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Throwback Thursday: a lighthouse in the forest?

Certainly, not ūüôā¬†Lighthouses are erected at the sea to guide ships safely around cliffs and other dangers. Same is true for this one, right above the harbour entry of Port de Soller at the north coast of Mallorca.But the trees grew so much that only the upper part of the lighthouse is visible. On the other hand, nearly all lighthouses are not necessary anymore because of the electronic maps and GPS used nowadays for navigation.

 

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Monochrome Madness 5-12 / 218

This is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole.

“Monochrome Madness” is now in its fifth year of existence. Look at Leanne’s site on Wednesday (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!

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Who said, in landscape photography, you don’t need big telephoto lenses? The above image taken from Helgoland shows the southern beach of the small neighbour island D√ľne with the lighthouse you already know, when you’re a frequent reader of this blog.

DX, 310mm (= 465 mm FX), f/5.6, ISO 800, 1/2000

The longer the lens, the heavier it is. The heavier a lens is, the more likely you’ll get unsharp blurry images because of unintentional tiniest camera movements (i.e. a breath or simply a heartbeat). ¬†That’s especially true, when standing on of of a cliff during heavy weather or a storm. A tripod might help a bit, but sometimes the wind is strong enough to move the whole tripod. So, only very short exposure times can help, getting a sharp image.

 

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!

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I took this image while on Helgoland the week before last.

Despite having already so many images from here. I really love the small lighthouse standing on the beach of the small island beside Helgoland. I love, how it oversees the dunes, the beach and and see. I have many images from my trips which this lighthouse as a part of the image. Every single image is different because of different weather conditions. Here we have some drama in the clouds. Another image has a sunny beach. These changing conditions make the coastal areas so interesting for me from a photographers point of view.

This is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole for more than four years now. Look at here site on Wednesday (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!

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 Bretagne, France FX 14mm, f8, 30sec, ISO 400

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!

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Travel Tuesday: beach chairs

 

Here we have a beach chair. In German it’s called a Strandkorb. Strand = beach and korb = (a woven wicker) basked.

It’s very common along the German coasts. You can find them at the beach, but also in private gardens or in other public places. As we have much of wind at the coasts, you sit inside very comfortable. I keeps the wind away and you can adjust the back¬†to lean back. On the top you have a small adjustable sun shield. All the fabrics are weather resistant. They stay outside from carry spring until late fall. On one side (and sometimes on both sides) you can find a foldaway table i.e. for a drink.

At the public beaches you can find beach chairs to rent for your stay (a day, a part or your full holiday).

Take care!

 

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Travel Tuesday: Buddelschiffmuseum

Insider’s tip: here by the harbour of Neuharlingersiel you can also find the famous Buddelschiff Museum, a museum dedicated the fine art of building ship models inside an empty bottle (Low German dialect: Buddel – speak booddle).

This tradition was quite common along the German coast because of many men have been¬†sailors on big ships. You know, sailors are known for drinking much alcohol and so have many empty bottles. One day in the past, one of the sailors came up with the idea of building a model of the ship he was working on and place it inside an empty bottle along with a symbolised ‘landscape’. The Buddelship was invented. And nowadays you can find them everywhere along the German North Sea coast.

The Buddelschiff Museum is a small private museum with about 100 different Buddelschiffen. Unfortunately, it was closed when we were there, because we visited Neuharlingersiel off-season. But, I was already in a few years ago. It’s really astonishing what a filigree work the rough sailors hands have been able to create. So, check the opening times in advance on the web. It’s worth a visit. And you can also learn, how to get the ship inside die bottle ūüôā

But, at least I have the one Buddelschiff from the outside window for you ūüôā

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Travel Tuesday: more harbour

As I mentioned in my last travel Tuesday post, the harbour of Neuharlingersiel is used by shrimp fishers. It’s not a harbour for sport boats¬†and the ferry to the offshore island Spiekeroog stays further out. You can walk by the boats. Some owners offer tours to the seal sandbanks in the sea or other road trips.

As you can see in the image, you can walk near-by the boats. In the front, a fisher uses a fence for dying his nets.

Several cafés and restaurants surrounding the harbour. So, the harbour is even the touristic center of the town.

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Travel Tuesday: Neuharlingersiel harbour

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Here we are. The small harbour of Neuharlingersiel.¬†Here you won’t find sport boats of big yachts. You can see three of the shrimper boats. These boats used to be common here at the German North Sea coasts. Nowadays only few of them are left and going out for fishing on a regular basis.

The most left buildings in the back (now a café) has platform on the roof, where you have a fantastic overview.

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Travel Tuesday: love locks

 

610_5236-s_wThose of you following my blog for some time, already know I’m collecting images of love locks from everywhere I see them. I already posted some of these images here.

Today, I assume, is a very good opportunity to show you another image.

Usually, lovers pick a symbolic place for their love lock. Often, the community government don’t like the huge amount of locks attached i.e. to a bridge or another kind of building. Recently, I read about the bridge in Paris, right behind the Notre Dame, where the city government was forced to remove the locks because the enormous wight was destabilizing the bridge.

Here, in front of the light house the city government set up a grid wall for attaching love-locks and called it “Schlosspark”. “Park” means park and “Schloss” is chateau or castle. But,¬†the German word for a lock is also “Schloss”. And the German word “Park” can also mean “to park”. So, the name of the grid is a play on words: “park your lock” – or so :).

As you can see, despite many couples already attached their love-lock at the grid, there is still plenty of room.

Do you also have such places, where you live, where couples attach such locks? Feel free, to tell me in the comment section below.

Happy valentines day!

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Travel Tuesday: Encounter with sheep

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Last week I told you a little bit about the landscapes at the Germany North-sea coast and the dikes.

The dikes are very sensitive buildings. To keep them in good shape, there are no machines allowed to use for i.e. mow the lawns on top of them. Therefore sheep are here to keep the grass short and their feed don’t endanger the soil. Perfect. In some areas there are¬†meadows bordered with¬†fences and in other areas the sheep are allowed to move over large areas freely while the people can simply walk across them.

That evening, we were faced with hundreds of sheep on our walk along the dike. Although, it wasn’t our first meeting with a herd of sheep on a dike, it was a remarkable¬†encounter.

There are fences to hinder the sheep from running away or crossing streets. All the fences have gates for the people. Some gates have doors, while other gates are equipped with grids in the ground. Sheep won’t cross these grids while people can cross them easily with bikes, children’s push chair or strollers.

Take care!

 

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Travel Tuesday: on top of the dike

610_5249-e_wLast week I told you a little bit about the landscapes at the Germany North-sea coast and the dikes.

In this image you can see the path behind the dike and the small Pilsum lighthouse. It’s located near the town Greetsiel.

Nowadays, most of the lighthouses are not in operation anymore. They are only tourist attractions. Here, i.e. you can legally get married when booking in advance.

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Monochrome Madness 3-23

610_6618-et2_wI arrived at the lighthouse shortly before sunset. I liked how the lighthouse and the rocks stood out against the setting sun.

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.

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Monochrome Madness 3-22

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Welcome to¬†Le Phare De Ploumanac’h in¬†Ploumanac’h at the C√īte de Granit Rose in Brittany, France. You might have already seen the color version of this image last week in my ‘I’m back’ post. If not, you can do so¬†now.

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.

 

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Saint Joseph in Le Havre

The tower of the church is high and overshines the ordinary buildings. When I saw it for the first time from a distance, I asked myself, what kind of building it might be, although it seemed dull to me.

When coming closer I noticed, that it is a church, build in the same style as the surrounding business and appartment¬† buildings.¬† Do you remember my last post on the city of Le Havre? Continue reading “Saint Joseph in Le Havre”