Dienstag, 22. Dezember 2015

Christmas celebrations at the equestrian farm Lerchenhof

Do you miss a  White Christmas  this year?
Me, too!

The winter weather this Christmas season here in Germany is much more spring-like than the years before and we have been far away from snow and frost we generally can expect this time of the year.

So I have a kind of  White Snowflake  for you I took recently at the stud and equestrian farm "Lerchenhof" in the town of Muensingen.

The stud and equestrian farm Lerchenhof organized a kind of Christmas party together with all the kids and teenagers taking riding lessons there. And of course the families and friends were invited to celebrate together with their youngsters.

At the end of this varied day Santa Claus arrived on a horse-drawn carriage...

...and dispensed little gifts to the kids!

A Merry Christmas and
a prosperous and peaceful New Year 2016
to all of you, dear friends!

Sonntag, 6. Dezember 2015

Blue hour photography

Regiswindiskirche / Regiswindis church in the old town of Lauffen, December 2015

Wikipedia: "The blue hour is the period of twighlight each morning and evening when the sun is a significant distance below the horizon and the residual, indirect sunlight takes on a predominantly blue hue. This effect is caused by the relative diffusibility of short blue wavelengths of light versus the longer red wavelengths. During the blue "hour" (typically the period is about 40 minutes in length), red light passes straight into space while blue light is scattered in the atmosphere and therefore reaches the earth's surface. Because of the quality of the light, this period is treasured by artists."

Although the wikipedia article is talking about a 40 minutes period of the "blue hour", in my opinion it's just a 10 minutes "tunnel" to hit the best ratio of background and foreground contrast.

In my second photo of the Regiswindis church the light was still much too bright - therefore the contrasts are much to "hard".

So: when is the perfect moment for the best blue hour shot???

You have to try out! Start early enough with your first photo (of course you MUST use a tripod!), later you'll realize that it's already much to dark to continue.  

Somewhen in the intervening time is the perfect moment for the best shot(s).

Lauffen town hall - parts of it used to be an old castle out of the 11th century - with illuminated Christmas tree in the evening hours.


 The old historic fountain in front of the Lauffen town hall - and the reflections of Christmas lights in the water surface of the well.

That's not longer a blue hour photograph...
...the sky is much too dark already.

A pleasant and peaceful 2nd Advent to all of you!

Montag, 30. November 2015

...a wee bit of Christmas decoration!

Are you already prepared for the Advent season,
are you already prepared for Christmas decoration???

The majority of people I've talked to isn't!

Maybe it has to do with our long and very warm late autumn weather this year - so somehow we are not prepared for winter, not prepared for the Advent season yet.

But: on Saturday morning we had two full hours of winter atmosphere in southern Germany - 
it was snowing in the morning at breakfast time.

So: doesn't matter if you are ready for the Advent season or not:


Here are my first 2015 photographs of "a wee bit" of Christmas decoration we've arranged in our living room... ;-)

This is why it's called "White Christmas" - even if the region you life is far away from getting any snow!

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Some red colour can't hurt...

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...aaaaand back to reduced colours again.

I hope you didn't suffer from an overkill of Christmas decoration too early this season!!! 


A pleasant, peaceful und happy Advent time!

Thank you very much SOMMERHAUS RAHMENMANUFAKTUR in Bad Mergentheim for letting me taking the photographs in your great and lovingly decorated Christmas exhibition!

Montag, 23. November 2015

The bell founder...

...on the first Christmas Market 2015 in our region.

Der Glockengießer auf dem ersten regionalen Weihnachtsmarkt 2015
im Park von Schloss Crailsheim in Rödelsee, Unterfranken, Bayern.

 Hi folks!

Last time but one weekend we still had a kind of great last summer temperatures and a lot of sunshine, this weekend we've got the first winter day here in our region with the first snow at higher altitudes!

So it was time to visit the very first Christmas market (worth visiting):
The Christmas market at Crailsheim Castle in the small village of Roedelsee (a population of about 1700 people).

One of the attractions of this small, but lovingly organized Christmas market was (in my view) the booth of a bell founder / belleter; a craft you don't find very often nowadays in public.

So I took my time to observe and photograph the handicraft activities of this craftsperson.

At first her had to prepare the sand moulds and melted the bell bronze at a temperature of about 1100°C. Thereafter he cast the liquid metal into the sand forms.

 After a cooling time of about 30 minutes (for big bells it can last up to three days!)...

...he separated the mould housings from each other and put the hardened bells with the cast-on section out of the sand mould.

The last work steps were cutting the cast-on section, cleaning and brushing to get the finished bell - not to forget to mount the bell clapper in the bell.

A happy and peaceful Advent season to all of you!

Ring the bells of peace!


Samstag, 14. November 2015

Peace is the path!

There is no path to peace

peace is the path.


#Pray for Paris: The world comes together for terror victims



Donnerstag, 5. November 2015

Schanzenviertel street art & murals


--> We are in Hamburg!

The "Schanzenviertel" or short: "Schanze" [engl.: entrenchment] is a Hamburg district traditionally embracing a multicultural, alternative lifestyle.


The heart of Schanzenviertel are the streets and places called
Schulterblatt, Schanzenstraße, Susannenstraße, Bartelsstraße, Sternschanze station and Sternschanzen park

These are the locations I found the majority of the streetart objects and murals.

Hamburg street roes...

Hi there! Howzit?

--> self portrait...  ;-)

"Take a fish...

...and swim against the tide!"

[Trottoir Street Art 2015]

Rote Flora

The Rote Flora is a former theatre in the Sternschanze neighbourhood in Hamburg. It has been squatted since November 1989 in response to a decision to turn it into a musical theatre.

Café Schmidtchen - close to Rote Flora

Women in the Arts of Schanzenviertel

Street Artist El Bocho

I hope you've enjoyed my stroll through Schanzenviertel neighborhood!

Stay tuned!