photography, review

Happy Anniversary to me and you!

anniversary-2xWhen I started my WordPress reader this morning, I noticed an orange icon in the upper right corner of my browser. When clicking on it, it said:
Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!
You registered on WordPress.com 5 years ago!
Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging!
Without this notification, I’d have missed this anniversary. 5 years of stories and photos packed in 652 posts. A big thanks to me for writing all this and a huge thank you to all of you out there, for reading, liking, reblogging, pingbacking, following and commenting. You keep this blog running!
architecture, art, landscape, nature, photography, technical, travel, world

Monochrome Tuesday: Cochem

 

610_4583-ift_w
btw. click on the photo to see it in a bigger size

Cochem is a town at the river Mosel. Above the town, you can find an old castle: Reichsburg Cochem.

The term Reichsburg (empire castle) is from the medieval Holy Roman Empire, a time, where the imperator has had to move around in his empire constantly to control and to govern it.

This castle was founded in the late 12th or early 13th century and reconstructed in the mid 17th century. Thus it is a good example for the neo-gothic architecture style.

Take care!

 

nature, world

bloodmoon

Hey guys, I’m totally happy. Last night we have had a moon eclipse and the weather conditions were great for taking some photos. The eclipse started here at about 2:11h in the early Monday morning and lasted until 6:27h. It was a crisp cold night with about 4°C, but a clear sky – perfect.

Several years ago I didn’t have had a proper camera for this job and the last 2 or 3 occurrences the weather conditions were too bad.

Take care!

boodmoon_2015_w

architecture, art, culture, history, people, photography, travel, world

Hallgrímskirkja

600_8810-e_wThere’s a big church in Reykjavik: Hallgrímskirkja

It’s the second highest building and the sixth in size of Iceland.

The design of the church is inspired by the Icelandic landscape. The walls are formed by pentagonal pillars. You can find this kind of pillars on many places on Iceland: it’s the shape of slowly cooled down lava. Basalt pillars. The bright color reminds on glaciers and the wall shape of all the columns

In front of the church you can find the statue of Leif Erikkson (Leifur Eiríksson), an Icelandic discoverer (970 – 1020). He is supposed to be the first European, who discovered the east coast of North America and founded a few small colonies there. His trips to Helluland, Markland and finally Vinland.are documented in Icelandic sagas. Scientists are quite sure about the location of Vinland: Newfoundland at the Canadian coast.

In my next post, I’ll show you another iconic monument, reminding to his trips to North America. Stay tuned!

Take care!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

architecture, art, landscape, nature, photography, technical, travel, world

Monochrome Tuesday: blowball

600_0166-et_w
btw. you can click on the image to see it a bit bigger!

You’re a regular reader and you’re surprised seeing a different topic as usual on Tuesdays? Don’t wonder. Leanne Cole, the organizer of Monochrome Madness, is currently on vacation. Though, she pauses for a few weeks. But, I put a monochrome image online for you, anyway.

Summer’s nearly over, now. Meteorologists declare September 1st to be the first day of fall, although the astronomical start of fall is tomorrow. I hope, you enjoyed your summer (in case, you live in the northern hemisphere, like I do) or your winter (in the southern hemisphere).

September 23rd is the day, when day and night are of the same length, just like on March 20th. This happens, when the sun crosses the equator. Because of the tracks of our planet through the universe is not exactly balanced with the earth rotation, these moments can differ a few hours. Thus, it is i.e. 23rd in one year and 22nd in the other. The same is true for the crossing in spring.

Take care!

 

culture, street, travel, world

funny findings in Reykjavik

600_8781_wIn every town, you can find some things that seem funny, special or even weird. That also true for Reykjavik.

Some of these things are so with intention. Others are modified by the locals and you can call them street-art. The blue bike, i.e. is used as a gate. I found 4 of them, each in a different color. So, they can also be used as a meeting point. They are used, to close the pedestrian area for cars and vans. Only in certain times, they are opened to give permission to vans to deliver goods to the shops. In the meantime, they look way better, than a common red-white colored bar.

Some shops decorated their front with statues of vikings or trolls, mythical beings from the nordic sagas. Each region or county has its own culture and that’s what make traveling so interesting.

Have fun!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.