Šumava

Last August was the hottest month yet recorded. Some heatwaves across Europe, in conjunction with unusually drought, have led to a summer of extreme high temperatures and forest fires in many parts of Europe, with disastrous consequences for society and nature in various ways. Some regions in Germany reminded me of the semi-arid plateau (Meseta)Continue reading Šumava

Taunus Mountain Range in Summer

For weeks, Germany, as many other countries, is reeling under a heatwave and a severe drought. For weeks, the sky without clouds remembered me of the skies of the Mediterranean Sea. For weeks, I didn’t take the camera. Two days ago, the weather report announced a front with clouds and rain. I took the cameraContinue reading “Taunus Mountain Range in Summer”

A Question of Trade

I live in a densely populated region between roads, highways, and industrial parks, a set of ordinary places with ordinary subject matter, a small wood, a stream and a pool. These – the wood, the stream and the pool – therefore are the three landscapes where I have carried out my photographic fieldwork. In theseContinue reading “A Question of Trade”

Peaceful Days in the Pyrenees

In the heart of the Catalonian Pyrenees there is the Alt Pirineu Natural Park, the largest natural park in Catalonia, a rugged landscape of peaks that tower above forests, grassy meadows, peaceful lakes and wild rivers and streams. In the heart of the Alt Pirineu Natural Park there is the town of Alins, and betweenContinue reading “Peaceful Days in the Pyrenees”

Landscape Photography in the XXI Century

When speculating about the future of landscape photography one has to consider the climate of the world in which we live today…[where]…there is an abundance of topics that can be explored…. Social environments, political and national boundaries, globalization, continued urbanization, the vanishing family farm and the rise of the corporate one, or any number ofContinue reading “Landscape Photography in the XXI Century”

Beauty and Natur

Hiking in the Taunus Mountain Range Let’s just concentrate on where we are There’s beauty enough in being here, not elsewhere – Alberto Caeiro I don’t have a philosophy: I have senses… If I talk about Nature, it’s not because I know what it is, But because I love it, and that’s why I loveContinue reading “Beauty and Natur”

I Would Like to Celebrate the Life

This year, the first cranes have returned unusually early from their warmer winter quarters in southern countries. A couple of great tits are inspecting the birdhouse I built last year for the balcony. But, sadly, mankind cannot escape the condition of worshipers of Ares and Thanatos. We are condemned to celebrate the death and visitingContinue reading “I Would Like to Celebrate the Life”

New Year

I spent the first days of January visiting a very interesting marsh and wetland area in Hessen, Germany, which is an important migration and resting place for migratory birds and winter guests. When I crossed a stream I saw a great egret between the reeds. Every time I see an egret I must stop, stepContinue reading “New Year”

Last Days of November, First Winter Snowfalls

Yes, I know, strictly speaking, winter begins on 21st December, so, November ist not yet winter. Nevertheless, these last days of November, the landscape is covered with a thick layer of snow, and the temperatures are below 0º C, consequently, I may say, winter. As I said in my last post, November, a gray, coldContinue reading “Last Days of November, First Winter Snowfalls”

The Roaring Twenties Again?

I have curled mid the boles of the ash wood,I have hidden my face where the oakSpread his leaves over me, and the yokeOf the old ways of men have I cast aside. Ezra Pound. Personae. After a cold and rainy May, June hat brought unusual hot days, days during which the people spread acrossContinue reading “The Roaring Twenties Again?”