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Bachtel:

Bachtel: Looking towards Mount Säntis

Schwyz

Fir Twig: Drops on a fir twig somewhere near Lake Wägital. — Minolta X-700, Elicar2.5/90mm macro lens, November 2002

Lake Wägital: Lake Wägi Valley — Fujichrome Astia, November 2002

Lake Wägital: Lake Wägi Valley — Fujichrome Astia, November 2002

Ice Crystals: A twig covered by ice crystals, somewhere on the path from Oberiberg to Sternegg. That location is always in the shadow during winter time. Illuminated by a ring flash. Fujichrome Velvia, Minolta X-700, Elicar 2.5/90mm macro lens, December 2001

Grisons

Three Marmots: The three marmots Aramis, Athos and Porthos. — Minolta X-700, Tele 300mm 1:4.5 + 2x teleconverter, Fujichrome RHP III, May 2002

Maggia

Young fish: Young fishes in the sunlight — Nikon Coolpix 990, Maggia, Ponte Brolla, Ticino, 27 April 2002

Diver: Dive buddy descending into the crystal clear water. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Maggia, Ponte Brolla, Ticino, 27 April 2002

Grinded rocks: Beautifully grinded rocks are typical for this underwater landscape. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Maggia, Ponte Brolla, Ticino, 27 April 2002

Underwater rocks: Underwater rock formations — Nikon Coolpix 990, Maggia, Ponte Brolla, Ticino, 27 April 2002

Tree trunk: A tree trunk between two rocks. Luckily I wasn't there when this happened. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Maggia, Ponte Brolla, Ticino, 27 April 2002

Water surface: The water surface with rock walls seen from below. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Maggia, Ponte Brolla, Ticino, 27 April 2002

Bullhead: Portrait of a Bullhead (Cottus gobio) on the ground. Although it obviously liked to be photographed it didn't smile at the camera :-) — Nikon Coolpix 990, Maggia, Ponte Brolla, Ticino, 27 April 2002

Sunbeam in canyon: Sunlight passes through the small canyon and creates a pillar of light under water. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Maggia, Ponte Brolla, Ticino, 27 April 2002

Under rock: Gap under rock — Nikon Coolpix 990, Maggia, Ponte Brolla, Ticino, 27 April 2002

St. Gallen

Moth: When I got back home one day in July 2002 I found this moth sleeping on the door of my flat. (Fujichrome Velvia, Minolta X-700, Elicar 2.5/90mm macro lens, Sunpak ring flash, Rapperswil/SG, August 2002)

Australia

Seals : Seals taking a sunbath on a rock at Admirals Arch in Flinders Chase National Park, Kangaroo Island — Fujichrome Astia, 7 December 2002

Santa Claus : Santa Claus pulling a truck with kangaroos — Fujichrome Astia, 135mm telephoto lens, 8 December 2002

Little Sahara:

Lake Bellfield:

Fata Morgana:

Rock Formations: Rock formations on the South Coast at the Great Ocean Road — Fujichrome Velvia, December 2002.

Footprint:

Goose:

Ibis:

Chinese Garden, Sydney:

Emu:

Eclipse Tourists: Thousands of people waiting for the eclipse at Ceduna — Fujichrome Astia, 4 December 2002

Chinese Garden, Sydney:

Yoga Seagull : Lesson one in yoga for seagulls: spread your wings and stretch your left leg. Somewhere on Australia's west coast between Adelaide and Port Lincoln — Fujichrome Velvia, 2 December 2002

Poles: Poles in the Hawkesbury River, somewhere northeast of Sydney — Fujichrome Velvia, December 2002

Kangaroo Feeding:

Emu:

Twelve Apostels:

Waves: Waves crushing at the rocks. Admirals Arch, Flinders Chase National Park, Kangaroo Island — Fujichrome Astia, 7 December 2002

Waterfall in Grampians National Park:

Apsley Falls: Apsley Falls, NSW — Fujichrome Velvia, ca. 1s exposure time, December 2002

Apsley Falls:

Church in Sydney: An old fashioned church tower amidst sky scrapers in Sydney. 100% perspective correction with The GIMP — Fujichrome Velvia, December 2002

Sheeps:

Coffin Bay National Park: Coffin Bay National Park near Port Lincoln — Fujichrome Velvia, 3 December 2002

McKenzie Falls:

Pin Wheel : A pin wheel on a meadow somewhere between Port Lincoln and Ceduna — Fujichrome Velvia, 4 December 2002

Dust Road:

Pelicanes:

Steppe: A steppe in the environment of the small village Iron Knob in South Australia — Fujichrome Velvia, 5 December 2002

Admirals Arch: A cove at Admirals Arch in Flinders Chase National Park, Kangaroo Island — Fujichrome Astia, 7 December 2002

Seals:

Koala Bear:

Sydney Skyline: Skyline of Sydney with the tower seen from a ferry — Fujichrome Velvia, December 2002

Giant Koala :

Sun Beams:

Wallaby: Mama's bag is the best! A wallaby at Parndana Wildlife Park on Kangaroo Island, South Australia — Fujichrome Astia, 7 December 2002

Parakeet:

Sydney Harbour Bridge: The Harbour Bridge seen from the Observatory Park — Fujichrome Velvia, December 2002

Ducklings:

Parakeets:

Parrots on Meadow: Four parrots on a meadow at Port Lincoln National Park — Fujichrome Velvia, 300mm telephoto lens, 3 December 2002

Salt Lake: A dry salt lake between Iron Knob and Port Augusta — Fujichrome Velvia, 5 December 2002

Kangaroo: Kiss me! A cute kangaroo at the Parndana Wildlife Park on Kangaroo Island — Fujichrome Astia, 7 December 2002

Parrot in Prison:

Solar Eclipse: The sickle of the Sun a few seconds after totality. 300mm telephoto lens at f/8. No filter. Image processing: crop, gamma curve and removed reflection of sickle in upper right corner — Fujichrome Velvia, 4 December 2002

Kangaroo: A kangaroo at the Parndana Wildlife Park on Kangaroo Island — Fujichrome Velvia, 7 December 2002

Twelve Apostels:

Kelly Hill Caves: Kelly Hill Caves, Kangaroo Island — Fujichrome Provia 400F, 7 December 2002

Kelly Hill Caves : Kelly Hill Caves, Kangaroo Island — Fujichrome Provia 400F, 7 December 2002

Sydney Sky Scraper: Reflection in a sky scraper at Circular Quay, Sydney. This image has about 50% perspective correction with The GIMP because I don't have a shift objective. 100% correction (parallel lines) doesn't look natural anymore and no correction looks ugly — Fujichrome Velvia, December 2002

Anglo-Australian Telescope: The 4m Anglo-Australian Telescope — Fujichrome Astia, 17mm wideangle lens, December 2002

Black Swan: Your butt is mine, cause I'm bad, I'm really really bad, you know it! And this pond is mine! - Parndana Wildlife Park, Kangaroo Island — Fujichrome Astia, December 2002

Sydney: A street in Sydney. Don't remember where it was. Somewhere close to the Harbour Bridge — Fujichrome Velvia, December 2002

Glebe Island Bridge: The Glebe Island Bridge seen from top of Sydney Tower — Fujichrome Provia 400F, December 2002

Kangaroos:

McKenzie Falls: McKenzie Falls, Grampians National Park, Victoria — Fujichrome Velvia, ND4 + Pol Filter, December 2002

Seagulls:

Solar Eclipse: Partial phase of the eclipse — 300mm telephoto lens at f/8, filter: 2 layers rescue foil, Fujichrome Velvia, 4 December 2002

Hawkesbury Paddlewheeler: The Hawkesbury Paddlewheeler on the Hawkesbury River — Fujichrome Velvia, December 2002

Pin Wheel:

McKenzie Falls:

Pelicans:

Little Garden: A little garden on a roof lit up by the setting sun, seen from Sydney Tower — Fujichrome Velvia, December 2002

Sleeping Koala:

Kelly Hill Caves : Kelly Hill Caves, Kangaroo Island — Fujichrome Provia 400F, 7 December 2002

Salt Lake: A dry salt lake between Iron Knob and Port Augusta — Fujichrome Velvia, 5 December 2002

Port Lincoln: Port Lincoln National Park — Fujichrome Velvia, 3 December 2002

Eagle:

Yangie Bay: Yangie Bay at Coffin Bay National Park near Port Lincoln — Fujichrome Velvia, 3 December 2002

South Coast:

McKenzie Falls: McKenzie Falls, Grampians National Park, Victoria — Fujichrome Velvia, ND4 + Pol Filter, December 2002

Sydney Skyline: Skyline of Sydney with the tower seen from a ferry — Fujichrome Velvia, December 2002

Grampians National Park:

Parkes Observatory :

Kookaburra:

Solar Eclipse: Total solar eclipse. The diamond ring effect: some parts of the solar disk are shining through valleys on the moon's edge. The red spots on the upper right edge are probably protuberances — 300mm telephoto lens at f/8, Fujichrome Velvia, 4 December 2002

Birds:

Grampians National Park:

Dead Wood: Dead wood at Port Lincoln National Park — Fujichrome Velvia, 90mm macro lens, 3 December 2002

Sydney Chinese Garden: The Chinese Garden inmidst the concrete jungle — Fujichrome Velvia, December 2002

Seagull over Beach: A seagull flying over the beach of Coffin Bay National Park near Port Lincoln. It was very windy then — Fujichrome Velvia, 300mm telephoto lens, 3 December 2002

Grampians National Park:

Flinders Chase National Park: The road to Admirals Arch at Flinders Chase National Park, Kangaroo Island — Fujichrome Astia, 7 December 2002

Shingleback Skink:

Kelly Hill Caves: Kelly Hill Caves, Kangaroo Island — Fujichrome Provia 400F, 7 December 2002

Water Buffalo:

Fata Morgana Highway: Endless sraight roads with fata morgana reflections — Fujichrome Velvia, 300mm telephoto lens, 2 December 2002

Seagull: A seagull at Ceduna while we were waiting for the eclipse — Fujichrome Astia, 4 December 2002

Turkey: Yeah, I'm too sexy for this meadow. I'm too sexy for my feathers, too! Mr. turkey boombastic phantastic ... Gugluglugluglu! Parndana Wildlife Park, Kangaroo Island — Fujichrome Astia, 300mm telephoto lens, December 2002

Solar Eclipse: Total solar eclipse of 4 December 2002 in Ceduna/Australia. The red seam along the Moon's edge is probably caused by chromatic aberration of the telephoto lens and not the Sun's chronosphere or protuberances. There is also a reflection in the upper right corner of this picture — One second exposure on Fujichrome Velvia, 300mm Minolta telephoto lens at f/8.

Sydney Sky Scrapers: Skyscrapers seen from top of Sydney Tower — Fujichrome Velvia, 17mm wideangle lens, December 2002

Pelicans:

Ceduna Jetty : Waiting for the eclipse. The jetty of Ceduna — Fujichrome Astia, 4 December 2002

McKenzie Falls: McKenzie Falls, Grampians National Park, Victoria — Fujichrome Velvia, ND4 + Pol Filter, December 2002

Rhinoceros:

Cliff: Coffin Bay National Park near Port Lincoln — Fujichrome Velvia, 3 December 2002

Solar Eclipses

Total Solar Eclipse 2002: Partial phase of the total solar eclipse on 4 December 2002 in Ceduna, Australia — 300mm telephoto lens at f/8, filter: 2 layers rescue foil, Fujichrome Velvia

Total Solar Eclipse 2002: Total solar eclipse on 4 December 2002 in Ceduna, Australia: The sickle of the Sun a few seconds after totality. 300mm telephoto lens at f/8. No filter. Image processing: crop, gamma curve and removed reflection of sickle in upper right corner — Fujichrome Velvia

Total Solar Eclipse 2002: Total solar eclipse of 4 December 2002 in Ceduna, Australia: The diamond ring effect: some parts of the solar disk are shining through valleys on the moon's edge. The red spots on the upper right edge are probably protuberances — 300mm telephoto lens at f/8, Fujichrome Velvia

Total Solar Eclipse 2002: Total solar eclipse of 4 December 2002 in Ceduna, Australia. The red seam along the Moon's edge is probably caused by chromatic aberration of the telephoto lens and not the Sun's chronosphere or protuberances. There is also a reflection in the upper right corner of this picture — One second exposure on Fujichrome Velvia, 300mm Minolta telephoto lens at f/8.

Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Salinas del Rio: The salt extraction basins of Salinas del Rio shot from a place a few hundred meters left of Mirador del Rio. 12 January 2002, 300mm telephoto lens, Fuji Velvia

Boat: A boat in the turquoise lagoon between Bajo de los Sables and Orzola. 12 January 2002, Fuji Velvia

Haria: The pretty village Haria in the 'valley of the thenthousand palms'. The drops in the sky are caused by some donkey of the 'professional' laboratory. Well, hovever still better than scratching the whole film with 'telegraph wires' like on 1/4 of all my films from the big laboratories. 13 January, Fuji Velvia

Lava stream: A lava stream somewhere between San Bartolomé and La Geria. 14 January 2002, Fuji Velvia

Playa de Famara: The cliffs at Playa de Famara on the west coast of Lanzarote. 13 January 2002, Fuji Velvia

Salinas de Janubio: The salt extraction basins of Salinas de Janubio. The best time to visit this is during noon when the sun is high. To see all the colours one should have the sun from the back. 15 January 2002, Fuji Velvia

Car Wreck: The wreck of a car in a quarry in the environment of Teseguite. 13 January 2002, Fuji Velvia

Salinas de Janubio: Sunset at Salinas de Janubio. 300mm telephoto lens, 12 January 2002, Fuji Velvia

Graciosa: The small island Graciosa shot from a place a few hundred meters left of Mirador del Rio. They really wanted money for a view on an island. 12 January 2002, Fuji Velvia, pol filter

Two Palms: The same two palms on the wineyards of La Geria yet from another point of view. Note the 'craters' with each a vine at their bottom. 12 January 2002, Fuji Velvia

Two Palms: Two lonely palms on the wineyards of La Geria in an incredible light of the setting Sun. I almost thought the image was a failure (too dark) when I looked at the slide on the light table. But look what the scanner has revealed on this image. The exposure time was measured with the built-in light meter. Maybe 1/2 stop overexpure or more would have been better. 12 January 2002, Fuji Velvia

Cliffs: The cliffs somewhere between Mirador del Rio and the small villaga Las Rositas. Same point of view as the previous shot but the light is much different. This situation lasted only for about one minute or less and didn't came back as long as I waited. 16 January 2002, Fuji Velvia

Malpaís de la Corona: Black lava rocks and white sand dunes. Unfortunately the light wasn't good enough for closeups of the ripples in the dunes. It was cloudy and the Sun too high. 16 January 2002, Fuji Velvia

Straight Road: The straight road from from Teguise to San Bartolomé at sunset. An interesting feature of Lanzarote is the number of useless road signs. 13 January 2002, Fuji Velvia

Plains: I climbed a little abadoned hill, think it was Montañ Corona and took this picture of the pretty patterned flatland. The houses at the sunlit horizon belong to the villages Teseguite and El Mojón. 16 January 2002, Fuji Velvia

Plains: View to the plains northwest of Teguise. In the background one can see the dunes of El Jable. 13 January 2002, Fuji Velvia

Waves: Wet and wild are the waves crushing at the Playa de Janubio. Here it is 'not recommended for bathing' they write on a sign. 15 January 2002, 300mm telephoto lens, Fuji Velvia

Haria: The pretty village Haria in the 'valley of the thenthousand palms'. 13 January 2002, Fuji Velvia

No pictures allowed: Well ... and that's all you see from this wonderful and extraordinary National Park. I was just walking from the parking lot along the road with my camera bag and the tripod, when a guard came and threw me out of the park: "No professional photographs!" So, if you ever intend to spend money for this park (there are only tours on a camel's back or in a bus possible) and you want to make pictures then mask yourself as a dumb tourist: Use a cheap plastic APS camera, wear Bermuda shorts, sandals and white socks. 15 January 2002, Fuji Velvia

Parrot:

Playa Blanca: Looking from the roundabout at Femés towards Playa Blanca. The hill on the right hand side is Montaña Roja. In nature the light beams looked more impressive. 15 January 2002, Fuji Velvia

Parque Eolicode: The pin wheels of the Parque Eolicode Lanzarote. I also made a longer exposure to show the rotation of the propellers but unfortunately forgot to close the camera eyepiece and the image was totally underexposed. 13 January 2002, Fuji Velvia

Peña del Silvo: A view from that formation in the environment of Tesequite. The hill in the background could be Peña del Silvo but I'm not sure because the map is not very accurate and the hills have no labels. 13 January 2002, Fuji Velvia

Los Valles: View on the village Los Valles with the typical terrace gardens. 13 January 2002, Fuji Velvia, pol filter

Salinas de Janubio: Las Salinas de Janubio. 15 January 2002, Fuji Velvia

Salinas de Janubio: The colourful salt extraction basins of Salinas de Janubio. 15 January 2002, Fuji Velvia

Lagoon: The turqoise lagoon with yellowish sand between Bajo de los Sables and the little village Orzola. 12 January 2002, Fuji Velvia.

Kois:

Salinas de Janubio: Sunset at Salinas de Janubio with a reflection of the sun in the lagoon. 13 January 2002, Fuji Velvia

Timanfaya: The road to the Timanfaya national park. 15 January 2002, Fuji Velvia

Salinas de Janubio: The colourful salt extraction basins of Salinas de Janubio. 15 January 2002, Fuji Velvia

Arrieta: Waves crushing at the pier of Arrieta. 12 January 2002, Fuji Velvia

Lonely palm: A lonely palm on the edge of a cliff between Haria and Los Valles. 13 January 2002, Fuji Velvia

Cliffs: The cliffs somewhere between Mirador del Rio and the small villaga Las Rositas. 12 January 2002, Fuji Velvia

Lagoon: A close-up of the turquise lagoon. 17mm wideangle lens at f/16, 12 January 2001, Fuji Velvia

Waves: Long exposure of waves crushing on the cliffs of Playa de Janubio. 17 January 2002, pol + ND4 filter, Fuji Velvia

Two palm trees: Yet again the lonely two palms in the wineyards of La Geria. This time in a different light of early afternoon. 14 January 2002, Fuji Velvia

La Geria: A hut with trees warped by the wind on the wineyards of La Geria. 12 January 2002, Fuji Velvia

Salinas de Janubio: The colourful salt extraction basins of Salinas de Janubio and the adjacent green lagoon. 15 January 2002, Fuji Velvia

La Geria: The wineyards of La Geria in the light of the setting Sun. 12 January 2002, Fuji Velvia

Haria: The pretty village Haria in the 'valley of the thenthousand palms'. 13 January 2002, Fuji Velvia

Risco de las Nieves: Somewhere between Haria and Los Valles, looking down to Risco de las Nieves. 13 January 2002, Fuji Velvia

Big waves: Big waves are crushing on the cliffs of Playa de Janubio. 17 January 2002, Fuji Velvia

Los Hevideros: The rough lava cliffs of Los Hevideros. No, this is no fog but blurred waves caused by the long-time exposure of about one second. 15 January 2002, pol + ND4 filter, Fuji Velvia

A Palm Tree: Palm standing out the shadow in the valley of Máguez. I saw this effect of light and shadow the day before while I drove up the pass. But it was too late to set up the camera so I came back the next day on time and waited one half hour for this special light which lasts only a few minutes. This is short before the Sun sets in this valley. 13 January 2002, 135mm telephoto lens (image a bit cropped), Fuji Velvia

La Geria: Sunset at the wineyards of La Geria. 13 January 2002, Fuji Velvia

Dunes: Dunes at the coast of Playa del Risco. 12 January 2002, Fuji Velvia

Puddle: A puddle somewhere in the Malpaís de la Corona, a lava stream. In the middle of that dark lava stream is a patch with white sand and dunes. 16 January 2002, 17mm wideangle, one stop overexposed, Fuji Velvia

Lava stream: A lava stream somewhere between San Bartolomé and La Geria. 14 January 2002, Fuji Velvia

Haria: A meadow in the environment of Haria. Aren't that awesome colours? 13 January 2002, Fuji Velvia

Velavaru, Maldives

Saltwater Bubbles : Saltwater bubbles on the beach. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 90mm macro lens, October 2002)

Freight Ship: At the morning of our departure the first beams of the rising sun hit the freight ship. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002)

Palm Beach: The same palms as from the previous picture but from the other side with the setting Sun. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002, Fujichrome Astia)

Footprints in Sand: My footprints on the beach. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 17mm wideangle lens, October 2002)

Pump House: The little pump house where they sucked the sand to recreate the beach in front of the restaurant. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002, Fujichrome Astia)

Palm Beach: Yes, it looks indeed as kitschy as a travel brochure. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002, Fujichrome Astia)

Palm: Yes, the same palm as on an earlier picture but another background. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002)

Palms with Umbrella: Another kitschy picture of a sunshade and palms on the beach. Hey, it really looked like this! (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002)

Water Airplaine: The floatplane from Trans Maldivian Airways. The island is 45 minutes away from the international airport. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002)

Rainy Day: In the last week we had some rainy days. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002)

Sunset: Yet another sunset. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002)

Cloud: A cloud above the Maldives. To be honest, they look the same as in Switzerland ... (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002)

Sunset: Sorry for just another kitschy sunset picture. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002)

Blacktip Reef Shark : One of the baby blacktip reef sharks that swam along the beach hunting for fishes. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 300mm telephoto lens, October 2002)

Waterplane: A waterplane in the light of the setting sun. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002, Fujichrome Astia)

Reception Hall: The beautiful reception hall in the evening. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002)

Beach Crab: One of the many quick white beach crabs. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002, 2.5/90mm macro lens, Fujichrome Velvia)

Crow: A black crow sipping from a freshwater puddle. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 300mm telephoto lens, October 2002)

Crabs: Two crabs on the rocks taking a sun bath. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 90mm macro lens, October 2002)

Hermit Crab: One of the many cute hermit crab on a dune of soand. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002, 2.5/90mm macro lens, Fujichrome Velvia)

Harbour: The little harbor of Velavaru in the dusk. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002)

Hermit Crab: A hermit crab (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002, 2.5/90mm macro lens, Fujichrome Astia)

Fruits: Some fruits on the sand. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 90mm macro lens, October 2002)

Freight Ship: A freight ship in the dusk. Note the little fata morgana on the left side. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002)

Crow : A black crow on the beach. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 300mm telephoto lens, October 2002)

Sunset: Do you like pretty sunsets every day? Then go to the Maldives. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002)

Ships on the Sea: Two ships and a pump house on the sea. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002, 2.5/90mm macro lens, Fujichrome Velvia)

Cocos Palm: A coconut palm (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002)

Sunset: Another kitschy sunset with one of the dive boats. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 300mm telephoto lens, October 2002)

Beach : You probably will see that if you are looking from the beach at the horizon. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002)

Palms: The sun is hiding behind these palm trees. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002, 2.5/90mm macro lens, Fujichrome Velvia)

Beach Crab: A white beach crab digging a hole. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002, 2.5/90mm macro lens, Fujichrome Astia)

Cedric with Kite: Cedric playing with his kite. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002)

Sunset: One of the breathtaking sunsets. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 300mm telephoto lens, October 2002)

Windless Surfing: Practising your balance. Surfing without wind. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002)

Reception Pier: The footbridge to the reception hall. (Velavaru Island, South Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, October 2002)

South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives

Giant pufferfish: A giant pufferfish is swimming in open water and looking directly into the camera. Nikon E990, 1/190 s, F/3.6, 12.1 mm, ISO 100, Tuesday, October 29, 2002 09:38:42

Puffer fish: Udhoo Wall, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 28 October 2002

Masked porcupinefish: Lhohi Caves, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 30 October 2002

Grouper: Velavaru Corner, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 27 October 2002

Glass fish: Thousands of small glass fish. Kahambu Corner, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 24 October 2002

Blotched fantail ray: A blotched fantail ray was sleeping under a rock. Beru Thila, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 2 November 2002

Yellowhead butterflyfish: A yellowhead butterflyfish at Kanney Faru, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 24 October 2002

Yellow-edged moray: You are looking into the mouth of a yellow-edged moray. Although it looks dangerous this moray was not attacking me. It was breathing and looking out of its hole. Lhohi Caves, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 30 October 2002

File fish: Meedhoo Corner, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 29 October 2002

Soft coral: Lhohi Caves, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 30 October 2002

Lizardfish: A lizardfish lying on the ground and waiting for its prey. Bandidhoo Thila, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 28 October 2002

Shell: A big shell that looks like a pair of lips. Kahambu Corner, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 24 October 2002

Bluefin trevally: A bluefin trevally (Caranx melampygus) also known as bluefin jack, bluefin kingfish, bluefinned crevalle, blue ulua, omilu and spotted trevally. A small remora has suck on its side. Lhohi Caves, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 30 October 2002

Anemones: Velavaru Corner, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 27 October 2002

Two sea turtles: Somehow the flash wasn't working, so I removed the colours from this picture. Later I found out that the sync cable wasn't plugged in properly and that the electrical contacts got wet. Nilandhoo Kandu, North-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 31 October 2002

Anemone fish in anemone: I live in an anemomemonememy Udhoo Wall, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 28 October 2002

Gorgony: Close-up of a gorgony. Kahambu Corner, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 24 October 2002

Blackspotted pufferfish: Beru Thila, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 26 October 2002

Sea star: Bandidhoo Thila, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 28 October 2002

Pygmy goby: Probably a small pygmy goby lying between sponges and corals. Mahi Corner, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 22 October 2002

Fish swarm: Bandidhoo Thila, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 28 October 2002

Anthiadinae: Kahambu Corner, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 24 October 2002

Anemone: Udhoo Wall, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 25 October 2002

Clark's anemonefish: Three funny Clark's anemonefish. Usually one finds a pair of them in the same anemone: one with a white nose and one with an orange nose. Mahi Corner, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 22 October 2002

Hirn coral: Udhoo Wall, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 25 October 2002

Giant brown shell: Udhoo, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 25 October 2002

Hawkfish: A Forster's hawkfish lying on a coral. Velavaru Corner, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 27 October 2002

Longnose hawkfish: They swim in a gorgony like a hummingbird from blossom to blossom Velavaru Corner, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 27 October 2002

Chromodoris gleniei: . This is the only nudibranch of this type we saw during two weeks. The dive guide got very excited when he discovered it. Udhoo, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 25 October 2002

Pipe fish: Velavaru Beach, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 30 October 2002

Anemone fish: Kahambu Corner, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 24 October 2002

Soft coral: Velavaru Corner, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 27 October 2002

Indian parrotfish: An indian parrotfish. Mahi Corner, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 22 October 2002

Red snappers: A swarm of red snappers. Beru Thila, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 26 October 2002

Spiral tube worm: Christmas tree or spiral tube worms. Kanney Faru, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 24 October 2002

Coral reef: Beru Thila, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 26 October 2002

Oriental sweetlips: A beautiful oriental sweetlips. They are very common at the Maldives and often in groups. Mahi Corner, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 22 October 2002

Clown triggerfish: A clown triggerfish which looks like a pop-art submarine. Kahambu Corner, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 24 October 2002

Trumpet fish: Udhoo Wall, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 28 October 2002

Fish swarm: Miyaru Giri, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 1 November 2002

Black corals: Kahambu Corner, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 24 October 2002

Barracuda: Kuda Thila, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 29 October 2002

Soldier fish: Kuda Thila, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 25 October 2002

Lobster 2: Velavaru Corner, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 27 October 2002

Lion fish: A small red lion fish. Udhoo Wall, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 25 October 2002

Anemones: Udhoo Wall, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 28 October 2002

Scorpionfish: A scorpionfish, well carmouflaged on a rock of corals. Miyaru Giri, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 1 November 2002

Napoleon: Kuda Thila, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 29 October 2002

Sea turtle: Please love me, I'm a cute sea turtle. Nilandhoo Kandu, North-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 31 October 2002

Blue jewel grouper: Udhoo Wall, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 28 October 2002

Moray: A giant moray and a cleaner wrasse. Kuda Thila, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 29 October 2002

Surgeon fish: Surgeon fish Kuda Thila, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 25 October 2002

Sea star: Lhohi Caves, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 30 October 2002

A lion fish: Yet another lion fish — Udhoo, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 25 October 2002

Glass fish: A swarm of glass fish. Udhoo, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 25 October 2002

Red Husar: Kuda Thila, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 25 October 2002

Giant blue shell: Udhoo, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 25 October 2002

Goby: Cuckoo! A smiling little fish peeping out of a hole inmidsd some sponges. Mahi Corner, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 22 October 2002

Peacock mantis shrimp: Looks like some alien monster from outher space. Bandidhoo Thila, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 28 October 2002

Trigger fish: Udhoo Wall, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 28 October 2002

Fusiliers: Beru Thila, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 26 October 2002

Napoleon fish: Kuda Thila, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 29 October 2002

Giant moray eel: This giant moray doesn't look very friendly. Udhoo Wall, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 28 October 2002

Leather coral: Udhoo Wall, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 25 October 2002

Big shell: Beru Thila, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 26 October 2002

Moorish idols: Three moorish idol fish. One of them was later caught and put into a dentists aquarium in Sydney. Udhoo Wall, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 28 October 2002

Leather coral: A leather coral at Fushi Kandu, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 23 October 2002

Blue striped snappers: Kuda Thila, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 29 October 2002

Anemonefish: Bandidhoo Thila, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 28 October 2002

Lobster 1: Velavaru Corner, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 27 October 2002

Parrotfish: A parrotfish smiling into the camera. Kanney Faru, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 24 October 2002

Feather sea stars: Bandidhoo Thila, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 28 October 2002

Sea star: Udhoo Wall, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 28 October 2002

Fish in coral: Beru Thila, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 26 October 2002

Shell in coral: Is it a shell embedded in a coral or a punk girl's tattooed vulva? :-) Udhoo, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 25 October 2002

Sea cucumber: Graeffe's sea cucumber with some cute fractal shaped feet Kahambu Corner, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 24 October 2002

Sponge on coral: Beru Thila, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 26 October 2002

Sandperch: Bandidhoo Thila, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 28 October 2002

Lion fish: Kuda Thila, South-Nilandhe Atoll, Maldives, 25 October 2002

Lake Sils

Underwater Plants: Lake Sils (Plaun da Lej), the Grisons: Underwater plants — Nikon Coolpix, UK-Germany Housing, Subtronic Gamma Strob, Plaun da Crot, Lake Sils, Grisons, 3 August 2002

Bubbles: Lake Sils (Plaun da Crot), the Grisons: Big bubbles, no troubles. Could be used for a mineral water commercial — if the lake was only clearer :-) — Nikon Coolpix, UK-Germany Housing, Subtronic Gamma Strob, Plaun da Crot, Lake Sils, Grisons, 3 August 2002

Juvenile Fish: Lake Sils (Plaun da Crot), the Grisons: At last a group of young fishes. — Nikon Coolpix, UK-Germany Housing, Subtronic Gamma Strob, Plaun da Crot, Lake Sils, Grisons, 3 August 2002

Tree Stub: Lake Sils (Plaun da Lej), the Grisons: An interesting shaped tree stub in the sunlight. — Nikon Coolpix, UK-Germany Housing, Subtronic Gamma Strob, Plaun da Crot, Lake Sils, Grisons, 3 August 2002

Underwater Plants with Algae: Lake Sils (Plaun da Lej), the Grisons: Underwater plants with algae slime that looks like green fog. — Nikon Coolpix, UK-Germany Housing, Subtronic Gamma Strob, Plaun da Crot, Lake Sils, Grisons, 3 August 2002

Dead Tree: Lake Sils (Plaun da Crot), the Grisons: A dead tree. As you can see the water is not very clear and often it is absolute useless to use the flash. — Nikon Coolpix, UK-Germany Housing, Subtronic Gamma Strob, Plaun da Crot, Lake Sils, Grisons, 3 August 2002

Rocks: Lake Sils (Plaun da Lej), the Grisons: A group of boulders — Nikon Coolpix, UK-Germany Housing, Subtronic Gamma Strob, Plaun da Crot, Lake Sils, Grisons, 3 August 2002

Underwater Plants with Algae: Lake Sils (Plaun da Lej), the Grisons: Underwater plants with algae slime that looks like green fog. — Nikon Coolpix, UK-Germany Housing, Subtronic Gamma Strob, Plaun da Crot, Lake Sils, Grisons, 3 August 2002

Coach Wreck: Lake Sils (Plaun da Crot), the Grisons: The coach wreck. Unfortunately the water wasn't very clear at that time so I can't provide a better picture. — Nikon Coolpix, UK-Germany Housing, Subtronic Gamma Strob, Plaun da Crot, Lake Sils, Grisons, 3 August 2002

Tenerife, Canary Islands

Fog Cover: Fog sea somewhere on the pass between Santiago del Teide and El Tanque. Usually the northern side of this island is covered with clouds while the southern side is sunny. Fujichrome Astia 100, July 2002

Colorful Houses : Playa Paraiso, Tenerife: Another view of this colourful skyline in the light of the late afternoon Sun. Fujichrome Astia 100, July 2002

Debris :

Erosion: A hill with an interesting erosion formation somewhere on the pass between Buenavista and Santiago del Teide. Fujichrome Astia 100, July 2002

Flower:

Landscape: Somewhere onthe pass between Santiago del Teide and El Tanque. In the background is the 3717m high Pico del Teide. Fujichrome Astia 100, July 2002

Hiking Path:

Sunset: Setting Sun behind La Palma, the neighbour island of Tenerife. Fujichrome Sensia 100, July 2002

Garachico: An amazing view from the cliff down to the harbor basin of the little village Garachico. Fujichrome Astia 100, July 2002

Hotel Tower:

Colorful Houses: Playa Paraiso, Tenerife - not Legoland, Danmark :-) At least these pretty buildings have style! But unfortunately ugly tourist bunkers are the most common buildings in this environment. And there also many construction sites and ruins of once begun and never finished buildings. Fujichrome Astia 100, July 2002

Seven Up: A 7up can on some casted concrete wave brakers at Carachico. This picture has been manipulated with GIMP. The colours of the concrete have been desaturated while those of the can remained untouched. 2.8/135mm telephoto lens, Fujichrome Sensia 100, July 2002

Tenerife

Moray Eel: A black moray and a red-backed cleaner shrimp — Nikon Coolpix 990, Subtronic Gamma, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, 26 July 2002. Nikon E990, 1/120 s, F/4.0, 23.4 mm, ISO 100, Friday, July 26, 2002 16:21:18

Atlantic Stingray: An atlantic stingray soaring over the ground — Nikon Coolpix 990, Subtronic Gamma, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, 26 July 2002

Lizard Fish: A lizard fish is lying on the sand. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Subtronic Gamma, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, 23 July 2002

Starfish: A seven-armed 'blue starfish' — Nikon Coolpix 990, Subtronic Gamma, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, 24 July 2002

Stingray Feeding: A dive guide feeding a stingray with fish waste from the local supermarket. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Subtronic Gamma, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, 23 July 2002

Blenny: A redlip blenny on a rock — Nikon Coolpix 990, Subtronic Gamma, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, 26 July 2002

Sponges with Mussels: Golden sponges with dead shell and black sea-urchins. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Subtronic Gamma, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, 26 July 2002

Atlantic Stingray: An atlantic stingray showing its mouth and white belly. This image is retouched. I removed the hands and octopus of a diver in the upper left corner. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Subtronic Gamma, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, 26 July 2002

Anemones: Two club-tipped anemones with different colours. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Subtronic Gamma, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, 23 July 2002

Fish Feeding: A swarm of fishes attracted by the food in the white bag. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Subtronic Gamma, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, 22 July 2002

Anemone: A club-tipped anemone — Nikon Coolpix 990, Subtronic Gamma, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, 24 July 2002

Underwater Landscape: The rocky underwater landscape was formed by a volcano long time ago. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Subtronic Gamma, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, 22 July 2002

Trumpet Fish: A trumpet fish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Subtronic Gamma, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, 24 July 2002

Stingrays: Two atlantic stingrays fighting for food. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Subtronic Gamma, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, 26 July 2002

Atlantic Stingray: An atlantic stingray soaring over the ground — Nikon Coolpix 990, Subtronic Gamma, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, 26 July 2002

Sepia: A portrait of another sepia with different colour and skin structure. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Subtronic Gamma, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, 23 July 2002

Many Fish: Many striped fish in front of a crevice — Nikon Coolpix 990, Subtronic Gamma, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, 22 July 2002

Atlantic Stingray: The Atlantic stingrays at Playa Paraiso fear no divers and sometimes come so close that one can touch them. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Subtronic Gamma, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, 23 July 2002

Butterfly Ray: Can you see it? It's a portrait of the widewing butterfly ray. With those patterns it is hardly to spot on a sandy ground. One can see an eye and a gill hole left of it. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Subtronic Gamma, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, 26 July 2002

Flat Crab: A flat crab picking off the fine film of plant growth that covers the rocks. It's a shy creature that hides itself when one approaches. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Subtronic Gamma, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, 23 July 2002

Sepia: A currently red coloured sepia. It's amazing how rapidly (within a split second) they can change their colour and skin structure — Nikon Coolpix 990, Subtronic Gamma, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, 23 July 2002

The Rock: Emmm ... yes, this is just a rock. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Subtronic Gamma, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, 23 July 2002

Sea Urchin: An orange sponge and black long-spined sea-urchin — Nikon Coolpix 990, Subtronic Gamma, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, 22 July 2002

Scorpionfish: A little red Madeira rockfish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Subtronic Gamma, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, 24 July 2002

Anemones: Two different coloured club-tipped anemones and some orange little fishes. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Subtronic Gamma, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, 26 July 2002

Goatfish: A red mullet lying on the sand. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Subtronic Gamma, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, 23 July 2002

Eagle Stingray: An eagle stingray soaring over the ground. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Subtronic Gamma, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, 26 July 2002

Hermit Crab: A cute red hermit crab in a pretty case of a grooved helmet snail. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Subtronic Gamma, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, 26 July 2002

Scorpionfish: little Madeira rockfish. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Subtronic Gamma, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, 24 July 2002

Fire Worm: A fire worm. As the name tells touching this beast is not recommended :-) — Nikon Coolpix 990, Subtronic Gamma, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, 23 July 2002

Starfish: An orange starfish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Subtronic Gamma, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, 23 July 2002

Tiger Moray: Snap! A tiger moray — Nikon Coolpix 990, Subtronic Gamma, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, 26 July 2002

Flat Crab: A flat crab — Nikon Coolpix 990, Subtronic Gamma, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, 26 July 2002

Anemones: A group of snakelocks anemones in the shallow water of the Fiesta bay at Playa Paraiso. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Subtronic Gamma, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, 24 July 2002