Category Archives: Photography

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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Partial Eclipse Of The Sun, June 10th, 2021

Actually it is been an annular eclipse of the Sun in some parts of the world, but at my place the Sun has only been covered by the Moon by some 7 % – nonetheless a great occurrence. To avoid the predicted clouds and storms around midday, I headed north this time. After about an hours drive, I ended up at the “Geographic center of Bavaria” at Kipfenberg, Upper Bavaria. Not knowing that such a place exists, I put up my gear at the parking lot, in the middle of a forrest. Some clouds moved in at the maximum of the eclipse, but all in all its been a great day for taking the telescope out. Enjoy!

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Setting up for the eclipse…

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Mirrored image on the screen due to the deflection mirror of the telescope…

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Clouds coming in at the maximum of the eclipse…

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Mosaic of the eclipse…

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Single shot from the around the maximum of the eclipse; the eclipse partially eclipsed by clouds (pun intended)…

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Crop of one of the images; one can see clearly the rugged edge of the Moon disk because of all the craters on the Moon…

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Mars, Moon, Mercury, Venus, May 14, 2021

After raining the whole day the day before, the sky just cleared up in time. The atmosphere was clear and crisp and after not being out at nights for the last two month, I was on my way. Headed to a place just a stones throw away from my home and got treated by a sight I can’t get enough from: the crescent Moon at nautical twilight. Featured by Mars, Mercury and Venus, they all lined up along the ecliptic. A great night out (despite the nighttime curfew). Enjoy!

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Belt of Venus and Earth Shade above my home town. The light clouds are man-made and emanate from a cooling tower of a nuclear power plant some 35 km away…

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The graphic silhouettes of the hop fields just make my day (every night)…

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Crescent moon above the hop fields of the Hallertau, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Planet Venus in all its glory during nautical twilight…

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Four verts pano, feat. the crescent Moon, Mercury and Venus. Elusive Mercury, our innermost planet, can only be seen like this for a few days of the year…

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Along the ecliptic they go: Mars, Moon, Mercury and Venus…

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Some withered dandelion, hop fields and an amazing night sky…

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Circumscribed Solar Halo

While working at my brothers place on a roof top last Saturday, I noticed a halo around the sun at midday. So I went back home, grabbed my big camera, took some photos and went back to work. After I had processed the images the next day, I noticed a second, weird looking halo around the usual 22° halo. It took me a couple of days to figure out what I had got there: a so-called circumscribed solar halo. Because the sun was almost in zenith, the circumscribed halo formed an oval around the sun. Its shape depends very much on the solar altitude. When the sun is lower than 29°, the halo separates into the lower and upper tangent arches, formed by the same ice crystals. There is a good read here: https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/weather/spectacular-sky-circles-around-the-sun-over-comox-valley-1.3952525 and a ton of information can be found on this site: https://www.atoptics.co.uk/halo/circum.htm . Enjoy!

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A so-called circumscribed halo around a 22° halo…

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Enhanced crop from the original one…

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Halo parade seen from my porch…

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Crescent Moon At The Hopfields

First time out shooting at night after a couple of weeks, featuring the Crescent Moon on the second day after New Moon. The hopfields of my home, the Hallertau, give a great graphic contrast to the changing colours during nautical twilight at nights. Even better the temperature was down to -10°C, so the air was crisp and crystal clear. A good night out. Enjoy!

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My Favorite Images Of 2020

2020 has been  some sort of a roller coaster ride to all of us I guess. But despite Covid 19, my life this past year has been dominated by whitnessing and photographing the coolest comet in ages, traveling to France with one of my sons and of course roaming the back yards of my beloved home. Life is good, even with a lot of restrictions. So here are my twelve favorites of 2020. Enjoy and have a good one in 2021!

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Milky Way above Hohe Göll Ridge, Upper Bavaria, Germany…

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Comet Neowise, Stilfser Joch, South Tyrol…

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Setting crescent Moon above hop fields, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Crescent Moon and Venus above hop fields, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Comet Neowise and noctilucent clouds above my home town, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Comet Neowise at Stilfser Joch, South Tyrol…

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Bidding farewell to fading comet Neowise, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Setting crescent Moon above a field of round bales of straw, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Setting full Moon in the morning, seen from Biarritz, France…

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Twilight at Col d´Osquich, France…

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Mother Mary mosaic at Lourdes, France…

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Star gazing with my son – Saturn and Jupiter above our heads, Cirque de Navacelles, France…

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Along France´s Coastline

Some impressions from France´s coastline from around Calais down to Biarritz while traveling it for three weeks in Aug./Sept. 2020. Enjoy!

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First night at the sea, Cap Gris-Nez…

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First morning at the sea, Cap Gris-Nez…

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Oyster poles, Cap Gris-Nez…

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A windy sunday afternoon at Ambleteuse…

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White cliffs at Le Treport and…

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Mers-les-Bains…

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A couple enjoying the show at Le Treport…

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White cliffs at Etretat…

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Overlooking Etretat…

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Storm is coming in at Etretat…

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View from Longues-sur-Mer towards Arramanches-les-Bains and the remains of the Mulberry B complex…

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Les Braves monument at Omaha Beach…

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…the reason I initiated the Tour de France…

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Mont-Saint-Michel out in the mud flats…

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La Tombelaine at sunset…

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View from the dunes of Pilat towards the Atlantic Ocean…

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Les Cavaliers beach, north of Biarritz…

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Setting full Moon in the morning, seen from Biarritz, facing Spain´s coastline (to the right)…

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Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France, Sept. 2020

The reason we did a detour to this small town at the foothills of the French Pyrenees? My uncle Xaver has been stationed here for a couple of weeks as part of the German occupying forces during WW 2 in April/May 1941 (he has been killed in the war around Wolchow/Russia, Sept. 1942). Since I still have a postcard and two photographs from that time, I´ve been very eager to come to this place and to see for myself – 79 years later. To be honest, this has been the most emotional experience during the whole three weeks of traveling. As always, this story is told by the photos I took…Enjoy!

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The original postcard from 1941…notice the bridge and the road leading towards St.-Jean-Pied-de-Port, the main road at that time, the railway tracks to the left, crossing the road at the small building off-center right. We have been on the search for this location where the photo has been probably taken for a couple of hours…the tick in the image probably marks the place of his guest family he lived with…

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Backside of the postcard, which I unfortunately can´t decipher…

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My uncle Xaver (right) with his guest family…

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I´m not sure where this young lady fits in, maybe a romance…

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Like all places of the Basque Provinces, St.-Jean-Pied-de-Port also got two names – a French one and a Basque one. Most of the French names of the places along our tour have been made unreadable, not wanting to be recognized as French…

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We went uphill to the vineyards around St.-Jean, searching for the location where the postcard might have been taken and ended up at a very steep gravel road, overlooking the whole area…

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Pano of 23 images, overlooking the vineyards and St.-Jean-Pied-de-Port…

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While heading down to town, I noticed a wine grower in one of the fields. I stopped, turned back, grabbed the postcard and photos and went towards him. He has been pretty stunned to see a German tourist with his Sprinter traversing the vineyards I reckon. I greeted him politely in french and showed him the postcard, not speaking any French at all, in hope he could point me towards the right location the postcard might have been taken. With hands and feet I tried to explain him the meaning of this all, I even wrote 1941 into the soil with a stick and showed him the other photographs. As I mentioned the word “Onkel” (German), and since the translation and prononciation for it in French is almost the same – oncle – he suddenly realized I was on the search for my uncles past. The moment he realized it, his eyes got wide open and he smiled at me, something like: good on you. At that very moment, my eyes got wet and I almost started crying. He gave me directions where to look for and wished me a good day. All that happened in an blink of an eye and unfortunately I got no image of the farmer, but this moment will be with me forever.

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The brigde from the postcard is still there…

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The old main road with the bridge leading to St.-Jean…

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We finally found the site where the postcard have been taken, but overgrown with trees and buildings – who wonders after almost 80 years…mission completed…

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Apocalypse de St-Emilion, St-Emilion, France, Sept. 2020

While being on the way from Carnac to Biarritz, we stopped by at a town called Saint Emilion, some 50 km east of Bordeaux. Never heard of it before, the travel guide acknowledged it as a spot for its world famous wines and its medieval architecture. We haven´t been prepared for what to come – to say the least. The church has been tremendous, with its old paintings and frescoes, but walking through the side door into the cloister, we starred at a wall full of paintings of the Apocalypse of the New Testament. We were blown away by the beauty of the paintings, a modern interpretation of the Apocalypse of John – we had no clue at all what would await us around these holy walls. I´m not very much into surprises, but this one made my day. More info about this exhibition can be found here (in french): http://apocalypse-saint-emilion.com . Enjoy!

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