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Travel Tuesday: Encounter with sheep

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Last week I told you a little bit about the landscapes at the Germany North-sea coast and the dikes.

The dikes are very sensitive buildings. To keep them in good shape, there are no machines allowed to use for i.e. mow the lawns on top of them. Therefore sheep are here to keep the grass short and their feed don’t endanger the soil. Perfect. In some areas there are meadows bordered with fences and in other areas the sheep are allowed to move over large areas freely while the people can simply walk across them.

That evening, we were faced with hundreds of sheep on our walk along the dike. Although, it wasn’t our first meeting with a herd of sheep on a dike, it was a remarkable encounter.

There are fences to hinder the sheep from running away or crossing streets. All the fences have gates for the people. Some gates have doors, while other gates are equipped with grids in the ground. Sheep won’t cross these grids while people can cross them easily with bikes, children’s push chair or strollers.

Take care!

 

art, landscape, nature, photography, seasons, travel, world

Monochrome Madness 3-41

mm41-610_7648-s_wtWe have another themed MMC this week and the theme ist “reflection”. You can find many reflections around. But, not every reflection also works in monochrome.

So, I considered several images and finally decided to take this one taken last fall.

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 from all over the world.

I’d also encourage you to participate. The conditions are  published in each of here Monochrome Madness posts.

Take care!

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WPC: Repurpose

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What to do with old and useless cars? Let’s use them form an entry for a museum 🙂

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

 

Take care!

 

Take care have a great weekend!

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

culture, history, people, photography, travel, world

Travel Tuesday: on top of the dike

610_5249-e_wLast week I told you a little bit about the landscapes at the Germany North-sea coast and the dikes.

In this image you can see the path behind the dike and the small Pilsum lighthouse. It’s located near the town Greetsiel.

Nowadays, most of the lighthouses are not in operation anymore. They are only tourist attractions. Here, i.e. you can legally get married when booking in advance.

Take care!

 

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Monochrome Madness 3-40

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Do you remember my last Monochrome Madness post? I told you about the weather warning we got. This is, how our garden looked like the night before the storm.

We still have snow. Although, we have had a week full of sunshine and blue sky, the sun wasn’t able to melt it down. The clear nights are cold (around -10°C). Even during the days the temperature stayed below 0°C. The forecast says, it will stay cold, but clouds are on the way to bring further snow or even rain.

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 from all over the world.

I’d also encourage you to participate. The conditions are  published in each of here Monochrome Madness posts.

Take care!

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WPC: gracefulness

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I’m sorry, Ben. I also have to pick a swan image for the challenge. These birds are simply a synonym for gracefulness, in my opinion.

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

 

Take care!

 

Take care have a great weekend!

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

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Travel Tuesday: wide land

610_4765_wAs I wrote in one of my last posts, the area at the German coast is very swallow and flat. The highest points, beside the huge wind engines and power poles are the dikes. The dikes were built to save the land from being overflooded during i.e. storms or storm tides. The water would be able to destroy the land or at least make it fruitless because of the salt. Also, people live next to the dikes and there are some nice towns.

People used to live as fishermen, farmers and rangers here. And you can still find many, many fields like the one in the image above growing rape, potatoes, corn, wheat and other grains. In the back, you can see the dike. I wasn’t far away from the shore while taking this photo.

The dikes not only part the beach from the fertile lands, they are also nice paths. There are usually good ‘roads’ along the dikes for checking and  preventive maintenance. So, lorries can use these roads. But, usually they are for pedestrians and bikers. Cars aren’t generally allowed. Often you have one of these roads on the water side and one on the land side. So, you can change to the land side road, when the wind becomes too strong for you on the sea-side. sometimes there is a third path on top of the dike. But, this is primarily for pedestrians and gives you a nice view over the sea to one side and the land to the other side.

Take care!

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Monochrome Madness 3-39

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On Thursday evening we got weather warnings from the weather forecasters. A serious storm was upcoming and about to cross the European mainlands during the night. Although the temperature was slightly about 0°C it was snowing. Partly, there were heavy snow storms even in the usually snow free lowlands. This storm was called “Egon”. That’s a custom for every heavy storm, low-pressure area and high-pressure area. “Egon” came from western directions. Luckily, one major part of the storm passed about 100km north of my region. Another major part started in France (more than 300000 households were reported to have no electric power – for France that means “no heating”, because the houses usually have electric heatings) and passed east of us. So, we only got a snowy cover of about 3-4 cm in thickness, but melting because of the temperatures.

The warnings were still current on Friday, also of my region, and lasted until Saturday noon. Although a heavy snow storm came up on Saturday and hindered me from visiting a friend, we have had good luck: our region was spared from the disaster.

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 from all over the world.

I’d also encourage you to participate. The conditions are  published in each of here Monochrome Madness posts.

Take care!

landscape, nature, photography, seasons, travel, world

WPC: ambience

 

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

Here, the sun rise lifted up the felt temperature of the snowy, cold landscape and made me feel a little warmer.

Take care have a great weekend!

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