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Germany on corona sale

Monday, August 24th, 2020

Minsk – the good old times…

Tuesday, August 18th, 2020

gone to paradise – Maria Laach Abbey

Sunday, June 21st, 2020

The single-story colonnaded porch sourrounds a courtyard called the Paradise. This masterpiece of German Romanesque architecture is located at the shore of Lake Laach inmidst of an active vulcano area. Scientist detected magma raising underneath the lake. Was timely to capture it with my camera before the eruptions…

my daily swim

Wednesday, June 17th, 2020
Höhenfelder See

it matters

Saturday, June 6th, 2020

protection

Monday, June 1st, 2020

Altenberg Abbey

Thursday, May 14th, 2020

Today’s evening tour took me to the former church of the Altenberg Abbey, a gothic treasure, just 27 minutes with the sports bike from home. The light was beautiful and the usually crowded place was nearly empty.

corona potatoes?

Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

No, my first potatoes which I planted ever did not catch covid-19. But who would expect frost in the middle of the (almost) summer? Yes, the Ice Saints still exist and have not yet been swept away by climate change. Reassuring.

pending trees

Monday, May 11th, 2020

Nature reserve Gierather Wald inmidst of densly built-up areas.

Europe Day – Open the borders!

Saturday, May 9th, 2020

luna tic

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

Garden Wildlife

Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

The beauty of the current confinement leads to discoveries in the immediate environment: the own garden. The blue tits couple is rather busy feeding the youngsters.

Safari at my doorsteps

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

starship one

Saturday, April 25th, 2020

Müngsten Bridge

Sunday, April 19th, 2020

A kind of different view

first social distancing measures

Friday, April 17th, 2020

spring time

Friday, April 10th, 2020

flowering sunset

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

twins

Monday, April 6th, 2020

the fish, the tin, the bowl

Sunday, April 5th, 2020

full sun

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

social distancing

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

homage a miles

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

delta X

Monday, February 3rd, 2020

Brussels Noord

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

St. Paulus Dom in Münster

Saturday, December 28th, 2019

Not Australia

Friday, December 20th, 2019
Sunrise

Cologne

Sunday, November 10th, 2019
Sunset

service station

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

service station

service station

celtic cello

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

celtic cello

celtic cello

stylish

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

stylish bar in pamplona

stylish bar in pamplona

a united country

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

belgium - sweden

belgium – sweden

tempest

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

tempest

tempest

night speeding in Dublin

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

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speeding 2

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

bus race

bus race

speeding

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

red door

red door

way in – way out

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

Bank of Ireland

Bank of Ireland

 

fit for Olympia

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

another world’s end

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

botanique

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

frühling

frühling

maalbeek

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

maalbeek

maalbeek

World’s end

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Furth

Furth

Depart

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

buffet

Europe’s welcome culture

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

France in/out

France in/out

ready to shoot BACK!

Monday, February 1st, 2016

defense

defense

back!

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Ready to fight back!

Ready to fight back!

merry christmas

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

christmas tree

christmas tree

autumn in brussels

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Botanique

Botanique

berlin 1989

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

More photos ‘in the past’ – ‘Berlin wall’

Brandenburger Tor

Brandenburger Tor

crema marfil

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

crema marfil

crema marfil

geologic interuptions – soon

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Close to Bárdarbunga

Close to Bárdarbunga

Deutschland! Deutschland!

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Limburg

Limburg

Fussball-Weltmeisterschaft in Cabaret

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Wetzlar

Wetzlar

gestern – heute 2

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

gestern - heute 2

gestern – heute 2

gestern – heute

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

seen in in Wetzlar

gestern und heute in Wetzlar

gestern und heute in Wetzlar

import-export

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

import - export

import – export

tempest

Monday, June 9th, 2014

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green – red – white: the colours of heligoland

Monday, June 9th, 2014

heligoland

heligoland

torso

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

hombroich

hombroich

gaudi

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

gaudi

gaudi

architectural phallus

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

phallus

phallus

spring in kallmünz

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

spring in kallmünz

spring in kallmünz

landhausidylle mit gelb

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

country houses with yellow

country houses with yellow

white peppers

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

white peppers

white peppers

winter in kallmünz (2)

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

kallmünz 2

kallmünz 2

winter in kallmünz

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

winter in kallmünz

winter in kallmünz

nightly brussels

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Brussels

Brussels

festive brussels

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

BXL2013-02821

commemoration

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

berlaymont

berlaymont

chinese spring

Friday, November 29th, 2013

beijing international airport

tradition and harmony

Monday, November 25th, 2013

beijing-02497

coolmen

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Jingshan Park

Jingshan Park

Jingshan Park

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Jingshan Park, Beijing

Jingshan Park, Beijing

Forbidden City

Forbidden City

Forbidden City

Forbidden City

 

ouessant

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

ouessant

ouessant

shark in the bowl

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

shark in the bowl

shark in the bowl

 

nodog

nodog

look right

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

look right (from the dows' perspective)

look right (from the dows’ perspective)

august moon

Monday, August 19th, 2013

lune de ratisbonne

lune de ratisbonne

grosser Frauentag

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

grosser Frauentag

grosser Frauentag

oberpfalzenergiesommer

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

oberpfalzenergiesommer

oberpfalzenergiesommer

oberpfalzsommer

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

oberpfalzsommer

oberpfalzsommer

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

sine

last remains

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Foshan

Foshan

guardian

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Foshan ancient temple

Foshan ancient temple

express to germany

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

foshan cultural festival

foshan cultural festival

greening cities

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

foshan recreation area

foshan recreation area

me

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Foshan Ancient Temple

Foshan Ancient Temple

quietness at a rainy day

Friday, May 24th, 2013

quietness at a rainy day

quietness at a rainy day

a normal day in heidelberg

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

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heidelberg

NSU

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

nsu

nsu

 

concrete today

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

concrete today

concrete yesterday

concrete today

concrete today

concrete today

concrete soon

jobBörse in Chorweiler

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

jobBörse

jobBörse

chorweiler

chorweiler

chorweiler

Londoner Platz

 

another man

Friday, May 10th, 2013

another man

another man

haute culture

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

culture

culture

relic – biomio

Monday, May 6th, 2013

relic - biomio

relic – biomio

flotte biene

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

flotte biene

flotte biene

I still have to work on basic operations of the camera, such as speed and focussing. It is a first try to catch wildlife in action.

 

relic – frizer

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

frizer

frizer

railic

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

railic

railic

Is there a ‘best’ camera? Yes, the one which you carry with you and is not (yet) the mobile phone camera… Therefore, an upgrade was due.

orderly disorderly

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

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carmina burana

Is there a ‘best’ camera? Yes, the one which you carry with you.

beautiful architecture (again)

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Rheinsteig

Rheinsteig

framed domkyrkan (without spring)

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

domkyrkan

domkyrkan

spring – pending

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

spring - pending

spring – pending

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spring approaching

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

spring approaching

spring approaching

HAL 9000

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

HAL 9000

HAL 9000

go

go

 

tricorne

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

tricorne

tricorne

pizzacorne

pizzacorne

 

happy alaaf – cologne meets rio

Monday, February 11th, 2013

happy alaaf

happy alaaf

 

happy new year 2013

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

happy-7369

happy new year

Cologne – classic view

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

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cologne – classic view

anthill

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Click to enlarge: US2012-6852

Manhattan

the winner

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

US2012_6308-2

the winner

middle class position

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

vote Obama

vote Obama

before Sandy

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Coney Island

Coney Island

reflection no 4

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

reflection no 4

reflection no 4

reflection no 3

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

reflection no 3

reflection no 3

reflection no 2

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

reflection no 2

reflection no 2

reflection no 1

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

reflection no 1

reflection no 1

harvest

Monday, October 1st, 2012

harvest

harvest

I proudly present the results of my 2012 gardening efforts. Five differnt types of tomatoes from seven flower pots enrich my salads every day. Jealous?

 

who killed the F2 legacy?

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

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photokina 2012

There were times when expensive equipment had lasting value – for years, sometimes for decades. Our today’s throwaway society is hunting for increasing turnover of magnesium, plastic and silicon. The two-years’ ago Nikon D700 novelty is nowhere to be seen anymore. The sweet hype for more pixels and more camera features induces the desire for changing expensive toys more quickly – generating great turnover for the manufacturers.

Although advertisements suggest differently, gender segregation still works fine when it comes to technology: Men behind the lenses taking picture of scantily-clad women posing on stage. Certainly, society develops in different pace than technology.

Naples is the flower of paradise (Alexandre Dumas)

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

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Waste in Naples

Waste problems which peaked in 2008 still seem unresolved. Not only destroyed or over loaded waste containers, no, the street are full of empty plastic bottles, plastic bags, and other waste from shops, fast food chains and households. Luckily, German waste incinerators still have unused capacities which makes waste travelling thousands of kilometres through Europe ending up in smoke in Cologne. Goood business for the operators: 100 Euros per ton waste which the Italians pay.

 

Vedi Napoli e poi muori!

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

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Historic centre of Naples

“See Naples and die!” – some say that it was Johann Wolfgang von Goethe who coined the phrase, and the phrase can be found in his ‘Italian Journey’ (1786-1788). The historic parts of Naples maintain the stereotype of narrow alleys with noisy scooters, honking cinquecentos, bars with life football maches on their screens and summer heat. The historic part also shows decay, plaster falling from the wallsand street markets with super cheap Chinese imports.

rural beauty

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

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eifel rural beauty

Close to the Eifel National Park an investor is building these beautiful and typical Eifel timbered houses. Compelling individualism and stylism is the result of the endeavour.

another urban beauty

Monday, July 16th, 2012

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köln ist schockiert

Kölner Lichter 2012

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

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Kölner Lichter 2012

Actually it is useless to take pictures at such an event when one is unprepared. The ambitious hobby photographers already took position hours before the fireworks started while I passed by from a farewell party back home. Certainly, a tripod is indispensable for taking proper fire works pictures. Using 3200 ASA doesn’t really make sense for capturing the dynamics, but it is very suitable to catch the bizzarly coloured surroundings with the visitors.

 

not Las Vegas

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

not las vegas

not las vegas

… seen at the world’s largest miniature model railway. Amazing details and almost real light effect makes it almost difficult to distinguish it from real world. Such as the photo ‘tricycle on the motorway’.

 

i’ve caught my first thunderbolt!

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Click to enlarge: thunderbolt

thunderbolt

tricycle on motorway

Monday, June 18th, 2012

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tricycle on motorway in almost real traffic

stairway to heaven

Friday, June 8th, 2012

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stairway to heaven

squeezed défense

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

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La Défense

past values vs. today’s values

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Kapnikarea

Kapnikarea, built in 1050 - H&M, build in 1947

sun power

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

athens

Athens

energetic counter balance

Friday, April 27th, 2012

sunset

energetic counter balance

Nuclear springtime…

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

… for some European countries. This one will disappear within the next eight years after having been in operation for three months only. Stupidly built on top of a fault line and the building permit was withdrawn. A pity that the site is not converted in a fun park. Would be less costly for tax payers.

 

nuclear

nuclear springtime

blanc bleu rouge

Monday, March 26th, 2012

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blanc bleu rouge

sarre-0123
bleu bleu

venus meets jupiter

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

It is stunning what those digital cameras can grab. Even jupiter’s moons are more visible than what I can see with my binoculars. The new D800 probably would identify elephants on Ganymede.

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venus and jupiter

the winner

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

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the winner

nubbel

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

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nubbel

pappnas äpps

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

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pappnas äpps

German ‘michel’ pulling ex-president’s ear

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

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michel and wulff

jeck – weg

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

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jeck - weg

kölle alaaf

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

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kölle alaaf

black frost at white lake

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

Once in a decade the  20 hectare lake Höhenfeld is covered by a layer of ice, strong enough to turn it into a leisure attraction. Spectacular is the cracking sound of the ice and a very strange noise as if steel cables under tension are hitting against each other. What might people of pre-industrial generations have thought about such noises?

höhenfelder see

Höhenfelder See
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Höhenfelder See

 

early morning – action at the same spot…

Monday, January 30th, 2012

…trying to circumnavigate traffic jam?

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Köln Mülheim

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Köln Mülheim

 

early morning at minus 8 degrees celsius

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Cycling and walking allow enjoying such morning views. By coincidence, my old Canon G3 was in my bag. Not the most suitable camera for such moments, but it gives a glimps of how great the aurora looked – even in an technical-urban setting.

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Müllheimer Brücke

visible history 2

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Mal schaun, ob er es merkt:

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visible chimneys

periurban monument

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Absolutely unspectacular monument in a periurban landscape.

 

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periurban monument

urban dwellings

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

“Magpies are believed to be one of the most intelligent of all animals” (wikipedia) since they are one of few animals recognising themselves in a mirror.  This could be the reason for having a magpie nest in front of my large office window. And it seems that they feel comfortable in-midst the highly urbanised setting.

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urban dwellings

nice Rhine view

Friday, January 6th, 2012

And here the nice view overlooking Father Rhine:

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Rhine view

unidirectional urban beauties

Monday, January 2nd, 2012
In Cologne, the most attractive flats are the ones overlooking the river Rhine. The views from the flats are stunning, while the views towards the flats adhere a certain degree of bleakness, particularly during this ‘dark’ winter season without brightening snow cover.

urban beauty 2

urban beauty

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year 2012

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

water under the bridge

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

(due to lack of snow)

Snowman

Snowman

climate talks vs consumerism

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Sad, sad, sad. No, not the talks about the new legal deal for cutting greenhouse gas emissions coming into effect in almost 10 years – after tough negotiations between the EU and India on  wording. No, it is about the dead mobile phone battery which I wanted to replace during the weekend. Cologne’s largest retailer for consumer electronics doesn’t stock such batteries anymore. Not cost effective, the salesman said. New mobile phones are cheaper than a battery. And the cheaper phone contains an even better battery than the one I asked for, plus a headset, worth the price of the phone. Well, the phone is now produced in India, not anymore in the EU. Must be the transport which makes products cheaper, I guess.

nokia

Consumerism

precious urban space

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Click to enlarge: parking

Parking

colours of dellbrück

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

dellbrück

Himmel über Dellbrück

colours of holweide

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

colours of holweide

colours of holweide

My almost daily bike ride to the office sometimes offers mystic views which makes me forget living in a one million inhabitants city. Not even one km further down the cycling lane, the all morning commuting nightmare takes place in full blast. Every morning. Every evening. Every day. Throughout the year.

Motorway A3

colours of konya

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Konya Central Market

colours of 111111

Friday, November 11th, 2011

…is over

koelle_3

Cologne Carnival

mevlana

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Rumi is probably not known to us Westerners although we have heard about the whirling dervishes, often performed at tourist places in Turkey. Rumi was a Persian poet, Islamic jurist and theologian of the early 13th century. He paved the way for the Mevlana order in Konya which practiced the sufi dance to express the mystery part of Islam. The ceremony is referred to Sama which is broken up on four parts, each with a particular meaning. The whirling dervishes are representative of the moon and they spin on the outside of the Sheikh who is representative of the sun. An impressive experience.

 

armed raid in florence

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

loaded in florence

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Transport system in Florence is characterised by efficiently operated freight vehicles. Scarce road space and low emission zones favour alternative mobility options. Complemented by public bicycles, electric buses and a considerable share of hybrid-electric vehicles underlines Florence’s commitment towards meeting the European greenhouse gas emission saving goals. Was there any other remarkable experience in Florence? Not that I can remember.

Vulkaneifel

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Gerolstein

Surely, this is not what one considers volcanoes. But this area is seismically one of the most active areas in Germany. The volcano itself is hiding in the fog, the ‘maar’ is waking up in the morning light.

Wild camping usually is not a problem in Germany, except drunken youngsters in their tuned up car discover your tent in the middle of the night. I forgot to cover the reflectors of my bicycle which caused a scary situation. Luckily, I got away with it.

 

 

analog to digital

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Forgetting to take the digital camera along on my holiday granted me additional time to take few pictures in a very analog way. I had almost forgotten about the feeling to dive into a ‘frame’ discovering many details, nuances, sounds, smells, which otherwise would had happened in a 1/250 second. It is a very appropriate way to remember Creysse along the Dordogne in Southwest France with its bi-apsis medieval church.

for the sake of change: Bucharest 1

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

Bucharest is a busy city. I have never been there and it was a pleasant experience. She is a public transport city and some people want to change it into a cycling city. With some success – even shops are decorated with it.

 

leaden slush ice

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

 

It was a remarkable sunrise which I experienced in Poland in February. The sea moved in slow motion – unreal in colour and consistency. To my regret I only had my old Canon Powershot G3 with me but the result still reflects somewhat the experience.

trinity

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Cross-country skiing belongs to the nicest activities in winter time. Off the noisy skiing resorts one moves quietly through the untouched nature. Only during crisp cold weather the snow is crunching under the skies in a meditative rhythm.


advent nine

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

advent 8

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Another bicycle.

advent seven

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Getting more snow.

advent six

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Santa Claus? Santa Claus!

advent five

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

advent four

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

advent three

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Thieves are back! This year, last year, next year – it doesn’t matter. They are always there.

advent two

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

advent calendar – special kind

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Regensburg’s main theater turned into a huge living advent calendar. From the first to the 24th December, each evening a new window will be opened. No, there will be no chocolate in it – unfortunately. Neither beer nor mulled wine. The windows will be filled with songs, poetry, dances and music. Strangely, the door to 24 already opened, but nobody singing.

Father Rhine from the Dragon’S Rock

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Hiking along the Rhine is a wonderful experience, particularly during autumn: the forests’ smell of mushrooms, the colourful leaves of maple, oak, beech trees and majestic  Rhine carrying freight vessels, ferries and passenger boats.

Although busy with tourists, Dragon’s Rock offers a fantastic views up- and downstream. Here, Siegfried, the hero of the Niebelungenlied, killed the dragon and bathed in its blood to became invulnerable – almost.


Zeche Zollverein – the classical view

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

save our souls

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

no ashes, no phoenix

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Kokerei Zollverein

Malmö transformation

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

phoenix from the ashes

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

40 years later – westalgia

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Vorwerk is an international diversified corporate group with annual revenues of more than 2 billion Euros…

I was about 7 years old when a Vorwerk sales person came to our dwelling (in fact we lived in a newly built garage while my father continued constructing the house) and demonstrated the merits of modern technology. Instead of a vacuum cleaner bag he (or was it a she?) used a spotless white cloth – with appalling effect. Few days later we had one of those green and ugly Vorwerks in the garage.

Today, the vacuum cleaners still exist and are still ugly.

20 years later – ostalgia

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Germany is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the re-unification treaty between West Germany and the GDR (what was the meaning of this acronym?). The final act was the re-unification in 3rd October 1990. What has happened since then? To experience this, take your bike and ride through Germany (check out dynamobile2010).

ossi – wessi / sorge – elend

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

The divide between East and West in Germany still exists and it will last yet another generation to make the borders disappear. Seen in Halberstadt where desperation is so obvious – but seen through a Western-angle lens.

Halberstadt

pianistin – rose – photographin

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Pianistin und Photographin in Einbeck

kölner lichter

Monday, July 19th, 2010

It was not easy, to squeeze my camera lense through a small hole in the blinds which the organisers of the spectacle put up to prevent peeping people to take decent photographs from the fireworks.

What the heck, the official photographers had much better positions with professional support. Why me trying to ‘compete’ in disfavouring circumstances?

uwe seeler

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

Uwe Seeler (born 5 November 1936 in Hamburg) is a former German football official and retired football player. He played for Hamburger SV and also made 72 appearances for the West German national team.” (wikipedia)

blown away

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Sadly, the shortest railway tunnel in Germany is history. For almost 150 years, it has been a landmark on the main railway line between Nuremberg and Regensburg. Our short-sighted society with economic interests as a leading principle was not willing to cover the 25000 Euros annually to maintain the cosy tunnel. 11000 tons of rubble have to be removed from the tracks until Monday to allow trains to use the line again. Commuters will miss the split-second shadow and close their books just before arriving in Regensburg.

etterzhausen

rumpelstilzchen

Monday, May 24th, 2010

The king demanded the miller’s daughter to turn straw into gold. She was saved by Rumpelstiltskin who asked for a high price. She was not willing to pay it and in turn she destroyed him. Luckily, I didn’t need any body’s help except the evening sunlight to turn the barley field into gold…

spring turns to summer

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Following weeks of miserable weather, Whitsun gave people vast opportunities to celebrate the start of summer.  Open air pools opened, swimming lakes were crowded and the kids enjoyed water wherever it was available…


regensburg – churches at night 1

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

St Pieter’s Cathedral of Regensburg belongs to most remarkable Gothic buildings in Southern Germany. An unusual feature of the Cathedral is its separation from the older structure of the cloister. The cloister, usually not open to the public contains a fine Romanesque All Saint’s Chapel from 1164. The garden in twilight gives a sweet sense of inspiration – and a taste of what the night of open churches offers.

blue in green

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

The courtshipping (?) peacock was a nice surprise during a morning walk across a botanical garden. I wasn’t aware that my D700 is female (should have guessed before). Bitter for him that she turned him down and walked away with me.

green in red

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

Today is a colourful day in North-Rhine Westphalia.

lilac, chernobyl and solar heating

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

First May reminds me of the nuclear disaster which happened 24 years ago. Almost a quarter of a century and it feels like yesterday. Yes, I know, it didn’t happen first May. But that year, first May was the first warm and beautiful day of the year and, together with friends, we went out into the nature, played on the ground, enjoyed the smells of spring until a sudden but warm rain shower surprised us in the afternoon. It was a wonderful day – in the evening we got the news about the disaster! In Germany, the area of Regensburg was particularly affected. Playgrounds were closed because of the high contamination. Many other things happened. And we got the rain shower – fully contaminated – onto us.

May smells of lilac. Particularly, if the lilac tree is placed in front of the bed room.  From the bed room window, it is placed between the bed room and the brand new solar heating.

First May: the solar heating is completed and in operation. My personal battle against the nuclear industry which earned lots of money for heating the water in the past. I gave it to the copper industry instead.  At least, they didn’t put nuclear particles onto my skin. I’m looking forward to my first ‘solar shower’ in this house.

pasqueflower

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

spring in yellow

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Finally, spring has come. Finally, we moved to the new (old) house. Finally, I hope to spend more time on visuals again. Yellow is my favorite colour and the contrast with the clear blue sky is gorgeous.

boots in red

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Project meetings can be so boring. Things which one can find underneath the desks then refresh mind and spirit. This photo almost inspires me to try professional raw converting. Maybe next time…

münchner freiheit

Friday, March 5th, 2010

finally, water on mars…

Monday, March 1st, 2010

not vancouver…

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Nubbel has gone

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

The end of Colognes Carnival is marked by the liquidation of the Nubbel, the symbol of all sins and misconducts which the partying people committed during Carnival. The scarecrow is accompanied by a ‘priest’ and a ‘hangman’ who lead the tribunal.

The colorful ‘sins’

Waiting for the white guy

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

destination (en) afrique

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Matongé is part of Ixelles, a well-known municipality of Brussels. Immigrants from Congo  named it after a market place in Kinshasa. People always take a bit of home with them when moving to foreign countries. Once, I almost decided to live there, and sometimes I regret having decided against it. What would I have brought there from home?

Ixelles - Matongé

bruxelles ma belle!

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Walking from Gare du Nord towards Ixelles emerges to a journey through Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Brussels is a melting pot of  different cultures, although critics say that its segregated cultures living their own lifes. Still, for a visitor it is astonishing and amazing.

sunrise at the danube

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

In the past, the Danube river posed a risk in winter when the sheets of ice pushed upon each other and blocked the water flow. Severe flooding was the result. Today, it just looks peaceful when the ice sheets slowly pass by.

taking a break from winter

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Széchenyi thermal bath in Budapest is certainly the most beautiful spa which I have ever seen. The unique setting within the 19th century building complex and the variety of different thermal baths make the visit an exceptional experience. Despite air temperatures of -10 degrees Celsius people enjoy the outside pools – even playing chess in the water. The biggest challenge is to expose the camera to the freezing temperatures outside and the humidity within the bath.

winter goes on

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

About two hours drive from Cologne the landscape is still covered in snow and ice. Next to crowded ski resorts one can hike through lonesome nature. The perfect setting for cross country skiing.

Sauerland

Höhenfelder See

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Swimming in summer and ice skating in winter: as far as temperatures allow, the small quarry pond of about 20 hectares offer many leisure activities. On a Sunday early morning the lake is almost yours, except few joggers.

tranquil ‘oberpfalz’

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

This landscape reminds me of my early childhood.  Sure, this tree could be anywhere, the grassland could be anywhere and the sky could be anywhere. The smell of the soil, the air and the water, however, is distinctive and intriguing. ‘Home’, I would call it. Or trapped in backwardness?

Oberpfalz

welcoming 2010

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

The reputation that Germans turn loads of money into ear-splitting noise, glistering fire, and breathtaking smoke to welcome the New Year is truly true. Picturing the detonating fire crackers was a particular challenge which may require further experiments in the coming years.

New Years Eve

who the hell is oskar?

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

oskar

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.

ixelles_s

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…

Juelich

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.

autumn_7s

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…

autumn_6s

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.

autumn_5s

they are back!

Friday, November 27th, 2009

The challenge is: how to capture the ugliness of Christmas decorations  popping up everywhere…

christmas_1

seven bolts

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

This time I tried hard to produce  something reasonable from the raw format. In vain. I was not able to get any close to the camera produced jpg which I display here. Still a long way to go to get them unbolted.

cologne_4s

sun and son

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

The Rhine banks offer beautiful views at Cologne’s historic centre. The ambiance these days live with the low autumn sun. I particularly liked the real sun and her reflection in the building’s facade. As a newbie to (real) digital photography I’m quite impressed by the possibilities in challenging light conditions.

cologne_2s

cologne sunset

Friday, November 20th, 2009

cologne_1s

composition in green and red

Friday, November 20th, 2009

As autumn progresses, some trees seem to go head over heels in their colours. Today’s sunshine allowed me (finally) to use my 200mm with comfortable shutter speed and ISO position. My manual fix focal length (primes?) work rather well with the D700.

autumn_4s

remembering goma

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

It is scary that the presumable mass murderers Ignace Murwanashyaka and Straton Musoni could freely live in Germany since the Rwandan genocide 15 years ago. Finally, they have been arrested yesterday. In 1994, I worked in a Hutu refugee camp in Goma. The conditions were appalling.  I had my small Rollei 35 with me but the camera and even the film were slightly damaged during the stay. It was anyhow not a pleasure to take photos in this camp.

goma_1

autumn light 2

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

After I had missed the opportunity for a potentially good photo a few days ago, I accustom myself to carrying the camera bag with me more often. Today, I realised that adding a tripod to the equipment would further enhance the possibility taking good photos. Still, with my 105 mm lens I was able to catch the light just before complete darkness.

autumn_3

autumn light

Monday, November 16th, 2009

autumn light

For the first time, I tried to convert a NEF file into something displayable. I have not yet the feeling that I have reached what I really wanted. But maybe I’m also not really sure about what I want.  Touching digital photos seems at least as challenging as sitting in the dark room processing prints from negatives. And I never made colour prints. However, I feel that with some practice, one gets a feeling for the many ways to enhance, manipulate and change photos at the computer. It’s just a question of time which I’m willing to spend on such work.

family meeting

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

Inside the trunk of an old cherry tree I’ve found this family discussing about the latest colours of their dresses. A lonely mushroom stood aside and was afraid to join them. They might tease him due to his old brown cloak which he was wearing.

family meeting

self-portrait

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Due to the lack of motives today, I add an unintended self-portrait from yesterday’s Carnival celebrations.

self-portrait

die Jecken sind los!!!

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

The  suffering in Cologne has ended: the fifth season has started today! Until Ash Wednesday in February, people in Rheinland will devote their life to preparing for the culmination of Carnival. Despite miserable weather, about 50000 people gathered in the historic part of Cologne to celebrate the begin of Carnival.

I’m new to taking photos with a digital SLR and still use it like an analog apparatus. The lens which I used is certainly from analog times, a 200mm, f4 with manual focus. A bit challenging with the lack of light.

Cologne

Cologne
Cologne Carnival

Cologne Carnival

Carnival in Cologne

Carnival in Cologne

Cologne Carnival

Cologne Carnival

the Wall falls apart

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

It was amazing to be in Berlin that time. In the past, we people from the West could easily cross the borders to the East. Just a passport, the obligatory money change (‘Zwangsumtausch’) and sometimes body searches in separated cabins. The ‘Zwangsumtausch’ was usually invested in a lunch, books and music records.

But this time, all this didn’nt count. This time, people went the other way round. And not just at the official border crossings. The Wall was falling apart, temporary rough roads were opened and border guards posted. Passports were issued on the spot and people could walk to West Berlin – sometimes for the first time.

VP Sondermeldestelle

VP Sondermeldestelle - Berlin, Potsdamer Platz

Berlin, Potsdamer Platz

Berlin, Potsdamer Platz

more pitted wall

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Both photos illustrate my impressions about East-West relations that time. People in the West were rather ignorant concerning life in the East. Did anybody ever watch the news programme ‘Aktuelle Kamera’? Only few people tried to peep through slots in the Wall. What would they discover?

In turn, people from the East were rather well informed about things which happened in the West (except the ‘Tal der Ahnungslosen’ at Dresden where West TV didn’t reach). But at the end they couldn’t verify because they never got the chance to peep through the wall.

Berlin, Brandenburger Tor

Berlin, Brandenburger Tor

Border Guards at Brandenburger Tor

Border Guards at Brandenburger Tor

pitted wall

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Today, all news are talking and writing about the fall of the WALL.  I was travelling to Berlin that time and I remembered taking photos. But after my recent move from Brussels to Cologne, I had no clue where they could be. The entire day I spent in the store room and sifted through carton boxes. Finally, I was lucky to trace them, to connect my old and outdated slide scanner and sucked the first photo into my laptop. Here is the beginning of a small series which I will place here in the following days.

wall02

Berlin Wall: 14 November 1989

yes – i’ll do it

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

left on the parkbench

left on the parkbench

Thanks to Markus’ encouragements and great help, I take the chance to publish my photos via this blog. I’m sort of glad that he convinced me although I was somewhat skeptical about all this ‘new’ technologies: digital photography, blogging, expecting the world to watch, read and comment my stuff – all this still seemed rather dubious to me.

Since I shifted paradigm from celluloid to pixel sensor(s) I need to place the eventual sensor impacts somewhere. This is the place and it’s great to use the technology to share my impressions of the world with you.

Enjoy!