This ain’t California

Was not aware that Germany is having its own oil business. I got the hint on Twitter and decided to do a nice bicycle ride through the island’s outback to find the oil pumps on the Gnitz peninsula. Unusual view for Germany. The last time I had a similar view, was in Inglewood/L.A.

The photo was originally puplished on my Instagram account.

Breakfast, Sardegna style

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gain we used the days off at Withsun to celebrate another outdoor, wildlife and rallye weekend. When we heard that the famous and beloved Acropolis Rallye of Greece dropped off the WRC calendar in 2014, we looked out for another event to join. Undoubtedly second most famous rallye is Rallye Finland and it is still on our list. But Finland is in August and full of midges. So we decided to give Rally d’Italia Sardegna a try. Similar weather conditions like in Greece. Stages are more narrow but less loose rocks on the surface.

It was a good decision and the weekend went well. Even though it isn’t that comfy as it is in Greece. The stages are in the “Outback” of Sardegna and starting late in the day. So it was tight to get some food after leaving the stages. Also it was impossible to go to the beach at the end of the day. We lived in the Outback all three days and went to the beach afterwards on Sunday. Much harder than in Greece where you have a daily visit to Loutraki for a cold beer and some beach fun at the end of the day. I was curious about the food in the small villages up in the mountains. But it was kind off disappointing. We had pasta which looked liked instant noodles and also pizza magharita because the chief was not in the mood to put some more stuff on it. Only on the last day we had a good Pizza and it was in a larger city. This point definately goes to Greece. In the villages up in the mountains, where no tourist will ever go, are the best taverns with Tzatziki made by Grandma.

Anyway, this is how the days in Sardegna started: Salami, Peccorino, bun and wine. This is Italy!

Snow fun


Time goes by too fast. I still haven’t touched alle the photos taken in 2013. I slowly crawl through all of them and will finish them. One day.
On the other hand I’m sometimes not sure in which way the different pictures I take should be published. Traditional way is to shoot with the camera, develop them on a computer (or in a lab in between) and publish them here first and sharing them on social media afterwards. But today, I photograph all that daily stuff with a smartphone and puplish the result instantly. If they have an art character, they will appear on Instagram first and maybe Twitter and Facebook afterwards. As I don’t use it frequently, most photos will not appear on Google+ or Tumblr. And the platforms I like most are completely bypassed by my smartphone photography: This website, DeviantArt and Flickr.
As already done on the posts before, I will repost particular photos of my Instagram stream here as well.
This photo here was taken on the way to Oberhof in December last year. The only snow I have seen this winter and we went there for an afternoon in the snow. Was fun!

Lunar Eclipse


Science content: A photograph of today’s penumbral lunar eclipse. Once again twitter helped me to get informed about that event. I saw a tweet about a lunar eclipse possibly visible from southern Germany, had a look up in the sky and saw an already started eclipse. I grabbed my gear, went out and took some photographs. Could be a new record for me: Taking notice till readily developed raw file in within 25 minutes.

Endeavour

And here it is. The ship in all its glory!
Upon arrival in L.A. the first stop was the California Science Center near Downtown to visit the new home of the Space Shuttle Endeavour which opened the week before. For this day all tickets were sold out and I bought tickets for the other Saturday which was originally planned for this and some other sightseeing. This and the photos before were taken there.

Interesting side note: My kindergarten’s name was “Kosmonaut”. 1986 we celebrated the launch of the Mir spacestation as well as the maiden flight of the Buran Orbiter in 1988. Never thought at that time, the first spacecraft I came that close would be a Space Shuttle.

And I’m glad it is the ship which carried a digital picture of my daughter during STS-134 as part of NASA’s Face to Space.