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Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite

dsc_3439-e_wThis weeks assignment at “The weekly Photo Challenge” is “infinite” on in other words “without an end”.

I took the first photo in an abandoned coke oven plant.

I love such places. Unfortunately, they are rare and hard to find. And, most important, usually it’s illegal to break in such buildings. But, here we got permission to go and visit.

Have fun!

Maybe you’re also interested in my other series. Currently I run a series on Cuba on Thursdays as well as changing topics on Tuesdays.

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A french market

600_3932_wLuckily the sun was back this morning. So, I was happily looking forward to the visit at the market scheduled for this morning. I guess, I won’t be fun, if it had rained like the day before, when we were in Paris.

When I was in Brittany and in the Normandie, we were looking for such a local market, but we were unable to find one or we were too late. So, I was quite happy, to have now the opportunity to visit a market. Stéphane at myfrenchheaven.com includes every now and than photos taken at his local market (i.e. here). So, I was quite curious, what I’d see.

Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh fish, seafood and meat, spicery, cheese, eggs, clothes, hats, shoes, jewelry, bakery products, coffee, tea, cooked meals, crepes, furniture and many more. I expected to find the fresh foods. and maybe clothes, but there were so many other things to buy (and to see). It was really amazing.  And it was very interesting.

Here we also have such markets held once or twice a week. But here the diversity of products is way smaller even on big markets. Here they usually focus on fresh stuff like fruits, vegetables, fish, cheese and meat. complemented by cleaning stuff and sometimes table cloths. Usually you can find two or tree stands of one kind, but that market had so many to offer. I guess, there were more than 5 stands offering fruits and vegetables and at least 5 other stands offering fresh fish. Nearly every product group was at least twice at that market, even the square isn’t that large. Wow!

Thus, today’s slideshow is quite long – sorry.

Enjoy!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV

dsc_4330-s_wThis weeks assignment at “The weekly Photo Challenge” is “an unusual point of view”.

I picked a photo taken last year at WIM.

It’s a very unusual POV or have you ever been inside a hot air balloon? Look, how small all these people are. And, the balloon isn’t filled completely as you can see on the ground.

Have fun!

Maybe you’re also interested in my other series. Currently I run a series on Cuba on Thursdays as well as changing topics on Tuesdays.

 

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Daily Prompt: Moved to Tears

dsc_7665-e_wToday, the Daily Prompt ask photographers to show beauty. But, what is beauty? Is there a general definition, what is beautiful and what is ugly? Doesn’t this depend on the eye of the viewer?

My first intention was, to show a photo of a fledgling of an moorhen. These young birds are really ugly with their bald spots and ugly color combinations in skin, feather and pecker, but what would their mother describe them? Would she also say, their kids were ugly?

On the other hand: think of the fairy tale of the ugly duckling, told by Hans Christian Andersen. An duckling slipping in the wrong nest. Thus, being gray instead of yellow and bigger then his siblings. But, later in time, when he began to be an adult, the ugly duckling turned to be a pride swan.

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The eagle has landed

600_0813-s_wOK, not literally.

Every action or event has its end. So, this flight also came to its end. We traveled about 4.5 hours and covered 163 km with an average speed of about 30 km driven only by the wind. According to my GPS our maximum height was 2,573 m. Stunning!

But, finally we had had to land again and were collected by a car to be brought back to our starting point.

As you might know, wind during the starting and the landing phases might endanger these phases. We landed right before the wind became too strong. Thus, we were landed smooth and save.

Enjoy the photos taken in this final phases of our flight and right after we landed. Maybe you might also have a look back to the other posts:

nightflight, the rise of auroraIt’s coming, geometric shapes and heaven above.

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Rolling, rolling, rolling

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As I mentioned in an earlier post, I saw many vintages cars over there, for which Cuba is famous for. You know, when the Cuban Revolution took place in the late 1950s, they created a new government model following communistic ideas. As a result, Cuba was isolated and had serious problems getting modern technical equipment. So, the people took serious care i.e. for their cars. As a matter of fact, today still hundred-thousands of cars build back in the 1950s and earlier are still in use. So, they are more the 60 years old and are still rolling. OK, here we also have such old cars on the streets, but they aren’t in daily business anymore. Instead, they are pampered and well-tended, but used only for rare showcase events, because they are so precious (because they are so rare).

In Cuba, I saw many of them in the street, operating as private cars or as private taxis. Yes, although Cuba is a communistic country, they allow private businesses. Most of the cars, I’ve seen, were in perfect optical shape. Well-kept. But, according to our guide, the engines aren’t. They were replaced by Diesel engines by i.e. Toyota  back in the 1970s.

If you want to take a ride, you can hire a car for a certain destination or for a certain time. You only have to negotiate the price with the driver,  who usually is the owner of the car. There are also government operated taxis in the streets working on a fixed tariff and having a taxi-meter.

There are also other kinds of taxis in the streets, but I’ll show them in my next post.

So, enjoy some of the wonderful, old cars, I attached here.

While waiting for my next post, you might have a look on some past post.

A few days ago a photo calendar was publish, containing some of my photos. Currently you can order a german, an US and an UK version of the calendar. An austrian and a swiss version are on their way and need a few more days. I’d also put up a french and a spanish version, but I’m unable to write the  marketing texts in that languages 😦

In case, you’re interested, here are the ISBN numbers for the calendars and a link to a special partner shop at Amazon:

Cuba Cars 2014 (DE)

  • A5 = 978-3-660-220005-6
  • A4 = 978-3-660-220007-0
  • A3 = 978-3-660-220006-3
  • A2 = 978-3-660-220004-9

Cuba Cars 2014 (US)

  • A5 = 978-3-660-220010-0
  • A4 = 978-3-660-220011-7
  • A3 = 978-3-660-220008-7
  • A2 = 978-3-660-220009-4

Cuba Cars 2014 (UK)

  • A5 = 978-3-660-23196-0
  • A4 = 978-3-660-23194-6
  • A3 = 978-3-660-23193-9
  • A2 = 978-3-660-23195-3

Update:

Cuba cars (CH Version)

  • A5 = 978-3-660-23280-6
  • A4 = 978-3-660-23278-3
  • A3 = 978-3-660-23277-6
  • A2 = 978-3-660-23279-0

Cuba cars (A Version)

  • A5 = 978-3-660-23276-9
  • A4 = 978-3-660-23274-5
  • A3 = 978-3-660-23273-8
  • A2 = 978-3-660-23275-2

According to the publishing house, the ISBN numbers are internationally valid, and you should be able to get your copy where you’re living.

Take care.

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geometric shapes

600_0747-s_wWhen having a look from the sky, the ground looks much different and unusual compared to our usual experience. We see our common landscape from a different perspective. Many geometric structures appear below our feet: streets, paths, hedges, field borders or power lines. Most of them are straight. Men tend to build their paths  straight, while mother nature builds in unpredictable directions. We differ from this concept only in those cases, when we have to follow with our path a path, mother nature build before, like a creek, a river or a mountain.

Never the less, this concept looks nice from above. Enjoy the view!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: The World Through Your Eyes

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This is my contribution to the photo challenge organized by the dailypost, here at wordpress.com

Everyone of us has his or her own style of seeing the world. Some see the beauty, others see the waste and the destruction. Some even can find beauty in the destruction. Some see in wide landscapes other are focused on the details. Here in my blog you can find all of them.

My blog is, as you might know, focused on photography and travel. I like taking photos and I like to travel. Each photo and each post are my personal view of the world and you’ve the opportunity to accompany me on my trips virtually. Maybe, I’d even meet one or another in real life.

Today I picked a detail, I found in an industry museum. A former coal industry plant was closed many years ago. Later it was formed into a museum.

Come back, to see more of our world through my eyes.

In the meantime you can have a look on past posts.

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Cuban people

600_4205-e_wCuban people are usually not shy. They are open-minded. In Havana you can find people dressed up in traditional ways to earn money from the tourists for getting photographed. But you can also ask common people for a photograph. Be open and ask for permission. Don’t shoot hidden, from a distance or out of the hip.

Even the Cubans are poor, I was very surprised for not seeing beggars. Cubans want to earn money. They try to sell i.e. cigars, invite to paladars (private restaurants), offering taxi services or making music. Santiago de Cuba was the only town we visited, where Continue reading “Cuban people”

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Walking around in the old town of Havana

600_3688-e_wHavana is the capital of Cuba. The complete name is Villa San Cristóbal de La Habana.

The city was founded back in the early 16th century by the spanish conquerors. You can still find many old buildings in Havana, i.e. strongholds and churches from that time.

The Cuban government is currently doing many renovations. Houses, streets and places are undergoing a renovation process to get rid of broken facades and holes in the streets. Houses are also freshly repainted, i.e. the houses around Plaza Vieja are all bought by the government, renewed and repainted. Now Continue reading “Walking around in the old town of Havana”

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December 21st

You might ask, what is so important to donate a dedicated post to that date.

Now, when December 21st is over in all of our timezones we find, the earth still exists. All the problems, mankind, animals and beauty of the nature are still in place. Nothing is gone.

When still wondering, why I write this post, I’ll tell you now, why this is that important.

The Maya were people living where we find Mexico now. They were well-known for their astronomical knowledge and their ability to build a certain type of pyramid, crowned with a temple donated their main god, the sun.

Because of their astronomical skills they were able to correctly calculate many star paths, eclipses and so on many centuries in advance. They also created calendars and picked them into stone. For an unknown reason, they disapeared someday in the 15th century (following the Gregorian calendar as used by the western countries) before the arrival of the Spanish conquestadores.

Scientists were able to find and decode the mayan calendar wondering, why this calendar ends on December 21st, 2012 (again following the Gregorian calendar). One possible reason, founded on their astronomical skills, assumed, this world might become destroyed (i.e. by a meteor) or so, so that there was no reason to continue the calendar.

But, we’re here and December 21st ist over. So, maybe, the calendar isn’t finished, because the chiseler got ill or the priest, responsible for calculation the next steps, got ill. Who knows.

So, “Good morning, world!”

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I’m back …

… from Bavaria.
I was in Bavaria at the Ammer lake for a week. We hoped for colorful leafs and sun, but got days with fog and drizzling rain. Only one day we had the weather as expected. But, nevertheless, the weather was not too bad to take many photos.

The Ammer lake is located west of Munich, the Bavarian capital. It’s part of the 5 lake district. The 5 lakes remained after the meltdown of the glaciers after the last ice age, some 10.000 years ago.

While our arrival we saw fog coming up from the fields and the forests. It was a fantastic experience, as always.

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50 and 500

Today I noticed that there are 50 people following by blog and I want to say thank you. I hope, I’m able to inspire you for your own trips and yoyu enjoy my posts and photos.

I also noticed the sum of more than 500 likes for my recent posts. I’m so glad about that and I want to say thank you for liking my posts and photos, too.

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Another day, another award

That’s the way the world goes.

I’m not ready with the nominations for my last award, I got the next on.

Ricardo Viela nominated me for the “Versatile Blog Award“, whom I thank for.

As the rules go,

  1.  I have to thank to the donator and link back to her    –  done!
  2.  I have to share 7 things about me     –   done!
  3.  Nominate 10 bloggers you admire and contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the nomination   –   done!

Fact about me:

  • I like scifi movies and stories.
  • I’m interested in IT for nearly 30 years.
  • I started computing and programming on an Apple IIe personal computer.
  • I’m interested in Linux since 1994
  • I’m interested in history
  • I’m interested in greek mythology
  • I like good food

Next nominees: