Saturday, April 30, 2011

You're waiting for a train. A train that will take you far away

Bochum Hauptbahnhof (Main Station), Germany, April 2011
Do you see me?
Just going back home after work. Not so far away. But stations are places to dream.
Or to play with the camera.

Quote from the film "Inception"

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Thanks Tracy. This is so much fun every week. So inspirational.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Tropical cloud – and the jungle

In Nuevo Rocafuerte, on the Rio Napo, Ecuador, January 2010.
The Rio Napo is a tributary to the Amazon River. It rises in Ecuador.

To get an idea from the Amazon Rainforest we followed the Rio Napo down to the vast Amazon, from the town Francisco de Orellana (or better known as Coca) in Ecuador, all the way to Belem in Brasil. For tansportation we used different local ships. Across the jungle.

Crossing the Peruvian border in a dug-out

The Cabo Pantoja is ready for leaving. In Pantoja, the border town, Peru.
If you are looking for an adventure, that' it.

Linked to Sky Watch Friday

Just playing

April 2011

In our forest

Lünen, April 2011

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


In Cartagena de Indias , Colombia, December 2009

O is for orange. This is my ABC Wednesday.

I was looking through my photos and was surprised how much orange I found in Cartagena, in this old town on the Caribian Coast. Some say it's the most beautiful town in South America. The old town is full of beauty, atmosphere, architecture and color. Fantastic to walk around, listen to some music, shoot some photos and watch the locals (yes it's a living museum).
Cartagena is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Father and son

Denver, Colorado, USA, September 2009

I met them in downtown. Aren't they cool?

Linked to Mellow Yellow Monday

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Chain Bridge in Budapest

Hungary, September 2008

Széchenyi Lánchíd is the Hungarian name for the Chain Bridge. In 1849 it was the first bridge in Budapest crossing the Danube River.

We started our last big journey with walking along the Donauradweg (Danube Bike Trail) from Passau (Germany) to Budapest. In Budapest we bought bikes and followed the Danube to the Black Sea. Quite a different Europaen experience. A fantastic slow travel. A wonderful river.

Francisca with her Vienna Bridges over Danube gave me the idea for this post.

Linked to Louis' Sunday Bridges

Shadow Shot Sunday – In the morning

On the way to the Namib Desert, near Hammerstein, Namibia, March 2010.
The same place from the second photo in the post Namib Desert #2 and a video

Linked to Shadow Shot Sunday
Thanks Tracy for this great weekly play!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Heart Lake

Heart Lake, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, August 2009.

More reflections from this lake and some information from our family backpacking wilderness trip in this post

Linked to Weekend reflections hosted by James in Pennsylvia.
Thanks, James!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

In the morning

Acacia tree, Namibia, March 2010

With the first light it's easy to wake up in our tent and enjoy the cool and beautiful morning. Not to forget that we got lots of sleep when we went on the foam mattress with the last light.

Acacia are realy majestic trees. But we had to be careful. The huge thorns got stuck in our car tire and two times we had a puncture.

Linked to Sky Watch Friday
Thank you Klaus, Sandy, Wren and Sylvia from the Skywatch Team.

Typical german

Verkehrshof (terminal) Lünen-Brambauer, it's the end from the tram line U41. April 2011.

I find this kind of public transport is typical german.
For many Germany is famous for cars. But the public transport here is outstanding. That's what I realy like. I try to go as much as possible by tram, train or sometimes by bus. Each work day I spend around two hours in this system. With the car it would be around one and a half. That doesn't matter, because it is environmentally friendly and cheaper. And this time is my time. I enjoy to read.

Carola Bartz with her series Made in Germany inspired me for this post.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Namib Desert #2 and a video

Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia, March 2010.

Yesterdays commentators gave me the idea to show you our
Video "In der Namib Wüste" (In the Namib Desert).
It starts slow, like our car does, but after one minute you will see some action, on our way to Sossusvlei. The running boy is Andreas.

When I now think of this, sitting here in Germany on my desk, it is ...

beyond words.

But I just try to tell you what comes in my mind.
When you are there you are there. Things tend to be normal, or kind of, because you are experiencing that. We are fully in the moment, here and now.
Later on, this is so far away. So different.
Imaging 42°C (107°F) in the mid of the day, very little shade, no air condition in the car.
These moments are so special, they give me so much energy.

On the way back. 200 kilometers on gravel to the main road. For the night we just pitch our small tent somewhere. One of us sleeps in the car. And the places are great and quite. And nice and cool.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Namib Desert

In the Namib-Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei Area, Namibia, March 2010.
The Namib Desert is an incredible place, fascinating nature.

All three photos above show the famous Dune 45.

Gemsbok (Oryx gazella), large antelopes

Our 29 years old car. We brought it in Cape Town, left it in Nairobi.

Linked to ABC Wednesday

A bee at work in an apple tree blossom. April 2011.
While my son was on the playground, I enjoyed watching the bees. There were a lot of bees in that small tree. Can't remember that I saw so much.

Since Friday I have problems opening some of my favorite blogger pages. The page opens, I can see the picture, then it stops and shows an error "can't open that page".
For example: St. Louis Daily Photo and Santa Fe Daily Photo
But not all blogger pages.
Has anybody an idea what to do?

Monday, April 18, 2011

The same writing, but from a different angle.

View through the noise barrier at the autobahn A2 in Dortmund.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday

My son Thomas with the shadow from the shutters. Today at home.

Linked to Shadow Shot Sunday

Saturday, April 16, 2011

View from inside – thanks to the commentators

In the last post, two commentators wondered what it looks like from inside. Colorado Convention Center. Denver, USA, September 2009.

Looking inside

Colorado Convention Center, Denver, USA, September 2009.

Some weeks ago I posted another view on the Convention Center.

Linked to Weekend Reflections

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

M is for Motion

- that's what we all need.

For me traveling is a kind of motion. And we travel slow. Walking 600 kilometers along the river Danube in Europe was quite an experience, August 2008.
There we started our traveling, two years with two kids.
And, as I mentioned before we walked 1000 kilometers in Canada. Pushing a bike trailer with our little son in it.
For other continents we used different ways of transport.

Linked to ABC Wednesday

Monday, April 11, 2011

Men at work

In the main station Hauptbahnhof Dortmund, April 2011.
The station is under construction, but the entrance hall is nearly ready. The green ballon is from the opening of one shop.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Any idiot can face a crisis, it is this day-to-day living that wears you out

Dortmund-Brechten, March 2011

Quote from Anton Chekhov.
My friend Sanne Kurz, a cinematographer from Munich, made the Film 1,2,3. This short film starts with the quote.

Linked to Mellow Yellow Monday

Saturday, April 9, 2011

In Romania

October 2008

If you want some adventure, nature and a new look on Europe, I recommend going by bicycle through Romania. While cycling along the river Danube, we saw a lot of horse and cart. We enjoyed this rural area close to the border to Bulgaria very much. So quite, only a few cars a day, or no ones. Best of all, the people we met, very friendly and hospitable. It was always easy to find a place to pitch our tent for the night.

Romania is full of contrast. For a different view visit Franciscas Blog

Linked to Shadow Shot Sunday

The Golden Temple

The Harmandir Sahib or The Golden Temple is the famous place of worship for Sikhs. Amritsar, Punjab, India, February 2009.

Linked to Weekend reflections

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

River view

Swans on the river Lippe, right in downtown Lünen. On the bridge is the pedestrian zone. Last Saturday.

Our first warm day. After having a break, I shot the first photo from here.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

L is for Lünen

Lünen Rathaus – town hall – the only high building in town, April 2011.

If I'm not there – I'm here in Lünen.
That means, I live here, if I'm not traveling.

From Wikipedia: Lünen or Luenen is a town in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located north of Dortmund along the Lippe River. It is the largest town of the Unna district, and part of the green Münster area.

Linked to ABC Wednesday

Monday, April 4, 2011

Beautiful spring

Magnolia tree in blossom in the city, Lünen, April 2011.
Last saturday was a beautiful day. At tempratures around 25°C [77°F] we had a feeling of summer here.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Scenic drive

On the road between Kotzehoop and Keetmanshoop, Namibia, March 2010.

My first contribution to Scenic Sunday