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January 15, 2017Citycity,Architecture,Architecture,art,urban,long exposure,winter,Czech Republic
You want to get lost in Prague, the capital of Czech Republic. Explore the maze of its endless alleys of the old town around the bends of River Vlatava/Moldau.
Prague whispers its melancholic memories
As a result, you need to listen to those stories on every corner. Roam around its roads, enter those hidden courtyards, waste time in those bars and restaurants. And while wandering, listening and living, your journey will lead you to the crowded and popular Charles Bridge, the beginning and end of every exploration. Only during sunrise you’ll most likely be alone. Those rare moments are priceless. Here, the entire European Tradition emerges. Beautiful baroque churches. The sound of music and literature. Crowned by one of the most beautiful cathedrals of the continent: St Vitus Cathedral located within the walls of Prague Castle (Pražský hrad).
The architecture continues to blow you away. Therefore, open the heavy door of the barque churches such as St Nicholas and the famous Libraries of Strahov Monastery. Continue your journey and appreciate one of the most pittoresque cities of Europe with its breathtaking urban life.
But wandering makes little tiger tired.
by Sebastian Holmer
December 18, 2016landscapeLandscape,nature,winter,Lofoten,Norway
You have to return to those winter landscapes of Lofoten, Norway.
The best advice on Lofoten? Turn around.
If you ever think of leaving Reine, this picturesque fishing village at the end of Lofoten Islands, you will start driving the magical E10. Drive carefully, because your eyes will be in trouble watching the road itself. The scenery will constantly distract and surprise. Check your mirrors. Turn around and drive back where you’ve come from. And enjoy the beaches of Flakstadoya like Skagsanden near Flakstad.
December 11, 2016landscape,waterLandscape,nature,beach,sunset,Bali
You might easily get overwhelmed during the first sunset at Bali. During rainy season, just before the storm reaches the island, the light changes. It paints a different world.
Bali. I wish I could listen to those colors.
Instead, I try to capture them. Let them paint a landscape some might never see again. The beaches and landscape around Candidasa. The temples of Tanah Lot with the stunning rock formations. The famous temple of Ulun Danu Bratan, built in the Lake of Bratan, surrounded by mountains. Wait patiently for the people to walk by, let the light and clouds do the magic.
Continue your journey. Open your mind and follow countless paths. Explore, adore, repeat.
November 27, 2016landscapeLandscape,nature,light and shadow,sunset,Bali,cloudscape
Turn around and start leaving the crowded beaches of Bali. Head towards the back country of the island and discover a totally different landscape.
Explore the rice terraces of Bali, Indonesia. Reimagine the color palatte.
Among the most popular destinations of Bali are the rice terraces of Tegalalang and Jatiluwih. Both are perfect examples of a more rural, more authentic Bali. This cultural landscape belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage. The cooperative water management and farming system known as subaks reflect the omnipresent philosophy of Tri Hita Karana. It draws together the idea of the spiritual mind, the human world and nature. You might want to rest for a while, enjoy the constantly changing light of the scenery and enjoy the aura of the landscape. Its richness of colors, the complexity of the arrangements and the connection to the area are simply overwhelming.
Next to the popular rice terrages of Jatiluwih and Tegalalang, you’ll find hundreds of terraces in the other parts of the Island – you might not want to miss the landscape around the village of Pupuan or Karangasem. All of them have a beautiful tiny little detail in common: little shrines of the Goddess Dewi Sri, constantly filled with lovely (and sometimes surprisingly weird) offerings.
November 19, 2016landscapeLandscape,City,city,nature,urban,waterfall,Bali,forest
“Mark my trail.” – Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book.
The thicket of Bali.
Head towards Ubud, a tiny village in the center of the island. Explore the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, an area to achieve a harmonious relationship between humans and its (spiritual) enviroment. The site is pretty popular, so is the city itself. Keep going though, you’ll soon discover mostly silent and confusing corners. A natural mess, only textured by light and shadow. Kept alive by the sound of nature. Ruled by hundreds of monkeys. Just like the city itself.
Leave the people behind, follow the roads northbound and discover the waterfalls of Sekumpul. The hike will make you swear at hundreds of stairs, along dirty roads and crossing rivers. However, it is worth all the effort and sweat. You’ll explore a mostly lonely natural habitat with seven stunning waterfalls, rivers and natural pools. And endless silence.
November 13, 2016peopleCity,city,People,urban,Bali,Indonesia,Asia
Travelling Bali. Exploring a country. Discovering a soul.
Every now and then, someone opens a door. It’s up to yourself to realize and walk through it. People being themselves in Candidasa, Ubut, Karangasem, Padangbai, Bedoegoel. Anywhere.
October 16, 2016landscape,waterLandscape,nature,Iceland
Iceland is a country of many faces. Experience vast impressions of the planet’s shapes and colors. You’ll be frozen by glaciers, get soaked to the skin by rivers or burned by sulfur mines. Be ready to get lost in the sheer infinity of the countryside.
Iceland’s Color and its Shape. A story of harmony and contradiction.
Most of all, join the tour to the famous Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. It is a large glacial lake at the head of Breiðamerkurjökull glacier. Feel the cold of the icebergs getting dragged into the ocean. Occasionally, the pieces are running ashore at the black beach creating a sensational contrast. But maybe you might want to listen to the power of the river running through Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon. Smell the sulfour at the geothermal fields of Hverir around Mývatn, one of the most bizarre and colorful landscapes of Iceland. It is an area of active volcanism.
The country of harmony and contradiction. Even when you get lost in the middle of nowhere, between anywhere and anytime: You can not stop standing in awe-stricken silence. Then you turn around, and it has suddenly changed again. You have to keep up. Keep on exploring.
October 9, 2016landscape,waterLandscape,nature,Austria,waterfall,fall
The so called Gollinger Wasserfall is one of the most popular landsmarkes around the city of Salzbug, Austria.
The Waterfall of Golling, Austria.
However, the waterfall’s real name is Schwarzbachfall due to the river’s name. The water, coming out of a tiny cave up the river, is freezingly cold all over the year. There is obviously much more to explore – its spring is hidden in a beautiful cave, the water’s power is used to power the water wheel of a mill along the river. Due to its beauty and rareness, the area is marked as a protected landscape (ready to be explored).
October 2, 2016landscape,waterLandscape,nature,light and shadow,long exposure,Iceland,waterfall
Some say it’s one of the most obvious reasons to visit the country: The Waterfalls of Iceland.
You have to see for yourself. And hear.
There is an endless number of waterfalls waiting to be discovered. You have for sure seen plenty of them on photographs before. However, you still have to experience them for yourself: Get an impression of scale. Of power. And beauty.
The massive amount of people around Gullfoss. The hidden paths and ridiciulously blue glacial water of Bruarfoss. The spectacular light of Kirkjufellfoss in front of the amazing mountain during sunrise. The waterfall of the Gods: Godafoss, probably the most beautifull waterfall of the island. The pitifull Geitafoss right next to it, which is pretty often ignored. The waterfalls around the river Skjálfandafljót, especially Aldeyjarfoss (which looks like Darth Vader). The twin waterfalls of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus: Dettifoss and Sellfoss. The overwhelming moment when you realize how large Europe’s most powerful waterfall – Dettifoss – actually is. The brutal sound of the water. The incredible landscape of Hallormsstadhur which houses the famous Hengifoss. Skogafoss in the south of Iceland. You have to walk behind the sensational Seljalandsfoss and get soaked. Gljúfrafoss, which is hidden in a small cave.
And there are so many waterfalls of Iceland left to explore. Because it’s a country built of fire, ice and water.
September 18, 2016landscape,waterLandscape,mountains,nature,light and shadow,beach,Iceland
These days, you probably won’t be the first person to visit this part of Iceland. You won’t be the first to photograph that landscape in this part of the world. You won’t be the first to drive down that road. But it is still the first time you see it with your own eyes. It is still the first time to encounter the landscape on your own. You, the landscape and the light. And your camera.
Iceland constantly changes. Light constantly changes. Time for a hunt.
There is no reason to stay at home.