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Tour de France, Nightscapes, Aug./Sept. 2020

Back from a three-weeks tour around France in Aug./Sept. 2020, traveling some 5700 km with my son and my trusted Sprinter van. Not to many nighttime shooting possibilities this time, but we got away with some cool locations. As always, nightscapes first. Enjoy!

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Setting crescent Moon above the Channel…

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Setting crescent Moon @ Cap Gries-Nez, with the lights of the south coast of England to the right…

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Constellation of Cassiopeia @ Longues-sur-Mer…

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Reflections @ Longues-sur-Mer…

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Big Dipper and Arcturus @ Longues-sur-Mer…

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Camper van parade @ Longues-sur-Mer…

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Crepuscular rays after sunset @ Biarritz…

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Full Moon setting in the morning, with Belt of Venus and Earth Shadow, looking towards Spain…

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Nautical twilight @ Col d´Osquich…

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Enjoying the show @ Col d´Osquich…

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Saturn, Jupiter, Milkyway @ Lac des Gaves…

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Saturn and Jupiter @ Chateau de Queribus…

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Saturn, Jupiter, Milkyway @ Cirque de Navacelles…

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Milkyway above the light polluted Cirque de Navacelles…

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The beauty of the night sky – what better than that @ Cirque de Navacelles…

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New Moon Nights

Some impressions from last weeks drive to the Großglockner High Alpine Road, Austria. Two nights in a row during New Moon with almost clear skies. What better? Enjoy!

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Around 12:00 pm, the sky cleared up, giving way to the Milky Way, and lots of light pollution along the horizon, Jupiter (center) and Saturn (to the left)…

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Brennkogel, 3018 m, feat. the Milky Way…

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Stargazing @ 2517 m a.s.l….

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A bit hazy on the second night…

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Star tracking…

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NGC 7000, the North America Nebula, 35 x 120 sec…

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Beauty of the night sky, 44 x 20 sec…

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Road Trip To Italy and Switzerland

Some impressions from my latest road trip to Italy and Switzerland, late February 2019. Lots of snow around, but uncommonly warm at this time of the year…Enjoy!

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Setting Moon over the Lechtaler Alpen, Tyrol, Austria…

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Anti-tank obstacles from WW2, covered in 1.5 m of snow, Plamort, South Tyrol, Italy…

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Eerie looking halo covering the half Moon, early morning @ Ofen Pass, Switzerland…

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Lenticular clouds at sunset over Bernina Pass, Switzerland…

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Pre-dawn with the rising crescent Moon, Venus and Jupiter, Bernina Pass, Switzerland…

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Magical light @ Bernina Pass, Switzerland…

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Railroad through the city of Tirano, Italy…

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Paintings at a public well, Tirano, Italy…

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Somewhere around Lago di Como, Italy…

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Simplon Adler (Monument), Simplon Pass, Switzerland…

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Stargazing @ Simplon Pass, Switzerland…notice the bright light to the right…

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…the so-called Zodiac Light, pointing towards the Pleiades and engulfing Mars and Uranus…

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Lots of high-alpine roads in Switzerland are closed during winter times…

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Along the Simplon Pass route…

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Ganter bridge and Bortelhorn (center), 3193 m, Switzerland…

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Second night @ Simplon Pass, with Orion straight ahead…

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Pre-dawn @ Simplon Pass, Switzerland…

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Winter´s magic @ Simplon Pass, Switzerland

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Verbania @ Lago Maggiore, Italy, with the snow-capped suisse Alps in the distance, where I just got down from…

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Lago Maggiore, seen from Villa Giulia, Verbania, Italy…

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My Favorite Images Of 2018

Though I have been to a lot of countries in 2018, some of my favorite shots happened just around the corner of my home turf (Lower Bavaria, Germany). Narrowing down some +10k images into a set of 12 takes some time, but showing them off in a community with like-minded photographers is more than rewarding. If you want to be a part of it too, head over to: https://www.jmg-galleries.com/blog/2018/12/16/blog-project-photos-2018/ and say Hi to Jim Goldstein, who is putting up this project every year. Enjoy!

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Solitude @ Ofenpass, Suisse Alps, Switzerland…

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Mercury (bottom) and Venus (center left) being watched, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Good Friday´s Full Moon rising, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Along the Isar River, Upper Bavaria, Germany…

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Pano of 26 single shots taken with a 8″ Meade telescope and a 24mm Hyperion eyepiece, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Total eclipse of the Moon, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Stargazing with my teenage daughter at my brothers farmland, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Colle del Nivolet, 2612 m, Italy…

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Pano of 20 single images, Little St Bernard Pass, 2188 m, looking towards France…

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On top of Mont Chaberton, 3131 m, France…

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Crescent Moon and the hopfields of the Hallertau, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Camp under the stars with my grown-up sons, Theth National Park, Albania…

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Albania: From Dusk Till Dawn

Some nighttime impressions from my latest journey to Albania, joined by my two grown-up  sons, late September/early October 2018. What can I say…Albania might be the least known country in whole Europe, some unchartered territory, wild and untamed, enchanting in its own unique way, with very helpful and heartwarming people. Albania is on the list for becoming a future travel destination and will hopefully find its balance and keep its spirit, serving adventurers and tourists alike. Enjoy!

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Earth shadow and belt of Venus appear about 15 min. after the sun has set on the opposite side @ Albanian Alps…

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Stars and the Milkyway appear @ the end of astronomical twilight, Albanian Alps…

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Full Moon setting over the serpentine of Rrapsh, about 20 min. before sunrise, with some Earth shadow and belt of Venus, Albanian Alps…

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Earth shadow and belt of Venus, Theth National park…

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Camp @ Theth National park…

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The two brightest dots in the image are Mars (left) and Saturn (right), using a Cokin diffuser…

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Just before sunrise @ the Albanian Alps…

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Tirana @ night…

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Arriving late at a most beautiful spot to stay for the night, everyone does what needs to be done…

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Terrestrial lights against celestial lights…

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Not much is spoken while enjoying the show…

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Jupiter (top left) and Venus (lower right) @ nautical twilight…

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Looking north @ the Ionian Mediterranean Sea…

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Arcturus (center), the brightest star in the Northern Hemisphere…

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Single shot of the towering Milkyway, using the Polarie…

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Just before sunrise…

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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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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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Crescent Moon: Three In A Row

I haven´t been able to catch the crescent of the Moon for three times in a row after a New Moon. Must be the new place I´m living at….Again, magic happened and watching the colors changing/shifting during the different times of twilight at night (civilian/nautical/astronomical), is something very special to me. You may notice the change of the colors at the three images…Enjoy!

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First crescent of the Moon after New Moon, 30.05.2014…

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Second crescent of the Moon, joined by Jupiter above, 31.05.2014…

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Third crescent of the Moon, joined by Jupiter to the right, 01.06.2014…

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“You find who you love doing what you love!”

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Black Forest Sojourn

Last week, I traveled to Freiburg, some 480 km west from where I´m living, attending a lecture by one of Germany´s most recognized (spiritual) book authors, Robert Betz. While traveling there, I took the chance to visit a lot of often-heard places at the Black Forest, but unfortunately haven´t been there myself so far. You know, since I quit my old job, I got time for what I love doing most, traveling and photography (besides carrying for my family…). First, I sought I would visit the Vosges Mountains in France, bordering onto South-West Germany, but the Black Forest area got so many attractions, that almost time ran out after five days of living out of the car. The stills/video is including places like the Japanese Garden of Freiburg, mountains with funny names like Schauinsland and Hornisgrinde, waterfalls like Todtnau Falls and Allerheiligen Falls, monastery ruins, views over the Rhine valley towards the Vosges Mountains, dramatic sunsets, windswept beech trees, snow at  Feldberg Mt. (highest mountain of the B.F. area), and yes, of course, my beloved night sky. Best of all, almost no tourists around at this time of the year. But with some of them, and that is becoming new to me (not really new, but it is coming back in some sort of way…), I´m getting into interaction. Sometimes just a small talk, sometimes a discussion about life itself or giving a young lady and her dog a lift to a place where I was already heading to. Life is reflecting what you are sending out – if you want it or not…By the way, music is by Nelly Furtado, a fantastic song called “Stars”. Enjoy!

(Press the HD-button for a better resolution if you like…)

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“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” (Albert Einstein)

The Smallest Full Moon…

…since more than 1000 years, is visible tonight, because of its farthest distance to the earth. And there won’t be a further away Full Moon until the year 2154! Photographing the Full Moon can be tricky, because of the high range of contrasts. Mostly I take images of the Full Moon a day prior to the “real” Full Moon, when there is still some twilight left, even then, there is a lot of contrast to handle. I got this image on the most popular German-speaking astronomy site ( http://news.astronomie.info/ai.php/bulletin/90000 ) today and I got a lot of response towards it. Also featuring – Jupiter (top left), while the terrestrial counterpart is the nuclear power plant of Niederaichbach, close to Landshut, the capital town of Lower Bavaria.

Like the Moon can´t shine without the sun, your eyes can´t sparkle without your inner light. 

This is what Hatha-Yoga is all about…”Ha” is the sun, “Tha” is the Moon. Your self can´t shine without the light within. Just saying…Enjoy!

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Full Moon & Jupiter, 15th Jan. 2014…

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