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Posts Tagged: clouds


Posts Tagged ‘clouds’

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Cathedral Cove Sunrise

Cathedral Cove Sunrise

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Rückenfigur, brightskyvastness

Rückenfigur, brightskyvastness

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Celebrate the Earth and Sky

Celebrate the Earth and Sky

Friday, March 8th, 2013

On a hill, above Dischingen …

On a Hill, above Dischingen...

… sits Castle Taxis

castle-taxis

It is owned by the von Thurn und Taxis family* and not open to visitors (which makes sense, I wouldn’t want to have strangers wandering my halls at odd hours either [never mind that my flat does not *have* any halls]).

Alas, the road signs totally don’t say that it’s not open to visitors, they’re the “this way to interesting things!” kind of road signs that point out attractions all over Germany, and so you really only find out (if you don’t look places up before you head there, but simply meander through the countryside and follow signs to places more or less at random [I didn’t even know there was a Castle Taxis, let alone in that precise location]) when you end up at then end of their driveway and there’s a sign saying ‘no entry’ instead of  one saying ‘visitor parking this way ->. Entry to grounds €5’. So, you know: Ooops. Also: Sorry.

And, to make everything more oops, wouldn’t you know, that driveway is totally where and when and how and why I (think I) encountered Gloria, the Princess of Thurn und Taxis – for as I was backing out of the (private) driveway (sorry!), a woman on a bicycle passed me and gave me a totally bemused/sceptical look, which I initially parsed as being sheer amazement at the fact that I own such a lovely and eye-catching and non-subtle blue toque**, but after googling her photograph I now think it was Gloria, PofT&T and it was more of a ‘what are you doing in our driveway? We’re expecting no deliveries, and anyway, your car is totally not a delivery van! Or is there surprise cake? But, wait … you’re not the baker, so of your kindness, strange woman with the blue toque, gerrofmydriveway!’ kind of look. Either way, I waved and she nodded and on I drove, down the hill and away. (The sign really is posted in a location where its kind of already too late.)


* Inventors of the postal system. (Yes, yes, Silent Tristero is coming for us all. Don’t believe it! :-) )
** Which I do! It is shiny and warm and comfortable and non-scratchy and 100% made of natural ingredients such as dead dinosaurs and long-decayed forests and I bought it in Los Angeles in a surf shop because the wind was soooo cooold that day and I can totally walk through crowds of students unnoticed when I wear my less-flashy black one instead, as I have the only shiny blue toque on campus (and I am not afraid to wear it :-) )!

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

The Weather on the German-French Border

Between Schweix (Ger) and Liederschiedt (Fra)

Between Schweix (Ger) and Liederschiedt (Fra)

I’m in Nancy right now, and just about to set off on my trip further into France, but wanted to share this photo from yesterday with you. A more detailed trip report shall follow when there are less things to be seen and done! :-) A bientôt!

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

The moon/interesting

This is another one of the photos I was challenged to take – it turns out that taking a really interesting photo of the moon is hard, as it frequently turns out to ‘just’ be ‘the moon’. But tonight the clouds were cooperative, and so here’s my fill for “the moon/interesting”.

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

More on the Transit of Venus

M has gracefully allowed me to post this photo of us here (I don’t post photos of other [non-famous] [sorry, M! :-)] people here without asking for permission first), and so here’s a photo of us at the city beach early this morning (~4:20am). As you can see, the atmosphere was lovely, and it would have been a morning well worth being out and about on even without Venus transiting in front of the sun. But transit it did, and so here’re some more photos of said event:

I took the last one with a UV filter that M brought and that I held in front of the lense of my camera – I like how you can spot Venus perfectly in the reflection that the combination of filter and camera produced, but not on the direct image of the sun itself.

We also got to see a false sunrise:

It was, generally speaking, simply just a wonderful morning – and considering that I just got home from our lecture series and improv rehearsal about 45 minutes ago definitely a long day. Definitely worth it thought! (If you want to see some more of my transit photos, click here!)

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

The Transit of Venus

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Schleswig-Holstein sky

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Naples, FL

I drove further south from Tampa to Naples, with another stop at a beach that is considered to be “#1 beach in Florida” – Siesta Key Beach – so those titles must not be as exclusive as they’d like them to be – it’s all due to whom you ask, after all, and if everyone gets a say a lot of different answers will come up :-). It was very pretty, at any rate, and more relaxed in its vibe than Clearwater, somehow, but still featured lovely white sand and turqouise water. Taking photos on beaches that show their individual characteristics or at least aren’t uniformely blue sky, clouds, sand, water is going to become challenging, I think. Also – these beaches are not as empty as one might think, but I am reluctant to point my camera at scantily glad beachgoers … so I snap photos whenever there is a tiny window without a stroller passing by.

Went to explore downtown Napels in the early evening and got caught in a deluge of water, which goes to show that, yes, tropical rainstorms totally happen in this area of latitude. Everything was wet. I begged a bag from a shop, to put my tec stuff in, as I did not want the phone to get frizzed by rain. It was epic. And fun. Thankfully the hotel had a tumble dryer on hand, and a hot shower fixed the rest.

I also have a sunburn on the top of my feet, which is going to be a mite uncomfortable when wearing shoes. And a blister on my left foot. Oh well. Super-water-resistant-sun-lotion, wherever you are sold, here I come! (Publix, I think. Or Walgreens. One shall deal.)

And now it is time to say goodbye to the Gulf Coast, as I start heading east. Today, the Everglades are on the itinary (Gulf Coast & Shark Valley, Flamingo possibly on my return from Key West)!

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Church and Lightning

And then, you know, it rained a lot. And thundered. &c.

Monday, June 20th, 2011

(too much) weather

a woman standing on hill before stormclouds

There are a lot of thunderstorms around here, and even the hail is bigger in the US than it is in Germany! (Yes, I got wet taking this photograph. But, you know, for art! And science! And it’s so humid outside anyway, that you never feel entirely dry.)

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010