Archive for August, 2020

Blog Anniversary – 10 Years

Mint Leaf Beetle 1

Time flies… Since my first post on this blog we have travelled 10 times around the sun.
A lot of things have happened since then – for everyone of us probably – but let’s not get sentimental.
I started the blog with a macro picture, so I thought it might be a neat idea to celebrate this occasion with two new macro pictures I took last week.

This pretty little fella here is a mint leaf beetle (chrysolina herbacea) who lives – let’s see who guesses it … yes, on mint leaves. 😉
And that’s exactly where I saw him doing what mint leaf beetles usually do (whatever this is – looks like some serious workout routine if you ask me).
This guy here had a size of around 7 to 8mm (0,3 in).

Mint Leaf Beetle 2

So yes, yes, this is probably one of those cases where the camera does matter, or I should say the lens you use on it.
But still, forget the camera, because apart from these special cases you should not care too much.
As Chase Jarvis said, the best camera is the one that’s with you. And in most cases it’s better to learn how to use this than investing loads of money in tons of gear. (says the guy who really digs gear, d’oh!).
Bottom line: don’t expect too much from a new camera, it might give you more creative freedom, but you won’t necessarily take better photos all of a sudden.

What matters to me most is: just enjoy taking photos, with whatever gear you have. That’s the message I want to get across.
For me photography is one the greatest passions you can have, it helps me discover beauty wherever I look, even in mundane things, and has a somewhat therapeutic effect on me.

Anyways, a big thanks to all of you who have been following me through all these years (be it here on WordPress, flickr or Instagram), and I look forward to the future with you guys!



PS: If you have not already done so, you can also check out my portfolio page.

Devil’s Table 2020

Devil's Table 2020

I love the rock formations in our forest.
This mushroom rock here is with its height of around 14 meters (46 ft.) one of the most famous in our region – the so-called Devil’s Table.

I went out during sunset to get some nice warm colors.
In the next few weeks I am going to post the other side of this nature’s marvel on this blog and in the meantime some alternative shots that I took with my Fisheye lense on flickr, so you should also check out my pictures there, if you are interested.

Highly recommended to view in higher resolution (click on picture).

Whoa, Nellie!


Sorry, I just could not resist the allusion to Nelly Furtado’s debut album (mind the different spelling though).

This is – you might have guessed it by now – Nellie. She’s a cute one, albeit a bit shy. Might have made some bad experiences with humans in the past, I’m afraid. Hopefully, she’ll be gaining more trust in the future.

Shots taken during the “blue hour” after sun set with my nifty fifty wide open.
I like the typical full-frame look with its shallow depth of field here.


I love living in the countryside, surrounded by beautiful forests. Here are some rural summer impressions from the last 2-3 weeks.

If you want to see a picture in a higher resolution, just click on it.

Part 2 soon to come.

Have a nice week everyone!

Evening Hike 1

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In summer I like to go on a short hike in the evening when it’s not so hot anymore. On the downside, the sun had already been setting, so there was not too much available light in the forest. 😉

You should definitely click on the photos to see them in a higher resolution.