With respect to photography, 2015 was a mixed year for me. I remember it as the year I destroyed a lot of gear (2 cameras, 1 lens; a third camera had a defect but could be repaired). On the positive side, one lens miraculously survived an entire day in water and one camera, although a total loss according to the manufacturer (servicing company), still takes photographs and only the screen is not working anymore (and battery life has dropped significantly).
My work (as a mycologist) has become and is still getting more interesting, which is a highly welcome development, but also takes away energy and time for photography. In addition, I have started cycling to work about twice per week during much of last year, thus had to get up earlier (it is almost 30 km one way), and as a consequence was more tired in the evenings, when I usually write for this blog or work on my photographs. On the other hand, I am in much better shape (physically) than since a very long time - a great feeling!
Scrolling through my photographs of 2015 first of all brings back memories of our trips: a fantastic holiday in New Zealand, a wonderful wildflower springtime stay in southern France, summer hiking in the Swiss Alps, and autumn in Bavaria. There are also a few nearby compositions, but less than in previous years; the large majority of this years photo compositions have been taken during our trips. I have taken a lot more macro photographs than in a long time (partly stimulated by the purchase of a new macro lens), in particular wildflower photographs, and I will show these, little by little, in the Flora section. In this blog post I am showing 12 of my favourite photographs of this year. It is a combination of diverse genres that comprises previously shown, but also a few new compositions. I hope you enjoy.