Portraits of nature

I want to share the beauty of nature through my art. Even though the ornaments of civilization are all around us, there are still some parts of the globe where human influence is small. I try hard to find and photograph these almost pristine spots before they are spoiled. We can still save our natural world for future generations if we change our ways.

Seaside Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia 2019

Koh Rong Samloem is a paradise-like island at the Cambodian coast. The amount of plastic pollution is worrisome. At high tide mess from Thailand floats in, during low tide plastic from Vietnam is washing ashore. I had to do my very best not to have any plastic debris visible on this picture. You can help to reduce plastic soup: bring your own shopping bag and refuse plastic bags. Get a refillable water bottle and drink (filtered) tap water instead.

Jungle near Roulos, Cambodia, 2019

Old-growth forest is rare nowadays because of logging. That’s why it is so great that near the Angkor ruins of Roulos, there are still some old trees left. Visiting national parks and paying admission is a manner to show your appreciation for conservation efforts.

Rain forest, Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia, 2019

To cross this beautiful island, you have to walk a jungle trail. Nearby, a large cement road to newly built resorts is in the making, leaving a trail of destruction. Eco-tourism is an alternative to reduce our impact and save the jungle.

Swedish forest
Swedish forest, 2019

Trees of 100 years old or more are rare in Sweden. Most forests are so-called production forests without diversity. Now you know where your Ikea furniture comes from. Buying used or vintage furniture is an easy and fun to way to save trees and reduce your environmental impact.

Amstelveen, 2019
Amstelveen, 2019

Park for domestic vegetation in Amstelveen (the Netherlands). Cultivating endangered plants in public space is a great method to educate the young and old about or natural world.

January, staring at the water, 2018
Near Hraftinusker, Iceland
Near Hraftinusker,Hiking trail Landmannalaugar – Þórsmörk, Iceland 2017

There used to be more snow and ice in Iceland, climate change is real. Reducing your carbon footprint helps. Use public transport or a bike and eat less or no meat.

Glaciers Landmannalaugar.
Glaciers Landmannalaugar, 2017. OFFICIAL SELECTION Concurso Internacional de Fotografia Montanha – Montanha International Photography Contest 2019.
Autumn, 2018
RIP: Forest near the sea, Groet, The Netherlands, 2017

The forest was set on fire by an arsonist some years ago. Despite a big protest, the surviving part is cut for reasons of corporate greed and idiocy.

Caucasus mountains, Georgia, 2016.

Stepantsiminda (also known as Kazbegi) is famous for its scenic location in the Greater Caucasus mountains. (Georgian: სტეფანწმინდა; Kazbegi, ყაზბეგი).

Grass
Grass, where the sea meets the coast, 2017.
Amsterdamse Bos, 2017
WH Vliegenbos in Amsterdam, 2017. This small forest is a green oasis in the city sprawl at the north part of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Darjeeling Hills, India
Darjeeling Hills, India, 2009. When I took this picture you could faintly here the chants from a nearby Buddhist monastry.
Mist in Mtrala
Mist in Mtrala, 2014. Near Batumi in Georgia is Mtrala national park. It has a rain forest climate due to the humid air from the Black Sea that is trapped by the mountains.
The day's last rays of sun
The day’s last rays of sun, Colorado USA, 2011.
Arapahoe National Forest, Colorado USA
Arapahoe National Forest, Colorado USA, 2011. When I made this picture, I was on a hike and balancing with a big backpack on a rock.
River in the rain
The Svaneti is a region in the nortwest of Georgia and is located in the Caucasus mountains. The picture is taken in the rain, hence the mist over the water, 2014.
Early morning in Navaho Nation
Early morning in Navaho Nation, 2013. The land of the Native Americans near Desert View, Arizona. We had the privilege to spend one night on their beautiful land. I woke up early and took this picture when the sun came up. You could only hear the wind and the sound of birds echoing over the canyon, and I could almost feel the ancient spirits that are here.
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View on Grand Canyon, 2013. The trees and bushes are the main subject. The canyon is like a note in
the background, unlike most pictures of this miracle of nature.
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Bryce Canyon, 2013
Zion, National Park
Zion National Park, 2013. Winner Viewbug Outstanding Award, June 2014.
Pyhä-Luosto - 5 am
Forest of the midnight sun, taken in Pyhä-Luosto Finland, 2012. This is a national park above the arctic circle.
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Lonely Island, Linnansaari Finland, 2012.
Mountain Air Rach, Colorado USA, 2009
Mountain Air Rach, Colorado USA
Blossom
Blossomin Westerpark, Amsterdam, 2012.
Seagulls
Seagulls, 2012.
Tidal flat
Tidal flat, seascape, Vlieland The Netherlands, 2013. The Wadden Sea is an intertidal zone in the southeastern part of the North Sea. It lies between the coast of northwestern continental Europe and the range of Frisian Islands, forming a shallow body of water with tidal flats and wetlands. It is rich in biological diversity. Made with a 1937 Rolleiflex.
Staring at the sea
Staring at the sea, 2012
Elfland forest, Vlieland
Elfland forest, Vlieland, 2011.. Some people call this forest Bomenland, but since my youngest daughter told me that elves live here, the name has been changed ;-).
Vuurboetsduin, Vlieland, 2011.
Vuurboetsduin, Vlieland 2011
Grasses, Castricum
Grasses, Castricum, 2008.
Hortobagy, Hungary
Hortobagy, Hungary, 2010.