A Nice Fall Stroll (With New Boots)!

I love those beautiful fall colors! All pics by Franzi.

Last weekend I stayed in my mom’s house and made a wonderful stroll through the autumnal streets. I wore my new boots and enjoyed the fall air, the fall sun and the colorful leaves. This is really my favorite season :). What is yours?

Have a colorful start into the fresh fall week!

New boots for walking :).

The sound of stepping on dry leaves… there’s nothing better.

This typical fall light – a pale yellow-orange.

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The Things I Couldn’t Live Without: Nature!

2015-02-12 NaturePic by Franzi.

I couldn’t ever live without… Nature! Okay, I’m a biologist. So, this one may seem obvious – but it is more than my scientific soul: I need air – the air in spring that smells like blooms, the autumn air with its spicy scent, the clear winter air that hurts your nostrils and the thick, warm summer air. I need to be out there every day. I need to feel it. I need plants, animals (oh those dogs! and birds! and bumblebees!), earth, puddles, rain drops, mountain tops, grass, water, sand, delicious fruits and trees! I need nature!

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Iceland – the land of ice and fire

Happy Monday everyone. I’m lucky to present you another guest post by my pal Marie! She visited Iceland and shares this beautiful experience with you. Have fun!

What do you associate with Iceland? Björk? An island in the middle of nowhere? …That’s what I thought about when my friend told me he moved there. So I went to Iceland to pay him a visit and get a good deal more impressions on this country. Here’s what I experienced…

The people

The Icelanders are very welcoming people. They are open and relaxed and have a somewhat particular belief. Although officially, they are protestant, there somehow is a common belief on the existence of fairies, gnomes and elves. Or at least, they agree not to be sure of their non-existence. To be honest, having spent the few days I have spent on that island, at some point I think it wouldn’t have shocked me to see a fairy fly by or a gnome standing close. The landscapes are just so magical, it makes it almost real. No wonder Iceland is a scenery that is often chosen for movies such as Lord of the Rings or series like a Game of Thrones. In fact, we have seen quite some filming crews on our trips around the island.

The Community

The population of Iceland is small (around 300.000) – almost like a medium-sized city in Germany. It is in fact so small, that everyone is much more closely related to each other than anywhere else. No kidding, there is an app with which you can look up if you’re related to the guy you just flirted with. Most likely, you are to some degree. Then, when you’ve decided you like that person, you don’t go on dates – everyone would notice since it is such a small community. You rather go out partying with everyone and then leave together to spend the night. After that, you can decide on further steps. Quite pragmatic, don’t you think? And by the way, the general approach is not to move in, marry and have kids. In Iceland, it is more common to move in, have kids and then decide if you want to get married. It doesn’t even affect your name, since your family name is your father’s name with an “-son” or a “-dottir” at the end, according to whether you’re a boy or a girl. According to this, my name is Marie Marcsdottir.

The Customs

Amongst others, there is one custom that really impressed me – the hot-pot ritual at the end of the day. When the Icelanders have had a long rough and maybe cold day, they go into hot pots. These are – sometimes natural, sometimes not – really hot baths where you can relax, heat up and have a nice talk with your co-worker, your neighbor or whoever is enjoying themselves. How come we don’t have such a ritual? To me, it was the most stress-relieving thing ever after a hard day of tourism.

The Weather

Of course, Iceland is way up north, so it must be cold there, one would think. But it is actually ok! It’s just that the variation in temperature is very small, so it rarely gets really warm, but also rarely gets very cold. In July, it was mostly something between 9°C and 13°C. You need to be dressed for all kinds of weather at all times since a slight drizzle to a strong rain is always possible. More fascinating and at the same time more annoying is the amount of daylight you get: In summer, it is daytime all day and all night long, which is nice since you don’t have any time restriction for your activities. It is just the opposite for the winter, which is so depressing that people try to simply pursue their hobbies in order to have something to do to keep you up.

The Nature

Iceland offers way more nature variety than one would expect. It has glaciers, since it is way up to the north. But it also still has volcanic activity, which can cause trouble when erupting. It has large geysers and huge waterfalls. And there’s a lake under which the two tectonic plates of Europe and America are slowly drifting apart. From the animal side, there’s puffins (so cute!), arctic foxes, reindeers, seals, all kinds of birds and whales. And there’s one characteristic flower which has spread all over the island, painting it violet, although it is originally not from there: the nootka lupins.

Now that I’ve delivered some information on Iceland, how about I give you some impressions to see what I was talking about? Within this spirit of experiencing new and exciting nature adventures I want to say:

hafa mikil viku! | have a great week!

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Gullfoss (all fotos by marie)
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Laugevegur
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Hot springs walk at Hveragerdi
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Thingvellir
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Thingvellir
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Close to the geyser Strokkur
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the geyser
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Svartifoss
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Glaciers on the way to Jökulsarlon
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Jökulsarlon
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The blue lagoon
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A natural hot-pot on the hot spring route
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Skogar
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Skogar from the top of the waterfall

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Sunflower Summer 2014!

My so-called Luck’s header wears sunflowers. – For me, they are the personification of happiness. They are bright yellow, they spread their petals as if they’d like to say: “Oh, hi there. How do you do? I am feeling faaantastic, dude.” (Okay, that may only happen in my blooming mind.) Since the original picture of the header was gone missing during the phenomenal crash of my hard disk in the year 2011, I asked a few of you to look out for new sunflower fields this summer. Below you can see a small selection of the pics. Do you also love sunflowers as much as I do? Or what flower is your favorite?

I wish you a wonderful start into a new week, filled with lots of sunny moments!

Sunflower Franzi1© Franzi

Sunflower Franzi2© Franzi

Sunflower Franzi3© Franzi

Sunflowers Franzi4© Franzi

Sunflower Marie© Marie

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Wilderness… In The Allotment Garden!

Allotment Garden 1 All pics by Franzi.

Today there is not much time. So, I’m just sharing a few impressions from the wilderness in our allotment garden with you. Our little green oasis urgently needs some enthusiastic gardeners. Nevertheless, I like to hang out there – at the moment all the berries are ready to be harvested. The perfect calm-down activity: Berry picking.

I wish you a wonderful start into a wild week!

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Smeared Skies by Matt Molloy!

This week the weather was crazy in Germany. We had it all – from a clear blue sky to massive rain to thick morning fog. One day I had to wear my winter jacket again, the other day a t-shirt would have been completely sufficient (but since I didn’t realize this change in temperatures soon enough, I ended wearing my winter jacket anyway). All eyes were up at the sky lately, checking for the presence of heavy clouds. Thus, those impressive Smeared Skies photos by Canada-based Matt Molloy seemed quite fitting for today’s Arts & Books post. By using the technique of time-lapse photography he combines up to several hundred pictures to reveal the change of the clouds and colors at the sky – thereby showing us the beauty and the diversity of nature!

I wish you all a weekend full of clear skies!

Matt Molloy 1Land of the Giant Lollipops

Matt Molloy 2Sunset Explosion

Matt Molloy 3Sunset Spectrum

Matt Molloy 4Twisted Sky

Matt Molloy 5Sky Vertebrae

Matt Molloy 6Cloud Chaos

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Impressing Nature Photography by Patrick Hübschmann!

Sleep-deprivated and pretty much exhausted I’m really looking forward to finally call the working days done for this week. And this freezing cold the last days… shiver. But at least the nature flying by when I looked out of the train in the (very) early morning hours looked magnificent. Everything white and frozen and fresh and fragile. Maybe that’s the reason why I decided to show you the fantastic nature photography by the German web developer, graphic and photo designer Patrick Hübschmann. It happens very seldom that a photographer has such a perfect eye to capture nature with all it’s authentic beauty. Impressing!

I wish you all a wonderful weekend with many (sunny) hours outside!

Huebschmann 1Autumn Road

Huebschmann 6At the lake IV

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Huebschmann 3Tsitsikamma Mountains, South Africa

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All photos taken from Patrick Hübschmann’s website.

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The National Geographic Photo Contest 2012

Most of you know this one already: I’m a big fan of photography, especially of pics that were shot spontaneously and show just the exact right nanosecond of a situation. Back in time, my pal Isa and me often went for photo safaris around Berlin and made photos of real people in real situations related to a topic we concluded to before (look back at our Berlin Summer series for example). Those tours were always incredible fun and THRILLING – you never know at the start what you will get and it happenes a hundred times that you realize a perfect moment seconds after it is gone. Or how the photographed people might react… But the sensation of proud that you are experiencing while holding the perfect shot in your hands is indescribable and worth all the effort! Looking now at the winner and honorable mentioned pics of the National Geographic Photo Contest 2012 I’m getting a bit sentimental thinking back on these times. And if you cannot predict how people are reacting, how on earth you predict the next move of a TIGER?! Congratulations on all the winner and honorable mentioned photographers!

I wish you all a wild weekend!

Ashley Vincent Ashley Vincent (Grand-Prize Winner & Winner Category Nature)

Michael FastmanMichael Eastman (Honorable Mention Category Nature)

Eric GuthEric Guth (Honorable Mention Category Nature)

ulrich lambertUlrich Lambert (Honorable Mention Category People)

Micah AlbertMicah Albert (Winner Category People)

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Exploded Flowers by Qi Wei

Exploded Flowers is a series of photos of deconstructed flowers. The artist Qi Wei anatomizes blooms into their basic components and photographs them. Thereby she creates wonderful compositions, which appear to be both, balanced and destructive at the same time. I think it’s an innovative and elegant way to analyze the beauty of our nature! Very inspiring!

I wish you all a wonderful weekend, which you hopefully will spend outside to get into contact with as much late summer light as is possible!

All pics are originally from Qi Wei’s Website. Via Antology.

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Sky Monsters by Camille Seaman

I just have to say one thing at the end of this strange week – I wish I would have taken these fantastic pics of monstrous clouds myself! …And there would have been so many opportunities to do that during these past rainy, stormy days. Luckily, photographer Camille Seaman was clever enough to press the shutter when she saw these sky monsters!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Happy wekend All photos taken from The Atlantic via A Cup of Jo.

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