Finalist in "I-Shot-IT" competition:



Although the very low temperatures we still saw last week are gone, natures still shows signs of how harsh the last couple of months have been. The Niagara Falls itself don't carry ice anymore, but the surrounding rocks are covered with huge layers of ice, caused by the ever-present spray. To get a feeling for the dimension of that layer of ice - the height of the falls is 21m! For comparison a photo from April 2012.

Niagara Falls 29.3.15, 70mm, 1/1000, f8, ISO 200Niagara Falls 66mm, 1/200, f16, ISO 200


March is almost over, the sun is slowly rising higher and higher and nature shows first signs of Spring. Well, that all depends on the perspective one takes. South-eastern Canada was facing -17°C this morning and the ground still has a solid layer of harsh snow on it. No reason to stay inside though. Below is a picture from last week-end.

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus). 200mm, f 5,6, 1/500, +0,7 EV, ISO 320, Ontario/Canada



"Marks of Excellence" in the category Landscape of the Leica "I SHOT IT"  competition!



The current issue of "EuroNatur" shows the winning pictures of this year's photo contest, this was one of them:

Wryneck (Jynx torquila). 700mm, 1/800 sec., f8, -0,33 EV, ISO 500, tripod. Bulgaria 2012


Under "Latest Pictures" there are some photos from this years season in Bulgaria.


All workshops for the coming Spring-/Summer season are booked. However, the dates for 2015 have been fixed. So if you know your plans for 2015 already, go ahead and make a reservation for one of our workshops.


Re the proclamation of the Yellow-Bellied Toad (Bombina variegata) as amphibian of the year 2014 by the German Association for Herpetology (DGHT) a picture taken during a workshop in Bulgaria has been placed on the intro page of this website.

The Yellow-Bellied Toad is actually not threatened in Europe, however, numbers in Germany have significantly decreased due to destruction of suitable habitats. But there is hope since this species is known to make use of secondary habitats such as water-filled tracks small ponds etc. and nature conservation organisations are making efforts to bring back more of those habitats in order to support this interesting toad.


An unusually mild winter is over. Pictures of snow and ice required trips to higher altitudes this year. However, a number of remarkable pictures were taken during our workshops in Bulgaria. Golden Eagles and even a Wolve showed up in front of our hides in the mountains. Thanks to everyone who joined us this winter!