Crescent Moon, 12th Sept. 2018

Some more images from the Hallertau, the world largest hop planting area, featuring the Crescent Moon, Venus and Jupiter on the third night after New Moon. Enjoy!

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Venus (lower left) and Moon over a hop field…

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Venus, Moon and hop plant…

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Moon over St. Alban church, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Moon in between…

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Crescent Moon on the third night after New Moon…

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Jupiter (left) and Moon over the Abenstal, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Hop Fields and Crescent Moon

Some impressions from last night out around the hop fields of my home, the Hallertau, Lower Bavaria, Germany. Enjoy!

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Touring The Western Alps

Here is a random set of images from my recent 14 day journey through the Western Alps, the border region of Italy and France. It will take some time to go through the pile of images, even more I will be away again in two weeks time, heading down to the Balkans…Enjoy!

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Colle de Nivolet, 2612 m, Italy…

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Milky Way @ Gran Paradiso NP, Italy…

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Colle del Gran San Bernardo, 2469 m, Italy…

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Crescent Moon @ Colle del Picollo San Bernando, 2188 m, Italy…

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Fort @ Colle de Finestre, 2176 m, Italy…

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Shelter for the night after an unexpected thunderstorm @ Col du Chaberton, 2671 m, France…

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Camp for the night after rain and thunder passed away @ Col du Chaberton, 2671 m, France…

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Sunrise @ Mont Chaberton, 3136 m, France…

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Sunset @ Col de Finestre, 2176 m, Italy…

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Dusk @ Col de Finestre, 2176 m, looking towards Valle di Susa, Italy…

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Abandoned bunker from WW II @ Colle de la Bonette, 2715 m, France…

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Chamois @ Col de la Lombarde, 2351 m, Italy…

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Somewhere along the road @ Parc Naturel Regional du Queyras, France…

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Camp for the night @ Crete de la Lausetta, 2371 m, Italy to the left, France to the right…

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Looking towards Mont Blanc (covered by clouds, to the right)…

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Flock of sheep along Col de la Bonette, France…

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Zen at its best, between Saorge and Tende, France…

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Rainbow @ Col de L´Iseran, 2770 m, France…

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Bunker @ Col de la Bonette, 2715 m, France…

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Fort @ Colle di Tenda, 1908 m, Italy…

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Planets Galore

Being a night out seeing the planets come and go is a special treat, standing on the premises of my family’s farm makes it even more better, but accompanied by my teenage daughter makes it a night to remember for sure. Enjoy!

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Venus over the wheat fields…

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Jupiter over “family ground”…

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While Venus is setting to the west (just above the bushes, center)…

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…Mars is rising to the east…

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Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, the Milky Way…standing on “holy ground”…what better?!  When I was my daughter’s age, I used to work a lot around those fields, doing farm work, these days I´m out there doing star-gazing with my daughter…a blessed father for sure…

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Total Eclipse Of The Moon, 27th July 2018

Impressions of the total eclipse of the Moon from the 27th July 2018, taken out in the fields from where I live at  Lower Bavaria, Germany. Always a treat watching the Moon, but see for yourself…Enjoy!

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Following are shots with a Meade 8″ SC telescope and a Canon 5D3, from moonrise around 9 pm to totality at 10:20 pm.

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At totality, some faint stars of the constellation of Capricorn became visible, though they only have a magnitude of about 9-10…

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Mars has risen to join the party…

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The so-called Blood Moon at the constellation of Capricorn…

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Collage of the telescope shots…

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Moonscapes Of June 2018

I´m always over the moon while photographing the Moon (pun intended). Enjoy!

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Waning gibbous Moon, just before sunrise, 06/02/2018…

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Crescent Moon @ dusk, 06/15/2018…

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Venus, Moon and Castor &Pollux @ the end of nautical twilight, 06/15/2018…

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Crescent Moon setting @ the end of nautical twilight, 06/15/2018…

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Crescent Moon @ dusk, 06/16/2018…

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Petrova Gora, Croatia

While planning my trip to Croatia and Bosnia last September, I came across a place on Google Maps called Petrova Gora. Never heard of it, nor knowing a place like this would exist, I got instantly hooked what I had found out searching the internet. Thinking about Croatia, nice beaches, crystal clear waters and waterfalls came to my mind. But nothing like Petrova Gora, a so-called “spomenik”, a monument, a lost place, from a time when Yugoslavia still existed. The location, the architecture, the design, the abandonment of this place is extraordinary, out of this world to say the least. Arriving on a rainy and foggy afternoon driving uphill a gravel road through the woods, spending the night up there and exploring the basement the next morning have been an amazing experience. I hope this place stays like this in the future time for others to explore and to enjoy. If you want to learn more about this place and the spomeniks of former Yugoslavia in general, visit this site: http://www.spomenikdatabase.org . Enjoy!

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