Friday, May 31, 2013

Bringing home the Fish

This puffin arrived with the classic array of sandeel in the beek to enter the burrow and feed the chick.

Dieser Papageientaucher kam an mit der klassischen Fischsammlung an Land um im Bau zu verschwinden und das Küken zu füttern.

Iceland, Summer 2012.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Books of the Library

This is a library in the east of Iceland. I just had to grab the impression when we came by, even though the light was not great anymore at this hour.

Dies ist eine Bibliothek im Osten Islands. Ich musste einfach ein paar Bilder schießen, obwohl das Licht nicht mehr so toll war.


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Puffin Burrow

From the other side of the water in an ocean bay we saw this puffin land, walk into his burrow and re-appear just after. The whole show of this event is in this stretch of photos.

Photos taken in the east fjords of Iceland, summer 2012.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The stories along the way

When traveling you get to see a lot of stuff along the way. You lear about lots of things and you meet people.

But the thing that sticks in mind in the end are the stories along the way.

When hiking to the bird cliffs in Seydisfjördur in the Icelandic East Fjords last summer, we started out from the last house in the fjord, that is also a café and information center. Since we only hiked for a little while we were not intending to stay there for any length of time. 

When we returned to our car, there was a man working outside on the terrasse and he greeted us from a distance.

Right after that his friendly dog was walking out from the house to check us out. We greeted the dog as well and continued to our car. 

Then, though, the sheep was walking out towards us, making itself known by some calls as well. We didn't ever see this kind of a thing from a sheep. 

But with a little hestitation it kept walking up to us untill it had really reached the car and was sniffing at the open drivers door.

This is the only guard sheep I ever met.

Monday, May 27, 2013


Waving in the wind of the Icelandic East Fjords. But do you see the ducks on the pond?

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Summer Jump

Last year in Iceland we thought we would try these jumping photos that are so much in fashion, lately. Here we are on the hill crest behind Seydisfjördur in the East Fjords.
I totally love the shadow in this photo. And I did learn that these jumping poses are not that easy. My husband really has a lot of them down, though.

Letztes Jahr in Island dachten wir, wir probieren mal diese Sprungbilder, die gerade so groß in Mode sind. Hier sind wir auf dem Bergrücken hinter Seydisfjördur in den Ostfjorden.
Ich liebe den Schatten auf diesem Foto. Und ich habe herausgefunden, dass diese Sprungposen gar nicht so leicht sind. Mein Mann kann die gut, muss ich sagen.


Saturday, May 25, 2013

night light

For the topic of architecture I took this image of a local headquater of a bank.

Friday, May 24, 2013

take the log for a walk

When arriving near our hotel in Edinburgh two weeks ago, we were dragging our luggage and walking across the road. I spotted this man on the pavement, dragging something behind him. When taking a closer look I saw that he was dragging a big log, roughly cut. This was most of the trunk of a tree and he had this on a rope, pulling it down the side of the road.

Why does he do this? Where is he going? Why is he transporting this log at all?

All I know is that I put down the luggage and grabbed my camera. Here is one shot I like of it.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Monday, May 20, 2013

Hohes Venn

When traveling through Belgium in March, we went to a high moore, called Hohes Venn, right at the Belgium and German border.

We got there in really cold wind and glaring sunlight but the snow on the ground made it a real winter experience.

Now that the snow is off the ground all over Europe, may I bring some of it back to you for today?

Sunday, May 19, 2013

The squirrel inside the foodbox

We have this feeder hanging in our tree for the squirrel. And I lately showed the photos of how it found out how to get to the food.

Now it found out something new: It can climb into the food box and eat right in there. 

Wir haben eine Futterstation im Baum, damit unser Eichhörnchen glücklich ist. Neulich habe ich Euch gezeigt, wie es herausgefunden hat, dass es an das Futter herankommen kann. 

Jetzt hat es was Neues herausgefunden: Es kann hineinklettern und direkt in der Box fressen. 

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The rooster

I did show a lot of wildlife, lately. So it's time for a change. Here is another shot of the rooster from Belgium.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Deer in the woods

While hiking around the easter weekend we had perfect conditions for spotting deer. It also helps to be tuned into seeing them. They hide really well.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Chickadee

This chickadee mother is taking off after the feeding.

Diese Meisenmutter fliegt nach dem Füttern davon.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

the feeding

The sparrow chicks are all around our garden. I got to witness this really cute scene. 

The mother sparrow was catching a May Beetle (chafer) in the hedge and feeding this really big bite to the little one. It took forever for the chick to gulp it down. 

Die Spatzenküken sind überall in unserem Garten. Ich habe diese wirklich süße Szene beobachten können.

Die Spatzenmana hat einen Maikäfer in der Hecke gefangen und diesen riesigen Bissen an das Küken verfüttert. Das Küken brauchte ewig, um den Käfer runterzuwürgen.


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

a chick

This little house sparrow chick is around our garden this week. I could not pass up the chance to photograph it more.

Dieses kleine Haussperlingsküken ist derzeit in unserem Garten unterwegs. Ich konnte mir die Chance nicht entgehenlassen, es mehr zu fotografieren.

Monday, May 13, 2013


Nabu, the German nature protection organisation is organising a bird watch regularly. Last weekend was the hour of the garden birds.

You go out - in your garden, in a park or the like - and for one hour you count all the birds and list them by types. Then you report that with your location and help to form a large, nation wide statistic. This one hour has to be on the desginated weekend.

I participated from 9:30 to 10:30 on Saturday morning. I was intending to do that during an extended breakfast but there really was no time for eating.

In total I found 192 birds to record, 18 different species.

Of course I would not do something like this without a tele-lens on my camera and while hunting for good birds.

This white wagtail landed on the neigbours' roof. While I was shooting a series of photos of it, this insect flew into my frame and right back out. I am pretty sure the bird did not get it, but I spotted it in the picture later and realised what had changed the bird's pose that moment.

Am letzten Wochenende habe ich an der Nabu-Aktion "Die Stunde der Gartenvögel" teilgenommen. Während des Wochenendes geht man eine Stunde in den Garten oder einen Park und zählt und bestimmt die Vögel. Später berichtet man dann und der Nabu macht eine Statistik daraus.

Ich habe Samstag von 9:30 bis 10:30 mitgemacht und wollte eigentlich ein ausgedehntes Frühstück damit verbinden, aber ich hatte kaum Zeit zum Essen, so viel, wie bei uns los war. 

Ich habe 192 Vögel und 18 Arten gefunden.

Natürlich mache ich sowas nicht ohne Teleobjektiv und Kamera und habe gute Bilder gejagt.

Diese Bachstelze flog auf den Giebel der Nachbarn und ich habe eine Serie von ihr aufgenommen. Zwischendurch flatterte diese Insekt ins Bild. Ich glaube, die Bachstelze hat es nicht erwischt, aber beim Betrachten der Bilder habe ich dann verstanden, warum der Vogel zwischendurch die Pose änderte.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Up in the air

I will safe you from the endeavours of getting to the plane, but this view of wonderfully puffy tiny clouds I had, once I was up there. We were flying to Edinburgh for a long weekend last week. This was over the Neatherlands.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

What Bird is This?

I just spotted and photographed this bird in my garden this morning while I was participating in the Hour of the Gardenbirds by Nabu (nature protection organisation in Germany).

Got you on camera

For a regular photocontest I lately took photos on the topic of retro technology.

Here is a photo of one of my old analogue cameras.

Friday, May 10, 2013

The Goose

This goose was posing nicely, don't you think?

Belgium, Brasserie Achouffe.