The strongest of all warriors are these two – time and patience ~ Leo Tolstoi

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retofuerst - about me

About my work

My work is dedicated to you - the animals at my doorstep. When I was a child I did see you. A fire burned within me to explore you. But over the years you have fall into oblivion and the fire has turned into a little flame. It took a long time, but today I see you again. The phoenix has risen from the ashes and reignited the fire within me.

You have taught me to practice patience. Through you I have found my inner peace. In the many hours that I have devoted to your observation, I have begun to understand so many things and connections. You are the best teachers I have ever had. I am grateful for all the beautiful moments that I was allowed to share with you and look forward to many more adventures with you.

My front door is not a fixed place on this earth but it is the gate to nature at the place where I am at the moment. In the end, it is completely irrelevant where this door is. The only important thing is that "if you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere" (Vincent Van Gogh).

We like to be out in nature so much because it has no opinion on us ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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Respect for the forest and its inhabitants

The forest is a magical place for me, full of adventure and wonder. It is the place where I am one with nature. When I enter it, I try to behave as inconspicuously as possible. I always treat the forest and its inhabitants with great respect.

For me, the trees are the guardians of the forest. That's why I always ask them to let me in. I stand still for a few minutes, look into the treetops and try to connect with the trees. I close my eyes and wait for a sign. It can be the knocking of a woodpecker or the call of a jay, which awakens me from my thoughts and shows me that my request has been heard.
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Camera, lenses and camouflage

My main tool is a Nikon D750 with a 500mm f/4 lens attached. Furthermore, I have the following glasses in use:

Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8
Nikon 105mm f/2.8
Nikon 50mm f/1.8
Nikon 35mm f/1.8
Coolife Pro camera traps

I try to blend in with the colors of the forest as much as possible and wear camouflage clothing accordingly. Depending on the situation, I also use camouflage tents.