Saturday before last, we were visiting long-term friends. The two women even are friends since their common time at school. Unfortunately, they are living far away from us and personal reasons were hindering us to meet for several years. But, that Saturday we met again. It was a fantastic day over there.
While we had a walk around a nearby lake we split. A walk-and-talk for the women and a photography walk for the men. Being prepared, I had my camera in the back of my car. So, the women walked a lot more than the men. But, for me, it was also a teaching lesson.
Every now and then I get asked, what’s the best camera. That’s an easy question 🙂 the one you have with you!
Recently, I was in a city on my way to a customer very early in the morning. I saw this alley and had to take an image with my cell phone.
More of my images can be seen at my own blog.
This kind of landscape is called Heide. It’s a man-made landscape. For centuries, the area is used to feed sheep. So, no bigger plants are existing, expect a few for giving shelter to the sheep. Everything else is eaten by the sheep and plants don’t have a chance to grow bigger. Usually, the soil isn’t useful to grow plants to feed men. It has a very high percentage of sand. But, the erica (Heidekraut, Heide crop) grows well. The sheep are here as gardeners and keep the landscape in shape. It’s a protected landscape and a nature reserve.
This kind of landscape is quite magical at the end of the summer: the erica starts blooming for about 3-4 weeks and paints the ground pink. In between, you can see the natural shape of the trees. In this example, it’s a pine.
In the image above, the area looks much smaller, than it really is. Singel trees and soft hills hide parts of this tree surrounded of nearly 1 km2 (= 87,72 ha, 0.338 square miles, 216.76 acres).