art, culture, landscape, photo-of-the-day, photography

Happy New Year


This morning, a line of an old song came up to my mind: Ein Jahr geht schnell vorüber (a year is quickly over) by the German Band Münchner Freiheit. They became very popular in the 1980s with German lyrics and a good sound. Despite they appeared during the NDW movement (Neue Deutsche Welle) like i.e. Nena, Ideal, Grauzone, Humpe & Humpe, Extrabreit which were also inspired by the New Wave style coming from the UK at that time, Münchner Freiheit never called themselves a part of the NDW movement. And, when analysing their lyrics, you can see, it’s true. The band name “Münchner Freiheit” (~ Freedom in Munich) comes from a square in the Bavarian capitol Munich.

This particular song was published in 1988 and was very successful, as nearly all of their songs. Although, the first line might imply otherwise, this song wasn’t written for birthdays or New Year eve. It’s called “Solange man Träume noch leben kann” (As long as one can still live dreams).

Instead, it’s a motivational song, in my opinion. Try to live your dreams, as long as you’re able to! To help you understand the German lyrics, I translated them for you.

One year is over quickly
When the rain falls
A sea full of questions
I stand opposite you
In memory of bygone days
The big goal was far too far
For our dreams too little time
Let’s try again
As long as one can still live dreams
One year is over quickly
When the fog comes
With silvery silence
You are facing me
And it’s hard for me to show you love
The big goal was far too far
For our dreams too little time
You know that someday
Once a miracle can happen
Let’s try again
As long as one can still live dreams
I need you, you know that
Let’s try again
As long as one can still live dreams
The big goal was far too far
For our dreams  …

So, go, an live your personal dreams!
New year, new opportunities!
Happy New Year!
nature, photography, seasons

A Christmas Gift for all of you

This year again I have a Christmas gift for all of you: a downloadable calendar for 2018

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.


This time, I created 3 versions. Beside the english and there german version, I created a french version this year as a premiere. So, you can decide between an English, a French and a German version this year. 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, your fridge or simply use it as a wallpaper for your computer desktop. Each file is ~4.5 MB.

Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

animals, art, bird, nature, photography, seasons, travel, wildlife, world

Travel Tuesday: black-headed gull

adult summer plumage black-headed gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus, Syn.: Larus ridibundus) / Lachmöwe im Prachtkleid

Btw. I have a tip for you: If you’re interested in Aurora 2018 or/and Luminar 2018 by Skylum Software (former known as  MacPhun), for Mac or Windows. There is a special Holiday offer available until Dec. 31, 2017.

  • Luminar 2018
    Current users of Luminar may upgrade at a price of $49
    New users can purchase Luminar 2018 for $69
    A collection of bonuses will also be included with every purchase.
    Bonus:
    The Shootkit ebook
    – Preset pack: 20 Festive Texture Presets
    – 500+ Sky overlays for Sky replacement
    – Video tutorial “How to replace Sky in Luminar”
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  • Aurora 2018
    Current users of Aurora HDR may upgrade at a Special price of $39
    New users can purchase Aurora HDR 2018 for $79
    A collection of bonuses will also be included with every purchase.
    Bonus:
    – Deep Dive video tutorial from Trey Ratcliff
    – “How to create realistic HDR images” Ebook
    – 2 Preset Packs: Winter Vibes. + Wonderland (40 presets)

Take care!

 

abstract, architecture, art, photography, travel, world

Monochrome Madness 4-35

 

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, bird, landscape, nature, photography, seasons, travel, wildlife, world

Travel Tuesday: walking through the mud

 

During low tide the vanishing water gives room for the many birds to go out and find some food: shells, crabs and snails. Although, these animals hide in the mud, the bird will find some to feed themselves and their breedings (during the breeding season).

Take care!

 

art, landscape, long exposure, photography, travel, world

Monochrome Madness 4-34

 

This is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole. Look at her 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!

landscape, nature, photography, seasons, world

And winter came

Thursday before last we got some snow for the first time this season. But, it does not stay long in the morning, despite it was a few cm thick on the ground.

Last Friday night (only about 48 hour ago) it began to snow again. Snow felt down the whole night and the whole morning. Getting the snow away from the gateway needed about an hour. And it didn’t stop snowing until now (Sunday afternoon 16:00h). Sometimes like a snowstorm, sometimes like a fine powder. Many kids home for a white Christmas, now.

But, the temperatures are still around the freezing point (0°C) and the forecast proposes +6-8°C for Tuesday. So, the winter wonderland won’t last for long, I guess, because, the snow will turn to rain and the already fallen snow will melt.

For our state, the traffic news, announced more than 250 km of traffic jam only on the motorways. The railways are hindered by the snow, too. (Winter always comes as an unforeseen surprise). Better, to stay at home in the warm.

Image taken with my smartphone and edited with Luminar 2018.

Take care!