Over the train tracks and into the woods

Today I took another one of these short Sunday walks, and I also took my camera again, this time with my 25mm/1.4 Summilux as the only lens on it. So here are some impressions from my walk:

Train tracks near Mörfelden-Walldorf, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020
Train tracks and jet starting from Frankfurt Intl. Airport, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020

You see that jet? The airport is only about 7km direct line from our place. Oh, and my last walk was in the wood you see under that plane.

Freight train, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020
Stairs to the road, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020

These stairs lead from the road down South into the wood. As you can see, they’re not that heavily used – which is exactly what I was hoping for…

This is the way, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020
Fallen trees keep the cyclists away, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020
Petals at the motorway, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020
The beauty in small things, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020
Shelter, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020
Serial lover, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020
S-Bahn, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020
Freight train, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020

Do you also feel that urge to travel when you see trains, even freight trains? Maybe I’m a hobo after all, like those who sing the Blues about it… just wanna jump a freight train and go… (romanticising a life which is very hard in reality, I know)

Abstand halten, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020

Saw this on a nearby bus stop, so for today this is the last photo of my walk.

If you click the photos you’ll see them on Flickr where I also added geo tags, so you can browse Flickr’s maps to see where that all is.

As always, thanks for viewing and for reading.

Some impressions from an early Sunday morning walk, end of April, 2020

I woke up early this morning, and seeing the nice and beautiful sunlight being still at a low angle, I grabbed my camera with a 20mm fixed focal length lens on it, and went for a walk.

I mostly followed our small creek which flows through the North of our small village, we call that creek “Gundbach”. So here are some of the photos I took along the way:

Gundbach, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020
Gundbach, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020
Gundbachwiesen, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020
Gundbach, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020
Gundbach, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020
Neue Brücke, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020

I crossed the creek via this newly built bridge to take a slightly alternative route back, not through the wood but more through the village:

Sportplatz, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020
Feuerwehr, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020

After passing the football fields and the local voluntary firefighters’ building, I went around one of our Kindergärten which has very nice and artful graffitis on its back walls:

Graffiti, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020
Graffiti, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020
Graffiti, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020

And like in the sports arenas, the staff is missing their kids – here they say so:

Wir vermissen Euch alle sehr!, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020

And one of the last photos I took on my walk was one of a really beautiful tree in front of the local cemetery:

Friedhof, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020

I hope you liked that short virtual walk together with me. As always, thank you for reading, and for viewing.

My first day of the second week of homeoffice

I made photos, one shortly after I began to work at home, the other shortly after finishing work. Looks like this:

Homeoffice week two, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020
Tuna the cat at closing time (Feierabend), Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020

Thanks for viewing.

What to do in times of a pandemia

Well I can hardly give any tips of what best to do in a “lockdown” kind of situation, when you can’t or at least shouldn’t really leave the house. I can only tell you what we’re doing:

  • we went shopping of Friday after my work already, so we were through with that early on. It also helps if you enter the supermarkets as a single person, not with a whole family. Better for the distances we should keep…
  • reading is always good – my current favourite fiction author is Haruki Murakami as you might know if you’re reading this blog once in a while
  • listening to music and/or watching TV is what I’ll guess what most people would do, and of course we’re also doing that. Long running series like “Doctor Who” are good tips if you like that
  • If you’re a computer geek, get involved into some free and open source project – write some code or documentation, or share some tips via an own blog or Youtube or whatever
  • We’re the lucky ones, at least Zuleikha and me – we play instruments. Plus we are both members of Wikiloops where you can play with other musicians from all around the globe for free if you like. All you need is some way to get your instrument or voice into a computer, which is usually done with some kind of audio interface – see here for some examples. And Wikiloops just lifted its time restrictions, so even as a new user you can now start down- and uploading at once, without having to wait (or to pay).
  • If you are creative in another field – I consider myself a portrait photographer for instance – then do this at home as well. Take photos of your family, or in case you’re alone, take self portraits. There’s always something new to learn, and if it’s only about lighting.

Other than that I haven’t done much this weekend, in fact I wasn’t even out of the house except to feed the birds:

Bird food, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020

As I’ve read, the rate of new infections with SARS-CV2 aka the Corona virus is slowing down here in Germany. So maybe (and hopefully) it helps if everyone is staying at home or at least keeping a safe distance. And while it’s still way too early to speak of or to hope for a trend, we can still carry on and wait this out, shall we?

Be safe. Stay healthy. And thank you for reading.

Almost spring

Coronavirus this, quarantine that, I’m just back from another short Sunday walk, and here are some photos I took on my way:

Right in front of our door, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2020
At the neighbours’ house, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2020
Look up!, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2020
Our area – not yours, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2020
Bird Island, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2020
Photo session of the collie owners’ club?, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2020
Bird Island, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2020
Aschaffenburger Strasse, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2020
Laubwald, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2020

That was a nice walk, and as you can see the weather was also pretty good. As always you can click the images to see larger versions on Flickr where they are hosted – in fact there’s always the full resolution for printing postcards and so on.

Thanks for reading, and for viewing.

Impressions from a short Sunday walk

Haven’t done this since a while, but today I took my camera with just one lens on it and went for a walk. Here’s what I saw:

First signs of spring, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020
No one’s here, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020

About the title of that previous one: no one was in that restaurant or in their beer garden outside. In fact before I even arrived here I saw the first people wearing face masks…

Dead wood after a while, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020

Lots of dead wood in a forest that becomes thinner and thinner year after year.

Killed and numbered, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020
Strange shape, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020
Dead wood lined up, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020
Signs of new life, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020
Swamp, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020

Then I returned home and took another portrait of our sweet Ms Pointy Ears, sitting on the sofa close behind Zuleikha:

Tuna the cat, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020

As always, thanks for reading, and for viewing.

In case you like fiction…

Here are four books which I’ve got for my birthday this year, and in the order I’ve read them:

Birthday presents, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020

I like Murakami anyway, and I had read some five or so other books of his already – but these here are all exceptional. I think that I’ve read them in the right order, so if you don’t know the man, that would be my recommendation. Other than these I can recommend ‘Kafka on the shore’, ‘Norwegian wood’, or ‘Killing Commendatore’, but in my opinion these ones here are truly good. And that last one, ‘1Q84’ is definitely a masterpiece (and one of his latest if I’m not mistaken, it was published 2009/10 in Japan, and 2011 in Great Britain).

Recommended, all of them.

I took the photo with the same in-camera black & white settings resembling a digital Olympus Pen-F camera like I wrote one day before my birthday, here.

And, as always, thanks for reading, and for looking.