Sep 232014
 

“Always think of the universe as one living organism, with a single substance and a single soul; and observe how all things are submitted to the single perceptivity of this one whole, all are moved by its single impulse, and all play their part in the causation of every event that happens. Remark the intricacy of the skein, the complexity of the web.”

- Marcus Aurelius

Nikon D3s + Tokina 100mm. f/2.8 Macro.

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Aug 202014
 

I find myself swimming in an ocean
The starlit sky above reaches into eternity
A dark ocean bottom lurking miles below
Surrounded by profound beauty
By uncontrollable wildness
The dark water’s silky smooth and warm
Seducing me
Absorbing me
I feel great though I’m not sure I am
The shore’s out of sight
I lost the corners of the world
I can’t navigate
Lost
But I don’t want to be found…

Nikon D300s + 70-200 VRII.

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Jul 182014
 

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Our planet is great.

Greatness comes from hundreds, thousands, millions of little things, which, when all put together, forms our world abundant with life and luxuriance.

Where we every day can explore, face new wonders, be filled with reverence, awe and humility towards the profound greatness of our natural world.

Yet every day, every hour, every second we make the little things disappear forever.

Yesterday the western black rhinoceros, today maybe the leatherback sea turtle, tomorrow maybe the honey bee.

When the little things are gone, greatness vanishes and leaves us all alone in possession of nothing but dead things. Choking in economic wealth and material prosperity.

With empty hearts. Empty souls. Empty lives.

And then it’s too late to regret.

But it is not too late just yet. I found out this morning while laying flat on the ground.

There are still lots of little things worth appreciating and preserving.

There are still greatness left.

 Nikon D3s + Tokina 100mm. f/2.8 Macro.

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Jul 122014
 

Facing the wild North Sea, Bulbjerg in the northwestern part of Jutland is a unique natural wonder.

Being the only bird cliffs in Denmark it’s like standing on another place on the earth. It’s Denmark, but it doesn’t look like it.

Here, the black legged kittiwakes nest and breed every spring and summer giving you a spectacular show.

Also check out this Bulbjerg blog post from a couple of years ago – including a short video.

Nikon D3s + 70-200 VRII.

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Jun 192014
 

Admitted, I have a weakness for forests.

In them I find both peace and adventure, I feel a strong presence of nature’s magic and I get overwhelmed by the luxuriant growth.

In Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, just south of Yellowstone NP, I found this cottonwood forest covered by a blanket of lupines and flanked by the majestic Teton mountain range.

In mid June the greenness of the leaves and the growth of the wildflowers peaks, soon to fade in the burning dryness of the short but intense summer of the greater Yellowstone eco system.

Here, I just wanted to enjoy this wonderful piece of forest very unlike the forests back home in Denmark.

Apparently, so did my youngest, who, probably triggered by her inner wildness, felt inspired to run around among the trees and the flowers playing Pocahontas.

And I enjoyed the forest, and, just like the little almost five year old Pocahontas who carefree thrives living for the moment, I enjoyed just being…

Nikon D3s + 70-200 VRII.

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May 192014
 

And then came the internet…

“Even the Catholic Church of the Middle Ages was tolerant by modern standards. Part of the reason for this was that in the past no government had the power to keep its citizens under constant surveillance.

The invention of print, however, made it easier to manipulate public opinion, and the film and the radio carried the process further.

With the development of television, and the technical advance which made it possible to receive and transmit simultaneously on the same instrument, private life came to an end.”

- George Orwell, 1984

Nikon D3s + Tokina 100mm. f/2.8 Macro.

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May 122014
 

Rolf Støa (left) & Magnus Reneflot

Norwegian nature photographers exploring a vast Danish desert

Last week I enjoyed the company of Magnus Reneflot and Rolf Støa on a great day at Raabjerg Mile.

A spectacular migrating coastal sand dune in the northernmost part of Jytland – the largest in northern Europe.

Walking here truly feels like walking a desert!

Check out the short slide show below:

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Nikon D3s + 70-200 VRII + Tamron 17-35 f/2.8-4.

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Apr 302014
 

Moving into unknown territory when making sharp bird images…

My new birder career has begun (and probably ended as well) with bending the classic photo concept: ‘sharp bird on stick’. Here varied into ‘sharp bird on rock’ – or maybe for those with a bit more imagination: ‘gigantic sharp bird on mountain top…’

These arctic terns just sat there on the rocks. They didn’t care the slightest bit about our (Brian Rasmussen and myself) presence and hardly bothered to turn their heads to check us out. The main ambition here obviously was to take a nap.

But still. Even when not graciously and superior flying through the air they are truly beautiful. And tough.

The arctic terns are the most migratory birds of all. Every year they migrate from their Arctic breeding grounds to the coasts of Antarctica and back giving them a yearly 20.000 kilometers in average on the wings. That is cool!

Nikon D3s + 70-200 VRII.

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