About one week ago I noticed that 'my' swans are back and I was longing to visit them. Last Saturday my alarm clock went off early but the weather was too bad. Sunday morning it was again grey but for Monday and Tuesday (both working days) perfect weather was forecasted....as this was happening to me the past weeks, I decided to take some hours off today to visit the swans.
When I entered the area in the dark, the first group of geese were leaving. By the time I reached the lake not a single bird was visible on the water.
In the distance, on the other side of the lake I heard some noise.....the swans!!!!
But, they were sleeping/swimming on the most unfavourable place of the lake and after a while of taking worthless images, I decided to walk around the lake hoping to catch them with some sunlight. As I wasted too much time, I had to run a little bit....a very healthy exercise early in the morning. Just in time I arrived on the other side and for some seconds the swans were swiming in the first reflections of the sun in the water. Soon the light/reflections became too bright and as the swans did not like my presence very much, they flew away.
I'm longing for more of these kind of mornings and if possible not on working days!
One year ago today, Wanda came into my life. The reason for her coming was a sad one but from the first day she felt at home. Wanda is a wonderful and clever dog. She always know (smells) if I took some candies or not....she has human characteristics.
As we both love the forest we are out there almost every day. During my walks (without camera) with Wanda I found a lot of rare butterflies, caterpillars, birds, eatable mushrooms and a lot of dumped stuff which does not belong in the forest. Thanks to her fabulous nose I also saw a lot of running away deers and thanks to her my walking shoes are almost worn out after a year! We also met several strange men in the forest but together with Wanda I felt safe! I lover her!
Sometimes nature photography is a matter of luck or bad luck!
On a very foggy morning I walked to a beech forest in the Lüneburger Heide where I found some interesting ferns one day earlier. The thick fog only surrounded the forest because when I walked in the fog was a thin layer....bad luck. For some while I kneeled down on this place, finding the best composition and sharpness when I heard a noise nearby. I looked up from my camera and saw a deer crossing my 'picture'. Bad luck again as I did not push the button. Imagine more fog and a deer between the ferns!
Last Friday (actually Saturday) night when I came home after a wonderful evening seeing/singing with one of my favourite music artists, it was foggy and near the road everything was white.
As I was too tired the next morning, I missed the sunrise and vistited some later Mrs Van de Breemortel (I call her Eef). She was very happy to see me but also very disappointed that had a non-eatable camea in my hand instead of an apple. She walked away and showed me her back as usual. After 10 minutes of calling her name and making other sounds, Mrs Van de Breemotel turned around and her body posture was obvious......
During my visit to Mrs Van de Breemortel I heard constantly other sounds....due to the frost big leaves were coming down.....autumn is moving into winter.
Er kommt zu Euch in der Nacht
ein Dämon, Geist, blonder Clown
Sein Superego geilt nach Macht
und seine Worte sind ein Grauen
Mein Herz brennt!
This title of Rammstein describes the mood I'm in since I woke up this morning with the shocking news about the new president of the USA. It was a kind of flashback; remembering waking up in Berlin 36 years ago when Ronald Reagan, a former actor, was elected. Like today, also a sad day in history! Now it's the turn to Donald Trump, the man who promised to 'make America great again'. I'm curious what he will do first, building a wall along the Mexican border, stop the US payments for climate change, deporting millions of immigrants or reducing the tax for the richest people?
To get my mind off, I visted this chapel this afternoon. I had plans for almost two weeks to photograph this chapel which is surrounded by beautiful autumn trees but due to a lack of time I only enjoyed the colours on my tours with Wanda. Today, during the rain it was wonderful to be there alone with burning candles inside and the written words 'Let us pray'!
It felt a little bit scary but on some places I found parts of different tombstones.....and it wasn't even Halloween yet!
Jibt dir dit Leben mal een Buff, denn weene keene Träne. Lach Dir'n Ast und setz Dir druff und baumle mit de Beene.