animals, art, photography

Monochrome Madness 2-04

 

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Todays photo for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness is a bit older. I took it a few years ago at our monthly photographers meeting. For our meetings during winter, we often choose to visit locations, where we can stay indoors. That time we were visiting a very special kind of zoo. It’s a very small zoo dedicated to reptiles.

Before reading on, a small riddle first: are you able to guess, what kind of snake it is? Or, at least, which its original skin color is? Try first and write your guess in the comment box below, then go over and check your guess 🙂

Leanne asked us for following the theme ‘MM’ for this challenge. Thus, you can find a “malicious mamba”.

Take care!

landscape, people, photography, travel, world

Strokkur Geyser

600_1291-e_wDid you already missed it? Here it is! the big geyser, who is source of the name geyser.

Be prepared to get wet, when visiting it. Be prepared to watch the direction, of the wind. I really warn you to be very careful. When arriving at the geyser park, probably lots of people are already there and stand around the big pond and waiting for the next eruption. Every few minutes a huge fountain springs out of the pond. This is, because the water is heated up in the ground and the wight of the water above is so heavy, that the hot water can’t come up. Thus, it heats up to more than 100°C and the water pillar is about 25 – 35 meter high!

As I mentioned before, lots of people standing around the pond waiting for the next fountain as you can see in the photo above, but on one side, nearly nobody is waiting. Why? That’s not because of a bad sight, no, but because the wind blows the hot water from the fountain in that direction. And that’s why I said, be very, very careful!

Take care!

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photo-of-the-day, photography

Weekly Photo Challenge: fresh

wasserThis weeks photo challenge at The Daily Post is called “fresh“.

Fresh can mean new or pristine. We have fresh air and fresh water. Young flowers can also be called fresh, as well as newly prepared food in a kitchen.

Take care!

 

 

 

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landscape, nature, photography, travel, world

solar eclipse 2015

dsc_6899_wWow – although this wasn’t my first solar eclipse, it was very impressive.

My first solar eclipse was in 1999, when the moon covered the whole sun and only left a small bright ring. It took place in August, but the weather conditions were not good. But, it was still impressive. It became noticeable colder and darker and birds stopped singing.

This time, we only have had a coverage of about 80%. Thus, the effects were less dramatically, but still noticeable. Although we have hat beautiful clear and sunny days this week, yesterday began with fog and the whole day there was a gray structureless sky. Today the same 😦

Although we have had this bad weather, I was lucky enough to get a short view on the sun at the right time. Here in my area the eclipsing process started a 9:30 and lasted until 11:48. At 10:37 the maximum was hit. But, until 10:30 it was impossible to see anything from the sun over the clouds. Than it happened for about 10 minutes the clouds became thinner, so that it was possible the see the sun through the clouds. Though, it was impressive enough.

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architecture, art, photography, seasons

Monochrome Madness 2-02

 

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Todays photo for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness is taken from my visit in Dusseldorf, participating in our monthly photographers roundtable.

I really like these unusual buildings, designed by Frank Gehry. You can find other buildings, designed by him, in many other places all over the world.

Take care!

art, landscape, photography, world

Explore The Elements – Travel Photoblogging Challenge

I was invited by Indah, a fellow blogger living in the Netherlands, to participate in a photography competition organized by the travel company Thomas Cook (TC).

The competition theme is “Explore the elements“. You know, in the medieval times people believed, that every existing thing on earth were consisting of a combination of only 4 basic elements: earth, water, fire and air. And these four elements have to be subject to the photos in this competition.

I focused on only one trip to pick my photos from for this competition: my trip to Iceland last year. Although, there were many more photos from other trips, but I liked the idea of getting all photos from only one place.

 

The 4 Elements 

Earth

TC: “Represents the hard, solid objects of the earth Associated with stubbornness, collectiveness, physicality and gravity”

600_6722-e_wAlthough, earth means rock and rock is the bone of our planet, that holds everything together, just like the bones in our body. And, although the hardness of rock is often considered as eternal and unchangeable, there are powers in the ground that are able to tear rocks down and cut them in pieces.

Water

TC: “Represents the fluid, flowing, formless things in the world Associated with emotion, defensiveness, adaptability, flexibility, suppleness, and magnetism”

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Water is one of the big powers on this planet, that is able to model our planets surface. There is a saying here: “each drop wears / deepens / hollows the stone” or in other words: water is grinding the landscape.

 

Fire

TC: “Represents the energetic, forceful, moving things in the world Associated with security, motivation, desire, intention, and an outgoing spirit”

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Fire is also a mighty power. The people in ancient times were frightened of fire, and nearly all animals still are. The sun is the mightiest fire we know (beside other stars, that work in the same manner). In this photo the sun is frozen, captured in ice. But, the sun is the power that runs our planet. The sun is accountable for wind, rain, heat and erosion. But also for life and death.

 

Air

TC: “Represents things that grow, expand, and enjoy freedom of movement Associated with will, elusiveness, evasiveness, benevolence, compassion, and wisdom”

600_9867-ec_wWithout air we won’t be able to live. The air saves us from dangerous rays from outer space. The air helps to distribute the light evenly and give us the possibility to live. Plants are getting light for their photosynthesis. Animals are getting light to see their surroundings, to hunt and to escape their hunters.

 

From a photographers perspective, these four elements make our planet such a fantastic place. Each place is interesting to see and there are so many different places available. No place is dull or boring. Help to keep our planet clean, healthy and  in order for our descendants and ourselves by avoiding unnecessary pollution of the air, the water or any landscape.

 

The rules for this competition say, I’d have to spread this post (done here and on G+) and invite another 5 blogger to participate, if they want. Unfortunately the final closing of the competition is near: it’s on Monday, March 16th 2015 – thus, only a couple of hours is left to participate.

Thus, I don’t have much time to write my own post and invite another 5 bloggers.

Ian Beattie

Leanne Cole

Edith Levy

Laura Macky

Martin Spuelbeck

 

landscape, photo-of-the-day, photography, travel, world

Weekly Photo Challenge: wall

This weeks photo challenge at The Daily Post is called “wall”.

A wall departs and it saves. A wall remains. From stonewalls solid as a rock remaining for centuries or paper walls to depart a small area i.e. for a dressing space to keep privacy.

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Take care!

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art, flowers, photography, seasons

Monochrome Madness 53 also known as 2-1

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Flowers for the start in the second year of Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness.

I picked this photo taken last fall. While I was looking for space wasting files on my hard disk, I stumbled over it. It already was processed in bw by using Tonality Pro. Currently, we still have winter. Only very few spring blossoms are blooming in the gardens and it’s still a long time until the Echinacea (in German “Sonnenhut” = sunhat) will start blooming again.

Take care!

 

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architecture, landscape, meeting, photography, seasons, travel, world

dancing houses

610_3216_d_wYesterday we have had our monthly photographers roundtable. We met in our state capitol, Düsseldorf and visited the Media Harbour, a former trade and custom harbor. A few years ago, this area was renewed and the premises were then used by media agencies, film companies and advertising agencies. That’s the reason for the name “Media Harbour”. Many new buildings with steel and glass fronts were set up, but some of the old buildings are still in place. You can also find here the Dancing Houses, three buildings made by the famous architect Frank Gehry.

We were gifted by fantastic pre-spring weather. Thus, many people were in the streets enjoying the sun and the warmth.

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landscape, photography, travel, world

coming deeper into the volcanic highlands

 

600_2579-e_wI have to admit, I never was on a volcano before. Thus, I was astonished, when I saw these structures and colors first.

The greens are tiny plants: lichen and moss. Although the green is so intense and seems wrong, it is real. The reds come from the minerals in the ashes. All these photos are taken around the volcano Hekla, the snowy mountain you can see in one of the photos in the background.

You can even drive uphill to one of the side crates and have a look inside the eruption crack. But, don’t ask for streets. You need a four-wheeled off-road vehicle to drive here. In on of my next posts you can see, how roads on Iceland look like. Also, be prepared to cross rivers with your car. Driving in the highlands isn’t easy and I was gland to have an experienced driver along.

Take care!

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art, photography

Monochrome Madness 52

 

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This week Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness is 1 year old! For 51 weeks wonderful monochrome photos from different kinds, places taken by many different photographers from all over the world, who also love monochrome photos, passed our readers. If you missed it, go and have a look.

While the theme usually is free, Leanne asked us for this anniversary, to send in our best photo of the past year and optionally create a gallery on our own blog.

For this post I looked through all of my contributions for Monochrome Madness and was very surprised about, how oft I participated during this year: During this last year I sent in 42 photos! Wow!

You can see all of them here or in the gallery below. (not in chronological order)

It was kind of hard, to select the best one. There are some, I like more than others. Some of them are connected to deep emotions, while others aren’t touch spectacular. But, which one is the best? Thus, I picked one of them, which I Iike most. It’s taken last October at the Belgium coast during the golden hour right before sunset. I published it first in MMC 35.

Maybe, you’re willing to drop me a note, which is the best one in your opinion! You can do it in the comment box below or in the comment box below a photo, when clicking on it.

Take care!

 

flowers, seasons

spring is coming :-)

Three weeks ago610_3113-e_w, I wrote a post with photos taken during a hike through the winterly forest.

Much happened since than. Although we have had another snow storm on Monday morning, it really looked like spring today. Yesterday, a sunny day with mild +6°C made me take my camera and have a little walk in one of our parks. Two years ago I noticed snowdrops growing there. But, at that day they were already withered. Last year I was too early and when I came back, they were also already withered. Yesterday I was there at the right time. In German they are called Schneeglöckchen (~little snow bells). They are usually the first blooming flowers and grow despite remaining snow. Crocuses are the next ones to bloom.

The other blooming plants in my photos are crocuses and Christmas rose, a small flower blooming during snowy winter.

Enjoy!

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