autumn, fall, photography, travel

Throwback Thursday: Elbe

The river Elbe near Rathen in Saxony in October 2015.

There is a childrens story by Josef Guggenmos (1922-2003) around.

The trees in the forest asked the fall upon arrival, what he has brought along, as each season brought them something. As he didn’t have anything, he stated they should be satisfied by their green clothes. But, they were not satisfied. Instead, they asked him to at least color their leaves. They want to be colorful at least for a certain time of the year. They would throw away their leaves once the winter would come to avoid making him angry. Therefore the fall sent the wind to ask the winter for permission. Finally, winter gave the permission but with a side condition: Fichten, Tannen, Kiefern, Lärchen (Spruce, fir, pine, larch – all plural) have to stay green. Unfortunately, the wind was sooo exited, that he mixed it up a bit and told the trees: Fichten, Tannen, Kiefern, and Föhren (Spruce, fir, pine, pine) would have stay green. That’s the reason, why you can’t have a Christmas Larch.

Ok, now the explanation. In German, the pine has 2 names depending on the region. While it is called Kiefer (singular) in most of the regions, it’s called Föhre (singular) in the Alpes region: Bavaria, Austria, Switzerland, and probably in South-Tirol (northern Italy). According to Wikipedia, Föhre is the older word, while Kiefer appeared first in the 16th century.

In case, anyone wants the read the full fairy tale, you can find it here. But, you have to either read it in German or ask a translator app for help. I’d recommend giving it a try. It’s a very nice story and not too long!

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photography, summer, travel

Throwback Thursday: Photokina time (not)

This is the time of the year when each second year Photokina was held. Last year I wrote about my expectation, Photokina might be dead. We will see if I was right.

I visited this fair a couple of times. I was the world-leading fair related to photography. Last year the fair was canceled because of the pandemic. This year would be supposed to be a non-Photokina year when following the original schedule. Besides, the organizers modified the schedule. Instead of a week each second year in September, the fair now is supposed to last only 3 days each May since 2019.

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

Travel Tuesday: even sheep build roads

You can see horizontal lines at the side of the central hill in the image. These are sheep roads. Sheep like it easy and they find the easiest way to climb a hill. Over time, these small roads appear, where sheep regularly roam.

When hiking in an area where sheep roam freely, like in Iceland or Scotland, and you want to go up- or downhill, look out for these sheep roads and follow them. Sheep have found the easiest way to walk uphill or downhill because they are kind of lazy. So, they try to avoid unnecessary efforts. In this image, all the roads are in horizontal directions, but you can also find them leading up and down.

Take care!

 

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

Travel Tuesday: even sheep build roads

You can see horizontal lines at the side of the central hill in the image. These are sheep roads. Sheep like it easy and they find the easiest way to climb a hill. Over time, these small roads appear, where sheep regularly roam.

When hiking in an area where sheep roam freely, like in Iceland or Scotland, and you want to go up- or downhill, look out for these sheep roads and follow them. Sheep have found the easiest way to walk uphill or downhill because they are kind of lazy. So, they try to avoid unnecessary efforts. In this image all the roads are in horizontal directions, but you can also find them leading up and down.

Take care!

 

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

Travel Tuesday: having a chat


Here you can see, why it is important to wear dark clothing instead of these intense colorful functional clothing. You can find three people disturbing a perfect image of an old stone bridge on the Isle of Skye. The two guys chatting at the right side of the bridge are giving perspective and help you feel the size of the bridge. But, did you also recognize the tiny lady on the right side near the edge of the image? When she would have chosen a colorful jacket instead of the dark-gray / black one, she would have popped out much more and the degree of disturbance would be bigger.

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

Travel Tuesday: a very solid bridge

In my last post, I mentioned the bridge you have to cross for reaching the fairy pools. Here we are! This is the bridge. The gaps between the stones are about 50-70 cm (appr. 2-2,5 ft). While the stones are broad enough to stand, solid and quit plane, I’d recommend to cross it carefully. Especially, when they are wet. You know, wet polished stones might become slippery. And these stones are polished by the boots from all the people crossing the bridge. Having a solid hiking pole will help you much 🙂

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