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!

Montag, 24. August 2015

Perfect Beach Summer - Perfect Summer Beach

What comes into your mind, 
when you contemplate / think about "summer beaches"???

Hordes of people, heat, yelling, noise, the smell of sun cream ...?


And what's you personal idea or belief about a perfect summer beach???

OK, there are certainly as many ideas about this issue as there are different kind of people and their personal preferences and commitments.

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I want to invite you to follow me on a trip to my (idea of a) perfect summer beach...

This one looks different from the first picture, doesn't it!?!?! ;-)

Is your idea of a perfect beach - even on the peak season - related to

rest & recreation, quiet (except for bird calls and the sound of the sea), beauty & harmony, pleasant temperatures & a light wind, sense of well-being, hang around & long beach strolls, looking for shells and relaxing in a beach chair???

--> Hey - that's absolutely what I prefer, too!!! ;-))

The only thing you have to take into consideration to get this is:

Don't try to be a part of the sheep flock!

In the morning or evening time during a sunny day the beach is to a great extend - yours!
Apart from some other savourers and connoisseurs!

Have you ever watched porpoises, also called mereswines [German: Schweinswale] in front of an overcrowded beach ?

Here's a porpoise mother with two almost adult youngs looking for fish, shells and conches...

...these ones were already whale food! ;-)

And the cormorant was waiting for a yummy bite of fish as well. 

Driven by North Sea wind!

I hope you enjoyed my trip to a nearly perfect summer beach!

Now try to find your own one!


Dienstag, 18. August 2015

Arctotis fastuosa in the Flower Garden of Emil Nolde

Hi folks!

Long time no see! ;-)

The summer 2015 has been too gorgeously to sit all day long in front of a computer screen.

So I decided to make a summer break from blogging and went out for capturing treasures that might delight your eyes, hearts and souls... ;-) 

Have you ever heard about the German Danish painter and printmaker Emil Nolde (1867 - 1956)?
He was one of the first Expressionists and one of the greatest oil painting and water colour painter of the 20th century.

He is known for his vigorous brushwork and expressive choice of colors. Golden yellows and deep reds appear frequently in his work, giving a luminous quality to otherwise somber tones. His watercolors include vivid, brooding storm-scapes and brilliant florals.

The main inspiration for his florals came from his Flower Garden, that was (and still is) part of his residential house and atelier named Seebüll / Seebuell close to the village of Neukirchen at the German Danish border in the very north of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.  

The Flower Garden of Emil Nolde and his first wife Ada is not only a paradise for ambitious painters of florals, even for photographers it's a temporary heaven on earth, especially in spring and summer time. 

But besides to all the beautiful and well-known German summer flowers some blossoms in orange and white leapt to my eyes I never saw before in a German garden...

...and with the help of the omniscient search engine I found out, that it's a...

...Arctotis fastuosa (what else??? ;-), also known as Monarch-of-the-veld (in English) or Prächtiges Bärenohr (in German).

The rain and wind of the recent days forced many of these flowers to set down,
so the majority of my florals are more of a morbid charme... ;-)

 Arctotis fastuosa, syn. Venidium fastuosum is a species of African plants in the daisy family, native to Namibia and South Africa. It has become naturalized on roadsides and in vacant urban lots in southern California.

That's still far away from northern Germany... ;-)

Really a beauty, isn't it!?

Moo! / Muh!

Dienstag, 26. Mai 2015

Intensive colours

Currently I can't get enough of the spring flowers this season,
although I've so little time to take photographs and to enjoy them extensively.

Red Fireworks.

Red explosion.

Purple blossom power balls...

...and purple fragility.

Yellow flower beauty.

And yellow arch support. 

Black and white - two sides of the same coin.

White flower dream.

And finally one of its greatest worshippers!

Enjoy a colourful week!

Freitag, 22. Mai 2015

Sunday stroll around Rothenburg

When have you been to Rothenburg o.T. in Southern Germany last time?

One of Germany's most popular tourist destinations is only half an hour travel time away from our hometown. So every now and then my sweetheart and I take advantage of the proximity of time and place and pay a visit to Rothenburg.

Last Sunday we did this trip together with two good friends, had a great breakfast at our favourite "inn in the meadows" UNTER DEN LINDEN first and thereafter we had a very pleasant stroll along the Tauber Valley path beneath Rothenburg.

So please accompany us on our stroll through the phantastic springtime nature of this splendid location.

It's blowball time...

...and time of the chestnut bloom.

And - surprisingly - we had an encounter with "wild beasts"...

...the herd of "Taubertal Alpakas" - Tauber Valley alpacas....

...bred far away from their habitat Andes Mountains to delight their owners and visitors and - of course - to use their precious wool.

Short prior Pentecost you can find many peonies in our local gardens and parks.
We name this beautiful flower "Pfingstrose" - literally translated to "Pentecost Rose".

I hope you enjoyed our common stroll along the river Tauber - and the precious items we found along the track.

CU (See you) at Rothenburg next time!?!?!


Montag, 20. April 2015

Bad Mergentheim Sakura

Already one week ago, but nonetheless still beautifully.

This year's flowering cherry in the spa gardens in my hometown.

Sorry for not having too much time to answer your appreciated comments currently!

Enjoy a great springtime!