Photo Flick Nr. 15/ Mystery Place

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During a recent hike along the Thuringian/Bavarian border, I happened to find this interesting place: a picnic area on the Thuringian side with a gorgeous view of Bavaria and the River Saale. Little did I realize that there had been four rusty steel fence posts- I-beam style- that was found at every single corner of the picnic area; behind the bench and the table.

I bet the Soviet troops had just as much fun with the picturesque view before 1989.

What was here before this picnic area was established?  Tell us about it. This was found between the Rudolphstein Viaduct (an article can be found here) and the village of Sparnberg, located 1 km west of the bridge and 3 km west of Hirschberg.

 

 

Task: Make a story about this scene.  🙂

 

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Typical for the region: Easter fountain.

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Taken last year, one will see many of these in German communities- the Osterbrunnen (Easter Fountain). More on its history can be found here.

 

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Happy Easter!

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Happy Easter! ❤ 🙂

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Photo Flick 13

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This photo flick gives us a true meaning of the classroom learning exercise known as “Think, Pair and Share.”  All you need are two chairs, a table, a notebook with pen and a good environment to brainstorm and exchange ideas, like this art exhibition room in a district in Dresden’s Neustadt, taken in April 2019. 🙂

 

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This rather interesting black and white photo was taken at night right in the middle of Dresden’s Neustadt, with lights illuminating the birch trees lined up on both sides of the bike and pedestrian route which cuts the city center into half.  What can you make out of this story? Good luck with that! 😀

 

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Photo Flick 11- Guest Flick

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This photo was taken by Paul Equale on March 9th, 2018 with the following commentary:

Joe Biden took his granddaughter to the movies in Georgetown last night…..on his way out he stopped to speak w/ a homeless man. A bystander took this candid shot. Character is about what you do when no one is watching. 

Joe Biden is one of 18 candidates who is running for US President in 2020. The former Vice President of Barack Obama has had a lot of hardships in recent years but is one of many persons made of steel who is bound to unseat the current President and soon-to-be incumbent, Donald Trump.

This leads to the question of what makes a politician a great one. Feel free to comment. 🙂

 

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Cool Christmas Idea Nr. 2: Christmas Lighting Display- In Pics

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While we are starting the sometimes painstaking task to take down the Christmas tree, put away the ornaments and work off our holiday fill which had gone over the waist line, there are some last minute ideas for Christmas which should’ve been about during the holiday season. However, if put down properly, one will have enough time to put them all together for the next holiday season.

Apart from family calendars, a collection of poems, a personal guide book with some quotes, exercises and food for thought, Christmas cards and the like, one can make a personal photo gallery for that particular person(s) who has a knacking for pictures and anything typical of the giver whose photos the receiver likes or anything the receiver likes.

One of the ways to have the person remember Christmas is Christmas art. Whether it has to do with Christmas trees, decorated houses, or in this case, Christmas lights, one can turn an object targeted by the camera lens into a work of art. I learned this one as I took some close-up shots of our Christmas tree in Germany before starting the process of taking it down. The origin is simple: we bought a couple sets of American Christmas tree lights, together with some decorations of clear, silver and white, combined them with our collection of birds and bells we’ve collected over the years, and made our tree similar to the nostalgic American tree that one would have seen until the ushering of the LED lights a decade ago. In order to have an 80s style tree, one needs an international converter and adaptor to ensure that there are no power outages or electrical shortages that could catch fire on the tree.

And then, after admiring the tree, take a good camera and do some close-ups, doctor some of the bests and here are the results:

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One can also do this with LED lights if they are in color. The same applies for Christmas stars which one can hang on the window sill. But the best close-ups of Christmas lights are best with the right combination of Christmas ornaments and the best settings. The most recommended is to bring the light to the forefront and have a dark background. Yet one can also experiment with the variables. It’s a matter of the amount of imagination and creativity a person has, combined with a passion for photography.

Once it is done, one can make a gallery online or even use some of them for a print-version album, as well as Christmas cards, coffee cups, anything that will capture the attention of the person receiving the gift.

Yet doing this will require some time and patience, something that is lacking in today’s society where commercialized items far outweigh personal items. Yet if there is a lesson learned from this holiday season, it is this:

Personal gifts are more valuable when a lot of time and thought is put into them. Therefore, start early, give it time and make it special. Sometimes starting your gift hunting early and finishing before feasting on the next turkey or goose at Christmas time will make the person appreciate what you’ve done.

It’s difficult but when you follow through, you will have more time for who you love the most, which is family and friends. 🙂

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