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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!

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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.

Take care!

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I’m back …

610_4870-ec_wfrom Dresden and the Saxon Switzerland.

First we stayed in Dresden for 3 days, than we followed the river Elbe upwards and made Rathen our base camp for some hiking and photographing tours.

While the weather in Dresden was perfect, but it was quite cold (between 0°C and +10°C).  Thus, we saw a lot of the old town, like Zwinger, Semper Oper (Opera House), Frauenkirche, Residence Chateau and so on. Everything is reachable by foot, although the city is way bigger. But these historic parts are all on a few square kilometers along the river Elbe.

Once Dresden was the capital of the Saxon kingdom. The last king had to resign in fall 1918.

At the end of WWII all these buildings were destroyed by the allied air-force bombs, but after the war they were rebuild and reconstructed. The last reconstructed building was the Frauenkirche from 1994 – 2005. The reconstruction costed about 180 million Euro. Donators collected 115 million Euro, while the city government and the state government covered the remaining 65 million Euro.

In Rathen, instead, we didn’t have had such a good luck with the weather. It was raining constantly with only few dry moments. The clouds also were on a very low level. Thus we were nearly unable to see the most impressive mountainous parts, this region is famous for. 😦 And, the worst part of this: our goal was to see and photograph these famous mountainous region. Sad, sad thing.

610_5438-e2_wFortunately, we were able to use one of the rare moments ,when the rain only was drizzling, and started our hike uphill to the Bastei. Over a short distance, you have to cope about 200m height from the village to the (former castle) above the river Elbe. A very, very impressive sight, even with the bad sight as a result of fog, drizzling rain and the low clouds. About 3 hours later, we arrived back in the village at our starting point. Glad, that we made the trip, because of the fantastic sights. Despite we were outside for about 3 hours on our roundtrip uphill to the Bastei and back by the Schwedenlöcher, we weren’t wet. Reality was better than the weather forecast. And, I know, I have to return (with better weather!).

Nevertheless, I have some photos for you in the gallery below.

Enjoy!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: (Extra)ordinary

For the weekly photo challenge organized by “The Daily Post” they are looking for mundane and meaningful objects or beautiful everyday things.

Everyone knows cars. Everyone uses cars. But, using such an old vintage car, is something very special.

I met this car a few days ago while strolling through Dresden. It took part in the usual traffic in the streets.

Take care!

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A day at the opera

 

600_9427-s_wThis is the proposed post on Harpa. As I told you last week, when we had a look at the outside at night, I take you to the inside now.

The mantle is made from a very special kind of glass:Dichroic glass

This kind of glass interacts with the changing daylight. The different angles of the lightfall, the different frequencies of the light at different times make the glass reflect parts of the light in the complementary color or let it pass to the inside.

Take care!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: happy place

Here we are again, at the weekly photo challenge organized by “The Daily Post

A happy place! Wow! Once, I’ve been in my happy place. A dream came true, and I was able to visit the paradise. Literally! Seychelles!

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btw. click in the image to see it in a bigger size

I’d go back at once, if I’d get an opportunity. And, I even would stay there for a looooonnnngg time.

Getting up early and the air is warm. Stepping out of you bed on warm ceramic tiles without an underfloor heating. Or, sitting outside late at night wearing only a t-shirt.

Everything around is green. No mosquitos, snakes or other dangerous animals. Friendly people, nice beaches – simply paradise!

Take care!

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A night at the opera

600_8982_wThis impressive and very unique building is called Harpa. It’s an opera house, but it’s also open to the public during the day. You can enter for free and find a snack bar and a gift shop at the ground floor. But, way more impressive are the upper levels.

As you might have guessed already, I’m showing you this building at night. My next post will focus on the inside.

Harpa is located right next to the harbor. Behind the opera house, you can find the ocean. It was opened in 2011. Unfortunately, the english Wikipedia does not have many facts. There are way more in the German Wikipedia about the origin of the name, the logo, the idea behind the design and the used materials. All of these is inspired by the island: glaciers, northern light, hot pools, volcanoes.

The main concert hall has room for 1,800 people, but there are 3 more rooms Smaller in capacity, but all of them full of the most modern concert and audio technique. As well, as 9 cabins for interpreters.

Take care!

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