African leopard (Panthera Pardus) African elephant (Loxodonta Africana) together at waterhole, leopard drinking, elephant bathing in water, full body, front view leopard, elephant head and body view and wet, Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa. (Anette Mossbacher)
African wildlife and nature photography brings sometimes quite some surprises on a safari during the day or during the night! Especially african predator photography, not to forget the big mammals, the elephants, both together I have not seen them very often! Actually only 3-4 x, going each other out of their way. This situation showed that action can come by surprise and you want to be ready for your photography in Africa for wildlife.
At a waterhole in Etosha National Park in Namibia, I found a female leopard. Continue reading
Polar bear looks tiny in this landscape in the vastness of the wild arctic sea far north. At 83 degrees we have seen this polar bear having a nap on an iceberg. The vastness of the Arctic nature is extraordinary, the light is to dream off. This was such a great experience to be so far north, in the middle of the Arctic sea, surrounded by ice, somewhere in nowhere!
While searching for polar bears in the vastness of the pack ice, we had to drive far north of Svalbard to 82-83 degrees. The pack ice had declined very far in summer 2013. The drive from the northern Svalbard Archipelago took more than 15 hours.
Big iceberg floating in the middle of the Arctic Atlantic ocean close by 82 degrees. North of Svalbard, Norway (Anette Mossbacher)
In September 2013 I went on an Arctic Nature and Wildlife Photography Tour to Svalbard, Spitsbergen, Norway. The journey was to take photographs of the arctic wildlife, nature and landscape. As well the marine life of walruses, seals, whales and many more. We have been fortunate on our journey that we have seen 26 polar bears (Ursus maritimus) less in the pack ice at 83 degrees, for that more on the islands of Svalbard. On our way from Longyearbyen up to the pack ice with our boat, driving along the Svalbard archipelago we also came across many walruses, several seals, many whales which have been accompanied by white beaked dolphins.
Far north, at 82 degrees Continue reading
The year 2013 is slowly winding down. 2014 is knocking on our front door, waiting for new adventures, new journeys and many more photos of nature and wildlife. This year in 2013 I did not travel much, or did I? With all images on my hard drives swirling around like the hands of a clock, sometimes it’s difficult for me to remember. Thinking about it and seeing all folders sitting under my 2013 file, it looks like I did. Oh yes, right. A trip to Spain, France and Austria, not to mention all the trips to Germany! The best journey I took this year was like a dream come true; to Svalbard in the Arctic. Far north. I was lucky enough to get a spot on the tour of great photographers in Europe: Roy Mangersnes, Ole Jorgen Liodden & Frede Lamo.
The dream had come true. Going through my head was that I needed to prepare for a place I’d never been. At 82-83 degrees, a place that was very cold, filled with ice, close to north pole. Lots and lots of ice. Witnessed the birth of ice as well how far the ice retreats in summer time! Something to think about and to react! We were surrounded with ice like I’d never experienced. The expedition for polar bears and other wildlife in the Arctic region and Atlantic was breath taking, not to forget the light, faaantastic. An experience that will stay with me forever.
In this post I have compiled my favorite images, and they have been hard for me to choose. Every image that I took is my favorite and every image has a story behind it. Not to forget they are all like my children on those swirling hard drives. And those hard drives are going all day, every day and only rest when I travel or sleep or I’m walking my dog in the forest.
Starting with Wildlife, in their very own natural habitat.
Polar bear nestled high above in the cliffs of Carl XII island, far north of Svalbard under the full moon. (ANETTE MOSSBACHER)
Good night, sleep tight! Polar bear embedded in the cliffs high above the arctic sea on the Karl XII island. We have been in a few zodiacs taking turns to take pictures of this tight sleeping polar bear. It was not easy to get this one under the hood. Rough sea, zodiac rocking, dawn light, but we managed. f/5.6 1/800sec. ISO 4000 300mm f/2.8 & 2x ext. III on a MK IV
My thoughts, when I was taking this image of a polar bear sleeping tight under the full moon: Continue reading
African Lion Black and white portrait in Namibia/Africa (Anette Mossbacher)
African Lion Portrait in Black and White – Fine Art Photography
This is from my last Photography Journey to Namibia in Africa. While looking for animals I came across a herd of Wildebeest passing my car at the right, running, as well other Wildlife following them! Normally wild animals walk in peace, no need to hurry at all, grassing between. There must be a reason that they run! Indeed the reason showed up within 20 seconds – African Lions, about 17 animals showed up on the left hand side on top of a hill. A few females followed by quite a number of a bit older cubs, at the end two male lions. Continue reading
Polar eating sea weed on the beach of Kvitøya in Svalbard above the arctic circle (Anette Mossbacher)
Journey to Svalbard, to the far north of Europe, above the arctic circle to encounter the northern Wildlife in their natural environment.
Wild Arctic in Svalbard also called Spitsbergen. It is an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. Most people I know asked me where on earth is this? Far north, nearly in the middle between Norway and North Pole, north the Arctic circle, around 74 – 81 degrees longitude. Wow, never been so far north and we went much further to the north with the boat!
Above a Polar Bear in Svalbard eating sea weed. Have learned that the Polar bears eat nearly everything when hungry. So better do not meet one on foot, you might get eaten! Usually the Polar Bears follow their “living food” with the pack ice. Some just miss the train and get stuck on Svalbard’s islands. Some others try to swim to the pack ice. Not all reach it and drown on their way, sadly. Since the pack ice melts more and more every year, means the longer the way it is to swim for the Polar Bears to reach “food”
How far can a Polar Bear swim to reach it’s normal food source, the seals, the pack ice …etc.?
… adventure, because we will venture into Namibia in a small group, visiting a variety of landscape gems that will make any ambitious photographers drool. However, this tour is open to photographers and non-photographers alike. A maximum of 6 participants will join the two Africa-experienced tour leaders, Anette Mossbacher and Christa Niederer, who – together – are a treasure-trove of knowledge where the country and photography are concerned. Accommodation will be in tents, allowing participants to experience nature with all senses as well as hotels and lodges.
Duration: 27 May 2014 – 10 June 2014 ( With all vacancies having filled up for the first tour, we have decided to offer a second tour ) SOLD OUT!
Picture of screen of one of my stolen image in Google images. Right click on your image in Chrome, click: Search Google for this image!
MY IMAGE HAS BEEN STOLEN? WHO STOLE MY IMAGE? WHAT DO I DO?
Oh, many ‘borrow/steal images’ on the Internet!
Call it: Picture stolen, stolen pictures, image stolen, stolen images, picture grabbed, picture theft… there are many forms how to describe a image infringement!
Imaging, the Internet covers the planet like a spider web!
Did you know, the Internet, you are now using, every body is surfing with sunglasses or not! That one, crosses borders without showing any passport or getting the ‘bags’ checked by the customs each time it crosses a border! Images pulled out in a website sitting in Australia, flipping in just 1-3 seconds into a website sitting in Europe, or from the US to Russia, Swissyland to Vietnam….etc.!! Wish I could travel that fast too!
Beam me up Mr. Scotty!
… Abenteuer deshalb, weil wir in einer kleinen Gruppe eine breite Palette an verschiedenen Erlebnissen in dem dünn besiedelten Namibia ausloten wollen. Auf diese vielseitige Reise werden wir maximal 6 Teilnehmer mitnehmen! Mit zwei Reiseleiterinnen werden wir in zwei klimatisierten Geländefahrzeugen unterwegs sein, übernachtet wird in Zelten auf den Fahrzeugen, um die unberührte Natur mit allen Sinnen wahrnehmen zu können. Wir gönnen uns unterwegs aber auch mal eine Hotel- und Lodge-Unterkunft. Die Mahlzeiten werden eine ebenfalls breite Palette aufweisen, von der Hausmannskost der beiden Reiseleiterinnen bis zum Feinschmeckeressen im Restaurant.
Wann: 8. Mai 2014 – 22. Mai 2014 AUSVERKAUFT – SOLD OUT
Da diese Reise so schnell ausverkauft war, bieten wir noch eine zweite Reise an.
Tag 1 Windhuk
Nach Ihrer Ankunft am Hosea Kutako International Airport fahren Sie in Ihre Unterkunft nach Windhuk. Der Rest des Tages steht zur freien Verfügung. Sehenswürdigkeiten der Hauptstadt Namibias sind z.B. die Christuskirche, die Alte Feste oder das Reiter-Denkmal. Continue reading
Rhinoceros Hornbill ( Buceros rhinoceros ) flying over the jungle in Borneo, Asia (Anette Mossbacher)
Rhinoceros Hornbill ( Buceros Rhinoceros ) in flight over the Kinabatang river in Borneo. These birds are one of the largest hornbills. They can grow up to a size of 90 – 120cm and weight about 2 – 4kg. Their habitat range spreads over Borneo, Java, Sumatra, Malay Peninsula, Singapore and southern Thailand. The Rhinoceros Hornbills are classified as Near Threatened through the IUCN Red List. Continue reading