Growing up landlocked in the middle of Germany, going on a beach holiday was the highlight of each year. Now, living in a coastal town, I am able to go to the beach whenever I fancy - there is no waiting time anymore!
Does it diminish the excitement? No - certainly not! My heart still beats faster at the first glimpse of the sea on the horizon!
into the Woodlands
Woodlands are a great place for me to be. I love the solitude. It is just me and the creatures living in there. Absolute bliss.
I especially love the time during spring when everything comes alive again and the green is sprouting. The moment the bluebells are out you can find me roaming woodlands for days on ends!
Woodlands can be tricky to photograph, and by no means I would classify myself as perfect. Work in progress is my mantra!
A path winding its way through the bluebell wood during sunrise.
Trees in a bluebell wood during sunrise.
In the depth.
Found in the New Forest, Wilverley Inclosure. The trees are grown so dense here that the sun barely breaks through.
The last light shining into the woodland in Dorset, lightening up the glorious carpet of bluebells.
on the Heathlands
Dorset and surrounding areas have lots of areas with heathlands - local common grounds and of course the New Forest with its wide open space.
The heather starts to bloom in early summer and you could look across a pink sea!
We are not going to move any further!
I wasn’t expecting company when I ventured out to the New Forest that morning to capture a sunrise. This herd of free grazing cows probably meet up under the tree every morning - they just stopped and didn’t move any further. A little bit of added interest then!
One of the cows on Wilverley Plain in the New Forest had gorgeous curly hair, which glowed in the early morning sun. And it posed for me without moaning!
The lone pine.
This pine tree on Studland is one of my favourite. I photographed it many times in different lighting and always go back to it.
A single mushroom in between the heather in the New Forest. I lay down and got muddy for this shot, but it was worth it!
This pine tree can be found in Wareham Forest. It was a frosty morning and the sun hadn’t reached the logs yet, so they are still covered in ice.
On top of Hengistbury Head there is an area with heather gorgeous blooming heather! Have you discovered it yet?
getting really Close Up
Being very close to a object has always sparked my interest - it can reveal a lot about them! You cannot get enough detail with your own eyes, so macro lenses are quite useful to get all the detail.
I used to use my Tamron 70-300mm macro lens for these shots, but now I am mostly using the Sigma 105mm F2.8 for getting really close to the subject.
at the shores of a Lake
There are a few lakes around in Dorset - but nothing compared to in Scotland! I love a bit of dramatic scenery on the shores of a great water!
I love a good waterfall - unfortunately Dorset has not that many of them. So whenever we go on holiday I am investigating the area and hope to find some falling water!
In the meantime - rivers are really good posers too!
wild about Wildlife
I haven’t been doing a lot of wildlife yet, but I am starting to enjoy it! When trying to capture the creatures (big and small) you need to have a lot of patience, persistence and luck!
Sometimes you can get a great shot in your back garden, but sometimes you have to travel for it. But in the end it is always worth the effort!
seabirds - garden birds - wild birds - tame birds
deep in the Countryside
The ever changing countryside! Don’t we just love it?
A journey through the seasons shows all it’s beauty - I especially love the time in spring when everything starts to grow again. Flowers in particular are a favourite of mine - check out the poppy fields and the wisteria! They are just amazing!
a visit to Germany
Germany being my home country, I still fly to the continent at least three times a year to visit my family and hang out with friends.
My hometown of Aschaffenburg and the neighbouring city of Frankfurt has definitely some beauty spots to discover and I am looking forward to going back!