• April 20, 2015 2:59 am

Northern Lights @Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park, Alberta – Canada

One of my biggest wishes for my time in Canada was to be lucky to see the Aurora Borealis, but never thought that it will be possible to witness them around here, rather further north. Thanks again to my friends Kat and Dominik to call me and suggest to drive out to Lake Minnewanka last Thursday’s night!
I am so stoked! :)

I was so curious which part of the show you can actually see with the naked eye, and what will only be captured by the camera’s long exposure time. And I thought that I might not be able to capture anything with my good old EOS 350D, not having brought my tripod from Germany – and neither a remote. So 30 seconds exposure time was the maximum that I could do, the camera sitting on my van ;) and how amazed was I to see, that I could actually capture it! Kinda blurry and at weird angles, but yeah!

With the naked eye, one could see all the green lights, the vertical stripes, and even a bit of the red and purple glow – so amazing. I was standing there with tears in my eyes, it was just marvelous. I hope I will see them again up here!

breathtaking landscape, again and again

  • February 10, 2015 6:03 am

Icefields Parkway, Lake Louise to Jasper, Alberta – Canada

So stoked, all the time. Breathtaking, wherever you look. Every mountain, every peak. Then, all of a sudden, this blue air… must have been the mood of the Athabasca Glacier… the ice of Columbia Icefield. Just marvelous! :)

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now my feet won’t touch the ground

  • February 10, 2015 6:02 am

Ice climbing and hiking the Rockies, Alberta & British Columbia – Canada

What a gorgeous time out there, cold fresh air and sunny days… and doing “winter ascents” of local peaks that I can see from my windows every day. How blessed I am to be able to spend my winter time here, this year. Woohoo! :)

this winter

  • February 10, 2015 6:02 am

Canmore, Alberta – Canada


  • February 3, 2015 8:48 pm

Icefields Parkway, on the way to Jasper, Alberta – Canada

I’m sorry, guys – I didn’t post any picture for such a long time… so many things to do, so much to see around here :) collecting memories each and every day. This picture should be a foretaste for the upcoming series, including pictures of Canmore (my winter habitat :) ), ice climbing, hiking local peaks, and more impressions of the icefields parkway and its glaciers.

first encounter – aka remote birthday present

  • October 10, 2014 11:39 pm

Moose on Skyline Trail, Cape Breton Island, NS – Canada

Happy Birthday, D.!

This one is dedicated to you :P

Went on my first hike on Cape Breton Island today, and already encountered a moose! :)
Quite a big fellow, blocked the trail for half an hour and then went back to the forest. Gorgeous moments… keep your distance!
Unfortunately, the photo turned out slightly blurry due to shaking hands ;) let’s see if I get a second chance tomorrow.

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good things come in fall packages

  • October 1, 2014 11:59 pm

Halifax, NS – Canada

A lively city with lots of nice small houses, all lined up between harbour and public parks.
I’m feeling somewhat comfortable here :)

I met some 80 year old guy from Liverpool at Tim Hortons. He started a conversation and told me that he came to Canada in 1967 to work at the Expo 67 and after that, he just stayed. Soon, he left Montréal because “it gets so damn cold in the winter that everything freezes up” and opted for Halifax for this city being a nice place and having excellent doctors. He declared that shortly after his retirement, he started working again, since sitting around doing nothing “just drives you nuts”. He would then volunteer at several facilities doing child care and helping homeless people. Up to a stroke, that hit him last year. But still!


  • October 1, 2014 2:34 am

Sunset behind Cap à l’Orignal, Parc National du Bic, QC – Canada

… and a more cliché picture following right away. :) Shortly before this one, the sky was all red and orange.
Marvelous moments!

reflecting lighthouses

  • September 30, 2014 3:25 am

Cap Madeleine, La Gaspésie, QC – Canada

La Route des Phares du Québec

a magical place

  • September 23, 2014 2:48 am

Rocher Percé, Percé, QC – Canada