Photo Stories

Johannes Rydström Photography

Photo Stories

Swedish Lappland May 2020

In late May 2020, I went on a ten-day road trip to Lappland, the northernmost region of Sweden. I spent most of the time in three different places Båtsjaur, Ammarnäs and Stekenjokk but also made numerous stops along the roads where the habitat looked interesting and when I encountered cool birds.

Outer Hebrides and Isle of Skye

A selection of images from a combined nature and culture trip I co-led for the travel agency Avifauna Nature Tours in June–July 2017. We spent several days on different islands in the beautiful Outer Hebrides and a couple of days on the dramatic Isle of Skye. We went on a number of boat trips and visited several cultural sites and whisky distilleries.

Common Crane

A selection of images of common crane, one of the largest birds of Europe. The vast majority of the images were taken at Easter this year at Lake Hornborgasjön in the Västergötland region of Sweden – though a handful are from my home region of Småland.

Black Guillemot

The tiny island of Rödkallen in the Luleå archipelago, in the northernmost part of the Baltic Sea, is home to a great number of exclusive coastal birds. Among them, the black guillemot. A small auk species illustrated here with shots from a one-week session on the island in May 2014.

People of Nepal

The land of mountains and mysteries, yaks and yetis, rhinos and rikshaws. Despite leading very Spartan lives, often in extreme poverty, the people of Nepal are some of the most joyful people you will ever meet. This album is a tribute to the beautiful and diverse people of Nepal. A mix of pictures from Kathmandu's bustling streets, the Terai lowlands, and remote Himalayan villages.

Helgoland and Wattenmeer

In late April and early May this year (2019), I visited the island of Helgoland off the German North Sea coast with my friend Edwin Sahlin. After returning to the mainland, we also spent a day at a few different places along the Wattenmeer coast of northernmost Germany.

Sahelian Senegal

A selection of images from a two-week trip to the northern parts of Senegal in West Africa – mainly the areas around l'île de Kousmar and Kaolack, and Parc National des Oiseaux du Djoudj, close to the Mauritanian border. We also visited Parc National des Îles de la Madeleine, just off the coast of Dakar.

Black Grouse

Every dawn during spring, the male black grouse gather at the lekking arena. The males with their burning-red eyebrows and their purple-glozzy plumage fight and put on their very best displays. The females come to watch and decide who will be the winner. The pictures in the story were taken in the deep forests of Småland during four different spring seasons.

Vultures of Extremadura

Rolling hills, vast steppes, cork oak forests and craggy cliffs. A story on the cinereous and griffon vultures of the magnificent landscape of the Spanish region of Extremadura. Due to sucessful conservation efforts, the vultures of Spain have increased by several 100% during the last few decades.

Birds of Småland

The Småland region of southern Sweden is a diverse region. It offers a myriad of freshwater lakes, small-scale agriculture, vast expanses of both coniferous and deciduous forests, and a coastline with an archipelago. It also offers greatly varying seasons where temperatures range from +30°C to –20°C.


In late April 2018 I visited Georgia in the Caucasus with my dad Tomas Lundqvist and my friend Edwin Sahlin. We spent most of the time around Kazbegi/Stepantsminda in northern Georgia, close to the Russian border, but also visited Ananuri, Bazaleti Lake and the steppe south of Tbilisi on our last day before flying home.

Spring in Extremadura

A selection of images from a photography trip I led for the travel agency Avifauna Nature Tours in April–May 2017. We spent several days in photo hides in Sierra de San Pedro, close to the Portugese border, and also a few days around Trujillo where we visited the steppes and Monfragüe National Park.

Hornøya & Varanger Peninsula

A selection of images from a week spent on Hornøya bird cliff and the Varanger Peninsula in northernmost Norway, early spring 2015.

Nature in Black and White

A collection of nature images that focus on patterns and details, lines and compositions, shadows and light – entirely in monochrome. Not a story in the strict sense, but a depiction of nature on a special theme – black and white – with everthing superfluous scaled off.

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