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WPC: treat

This week’s topic for the weekly photo challenge by “The Daily Post” is “treat

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Clean water, clean environment, healthy food as well as physical and mental health. These are the true treats. Preserve and patronize them!

Take care!

(as usual, you can see the photo enlarged, when clicking in it)

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Iceland in miniature

600_9118_wIn Reykjavik city hall (Ráðhús) you can find a model of the whole country. It’s not only a map, but a 3D model. You can see every crack, mountain and so on. Distinguish water from ice and rock. It’s a good place, to review your trip and to gaze at this fantastic landscape from a different angle. The 3D-model is set up in the basement of the city hall.

This room has another highlight: huge panoramic windows let you look at the Reykjavikurtjörn, a lake. You stand below the water level and you eyes are only a few decimeter above the water level.

Take care!

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Monochrome Madness 2-30

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My contribution to Monochrome Madness hosted by the Australian photographer Leanne Cole.

It’s fall here and the year comes slowly to its end. Fall also means, to harvest. Framers pray for good weather conditions to get the results from their year of work safe in their barns.

The cold and often wet weather is also the time of the year when the mushrooms  pop out of the ground. They life the whole year in the soil and in fall their fruiting bodies come up to spread their spores.

While some mushrooms are eatable, others are (extremely) poisonous and some are only eatable, when young. You have to have very good knowledge of mushrooms, when you try to find them in the forests and decide the good guys from the bad ones. Some of them look so similar i.e. champignon and death cap, so you can go wrong very easily. I don’t have much more than a very basic knowledge in mushrooms, so I leave them alone. Fly agaric and stinkhorn are nearly the only one’s I’d recognize 🙂

As a child my father has had to go with his father to collect mushrooms in fall. They went to the forests in the early morning on weekends. They had to be back in town, before church started. The mushrooms were cleaned, threaded on twine and hung up in the kitchen for drying. During winter the mushrooms and also collected dried berries were used for food.

I remember a few mushroom collecting trips with my grandfather when I was a child, but my mother always was very skeptical in preparing them for food. But, they were always good. Even, when looking very strange like Ramaria aurea, a coral mushroom.

But, every year you can read in the newspaper from people dieing after having eaten poisonous mushrooms.

Take care!

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2016

calendars_2016Since a few weeks, my calendars for the next year, 2016, are available in the different shops. Calendars full of fantastic images from Cuba, La Habana, the famous Cuban vintage cars and Iceland want to decorate your home or become a gift for you friends or business partners. Twelve wonderful photos in each of them. Give them a try and order i.e. via Amazon or a book store in your region. Here are the ISBN numbers you need for your order:

A tip: the UK editions are also available in the US at least via amazon.com :-). I also checked them at amazon.fr and amazon.es successfully.

Cuba Cars wall calendar
UK edition DIN A4:  978-1-325-06023-8
UK edition DIN A3:  978-1-325-06022-1

CH edition DIN A4: 978-3-664-24656-4
CH edition DIN A3: 978-3-664-24659-5
CH edition DIN A2: 978-3-664-24657-1
CH edition DIN A5: 978-3-664-24658-8 (tabletop)

DE edition DIN A4: 978-3-664-23967-2
DE edition DIN A3: 978-3-664-23964-1
DE edition DIN A2: 978-3-664-23965-8
DE edition DIN A5: 978-3-664-23966-5 (tabletop)

La Habana / Havanna wall calendar
DE edition DIN A4:  978-3-664-26185-7
DE edition DIN A3: 978-3-664-26187-1
DE edition DIN A2: 978-3-664-26186-4
DE edition DIN A5: 978-3-664-26188-8 (tabletop)

UK edition DIN A4: 978-1-325-06070-2
UK edition DIN A3: 978-1-325-06071-9

Havanna Portrait wall calendar
DE edition DIN A4: 978-3-664-26337-0
DE edition DIN A3: 978-3-664-26336-3
DE edition DIN A2: 978-3-664-26338-7
DE edition DIN A5: 978-3-664-26339-4 (tabletop)

Traveling the South of Iceland wall calendar
UK edition DIN A4: 978-1-325-08000-7
UK edition DIN A3: 978-1-325-07999-5

Unterwegs im Süden Islands wall calendar
DE edition DIN A4: 978-3-664-49855-0
DE edition DIN A3: 978-3-664-49856-7
DE edition DIN A2: 978-3-664-49857-4
DE edition DIN A5: 978-3-664-49854-3 (tabletop)

Impressionen aus Islands Süden Wand-Kalender
CH edition DIN A4: 978-3-664-49885-7
CH edition 
DIN A3: 978-3-664-49884-0
CH edition DIN A2: 978-3-664-49886-4
CH edition DIN A5: 978-3-664-49887-1 (tabletop)

Entdecken Sie den Süden Islands wall calendar
AT edition DIN A4: 978-3-664-49877-2
AT edition DIN A3: 978-3-664-49878-9
AT edition DIN A2: 978-3-664-49876-5
AT edition DIN A5: 978-3-664-49879-6 (tabletop)

Take care!

 

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Dómkirkja

600_9071_wDo you remember the Hallgrímskirkja? Despite their size and location dominating the city of Reykjavik, is it not the main church of Iceland. That’s Dómkirkja right in the center of the old town.

Dómkirkja is one of the oldest building in Reykjavik. It was built in the late 18th century, because the bishop’s see was moved from Skálholt. At that time, all citizens of Reykjavik found place in this quite small church.

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