Landscape Landscape Probably the majority of my photos falls into this category. I like traveling to remote places. I like sleeping on mountaintops. Following these passions often allows me to capture some unique views. Captured in Tusheti mountains, Georgia. This photograph captures a type of fungus known as Oudemansiella mucida growing on a tree in northern Poland. Fungi play a crucial role in many natural ecosystems, acting as decomposers, symbionts and pathogens. These organisms play a key role in the cycling of nutrients, breaking down dead plant material and returning nutrients to the soil, making them available for other organisms. The rings of light in this photo are called star trails. The stars, like the sun during the daytime, move from east to west across the sky every night. While you cannot see this movement with a naked eye, a camera set for long exposure captures the movement quite nicely. Each star creates an arc of light in a photo. The length of each arc depends on the exposure time (in case of this photo it was around 90 minutes). The star in the center is Polaris - since it always points north, it almost doesn't move, and its arc is barely visible. Disko Bay, located on the west coast of Greenland, is known for its large population of humpback whales. These whales migrate to the area during the summer months to feed on the abundant schools of fish. The tail of a humpback whale, also known as a fluke, can be seen in this photograph, breaching the surface of the water. Humpback whales are known for their acrobatic displays. The presence of these whales in Disko Bay is a reminder of the diverse marine life found in the Arctic region and the importance of conservation efforts to protect these species. The icebergs in the photograph are also an important feature of Disko Bay. These massive chunks of ice have calved off glaciers and have been sculpted by the forces of wind and water. The process of glacier calving, where chunks of ice break off from the glacier and enter the ocean, is a natural phenomenon that contributes to sea level rise and is further accelerated by the impacts of climate change. A memorable night in the mountains over Grindelwald, Switzerland. This was June, which is considered one of the best months to shoot Milky Way in the northern hemisphere. It's hard to tell if the view was better by night or day! Lake Inari is the third-largest lake in Finland, located in the northernmost part of Finnish Lapland. The lake is surrounded by a vast wilderness area of fells, rivers, and forests, making it a popular destination for outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking and fishing. I took this photo in March, when the lake is completely frozen, allowing my group to traverse the lake on cross-country skis. The lake boasts thousands of islands, one of which we were fortunate enough to rent a hut on. For an entire week, we had the entire island to ourselves. To access fresh water, we had to break through the ice on the lake and collect it in a bucket. We even had a wood-fired sauna there! I often get asked what's in this shot and how I took it. It's a layer of fog, very slowly flowing up from the river valley. It's not a long exposure. It's just a unique and rare atmospheric effect. And yes, seeing it with my own eyes was truly stunning! Taken in Sarek National Park, Sweden. That feeling when you hadn't seen any people in the last couple of days. And at night, you can't see any traces of light pollution on the horizon. Somewhere off-trail in Tusheti mountains, Georgia. I snapped this shot in Sarek National Park, Sweden. It was a very early morning, perhaps half an hour after sunrise. And what a sunrise it was! That's only one of many photos I took this morning. Despite appearances, that's not a drone photo. We slept at the top of the mountain this night. It was certainly worth it! Captured in Central Balkan National Park, Bulgaria.