Jul 182014
 

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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Apr 242014
 

The small great things too easy to miss

Often when seeking into the woods with the camera my focus is barely on returning home with a new bucket load of great nature images.

The camera is just an excuse, well, even a catalyzer of great nature experiences. Because getting out there is what it’s all about.

The silent noise of the trees slowly moving in the wind. The sound of birds busy occupied by their nest building chores. The smell of fresh leaves and of wet soil.

The feeling of unlimitedness, of nature’s profound complexity, of being a small but free part of something far greater than imaginable.

The intriguing feeling that something’s going on. Something out of my perceptive reach. Like I’m ignorantly stomping around like an elephant in a porcelain shop if I’m not very careful.

I sense a delicate and complex world on a level I can hardly understand. And if I take my time, If I just sit down on the forest floor and wait, this secret world will reveal itself.

This grass grows in water in a small swamp area in my favorite forest close to home. It’s nothing really – at first sight. I almost passed it seeking something more obvious like the wood anemones.

But the light caught my eye. Backlit by the setting sun the grass glowed looking like little green flames. And when getting all the way down on their level I discovered they were indeed something.

It’s easy to miss. And so much more rewarding to discover.

Just like most things in nature…

Nikon D300S + 70-200mm. VRII.

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Apr 212014
 

That’s just what they are. The wood anemones peeping out on the forest floor every spring

This spring they’ve done it again. And I couldn’t resist. Again.

From all around the forest vibrates with life. Mating coots on the lake, birds building nests, busy honey bees collecting pollen like, well – busy little bees…

And thousands of insects transforms the forest floor into a living constantly moving organism.

During the hours spent on the soggy and muddy shore of the forest lake close to my home I even took a short nap.

Or rather, for just a few seconds, or maybe a minute, the border between the dream world and reality was blurred out.

That is very refreshing, and when getting up and turning back to the presence it really feels like having a boost of new energy injected.

Cheaper than therapy:)

Nikon D300S + Tokina 100mm. f/2.8 Macro.

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Apr 132014
 
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Cover photo: Spirit bear, Great Bear Rainforest. © Tom Svensson

The second edition of the photographic nature magazine KONTRAST has now been published

In this issue you can take an adventurous journey with Roy Mangersnes (N) to Antarctica, Travel deep into the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, Canada searching for the spirit bear with Tom Svensson (S).

In the portrait Magnus Reneflot (N) shows us his non paralleled creative photographic work, Brian Rasmussen (Dk) asks us if we’re afraid of ISO noise, Jonathan Lhoir (F) shows his wonderful and pioneering nature interpretations.

And in the forest theme we take a closer and critical look at the Danish forests and their conservation – or rather the lack of it…

Being the editor and part of the KONTRAST team makes me very proud. Our overall goal is to spread our excitement and enthusiasm for nature and photography. And also, very important, to work for, and inspire to, nature conservation!

Check out the web teaser of KONTRAST #2 below. And please support the magazine by subscribing via kontrastmagasin.dk – thanks:) Hope you enjoy!

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