art, culture, meeting, people, photography, review, seasons, street, travel

an event market in fall

610_7646_wToday, we have had an event market in town: a Bauernmarkt (~framers’ market).

Twice a year we have such an event market – in spring and in fall. Although it’s called farmers’ market and definitely has products offered by farmers and rangers, it is very different. Our weekly market is twice a week: Tuesday and Friday morning you can find the booths here on this place. You can usually find the same vendor. But this market is different.

It’s on Sunday from 10 to 18h. The venders are prepared to bring some entertainment i.e. for kids like tinkering, make candles explain honey making, showing bees and other farm animals like sheep, small pigs, hens or turkeys. You can also find some artists offering handmade soap, polished semi precious stones or dried flower decoration’s or in this case decorating stuff made from slates. And certainly, you can find many food stands: bratwurst (grilled sausages), waffles, fresh bread, smoked fish, fischbrötchen (fish rolls), coffee and cake. Often they also demonstrate old (nearly forgotten) handicrafts like wool making (spinning) or modelling from bee wax.

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WPC: Transmogrify

blutmond_vertikal_wThis week’s topic for the weekly photo challenge by “The Daily Post” is “Transmogrify”.

Here we hat the transformation of a full moon to a blood moon and back. I took this series last fall during the whole night.

Take care have a great weekend!

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

culture, food, photography, travel, world

some cheese

dsc_7397-e_wAnother product you can buy in Étretat is goat cheese. Despite the goat ranch is only a few hundreds of meter away from the center of the village, I didn’t found their cheese on the local market. But, I found it in a few local stores and even in the local supermarket, a member of a huge chain – what a surprise.

But, from the beginning 🙂

On top of the cliff (landwards from the part called Les falaises d’Etretat) you can find a goat ranch. You can visit the ranch. They have visiting hours for the farm itself and they have a shop with some interesting products made from goat milk: ice cream, chocolate, pralines and of course their cheese. I’d recommend have a walk to the farm, taste some of their products and walk bat to the village. You can easily make a round trip by walking up to the barm by following the roads and then head to the coast to follow the cliffs back to the village.

I like the pralines and the cheese. It’s a kind of cream cheese sized like a flattened tennis ball. You can get it at an age of 3 days, 1 week or 3 weeks. The older the cheese is, the more solid it is because it loosens moisture. I liked the 3 day old most. The older the stronger. 🙂

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Monochrome Madness 3-28

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Here we have Le Phare De Ploumanac’h, the lighthouse above the fantastic Côte de Granit Rose in Brittany, again. Sure, I also love sandy beaches, but from a photographers perspective this kind of coast is much more interesting.

This image is taken with my full frame camera at 14mm, f8, 30 sec, ISO 400 and a 10x Formatt Hitech ND filter (to get the long exposure time) about an hour before sunset.

The other advantage of the long exposure time was, I got rid of all the other people climbing trough the rocks. The rocks are big, and the gaps between them, too. So, it’s quite dangerous climbing on them. Although some parts of this area are officially closed by the local government, some people were crossing the small fences and were climbing in forbidden areas. I also climbed through the rocks. But, in this particular area it wasn’t forbidden.

In post production I converted the image to monochrome by using the great Tonality Pro by MacPhun. Here it also got the final look by a sepia toning.

This is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole. Look at here site on Thursday (Australian time), to see many more monochrome images created by many other talented photographers.

Take care!

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going shopping

20150730_163111-610_2158_wI already wrote some posts on french farmers markets and how different they are compared to ours here in Germany. So, I included only a short gallery without writing much about it.

In Étretat the market does not only have stands for vegetables and fruits. You can also buy different kinds of cheese, meat, sausages, soap and even clothing.

A place, usually used as a parking ground, in the center of the village is used for the market on friday mornings. It’s always interesting to see all the products and even taste some of them.

So, simply enjoy the gallery below. 🙂 – please be patient, wordpress needs some time to load the gallery :(, I don’t know , why

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Monochrome Madness 3-27

600_2495-et_wThis image is taken at the Belgian coast two years ago in mid October at low tide in the late afternoon.

When there is some wind, people get their sand yachts and race along the empty beaches. There are two kinds of these sport gears: one kind is similar to a sail boat like in the image above, while the other kind is pulled by a kite.

As I said a few weeks ago already, you can go to the beach in every season and find many different, but interesting, thing to photograph.

This is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole. Look at here site on Thursday (Australian time), to see many more monochrome images created by many other talented photographers.

Take care!

art, culture, history, landscape, nature, people

Visiting Claude Monet at home

20150729_120926-610_1798_wAs proposed last week, I have another post on Claude Monet for you. From 1883 he lived in Giverny, a village of about 500 citizens. In 1890 he bought the house, he used to live in during the last 7 years. He lived in that house ’til he died in 1926.

The house still exist and is a museum, now. You can visit the house and the gardens surrounding the house. Huge parking grounds are prepared to have enough room for many, many visitors. The entrance fee is quite high. But, to maintain such a big garden costs a significant amount of money. You can also visit the house. Many paintings are hanging on the walls. But, don’t expect an art museum here. The rooms are still equipped with the past owners furnitures. So you can get an idea of the circumstances Claude Monet used to live. The exposed paintings are from several different creation periods. Certainly, you can see paintings created in the garden around the house, too.

When we arrived, we found a free parking slot very easy. Parking is free and the parking grounds are well signposted. We found is very easy, although it’s a bit remote. On the feeder road several busses full of tourists met us halfway, so we expected a very crowded place (we were there in the middle of the French summer holiday period). Fortunately I bought our tickets in advance online, so we were entitled to enter the property by a side entrance only for bus tours and people with pre-bought tickets. This side entrance is a little bit hidden and we have had to look for it. We knew about the side entrance from the fine prints on the tickets. There was a significant queue in front of the cash box. But inside the garden it was ok. Only the house was too crowded for me. Thus I fled back in the garden very quickly. My wife and my daughter stayed inside much longer.

You can also find a huge gift shop. Here you can buy calendars, postcards, books, DVDs and many, many different tiny things decorated with images by Monet or related to him or his art style. The gift shop is also accessible from the street without the need for a ticket. From inside the garden you have to leave by crossing the gift shop.

Although the garden is big and has a lot of different gardening styles, you’d probable need only about 2 hours to watch it. It was nice to have visited the garden, but I won’t go there for a second time.

Around the house, there are several art galleries, cafés and even flower shops trying to attract people coming for visiting the house and garden of Claude Monet.

Enjoy!

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WPC: H2O

600_7946-e_wThis week’s topic for the weekly photo challenge by “The Daily Post” is “H2O”.

Water is the reason for the existence of the kind of life available on this planet. We all consist of about 70% of water. Water is essential for us to survive. Save our water resources! All of them! Ponts, rivers, lakes, the oceans and the air, too, to prevent water pollution by i.e. acid rain.

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Take care have a great weekend!

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Inventing a new style of painting

20150725_175951-610_9644_wIn the 1870s there was a revolution in painting in France. Claude Monet, a french painter (1840-1926) came to Honfleur, a very small town in Normandy. He came to Honfleur for an exhibition and for painting, where his style of painting impressed the visitors very much. A newspaper editor took the name of one of his paintings “Impression, soleil levant” (Impression, Sunrise), to name his review of that exhibition: “L’Exposition des Impressionnistes”. He has not the only painter working in this style, that was faced harsh opposition from the conventional art community in France.

Impressionist painting characteristics include relatively small, thin, yet visible brush strokes, open composition, emphasis on accurate depiction of light in its changing qualities (often accentuating the effects of the passage of time), ordinary subject matter, inclusion of movement as a crucial element of human perception and experience, and unusual visual angles. (from wikipedia)

Claude Monet liked to paint in Normandy, especially in Le Havre, Honfleur and Étretat. He loved the special light here at the sea.

20150726_143747-610_9945_wTwo of his paintings of the natural monuments of Étretat are set up as weatherproof reproduction copies at the beach of Étretat. They stand in the locations, where Claude Monet has stood to create these painting.

I like this idea to bring the art back to its origin.

In my lasts posts, I focused on the cliffs and the gorgeous natural monuments here in Étretat. If you’ve missed them, go back and have a look.

Enjoy!

 

animals, art, history, mammal, photography

Monochrome Madness 3-25

mm25-600_9588-eb_wToday, I’d like to introduce you to Fritz. He’s our cat. Born in late April 2010 in our kitchen. He is the youngest of his siblings, but the biggest from the birth. Out of his 3 sisters, only the oldest is also still with us. The other 2 moved to an other family in summer 2010 when they were a few months old. These were the first of the four kittens which ate cat food and didn’t drank mother milk anymore.
Their mother was less than a year when she became pregnant by accident. According to her habit, we guessed, she was born in summer 2009. She became only about 1 years old and died as a result of an accident with a car at a Saturday night in mid September. Luckily, the kittens were already old enough to survive alone (with our help). The first 2 girls were black, just like their father and the 2 younger kittens were tabby, just like their mother.
The first-born kitten was the smallest from the beginning and is still quite small. So, she got the name Petite-Fleur (little flower). The second got the name Felina, derived for the latin name for cats: Felidae (Felis silvestris catus). The third got her name from the very prominent “M” on here forehead: Mchen (little M). And, the youngest was Fritz. He also has the “M” on his forehead, but less distinct than in his elder sisters fur.

This is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole. This week we have a themed competition, because it’s the first week of a month. The theme is “cats” or at least “pets” if cat is not possible. Look at here site on Thursday (Australian time), to see many more monochrome images created by many other talented photographers from all over the world.

Take care!