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06/12/2021

Last week I was on the Velmerstot. The Velmerstot is a mountain - actually a high low mountain range hill - in the Teutoburg Forest or in the Egge Hills. The highest point is about 464 meters above sea level. The Velmerstot lies half in the district of Lippe and the other half in the district of Paderborn. It is a very beautiful viewpoint and you can hike from the small village of Leopoldstal to the top in one or two hours. The Velmerstot has two peaks. The Prussian Velmerstot (464 meters) and a little further north the Lippian Velmerstot, which is slightly lower at 441 meters. 

I was there last Thursday and already started from Leopoldstal shortly after seven in the morning. Nobody was on the way except me, although the weather was really nice.

There used to be a NATO base for air defense on top of the summit. But that has been history for 25 years. Today you can walk on the whole summit area and the landscape has been renaturalized.

 

Lippischer Velmerstot (Lippian Velmerstot)

Lippischer Velmerstot about 441.4 meters above sea level (Lippe, Germany).

 

Old quarry under the Velmerstot summit #1

Old quarry under the Velmerstot summit (Lippe, Germany).

 

Old quarry under the Velmerstot summit #2

Old quarry under the Velmerstot summit (Lippe, Germany).

 

Rock below the Velmerstot summit

Rock below the Velmerstot summit (Lippe, Germany).

 

European columbine at the Velmerstot summit

Common or European columbine (Aquilegia vulgaris) at the Velmerstot summit (Lippe, Germany).

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06/08/2021

After my last post with pictures of the Hoberger Feldmark in the west of Bielefeld, there are now some more photographs that were also taken there. However, a few days later. The area is so beautiful that you can always take a little trip to that place. It is especially beautiful in the mornings and evenings. I went there again early in the morning from about 5:30am. It had rained the night before and with the first rays of sunlight, a morning haze rose from the fields.

All photos were taken with the camera Fujifilm GFX 100S and the lenses Fujinon GF 3.5/ 30 mm, Fujinon GF 4/ 45-100 mm and Fujinon GF 5.6/ 100-200 mm. I did not use a tripod.

 

Dawn after a rainy night

Dawn after a rainy night on June 4, 2021 (Bielefeld-Kirchdornberg, Germany).

 

Sunrise at the Hoberger Feldmark #1

Sunrise after a rainy night on June 4, 2021 (Bielefeld-Kirchdornberg, Germany).

 

Sunrise at the Hoberger Feldmark #2

Sunrise after a rainy night on June 4, 2021 (Bielefeld-Kirchdornberg, Germany).

 

Morning haze over the fields #1

Morning haze over the fields at the Teutoburg Forest near Kirchdornberg on June 4, 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Morning haze over the fields #2

Morning haze over the fields at the Teutoburg Forest near Kirchdornberg on June 4, 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Morning haze over the fields #3

Morning haze over the fields at the Teutoburg Forest near Kirchdornberg on June 4, 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Morning haze over the fields #4

Morning haze over the fields at the Teutoburg Forest near Kirchdornberg on June 4, 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

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06/03/2021

Just something nice for today's public holiday. A sunrise in the Hoberger Feldmark.

The Hoberger Feldmark is located in the west of the Bielefeld city area between the districts of Hoberger-Uerentrup and Kirchdornberg directly on the northern slope of the Teutoburg Forest. The German word 'Feldmark' means field marsch. It is an old cultivated landscape with agricultural fields, single tree groups and larger forest sections. In between there are some farms and small settlements. The landscape is hilly and rises from north to south to the main ridge of the Teutoburg Forest. In short: simply beautiful. Especially early in the morning or in the evening. Because it is currently already warm during the day but the nights are still cold, there is also often fog and haze in the early morning hours. This then looks particularly beautiful.

I think the Hoberger Feldmark and the whole area around Hoberger-Uerentrup and Kirchdornberg is one of the most beautiful landscape areas in Bielefeld.

 

Houses in the backlight

Houses in the backlight in May 2021 (Bielefeld-Kirchdornberg, Germany).

 

Spring sunrise #1

Spring sunrise near Kirchdornberg in May 2021 (Bielefeld-Dornberg, Germany).

 

Spring sunrise #2

Spring sunrise near Kirchdornberg in May 2021 (Bielefeld-Dornberg, Germany).

 

Country road near Bielefeld-Dornberg

Country road near Bielefeld-Dornberg early in the morning in May 2021 (Germany).

 

House in the fields at sunrise #1

House in the fields at sunrise in May 2021 (Bielefeld-Dornberg, Germany).

 

House in the fields at sunrise #2

House in the fields at sunrise in May 2021 (Bielefeld-Dornberg, Germany).

 

Morning mist over the fields near Kirchdornberg

Morning mist over the fields near Kirchdornberg in May 2021 (Bielefeld-Dornberg, Germany).

 

Farm in the morning mist near Kirchdornberg

Farm in the morning mist near Kirchdornberg in May 2021 (Bielefeld-Dornberg, Germany).

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06/01/2021

Sometimes rain can also be quite nice. Even if it is rather rare. Last Friday was such a day. I was standing in Kirchdornberg, a district of Bielefeld, waiting for the bus. It was supposed to leave about 20 minutes after nine and I still had some time. The weather was changeable all day: clouds, sun and sometimes a little rain. Towards evening, however, the rain became more frequent and heavier. So I took shelter in the bus shelter. As dusk fell, the sky and the clouds became more and more dramatic. At the very end, everything was bathed in an unreal reddish light. Then it was only a few minutes until the bus was due to arrive. Just enough time for a photo of the two old buildings in the centre of the village. The other two pictures were taken a little earlier.

 

Village road, tavern and church

Village road, tavern and church in May 2021 (Bielefeld-Kirchdornberg, Germany).

 

Village square

Village square in May 2021 (Bielefeld-Kirchdornberg, Germany).

 

Rain clouds at dusk over Kirchdornberg

Rain clouds at dusk over Kirchdornberg in May 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

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05/30/2021

When you don't really know what to photograph, sometimes an early morning walk with a camera helps. It's rare that I don't have anything planned, but I did recently. I took a stroll through the city centre of Bielefeld and all in all it was worth it. Here are the results. I took pictures with the Fujifilm GFX 100S and various Fujinon lenses.

 

Police station at the Kesselbrink

Police station at the 'Kesselbrink' in May 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Dawn at the Friedrich-Verleger-Straße

Dawn at the 'Friedrich-Verleger-Straße' in May 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Silhouette at Jahnplatz

Silhouette at 'Jahnplatz' in May 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Spiegel (Mirror) by Isa Genzken at the Willy-Brandt-Platz

Spiegel (Mirror) by Isa Genzken at the 'Willy-Brandt-Platz' (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Clouds over Willy-Brandt-Platz

Clouds over 'Willy-Brandt-Platz' in May 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Early morning walk

Early morning walk at the 'Oberstraße' (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

City Library at Paulusstraße

City Library at 'Paulusstraße' in May 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Early morning on Alfred-Bozi-Straße

Early morning at the 'Alfred-Bozi-Straße' in May 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

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05/29/2021

Of course, I also know that there are enough photos of sunrises and sunsets. But I still can't let it go, they are just too beautiful for that.

Here is a small series that was taken in the 'Hoberger Feldmark'. It is a landscape in the west of the Bielefeld city area, which lies directly on the Teutoburg Forest and is still very rural. And this despite the fact that it is not far from the city centre at all. There has been a distinct change in the weather here in the last few days. The month of May has been very cold and rainy so far, and then came the change in weather. Such days are very interesting photographically. You get clouds, sun and rain and usually beautiful light.

 

A sunset in May over the fields in Hoberge-Uerentrup

A sunset in May over the fields in Hoberge-Uerentrup (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

A sunset in May over the fields in Hoberge-Uerentrup (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

A sunset in May over the fields in Hoberge-Uerentrup (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Fields at the Teutoburg Forest

Fields at the Teutoburg Forest (Bielefeld, Germany)

 

A field at the Teutoburg Forest at dusk

Field in the Teutoburg Forest at dusk in May 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Farm and fields at Bielefeld-Dornberg

Farm and fields (Bielefeld-Dornberg, Germany).

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05/23/2021

The weather over the last few days has been very changeable. Rain, occasionally sun and mostly lots of clouds. It was actually too cold for May. But even puddles can be used photographically.

I went to the old Ravensberg spinning mill (Ravensberger Spinnerei) and took some photos there. The building dates back to the time of industrialisation in the 19th century. Back then, Bielefeld was a centre of the textile industry. A lot of flax was grown in the surrounding area, which was then processed in factories in Bielefeld. Today there is no longer any flax cultivation and most of the textile factories have also disappeared. The building of the old spinning mill now houses the adult education centre and the city's history museum.

 

Pond in front of the old Ravensberger spinning mill

Pond in front of the old Ravensberger spinning mill (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Old Ravensberg spinning mill after a rain shower

Old Ravensberg spinning mill after a rain shower (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Rainy day in the Ravensberger Park

Rainy day in the Ravensberger Park in May 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Puddle in front of the Ravensberger spinning mill

Puddle in front of the Ravensberger spinning mill (Bielefeld, Germany).

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05/13/2021

Ascension Day is a public holiday in Germany and this morning, 13 May , the weather was also good. We have had to wait quite a long time for spring this year. So it was a good opportunity to start a little photo walk. I didn't have a particular goal, I just looked around to see what spring motifs were available.

I started in the district in Bielefeld where I live and then paid a visit to the old cemetery in Bielefeld city centre.

 

On a meadow in Bielefeld-Sieker

On a meadow in Bielefeld-Sieker in May 2021 (Germany).

 

Common bugle on a fence in Bielefeld-Sieker #1

Common bugle (Ajuga reptans) on a fence in Bielefeld-Sieker in May 2021 (Germany).

 

Common bugle on a fence in Bielefeld-Sieker #2

Common bugle (Ajuga reptans) on a fence in Bielefeld-Sieker in May 2021 (Germany).

 

Common bugle on a fence in Bielefeld-Sieker #3

Common bugle (Ajuga reptans) on a fence in Bielefeld-Sieker in May 2021 (Germany).

 

Tulips at the Old Cemetery

Tulips at the Old Cemetery on an early morning in May 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Pink rhododendron at the Old Cemetery

Pink rhododendron at the Old Cemetery on an early morning in May 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

White rhododendron at the Old Cemetery #1

White rhododendron at the Old Cemetery on an early morning in May 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

White rhododendron at the Old Cemetery #2

White rhododendron at the Old Cemetery on an early morning in May 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Little white flower at the Old Cemetery

Little white flower at the Old Cemetery on an early morning in May 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

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05/12/2021

Lately I have been going to Minden more often. Minden is a city in the very northeast of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia with a very nice city center. Mostly I took the train and therefore I always had some waiting time until departure. On the occasion I had the opportunity a few days ago to photograph a beautiful sunrise at the main station Bielefeld. The photo was taken with the Fujifilm GFX 100S and the lens Fujinon GF 3.5/ 30 mm.

A few days before I photographed a sunset as well. Namely behind the city hall at the 'Nahariyastraße', which runs close to the Bielefeld main station. Here I used the lens Fujinon GF 4/ 45-100 mm. 

 

Sunrise at 'Ostwestfalen-Platz' at the main station

Sunrise at 'Ostwestfalen-Platz' at the main station in May 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Late afternoon at 'Nahariyastraße'

Late afternoon at 'Nahariyastraße' in April 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

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05/11/2021

And here again some photos from Bielefeld University. I was there late in the afternoon, when the sun was already very low. Actually, I just wanted to try out how the Fujifilm GFX 100S performs in shots where a very bright light source is visible in the picture. Since digital image sensors are the standard, there are always unsightly reflections that the sensor surface creates and which are difficult to correct afterwards. Unfortunately, the GFX 100S is not completely free of this, but the effect is not as noticeable as with the older Fujifilm GFX 50R. In these images, almost none of it is visible and the Fujinon lenses also cope well with very bright light sources in the image.

 

Shortly before sunset at Bielefeld University #1

Shortly before sunset at Bielefeld University in April 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Shortly before sunset at Bielefeld University #2

Shortly before sunset at Bielefeld University in April 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Shortly before sunset at Bielefeld University #3

Shortly before sunset at Bielefeld University in April 2021 (Bielefeld, Germany).

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