Crescent Moon – Waning and Waxing, Sept. 2021

Some snaps of the waning and waxing crescent Moon before and after New Moon early September 2021. Enjoy!

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09/05/2021: all shots taken Sunday morning at my nephews house at Bayreuth, some 200 km north from where I live.

Last crescent Moon before New Moon, like a “boat”, not often to be seen in our latitudes…

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09/08/2021: around my home turf, Lower Bavaria

Venus and the first crescent Moon after New Moon…

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Setting Moon with some Da Vinci Glow…

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09/09/2021: The Hallertau, world largest hop planting area, Lower Bavaria

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On the second day after New Moon; hop harvest is in full swing….

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Venus and Moon getting closer…

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No Moon, just lines and colors…

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09/10/2021: seen from my living room

Moon has overtaken Venus on the third day after New Moon…

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Timmelsjoch/Austria and Penserjoch/South Tyrol, Aug. 2021

Sometimes, all the good things come together. A waxing crescent Moon, the annually Perseids meteor shower, the Summer Milky Way in its full glory and some predicted, cloudless nights in mid-August. That only happens once a year that all comes together; photographically speaking a jackpot. Reloading my van from work gear towards camping gear and here we go. Again, no problems crossing the border to Austria and South Tyrol due to the Covid-19 restrictions, no controls, no nothing. Enjoy!

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Timmelsjoch, 2509 m, marks the Austrian/Italian border…

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Timmelsjoch high alpine road…

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Setting crescent Moon…

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After the Moon has set, the Summer Milky Way shows its full glory…

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Later that night…

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Green velvet…

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While one camera was pointed towards the Perseids meteor shower,

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the other one captured the Milky Way on the opposite side, feat. Saturn and lots of light pollution from the city of Meran…

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A bycatch on the way from Timmelsjoch to Penserjoch, the so-called “Gscheibte Turm”, Bozen, South Tyrol…

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Penserjoch, 2211m, South Tyrol; haven’t been there before, great place, but you are not allowed to stay overnight at the parking lot (private property)

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Setting crescent Moon on the forth day after New Moon, Penserjoch, South Tyrol…

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Moon and Venus, 08/12/2021…

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Stars (Castor and Pollux) becoming visible at the end of nautical twilight…

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Good example of what light pollution can do to an otherwise great night sky…

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Around the Penserjoch towards…

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…towards the Penserjoch Lake, some sort of natural infinity pool, great for a swim…

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The best for the last: the Summer Milky Way in its full glory; a composite from the same night, same location, same settings; for the nerds: stars: 25 x 4 min. tracked, foreground: 1 x 4 min. untracked, shot with a modified Canon 1100d, 20mm lens, Polarie, processed with Lightroom, PixInsight, Gimp…

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The so-called North America Nebula, stack of 19 x 4 min.

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Tour de Belgium

I had no intention of going to Belgium, but sometimes you get an inspiration, and you are on your way – this time with one of my sons. And what should I say? Belgium is great! Great coastline, with lots of sculptures along the beaches, with very unexcited, laid back people (what I like most) and an overall good feel all the time while traveling the country . We had a great week of ´stopping and looking around` and I might head back sometime in winter time. PS: I have never seen so many zebra crossings like in Belgium. Enjoy!

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Beach huts @ Knokke-Heist, Belgium

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Beach bar @ Knokke-Heist…

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Belgium Pier @ Blankenberge, under reconstruction…

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“Life moves pretty fast. You don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it!” ( from Ferris Bueller´s Day Off)…@ Blankenberge…

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The Belgium Pier @ Blankenberge…

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Beach life @ Oostende…

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Between Mariakerke and Middelkerke…

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I want you: stay with me, love me, never leave @ Nieuwpoort…

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Beach huts @ Nieuwpoort…

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Sun´s going down @ De Panne…

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Twilight mirroring at one of the hotels facing to the west @ De Panne…

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De Panne @ twilight…

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Loving it @ De Panne…

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Ferris wheel, and Jupiter to the right @ De Panne…

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Startrails above a sculpture @ De Panne beach…

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German military cemetery @ Recogne…

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MX GP of Flanders, Lommel, Belgium

The Moto Cross (MX) Grand Prix of Flanders (https://www.mxgp.com/home) took place on Aug. 1st, 2021 in Lommel, Belgium – the main reason I headed over to our neighbor country to see whats up there. I was a bit concerned about the border crossings due to the coronavirus restrictions, because I got none of the -3G- how they call it here in Germany. G stands for: getestet/tested, geimpft/vaccinated, genesen/recovered. Media tells you all the time you need one of those certificates for traveling, but on the way forth and back we crossed four times the border without any problem at all, no controls, no nothing. If it wouldn’t be for the border signs, you wouldn’t recognize at all that you are crossing into a different country. All in all about 2.200 km of traveling by car in one week, heading through Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. And it even got crazier at the MX circuit of Lommel. Even tough Belgium got a incidence of around 90 at that time and signs were telling to wear a mask and to keep distance, even police officers were patrolling, almost no-one of the estimated 5.000 people were wearing a mask. Moto Cross fans are some kind of anarchistic I reckon. Later on it started raining and it made the already difficult race track to one of the hardest tracks to race to in Moto Cross sports. What a day to start the Tour de Belgium. Enjoy.

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Coronavirus restrictions at the Lommel race track…

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Fans cheering their favorite rider, #93 Jago Geerts,BEL…

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What masks?…

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With a closed paddock for the public, they put up large monitors to view the spectacle from afar…

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Here we go…

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My Daddy…

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Could be my daughter a couple of years ago…

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First price for synchronous driving…

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Flying high, MXGP World Cup leader Tim Gajser, SLO (left) and Sicily´s own Toni Cairoli…

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Shredding with #926, Jeremy Delince, BEL..

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And then it started raining…

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Some french speaking Belgians fellows asked me to take a photo of them…Cheers guys!

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No dog wants to be out at this kind of weather…

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Very stylish: #74 MX2 rider Kay deWolf, NEL…

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…and MX2 class World Cup leader (with the red number plate) Maxime Renaux, FRA…

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A young fan cheering on his favorite rider…

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My favorite rider, Toni Cairoli, ITA, plowing through the deep sands of Lommel…

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Brown Coal Opencast Mining, Hambach, Germany

On July 31st, my son and I were on the way to Belgium to see whats up over there. After we had passed Cologne, I had to fuel up gas and I intuitively decided to leave the Autobahn and head over to a small city, where the price wouldn’t be that expensive. We came through a town called Morschenich and I thought: what the fck is wrong here. We filled up petrol in Buir and were on our way back to the Autobahn, as I got a glimpse of an opencast mine to the right in the far. I was excited at that time to say the least, because I ever wanted to see such a thing. Not long after that, we were standing at the first lookout point overlooking the pit. What a hole that was. Later on I learned that this is the largest opencast mine in Europe, spreading 4500 ha/11119 ac, it started in 1978 and should last till 2045, recultivation and flooding a part of the pit will take till 2100. The next day I also learnt, that they relocated 9 km of the Autobahn, built the new one with three lanes and also rebuilt another existing stretch of 8km with three lanes, a total of 17.6 km/192 Mio. Euro, in 2014. They also relocated a highway and railroad tracks in 2016. Not to mention all the villages which were excavated/destroyed and relocated somewhere else. And this fact made me feel very sad for all the people who had to give up there homes. When driving through Manheim, a small village, which is still under the progress of resettlement, I almost felt like visiting a German WW2 cemetery, very depressing. On one side we need the power for millions of Germans, but on the other side for what cost?! On one side, the pit is fascinating for its sheer size, vastness and engineering, but how many people have lost their homes and is this way of generating energy still relevant today? And this is not the only pit in this area. I have seen a lot of this world, but to be honest, this is the most controversial place I have ever been to, and this in my homeland…

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Brown coal opencast mine Hambach, Germany, seen from Hambach lookout…

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Different layers form as they dig deeper and deeper…

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Terracing the pit with gigantic excavators…

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People coming here to enjoy the show, Terra Nova 1 lookout…

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There also is a restaurant at the lookout, with concerts during summer time…I´m wondering if people from the resettled villages are ever coming here…

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Take a seat…

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Getting the brown coal…

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The sheer size of this place is almost intangible…

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The derelict Autobahn A4 between Düren and Kerpen…

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Church of Manheim…the village is still under resettlement, notice that the windows are all closed with OSB boards…

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“Danger! Construction site traffic/demolition work throughout the site. Beware of road pollution!”

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Crescent Moon, Mars, Venus, July 11th/12th, 2021

Some impressions from the conjunction of the crescent Moon, Mars and Venus, recorded just a stones throw away from where I live. Enjoy!

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July 11th, 2021:

Mars is not quite visible yet…

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Crescent Moon, 3 % illuminated, the day after New Moon…

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Mars (left) and Venus (right)…

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Mars is still not easy to spot…

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Mars, Venus and the Moon at the end of nautical twilight…

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July 12th, 2021:

The Moon has moved on, while Mars and Venus got closer together…

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Love them blueish tones…

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Four Planets In One Night, July 9th 2021

Haven’t been on the road due to corona virus restrictions in 2021, but on July 9th, everything fell together to hit the road for a short trip to one of my favorite destinations. We got a lot of rain for the last couple of days, so the air was very humid, especially as the sun set down. But the clouds and the humidity added some welcomed drama to the scenery. Being out at nights and watching them stars is really something special – if I haven’t said that before…Enjoy!

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Twilight mode…

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Mars and Venus at the end of nautical twilight…

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That feeling when you get out of the woods with a view like that…

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Misty Milkyway…

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Solitude and gratitude…

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Jupiter and Saturn joining the show…

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City lights in the distance, Andromeda galaxy top right…

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Crescent Moon, Mars, Venus, June 13th, 2021

Another night out, even if I have to get up early to go to work the next morning, but I can’t miss that chance. Almost the same scene like the night before, but the Moon almost passed/overtook planet Mars tonight. My eyes will never get tired of those views. Enjoy!

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Crescent Moon above the hop fields of the Hallertau, Lower Bavaria…

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The so-called Da Vinci Glow on the Moon, Mars to the lower left…

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Mars (lower left of Moon), Crescent Moon and Venus (lower right)…

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I love it plain and simple, an infinite view, above as below…

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Crescent Moon, Mars, Venus, June 12th, 2021

Some snapshots from last night, featuring the Crescent Moon, Mars and Venus. The many storm clouds added some drama to the scene and the purified atmosphere after the rain offered some nice twilight colors too. It feels great being out at nights. Enjoy!

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That moment the Crescent Moon pops up…

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Venus to the lower right showing up…

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Joined by Mars at the upper left…

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Twilight colors…

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The Da Vinci Glow – quite visible…

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Mars (top left) and Venus (lower right); just a couple of minutes later the whole scene has been swallowed by the next set of incoming storm clouds…

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…looking like a raging rabbit…

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