Majestic, magical and mysterious, the Black Forest in South West Germany is a place of primeval beauty, translated into pictures by Klaus Echle. The Black Forest is Germany's largest national park and derives its name from the Latin Silva Nigra - the Romans found it a forbidding place, where the dense conifer growth blocked out the light. It also inspired the Grimm fairytales Hansel and Gretel and Little Red Riding Hood.
Klaus was born in the Black Forest and has worked there for 20 years as a forester. He specialises in photographing the animals of the area and uses his local knowledge to reveal new insights into their lives and to encourage people to respect the animals they share the land with.
Klaus spent 6 months following a female fox, which he named Sophie, who allowed him to observe and document her daily routines. He has also raised injured or orphaned forest animals, such as dormice, and released them back into the wild.
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Klaus Echle / Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) vixen 'Sophie' became accustomed to the the photographer and would allow him to walk through forest beside her, Black Forest, Germany, July. Winner of the Fritz Polking portfol...
Klaus Echle / Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) vixen on a misty day in woodland, Black Forest, Germany, July. Runner-up in Animal Portraits category, Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition 2011. Winner of Fritz Polki...
Klaus Echle / Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) licking the nose of a woman, Germany, Winner of Fritz Polking portfolio prize , GDT 2011 competition, model released
Klaus Echle / Badger (Meles meles) foraging on a misty day in woodland clearing, Black Forest, Germany. Highly commended in Animals in their Environment category, Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011 competition
Klaus Echle / Stockdove (Columba oenas) shadow on the trunk of beech tree. Black Forest, Germany, April.
Klaus Echle / After being trapped in an empty shed, Badger (Meles meles) passes wall decorated with graffiti on its way back to the forest. Baden-Wuerttemburg, Germany, May 2010. Winner of the Man and Nature catego...
Klaus Echle / Badger (Meles meles) foraging in woodland on edge of forest, Black Forest, The Black Forest, Germany, May. Highly commended in Mammals category, GDT competition 2011
Klaus Echle / Lynx (Lynx lynx) holding its fawn kill by the neck. The Black Forest, Germany, October. Captive