Montag, 28. September 2015

Autumn air and atmosphere

Would you like to have breakfast with me???

And afterwards take some photos together???


"Unter den Linden", the "inn in the meadows" at Rothenburg, Germany,
is our favourite place on a Sunday morning for this plan.

The breakfast buffet is gorgeous, but - psst - don't tell it anybody else, otherwise it'll be too overcrowded the next time you and I go there.

And: it's a great place to contemplate and to take some moody photographs, especially in autumn time.

The open-air pub of "Unter den Linden" is directly located at the bank of the river Tauber; which is quite a flat little creek 10 kilometers after it's origin. 

"Foliage boots" on the river...

Angelika, the tenant, and her team know how to decorate modestly but in a good style at once
and so you find seasonal bouquets everywhere in and outside the small inn.

So, when do we meet there in Rothenburg???


Montag, 21. September 2015

End of season sunflowers

Hi folks!
Did you have a nice and pleasant weekend?

After a challenging workweek, an ordinary Saturday and a pleasant encounter with some British friends at Rothenburg on Sunday morning; my sweetheart and I enjoyed a quiet and enjoyable Sunday afternoon.

Quite accidentally we stopped by a field where you can pick various flowers.

All the bigger sunflowers were already harvested,
but close to the ground or hidden behind some other field crops
I was able to find some scattered species.

 One of the small sunflowers I took with me and placed it on the front window of my car to get the car keys out of my trousers pocket...

..and last but not least we arranged one of the sunflower heads on a plate filled with water.

The late summer season is definitely one of the most beautiful and productive seasons for ambitious photographers of florets... :-)

Sonntag, 13. September 2015

In the cottage garden...

Today afternoon: the cottage garden of the botanical insitute of the University of Wuerzburg.
Some flowers in (mainly) yellow and pink, take a peep and enjoy!

Cosmos flowers of different species

 American species [Coreopsis pubescens] of the tickseed / Mädchenauge.

Rudbeckia fulgida / Gewöhnlicher Sonnenhut / orange coneflower

Jerusalem artichoke [Helianthus tuberosus], also called sunroot, sunchoke, earth apple or topinambour

Echinacea purpurea / Purpur-Sonnenhut / purple coneflower

„I see you...“

Sonntag, 6. September 2015

No. 4 of all the TOP 100 sights 2015 in Germany: HEIDELBERG

Heidelberg's Old Bridge over the river Neckar with Bridge Gate and the Heidelberg Castle in the background.

And which are the other TOP 100 travel destinations???

The TOP 100 sights and attractions in Germany

OK, now you know...
...let's return to Heidelberg.

Once again: the Bridge Gate with its twin towers...

...THE top photo motif in Heidelberg: the Old Castle ...

..and a view along the long pedastrian zone with the steeple of the municipal church (on the left). 

Old long-playing record (you remember?) "Alt Heidelberg du Feine" / "Old Heidelberg you fine one"

and: (Latin scholar to the front) "Gaudeamus igitur" --> ""So Let Us Rejoice" / "Lasst uns also fröhlich sein!" 

is a popular academic commercium song in many Western countries, mainly sung or performed at university graduation ceremonies. Despite its use as a formal graduation hymn, it is a jocular, light-hearted composition that pokes fun at university life. The song is thought to originate in a Latin manuscript from 1287. It is in the tradition of carpe diem ("seize the day") with its exhortations to enjoy life. It was known as a beer-drinking song in many ancient universities and is the official song of many schools, colleges, universities, institutions, student societies and is the official anthem of the International University Sports Federation.

This is...
...what I don't want to post about! ;-) 

For those of you who come occasionally to Heidelberg (like me, because it's only 110 km away from my home town), there are even more popular places to spend some pleasant hours or even a whole day.

Therefore you have to cross the Neckar to arrive at a district called Neuenheim.

On a Saturday morning, ...

...this is one of my favourite places in Heidelberg.

Especially: the streets around the Neuenheim Market with their charming little shops and cafés, many of them "French style"...

...but the star / my favourite of Neuenheim is the weekly market itself!

Selected farmers, butchers, other producers and merchants with a wide range of quality and bio/organic products from the vicinity offer their choice of products.

The price-performance ratio of the products is really great compared to the high level of quality!

At the end of the market day you can enjoy a coffee (or two) and some German or French pastries in one of the many enchanting coffee bars...

Café Auszeit / coffee bar "downtime" (literally translated)

Now you may understand why I prefer the "quality time" at Neuenheim far away from the flow of tourists in the middle of Heidelbergs Old Town.

Montag, 31. August 2015

From a beach caterpillar to a beach butterfly...



Sonntag, 30. August 2015

Super Moon - Supervollmond

A supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth. The technical name is the perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system. The term "supermoon" is no astronomical, but originated in modern astrology. The association of the Moon with both oceanic and crustal tides has led to claims that the supermoon phenomenon may be associated with increased risk of events such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, but the evidence of such a link is widely held to be unconvincing.

The most recent occurrence was yesterday, on 29 August 2015.

Taken 30 August 2015, at 00:33 o'clock 

The cloudless night was that brightly lit half an hour after midnight,
that I was able to take a night shot from my balcony without a tripod!

The direct lighting of the trees in the foreground was made by the full moon !!!
Can you see the stars on the sky ???

Compare the night shot to the photos taken seven hours later in the morning!
Nearly no difference!!!

Enjoy a great new week!