The Swabian Alb: A photo project of the GDT

In the Eselsburger valley is a small
former fish pond the
"Stone Virgins" at their feet.
According to a legend, two maids were
from a damsel in two
Needles changed.

Image: Wolfgang Trust / Knesebeck-Verlag

Natural treasures among rocks, caves and waterfalls – "Wild Alb" is a project for which thirty photographers set off in wind and weather and at any time of the day and season to capture the fascination of the Alb. FAZ.NET now presents the best pictures.

DThe Swabian Alb in the heart of Baden-Wuerttemberg is one of the most varied cultural landscapes in Germany and a hotspot of biodiversity. Year after year, the region attracts more visitors and invites to hiking and nature experience. Top photographers of the GDT (the Society for Nature Photography) e.V. show in this illustrated book breathtaking motifs of dramatic rocks, mysterious caves and waterfalls from the protected nature of their homeland. Whether mist-covered valleys, peregrine falcons gliding elegantly over the rocks, rare orchids blooming in the juniper heaths, or the colorful alpine beetle crawling in the beech forests: the fascinating photographs show the unspoiled, the mystical and the rare of nature on your own doorstep. The longing of people for native nature, for grounding and intense experiences in the countryside – all this is reflected in the grandiose photographs and in the entertaining texts and should make you want to get to know the diverse habitats of the Alb and their inhabitants from new angles. This volume brings together the best shots of the photo project "Wild Alb" – a real declaration of love in pictures.

Claus Eckert

In 2015, nature photographers Bernd Nill and Benjamin Waldmann presented their idea for the photo project "Wilde Alb" in the regional group. At the beginning of 2016, the starting signal was given. Around 30 photographers set off in wind and weather and at any time of the day and season to capture the fascination of the Alb in a fresh visual language. In addition to the illustrated book, the project also resulted in a multi-vision show and a touring exhibition. In 2017, the Swabian Alb also won the national competition "Sustainable Tourism Destinations".

Majestically, the eagle owl, the largest owl species in the world, glides along its rocky habitat. In the past he was deliberately persecuted and killed, today he is protected and again present everywhere on the Alb.

Gnarled small oaks characterize the rocky heads of the Upper Danube Valley and are, as here on Eichfelsen, eponymous. From this famous vantage point you have a spectacular view over this valley.

The Urach waterfall freezes almost completely only in extremely cold and long periods of cold. On clear evenings, he releases his unique view of the Hohenurach ruins under his long icicles.

The Felsenmeer in the Wental on the Ostalb is one of the most impressive dry valleys in the Swabian Alb. At night, it becomes a fairytale fantasy landscape under an infinite starry sky.

In the spring, the fire salamanders migrate from the forests to their spawning grounds. The animals are viviparous and set their own
Larvae prefers into the fish-free headwaters of the streams.

Snowfall in April models the landscape of the Albtrauf, so
Forest and rock stand out prominently. With a diagonal road network man has tried to make the steep slopes arable.

The beech trees characterize many forests of the Swabian Alb: their gray trunks contrast with the autumnal foliage and create the backdrop so characteristic of the Alb.

In the foothills of the Swabian Alb lies one of the largest contiguous orchards in Europe. During the fruit tree blossom, the pattern impresses with green meadows and white trees.

The border between Albtälern
and plateau becomes visible in such weather conditions: In
Valley wafts the mist and over
the heights, the sky is clear.
Not on all days that triggers
Sun the fog on.

Cover of the book "Wild Alb. Natural treasures between rocks, caves and waterfalls. "

The GDT (Society for Nature Photography) e.V. is one of the largest nature photography organizations in the world. Respect for nature is a top priority for GDT members in their photographic work. In addition to private members, many sponsors support the work of the GDT, whose mission is to capture high-quality and meaningful nature photographs and make them accessible to the public through exhibitions, books, calendars and lectures. Thus, the GDT wants to promote the understanding of nature and promote their protection. At Knesebeck, the volumes Our Wild Home (2016) and Black Forest National Park (2016) have already been published.

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