Freitag, 10. Oktober 2014

Alpine Beauty Queens

German: Muh!  - English: Moo!

But: this beauty doesn't speak any English - it's an "Allgäuer Brauvieh" or "Allgaeu brown cattle", originated from Central Switzerland.

In my humble opion one of the most beautiful cow species we have in Germany.

Did you see its fluffy ears and beautiful eyebrows???

On our hike from the Gaisalpe ("Goat Alp") along the Wallrafweg to Oberstdorf we suddenly walked into a herd of these trusting, friendly and photogenic cattle.

Obviously they were used to come into contact with mountain hikers and mountain bikers every now and then; they were far away from being hectically or nervously when we stand amidst of them.

Are you also able to lick your nostrils with your tongue!?!?! ;-)

This is what I called a "place of work" (--> beef steak production!) with a magnificent view!

And after a series of ore than 30 photos: enough is enough! ;-)

Hol - la re - dl du-li - ri,  di ri - dl - du - li - a, di ri - dl - du - li - a, ...

Sonntag, 5. Oktober 2014

Still summer...?

Rape & Sunflowers.

And some lacy phacelia.

Taken today... Oberrimbach (who cares?)...

lacy phacelia - Phacelia tanacetifolia - Rainfarn-Phazelie

Donnerstag, 18. September 2014

In the Haunted Forest

One never knows what is going to happen in the haunted forest...

...shall we just have a look to see what's going on there???

You want to come with me?


Bad Mergentheim, spa gardens / Kurpark
11. - 21. September 2014


Montag, 15. September 2014

Garden Days at Langenburg Castle

Gartentage auf Schloss Langenburg

05. - 07. September 2014


Have you been to Hohenlohe once before? 

 Hohenlohe is located in the Northeast of the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, but the boundaries of this charming region with many castles and lovely valleys are not clearly defined.

Langenburg is one of the gems of the Hohenlohe region with an impressive castle on a hill / headland high above the river Jagst.

Enjoy some of my impressions I took during the popular Langenburg garden days one week ago.
They took place in and around the Langenburg castle.

Any idea what kind of flower I took here?

-->  Echinacea purpurea "Now Cheesier", what else!?  ;-)

Not only Indian elephants I was able to find on the castle walls...

 ...even real alpacas you were able to experience on the exhibition.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away???

Here are plenty of them - each a different species / strain.

But you know: I can't see a beautiful flower without taking a photo of it (or two, three or seventeen).

Here: Japanese anemone / Anemone hupehensis / Herbst-Anemone

 Last but not least:
Topinambour / Helianthus tuberosus / Topinambur

I hope you enjoyed my walk through the garden exhibition!

Sonntag, 7. September 2014

Bougainvillea glabra

Paperflower - among others - is another name for this beauty, native of South America, because
the tiny white flowers usually appear in clusters surrounded by colorful papery bracts.

As you are able to see, I reworked my today's photos with different types of textures.

As some of you already know, I'm more a fan of displaying my photographs without texture (attitude: a good photo doesn't normally need any 'camouflage' by textures), but every now and then I try to find a different imagery.

 Beauty is in the eye of the beholder - so it's up to you to judge my work.

The Bougainvillea plant I took photos of is standing in a bigger flower pot right of the entrance of the house where I live.

In wintertime I take the pot and put my Bougainvillea to a frost-free and bright place until May next year.

This photo above is my personal favourite with regard to the texture.
What do you think?

Have a great workweek!

Dienstag, 2. September 2014

Festzug auf dem Röttinger Gauvolksfest

Festive procession of Roettingen's County Festival on Sunday, 31.08.2014 

Roettingen / Röttingen is a small town in the district of Wuerzburg, northern Bavaria.
It's situated in the lovely valley of the river Tauber (Taubertal), approx 15 km east of my hometown Bad Mergentheim.

Röttingen is a wine growing community and they grow approx. 30 ha of Franconian wine on the vineyards called "Röttinger Feuerstein".
A local speciality is the "Tauberschwarz", a local sort of grapes that only exists in the area of the Tauber Valley.

Since more than 90 years Röttingen has been celebrating its local county festival called "Röttingen Gauvolkfest" on the last weekend of August.

The height of each festival is the festive procession / parade on Sunday afternoon,
 Large parts of the local population are involved in this traditional event.

This year's topic was: "Freizeitspaß im Taubertal" / "Recreational fun in the Tauber Valley".

So we were able to see a parade with 26 different groups and floats that thematised recreational fun / leisure time activities you can enjoy in the valley of the Tauber.

 How about going in for sports? ;-)

Swimming can be great fun (if the weather is much better)!

You can try out Bobby Car racing - if you are brave enough...
 ...and meet the motivated service team!

 For elderly people (like me) I can recommend...

...driving veteran, vintage or classic cars.
This one was built in 1908!!!

My personal highlights during the parade were the many old farm tractors decorated with locel late summer flowers!

Do you like "German Volksmusik"?
 Here you got it!

That was really a wonderful festive procession!

See you next year - end of August 2015 - in Röttingen on the Gauvolksfest!