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Into The Wind

“Into The Wind” by Jake Ducey is a story/book about his journey traveling the world for a couple of months, in search of his real meaning of life. Ironically, at the end of his journey, he found out, that everything he was looking for, is not to be found in the physical world, but is already within him. Like the monk told him: “In your life it took you until you traveled around the physical world for months before you found what you wanted, which was actually within yourself.” The book is full of quotes and “real stuff”, which I have heard before, but which I can relate to just recently now. I myself has been on the run for a long time, traveling the whole world, but wasn´t even aware of what I was looking for. Now I know its been some kind of running away, some sort of getting distracted, looking for something new, only to find out, when I got back home, that I wasn´t satisfied, wasn´t happy at all. So I went for the next travel, filling up a hole for a short period of time, just to find out that that hole was empty again after a while. So what to do? Only one way left – to go in search within yourself! “It´s true, all begins within not without!”. That means you have to face your deepest fears, which I can tell from my experiences is very challenging – and I´m just at the beginning. But better to start now than never. I still love traveling and photographing very much and it fills my soul, but I don´t need it all the time anymore, like the past three years. Sounds weird, even to me, but there are more important things in the world than filling up your ego. Once again, I´m very touched by what the monk had to say: “…that if you aren´t making someone else´s life better, then you are wasting your time”. “…because those you give will receive.” I don´t know where this journey will lead me, but the journey within myself is definitely worth looking for.

By the way – the images are from my latest sojourn in search of the night sky (…and enlightenment 😉 ) @ Staller Sattel, Antholz Valley, South Tyrol, Italy. Nothing can describe the beauty and the joy of spending a night out under the stars and the rising Moon. Enjoy!

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Destination arrived…

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Fort from WW II…

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Camping de Luxe…

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Around 10:00 pm…

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Around 12:00 pm, the rising Moon in the back illuminating the scenery…

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Around 5:00 am, a starry night and Jupiter above the ridge…

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Pre-dawn and Venus Belt…

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First light…

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Camp in the morning and  Moon…

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Again, camping de Luxe…

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Seven frame vertical pano, handheld with the G1X…

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Moon setting above Rieserferner Ridge, South Tyrol…

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The Power Of Love

…is a song performed by  legendary “Franky goes to Hollywood” in the early 80´s. Knowing that song since then, it ignited something deep within me hearing it yesterday morning while driving to work. Going through the lyrics on youtube, this song really sums it up (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkN1SlG1YUk). Love really is the most powerful force in the universe, something I had lost for a very long time, buried deep down within me, burning at the lowest level, almost distinguished. Sometimes you have to make decision that are very though to do, but after that, you will be like new-born. “Expose yourself to your deepest fear – after that…you are free.” (Jim Morrison). How true is that. I had cancelled my trip to Iceland last Friday and I´m happy with that – gotta figure out my life first, exposing/facing my fears first and not running away from them. Last Tuesday, I traveled to Lake Antholz, South Tyrol, where I had been last year for the first time. This time, the lake was frozen and the road was closed due to snow. So I packed my stuff, hiked to a place I knew and camped out there for the night. The ice of the lake was cracking the whole night, sometimes sounding like a gun shot, sometimes like a crashing fright train and sometimes like a singing whale. What an experience. Then next morning, I hiked up the (closed) snow-covered alpine road to the top at the Staller Sattel at 2052 m a.s.l., which marks the border of South Tyrol/Italy and Austria. While enjoying the view and the sun and being so deeply into nature, suddenly everything fell into place and I got all the answers I was looking for, for such a long time now. It felt like being one with everything, being happy for no reason, hugging the whole world for no reason. I felt such a gratitude that moment, I almost thought I´m going to explode. Now, being back home, I´m starting being able to bring back that feeling for no reason, like when doing the dishes, being at work – whatever – the power of love. “Love yourself first – then you can love others. You are your true love”! Enjoy!

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Camp @ the lake, pre-dawn with venus belt and earth-shade…

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Planet Jupiter above Riesenferner Ridge, Venus Belt are starting to show up…

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First light on the ridge…

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Five verts pano, Milky Way in the middle…

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Trails in comet-mode, starting after moon set, Jupiter in the center…

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View from Staller Sattel, 2052 a.s.l., the mountains in the center are 3200-3500 m a.s.l., at the bottom left, Lake Antholz…

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Antholz Valley, late afternoon…

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The Dolomites, Italy – For The First Time…

I can’t believe it myself, but last year September has been the first time I have been to the Dolomites in northern Italy – to the probably most beautiful “mountain-scape” in the whole world. It’s only a 4-5 hours drive away from where I live and a predicted 4-days high pressure weather period and a New Moon phase was the final trigger to get moving. Arriving there late in the afternoon, I was overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of this place. I had no maps and I did not know where to go first – everything was just amazing. I stood by my car at the highest located parking lot at an elevation of 2320 m, while looking around and waiting for the sun to set, the clouds moved in and within an hour, everything was soaked in. Damn. I went to bed in my car early and was very anxious about what the next morning would bring. But as often, “don´t ask what will I get today, ask what will I be given today.” And in my case, its been one of the most beautiful mornings I have witnessed so far. Only the first five images are from the arrival from that afternoon, all the others are from the next morning and day. The Dolomites are a place of heaven nowadays, but this area has got a dark past as well. During WW I, there has been the fighting line between the Italians and the Austrians/Hungarians, filled with tunnels and emplacements and most of the soldiers on both sides died not of the fightings, but of hunger, the cold and avalanches. The Dolomites are a place with history and a fantastic area for doing outdoors – combining those things with photography – makes an extraordinary experience. Enjoy!

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Soldier cemetery  @ “Nasswand”, Toblach…

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The Rifugio Auronzo, 2320 m a.s.l. @ the world-famous Tre Cime di Lavaredo Nature Park…

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Sunset @ the Gruppo dei Cardini mountains…

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Clouds moving in @ sunset…

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Obscured Gruppo dei Cardini @ twilight…

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A starry morning feat. Venus, Canis Minor, Canis Major, Sirius and Orion (from l.-r.); the clouds above are gone, but the valley is still covered and the lights of the town of Auronzo are shining through @ nautical twilight…

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Orion above the Gruppo dei Cardini and the clouds are floating through the valley; the light to right on top of the ridge is the Rifugio G.Lorenzi, 2932 m a.s.l. within the Gruppo del Cristallo Range…

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The stars above and the town lights below and the Rifugio Auronzo begins its day…

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The lights of Auronzo –  like a space ship sailing through the void…

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Morning is coming @ the Rifugio Auronzo…

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The lights within…

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Floating clouds @ twilight…

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…at an elevation of about 2000 m…

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First light and floating clouds on the Gruppo del Cristallo…

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The so-called Venus Belt or Earth Shade visible over the Gruppo del Cristallo Range (left); this is the area where they filmed the movie “Cliffhanger” feat. Silvester Stallone in 1993…

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Man @ work…

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Exhausted, but happy after photographing through a fantastic morning…

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Can you spot the Rifugio G.Lorenzi @ 2932 m ? Somewhere to the top right…

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Take me in…

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Hiking trail feat. a lot of tunnels from WW I…

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Looking down @ the summit of Sasso di Landro, 2536 m…

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Looking towards the Drei-Zinnen-Hütte, the red dot to the upper right…

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The Drei-Zinnen-Hütte to the left…

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The so-called Blue Hour @ the Gruppo dei Cardini; the Blue Hour marks the time between civilian and nautical twilight, just before the stars become visible…

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” Feel happy and grateful for having received such wonderful gifts. Then go your way in peace.”  (Neville)

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Hop Fields Of The Hallertau, Bavaria

The largest continuous hop planting area in the world is called “Hallertau”, which is derived from Old High German and means something like “a forest who hides its interior” or “wild/primeval forest”. The description ´..who hides its interior..`  also  fits well to most of the country-side residents of the Hallertau, including myself….a special breed of characters! The area is covering nearly 15 000 hectare and is part of Lower and Upper Bavaria, situated south of the Danube River and in the heart of  Bavaria, Germany, geographically seen. Growing up as a (hop)farmers kid, I know the flow of work and the amount of work involved in doing hops, but that changed a lot in the last 30 years.

These images are also a reminiscence to my “old” home; since I moved to Landshut, the capital of Lower Bavaria, one year ago, I have not been that much around at my former playgrounds. Luckily, from last Sunday on, I got three fantastic nights in a row spending out there in the fields and I enjoyed it very much. Knowing all the places, the back roads, the people and the locations where to photograph, brings back a lot of memories. The silhouettes of the empty fields make a fantastic foreground with the different light conditions. It does not always have to be the far away countries – the beauty lies in front of you! Enjoy!

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…reflected in the rear windows of my drive…

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Wires hanging loose from the main wires and waiting to be put into ground…

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Venus Belt (pink) and Earth Shade (grey, bottom), showing up to the east after sunset…

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…while twilight is producing different amazing colors to the west…

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Hyades and Pleiades showing up after nautical twilight, including a lot of light pollution at the horizon…

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My most ´photogenic` hop field to date at nautical twilight – and some light pollution…

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L.-r.: Sirius, Orion, Hyades, Jupiter and Pleiades above the hop fields of the Hallertau…

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Centering Orion, you will get horizontal trails along the Galactic Equator…

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“Stars-Shower”

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What better to spend a night out in the fields?…

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“If the hops once scratched, he can not let go.” (old saying)

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My Favorite Images Of November 2012

The month of November has been very productive; as you may notice its been very “night-scape-sided”. All of the images are from my latest sojourn to Austria and South Tyrol during the last New Moon phase in November. (Click to enlarge) . Enjoy!

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The sky is lifting up at night after a stormy day; MilkyWay, Jupiter, Pleiades (l.-r.), @Fernpaß, Austria…

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The last storm clouds fading away; MilkyWay, Orion, Jupiter, Hyades, Pleiades, @Fernpaß, Austria…

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My favorite activity – star-gazing, while the camera does its work, @Obtarrenz, Austria…

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The crescent Moon setting over the snowy ridge @South Tyrol…

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The Milky Way and the Andromeda Nebula (top left) above the woods of Obtarrenz, Austria…

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The Milky Way with its reddish illuminated alpha-hydrogen-nebulae, South Tyrol…

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Just before the immersion of Polis, SAO 186497 (Multiple star system), South Tyrol…

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Reflection of the setting crescent Moon @South Tyrol…

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The stars and the Milky Way becoming visible…

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Yours truly enjoining the show…

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Reflection of the Milky Way I…

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Reflection of the Milky Way II…

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Reflection of the Milky Way III…

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NGC 7000 or the North America Nebulae…

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Reflection of the stars…

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Pre-dawn, Sirius (left), Orion (faint, center), Jupiter (top, right) and Aldebaran (below Jupiter), 17th Nov. 2012, South Tyrol, Italy…

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The so-called Earth-shade or Venus-belt reflecting in the mountain lake… 

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Star-gazing at 2300m, Passo di Giau, the Dolomites…

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Star trails over a mountain lake, South Tyrol…

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Star trails over the Dolomites @Passo di Giau…

“If we are ever in doubt about what to do, it is a good rule to ask ourselves what we shall wish on the morrow that we had done.”

(John Lubbock)

My Favorite Images Of September 2012

As you may have noticed, this blog tends to become more and more “nocturne-sided”. I cant help myself, but I´m somehow addicted to the stars and the universe itself. That´s the kind of stuff that fuels my soul, my inner motor, my vision. Since we are made out of that stuff, the so-called star-dust, I think it´s some kind of normal  being addicted to the cosmos. The digital area gives us so many new possibilities for capturing the stars in a way that wouldn´t have been possible some time ago. These days I even plan my journeys on the phases of the Moon, and the first images I process when I´m back home are the ones of the night sky. There is a saying that gear doesn´t matter, it’s the person behind the lens that matters. That´s right – except for one term – when you are shooting night-scenes. There is an interesting article by Michael Frye on his blog about gear – check it out: http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2012/09/27/photographing-the-milky-way/ . 

I´m heading to Volgograd, Russia on Friday,12th Oct. – Friday, 19th Oct., to see the grave of one of my fallen uncles during WWII. I´d planed this trip on the phases of the Moon (New moon 15th Oct.), not knowing until later, that my uncle Martin was fallen 16th Oct. 1942; that makes it exactly 70 years, for one of the Priller-clan to visit his graveyard….This time I´m traveling by airplane; here are links when I had tried this by car in 2010: https://wernerpriller.wordpress.com/2010/11/11/dealing-with-russia-part-i/ , https://wernerpriller.wordpress.com/2010/11/24/dealing-with-russia-part-ii/ , https://wernerpriller.wordpress.com/2010/12/08/dealing-with-russia-part-iii/ , https://wernerpriller.wordpress.com/2011/03/28/dealing-with-russia-last-part/ 

Enjoy!

Dramatic clouds during nautical twilight…

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A so-called Fireball or Bolide hitting the MilkyWay…

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Backlit clouds over the Austrian Alps with the so-called Venus Belt (pinkish line) and Earth Shade (the grey line above the ridge)…

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The stars shine over the Austrian Alps; notice the light dot at the middle of the ridge-this is where the Großglockner-High-Alpine-Road leads to (2504 m)…

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Long-time exposure of the MilkyWay; though the foreground gets blurred, this single shot contains that much information…

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The MilkyWay above Gr0ßglockner Ridge, 3798 m, with the Pasterze-glacier to the right…

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20 min. single startrail shot; notice the light track (center) – mountaineers still descending from the summit of Großglockner Mt., 3798 m…

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Stars and Venus above, while the city of Auronzo lies beneath a cloud cover, the Dolomites, Italy…

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The Dolomites, the city of Misurina and the stars…

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The Dolomites, just before the stars become visible…

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3-image pano: Venus (left), Procyon (center) and Sirius (right); the city of Auronzo shines through the clouds/low stratus, Italy…

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Startrails above the ridge of the famous Tre Cime mountains, the Dolomites, Italy…

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“When god created the world, he took the Dolomites as example.” 

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