Hafencity, Baakenhafen & Perseus J at anchorage

Hafencity, Baakenhafen & Perseus J at anchorage

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What a mood for a short time Monday morning on the way to Hamburg! Thunderstorms came from the west and as I was driving towards the Elbe bridges, the morning sun still seemed strong. So I quickly went to the subway station Elbbrücken, grabbed my camera and walked onto the terrace at the end of the platform. I didn’t want to miss the view of the growing Hafencity, the Elbphilharmonie in the background of the ship lying on the anchor. Moreover, the construction cranes in this lighting mood are also a real eye‐catcher…

But I couldn’t imagine what a spectacle it would be like in front of me. The clouds are showing all possible structures, vortices and distortions… In addition the dark grey band in the background, interrupted by light and in the foreground again the structure‐rich grey cloud front. The whole picture has a crazy spatial depth!

I have also taken a panorama picture. In the original it has a resolution of 10.938×6.240 pixels, that’s 68 megapixels! It’s worth it to enlarge the picture with a click, I loaded it with over 3,000 pixels width into the blog: read more and write a comment …

Japanese cherry blossom fireworks in Hamburg

Japanese cherry blossom fireworks in Hamburg

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Since 1968, the Japanese community of Hamburg has been thanking the Hanseatic city for its hospitality with the annual cherry blossom festival. Approximately 2000 Japanese currently live in Hamburg, more than 100 companies have settled here in recent decades. Hamburg and Osaka have been twinned for 30 years.

The highlight of the festival year after year is the fireworks, which traditionally take place on the Friday evening of the festival weekend at 22:30 on the Alster Lake. It is organized by the Japanese companies based in Hamburg as a thank you for their hospitality and cooperation and is lit on and above the Alster Lake in the center of the city.

Source: hamburg.de

For me this fireworks belongs to Hamburg like my life. I still like to remember the time in the canoe club (in the 80s) when we paddled out to the fireworks with the tenner in the evening. According to regulations with a white bow lamp — at that time of course still operated with a candle!
This year I was actually on land for the first time, after all I wanted to take photos with several seconds of exposure time to capture the fireworks properly. I could not have imagined what was going on there 3 hours before the fireworks.

Many had provided the benches with tables and a complete dinner  — stylishly with wine glasses and porcelain! A party tent was set up at the Fontenay height, with lots of crates of drinks at the edge and live music. The guitar music made the evening something special. Funny was the proximity to the small pier at Fontenay. Again and again rubber dinghies were launched. Some of them with auxiliary paddles, so that they could hardly be moved. But one had a place in the first row!

Then after entertaining hours of waiting the fireworks began and I was not disappointed. read more and write a comment …

Bees in our garden

Bees in our garden

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Again and again I enjoy discovering bees on the flowers in our garden. Here are the Spanish harebells that have magically attracted a bee. For a long time the bee disappeared in the calyx, so that I could take a number of pictures.

A few details about the plant, from the web page »Mein schöner Garten«:

The Spanish harebells(Hyacinthoides hispanica) blooms in bell‐florets and forms dense continuances fast in the shadow‐garden through self‐seeding and brood‐bulbs. The Spanish Harebell is a multileaved, single‐seeded bulb flower that grows as tall as it grows wide: on average 25 to 40 centimeters. The bulbs are large and yellowish white in colour.

From the end of April to June, the pretty white, pink or blue bell‐shaped flowers appear. They stand in loose bunches on upright stems.

That’s exactly what’s so important to the bees. Before many useful plants start flowering in summer, this plant provides bees with a good source of food from the end of April. read more and write a comment …

Grain and rape field at the avenue to Meilsen

Grain and rape field at the avenue to Meilsen

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I’ve had this picture in my mind since several weeks. Every morning on the way to work, or on Saturday on the way to shopping, I pass these fields. In the morning sun, the rapeseed field shines really brightly behind the avenue trees of the old cobblestone road down to Meilsen. I have placed myself on the western side of the main road to get the cornfield in the foreground as a contrast to the intense yellow of the rape field. In addition, it had to be a panoramic photo to show the course of the road between the two fields.

But I also have an excerpt from the panorama motif, because I found the light on the strong green of the oak so beautiful:

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St. Nicolai Church in Lüneburg

St. Nicolai Church in Lüneburg

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On May 1st I was allowed to take some special pictures of the St. Nicolai Church in Lüneburg. But at the beginning of my discovery tour through the church stood a long desired picture of the star vault in the nave of the old ship’s church in the water district of Lüneburg. When I set up my tripod, it was more a coincidence that I was able to take this dynamic picture of the vault. I had just aligned the camera vertically upwards and placed it under the centre. Still the tripod head was not turned parallel to the walls of the church and thus the exciting diagonal showed up in my viewfinder.

It is impressive to enter this church built of bricks in basilica style. Immediately one notices the high (93,5 feet) but also narrow central nave. With its eight‐pointed star vault it should be unique in Northern Germany. To be able to see the details better, I took it again with another lens.

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Bees at work

Bees at work

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Since the middle of April the rape fields in Northern Germany have been in bloom and since Easter it has been so warm that the beehives have been placed in the fields. In my hometown, right next to the avenue from the main road into the small town old centre with a few farmbuildings, the beehives stand next to the avenue trees and in the afternoon hours they are partially protected from direct sunlight. This was ideal for a special image in the afternoon. The bees that swarm out of the hives are still in the shade, while behind them the rape field glows bright yellow.
For all SmartPhone users: Click on the picture and zoom in, otherwise the bees cannot be seen!

In the morning hours it was quite different. It was still cool and the light came (of course) from the other direction. Only a few bees were flying, even though there was some movement at the exit of the hive. In good portrait light the wings of the bees were highlighted by an edge light. read more and write a comment …

Apple Blossoms

Apple Blossoms

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First I had shown the pear blossoms in the last days, which are to be found at the trees of a pear avenue to the yard of Mrs. Behr. I had also learned from Mrs Behr that each tree in the avenue produces a different variety. So it is certainly worth comparing the blossoms (but I have never done this …)

Further into the orchards there are many apple and cherry trees. In contrast to the pears, around Easter there were still few blossoms of the apple trees open. But this is exactly what I find so beautiful, because the closed blossoms of this apple variety were so beautiful pink. In these pictures you can see the difference between the pear and apple blossoms. The apple blossoms are clearly dominated by several large pistils with scars, surrounded by many stamens, while the pear is much more »filigree«.

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