Mittwoch, 27. April 2016

Late but...


...right before May finally winter arrived in Germany!

Yesterday evening and this morning in Mindelheim, Swabia, Bavaria, Germany.


;-)





Samstag, 23. April 2016

Bad Mergentheim night illumination





I wish you all a colourful and de-light-ful weekend!



Montag, 21. März 2016

Floral variations of spring


It's somehow springtime in Germany, 
but most of the time we still have winter temperatures and far too little sunshine.

So many harbingers of spring, except for snowdrops and crocuses, take their time to flourish this spring season.


But step by step you can find more and different spring flowers.

A very early flowering species is Helleborus niger - the Christmas or Easter rose - with a great variety of blossom colours.




Floral Easter decorations - with feathers of the guinea fowl.



Recent Saturday we found even more harbingers of spring - any idea in which famous German (tourist) town I took the photos???


There, along the Philosophers' Way, we found some of our springtime favourites as well...





... the very first magnolia blossoms 2016 and...


...almond blossoms.

Some of them started flourishing already before Christmas 2015 because of the very mild temperatures in December.


Happy & peaceful Easter to all of you! 

 




Montag, 29. Februar 2016

At eye level with crocuses


Long time no see, long time no hear, dear blog friends!

Today I want to report back to you with some harbingers of spring which have been really flourishing for more than one month already here in the south of Germany.

[Crocus on ice]
 
These crocusses I took last Saturday in the Botanical Garden of the Wuerzburg University where you can find more than just one species of crocuses and other early flowering plants.




Next to these purple beauties I found a spot with some goldish yellow crocuses as well.
But honestly I must say the purple species are my favourites.



Good bye February - welcome March!



Donnerstag, 18. Februar 2016

To put one's back into sth. - sich in etwas hineinknien


Hi folks!

I'm just busy with so many things in real life - unfortunately I don't find additional time for blogging and my blog friends!

Stay tuned! ;-) 




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:

NO MERCY!

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!