landscape, nature, photo-of-the-day, photography

Lens-Artists Photo Challange 169: “ordinary”

This week we have another guest host for The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: I.J. Khanewala of Don’t Hold Your Breath and she asks for the ordinary.


It’s fall. The rose apples or rose hips are ripe. You can see them when looking carefully around. Only about a centimeter long and half a centimeter diameter.

Guess, what we have here, before reading further. I suspect you also have it at home. Probably in your fridge. A couple of eggs. Were you right?

Apples are very common in supermarkets. It’s great to have them.


Blooming time is over in the Northern hemisphere. Only a few autumn flowers and a couple of leftovers are still blooming. This image is from summer.


A baby’s hand. A couple of millions are around on our planet. When counting all hands in, we have approximately 16 billion human hands currently on this planet. Not counting the hands of the decreasing number of other primates in.

Fire, candles, matches. Very common, very ordinary. Candles are burning in houses, churches, temples. Fire is used for cooking and matches are nee ded to enlight both of them.


Streets are crossing all regions and countries. Not all of them are looking like this and even the vehicles moving on the streets are looking different. But, our whole civilization even the more primitive lives of our ancestors wasn’t possible without a primitive kind of street.

Stones are tiny parts of the earth. They are everywhere. We even use them the build our houses, streets, walls and so on.


Rain is a necessity for life. At least for a kind of life like we know it from hour planet Earth.


P.S. don’t forget to click on the images to enlarge them.

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Take care!

landscape, nature, photo-of-the-day, photography

Lens-Artists Photo Challange 168: “seen better days”

This week, Tina is our host for The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. Her theme for this week is “seen better days“.

This ruin once must have been a pretty house, home for a farmer’s family. For as long as I can remember, it was abandoned. In the meantime, instead, it is removed and a new house build instead.

When putting paint on metal walls, you have to prepare the grounding carefully, but also pay attention to the surface to keep the paint as protection.

In the middle of Santiago de Cuba, you can find many abandoned houses, hotels, and factories.

Once, this area was farmland. Small villages were around giving a home to farmers and their families, while the land around was giving them food and even enough to sell. But, when they found brown coal, the ground was turned downside up.

Once, liquid iron was running through these channels. Men in special heat-protecting suits were working here. A hard and dangerous working place.

This is a village, location on Kerkyra. It’s called the Venetian village because the village is said to be founded when the state Venetia was ruling certain parts of the Adria.

This is part of the former city wall of the Venetian village on Kerkyra.

This toilet is not in use anymore. Guess why?

One of the towns of Kerkyra is/was taken over by British tourists. I was quite surprised to see prices announced in GBP and pence instead of Euro and cent, as we are in Greece and not in the UK. And why were soo many hotels, supermarkets, and restaurants abandoned?

This is right beside the main road!

Also in Norway, you can find abandoned houses in nice places

Not only houses have seen better days. Guess, which adventures this ship might have seen.

You can’t imagine how many of these chappels I’ve seen in Scotland. Why don’t they have a roof? Is it intentional? The cemeteries around these chappels are definitely still in use.

A fisherman’s boat. What happened to the fisherman?


Only the skeleton is left of this boat.

A medieval (or older?) castle in Scotland

A public swimming bath, build in the epoch Jugenstil / art nouveau. Abandoned for many years.

This is, or was, the chemist’s laboratory inside a former coking plant.

And finally another find from a former steel plant. It’s converted into a publicly accessible park.


P.S. don’t forget to click on the images to enlarge them.

Take care!

art, culture, landscape, long exposure, nature, photography, travel, urbex, work, world

Monochrome Madness 5-06 / 212

This is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole. As this is the first week of a month, we have a theme for this week. the theme is “boats (singular / plural)”

Here we have a lost boat. Over time, it was covered by water several times, as you can see. Maybe, it belongs to Davy Jones, now.

“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!

architecture, culture, history, photography, technic, world


dsc_3439-e_wToday’s assignment from The Daily Post for photographers is ‘Lost‘.

I picked this photograph of a lost alley in the former coking plant.

It’s always interesting to examine places not visited or in use for a long time. Time changes everything.

For examining lost places, there are a few rules:

– security first
– never go alone
– never touch or change anything
– never leave anything, but foot steps in the dust
– never take anything with you, but photographs