pictures I was dreaming of and could expose the animal against a nice background.

Dragonfly
Canon EOS 5D Mk III, Canon EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, 100 mm, f/2.8, 1/3000 s, (1/1), ISO 400
17. Juli 2015 - 10:09:35

Dragonfly

Every year in June I get the feeling that there are much less dragonflies than the year before. But it is always the same mistake: Most dragonflies only appear in masses during the month of July. Again I was walking along the reed at the Aarschächli near Aarau and could see where ever I wanted, there were individuals of the many species living in this area all around. So you 'only' have to approach very thoroughly, look after the background and focus carefully.

Dripping wet
Canon EOS 5D Mk III, Canon EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, 100 mm, f/4.5, 1/180 s, ISO 200
20. Juli 2014 - 07:38:57

Dripping wet

During night time small drops of water accumulate on the bodies of insects because of the low temperatures. Until a short time after sunrise they can easily be seen. The animals are quite calm during that time so they can be approached much easier than later. That allows for the realization of great macro pictures.

Dragonfly laying eggs
Canon EOS 5D Mk III, Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4x III, 280 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 s, ISO 100
06. Juni 2014 - 10:22:28

Dragonfly laying eggs

Early summer female dragonflies lay the eggs in flat water. Nymphs grow out of the eggs and become predators on other aquatic organism. The can even catch and eat polliwogs. Some dragonfly nymphs live in that stadium for up to five years before the go to land and become dragonflies.

Wood ant
Canon EOS 5D Mk III, Canon EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, 100 mm, f/6.7, 1/60 s, (1/2), ISO 400
05. Mai 2017 - 09:02:08

Wood ant

Taking pictures of ants is not easy at all. Usually they move quite fast and unpredictably. While I was trying to take a sharp and also nice picture I suddenly realized that this ant was watching me and seemingly wanted to attack me. It looked like an aggressive posture. I tried to imagine what I would hear if I were understanding their language.

Ant in sunset light
Canon EOS 5D Mk III, Canon EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, 100 mm, f/6.7, 1/8000 s, ISO 400
26. Juni 2014 - 20:27:59

Ant in sunset light

It was an early summer evening in the Rohrer Schachen. I was doing macro and close-up photography for some hours. Besides of dragonflies and grasshoppers I found some ants in the growth. They were milking lice on a thistle. It happened that I could place the setting sun in the background.

Dragonfly
Canon EOS 5D Mk III, Canon EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, 100 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 s, ISO 100
20. Juli 2014 - 09:45:14

Dragonfly

Closeup taken in the Rohrer Schachen near Aarau. In summertime I like spending time taking pictures of dragonflies because at that time of the year the larger animals as well as birds are difficult to find in the dense growth.

Narrow-winged damselfly
Canon EOS 5D Mk III, Canon EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, 100 mm, f/8.0, 1/180 s, ISO 400
26. Juni 2014 - 19:12:01

Narrow-winged damselfly

Narrow-winged damselflies (Coenagrionidae) are the largest family of small dragonflies. No surprise that I can find these small animals quite often in the meadows along the Aare near Aarau.

Snake's head (Fritillaria meleagris)
Canon EOS 5D Mk III, Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM, 170 mm, f/4.5, 1/45 s, ISO 400
14. April 2016 - 20:00:06

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.

Oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)
Canon EOS 5D Mk III, Canon EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, 100 mm, f/2.8, 1/10 s, ISO 400
11. Mai 2016 - 05:40:25

Oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

Just one day before the heavy spring rainfalls with floodings started I could take a picture of these oxeye daisies in the last morning sunrays. These flowers are among my favourites. Every year I'm looking forward seeing them.

Edelweiss
Canon EOS 5D Mk III, Canon EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, 100 mm, f/2.8, 1/750 s, ISO 100
27. August 2015 - 18:19:00

Edelweiss

Probably the most famous plant in Switzerland. Anyone who does hiking in a regular manner will know a spot where they grow. If you like to go to 'my' spot with me on a macro photography workshop you find more information here.

Edelweiss
Canon EOS 5D Mk III, Canon EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, 100 mm, f/4.0, 1/750 s, (1/1), ISO 400
27. August 2015 - 18:14:30

Edelweiss

The Edelweiss (Leontopodium nivale) is a symbolic plant for Switzerland. The rare species is used by many companies in their logo design and also the Swiss tourism organization uses it. That is one reason why this plant appeals to many people, another is the fact that it is difficult to find as a plant living in high mountain areas of the Alps. It was some years ago when I discovered a place where they can be found in big numbers. So I had been planning to return there for some shots. Arriving there I was happy that people had not taken these protected plants away so I could still find them and take pictures.

Hard-working Bumblebee
Canon EOS 5D Mk III, Canon EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, 100 mm, f/2.8, 1/125 s, (1/1), ISO 400
16. Juli 2015 - 20:25:49

Hard-working Bumblebee

Nonstop this humblebee is looking for nectar on the thistle. Flying from flower to flower it only sits down for short moments.

Snowdrops
Canon EOS 5D Mk III, Canon EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, 100 mm, f/2.8, 1/500 s, ISO 100
12. März 2017 - 15:32:19

Snowdrops

When the last snow of the winter is melted Nature wakes up for the next season. The first plants that show themselves are the Snowdrops (Galanthus) that can let the skirts of certain forests appear like white meadows for a short time. They can also be found around housing complexes or - like in this case - next to a playground. Like that a family walk can be used for taking some pictures.

Spring Snowflake
Canon EOS 5D Mk III, Canon EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, 100 mm, f/2.8, 1/1500 s, (1/1), ISO 100
27. Februar 2016 - 16:55:38

Spring Snowflake

Spring Snowflakes (leucojum vernum) are often mistaken for Snowdrops. These two kinds are really very similar which is why their names are very close as well. However, they are the first messengers of the approaching spring and very photogenic.

Snowdrop (Galanthus)
Canon EOS 5D Mk III, Canon EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, 100 mm, f/2.8, 1/180 s, (1/1), ISO 400
10. März 2016 - 18:09:25

Snowdrop (Galanthus)

On one hand it's kind of diapointing that the snowdrops can only be found in the gardens in the city center where I live. Out in the nature reserve I haven't found any so far. On the other hand it is a good sign that the gardens around the city mansions are like a colorful carpet at the end of winter time, shining white of snowdrops and in the bright colors of the Crocus.

Lady's-slipper Orchid
Canon EOS 5D Mk III, Canon EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, 100 mm, f/4.5, 1/60 s, ISO 100
15. Juni 2014 - 11:47:25

Lady's-slipper Orchid

I took this picture on a excursion to the Gasterntal during a general meeting of the Swiss Nature Photographers in Kandersteg. The very rare Lady's-slipper Orchid (cypripedium calceolus) was quite easy to find. But it was big luck that a fly posed on the petal and stayed there long enough.

Common Sainfoin
Canon EOS 5D Mk III, Canon EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, 100 mm, f/2.8, 1/180 s, (3/2), ISO 100
29. Mai 2015 - 07:20:43

Common Sainfoin

An exceptionally beautiful flowery meadow in the Rohrer Schachen where I use to spend my spare time usually blooms around the beginning of June in all colors. Reddish is dominated by the Common Sainfoin - Onobrychis viciifolia.

Back-lit flowers
Canon EOS 5D Mk III, Canon EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, 100 mm, f/2.8, 1/180 s, (1/1), ISO 100
29. Mai 2015 - 06:53:53

Back-lit flowers

Dawn breaking over some flowers in springtime. The warm backlight not only illuminates the background but also the flowers.

Detailaufnahme einer Biene
Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, 100 mm, f/7.1, 1/250 s, ISO 200
04. September 2010 - 09:36:09

Detailaufnahme einer Biene

Wenn man so richtig nahe an eine Biene ran geht, so entdeckt man oben auf dem Kopf einen Sensor, den ich so vorher noch nie gesehen hatte.

Grasshopper Touché A Ghost's eyes Slackline for Pros Gossamer-winged Butterflies (Lycaenidae) About time to get up Fly in cold rigor Insect Arc of triumph Blue-tailed damselfly (Ischnura elegans) Frozen Dragonfly Dragonfly Dripping wet Dragonfly laying eggs Wood ant Ant in sunset light Dragonfly Narrow-winged damselfly Snake's head (Fritillaria meleagris) Oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) Edelweiss Edelweiss Hard-working Bumblebee Snowdrops Spring Snowflake Snowdrop (Galanthus) Lady's-slipper Orchid Common Sainfoin Back-lit flowers Detailaufnahme einer Biene

 


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