culture, history, landscape, nature, photography, travel, world

Travel Tuesday: the rivers flow

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In my last post, I introduced you to the idea of channels for draining the area behind the dikes for gaining farmland. The channels lead their water to bigger channels and where the water is led into the sea, they are called “Siel” (tidal outlet). Not only the outlet itself is called Siel, also the last and so biggest part of the channel system. You can often find towns at these outlets and big gates to prevent the water flooding the land during flood time. do you remember my post about the tidelands? These gates are constructed to close automatically when the flood comes. The rising water does it. And when the water level falls again, the gate is open from the inside by the pressure of the inside water.

Often you can find town where the Siels are. Sometimes the outer part of the Siel is used for a harbour like in Neuharlingersiel, where I took the image above. In the back you can see the harbour. Below the ground the water passes the tidal gate. The main part in this image is one of the upper flood-gates. This is only closed, when a serious storm flood is around the corner and the water level would rise higher than the harbour walls are. The gate is approximately 3m high.

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

Monochrome Madness 3-45

mm45-dsc_0300_wtFor this themed MMC I re-edited an older image. As the theme is “shadow”, this series from March 2010 came to my mind.

It’s taken during a hike at a wonderful sunny day with a nearly cloudless blue sky. A snow storm covered the landscape with a very solid coating of fresh snow the day before and brought back a winter wonderland for a few days, although winter was already over at that time.

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!

art, cityscape, culture, landscape, photography, travel, world

Monochrome Madness 3-44

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Dancing in the dark in Lisbon 🙂

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!

art, culture, landscape, nature, photography, travel, world

Travel Tuesday: love locks

 

610_5236-s_wThose of you following my blog for some time, already know I’m collecting images of love locks from everywhere I see them. I already posted some of these images here.

Today, I assume, is a very good opportunity to show you another image.

Usually, lovers pick a symbolic place for their love lock. Often, the community government don’t like the huge amount of locks attached i.e. to a bridge or another kind of building. Recently, I read about the bridge in Paris, right behind the Notre Dame, where the city government was forced to remove the locks because the enormous wight was destabilizing the bridge.

Here, in front of the light house the city government set up a grid wall for attaching love-locks and called it “Schlosspark”. “Park” means park and “Schloss” is chateau or castle. But, the German word for a lock is also “Schloss”. And the German word “Park” can also mean “to park”. So, the name of the grid is a play on words: “park your lock” – or so :).

As you can see, despite many couples already attached their love-lock at the grid, there is still plenty of room.

Do you also have such places, where you live, where couples attach such locks? Feel free, to tell me in the comment section below.

Happy valentines day!

art, culture, history, people, photography, seasons

Monochrome Madness 3-43

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celebrating not only one day of love, but a whole life!

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 her Monochrome Madness posts.

Take care!

animals, art, nature, photography, review, wildlife

Adélie : Terre & mer – A book review

A brief look inside the two books. Enlarge by clicking in the image.

Recently, I stumbled upon a documentary on one of your TV channels. That channel is a cooperation among public TV stations from Germany and  France. So, we literally have two channels with the same programs, but one is in German and one is in French.

That documentary was about two french photographers (Vincent Munier and Laurent Ballesta) working for some time in the french research center in Antarctica. They were there for taking photographs of the landscape and the emperor penguins among others. One of the two photographers was focused on the white landscape and its habitants, while the other one was active below the ice as a diving photographer. Every now and then, there were standing images (photographs) shown in the documentary for a few seconds. Really fantastic images, taken in both areas: above and below the ice.

When the documentary ended, I did some research about the two photographers, to find out, if there is a book available containing these fantastic images. And fortunately I was successful to find it. It’s called “Adélie: Terra & mer” (meaning “land an sea”). It’s not only one book, but two of them combined in a box as a single product bound together as two aspects of a foreign world. Each photographer assembled one of the two books. Because of the origin of the two photographers, the entire book is in French. My French is very, very limited. So, it was kind of risky to order the book. There was no “look inside the book” or even sample pages available. Will I be able to understand anything inside of them? Despite all of these considerations, I ordered an exemplar. Two days ago, I received my box.

Inside a solid box, there were two books with 90 full-sized images distributed on 104 pages in each book. The books are sized a little bit bigger than DIN A 4 (35 x 25 cm) and very high-graded produced. The images are printed on a thick fine-art paper. The book by Vincent Munier is white and contains the images taken above the ice. Laurent Ballesta was the diver. His book is dark blue and contains the images taken below the ice. Although, it’s very pricey, it’s worth the money.

And yes, I’m very happy with the books. Fortunately there is only a short foreword in French. Next, there are all these fantastic images: one full-sized image per page without any disturbing text. At the end of each book you can find an appendix of three pages with thumbnail images and a (very) short description of the contents of the image. One can handle it with support of a dictionary. 🙂

Adélie: Terre & mer. (land and sea)

For the first time, photographers Vincent Munier and Laurent Ballesta have travelled together to discover the natural treasures of Adélie Land, in Antarctica.

Vincent Munier explored the ice field and the bird colonies, while Laurent Ballesta dove under the ice; one observed the emperor penguins and snow petrels in the open air, while the other dove with the Weddell seals and photographed the astonishing and unknown biodiversity of the Antarctic depths… Both have brought unique pictures from this exceptional trip, where the whiteness of the ice contrasts with the submarine blue.

« Adélie, Land & Sea » is the result of artistic and technique challenges, as well as a very fine object: it gathers two volumes (one white, one blue) in a beautiful slipcase.

Text in French only (very short – two poems by director Luc Jacquet)

source: publishers website

You can order your own copy via Amazon in France, Germany, UK, US (and several others, too) by following my link above and simply changing the “.de” in the URL to the TLD of your Amazon store (i.e. “.co.uk” , “.fr” or “.com”)

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architecture, culture, history, people, photography, travel, world

windmill

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On our trip along the East-Friesian coast, we found this windmill near the road and stopped for a photo. Despite the sun was high in the sky at noon, I like the image. These windmills are less common in Germany as they used to be. Only few of them are left. In the Netherlands you can find them still more often.

In my opinion, the dark clouds above the windmill mean, they don’t have a bright future, despite being a landmark or a museum. When coming along such a windmill, try to find out, if there is an option to come inside and have a look, how they work. It’s very impressive. A wooden building around two huge stones invented many centuries ago. A principle used for many different purposes and a base of our current culture.

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architecture, art, history, photography, travel, world

Monochrome Madness 3-42

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A few days ago, my daughter watched youtube music videos on the TV in our living room. When I came in, she was listening and watching a cover version of “Dernière Danse”  by the all-female e-string and e-piano band Amadeus. When hearing the music, I knew at once, I know that song, but with a voice. Next, she picked the original song by Indila.

One of the opening scenes in the original music video when the singer stands at a fence and looks over Paris from above the city. At once, I knew where that scene was filmed. It’s not far from the famous cathedral Sacré-Cœur on the Montmatre hill, where I took the image above. But, for this MMC I edited my image a little bit. Do you like it?

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 her Monochrome Madness posts.

Take care!