Archive for December, 2009

who the hell is oskar?

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009


winter in cologne

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

Finally, winter has arrived in Cologne!

winter in cologne

peace in ixelles

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Early morning hours transform the usually busy European capital into a peaceful town. Multifaceted Ixelles belongs to the most attractive parts of Brussels. Next to posh shopping malls designer shops or the nicely illuminated town hall you’ll find such corners of morbid character.


carbon footprint

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

I know, it’s not a nice photo – dust in the sky, bad scanning and post processing of an image from 2005. But I had to think of it while our politicians are banging their heads in Copenhagen. Nice statements but the reality is here. Each kWh of electricity produces almost 1.5 kg CO2! Leave alone the damage to the earth. But sure, this blog also consumes electricity…


the guards!

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

Dawn seems to be the best time to capture the beautifully illuminated houses of Cologne. This type of traditional building belongs to the ‘bergische’ region, a low mountain range starting at the Eastern part of Cologne.

the guards

thielenbruch 2

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

Encroaching ‘development’ not only threatens fauna and flora of Thielenbruch, also islands of autonomous living are at gun point. The authorities would like to extend car parking space by removing ‘untidy’ settlements.


thielenbruch 1

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Squeezed in between cities, railway lines, power lines, gas pipelines and motorways, a small nature reserve is determined to offer rare species protection against destruction and extinction. Due to the low light situations the ambiance these days is particular. Up to now I have been excited using my manual Nikkor lenses, however, the 20mm lens suffers from strong vignetting using open aperture. Yet another task to find a way to get rid of the vignetting…


spring advent

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Opposed to Markus’ yesterday’s advent photo I experienced a slightly different start of the festive Christmas season. The spring like weather – interrupted by a thunderstorm and followed by blue sky and a beautiful rainbow – flooded the nature with intensive colours. Some plants seem to resist the approaching winter – or don’t even believe anymore in its coming.