EXTREME ICELANDIC NATURE

[June & July 2014]

Magnus just finalised a two week serendipity roadtrip circumnavigating around Iceland in a mobile home. Magnus says “The last three years I have done so many extremely planned and controlled assignment shoots that I felt it was time to do something unplanned and straight out of the box spontanous. Minimal planning and maximum open agenda was the idea and just see what random travel around Iceland can bring forward to the camera sensor. I must say it was very refreshing just to cruise through the landscape, finding the way, staying wherever and work with what was in front of me.”

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Atlantic puffin coming in for landing on the birdcliff Látrabjarg, the westernmost part of Europe (excluding the Azores islands). The cliffs are home to millions of birds, including puffins, guillemots and razorbills. 40% of the world population of Razorbill breed on Látrabjarg.

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IMAGES OF NORDIC NATURE

One great image from the Nordic nature every day of the year!
Follow Images of Nordic Nature on Facebook as 15 of Sweden’s most renowned and hardworking nature photographers will present a new image from the Nordic nature, for you every day of the year. All members of the Swedish Association for Nature Photographers which has promoted ethical nature photography since 1966. We treat both nature and our audience with respect. The welfare of nature and its inhabitants is our main consideration and if something is digitally changed in our images we´ll let you know. 

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EXHIBITION MALMÖ MUSEER

Amphibia – Att leva på hoppet
6 June 2014
15 January 2015
at Slottsholmen, Malmö Museer in Malmö, Sweden

Skåne in southern Sweden is dubbed an “amphibian eldorado” and ten of Sweden’s eleven frogs and toad species live there. A conservation effort started off in the 1990s and have become a total success story with results like protected nature reserves with recovering and reconstructed frog and toad habitats and populations.

 

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WILD WONDERS OF EUROPE OUTREACH 800+ MILLION

WWE_logo_200px_laagMagnus is one of the four directors together with Staffan Widstrand, Florian Möllers and Bridget Wijnberg behind Wild Wonders of Europe that to date has reached more than 800 million people. An outstanding achievment for a conservation communication project today considered to be the biggest in the World! Wild Wonders of Europe is about revealing the amazing natural treasures of our continent to 800 million Europeans and the World. The wildlife and wild places that most of us don’t even know exist.

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ARNE SCHMITZ’S NATURE CONSERVATION PRICE

“The award winner is an outstanding multi award-winning photographer with the world’s oceans as his working field. Magnus receives the price because his images and texts create great understanding and interest in the ocean and it’s organisms – small and large – and therefore, in the same spirit as Arne Schmitz, he promotes conservation of marine diversity and sustainable marine environments.”

 

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CRITTER CRADLE RE-VISITED

Muck and Critter Heaven
[March 2014, Lembeh Strait @ the northern tip of Sulawesi, Indonesia]

When I roll into the warm water of Lembeh Strait I know already that I am going to find a mind-boggling array of the wildest marine biodiversity I can imagine displayed on a beaitufil dark lava sand background. Lembeh Strait is a small water body separating Sulwesi’s northern tip mainland from Lembeh Island. When re-visiting this holy muck diving place my focus was on mimicry (when an animal tries to resemble another species to gain advantage) and symbiotic relationships often called commensalism (sharing table). This biologic term commensalism includes mutualism and parasitism and the spectra in between.

K3_Master_of_disguiseThe mimic octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus) on the move! A Cephalopod capable of mimicing other sea creatures. The mimic octopus was first discovered off the coast of Sulawesi by a group of scientists in the early 1990s.

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RICHEST REEFS OF THE WORLD

Raja Ampat, Bird’s Head Peninsula, West Papua, eastern Indonesia
[March 2014]

Raja Ampat is a place were I get a strong feeling of visiting a wilderness unaltered by man, by us humans. Everything is in place, the predators come in good numbers, the schools of fish are mind-blowing and large animals like manta rays keep visiting their cleaning stations on a regular basis. But it is the completeness of the reefs that is most impressive. Looking down at a reef I see an unrivaled diversity of corals, fishlife and invertebrates. All in one big pot steeming with life. Even if it sounds a bit fuzzy I can “sense” the balance and complexity when swimming over these reefs and this completeness works like a safety system to resist problems like coral bleaching in comparison to other coral habitats already sailing with a disarmed set of sails.

MLU_20110506_172106_20A colubrine sea krait or yellow-lipped sea krait (Laticauda colubrina) swimming to the surface to breath. This is a very venomous but not aggressive snake.

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