Sailing from North Africa, first settlers arrived in El Hierro about five hundred years BC. Portuguese explorers landed in 1341 and found a stone age culture that had ended several thousand years earlier on the continents. In 1405, Jean de Béthencourt conquered the island for Spain and captured the native Bimbaches. In 1482, Portuguese Diogo Cão was the first European to sail beyond the West African Cape Bojador and the Canary Islands: he went as far as to the mouth of the river Congo. Later in 1493, Christopher Columbus fueled up his supplies on his second sailing to the Americas.

El Hierro, the Edge of the Old World

El Hierro once was the edge of the known world. The most western point of the Old World remained the…
Stefan Kung of team BMC won the Swiss Time Trial Championship June 22, 2017 in Luterkofen, Switzerland.

Four Exposures for One Bicycle Race

Photographing the Swiss Time Trial Championship with a large format camera has been on my mind for a long time.…
Diving at the Tramuntana north coast in Mallorca.

Mediterranean Secrets: Serra de Tramuntana Underwater

Spain’s Serra de Tramuntana is a spectacularly wild and beautiful mountain scenery that continues underwater.
An Angel Shark (Squatina squatina) lies at the rocky ground in Fuerteventura. Angel Sharks were common in the Northeast Atlantic and Mediterranean, but commercial fishing has decimated the population via bycatch. Angel Sharks are a now critically endangered species. The Canary Islands are home to almost all of the remaining Angel Sharks population.

Angel Sharks

Angel Sharks are an unusually flat-bodied genus of sharks and grow to a length of 1.5 meter. Angel Sharks once were…

Hong Kong

Hong Kong: getting lost in a universe of street food, masses of people, skyscrapers, and 24 hour days. There’s also…
Bus stop, Rapperswil

Rural Infrastructure in Switzerland

Switzerland is among the top ten ranking countries concerning infractructure. Still, the changing appearance of public service is a popular topic for discussion…
The sun rises above the fog-covered Swiss lowland.

Jura Sunrise

Sunrise in the Jura.
The full moon illuminates Switzerland's Jura mountains November 14, 2016. The perigee full Moon, or supermoon, brings the Moon on its orbit close to the Earth.

Supermoon

The full moon on November 14, 2016 brings the Moon close to the Earth – it’s called a perigee full…
Snow covers trees in Switzerland's Jura mountains November 6, 2016.

Winter has arrived

Winter has arrived in Switzerland. Snow fell over night, and trees and leaves are white. Looks like I was just…