culture, landscape, photography, travel

The angels are preparing for christmas

Only for a few minutes the clouds were illuminated by the setting sun and made such a beautiful color on the evening sky.

You wonder about my subject?
OK, here we have a saying for the kids: when the evening sky turns orange / red in fall and early winter like in the photos, that the angels and the Christkind (Child Jesus Christ) are starting to bake cookies for christmas. And the color is from heating the oven. Even nearly no one has a oven to be heated up by wood fire, the saying still exists.

Are there similar explanations for the reddish sky during fall and early winter in your country?

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landscape, photography, travel, world

pouring

Today I have the remaining photos of the forest trip for you.

This waterfall was the goal for our trip. It’s the end of the creek shown in my last post. It’s lovely and beautiful, but extremely sensitive. The area shown from the total perspective is a natural reservation and to enter that area is strictly forbidden. A sign right next to the natural barrier my tripod stood on for the detail photos, required anybody to stay out to preserve the plants sensitive on the ground.

Right behind me another small group of photographers arrived at the barrier and entered the area without obeying the ban. So, I show the photos but without disclosing the location, as I otherwise usually do in my posts on photo trips. That’s my part for helping to preserve that area. Continue reading “pouring”

landscape, photography, travel

A creek in the forest

One day we were hiking. Our goal was, to reach a certain waterfall, where a creek falls into the river Ammer in small, dense threats, just like a veil.

We crossed the creek early, running through the forest. Because of the constant rain that day and the day before, the creek was slightly swollen.

I was looking for a waterfall to photograph for some time, because I need a picture for a book project. So, when in an area where waterfalls might be common, I was searching for hints. Wikipedia, internet hiking forums, photo forums and hiking guides as well as local guides are a source for such information. A combination of such sources led me to this waterfall. It’s not that spectacular, but nice to see. Continue reading “A creek in the forest”

culture

Good bye!

This morning I got a notice, a coworker of mine passed away on Friday evening. I’m still shocked. He was a member of my team for more than 12 years.

Two month ago he went to the doctor because of a sinusitis, that won’t become better. He sent him to the hospital. During the further examinations they found a tumor and tried to treat it with chemo and radiation. During the next weeks, they found metastases in his brain, lungs, lever … everywhere, but not the tumor itself.

Friday night he died at the age of 55.

Rest in peace.

culture, world

St. Martin

This little guy (the right one) is called “Stutenkerl”

This German word is build from two parts: “Stuten” and “Kerl”. Stuten is a kind of light sweet, soft bread and Kerl is in German a word for a man, just like guy or dude in English.

You can buy Stuten also as a bread and eat it i.e. for breakfast with butter and maybe some jam. Or you can eat  it in the afternoon at tea time.

November 10th is St. Martin. Do you know about him and why he is remembered? Because of him many kindergartens and grammar schools are organizing processions carrying lanterns and singing special songs dedicated to him and his remarkable act of sharing his coat with a beggar by cutting it with his sword.

The kids usually getting such a Stutenkerl, but you can buy them in nearly every bakery from mid October to mid or end November.

The two guys in the photo above were made by my wife (it’s not common to make them at home, usually you go and buy them) and we enjoyed them this afternoon with butter and a cup of coffee. It’s a yeast dough, some raisins and the pipes were collected from bought Stutenkerls in the past.  – hmmmm, yummy 🙂

When working with kids, it’s always funny, to make Stutenkerls, because they can help easily. But, you can’t buy the pipes. The bakers buy them in special shops, were the common people are not allowed. So, my wife collected and cleaned them for a reuse. And: here they are!

Computer, technic, technical, Windows

Done!

Finally I got my computer back working. I’m glad, even it was a huge amount of work to be done. But I’m ready.
First I set up using a Windows 7 DVD. Then I installed all the necessary drivers. I wonder, why do the manufacturers modify the used chips for having to use the manufacturers drivers instead of the issuer ones. I.e. Acer used chips made by Intel for Network, WLAN and video, but I’m unable to install the matching drivers issued by Intel for these chips. Instead I have to use the modified drivers issued by Acer, even they are unchanged sind 2009.

Next I installed all my software. This lasts more than a week. – Wasted time! – And at last I installed the printer drivers. I have printers made by HP. HP has very good printers. The cartridges last for a long time and are quite cheap (compared to other brands) when it comes to buy a replacement, because the toner is used up. They also have an excellent printing quality, but what I really hate, is the low quality of HP printer driver setup programs.

At first it’s quite hard to find them for download at their confusing and unclear website and next the installer has several problems to integrate the drivers into Windows. I’s annoying. In the old times Microsoft used to integrate basic drivers for nearly all popular printers and it was always OK to uses them instead of the manufacturer ones. But nowadays there are only a few drivers available from Microsoft and you have to install the manufacturers drivers to get your printer working. 😦

Do they have a quality check for their software at HP? I don’t think so.

At last dismounted the hard disk to put it in an other computer for creating an initial image as a backup. You know, the imaging software was unable to run with the Acer.

After mounting the hard disk back into the Acer, I copied back all my data. pooh.

Now I only have to reconfigure my backup.

This was my first disaster since I started with my first computer back in 1983. But even it was a disaster, I didn’t loose any of my data. So, I really recommend a functional backup strategy. I guess, I’ll post some considerations on making a backup in one of my next posts.

Stay tuned!

 

Edit:
A tip for you: write down a list of all software you use on your computer and all the drivers right now, while your computer is in quite good shape. Don’t forget to write on your list the distribution media (i.e. download or CD/DVD) and the serial number you’d need for setup. This will help you to set up your computer much quicker, when in a similar situation or when buying a new one.

Think about, buying a dedicated usb storage just for this purpose and put at least the software list, all serials, all drivers  and the downloaded software onto it. Especially the network drivers are essential.

culture, history, landscape, photography, travel, world

Chestnuts

When I was a child we used to collect chestnuts, but it was quite hard to find them, because in my area the chestnut trees are quite rare.

Every kindergarten wanted the kids (and their parents, of course) to collect them for tinkering. Chestnuts, matches, yarn and acorns were used to construct animals, bracelets and necklaces.

On the other hand, the foresters wanted teenagers to collect them for feeding deers and wild boars during the winter. So, chestnuts were quite rare.

In Bavaria is it a very long tradition to have beer gardens. The landlords have cellars for storing the beer barrels and planted usually chestnut trees above the cellar to keep the cellars cool and to have a natural shadow for the guests during summer. So, it’s quite easy to find chestnuts in Bavaria, where I took all these photos.

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landscape, photography, travel, world

Fog is everywhere

Even I took these photos in October, they do perfectly fit into November, didn’t they?

November is the most ugly month for most of the people here. The weather is usually wet and cold, so they feel uncomfortable.

I got up early that morning, because the weather forecast proposed fog. So, I was at the lake some time before sunrise. Again, it’s a wonderful, peaceful ambience. You walk through the fog, feel the cold moisture in the air and all the sounds seems muted. Continue reading “Fog is everywhere”

culture, world

November 1st

Today is November 1st. It’s a religious holiday and also a public holiday in many German states. It’s called Allhallows or All Saints day. It’s a catholic holiday and thus it’s only in those states a public holiday with a majority of catholic citizens.
No, they won’t be counted every year or so. This distinction is because of historic reasons.
In 1517 Martin Luther, a German monk, put his 95 theological assumptions at the main portal of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, where he was a priest. He did that at the evening of October 31, because the next day everyone would come to the service held in the church. The assumptions were about all the things he found wrong in the church and in the people’s religious live. He tried to begin a discussion on bring the catholic church back on the right way, but ended in founding a new church: the protestant church.

This is the reason for disputes, discussions and even wars in Europe, because some sovereigns stayed on the popes line, while others belifed Martin Luther were right. And it’s also the foundation for the reformation.

Today, some states celebrate Reformation Day on October 31st, and others celebrate All Saints Day on November 1st.