Tag Archives: Stars

Hop Field At Night

Strolling around last night to get some impressions of the current hop harvest in the Hallertau, Lower Bavaria, I came across this new built up hop plant. The poles are set up, but the cables and wires are not attached so far. That makes a great graphic silhouette against the night sky. Enjoy!

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6-verts-pano…the Big Dipper showing the way to Polaris (top right) and Arcturus (middle left)…

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Update: was this night there again with my kids, showing them the stars…

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14.09.2015: Capella/constellation Auriga, showing up after nautical twilight…

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Blue Hour and the stars start to pop out…view goes towards Perseus and Triangulum…

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Intuitive Guidance (To The Night Sky)

About three years ago, I went to a place in Austria called ´Fernpass`, to watch the rise of the Crescent Moon two days before New Moon. This year, the same event has been scheduled on the morning of the 20th of November. Unfortunately, we have had some nasty weather the days before, with clouds, fog and rain. I was checking the weather forecast, again and again, and the radar said it would clear around the foothills of the alps. So I got my stuff packed, but hesitated again. Driving 3 h/250 km one way, just to photograph the rise of the Crescent Moon, is one thing, but having to show up at work the same morning is another. And how many times have I been to locations and the forecast had been not so satisfying? So I called my boss (which by the way is a good friend of mine), just to make sure it would be ok if I would show up for work at 10 am the next morning. After I got that ok, I sat back and waited, until I got that final signal: “Go”. It rained along most of the drive, and by arriving there around 8pm, I couldn´t even see for more than 20 meters. Shit. What about the forecast? my intuition? what am I doing here? I prepared something to eat and thought about going to bed (in my van) and to give it a try the next morning. But, I don´t know how or why, I packed my stuff and hiked up the gravel road to the lookout, I had known from the years before. Haven´t seen that much yellowish glowing eyes of roe deers through the fog since I´m out at nights. Arriving at my spot, I took some images to document the ´disaster`, not seeing a halfway clear sky. Though, I still had my vision of a clear sky in mind, but I took my camera of the tripod, folded the tripod, put my down cloth back into the bag and arranged everything heading back to the car. As I lifted my backpack and turned around, I could not believe my sight…

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Time difference of those two images: 7 minutes!! Same settings, just 7 minutes apart!! Fog is gone, just some clouds left down at the valley floor and some vehicles driving along the summit road. All images taken at Fernpass, Austria. Winter glory is showing up, feat. the rise of Orion, Hyades and Pleiades. I have been so overwhelmed at this sight/to come up here and to wait, that I almost forgot to set up my camera again and to take pictures. LOL. Its been clear all night and the next morning. After the Crescent Moon rose in its glory, the sky got overcast again, so I could leave this place before sunrise and headed back another 250 km to work. Testing my intuition has been successful. A night to remember! Enjoy!

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Orion rising above Mieminger Kette, Fernpass, Austria…

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6-verts-pano, Fernpass, Austria…

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Rise of the Crescent Moon, 4-verts-pano…

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Crescent Moon, two days before New Moon…

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Crescent Moon @ predawn, Fernpass, Austria…

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“The only real valuable thing is intuition.” (Albert Einstein)

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Autumnal Glory

Here are some of my favorites from this fall color season – all of them taken around my home. Tried something new by including the autumnal colors into some night scenes. Walking through a foggy forest at night, illuminated by the Moon, is something enchanting. Hearing some grunting wild pigs during day time is also quite impressive. All images are taken at Nature Reserve “Weltenburger Enge”, Lower Bavaria, Germany. Enjoy!

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Moonlit beech forest at night…

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Oncoming car headlights…

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Fog is blocking the stars, but some still make it through…

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Six-verts-pano, feat. Moon, Danube River, constellation of Aquila, fog and some autumnal glory…

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This came to my mind while reading a book called: Celebrating the Universe!: |the spirituality and science of stargazing| by James Mullaney:

“I’m happy at home,
and also like in nature,
 
I like the sea,
and also love the mountains,
 
but most of all, I love
being among the stars.”

Mars Over Misurina, South Tyrol

This is my favorite image from my latest journey to the Dolomites, South Tyrol. A 24-hours, day-to-day trip, driving a total of 900 km, just to photograph the first Crescent Moon after New Moon over the Dolomites. The weather forecast looked promising, but arriving at the Tre Cime parking lot above Misurina, storm clouds were still rolling in and out and the thin Crescent Moon got sucked away by them. Later that night, it cleared up and in the morning, a starry sky showed up. The Dolomites never disappoint, and the views are otherworldly. Can´t wait to get back before the high alpine roads are closed for the winter. Enjoy!

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Planet Mars over Misurina @ the Dolomites, South Tyrol, Italy. Ten vertical images stitches via Hugin, showing the Gruppo dei Cardei to the left, the Milky Way, Mars and the Monte Cristallo Range, home of Silvester Stallone´s classic “Cliffhanger”…08:42pm/26.09.2014

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Hop Gardens, Nocturnal

Some impressions from my latest visit to my beloved hop gardens of the Hallertau, Lower Bavaria. These fields are just a stone´s throw away from where I used to live and to roam the streets. The structures of the poles and wires building a very graphic design against the changing colors of the night sky. During the transition from nautical twilight towards astronomical twilight, light pollution from even the smallest villages become visible. One of the very few nights of 2014, we have had a clear sky on a New Moon´s night. Until I was 17 years old, I did all of the work according to the hop gardens, myself, helping my parents on our farm. Nowadays, I just enjoy being out there at nights, photographing the hop fields and  listening to the sounds of the night, and sometimes having a chat with some curios farmers. Enjoy!

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Civilian twilight @ the hop gardens…

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Stars popping out @ nautical twilight…

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Light pollution becomes visible @ astronomical twilight…

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Feat. Antares, Mars, Saturn & the asteroid Vesta…

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My office…

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An oncoming vehicle illuminating the structures of the hop gardens – Milky Way towering above…

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” Things are as they are. Looking out into the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.”  Alan Watts

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Traveling Austria Is Always Rewarding

Here are some impressions from my last weeks spontaneously sojourn to Austria. Starting on Sunday evening, I stop by almost every time while traveling south at one of my favorite places/trees along the Autobahn. As I had reached my first “High-Alpine-Road” destination late at night at the Rossfeld-Panorama-Road at 1570 m, the clouds took over and the rising Moon got swallowed away. Heading further south the next day, I came across a summit road called Sölkpass (1790 m), which traverses through the same Nature Park. Reaching a parking lot just under the summit at 1750m, I stayed there the whole afternoon and were waiting for what to come. A very serene place, and in retrospect my favorite one from that tour. Heading south-west, I reached a High-Alpine-Road called Nockalm-Höhenstraße, but the weather started to be not that cooperative anymore. While there is no such thing as bad weather, the good thing is that there won’t be to many tourists around as well. The clouds rolled in and out that night, but I had the whole summit at 2040 m that night and the next morning to myself. Next stop at the Malta Hochalmstraße and reaching its endpoint at Kölnbrein Talsperre at some 1900 m, the weather started to get colder and colder. From 22°C down at the valley floor, to 6°C on top in the late afternoon. No chance of getting any nightscapes because of the starting rain, I spent most of the time in my trusty Sprinter. The last and final destination of my travels had not been a High-Alpine-Road like the other days before, but a man-made building on top of a mountain called Pyramidenkogel, south of world-famous Wörthersee. It´s the world tallest wooden tower (100 m) and the 360°-views from above are just breathtaking. Six days of traveling and camping five nights at different places mostly up in the mountains, I got back sound and safe and just have to say thank you Austria for being that friendly and hospitable (as always) and bringing back so many memories. Enjoy!

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Big Dipper & Lonesome Tree, Upper Bavaria…

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Headlight-tracks & Stars @ Sölkpass, Austria…

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Yours truly, Olight SR 95 & Sprinter enjoying the Milkyway @ Nockalmhöhenstraße, Austria…

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Kölnbrein dam & Air-walk, Malta Hochalmstraße, Austria…

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Wooden tower @ Pyramidenkogel, Austria…

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“Life is not happening to you – Life is responding to you.”

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Another Night Out – With The Polarie

Haven´t used the Vixen Polarie since almost one year now, everything what is needed to use that star tracking device fell into place last night. The high towering MilkyWay, a nice foreground and a starry night two days before New Moon got me going. For the first time since six month, I have spent the whole night out, first catching the MilkyWay and later on waiting for the Crescent Moon to rise over my old home turf. What a night to remember…watching the MilkyWay and Andromeda Galaxy, the conjunction of Mercury, Venus and the Moon, the ISS flying by (with Germany´s own Alexander Gerst), and the change of colors during the different times of twilight in the morning. But most of all: feeling the serenity and silence of the night again, feeling being one with the universe. Like Neville said: ” The world is an ocean of liquid light in countless different states of crystallization.” Enjoy!

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Prunn Castle, MilkyWay & Andromeda…

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Prunn Castle, MilkyWay & Andromeda, with Canon 1100d (a) and Polarie, with some faint Air Glow…

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Crescent Moon rising above my “home” church”…

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Crescent Moon rising two days before New Moon…

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Venus to the left joining the show…

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ISS on the way or how to build a triangle…

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Mercury (lower left), Venus (center) and Crescent Moon at the end of nautical twilight…

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