art, Computer, culture, photography

My personal review in images

It’s December 31st again. Another year is over.

Sylvester is the perfect time for a review. I picked my personal highlights from the last 12 months and assembled a small movie for you. It’s a bout 3 minutes long and contains my favorite images taken during the last year in a random order. So, have fun!

(btw, I have a hint for you: in the lower right corner of the movie player you can find an icon for enlarging the movie up to 1080p)

I’m looking forward for some more interesting adventures. You, too?

And now: A happy new Year. See you in 2016.

art, culture, photography, travel, world

Monochrome Tuesday: a Christmas Review

 

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Although, Christmas is over, I picked this image for today. You know, I posted the color version on Christmas Day, only 4 days ago.

This tiny crib was a Christmas gift for my son’s girlfriend. She’s off for half a year working voluntarily in Manila, Philippines. The crib is made from felt. So, it is very lightweight and easy to carry it with you. It’s very small – only about 10 cm high.

Take care!

 

nature, photography, seasons

A Christmas Gift for all of you

This year I have a Christmas gift for you all: a downloadable calendar for 2016 along with puffin couple.

It’s free for your personal use as a i.e. wall calendar or a desktop wallpaper. Other usage is strictly forbidden, especially selling prints or making the calendar available on any other site than my own site.cal-2016-wYou can decide between an US, a GB and a German version. Right-click on the appropriate link below and save the image to your disk. Now, you can print it for putting it up to a wall or simply use it as a wallpaper for your computer desktop.

Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

art, culture, history, seasons, world

The countdown has come to his end!

dsc_3080-ec_wToday is December 24th, Christmas Eve.

Today I want to tell you a bit on Christmas and how it is celebrated here in Germany.

In case December 24th is a weekday from Monday to Saturday, it is a common working day. But, at about 2 p.m. all the shops close. Many offices, instead are already closed this day. So, the cities and shopping centers are crowded this morning. Many male shoppers are in the streets, those, who forgot to buy a suitable present for their wives.

Many women are also in the shops. They fetch the pre-ordered food: meat, bread or cakes. Butchers, bakeries and fishmongers open very early this day and often have a different counter for those people, who want to collect the usually pre-paid pre-orders.

When I was a child, the grannies went with their grand-kids to a theater or a cinema and watch a play or a movie for the kids to shorten the time until they get their presents for Christmas and, more important, to give the parents time, to prepare the living room with the Christmas tree and the gifts. Nowadays the TV took over the grannies’s role.

You might already got the point, here we don’t have Father Christmas or Santa Clause coming in the night from 24th to 25th. Here we celebrate Christmas in the evening of December 24th.

The next two days, which are holidays, are used for visiting the parents. One spouses parents on 25th and the other spouses parents on December 26th.

Visiting a service at a church is not that common anymore. Some churches start at 5 p.m. with their Christmas service others at 10 p.m. For many people visiting a Christmas service, is this the only time of the year entering a church for visiting the service.

So, I wish you a happy, peaceful and joyful Christmas time wherever you are and whatever tradition, country, religions or ethical group you belong to.

How about you. Maybe you write a bit about the Christmas traditions from where you live.

Take care!