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Throwback Thursday: huge machines

A few weeks ago, I was on the road quite early for capturing flowers right after sunrise. Unfortunately, they were not blooming when I arrived, because of the too cold temperature we had during the last couple of weeks.

On my way back, I stopped at this huge machine, standing in a vast hole in the ground. I’m standing at the edge of the hole. In the back, you can spot another of these machines right above the edge of the excavation. Also, compare it with the white car. This car is a pickup. So, it’s not that small. I’ve never before been so close to such a huge machine. It’s used as a stacker to put the unusable earth back in the hole because they only want to have the brown coal.

I already published images from that digging pit a couple of times. In this post, published about 10 years ago, you can get a bit of an overview. Or, here, you can see, how it looks at night. While you can here find an image of the hole taken with a fisheye lens.

Although I hate how they treat the earth so badly by grabbing brown coal from the ground for using it inefficiently to burn it for producing electricity power, I find these huge machines really fascinating. Nevertheless, I’m looking forward to the day they are not needed anymore.

Take care!


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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #68: Layers

Long-time followers know, I used to big a big fan of the weekly photo challenges run by the WordPress team each Friday. Unfortunately, the series stopped some time ago. Now, I stumbled upon a post telling me, 4 ladies also missed the challenges and created a follow-up. Round robin, they challenge their followers with a topic. This week Amy, one of the 4 ladies, demands us to show “layers”.

As a first time contributor to this challenge, I’m not perfectly sure, how it works. But, I try to find out.

My image is taken a few years ago at a huge environmental sin here in Germany: open brown coal mining pits.

You can see one kind of the huge machines used at an open brown coal mining pit for digging for brown coal. The machines in the image are so-called stacker. They are at the end of the digging process. The huge diggers standing on a layer and shave the soil with their rotating shovels from the side. The brown coal isn’t that deep in the ground. So, it’s possible to dig for the coal in an open pit instead of digging tunnels deep in the ground. But, it spreads to the sides and the hole in the ground becomes wider and wider. The brown coal isn’t as solid as the stone coal. It’s not pressed that much and contains more moisture. So, it’s much heavier. That’s the reason for not to transport it to the power plants. Instead, the power plants are right beside the pit. Flat conveyors bring the brown coal to the power plants and the useless soil to the stackers.

In the image, you can see 2 stackers in the foreground on 2 different layers and 2 more in the background.

Here you can see an overview image taken with a fisheye lens and some more background information. In this post, you can see some more images taken at daytime. It also contains some of the diggers.

Thanks to the many environmentalists, this will finally come to an end. Unfortunately, the damage will last a few additional years until these mines finally are closed and the renaturation process can be started.

Take care!

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Throwback Thursday: the vanishing of animals

Earlier this week, I noticed a report created by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) stating the massive decrease of vertebrates on earth. Rhinos, tigers, elephants, leopards and many species more: all of them are in danger of getting extinct. The number of all living vertebrates is reduced during the last decades. Between 1970  and 2014 the number of wild living vertebrates shrunk by 60% caused by human activities. The reasons are primarily agriculture, mining and city enlargement.

To make the situation even worse, China allowed more trading with i.e. rhino-horns and tiger bones.

In the past, I also wrote about the vanishing of insects and birds.

There’s a statement assumed to be said by a North American Indian once to the President of the United States of America: “It is only when the white man has destroyed the whole forest, when it has killed all fish and all animals and that all rivers have dried up that he will realize that nobody can eat money. ”

In my opinion, we’re right on the highway to destroy ultimately our own basis of living and nutrition. Despite, many people are warning with loud voices for decades, those in leading positions, in politics as well as in production industries, are increasing the speed of destruction.

See, what’s left

This image is taken back in 2010 here in Germany, not far away from my home. It’s a coal mine. The image is taken by using a fish-eye lens to show the enormous hole in the surface of our planet. It’s nearly 31 km² and up to 250m deep. Huge machines are inside the hole and digging for coal. Therefore, ground-water must be pumped away in huge parts of Western Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands. Water, coming in contact with the coal, is polluted and contaminated. The water-pumping for lowering the ground-water level is a so-called “Ewigkeits-Aufgabe” (= eternal obligation). A few more images you can find here.

We’re acting like having a second planet to live on and to feed us in the luggage trunk. And, we’re trying to find intelligent life outside of our planet in space, although we didn’t have searched for intelligent life among the humans here on earth. The leaders of the world acting like being insane. Everyone is seeing the results of climatic changes, global warming and they do nothing against it. Researchers even found, big carnivores like wolves have an impact on landscape development and thus indirectly on climatic changes. But instead, the carnivores are hunted and killed wherever they are. The whole planet is balanced. Everything is dependent from many other things. No animal or plant is useless. Everything has a reason and is a necessity in the complex web of living. Up to now, there are still a huge number of white pages in the book of life.

Don’t get me wrong. I like technical research and I like space-flights very much. But, I want every single human to keep the nature in perfect shape and fully equipped with all natural beings (i.e. plants and animals) and live side-by-side without harming or bothering each other. Support those, who are working hard to reconstruct and repair the demolitions caused by humans (us, our parents or our ancestors).

Or, think of the plastic problem in the nature. Especially the oceans are plastic collecting areas. Many kinds pf plastic need more than 100 years to decay. In the meantime, the parts become smaller and smaller. While bigger parts of plastic can kill animals, the smaller parts are eaten. So, their stomach is full, but the die of starvation, because there is no nutritive substance in the plastic. Because of, these plastics remain in them, some substances can be absorbed and come back to our tables as a part of our food. Even fruits and vegetables can bring micro-plastic on our plates. That’s how we’re poisoning ourselves.

Take care!