Image of the Month

JULY 2017
Psychedelic sunset Trees



JUNE 2017
Magic Forest


MAY 2017
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APRIL 2017
Here Comes the Sun



MARCH 2017
Swan Reflection



FEBRUARY 2017
Winter View



JANUARY 2017
Snow and Shadows



DECEMBER 2016
Backlit Oak Tree



NOVEMBER 2016
Whooper Swans



OCTOBER 2016
Autumn Chaos



SEPTEMBER 2016
Common adder



AUGUST 2016
Touch me Not!



JULY 2016
Ferns and Spider



JUNE 2016
Summer Evening



MAY 2016
Råbjerg Mile



APRIL 2016
Spring Rain



MARCH 2016
Silent Spring



FEBRUARY 2016
Whooper Swans



JANUARY 2016
Seagull's Flight



DECEMBER 2015
December Rain



NOVEMBER 2015
Autumn Glow in Hard Rain



OCTOBER 2015
Autumn Wind



SEPTEMBER 2015
Common Honeysuckle



AUGUST 2015
Common Heather



JULY 2015
Summer Dream



JUNE 2015
Feather Clouds in Monochrome



MAY 2015
Evening Sunlight



APRIL 2015
Old Oak Trees



MARCH 2015
Beech Forest in Sunlight



FEBRUARY 2015
Foggy Winter Meadow



JANUARY 2015
Frosted Birch Trees



DECEMBER 2014
Wilderness Forest



NOVEMBER 2014
Autumn Impression



OCTOBER 2014
Calm Autumn Day



SEPTEMBER 2014
Fly agaric Mushroom



AUGUST 2014
Painterly Water



JULY 2014
Summer Impression



JUNE 2014
Thunder Cloud at Dybbøl Banke



MAY 2014
Robert geranium



APRIL 2014
First sign of Spring



MARCH 2014
Anemone hepatica



FEBRUARY 2014
Roe deer



JANUARY 2014
Winter Painting

During this month we almost didn't see the sun at all, only 17 hours of sun were recorded on a national basis and January became the darkest month in 45 years. We have not had a less sunny month since 1969, but King frost came and we almost had two weeks with snow and a biting cold easterly wind. I was not inspired at all, no magic light only white, grey and black. I tried to get the best out of it and for this image I used a telephoto lens, to create this winter painting.   



DECEMBER 2013
Rainy Days

This past month has been a mixed bag of rain, fog, sun and a terrible storm and flood. The warm December weather meant that it was not the fairytale landscape like last year, in short this Christmas was green and muddy; it was a rather gloomy, wet and windy cup of tea, with positive temperatures. If you hate shovelling snow or paying a big bill for electricity, this winter's mild weather is probably great news, but for a nature photographer who love snow, ice and frost, this year's autumn-like conditions has been a very painful business; especially when you still have the recent winters in mind.



NOVEMBER 2013
Magical Morning

This scene looks like something from another country - not little Denmark. The early morning mist transforms the landscape and adds a new dimension, creating a feeling of otherness. The rolling hills near Ulstrup is a breath-taking and unique landscape, that offers many enjoyable experiences at any time of the year and the view is a landscape photographer's paradise. Since mood is so important for a successful scene, I find that the soft pastel lends itself to moods quite effectively. My experience is that pastel hues give a sense of peace and solitude, perfect for landscapes.



OCTOBER 2013
Misty Oak Tree

I have photographed this oak tree many times before, especially in winter and autumn. Old oak trees and this one in particular, almost look like an Japanese Bonsai-tree, with branches so photogenic and full of spirit. I photographed the tree on a rainy afternoon, the weather was screaming autumn with misty conditions and light rain, spiced up by heavy rain showers, but the wind was missing though. I like these conditions because I get softer light and vivid colours.



SEPTEMBER 2013
Light Explosion

Water droplets in the fog or mist make light scatter a lot more than it would otherwise. This greatly softens light, but also makes light streaks visible from concentrated or directional light sources. The classic example is the photo in a forest with early morning light: when the photo is taken in the direction of this light, rays of light streak down from the trees and scatter off of this heavy morning air. I call this effect an explosion of light - I have managed to make a few spiritual images lately and I really like this one; I love these calm mornings they somehow boost my energy and I feel happy. 

 


AUGUST 2013
Misty Light Beams

One silent and humid morning, I came across this glade in the forest, it was pure magic with misty rays of light in the landscape, the scenery changed appearance every time I pressed the shutter and I made many images until I was completely satisfied. Mist can give a wonderfully moody and atmospheric feel and I really like to photograph in these unique shooting environments; I decided to process the final image in monochrome to simplify the scene and use the tonal diversity created by the mist. Autumn is approaching, but you have to work fast because the sun is still strong and burns the mist away very fast. 



JULY 2013
Flames in the Sky

This month I experienced many beautiful sunsets and magical moments. The outstanding weather conditions with almost unlimited sun and clear sky gave the opportunity to be outside a lot. I almost didn't use my computer during this month with that outstanding summer weather. It was very dry too, but it did rain a bit in the last few days of the month and that is when I photographed these spectacular sunset clouds. July was one of the driest and sunniest months since 1874, with many days with temperatures over 25°C, it was really great and one to remember.        



JUNE 2013
Water Lily

You don't have to travel to the end of the world to photograph flowers, actually you can find them just outside your window. Plant pictures don’t have to be taken in exotic locations to be interesting, this one is photographed in our garden pond after a heavy rain shower; I decided to process the image in monochrome to enhance the forms and shapes of the water-drops and leafs, and the beautiful design of the white flower is further enhanced and I think the final image is strong and appealing, despite that I photographed it in the garden. 



MAY 2013
Misty Reflection

I can't get enough of misty moods and one early morning in May, I photographed this magical misty reflection. The mist changed appearance all the time and I ended up with a lot of pictures, the mist gave the landscape atmosphere and an otherwise boring motif became exciting and a bit abstract too. The month of May had a handful of beautiful misty mornings, but it was very difficult to keep up with all the changes happening in nature so fast as it did this spring. After a long and cold winter it was nice to see everything get green and full of life once more, but I wish the spring would not be over already - now summer comes knocking on the door.



APRIL 2013
The first Wood Anemone

This past month became the coldest April in 25 years and it was very dry and sunny too. I photographed this Wood Anemone on a sunny hill facing South early in the month, almost three week before they began to show their white faces everywhere. Photographing plants and flowers are exciting and very rewarding, just take your macro lens and start to work, at first you might not see anything at all, but suddenly motifs appear just in front of you. I have always been fascinated by photographing plants and flowers and using macro lenses opened a whole new world of opportunities, when I started making images of plants, more than 15 years ago. I like to use large apertures to soften the surroundings and isolate the main subject, making an artistic feel and creating an image with "flower-power" as I like to call it. I never get tired of looking at images like this, they inspire me to make new ones!.



MARCH 2013
March Snow

One afternoon a heavy snowfall arrived together with strong winds, I knew that I had to be out in search of motifs, despite the extreme conditions. Winter weather always look cold and uninviting when you are indoor, but when you are out in it, it does not matter - when you have the right clothes. Snow in March is not unusual in Denmark, but recent winters ended in early March, but this year the winter will not loose its grip. This image is photographed only a few kilometers from my home; I had one motif in mind, photograph Roe deer in the landscape and I got them and as a bonus a fox in a perfect landscape.



FEBRUARY 2013
Snow pattern

Almost three months of winter has passed and biting cold weather has dominated most of the month of February, but in the last week we experienced the first sign of spring with the first day with springlike conditions, you could feel the warmth of the sun on your face for the first time this year. The good weather took me by surprise, I simply had too many layers of clothes on and at some point I was almost boiling until I got rid of a layer. The sun is getting stronger day by day and the melting has begun, okay you can't see it on this image from Madum Sø, the largest lake in Himmerland; I was out most of that day enjoying the beautiful weather with a clear blue sky and no wind, most of the snow in the landscape is gone now, but on the lake an inspiring pattern of snow and ice were a great motif for me.



JANUARY 2013
Winter Impression

January was a divided month, two weeks with temperatures on the positive side and two weeks below zero day and night. Fjords, ponds and lakes were soon covered by ice and snow-showers covered the landscape with a white carpet. On this impressionistic image I photographed Mariager fjord in the twilight and instead of just making a sharp documentation photo, I tried to make a more artistic impression by moving the camera during exposure. Patterns of snow on the ice, together with the pink pastel coloured sky created this mystic image from another world.



DECEMBER 2012
Winter Sunset

The first two weeks of December, was a time you just had to be out to experience the Arctic air and frosty landscape. Snow and beautiful winter light was the photography menu for those weeks here in Denmark. Another great motif was frost, when Mother Nature hits us with a sudden blast of cold, at least in this part of the country, she sometimes softens the blow with an indescribably beautiful phenomenon called "hoar frost." Some call it frozen dew, or white frost.



NOVEMBER 2012
Autumn leaves and naked Trees

As winter draws nearer, it’s definitely getting colder outside and slowly the beautiful golden leaves of autumn are falling away, leaving the stark bare tree branches in the landscape. Each season has beauty in it, if you take the time to look. Some very atmospheric pictures of bare trees can be captured, without their leaves, the spiny branches can give off a spooky feel.



OCTOBER 2012
Autumn Wind

I have used the wind creatively and worked with a long exposure technique in bright daylight, this is forced by using a ten stop neutral density filter. Photographing with a long exposure you can create some amazing effects that are not visible to the human eye; its like being in a darkroom, you never know what you get until the exposure is over and can be seen on the camera screen. The filter is simply outstanding in adding motion and action to the image, not that it adds anything at all, in contrary it simply eats ten stops of light and you´ll get extreme long exposures as an effect.



SEPTEMBER 2012
Sunny Rain

Hiking in the rolling hills near Rebild is an experience by itself, but as a photographer I'm always looking for something out of the ordinary. Sunny rain is absolutely a type of weather, worth getting your precious equipment soaked for, it’s also pretty rare which makes it even more special. The rolling hills at Rebild is a unique and beautiful open hilly heath, a breath-taking landscape that offers many enjoyable experiences at any time of the year and the view is a landscape photographers paradise. The open landscape in the hills are covered by scrub, heather, crowberry and blueberry. The scrub consists of aspen and beech as well as scattered oaks. 



AUGUST 2012
Magical Dawn

Here is yet another unforgettable spiritual moment, photographed pre-dawn in the hills near Ulstrup. It was worth waking up at 0430 and make the drive to the viewing point looking over the Gudenå valley. A layer of magical mist deep down in the valley was reaching to the horizon, while the sky put on a teaser show with an awe-inspiring light show before finally introducing the sun. I wonder if a moment like this is nature's way of awakening something deep within us, I for one can't get enough of these moments.



JULY 2012
Geum rivale

Just before sunrise one misty July morning I photographed this Geum rivale. It was pure magic with no wind and the dew covered everything on the misty meadow. I like to photograph plants with a shallow depth of field isolating the plant form the background, but using that technique on this plant required photographing the plant parallel keeping both flowers on the same plane of focus.



JUNE 2012
God's Breath

The month of June has been a cold, windy, cloudy and rainy cup of tea - it's summer in Denmark! So for us landscape photographers there is not much to experience at the moment, but there are some great moments to go out and make some outstanding images. You just have to be patient and attentive to take advantage of the moments. One day I photographed thunderclouds and brilliant light beams on the evening sky. Storms must come to an end - a moment, when peace returns to the land and sky is a breathtaking moment.
 


MAY 2012
Robert geranium

One afternoon I was walking in a forest near my home, I was on the lookout for flowers and as planned I found one of my favourite flowers the Robert geranium - a small but very photogenic flower. I have always been fascinated by photographing plants and flowers and using macro lenses opened a whole new world of opportunities, when I started making images of plants, more than 15 years back. I like to use large apertures to soften the surroundings and isolate the main subject, making an artistic feel and creating an image with "flower-power" as I like to call it. I never get tired of looking at images like this, they inspire me to make new ones!.

  

APRIL 2012  
Moss-covered beech Trees

Spring is getting closer and the forest reveals new textures and shapes for the one who embraces the coming season. Clear your mind and let your eyes rest upon its elegance, abstract, shapes, lines and trees. I used motion blur and panned the camera vertically during the exposure to achieve the effect.



MARCH 2012
Willow tree in full flower

I photographed this willow tree in full flower in late March on a meadow near my home, a tree like this can really light up a hedgerow and is an important source of nectar and pollen for the first insects that emerge in spring. The male flowering catkin on a willow tree is blooming for a few days and they are very beautiful to photograph while flowering. A catkin is a strand of tiny uni-sexual flowers, blooming on many species of trees like the willow tree. I decided to shoot against the evening sun, to create more drama with a backlit tree, I photographed handheld with one hand and used the other hand to shade for the low sunlight, I used spot metering on the flowers to avoid overexposure. I really like the effect and simple composition of this image, in March the summertime begins and that means more time in the evening to be out.
   


FEBRUARY 2012
The Siberian winter Attack

After a long period with autumn like weather conditions, Denmark faced a sudden shivering end to the exceptionally warm winter with temperatures plunging towards Siberian levels. Winter weather arrived with a vengeance with temperatures well below zero for almost three weeks, a bitterly cold  February with thermometers falling at least as low as -23C, a nature photographers dream came true. On a day-trip to Denmark's only bird-cliff in the north-western part of Jutland, I photographed the beach like mad, almost every stone were covered by a beautiful layer of ice. It was bitterly cold that day, but I forgot to think about that because of the stunning landscape just in front of me, I managed to make quite a few "great shots" that day, but this one is my favourite.



JANUARY 2012
Drive-by shooting
  
In the last week of January the winter arrived in Denmark, one day my photo buddy Jon Geriche and me, were on a day trip to the protected bird habitat of Vejlerne, in the northern part of Jutland. The weather that day was quite amazing with a chilly cold frosty morning, but grey and overcast in the afternoon, perfect for graphic images. Our goal of the day was to photograph birds and we were rewarded with huge flocks of migrating greylag, barnacle and pink-footed geese. We used a "drive-by shooting" tactic, that was quite successful that day, because huge flocks of geese were seen on fields near the roads. This image shows a big swarm of Barnacle Geese (Branta leucopsis) flying overhead and landing on a nearby field. They flies in packs and long lines, with a noisy chorus of barking or yapping sounds; the spectacle of migration is a great experience, seeing the large formations of geese as silhouettes against the evening sky was quite an impressive sight. The very photographic Barnacle Goose has a white face and black head, neck, and upper breast. Its belly is white. The wings and its back are silver-gray with black-and-white bars that look like they are shining when the light reflects on it.



DECEMBER 2011
Red Berry Wilderness

If you hate shovelling snow or paying a big bill for electricity, this winter's mild weather is probably great news. But for a nature photographer who love snow, ice and frost, this year's autumn-like conditions have been very painful, having the recent two years winters in mind. This photograph is made on December 24, and the Christmas weather this year was a mixed bag of sun, rain and wind. The warm December weather meant that it was not the fairytale landscape like last year, in short this Christmas was green and muddy, it was a rather gloomy, wet and windy cup of tea, with temperatures about +10° Celsius. Despite the uninspiring weather I had my camera with me and made this striking Christmas photo, a chaotic motif for a chaotic month with lots of work and things to do.



NOVEMBER 2011
Autumn Foliage

November is a very diversified month! Some days has frosty air and a clear sky and others are just grey and gloomy. This month heavy fog has covered the landscape for days, it happens fairly often in the fall, not the fun, pretty kind of fog, but the fairly high kind that pretty much blocks the sun and make the landscape look dull and gray. We have been besieged with grey, misty and typical November days, but bad weather is not always an excuse to stay locked at home, and going outdoor in the rain on an autumn day with the camera can be just as interesting as when the weather is fine. Leaves display brilliant and intense colours, when the light is soft and the weather is moist - its a spectacular time of the year.



OCTOBER 2011 
Painterly Mute Swan

I'm hoping to add images to my Swan collection this forthcoming winter. They’re fantastic subjects - full of grace, power and beauty, there’s so many reasons to photograph them. Mute Swans are always interesting subjects to photograph, this image has an almost painterly quality that I really like, almost a surreal look that occurred naturally. The image are made with my fast 300mm lens set to f/2,8 to isolate the swan and soften the foreground.



SEPTEMBER 2011 
Dragonfly

Glistening in the early morning sun, this insect looks like a creature from another planet as dew gathers on its sleeping body. Captured in close-up one September morning, I found this dragonfly totally encrusted in diamonds as it rest on a twig. Dragonflies, take on an unearthly quality as the water droplets form on them, but it is very difficult to find them and you must be very fast taking the photo because the dew quickly disappears.



AUGUST 2011
Geese and Clouds

The month of August has been an uninspiring cup of tea, the weather gave quite a bit of rain, but there were also some good days in between. I did not find the time to get out much, so I have to admit that this image is made on the first day of September, better late than never, right?. The nature reserve Vejlerne in the north-western part of Jutland covers about 6000 hectares, 1/3 are open grazed meadows, 1/3 are reed beds and 1/3 is open water. Today Vejlerne has the largest Danish breeding population of, among others, the greylag goose (over 1200 pairs) and in the autumn Bygholm meadow is the largest Danish resting place for cranes. We saw cranes and many other birds, but the dominating birds were definitely geese, they were everywhere and you could hear them from a distance. I was lacking the tele-power and decided to concentrate my effort into getting a photograph of a formation of flying geese. I did get this image and during the digital post-process I decided to turn it into black and white to express the graphic value of the photo.



JULY 2011
Mammatus cloud

This month the weather has been a mixed bag of rain and sun. One evening I made this shot after a few hours with rain and thunder. Just before sunset the weather cleared up and the sky turned out to get quite dramatic and for a few minutes I saw this cloud formation called Mammatus cloud, extending from the base of the mighty Cumulonimbus thundercloud. Strange clouds such as these are probably behind one of the most perplexing phenomena of modern times - the UFO sighting. They look like an expensive special effect from a horror movie, in fact, this picture shows a rare but perfectly natural (and perfectly harmless, provided you do not try to fly through it in light aircraft) meteorological phenomenon known as a Mammatus cloud. Named after the Latin for breast, Mammatus clouds are associated with the powerful storms which can occur in the summer, and are a sign of the massive quantities of water vapour that are held in the languid summer air. (Wikipedia)



JUNE 2011
Round-leaved Sundew

The meat eating plant Round-leaved Sundew, gets an important nitrogen contribution through its varied diet of small insects which are caught and digested by its slimy leaves. Especially nitrogen is in short supply in the nutrient-poor bogs and this plant has adapted to these extreme conditions it would otherwise only get nutrients from the rain. This picture was taken in the extraordinary nature at Råbjerg Mile in Northern Jutland near Skagen. I put my camera on the ground, the picture was photographed in the scale of 2:1 (double life size) and the backlight is to give the plant life and drama. It is an exciting experience to study the sundew and its catch technique, but one must be very patient and be prepared to get very muddy!



MAY 2011
A portrait of a Flower

On my recent trip to the Island of Anholt in the sea of Kattegat I spend an afternoon making macro - portraits of the Trientalis europaea, called by the common name Chickweed wintergreen or Arctic starflower. This plant is a woodland indicator species found mainly in birch, pine and oak woodland; It's a small but very photogenic flower. Some people say that the equipment does not matter I could not disagree more, you need the right tool to make some motifs stand out. The light and composition is mostly the key to success but other times when you combine these factors with a special tool you get an image like this one. The Zeiss 100mm lens is a super selective macro lens with biting sharpness, unbeatable bokeh (Out of focus image rendition) due to an optical design with 9-blade iris with circular shape. It's also the first photo lens with ARRI/ZEISS Master Prime optics from Hollywood´s movie industry, enabling exceptionally selective focusing with beautiful out-of-focus zones. The precision focusing makes it easy to achieve extraordinarily selective image sharpness for the key elements of the subject. Making portraits of flowers with selective focusing and a beautiful bokeh, can be a very powerful way to portray a plant and certainly my preferred way of making images with "Flower-power".



APRIL 2011
Male flowering Catkin on a Willow Tree

I have a very intense love-and-hate relationship with the spring season. I love the season change, it is positive after a long and cold winter and boost the creativity because everything is changing day by day. The change is my problem! This year the warm continental air hit like a bomb and everything in nature exploded within a few days and became green extremely fast. Everything was happening to fast for my liking - one day a flower was blooming and the next it was already withered and boring to photograph. The Male flowering Catkin on a Willow tree is blooming for a few days and they are very beautiful to photograph while flowering. The evening I made this image I was on the look for a photograph of a particular tree and hoped for an image with a sparkling yellow tree, but most of the flowers had already withered and had lost its glow and I ended up making a macro shot instead. My conclusion and what I have learned is that you have to be prepared and make a plan of what to photograph. You could call it specializing - a way to get what you want before nature has moved on.



MARCH 2011
Impression of Trees

Nature photography is more than just capturing images of beautiful things. It is also about capturing the mood and atmosphere, it's about capturing the essence of a place, rather than a literal documentation. Photography means "drawing with light" and throughout my career I have been inspired by the great Impressionistic painters. Making use of camera movement during exposure I can make an emotional response to portray the beauty I see in Nature. I think my image of moss-covered beech trees have an organic and painterly look made possible by vibrating the camera slightly during the exposure, an effect created with camera motion only! No major post-processing has been applied beyond basic digital darkroom techniques such as levels, curves and finally colour saturation adjustments. This technique is not new to me, but even then the effect is still hard to predict and you have to make a lot of exposures until you get it right! This classic motif was easy to visualize, but I made about 20 images before I was completely satisfied.



FEBRUARY 2011
Twilight at Råbjerg Mile

I have always been fascinated and inspired by extreme landscapes and the migrating coastal dune Råbjerg Mile near Skagen in the northern part of Denmark is such a place. One of the most important tasks for a landscape photographer when visiting a new place is to get familiar with the terrain. Being out much, spending time watching, seeing the light and learning where to be when the right light sets in is the key. In return you will be rewarded with a far better chance of capturing images that show the landscape in perfect light. I have visited Råbjerg Mile before, but just on one day visits, this time I had a whole week to explore this extraordinary landscape, just a 3 hour drive from my home. On the first day I was out for twelve hours and this image is the last I made that evening, just after a golden sunset the twilight began to turn the landscape blue. The twilight is my favourite time of the day to make scenic images, the soft light and magic colours combined with a long exposure gives the landscape atmosphere and catch your eye.



JANUARY 2011
Magic Light

There are many elements of great photography, one of the most important is lighting. Whether you’re using artificial lighting or natural lighting, you must have a good understanding of each. I have been using the natural light for almost all my work and my findings are that a lot of it comes down to timing and angles. Around new year the temperature was very low and hundreds of swans and other birds was resting at Dania at Mariager fjord. Here Scandinavia's only salt factory started production in mid-1970s .. hot salty water from the production runs out in the fjord and makes the area ice-free even in the coldest winters. The results can be amazing when you understand the use of natural light, notice how the lighting becomes much more than just a way to light the subject. In this image the light takes on volume and becomes the focal point.



DECEMBER 2010
Frozen Stream

I simply can´t get enough of winter - I get so inspired and just have to get out! The snow and frost simplifies the landscape and the light is amazing what else can you ask for? ICE, I've always been fascinated by ice and its forms and shapes in nature, it is not every year that I can encounter ice formations like this in a Danish stream; certainly not as early as December. On a beautiful cold morning at a small stream near the old watermill at Fussingø I made this frozen image with my new Zeiss macro lens, that with its outstanding resolving power and fine detail is perfect for this kind of motif.



NOVEMBER 2010
Frozen Leafs

When the autumn arrive I'm on the alert for clear cold nights with the possibility of frost, it is not every year that the frost appear before the end of November in Denmark. This year I've had a few encounters already last month, so when frost came on a beautiful November morning I was ready. I simply can't get enough images of frost in combination with colourful autumn leafs, it adds magic to an otherwise uninspiring motif. I really like the colours of this image, it exhibit the spirit of the Scandinavian autumn, I think it is calming, magical, stimulating and full of atmosphere. I used my fast 300mm telephoto lens at very close range to isolate the frozen leafs from a distracting background, the WB on the camera was preset to 5000 Kelvin. Frosty mornings open for a lot of macro opportunities as frozen leaves, grass and twigs are nice objects with ice crystals on them.



OCTOBER 2010
Autumn Morning

The date 10-10-10 is a day that I will remember for a long time. Got up early that Sunday morning and I hiked to Agri Bavnehøj that with its 137 meters is the highest point in the Mols Bjerge National Park. The weather started with a clear blue sky and no wind, the morning mist was simply exceptional. From the hill-top I photographed like mad for a couple of hours using mainly my 300mm tele-photo lens, picking out details in the landscape. Later I hiked in the beautiful autumn landscape, but suddenly the mist changed to thick fog and the visibility became very low for an hour or so. I simply can´t get enough misty images, the mist simplify the landscape and otherwise boring motifs become exciting and full of atmosphere.



SEPTEMBER 2010
Stormy Evening

One windy evening I decided to use the wind creatively and try-out my new Lee Big Stopper filter. The filter is simply outstanding in adding motion and action to the image, not that it adds anything at all, in contrary it simply eats ten stops of light and you´ll get extreme long exposures as an effect. I've used this technique for many years using a polarizing filter, but it does not remove enough light for what I had in mind and it also adds stronger colours and this motif is colourful enough!, this is why I started to play-around with Neutral Density filters. I found this Rowan tree on a hill near Högenäs Orde on the island of Öland, only a few hundred meters from the Baltic Sea.



AUGUST 2010
Robert geranium

This year I have only made a few images of flowers, but last Sunday I finally found peace in mind to make images with "flower-power". I have always been fascinated by photographing plants and flowers; using macro lenses opened a whole new world of opportunities when I started making images of plants. I like to use large apertures to soften the background and isolate the main object - the flower. I never get tired of looking at images like this, they inspire me to make new ones - sadly the season is almost over.



JULY 2010
Summer Evening

One beautiful summer evening I decided to make a picture of my favourite plant, the Fireweed - (Rose Bay Willow Herb), Epilobium angustifolium, that are flowering everywhere at the moment. I had this place and these flowers in mind when I took my bag pack on my shoulders and walked to the place, not far from my home. When I got there I played around for an hour or so, using only my fast telephoto lens set to f/2,8 to isolate the flowers from the background and get as must light gathering as possible.



JUNE 2010
Full Moon

I can't get enough full moon pictures really, it's always exciting being out when the moon light is so strong that the Scandinavian summer night almost become as light as day. I had planned this shot for some time and when I saw the weather forecast for the night, I couldn't wait. Clear weather with no wind, optimal conditions for what I had in mind. On this beautiful evening around midnight, I saw many bats hunting over the lake but also another night hunter came very close to me; a Tawny Owl was flying very low just over my head - an outstanding experience. I was out all night and suddenly the mist was hanging low over the meadow making it difficult to photograph anything, because it made my lenses and filters condensate and difficult to obtain sharp images as a result. What you can't see on this idyllic image, is all the mosquitoes and other insects making me almost lose my mind! - but I got the shot anyways!



MAY 2010
Wild Horses

Sometimes great images come right out of the blue, in this case I came driving in my car on the road to Bulbjerg and saw the horses out on the heath. I stopped the car and grabbed my camera from the seat next to me; I had an idea of photographing the horses backlit as silhouettes. Suddenly the horses began to run fast in my direction and I had to work very quick getting myself and my camera into position, but I managed to get a great series after all - thanks to my experience and the speedy autofocus of my Nikon D700 together with my favourite action lens. I really like this image a lot - it got a special feel to it. You might ask yourself why I photographed the horses being a nature photographer, but the answer is really simple. Besides being a great motif, they are very important for the landscape and the biodiversity - without the horses the heath would disappear over time and the trees would invade the area.



APRIL 2010
Broad-leaved Cattail

The sun is getting stronger day by day and every- thing in nature are living up after the long and cold winter. One early morning at the lake I was photo- graphing the very photogenic plant the Broad-leaved Cattail in the morning sun. It was such a beautiful morning with the mist hanging low over the land- scape, I took a lot of images of the backlit plants but suddenly a Reed Bunting landed and began eating the seeds from the plant - an outstanding moment in time!



MARCH 2010
Ice and Pink Sky

From December to March, Denmark experienced the coldest winter in more than fifteen Years. The snow came a week before Christmas and covered the landscape in 3 months. Also our fjords and lakes got a thick ice cover and the birds had nothing to eat. I like being out in cold conditions during the winter and it's without doubt my favourite time of the Year. My image "Ice and Pink Sky" was the last real winter image made in this season, I photographed the image at Kalø Vig in the Mols Bjerge National Park near my home in the first week of March. Well, I like the winter, but everything must come to an end, the day after I made this image, the western wind won the battle and the ice and snow began to melt. Just a few weeks later, there were no sign of winter left - only the cold mornings.



FEBRUARY 2010
Aurora Borealis

Seven years has passed since my last winter journey to Swedish Lapland in the Northern part of Scan- dinavia. In the years: 2000, 2001 and 2003 I spent ten weeks on different locations in Lapland during January and the first weeks of February. Since then I’ve had a lot of other projects to do, and it has been hard to find the time to get back to the magical Northern Midwinter Wilderness. This time I spent ten days making a new portfolio on one of the oldest National Parks in Europe; Abisko National Park established in 1909. Why do I want to go back to this cold place at this time of the year, you might ask; the answer is really simple - the quality of the light and the various landscapes located in a small area. Midwinter in Lapland is dominated by a deep blue light and in February the sun gain time every day, bringing a warm tone to the cold scene. In the evenings the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) can be seen on a clear star filled night sky. The Northern Lights was of course first on my list of images to be made. I borrowed the Nikkor AFS 14-24mm 2,8 ED lens from a friend of mine and I'm glad that I did, it's simply an outstanding performer for this type of photography.



JANUARY 2010
Oak Trees and afternoon Light

When I started taking photography seriously back in the late 90ties I was inspired and influenced by a handful of Scandinavian nature photographers. One of the "stars" of that time was the Swedish nature photographer Jan Töve, that inspired me with his book "Speglingar". The pictures in his book is still by today's standards a feast to the soul and very calming and inspiring. When I got the book for Christmas I had never seen winter images of that standard before, one of the images of an oak tree with New Fallen Snow - inspired me to make this photo over ten years later. I like the simplicity of winter, the colours are minimal and the landscape can change overnight and transform an boring and overlooked place into an Eldorado for a nature photographer.



DECEMBER 2009
First Snow

The weather in November was awful with lots of rain and dull weather, but December arrived and with it the first snow on the 16th and again a heavy snowfall a week later. The winter 2009/2010 will be remem- bered for many years to come because the snow covered the landscape for more than 3 months. This image is made on my way to work on the 16th after a night with snowfall, I took a lot of photos knowing that the Danish winter is known to be rather un- inspiring, I was to be proved wrong this time! The coldest winter in 15 years came with lots of snow and freezing temperatures.



NOVEMBER 2009
Rainy Day

A month with 27 days of rain in Denmark - a new record. Luckily I had a lot of things to do. I was invited to do a lecture and a workshop at the Rold Skov nature photo Festival. Together with the Swedish photographer Stina Deurell I held a Workshop at Skillingbro Formidlingscenter near Gravlev. The weather was really bad, with lots of rain, but the 23 students were taking it with a smile and despite the weather the students made some really nice photos and got inspired too - I'm sure!



OCTOBER 2009
Stars

Autumn in Denmark and I've been photographing landscapes in the North-western part of Jutland. Near Bulbjerg in the Han herred area, my family and I stayed for a week in a beautiful old house. The weather was a mixture of rain and sun, but I was out every day exploring nature. The nights were dark because there was no moon, so I was out on a couple of evenings making landscapes with a sky full of stars. On this particular photo I used flash light on the trees.



SEPTEMBER 2009
Wild Forest

September is the time for my annual hiking trip to the Swedish mountains in the Northern part of Scandinavia. The weather was really terrible this Year and weather fronts from the Atlantic got stuck in the mountains with rain every day as a result. The autumn colours were also rather dull, and I had to fight hard to find appealing and colourful motifs. One day I found this chaos of branches and vegetation, I can´t get enough images of wild forests with colourful autumn colours. The night after I made this image a storm almost wiped our tent and all the leaves away, leaving an almost naked landscape. This was my 9th September hike in the Swedish mountains.



AUGUST 2009
Stony Coast

Denmark is a small country but is has 7.314 km. of coastline, so you don't have to travel a long time to see the ocean. I have some favourite spots and the southern part of Helgenæs is one of them. The stony coast is not good for swimming so you don't see a lot of people in the summertime on the beach, perfect for landscape photography. One evening I was waiting for the full moon to get up and worked with the stony coast, making an vertical shot to add drama on this clear and calm evening.



JULY 2009
Woodland Geranium

Some plants are more photogenic than others, the Geranium family is some of my favourite plants to photograph. I found this Woodland Geranium in a forest near my home, I used my fast f/2,8 telephoto lens to isolate the plant and using the setting sun as a background. I think this is a perfect portrayal of the environment of this plant, living near the forest in the shadow you find this beautiful plant - one of my favourites.



JUNE 2009
Small Stream

On my Wild Wonders of Europe mission I had a whole country to cover; Luxembourg is one of the smallest counties in Europe and the Mullerthal area was my objective. La Petite Suisse Luxembourgeoise (Little Switzerland) is an outstanding area in the eastern part of Luxembourg with thick mystical forests, craggy terrain, little creeks and waterfalls. WWE wants to show that Europe really is not about just highways and cities. But today, many seem to know more about nature in Africa or in America, than in Europe, because that is what’s on TV. The European natural wonders are still very little known to the World. Personally I did not expect to find a scenery like this - a wild forest like something taken out of the film Avatar.



MAY 2009
Bulbjerg

Bulbjerg is a limestone cliff in the North-western part of Jutland, facing Skagerrak. It is the only rock in Jutland and the only bird cliff in Denmark. It is also the southernmost breeding place of the kittiwake. For centuries, chalk blocks were sawed out of the cliff and used as a building material in the surrounding area or burnt to quicklime. Former visitors have carved their names in the limestone, including a 19th century king whose name can still be seen.



APRIL 2009
The Flower of Death

Anemone nemorosa is an early-spring flowering plant, the plants start blooming soon after the foliage emerges from the ground. In sunshine, the flower is expanded wide, but at the approach of night, it closes and droops its graceful head so that the dew may not settle on it and injure it. If rain threatens in the daytime, it does the same, receiving the drops upon its back. Though so innocent in appearance, the Wood Anemone contains poisonous chemicals that are toxic to animals and humans, but it has also been used as a medicine - The Chinese call it the Flower of Death.



MARCH 2009
Broad-leaved Cattail

Every year in late March and the start of April, I will be shooting the photogenic plant Broad-leaved Cattail. The Cattail is reported to date back to the time of dinosaurs and the plants provide a habitat for water fowl and other wildlife. The Cattail has been called the "supermarket of the swamp" almost every part of the plant can be eaten including the roots, shoots, bloom spikes and pollen. They don’t look like cat tails to me - they look like hotdogs!



FEBRUARY 2009
Ice pattern

Together with fellow photographer Søren Koch I visited Råbjerg Mile on a cold winter day in February. The weather was mostly overcast, although the weather forecast had promised clear weather, in the evening it became freezing cold, but that's is the way I like it!. Twilight has long been popular with photographers and painters, who refer to it as the "blue hour", after the French expression l'heure bleue. I just love this time of the day, we found this ice pattern and photographed it until darkness was complete. Råbjerg Mile is a migrating coastal dune between Frederikshavn and Skagen. Its the largest moving dune in Northern Europe with an area of around 1 km². The wind moves it in a north-easterly direction up to 18 meters, a year and the dune leaves a low moist layer of sand behind it.



JANUARY 2009
Frozen Fungi

The first day of the year it is not always easy getting up early, but in the recent years I have been out to watch the first sunrise of the year. It's a new start and this year I'm aimed with a new camera, I have replaced my trusty Nikon D2X with the D700 and this is one of the first shots with this camera, made on a chilly morning. At the shores of the lake some old trees are dying and fungus, mosses and lichen are slowly making the trees into compost. I used one of my best macro lenses and used a small aperture to get optimal sharpness, keeping everything in focus.