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Monochrome Monday 7-30

full-frame, 12mm, tripod, graduated ND filter

I guess, nearly everyone immediately connects this image to Iceland. It’s the iconic mountain Kirkjufell, located on a small peninsula on the north coast of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, with the Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall in front, where the river Kirkjufellsá reaches sea level after falling down 16 meters.

It was great being there at a time with nearly no other tourists. Exactly opposite to me, a hiking path follows the river and I suspect many people standing there watching this beautiful waterfall. While I was there, only 3 other guys were watching from there. So, it was easy to wait a couple of minutes.

Take care!


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Monochrome Monday 7-28 – locked again

Too many people were ignoring the recommendations for keeping distance between people. Too many people were ignoring wearing masks, where they are supposed to do. Too many people were constantly complaining about how they feel limited instead of simply following the rules to defeat the virus tantalizing us for up to 11 months now.

Recently, I saw a series of short interviews in a  news show on TV.  Pedestrians were interviewed in pedestrian areas in a couple of cities. Passers-by were asked about their opinion regarding the upcoming second wave of Covid19. I really was shocked by the answers by many of the young adults. Nearly all of them didn’t care. They understood the general rule from the first wave (primarily elderly and people with underlying health conditions were affected and endangered) as ‘younger people are immune’. They said ‘I’m not a member of one of the high-risk groups. So, I can act as usual’. They forgot, those young and healthy people generally not die because of the infection. But, this does not necessarily mean, they were immune. There are already a lot of young and healthy passed away while others still suffer from health problems even months after the infection is gone, even professional sportspeople. Loss of the sense of taste, the sense of smell, weak endurance, and problems coordinating the parts of their bodies because the virus also attacks the brain and the nerves. How long these problems will remain is still unknown. So, no-one is safe!

Up to now, we had quite good results here in Germany in comparison with other countries. But, it seems, these guys need the images again showing piles of coffins in the streets, like they had i.e. in Italy in spring, a perverted version of “seeing is believing” (Tom Hanks in Polar Express). We’re admired for having so few infections and deaths, but they don’t see, why our results are so good.

During the last couple of weeks, the regulation became stricter each week or so while the number of freshly infected people was rising. By today, we’re in lockdown again. During the next 4 weeks no restaurant, cinema, theatre, opera house, fitness center, and so on are not allowed to do business anymore, except for the restaurants selling food to take away. The list of businesses is quite long but different from the first lockdown in spring, this time schools and kindergartens are kept open. Although this was foreseeable, too many people were still ignoring the safety rules or, even worse, fighting against them by demonstrating and preaching the virus won’t exist and everything would be simply a fake by i.e. Bill Gates. Personally, I can’t believe this happens now, in the 21st century. People should be smarter now with all the ways to get information instead of fake news. Everyone should be able to decide, which sources of information are trustworthy and which are not. Now, with the new lockdown, we will definitely see many businesses bankrupting, despite the government tried hard to avoid it. The ghost of 1929 seems to rise again.

Sorry guys. This is a blog on photography and not a platform for political statements. But, I felt, it’d be necessary and this image illustrates, how I’m feeling right now. It’s one of my rare images taken in a zoo a couple of years ago.

I’m still offering a call via Skye or Zoom, in case anyone is in a similar situation, feeling lonely and has no-one to talk to. In case you’re interested, put it in the comments. I won’t publish that comment and only contact you to negotiate a call.

Take care!

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Throwback Thursday: river Rhein

In August 2018 I was in Switzerland for a couple of days. It was the first heat-year. Temperature raised up to 39,8°C. for months there was no rain. You know, the source of the European stream, river Rhein, is located in Switzerland. Here, we have a view of the young steam. It’s nearly completely dried-up. Only a runlet remained.

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Lens-Artists Challenge #94 – “home”

The German singer-songwriter Reinhard Mey once sang a wonderful song about parentship. The title is “Keine ruhige Minute” (not a quite minute).

He describes lovingly the changes which come into your life when you get your first kid. He is wondering, what he has done with all the time before the kid was born and what all changes: i.e. repair toys, being a horse for the kid, loud noise, and so on.

The chorus is

Keine ruhige Minute
Ist seitdem mehr für mich drin
Und das geht so, wie ich vermute
Bis ich hundert Jahre bin!

(Not a quiet minute
Since then, there’s more in it for me
And that’s how I suspect
Until I’m a hundred years old!)

As the song goes on, the perspective changes. Instead of complaining, he starts noting all the positive things he gets from the kid. One of the verses says:

“Ein Haus wird doch erst ein Zuhause
Wenn eine Wiege darin steht!”

(a house only becomes a home when there is a cradle in it)

In the German language, there is a big difference in meaning between “house” and “home”. while you can have many houses and live in different places over the years, only one can be your home. The home isn’t necessarily the one your currently living in. Often it’s the place where you grew up. A place with very strong feelings and where you know quite everything about. Maybe it’s the farm of your grant-parents or the quarter where your parent’s house stood. In either case it’s the place where your heart beats stronger when coming nearer to it. And this connection keeps strong over the decades and survives even the passing of the beloved people (grant-parents / parents / aunts / …) who used to live there.

You wonder, what I’m telling here? It’s time for Lens-Artists Photo challenge and Amy asked for “At home“. I have 3 adult kids. But, todays 10 years ago, we got a cradle in our kitchen. Our cat got 4 pretty babies. When the time came, 2 of them moved to another family. But the oldest and the youngest stayed with us. The mother, unfortunately, died, when her kids were about half a year. The youngest is also not with us anymore. She died these days 3 years ago.

In the image below the kittens are 4 weeks old.

Here’s a quote from the birth announce:

“Last night our family grew enormous. Our cat gave birth to 4 kittens. One kitten every about 90 minutes starting at 8:30 p.m. At first she gave birth to 2 black girls, than a tabby girl and at last a tabby boy.

Even the mother is only about 9 month old, she did it very well.”

It seemed, after 2 babies the mother ran out of black color 😂. Not I was the one who stacked the kittens. The mother did it and even the kittens themselves were constantly climbing one over each other. When living outside in the wild they can warm each other.

In case you’re now interested in the whole song and the lyrics, both can be found online quite easily. By using Google you can find the lyrics and put them into the Google translator. The translation is quite good. By using Youtube you can also find a recording taken from a 1980s tv show. Even if you won’t understand a word, give him a try 😊. You will get to know a famous german singer. Although was born in 1942 and his career started in the early 1960s, he is still well-known for his intelligent lyrics which often make you smile.

Take care!

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Travel Tuesday: time is flowing …

.. like a river.
Time, beckoning me
Who knows when we shall meet again
If ever
But time
Keeps flowing like a river
To the sea
Goodbye my love,
Maybe for forever

Songwriter: Alan Parsons / Claudio Goldman / Eric Woolfson / Sergio Antonio De Albuquerq
Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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For Boxing Day

Now, Christmas is nearly over. But, here in Germany, Dec. 26th is also a holiday.

We celebrate Christmas on Dec. 24th = Christmas Eve. That night, Christ child brings the presents for the kids (and the adults). The two following days are used for visiting the relatives. Often, one day for the parents and the other day for the parents in law. So, we have three days of presents for the kids. Three days of good food.

So, I have a gift for you, too. I prepared a calendar for 2019 to be used as a background wallpaper on your computer. To download it, you can simply right-click on the link above or on the image below and save the image to your computer. Next, you can promote the image to be the desktop wallpaper for the next year or print it for hang it on your fridge or your wall.

Have fun!