Montag, 28. Juli 2014

Purple or pink???


What's your favorite color of...

Nymphaea colorata...

/ Bunte Seerose oder Blaue Nil-Seerose /

...the water lily that is native to tropical East Africa

and  is available in a violet-blue or in a less common pink varant.







Enjoy a great summer time, all y'all!

I'm taking a break to find great new photo subjects for you... ;-)




Dienstag, 22. Juli 2014

The old cemertry at the village of Benz


I really like taking flowers and blossoms in spring and summer all day long,
but every now and then it's time to point your camera to other objects of desire as well.

Difficult to say a cemetry can be an object of desire.

Above all a cemertry is a place place of mourning, where relatives and friends can commemorate their decedents.

But the old burial ground of the village of Benz on the island of Usedom
can be such an object of desire for passionate photographers as well.

 
The very old part of the cemetry from 1836 is not longer actively used for burials,
it's like a park of silence and contemplation amidst an enchanted forest.


As you can see you find some of the old cast-iron crosses and railing on that old site,
they used to mark and enclose the burial grounds in the past.


Many tomb raiders and walk-in thiefs had damaged and stolen many of the iron yesteryear's witnesses,
but you still can find several of these beautiful keepsakes.


More or less large parts of the cemetry grounds and many of the railings and tombstones are overgrown by ivy.


Those that are not ivy-clad...

...are cobwebbed.



Nowadays the old cemetry of Benz is under monumental protection.

But you are allowed to enter this idyllic site
and to feel and breathe its very special charme. 


A peaceful and relaxed summer period to all of you!



Freitag, 11. Juli 2014

Flower field - field flowers




I assume that it was way back that you have been sitting amidst a meadow of field flowers with various different (wild) species - all blooming higgledy-piggledy.

Am I right?

For me it was really a long time ago I found such a magnificent flower field I never tired of looking at the colorful beauties.


 Some of the field flowers I knew - like the Echinacea purpurea (purple coneflower),
but others I haven't seen before.


Does anybody of you have an idea what kind of pink floret I took here???

It's NOT a pink

daisy
cormflower
marguerite
strawflower

It's a ... ???

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--> Rhodanthe chlorocephala, also known as pink paper daisy / Rosa Papierblume!!

thanks to Jill Harrison's post:


And the red one??? 



Cornflower and red poppy should know everybody.


But for all the other floral gems I need to browse through a plant identification book.



Next to the "wild" flower meadow was a field of one of my favourite flowers:

Ringelblume - common marigold - Calendula officinalis

The next photo is a "standard image" of a marigold blossom, but...

 ...have you ever seen such a huge field of Calendula officinalis???

Quasi a "sea of orange"???


I wish you a colourful weekend, dear blog friends!

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addition:


Did it.

;-)



Freitag, 4. Juli 2014

Agapanthus.


Nothing else.


Genesis.


Pure essence. 


Beauty and purity.


Agapanthus photograph with no frills.


And with texture.

Better? Or just different?

Enjoy your weekend - with or without World Cup!



Montag, 30. Juni 2014

Roses in the Castle Garden of Rothenburg


After a great and relaxing morning at our favourite Sunday breakfast spot 'Unter den Linden' at Rothenburg ob der Tauber we went for a stroll inside the town wall of the medieval town.

Off the beaten tourist tracks there are many beautiful und unique places to linger over.

 
One of this places is the Burggarten (Castle Garden) in the east of the old town, high above the Tauber valley.

From there you have a fantastic panorama view on the southern town wall and the historic buildings behind.


One of my favourite spots in the Castle Garden is a small geometrical garden from the 17th/18th century with eight figures made from sandstone.


They are representing the four seasons and the four elements.


Currently many beautiful and sweet-smelling roses are blooming.


Here are some of my best shots from yesterday...



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See you at Rothenburg next time...  ;-)

Montag, 23. Juni 2014

Gerhard Nerowski - sculptor


Last Saturday we visited the "rose market" / Rosenmesse at Koenigsberg,
a small quaint town in Lower Franconia, Bavaria.


On our way to the castle hill where the market took place we came round to the atelier of the sculptor
Gerhard Nerowski.


www.gerhard-nerowski.de



Nerowski is known especially for his larger than life-sized artworks carved of wood
but also for other artwork like portraits and bronze casting figures.


Fortunately he's not afraid of photographers,
but of course I asked him before taking pictures from some of his impressive works.


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wood & bronze


Nerowski's range of work covers much more than portraits.
Especially his monumental (what he calls) 'comics' deeply surprised and impressed me.




Nerowski made a lot of artwork for ecclesiastical purposes, too.


Accientally we found one of his sculptures on our way back home in the park of Oberschwappach castle:

Adam and Eve  -  expulsion from Paradise



I wish you a creative work week!