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

Bang!

610_7850-e2_wSince Monday, June 30th, summer finally is here. During the week we have had temperatures above 30°C with a maximum of 33 – 36°C. Friday morning, I have read in the newspaper about a town nearby. They have trams and in some areas the railroads are embedded into the streets. Because of the heat, the material, used for embedding the trails into the street, became soft and a tram stuck in. What a disaster.

I like these temperatures. But, many other people are mourning about it. I guess, that’s because of all the sudden temperature jumps. Last Sunday 16°C, Monday 30°C. Thus, people don’t have a chance to get used to it.

This morning at about 4:00 a.m. a thunderstorm started and lasted until about 11:00 a.m. While we have had 37.6°C yesterday, we only have had 20°C today. Probably, the temperature will get lower for a few days (or weeks) now, ’till they jump up again.  I few time I heard the sirens of emergency vehicles this morning. I don’t know, if it were ambulances or fire brigades. Maybe a lightning flash enlighten a fire in a house or a tree. Maybe rain flooded a cellar on someone got frightened to death (heart attack) by a thunder.

The hot weather yesterday made me to skip the monthly photographers roundtable, I usually attend on the first Saturday of a month. Because my car stood in the sun the whole day, it’s way too hot inside for a quite longer drive. I would have to drive for an hour and my air-conditioning system is not able to cope with these temperatures. The maximum is the outside temperature. And, that’s still too much to drive concentrated on the motorway. Thus, I stayed at home and sat in the garden.

But, even though I have a photo for you. No, that photo is not from here, where I live. It’s taken on Corfu. It’s the new castle of Corfu town. I went over for taking some photos of the illuminated castle, when out of a sudden a single lightning flash hit the earth while my shutter was open. No further lightning flashes came down that night and only a very few raindrops felt to earth.

Take care and enjoy your summer 🙂

culture, landscape, meeting, people, photo-of-the-day, photography, seasons, travel, world

Weekly Photo Challenge: adventure

600_5908-ec_wThe photo challenge at The Daily Post is called “adventure” this week.

What does adventure mean? Is it the challenging crowd in a mega city? Or is it covering the wilderness? Maybe it is something you haven’t done before.

Here you can see three guys on a hike upwards in the icelandic mountains. Look on the pebbles on the ground, look on the landscape, look on the weather, look on your equipment, food and water.  And, don’t forget the time.

Each adventurer has to plan his or her trip very carefully to came back in good shape. So, you too.

Take care!

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

Weekly Photo Challenge: fray

dsc_7489-e_wThe photo challenge at The Daily Post is called “fray” this week. What a contrast to last weeks theme.

I looked it up in a dictionary and found its meaning to be ‘fight in meaning of a battle’ or ‘fighting against adverse conditions’ and as well ‘damaged’ or ‘scraggly’.

I picked out a fight. A fight between the powers of nature: a heavy thunderstorm on the ocean. Luckily in a distance, for not endanger us. But, I love such a dramatic sky.

Take care!