All my images are my exclusive property and may not be copied, downloaded, reproduced, transmitted, manipulated or used in any way without expressed, written permission of myself.

Edit note July 13th, 2010:
Sorry, if I don't respond if you add me as a contact. I am way behind in checking and answering. If you have a look at my contact list you'll see I have far too many - I just never really get through to respond at least to the ones I have - and I feel so bad about that already.
I really appreciate all your wonderful comments and I really hope to get back to you and visit your streams as soon as possible.
To see a World in a Grain of Sand
and a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
and Eternity in an hour
*William Blake

always in search of the invisible touch

I am in love with life and light… and feel a deep bond between myself and the virtue of light pulsing through all of creation. My photography is devoted to this magical world my inner and outer eyes want to discover and reveal. The camera is my instrument to convert the seemingly common into a rythm of colours and light... revealing the poetry of light. It is my joy to behold these precious moments: the miracle of life dancing in ecstasy with the light at the threshold of heaven and earth.
To discover these miracles you don’t have to go far away. Many times it is just about changing perspectives, getting down to your knees, lying down on the ground, starting to see anew. You will be surprised about what you will perceive, how the daily and ordinary suddenly reveals the mystery of being deeply touched and embraced by beauty and light... you start listening to the silent song of light.

As much as I love to take photographs myself, I enjoy wandering through your photo streams, seeing the world with your eyes, getting in touch with your vision of life. It is a wonderful world of inspiration to find here on Flickr… as well on the photographic level as on the personal level. I just completed my year here in this wonderful network… and I am truly thankful for the inspiring friends I have met… and to discover anew. My favorite collection:

I live in Koenigswinter/Germany (with my husband -his two grown up sons- and our two children). My inner connection still is with Southamerica (Ecuador, Colombia, Perú) where I grew up and part of my family still lives.

My languages: German, Spanish and English

My cameras: Canon 5D, Canon 50D, Canon 20D and
My lenses: Canon 18-50mm, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro,
SIGMA 180 mm, f/5.6 Macro, TAMRON 28-200 zoom

© Copyright notice: Do not use my work for anything at all without my written permission. If you would like to use any of my photographs you need to contact me first. All my artwork is under full copyright.


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    gundidepp says:

    "Sie spielt mit Licht.
    Mit Licht setzt sie Blüten und Blätter in Szene, zeigt die Schönheit der Farben, der Jahreszeiten.
    Eine künstlerische Fotosammlung, beschwingt, mit unverwechselbarer Leichtigkeit und doch hohem Anspruch.
    Eine Hommage an die Natur, an die Schöpfung!!
    ...a deLIGHTful stream!"

    April 27th, 2010

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    Oly_m says:

    "No matter what I come across or what catches my eye elsewhere.. you can always know you're my favorite photographer.. there is something that you do with photography that just speaks to me so largely & magnetizes me to your stream but I think I need to be quiet now so I don't drive you crazy.. (& others crazy) even if you don't see any comments from me, it doesn't mean I don't see what you post, and absolutely never means I don't love it, because I just love your photography... you are sooo gifted... I wish you knew how much!!... and every time you post, it's a gift, so thank you, always!!
    Take care my friend... don't stay too far away from your camera ok?.. ;_)"

    November 21st, 2009

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    Marie Luise51 says:

    "liebe Maria,
    ich finde deine Fotos wunderschön.
    Viel Erfolg und alles Liebe
    Marie Luise"

    July 11th, 2009

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    photoeyesee says:

    "Maria is a Gifted Photographer, who uses light and colors N an Amazing way. Truly this comes from within her Beautiful Spirit. Thank u 4 being my friend !!"

    December 25th, 2008

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    spidy_cc says:

    How i love what you have an incredible'r photographes are simply out of this world..your soft touche the sharpness....the composition....well what can i say..your work blow's me away every day...
    i'm happy to have a front seat to your show....looking forward to seeing even more from you..and happy to call you a friend..

    October 2nd, 2008

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    nexus6 says:

    "Rafaela es una de las más prodigiosas fotógrafas y sensibles espíritus que es posible agradecer a este lugar que nos ha permitido encontrarla.
    El valor de su trabajo va mucho más allá de la exquisita belleza de sus imágenes.
    Es un testimonio de amor.
    De amor apasionado por la naturaleza y su energía vital.
    Ella ha recibido el don especial de percibir y maravillarse ante la esencia de las cosas. Y posee además, el extraordinario talento de transmitirla
    La mayor parte de esto no es fotografía. Va más allá. Es una actitud ante la vida. Y una propuesta para vivirla. Auténtico alimento para el alma.
    Gracias, Rafaela, querida y admirada amiga, por el continuado regalo de tu luz."

    September 20th, 2008

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    frank schacht / photojournal-worldwide-exklusiv says:

    "your pictures really reflect your passion and talent,how to put in scene.

    August 20th, 2008

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    Luz de Luna CR says:

    "Saludos María. He estado observando sus trabajos y todos son maravillosos, eres una gran artista y con gran sensibilidad. Observar sus trabajos me dan una sensación de frescura, tranquilidad y una paz interna. Es ver lo grandioso que es mi Dios y como nos los refleja a través de sus trabajos. No me canso de verlos. Y quiero aprender de ellos."

    July 12th, 2008

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    janoid says:

    "The first time I saw one of Rafaela’s pictures, I knew I had discovered a treasure. Her photos instantly transported me to a world most are never blessed to see… After viewing her incredibly beautiful images, I figured out that somehow, nature holds it’s breath when Rafaela comes near….then, with her flawless intuitive touch, she can capture sparkling dewdrops, tiny creatures, precious petals, and all manner of magical moments, suspended in exquisite perfection for all of us to behold. She not only shares the most precious gifts of nature, but each of her images radiates….each is infused with warm, healing light…. sometimes blazing, sometimes quietly glowing, but always radiant… and I’ll let you in on another secret…. the light that is ever-present in each of Rafaela’s shots, isn’t from the sun…. it is from her beaming spirit…. She shines, and nature responds…. We all respond to her luminous photography, as well as her loving heart, her gentle soul, and her beautifully generous kindness. I am truly grateful to be able to enjoy Rafaela’s art, as well as bask in the warmth of her sweet friendship…. xoxoxox"

    June 7th, 2008

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    Giuseppe Toscano says:

    "Maria, Deine Fotos sind eine Wucht. Man spürt Deine Liebe zur Natur und viele Deiner Arbeiten berühren meine Seele.
    Wünsche Dir weiterhin so grossen Erfolg, stets gute Ideen, Motive,
    Licht, Farben und, und.....
    Kompliment für solch ein Auge und diese Kompositionen."

    May 11th, 2008

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    l.gilpellin says:

    " Tus fotos me parecen pura magia visual, personalmente ha sido un feliz hallazgo descubrir a una artista con tanta sensibilidad y técnica ,gracias por enseñar tu visión de éste maravilloso mundo natural !"

    March 12th, 2008

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    Starlisa says:

    "THis woman, Maria Rafaela, is a bringer of light and joy in this world... her photos are pure beauty and simplicity and they tug at the heart strings. She herself knows much about the griefs and sorrows in life as well as the beauty and joy, and it shows in her work and in her loving comments to others. As a flickr friend, she brings smiles to dark days and peace to troubled hearts, and I value her greatly. My only wish is that I could sit in her garden with her photographing the simple beauties together!

    Rafaela, thank you for bringing light into the world.
    with appreciation and love,

    January 29th, 2008

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    alfarman says:

    "your images show me a world of beauty and clarity..and i smile."

    November 22nd, 2007

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    Photoguayre says:

    "Es todo un placer y un disfrute para los ojos el abrir tu página y perderse en esas increiblemente bellas fotografías que nos muestras. Fotografías en su mayoría inmensamente bellas, llenas de luz, color, frescura, naturaleza en estado puro. Muchas gracías por compartir estas bellezas de fotografías con todos. Un abrazo."

    November 12th, 2007

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    Bettinaling says:

    "Wenn du denkst du kannst nicht mehr,kommt von irgendwo ein lichtlein hier.

    In every darkness there is a little light.
    Some of us find it others are given it.
    Rafaela is a true giver of the light that gladens the heart. :)"

    October 3rd, 2007

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    Vol-au-Vent says:

    "Rafaela; You are WONDERFUL - you are a real dream catcher, a blessed painter, working with a tender brush of light and love, you have an artist's eye and a woman's heart - and you display it all in your master- and delightful photos! For us to enjoy, to inhale and to leave your paradise of intimate wonders being richer and blessed!

    Rafaela; Ich danke dem Himmel für den Tag, an dem ich Deine Fotos kennen lernte. Wann immer ich Zeit finde, statte ich Dir einen Besuch ab, Du lieferst mir die Blumensträusse der kleinen Träume, der beinahe unsichtbaren Schätze, Du schenkst mir die lichterfüllten Eindrücke Deiner Welt, Du füllst mein Herz mit Dankbarkeit und Freude ♥ ♥ ☼ ♥ ♫ ♪ ♥ ♫ ♪ ☼
    Du schaffst einen kleinen Himmel in mir! DANKE für all das - möge es lange weiter leben, all das schöne, echte, lichterfüllte und von vielen übersehene - das tägliche Wunder!

    Je t'adore - tu DOIS avoir une belle âme, un beau coeur.... :) Bonne continuation! Kiki"

    September 18th, 2007

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    dflora_pix says:

    "LightSpectral represents to me the best of what flickr can opportunity to get to know and interact with and learn from a kind, talented person who I would otherwise never have the opportunity to meet. My life is richer because of her images, her comments, and the perspective she shares. She really needs no words as a testimonial, her own work does that for her, but then I thought she might enjoy seeing it. So why miss an opportunity to give back a little joy?"

    September 14th, 2007

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    HeLMut G. says:

    "A great talent. A great friend. And a great woman. Maria Rafaela ´s photos are really wonderful. She´s one of my favorites flickr photographers.

    Besos, amiga!"

    August 25th, 2007

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    Paul M. Kelly says:

    "Ever since I first returned the favour of a comment I noticed how special her vision is. She consistently makes subtle, poetic, images of light and grace. As well as her photos she has made known to me her perspectives on life which I both admire and respect.

    Warm greetings to you Maria"

    July 7th, 2007

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    Geek in the garden says:

    "Maria's stream is one of those that just leaves me speechless. Such soft serene beauty always perfectly composed. Hers is perhaps my favorite stream on flickr and the perfect place to come for inspiration or a lift of spirit! She really does paint with light."

    July 3rd, 2007

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    lee1966 says:

    "All her photos are truly inspirational and so artistically captured. The simplist of subjects become a work of art! Stunning and beautiful! Love her work!"

    June 19th, 2007

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    lizannes_lightpaintings says:

    "Deine mit Licht und Liebe durchfluteten Fotoarbeiten sind eine Wohltat für die Seele, um Kraft und Zuversicht für den Tag zu tanken!"

    June 13th, 2007

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    M-J Turner says:

    "Unofficially the best macro photographer on Flickr, Maria has an unparalleled ability to capture flowers at their very best! Her skills in macro photography truly astound amateurs like myself, and the variety of her shots is quite phenomenal! Trust me, once you've viewed her impressive photostream you'll be totally intoxicated!

    One of flickr's true gems, Maria is a truly inspirational photographer and I hope she continues to stimulate my senses with her genuinely emotive captures!

    I wish her all the best with her photography in the future, and hope she keeps up the excellent work!!"

    May 21st, 2007

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    V a n e s a says:

    "Hace poco que conozco tu página, pero sin duda se va a convertir en visita obligada de cada día.

    Tienes autenticas maravillas, sobretodo con la flores. Bellas, elegantes, delicadas, sensuales, con lindos colores y composición fantásticas.

    Derrochas talento y sensibilidad.

    Gracias por compartir con todos nosotros todo tu arte.

    May 7th, 2007

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    sergio orrao says:

    "When I want to find inspiration or just breathe and relax, I come here!"

    April 22nd, 2007

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    Daniel Hernanz Ramos says:

    "Tiene un talento y sensibilidad como pocas para captar esas maravillosas fotos de plantas. Es genial y sin duda un regalo para la vista"

    April 15th, 2007

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    CharlieBrown8989 says:


    Her Magic eyes capture all the great Nature objects.

    Paint it with her digital camera & then share her master pieces with us.

    That loving kindness attitude is for all to learn.

    You are great friend to have."

    February 9th, 2007

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    Don_Gato (LoFi Photography) says:

    "Desde que empece a ver el trabajo de Maria Rafaela, me quede prendado de su belleza, retrata el mundo floral como nadie, con una gran sensibilidad, y una maestria yo diria que insuperable, además es una fotografa prolifica, cada dia sus flores nos alegran el dia, y su sensibilidad va mucho mas alla, sus palabras en algunos casos, espero que pronto decida avanzar mas en ese tema, nos ayudan a conocer mucho mejor su mundo, me siento muy orgulloso de poder llamar amiga a esta gran mujer!!
    un beso!!"

    February 6th, 2007

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    cyost says:

    "I have a strong connection with the images lightspectrals " gifts" us every day in her photostream. The artists eye is a magic power and lightspectrals uses her magic and shares this power with us through her superb and lightmagical photographs! Enjoy this wonderful photostream....I do!!"

    November 19th, 2006

July 2006
Bukumbi / Tanzania
I am:
Female and Taken
Photographer & Chair of Subud Germany
Poetry of Light