Monochrome Madness 4-06

 

It’s time for a theme at Monochrom Madness Challenge again and it’t “repetition”.

Here we have a self-service bike rental station in Paris. Check out a bike in one station, ride to your destination and check it in at another rental station near your destination.

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!

WPC: solitude

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Alone – one of a kind – one of his or her own – distance

This week’s topic for the weekly photo challenge by “The Daily Post” is “solitude”.

Take care!

 

Take care have a great weekend!

(as usual, you can see the photo enlarged, when clicking in it)

WPC: names

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This week’s topic for the weekly photo challenge by “The Daily Post” is “names”.

Here we have the “path of the career”. As you can see, it ist stony, steep, and in bad conditions. So, work hard, to make your career.

 

Take care!

 

Take care have a great weekend!

(as usual, you can see the photo enlarged, when clicking in it)

Visiting the craftsmen in their workshops

610_8291_wDuring my latest trip, I also visited a few wood-carver workshops and manufacturer production halls as well as their showrooms or shops.

It’s so amazing, what fantastic and filigree things these people are able to create from wood.

I really recommend, visiting the open workshops or the craftsmen in their workshops to look, how they create their products. Then you’ll understand why the prices are so high. Everything is hand-made. Even the manufactories have a high percentage of hand-made tasks. And it’s stunning to see their artistry. In Seiffen you can find at least two big manufactories with enough room for a group of visitors. The craftsmen’s workshops are tiny and don’t have room for more than one or two visitors. The young lady in the image above shows her skills on the Christmas market in Anaberg-Buchholz. Some more images are in the gallery below.

Enjoy and have a peaceful Advent time.

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I’m back ….

610_8312-e_wThis week I have some more images taken during my last trip. Because I’m currently extremely busy, I didn’t write much. Nevertheless, I included a collection of images taken at different Christmas Markets in the Erzgebirge region.

While Christmas Markets are very common in Germany, they are quite new in those states once forming the German Democratic Republic (East Germany). You know, as a result of World War II, Germany was parted in two independent countries. In the eastern part Christianity was suppressed by the communistic / socialistic dictatorship. But, after the reunion in 1990 people were free again and many formerly suppressed traditions awake. So, Christmas Markets became popular here, too.  So, i.e. the Christmas Market in Seiffen was held for the 26th time this year. Thus, they started their Christmas Market right after the reunion.

A Christmas Market usually has many booths offering Christmas related decorations, candles and so on. You can also find booths offering food like bratwurst, grilled steaks or traditions winter food like Grünkohl (green cabbage), goulash or pea or lentil soup. Most popular are usually the beverage selling booths, where you can get i.e. Glühwein (a spiced, hot wine), Jagertee (a hot alcoholic drink from Austria), punch (similar to Glühwein, but often without alcohol), Lumumba, Grog (hot water with rum – common especially in the coastal areas).

Usually you can find a stage, where musicians, music bands or dancing groups perform. Often these are classes from local schools, private music schools, private ballet schools or private dancing schools.

Enjoy and have a peaceful Advent time.

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I’m back ….

610_7918-s_wThose you you, following me on Instagram already know, where I was: I was in the Erzgebirge. The region has surprisingly (at least for me) the same name in English, so I translate the two parts for you: “Gebirge” means mountain range like the Alps, the Hindukusch or the Himalaya and “Erz” is the German word for ore. This region in Saxony borders to the Czech Republic. Several ores were found here and the mining tradition started very, very early: around 1100 a.c. They found amongst others silver, cobalt, nickel and tin.

Beside mining, the region is well known for their wood crafts. During winter, the people crafted statues. The oldest forms were a miner in parade uniform and a female shaped angle, representing their wife.

The big gallery below is a collection of images from the whole trip. We were based in a small town called Seiffen. In German the name is based on the word Seifenlagerstätte, which is called “placer deposit” in English. In geology, a placer deposit or placer is an accumulation of valuable minerals formed by gravity separation during sedimentary processes. Nowadays, there are no mining activities anymore. But, many of the traditions still exist, like parades of the miners in their traditional uniforms. (Some of the older men once were miners, but the younger men are only members of tradition clubs. These clubs want to keep the ancient customs and traditions alive.

Seiffen is well known for crafted wooden toys, candle pyramids, wooden nutcrackers and many other Christmas related things. You can find craftsmen workshops everywhere and you can visit many.

During Advent, you can find many, many Christmas Markets in the towns, just like in most of the other German towns, too. I’d recommend visiting the Christmas Market in Seiffen, Annaberg-Buchholz and Thum. They are fantastic. This is the region, where Christmas is at home 🙂

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