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The Moon

Saturn occultation: The Moon is covering Saturn. One can see very well the differences in the brightnesses. The Moon is overexposed while Saturn is underexposed. Not very sharp picture. Probably an 30cm f/4 Newtonian with eyepiece projection is not the right instrument for this kind of picture. I used the "hat trick" to reduce vibrations of the shutter. — Minolta SRT-101, d=300m f=1200mm Newtonian, Güntisberg (Wald/ZH), 3 November 2001

Moon: Moon three days after full phase. Shot with Nikon Coolpix 990 handheld on the eyepiece of a d=300 f/4 Newtonian telescope. 3th November 2001

Stars

Orion and Matterhorn: The constellation Orion is setting behind the famous mount Matterhorn. Picture taken from Gornergrat with the dome of the observatory in the foreground.

Zurich

Chämpt ravine : A long-time exposure of the pretty little waterfall. — October 2001, 1.4/50mm at f/32, 1s, polaroid filter, Fujichrome Velvia 50.

Hirzel: The funny hills around Hirzel with each a tree on its top in haze and the light of the setting Sun. — October 2001, Fujichrome Velvia

Pfaffenholz: Trees in the Pfaffenholz forest (between Wetzikon and Hinwil) in beautiful backlight. Same location, just a little bit different point of view. — October 2001, 2/85mm, Fujichrome Velvia

Hirzel: The funny hills around Hirzel with each a tree on its top in haze and the light of the setting Sun. — October 2001, Fujichrome Velvia

Miscellaneous

Heart Shell: Close-up of a heart shell — Minolta X-700, November 2001

Ticino

Verzasca concrete dam: The famous dam in Valle Verzasca where James Bond made his bungee jump in the movie "Golden Eye". But there's no secret villain around here. August 2001

Frasco: The curch of the small village Frasco seen from the bridge across the Verzasca river. August 2001

Lago del Sambucco: After thousands of serpentines driving up Valle Maggia one finally reaches the dam of Lago del Sambucco. August 2001

Valle Leventina: Looking down the Valle Leventina from San Gottardo. August 2001

Glarus

Sernf Valley: Sernftal, GL: Coloured autumn trees and chalets in Matt. Oktober 2001, Fujichrome Velvia 50.

Klausen Pass: Klausenpass, GL: Looking back to Linthal while climbing up the serpentines of the Klausenpass (one end of the single road through the canton Glarus). October 2001, Fujichrome Velvia 50.

Sernf Valley: Sernftal, GL: Coloured autumn trees and a chalet somewhere between Elm and Trämligen. The idyll is deceptive: I was standing right under an ugly high voltage pole when I took this picture. Oktober 2001, Fujichrome Velvia 50.

Sernf Valley: Sernftal, GL: Coloured autumn trees somewhere between Elm and Trämligen. The idyll is deceptive: I was standing right under an ugly high voltage pole when I took this picture. Oktober 2001, Fujichrome Velvia 50.

The Sun

Sunset: Sun setting behind two trees on a hill. Shot from a meadow at Hirzel village on 19th October 2001. Well, this is a combination of two images (one bright with the trees but without Sun and one dark just with the solar disk and the silhouette of the tree). The film was almost filled and I did not have another one in the bag (shame). The bright image was shot accidentally while pointing the camera and the one with just the sun was too dark because I measured the brightness of the sky too early (shame again). I combined those two images using Photoshop and negative multiplication of the two layers and graduation curve corretion of the bright image. The Sun will set at this point every year from about 18-20th October and 20-22th February. I hope the next time the weather will be as good and I will have enough films. 8/500mm RF tele, Fujichrome Velvia.

Maggia

Belica: Two young belicas (Leucaspius delineatus) are playing in the sunlight with rainbow colours — Nikon Coolpix 990, Maggia, Tegna, Ticino, 8 September 2001. Nikon E990, 1/65 s, F/3.4, 14 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, September 8, 2001 16:50:24

Sun beams: Tricks of light in the river maggia — Nikon Coolpix 990, Maggia, Tegna, Ticino, 8 September 2001. Nikon E990, 1/210 s, F/4.9, 8.2 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, September 8, 2001 16:30:34

Maple leaf: Harvest has come and a brown maple leaf is floating in the water. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Maggia, Tegna, Ticino, 8 September 2001

European chub: An european chub (Squalius cephalus) with a reflection in the water surface. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Maggia, Tegna, Ticino, 8 September 2001

Waterfall bubbels: At the very end of the basin is a little waterfall with many bubbles — Nikon Coolpix 990, Maggia, Tegna, Ticino, 8 September 2001

Barbel: A barbel (Barbus barbus) is digging in the sand for food. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Maggia, Tegna, Ticino, 8 September 2001

St. Gallen

Bee: A bee is collecting pollen and nectar on a yellow flower. It's wings are reflecting the sunlight. — Minolta X-700, November 2001

Seagull: A seagull has just landed on a pole in the harbour of Rapperswil. — Minolta X-700, 300mm f/4 Tele, Rapperswil, November 2001

Mountain Summit: Trees growing on a mountain summit glowing in the light of the setting sun. White Fir Tree Valley (Weisstannental) nearby Sargans. — Minolta XD-7, November 2001

Mountain Ridge: The setting sun is shining on a mountain ridge and lets it glowing gold orange. White Fir Tree Valley (Weisstannental) nearby Sargans. — Minolta XD-7, November 2001

Mount Churfirsten: View of the Churfirsten mountain ridge while leaving White Fir Tree Valley (Weisstannental) nearby Sargans. — Minolta XD-7, November 2001

Gonzen: The light of the setting sun is shining on Mount Gonzen nearby Sargans. — Minolta XD-7, November 2001

Wine Leaves: Leaves of a wine growing on a Wall in one of the harbours in Rapperswil. — Minolta X-700, 2.5/90mm macro lens, November 2001

Spider: A spider is climbing up the wall in my flat. With the flash from the side the wall gets a very threedimensional look. — Minolta X-700, Elicar 90mm Macro, November 2001

Cross Spider: A cross spider is sitting in the center of its net and waiting for bait. — Minolta X-700, October 2001

Busskirch: The illuminated church tower at Busskirch nearby Rapperswil glows in the dusk. — Minolta X-700, October 2001

Cows: Cows walking on a meadow in the Lindth plains. — Minolta X-700, October 2001

Tiny Twigs: Two tiny twigs growing out of a fir trunk in the forest nearby Jona, St. Gallen. — Minolta X-700, October 2001

Mushrooms: Two mushrooms growing in the forest nearby Jona, St. Gallen. — Minolta X-700, October 2001

Mushrooms: Mushrooms growing on a rotten tree trunk in the forest nearby Jona, St. Gallen. — Minolta X-700, October 2001

Valais

Mountains:

Matterhorn:

Gornergrat:

Snowdrift:

Mountain Summit:

Mountain Ridge:

KOSMA Telescope:

Ropeway Station:

Verzasca

Waterfall: Bubbles from the little waterfall. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Verzasca, Amsler basin, Ticino, 8 September 2001

Stone Tower: Some artwork of an unknown diver. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Verzasca, Amsler basin, Ticino, 8 September 2001

Twig: floating twig. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Verzasca, Amsler basin, Ticino, 8 September 2001

Rock Light Curtain: A rock behind a curtain of light beams. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Verzasca, Amsler basin, Ticino, 8 September 2001

Light Patterns 1: Rock with pretty light patterns. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Verzasca, Amsler basin, Ticino, 8 September 2001

Light Patterns 2: Pretty light patterns on a rock. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Verzasca, Amsler basin, Ticino, 8 September 2001

Heart: Who are E and A? — Nikon Coolpix 990, Verzasca, Amsler basin, Ticino, 8 September 2001

Caddis Fly Larvae: Could be the hulls of caddis fly larvae. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Verzasca, Amsler basin, Ticino, 8 September 2001

Bullhead: Picture puzzle: Can you see the european bullhead (Cottus gobio) between the rocks? — Nikon Coolpix 990, Verzasca, Amsler basin, Ticino, 8 September 2001

Appenzell: A message from aliens from planet Appenzell. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Verzasca, Amsler basin, Ticino, 8 September 2001

2 Divers: A pair of unknown divers. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Verzasca, Amsler basin, Ticino, 8 September 2001

View upwards: Looking at a rock wall above the water surface. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Verzasca, Amsler basin, Ticino, 8 September 2001

Breath Bubbles: A curtain of bubbles raising up to the surface. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Verzasca, Amsler basin, Ticino, 8 September 2001

Water Surface: Looking at the water surface from below. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Verzasca, Amsler basin, Ticino, 8 September 2001

Learning to fly: Dive buddy is learning to fly. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Verzasca, Amsler basin, Ticino, 8 September 2001

Sketch: I love divers. Again an artwork from an unknown diver. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Verzasca, Amsler basin, Ticino, 8 September 2001

Diver: Diver counting the stones on the ground. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Verzasca, Amsler basin, Ticino, 8 September 2001

Malaysia

Petronas Twin Towers from TV Tower : Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: The Petronas Twin Towers from the Television Tower after a cloudburst and thunder storm.

TV Tower: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: The Television Tower.

Maxis Building:

Sky Scrapers :

Indonesia

Dawn with Bats:

Strait of Lombok:

Komodo: Bay from Komodo island.

Island:

Bay:

Pindito:

Bat with Hole: A bat with a wing piercing which fell off.

Island:

Crop Circles? : Crop circles? UFO landing site? Or did someone just tie up a goat on a pole?

Zodiac:

Zodiac :

Zodiacs: The Zodiacs picking up divers.

Dolphins: A pair of swimming dolphins.

Komodo Waran: Komodo: Waran observing orange butterfly. No, it did not eat it afterwards.

Komodo Warans: Komodo: Kissing warans.

Komodo Waran: Komodo: Waran from its chocolade side.

Ferry: A LEGO ferry on its way to Danemark.

Water Ski: Yeah! ... Stefan knows how to waterski.

Bats: A sky full of bats.

Pindito: The MV Pindito - a motor vessel with brake sails.

Chicago and Niagara Falls, USA

Lighthouse with Ships: Chicago, IL: Lighthouse and ships from Navy Pier.

Lighthouse: Chicago, IL: The lighthouse.

Skyline: Chicago, IL: Skyline seen from the Adler Planetarium.

Waterfall: Niagara Falls, NY:

Blue Canadians: Niagara Falls, NY: Thousands of people wearing blue ponchos on the Canadian border.

Skyline with Ship: Chicago, IL: Skyline and harbor from Navy Pier.

Navy Pier: Chicago, IL: Navy Pier seen from Sears Tower.

Waterfall: Niagara Falls, NY: Water frozen like ice due to the short shutter speed of 1/1000 second.

Skyscrapers: Chicago, IL: Skyscrapers seen from Balbo street.

City Lights: Chicago, IL: The city seen from the Sears Tower.

American Falls: Niagara Falls, NY: The American Falls seen from Goat Island.

Canyon: Chicago, IL: Buildings in downtown.

Grant Park Fountain: Chicago, IL: Sea horses spitting water in the fountain of Grant Park.

Waterfall: Niagara Falls, NY:

Sears Tower: Chicago, IL: Sears Tower seen from Jackson Street.

Navy Pier: Chicago, IL: Navy Pier with Ferris Wheel.

Panorama: Chicago, IL: The city seen from the Sears Tower.

Adler Planetarium: Chicago, IL: Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum seen from Sears Tower.

Sears Tower: Chicago, IL: The 443m Sears Tower as seen from Grant Park.

American Falls: Niagara Falls, NY: The American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls seen from the Maid in the Mist Tour boat.

Fountain at Night: Chicago, IL: Illuminated fountain at night.

Balloon: Niagara Falls, NY: Captive gas balloon.

Skyline at Night: Chicago, IL: Skyline at night seen from Navy Pier.

Downtown: Chicago, IL: Buildings in downtown.

Dusk: Chicago, IL: The city seen from the Sears Tower.

Casino Tower: Niagara Falls, NY: Casino tower in Canada.

Waterfall: Niagara Falls, NY:

Dropoff: Niagara Falls, NY:

Hilton: Chicago, IL: Hilton & Towers as seen from Grant Park.

Canyon: Chicago, IL:

Sears Tower: Chicago, IL: Sears Tower in clouds.

Towers in the Mist: Niagara Falls, NY:

Rainbow Bridge: Niagara Falls, NY: The rainbow bridge connecting USA and Canada. Unfortunately I couldn't cross because I left my passport at the motel. :-(

Tower: Chicago, IL:

Harbor: Chicago, IL: Harbor of Chicago.

Downtown: Chicago, IL: Buildings in downtown.

Seagull on Trunk: Niagara Falls, NY: Seagull on a trunk in the Niagara river.

Waterfall: Niagara Falls, NY:

Rainbow Bridge: Niagara Falls, NY:

Trunk: Niagara Falls, NY: A trunk in wild water.

Skyscrapers: Chicago, IL: Skyscrapers.

Downtown: Chicago, IL: Downtown.

Skyscrapers at Night: Chicago, IL: Skyscrapers at night.

Adler Planetarium: Chicago, IL: The Adler Planetarium seen from Navy Pier.

Waterfall: Niagara Falls, NY:

Seagull: Chicago, IL: A flying seagull.

Buoy: Chicago, IL: A buoy at Navy Pier.

Waterfall: Niagara Falls, NY:

Horseshoe Falls: Niagara Falls, NY: The Horseshoe Falls seen from the Maid in the Mist Tour boat.

La Salle Street: Chicago, IL: La Salle Street shot from the T junction with Jackson Street.

Waterfall: Niagara Falls, NY:

Fountain at Night: Chicago, IL: Illuminated Buckingham fountain and skyline at night.

Rainbow: Niagara Falls, NY: Rainbow in water vapor.

Downtown: Chicago, IL: Downtown.

Waterfall: Niagara Falls, NY:

Waterfall : Niagara Falls, NY:

Airplanes: Chicago, IL: Airplane formation at the Air & Water Show.

Maid in the Mist Boats: Niagara Falls, NY: Crossing ships of the "Maid in the Mist" tour.