Martin Stranka and the rescued animals


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I’m an animal lover from the bottom of my heart. My wish is to buy a huge parcel of land and create a home for suffering animals. I’m also a fan of animal photography.

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Alex Bernasconi shows us the world of penguins


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For most people Antarctica remains a mystery. Only few of us have been there already or could possibly imagine traveling there one day. Because rationally speaking Antarctica definitely isn’t a cozy place for human-beings. Barren, cold and inhospitable. It certainly wasn’t on Mother Nature’s mind to make human-beings settle on the South Pole and so they never did. Until today people only go to the South Pole in order to do some research there. However, it’s very different with creatures living in Antarctica.  Such as penguins. They feel very well in Antarctica and live there in big colonies.

Alex Bernasconi, a world-renowned and successful wildlife photographer from Italy, in his amazing pictures of Antarctica shows us how incredibly big and fascinating these penguin colonies really are.

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Konsta Punkka – the Finnish animal whisperer


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Konsta Punkka. In our area quite an unusual name of an unusual 21-year-old guy from Finland. In journals and magazines as well as in diverse articles and online blogs he’s been celebrated as an animal whisperer with a camera and as a wildlife photographer who can look into the soul of an animal for a couple of months now. His Instagram account reflects the success of the subtle emotionality that characterizes Konsta’s wildlife pictures as it currently has 940,000 followers – a number that’s constantly growing.

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Finally some snow


For some weeks I’ve been searching for winter desperately, for some snow on the trees, for some icicles hanging down the rooftops, for children walking through the winter landscape wearing snowshoes or trailing their toboggans. All I’ve found so far was sad sceneries, barren meadows and anything else but a winter fairytale atmosphere.

As I fell into my bed exhausted yesterday evening and dared to glimpse out of the window before closing my eyes, the image was totally different from this morning. During the night snow finally surprised us for the first time this winter. I was happy like a little child the way I always get happy when everything is white.

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Happy End for Pumpkin the Raccoon


It’s nothing new, that animals on Instagram are a huge success. We already told you about Mack the Pug and Gandalf the cat which travel the world and bring in a lot of money for their owners while doing that. Today we want to tell you about another furry star of Instagram: Pumpkin the Raccoon.

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An afternoon with Mr. Nilsson


Who doesn’t know him? Pippi Longstocking’s Mr. Nilsson. Mr. Nilsson was played by a squirrel monkey, a tender little primate you can normally find in large groups in the warm regions of Central and South America. Well – my present financial situation doesn’t allow me to travel to a Latin American summer but it was good enough to visit the zoo in town.

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Paul Nicklen – the one who speaks with polar bears


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Again and again I’ve come across photos of his face when researching and browsing the internet for inspiring photographers. His face red because of the cold, snow crystals on his eyebrows and a cap covering his forehead. I wanted to know more about this guy, this crazy photographer who peeps out of some holes made of ice, half-frozen. And I’m not only fascinated by his great, impressive and overwhelming wildlife photos but also by him – a humorous and courageous character. Since winter is looming closer and closer with its first snowflakes and its bitter cold, I have a contribution for you as an introduction and as an inspiration to go out into the wilds nevertheless – perhaps outweighing the extremes and limits a bit less – and as a reminder not to forget your camera. There’s a lot to discover! But have a look for yourselves…

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Laurent Baheux – Black and white wildlife photography


To see in color is a delight for the eye but to see in black and white is a delight for the soul.” – Andri Cauldwell

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I’m a huge fan of black and white photography. I think that sometimes, when it comes to photographs, colors simply distract from the subject or motif. Black and white photography on the other hand is subtle and in some occasions it lets you focus on the essence of a photograph much better than any photo in color ever would allow! The other day I stumbled across a gorgeous black and white photograph of a lion. It was so beautiful and mesmerizing, I simply had to find out more about the photographer and his work.

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Escaping the city


Trees are losing their last remaining leaves, autumn covers the city in a mist of grey and a cold wind is blowing through the streets. Winter is coming… and to provide my eyes and my lens with some change of impressions, I decided to drive to the countryside for a couple of days.
Packed with my camera and my SIGMA 17-50mm f/2.8 I wandered through vineyards and indulged in the amazing scenery. From a photographic point of view, nature has a lot to offer this time of the year. The naked trees, the last remaining bits of green in the meadows, all the ravens and crows, the cute little houses…so many great motifs.

I especially enjoyed my visit to a small farm, which was alive with animals. There were cats hiding in the hay, occasionally chased by a small, cheeky dog and in the stables, the sheep was another perfect motif.

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