landscape, nature, photo-of-the-day, photography, spring, travel, world

Travel Tuesday: sheep

As I already told you a couple of times, sheep are running free on the Isle of Skye. They can roam wherever they want and you have to drive carefully because you can also find them standing in the middle of the roads. In this case, it was right next to the hiking path. Also, it was eating it paid a lot of attention to the people on the hiking path and keeping at least 5 meters distance. When a person appears to come closer, the sheep escaped at the same speed to keep the distance.

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autumn, fall, photography, travel

Throwback Thursday: Elbe

The river Elbe near Rathen in Saxony in October 2015.

There is a childrens story by Josef Guggenmos (1922-2003) around.

The trees in the forest asked the fall upon arrival, what he has brought along, as each season brought them something. As he didn’t have anything, he stated they should be satisfied by their green clothes. But, they were not satisfied. Instead, they asked him to at least color their leaves. They want to be colorful at least for a certain time of the year. They would throw away their leaves once the winter would come to avoid making him angry. Therefore the fall sent the wind to ask the winter for permission. Finally, winter gave the permission but with a side condition: Fichten, Tannen, Kiefern, Lärchen (Spruce, fir, pine, larch – all plural) have to stay green. Unfortunately, the wind was sooo exited, that he mixed it up a bit and told the trees: Fichten, Tannen, Kiefern, and Föhren (Spruce, fir, pine, pine) would have stay green. That’s the reason, why you can’t have a Christmas Larch.

Ok, now the explanation. In German, the pine has 2 names depending on the region. While it is called Kiefer (singular) in most of the regions, it’s called Föhre (singular) in the Alpes region: Bavaria, Austria, Switzerland, and probably in South-Tirol (northern Italy). According to Wikipedia, Föhre is the older word, while Kiefer appeared first in the 16th century.

In case, anyone wants the read the full fairy tale, you can find it here. But, you have to either read it in German or ask a translator app for help. I’d recommend giving it a try. It’s a very nice story and not too long!

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photo-of-the-day, photography

Lens-Artists Photo Challange 173: “Amazing Architecture”

For this Lens-Artists Photo Challenge hosted by Tina, I could simply have copied my post 171 published two weeks ago. But, I want to show you something different this week. Last week I had to skip because I was too busy. At least the next two weeks I have to skip, too, because I’m off. My regular posts are scheduled, so you can still find new stuff here.

Architecture is an old art. The building of Colone Cathedral was started more than 800 years ago. Think of the pyramids in Egypt or Middle America, they are much older. Next, we have the Frauenkirche in Dresden, followed by one of the dancing buildings in Duesseldorf created by Frank Gehry.

The images of the second row are taken in Frankfurt a couple of years ago.

Row three starts with one of the historic stations of the Wuppertal suspension train, followed by the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris, and the Müngstener Brücke, the highest iron train bridge in Germany. It was created in 1897 and spans over 170m at 107 meters above the ground.

We also have mother nature as a wonderful architect. She created so lightweight but strong contractions, like leaves, feathers, snail houses, or our own skeleton, and much more. Also among the birds, there are fantastic architects. This moorhen is only one of the very talented birds. Think of the baya in Africa and their skills in sewing their nests as well as some insects.

In the last row, I put two very artistic buildings. They have no special purpose. They are only art and landmarks.


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