Tag Archives: Favourite

Engtjæreblom (Viscaria vulgaris)

Det vokser rikelig med engtjæreblom her i Sandbukta, og hver forsommer gleder jeg meg over fargeskjæret de gir landskapet. Store insekter som humler summer mellom blomstene, men mindre insekter, og især de som ønsker å kravle opp stengelen, får store problemer. Små bladlus er eksempel på de som setter seg bom fast i det sorte […]

Enghumleblom (Geum rivale)

I blomst er dette en vakker og dekorativ art, men straks tiden er kommet for frøspredning, er dette en av mange arter som spesielt hundeeiere blir motvillig godt kjent med. Frøene er nemlig originalen til borrelåsen som vi mennesker er så glade i. De hekter seg på alle fiberløkker, og blir med helt hjem – […]

Blåbær (Vaccinium myrtillus)

Den kjølige våren ble avløst av en drøy uke med sommertemperaturer før den igjen ble erstattet av kjøligere vær – akkurat når blåbærblomstringen begynte. En lang blomstring og mange humler kan bety en flott blåbærhøst – om da ikke tiden frem til modning blir ispedd lengre perioder med tørke og varme. Da blir det kun […]

Megalong Valley Road, Blue Mountains, Australia

Blue Mountains is mostly known for its waterfalls and sheer cliffs, but is so much more. Wherever you go, wherever you look, there is something amazing and unique. It’s all about being present! As I was driving down towards the valley from Blackheath, I was amazed by the lushness of the forest and the beauty […]

Blåveis (Hepatica nobilis)

At jeg tar bilder av naturen gjør at jeg også har en god historikk på når og hvor over mange år, og i år ser jeg at selv om våren virket kald og som om den aldri kom igang, så blomstret blåveisen likevel på ganske så samme tid. Dett er min “modell” i hagen som […]

2016 solar eclipse

In this shot you can see something amazing that is only possible to see the few seconds before and after totality – when the sun is but a tiny point or line of light – shadow lines! You can see them as small lines in the lower half of the image where the sun is […]

Wayag afternoon

Amazingly this is the rainy season! The strong El Nino has changed it all. On an overcast day this sight is also wonderful, but the colors dull and faded. I would very much have liked to stay up here during sunset or sunrise! Perhaps not strong blues, but how this would have been in the […]

Raja Ampat evening light

This location (the island of Kawe) is one of many extraordinarily beautiful beaches on the myriads of islands off the coast of Sorong of West Papua, Indonesia. This beach was a narrow one, and the tide was quickly rising during my short stay here. The sad thing was that the remaining dry land was littered […]

Raja Ampat sunset

The extraordinarily strong El Nino this year has made the western Pacific much drier than in a normal year, and at this time I would normally have experienced lots of rain and a grey sky. This has also been the reason why I decided to visit Raja Ampat in the West Papua region of Indonesia […]

Sunset on a tiny Indonesian island

I was lucky to reach this tiny island just before sunset, so I had time to find a good location for shooting the remaining light and colors of this day. It’s a densely populated island with no room to spare from what I could see, and as it is a flat island they have a […]

Gjersjøelven fryser

Det har vært kaldt i mange dager nå, og landskapet er dekket av sne og rim. Langs elven vokser isen seg større time for time. Snart vil isen på begge sider av elven møtes og alt vil være hvitt og helt stille. Da vil fossekallene som lever her få det tøft! Et vakkert landskap for […]

Vintersolverv 2015 II

Her har solen gått under hosisonten og i løpet av noen få timer nås et kortvarig equilibrium før gravitasjonen igjen fører til at dagene blir lenger. Helt nøyaktig skjer dette tirsdag 22. desember 2015 kl. 04:49 UTC, eller 05:59 her i Norge. Bildet er tatt 15:20, så bare rundt 15 timer unna solvervet, med andre […]

Tidevannskulp

Vinterens første sne har falt, men her i tidevannsbeltet sees kun to små flekker. Bak meg er alt hvitt, og stiene skjult under et tynt lag sne. Det er helt vindstille, så stille at vannet i tidevannskulpen er blankt som et speil. Ikke en eneste krusning! Selv sjøen er uten dønninger, noe som gir et […]

En sprekk og litt rødt

Dagen var overskyet og grå, uten tegn til å sprekke opp mot solnedgang. Heldigvis satte jeg av god vane opp kamera og begynte å ta bilder da det rett som det er dukker opp nydelige toner før det blir helt mørkt. Belønningen var denne sprekken i skydekket over Nesodden og den fine røde linjen i […]

2015 total solar eclipse

This total eclipse of the sun was very hard to see from land as only the islands of Svalbard and Faroe was in the path of totality. Just 3 days before the eclipse I decided to go to Svalbard! One because the weather forecast was good, and much better than that of the Faroe, but […]

Socotra bottle tree (Adenium obesum ssp. socotranum)

This is the iconic and endemic bottle tree, or desert rose of Socotra – Adenium obesum ssp. socotranum. When you find one in bloom like this one you simply cannot resist taking a closer look. It is an amazing sight to see the lushness and bright colors in a landscape of dryness – it’s like […]

Evening light over Socotra

Some evenings are more beautiful than others, but in Socotra I found beauty wherever I went and in whichever direction I looked. Here I’m standing on a hill on the eastern part of the island, looking towards the high mountains (Haghier) in the interior. When I arrived a few days ago these mountains were cloaked […]

Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus)

Although this species seems common on Socotra, it is in fact threatened throughout its range due to human chemicals like pesticide, antibiotics and heavy metals like lead. I don’t know the status and health of the Socotri population, but they do bread, and I found several young birds. Perhaps the worst case of human impact […]

Somali starling (Onychognathus blythii)

This female Somali starling is in the middle of a morning preening and beauty session on the beautiful Shuab beach of Socotra. Ruffling the feathers and looking around for either her companion or prospects is an important part of the morning ritual – perhaps like we do when looking in a mirror, except its mirror […]

Socotra sunset silhouettes

The island of Socotra is like no other place on earth when it comes to beauty, but perhaps most of all because of all the flora and fauna that exist only on this island! It makes it all so fragile and vulnerable. Fortunately the war on mainland Yemen is but a faraway problem, as this […]

Fireflies of Madre de Dios

I stayed many days deep in the Peruvian Amazon, in the biodiverse Madre de Dios region where life is abundant every second of every hour of the day and night. The nights are pitch black and intense with sounds and scents, and only the full moon in a cloudless night will provide rays of light […]

ARCC dragonfly 01

Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC) is protecting primary rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon, and this is one of countless species of dragonflies I encountered. I found a large fallen tree which had created new opportunities for many species. Now an opening to the sky and sun was available together with a hole in the […]

Ladder-tailed nightjar (Hydropsalis climacocerca)

Here in the Peruvian Amazon I found many nightjars around an oxbow lake at Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC), and this one was perched in plain sight quite far out on the lake. They are so well camouflaged, that only when you know the anatomy of trees and branches will you suspect a perched […]

Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin)

The iconic Hoatzin is a strange looking bird as well as in behaviour, but it’s also beautiful I think. It’s like no other bird! It raises the head plume as seen here when excited – by each other or passers by like me. Nice hairdo! This is from the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC) […]

Giant Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis)

Deep in the Peruvian Amazon at Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC) I visited this oxbow lake where a tiny family of giant otters have managed to raise 3 young to the stage where they are weaned and have become quite the nuisance as they still want food for free. The young otter is making […]

Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin)

I’m fascinated by these prehistoric-like birds of the Amazon rainforest – they are like no other bird! They can hardly fly, they sound like a magpie stuck on the first note during the day, and they sound otherworldly at night especially around full moon. Here they’re temporarily perched on a fallen tree in the oxbow […]

Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park

This is a tiny fraction of the plateau which is the water source for Pantanal in Brazil – the largest wetland in the world. A major reason this has managed to stand against the forces of agricultural interests is the incredible rock formations and sheer cliffs, of which only a tiny portion is seen in […]

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus)

This is a critical moment for the cormorant. It’s a large fish and from my vantage point it seems unlikely it would swallow it. If it struggles too long, other birds might try to steal it. If it swims into the vegetation, it could be attacked by a caiman. It’s fascinating how a bird can […]

Jaguar (Panthera onca)

After many days in the north of Pantanal I had just seen a jaguar for 3 seconds – too brief to even photograph it. Finally seeing this one I was determined to get a shot no matter what, at least as proof. I was in a boat and the location was very unstable. The only […]

Saffron Toucanet (Pteroglossus bailloni)

Minutes ago I encountered three of them in a Secropia. Now they’re down to two and doing what really matters! As Itatiaia is one of the few strongholds of this species, all mating pairs are incredibly important! This species is near threatened, as its habitat, the fragmented remains of the Atlantic forest, is under constant […]

Shiny Cowbird (Molothrus bonariensis)

One of several species of birds seen in the garden of Hotel do Ype. Altitude: 1021 metres.

Saffron Toucanet (Pteroglossus bailloni)

This group had a very brief stop on the moss and lichen clad Secropia trunk. A few minutes later I realize this is part of a mating competition. This species is near threatened, as its habitat, the fragmented remains of the Atlantic forest, is under constant pressure. Altitude: 1021 metres.

Cat’s-eye Sapphire (Lasaia arsis)

I’ve shot this several times before, but I just can’t help myself – and this shot I think really shows the splendor of this species!

Marsh Deer (Blastocerus dichotomus)

Fazenda San Fransico is around 150 square kilometres large, and around 50% of it is left wild! Basically all the higher areas are used for farming, and the lower – the floodplains – are left untouched. This is the foundation for a huge variety of wildlife, and the now rare marsh deer is one that […]

Iguaçu Falls (Cataratas do Iguaçu)

Iguaçu Falls is impressive in daylight, but in a moonlit setting like this it’s simply something you’ll never forget! The Moon is high on the right, and Venus is the bright star. The mist from the falls sometimes clogged up so much that it seemed completely cloudy, only to be completely gone a few minutes […]

Great Dusky Swift (Cypseloides senex)

These swifts seem to be untouched by the laws of physics. They move in and out of the raging falls as if it’s air, and fly as close to the water as possible. I wonder what kind of insects they catch this close to the falls?

Refugio Los Volcanes, Amboró National Park

I was lucky to see these incredibly beautiful and unique mountains on my way in and out of the reserve! In the rainy season you might not see anything but clouds here. There is no other way to get a view like this from inside the park – the sheer cliffs make all the peaks […]

Long-tailed Potoo (Nyctibius aethereus)

This bird is so well camouflaged that even though you know what to look for you will easily miss it. As a visitor you’ll need help from the locals, as their daily routines interact with its way of life, and the observant locals will at one time or another see it. In this case it […]

Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin)

It was perched in such a nice position and light, as if it wanted me to take a picture. Usually they prefer some distance, and if the comfort zone is about to be breached, they flap wings and turn around like if in a weird sort of ballet. This one was just watching silently (!)

Star trails over the Siloli desert

This is just a few kilometres from the Chilean border and here the sleeping and lodging options are almost non-existent, and being so remote and in a desert you’d never expect to find it either, except that there is one decent option here called Tayka del Desierto. This high-altitude service is where I gazed in […]

Nevado Sajama

Bolivias highest mountain – 6542 metres high – facing south. What a magnificent moment – the Large Magellanic cloud right above Sajama, the Milkyway to the left and a meteor! The dawn is just minutes away, and the first photons of light are flowing in from the rising sun (to the far left of the […]

Cordilleran Canastero (Asthenes modesta)

There are many small bird species here, and quite a number of them as well, so you’ll constantly see and hear them. Thanks to Jim Moore for identification. Altitude: 4359.

Rød jonsokblom (Silene dioica), spp. alba

Dette er eneste lokasjonen i området jeg har funnet krysning mellom rød og hvit jonsokblom. Til gjengjeld har den en god vokseplass langs grusveien i Sandbukta, og vil kanskje fortsette og krysse seg, da krysningen er like formeringsdyktig som sitt hvite og røde opphav. Jeg synes faktisk at denne er penere enn “foreldrene”, med sin […]

Yanacocha Reserve

At this time of the day the sun is high in the sky and should have warmed up the landscape – instead the clouds are flowing thick and moist, filtering out most of the light. Altitude 3560 metres.

Sword-billed Hummingbird (Ensifera ensifera)

This hummingbird simply defies logic and forces of nature! Despite the enormous length of the beak, it flies just like any other humming bird – except perhaps a bit more tweaking to fit the beak into the flower or feeding port. Altitude 2706 metres.

Masked Water-tyrant (Fluvicola nengeta)

I was enjoying the effortless dancing across the leaves of the water lilies in search of insects. When it reached this particular water-filled leaf, it found it irresistible and took a very short bath. I only got one shot and it was on its way foraging for food again.

Hoppeedderkopp (Aellurius v-insignitus)

Når jeg ligger på magen og soler meg får jeg et nærblikk på alle gjøremål på svabergnivå. I dag var det denne hoppeedderkoppen (en hunn) som virkelig sto frem blant hordene av skogmaur som patruljerer til og fra maurtuen. Hver gang en skogmaur kom for tett på, hoppet den som en springfjær rett opp og […]