Cloud picture above Eiderstedt

Cloud picture above Eiderstedt

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On one of the rainy days I was on the Eiderstedt peninsula by car. South of me, a wonderful wall of clouds rose above the marsh landscape, surrounded by an almost blue sky.

Of course I immediately ran to the right when I finally had a chance to stop. This cloud front had to be captured in a panorama picture. Only later I discovered the head at the edge of the left cloud. Do you also see it? read more and write a comment …

Eider bridge near Friedrichstadt

Eider bridge near Friedrichstadt

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Since 03 September 1916, the Eider Bridge near Friedrichstadt has been in service after only two years of construction. With a length of 245 meters, it spans the largest river in Schleswig-Holstein at this point, connecting Friedrichstadt in North Friesland with St. Annen in Dithmarschen. Previously, a ferry had provided the connection here for several hundred years, a crossing cost just five pfennigs per person.

It once cost 560,000 Reichsmark, which would be the equivalent of just two million Euros today. The architect Friedrich Voss made such an impression with this construction that he was commissioned to design the high bridges on the Kiel Canal in Hochdonn, Rendsburg and Kiel.

I was just here in September, when the bridge closed again, i.e. the bascule bridge parts were lowered, in order to give the car traffic a free ride again shortly afterwards. But this was the opportunity for me to set the bridge in scene so beautifully symmetrically in the hard backlight.

Autumn arrives — cranes over Buchholz

Autumn arrives — cranes over Buchholz

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We heard the whole afternoon today in the garden and also in the house crane yelling. It was great to see swarms of cranes of different sizes moving over us during the gardening work. But this afternoon it was a bit different. Here over Buchholz the calls of the cranes were suddenly louder and from the formation flight became a wild circling over our heads. read more and write a comment …

St. Jakobi Church Schwabstedt

St. Jakobi Church Schwabstedt

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On that same cloudy morning, when I was down at the Treene bridge, I had also crossed the cemetery of St. Jacob’s Church. It lay so beautifully in the morning light with the dramatic clouds in the background.

The second picture shows the church from the southeast side. Even if here the typical set-off bell tower is not to be seen, I like this perspective with the framing trees very much. read more and write a comment …

Morning clouds over the Treene in Schwabstedt

Morning clouds over the Treene in Schwabstedt

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In the morning we heard again and again the flocks of geese resting outside Schwabstedt on one of the marsh meadows near the Treene. This morning there were still so beautiful clouds hanging over the marsh landscape, I quickly walked to the Treene bridge. The clouds were simply bombastic!

Unfortunately it was not possible for me to get close to the willow with the geese. I heard them all the time across the Treene when I took a series of cloud photos. In those days the clouds had a plasticity I hadn’t seen in a long time. We should have this weather for two weeks, with single rain clouds over a wide landscape — a dream for me and my wife

Dramatic Clouds above the Treene

Dramatic Clouds above the Treene

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Right on the first evening of our holiday on the Eiderstedt peninsula we were pulled out by bike into the Treenemarsch. It should be an unforgettable late summer evening with dramatic clouds about us, which we don’t know from home.

There should be local rain showers, but that wouldn’t bother us. As we noticed later, one rain area passed us to the northwest and the other to the southeast. So we could only enjoy the spectacle of dark rain clouds and white or coloured clouds above us.

Never before have I experienced such a rain cloud stretching from south to north in the golden hour. The whole cloud a single yellow/orange and at its southern edge it was still raining! The view goes over the Treene to the east, behind us the moor near Schwabstedt. read more and write a comment …

Shit — slipped!

Shit — slipped!

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I liked to watch the bees on the yellow coneflowers. At the end of the day they were usually quite tired and only moved slowly on the flowers. This wild bee crawled out like a springboard on one of the petals. I actually thought it would fly over to the next coneflower, but suddenly it had slipped and was visibly in need of returning to the flower.

I couldn’t see why it hadn’t just flown. But maybe she was at the end of her life and just didn’t have enough strength?

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