MYSTERIES OF A BACKYARD

SOME BACKYARDS TO BE FOUND ARE COMPLETE STILL-LIFES IN ITSELF WHERE A SURPRISE TO WAIT AT EACH CORNER AND TRACKS OF FORMER INHABITANTS WHO HAVE ALREADY LEFT THIS PLACE LONG TIME AGO.

THE MYSTERIES OF SUCH A PLACE ARE CHALLENGING AND LEAVE A LOT OF QUESTIONS WHICH LEAD US TO FURTHER UNCOMMON RIDDLES DEALING ABOUT OBJECTS MONITORING US HERE AT EACH OF THESE AWESOME MOMENTS SPENT WITHIN SUCH AN ENTANGLED YARD.

linked to:   Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Backyard

 

GAME-CHANGER IN THE GREENS

TOO BIG TO FAIL WHEN PLAYING HERE AND NOW  HEAVY ROCK-BALL IN THE WIDE INFINITE SAVANNA? THEN AT TWILIGHT IT IS THE RIGHT TIME TO START SIMPLY ANOTHER SURVEY ON SUCH PLAYING GROUNDS AS A GAMECHANGER BETWEEN MAGICAL SHADOWS. WHEN BOOSTING TO THE END POINT OF THIS WINDY CONFUSED ROUTE AT THE GRASSLANDS’ HORIZON, TO BEGIN THE ETERNAL PLAY ANOTHER TIME AGAIN AND AGAIN …………….

linked to:   Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Play

 

ORIENTAL SPOTLIGHTS

Well, I really had to search my old Chinese wedding chest for proofs concerning a 4 week trip of all Egypt in the 80s of the last century. Fortunately all photos still existing after more than 30 years of storage and now somehow also antique. So welcome back to the world of simplest analog photography which I find indeed more touching than all these bits and bytes of today. It is real paper and memory to be felt, rather oldfashioned these days I know.

Abu Simbel site in Southern-Egypt by mid of October 1985
Small temple of Nefertari, 13th century BC

The Oriental world has played an important part in my life, and this trip to Egypt in 1985 was my first encounter with this fascinating cosmos. The visit of Abu Simbel in the very Southern part of Egypt near the Sudanese border was truly a real highlight in this regard because the archeological site is a quite remote place in the Nubian desert at the shores of Lake Nasser. To visit the location was quite easy while diverse agencies in the big city of Aswan offer daily trips to Abu Simbel.

We were leaving Aswan at around 4 a.m. very early (due to the high temperatures) and driving with some kind of jeep or SUV first on a road later on a good sandy piste. Camel caravans from Sudan passed our way on their way to the camel markets of Luxor and/or Cairo, food for the many Egyptians living in the valley of the Nile. The trip from Aswan to Abu Simbel takes about 3 hours, so we arrived shortly before the sun was rising above Lake Nasser. The sun is still very strong and dazzling even in October, so the temperatures increase rapidly.

With the first sunrays of the day I was able to make some photos of this spectacular place constructed by the ancient Pharaonic kingdom of Egyot. At this place in the wide desert you already get a good feeling of vast Africa stretching further thousands of miles to the South.

Zoomorphic Arabic calligraphy by Mohammed Negm, 2009
reflecting his full name in the form of an eagle. (1) (2)

linked to:   Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Age

(1)  This graphic being published under the GNU Free Documentation License.
(2)  The national emblem of Egypt is Saladin’s famous eagle – also on its flag.

WINTER DREAM – A LEFT VILLAGE IN VAST AND ICY WOODS

In January we visited this cool place being directly situated at the German-Polish border in the meadows of the river Neisse and being called ‘Kulturinsel Einsiedel’.  There you will find the 1st treehouse hotel of Germany and also small summer huts, but on this premise the people also construct and build treehouses for worldwide export.

dsc_0019During our visit we were the only guests in the treehouse hotel while it was quite cold in the night and as well in the early morning around – 10° Celsius. Fortunately there was electrical heating in the treehouse otherwise it would have been not so nice. In summer it will be definitely more crowdy there as an overnight stay in a treehouse means just great fun and adventure especially for children.

For going to the toilet this icy bridge had to be crossed, then downstairs again to normal level and another 150 m walk through the frosty forest, so we refrained from using these facilities during the night. However, we really appreciated our short visit in the woods, the sleep in the treetops and the profound experience of winter in a real borderland.

dsc_0033linked to     Dutch goes the Photo – Tuesday Photo Challenge “Build”

MYSTERIOUS SMOKE KITCHEN

When I visited Penzlin Castle some time ago, the small tour allowed a view into the old smoke kitchen but when entering, the room entirely was just black and dark, only some details and corners were rarely illuminated by small spotlights.

The open fire-place itself was not really visible and all appeared quite spooky although this really used to be the place where meals were cooked for the former owner of the ancient castle and his guests. So here you get only a more imaginative idea of how primordial, rural, smoky and simple life used to be mostly during these medieval times.

This photo shows a view of the funnel vault from 1520 with a 12 m high chimney which was also utilized for smoking fish or meat. The light conditions were really poor but at least some tools did emerge from this more creepy darkness.

But where to find an espresso machine? Even coffee not available for breakfast just wine and beer those days, the socalled medieval diet.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Kitchen

 

ELUSIVE WINTER IDYLL

Now I understand the name of the place much better, because it seems that an invisible hammer of decay and time-passed-by has just hit some of the buildings there severely overnight.

Location: Hammer-Unterwiesenthal, Ore Mountains
with real winter weather in early January 2016

linked to  Dutch goes the Photo / Tuesday Photo Challenge Broken

Some snow already in the Ore Mountains this year by end of October. So the winter tourists will soon return, mostly for country ski, otherwise much more houses would look alike in this quite remote area near the Czech border.