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Lens-Artists Photo Challange 144: “Taking flight”

A dream as old as mankind: flying! Spread your wings and fly. The oldest story of flying men in the story Daedalus and his son Ikaros. Daedalus was famous for his artistry. To keep him, the king of Krete sent both to jail. As escaping from an island is nearly impossible. Daedalus made wings from him and his son from feathers and bee-wax. He advised his son to follow him in the sky and warned him to say away from the sun as the warmth might melt the wax. He also warned his son to not fly too low as the water might wet the feathers and becoming too heavy to fly. The story tells us, Ikaros flew too high and then he saw the wax starting to melt, he went down. Unfortunately, he went too far down and the feathers became wet and heavy. Now, he started upwards again to let the sun dry the feathers. In the end, you might have expected this, Ikaros felt in the ocean and went under. His father noticed the problem and started searching for Ikaros. But, he didn’t find him.

A couple of years ago I got the chance to fly. Not with a plane, but with a hot-air balloon. Although a balloon flight is not risk-free, it’s not as dangerous as the wings of Daedalus and Ikaros were.

I want to take you with me on a few balloon flights. Enjoy!

 

Thank you, Tina, for this wonderful topic for The Lens-Artists Photo challenge.

Take care!

art, culture, photo-of-the-day, photography

Lens-Artists Photo Challange 143: “Colorful April”

Wow, what a theme for this week. Amy is our host and she enjoys the colors of spring.

April started very cold this year. We even have had two days with a lot of snow. All the colors of spring were covered by 10-15 cm of snow.

So, I’m presenting a bit of contrast: color vs. white. All the images are taken this week: Tuesday and Wednesday

     

Take care!

landscape, nature, photo-of-the-day, photography, seasons, travel, winter, world

Monochrome Monday 6-48

Is it fair, to show blossoms in monochrome now when they finally start blooming and end the winter? Last week, we had two wonderful sunny and quite warm days (approx. 14-15°C). Birds are singing everywhere. It’s their mating season and they try to attract a partner. The buds are growing on the trees and bushes, ready to break up soon to give free the leaves and the petals. Just like the blossom of the star magnolia in the image above. In my opinion, the image works well in monochrome because of the naturally white petals and the backlit situation in the scene. What do you think? I’m looking forward to your opinion. Just type it in the comment box below.

Take care!

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

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #81: Find Something Red

It’s Lens-Artists photo challenge time again. Patti challenges us to find something red. She started her post with the phrase “Sometimes in the middle of winter” and my brain completed the sentence with “find something red” despite she wrote “, the world is reduced to stark shades of black and white”.

Red is one of the strongest colors we have. Red means blood, fire, and danger, but also love and warmth. Also, many fruits are red, when they are ripe and thus easier to find.

It would be easy to bring up a color-key image, where everything is converted to black and white while some red spots keep their color. I was also considering some fruits.

Currently, I working on images I took in northern Norway a couple of years ago during winter. So I’d find many images of these pretty red houses surrounded by snow. (Here we have the starting line, where my mind failed in reading it correctly 😀)

 

Instead, I picked this pretty blossom, where the red color really pops out

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flowers, nature, photo-of-the-day, photography, seasons, travel, world

Throwback Thursday: plenty of snow

 

10 years ago, overnight we got a lot of snow. About half a meter in just a couple of hours. For years we didn’t get that much of snow. Since then, we got some snow, but not that much and not in that short amount of time. When I’m remembering correctly, there were even years without any snow. In a past post, I wrote a bit more about the environmental conditions for my region. You can find it here.

The landscape looks very nice when covered with (freshly fallen) snow, but on the streets, the snow is very dangerous. I makes the streets slippery, so you can fall down easily and the stopping distance of vehicles becomes much longer.

Take care!