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31/08/2019

Today I was once again very early out on the road. While the daytime temperatures at the end of August are still high, it is already cooling noticeably at night. These are the best conditions for landscape photography, because the chances are good that there will be haze over the fields early in the morning. And today it worked quite well.

Between five and seven o'clock I was on my way in the fields of the 'Johannisbachaue' between the two districts of Schildesche and Baumheide in Bielefeld.

 

Break of dawn

Break of dawn - Johannisbachaue

 

Glacial erratics on a hilltop

Glacial erratics on a hilltop

> Nature

08/26/2019

The 'Obersee' is a dammed lake in the north of Bielefeld between the districts Schildesche and Heepen. The first photo was taken there on a Sunday morning shortly before sunrise. The second picture was taken a few hundred meters away and half an hour later in the fields at the 'Johannisbach', a stream that supplies the 'Obersee' with water.

 

Sunrise at the 'Obersee'

Sunrise at the Obersee (Bielefeld, Germany)

 

Early morning in the fields

Early morning in the fields (Johannisbachaue, Bielefeld, Germany)

> Nature

08/25/2019

After a long time I finally got to photograph insect macros again. The whole thing was a bit short-decided but in good weather the chances around the Botanical Garden in Bielefeld are quite good. And then I found what I was looking for. I have photographed with the Sony Alpha 7III and the lens SEL 2.8 / 90 mm Marco G OSS hand-held without a tripod. A fill-in flash provided the right light.

 

Red admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Butterfly - Red admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

 

Painted lady (Cynthia cardui)

Butterfly - Painted lady (Cynthia cardiu)

 

Red admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Butterfly - Red admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

 

Darter (Sympetrum)

Dragonfly - Darter (Sympetrum)

> Animals & Wildlife

08/12/2019

On the 9th and 10th of August 2019 the German motor-paced cycling Championship ('Deutsche Meisterschaft der Steher 2019') took place at the cycling track ('Radrennbahn') in Bielefeld. The German Championship was hosted by the racing club RC Zugvogel. Motor-paced cycling races were very popular in former times, today it is rather a marginal sport. Nevertheless, the sport is very interesting. Motor-paced cycling (also known as motor-paced racing) is held in cycle tracks.

Cyclists reach high speeds because they ride in the slipstream of a motorcycle ahead. Top speeds of 100 km/h are quite possible. The cyclist tries to stay as close behind the pacers bike as possible during the race to take advantage of the aerodynamic advantage. The final run was held over a period of 60 minutes. Important besides a high speed is also the race tactics. Pacer and cyclists must therefore be a well-rehearsed team. In Bielefeld there is a long tradition of motor-paced racing and on the historic cycle track. Today the interest of the spectators is unfortunately not very big anymore. A few decades ago this was quite different. In any case, it is worthwhile to watch such a race.

 

German motor-paced cycling Championship 2019

German motor-paced cycling Championship 2019

 

German motor-paced cycling Championship 2019

 

German motor-paced cycling Championship 2019

> Urban & Cityscapes

07/28/2019

Right next to the office building where I work, there is a flower meadow since this year. A few months ago, the area was an unused field until wild flowers were sawn out. A good idea! Now it looks really nice, especially in the early morning. And the bees that live on the roof of our office should also be happy about it.

The first photo was taken around 5:30 in the morning. I used the ZEISS Batis Distagon 2.8 / 18 mm to give the picture depth and to include the building and the sky in the background. The close-up was taken a little later, when the sun had already risen. The lens used here was a ZEISS Batis Distagon 2 / 40 mm CF. Thanks to the short minimum focusing distance, the lens is also quite suitable for such photos.

 

Flower meadow

Flower meadow in July (Bielefeld, Germany)

 

White and yellow flower

White and yellow flower on a meadow (Bielefeld, Germany)

 

Meadow of flowers - Panorama

Meadow of flowers in Bielefeld-Stieghorst

> Nature

07/06/2019

This year the 'Bürgerpark' in Bielefeld has turned 100 years old. The park is located in the west of the city in the immediate vicinity of the 'Rudolf-Oetker-Halle'. When the park was created, Bielefeld was much smaller than it is today and the area was more on the outskirts of the city. Originally - i.e. until 1919 - a clay pit was located here, which was then redesigned into today's park after its closure.

On the occasion of the anniversary, the Bielefeld Philharmonic Orchestra together with the Thilo Wolf Jazz Quartet and the singer Joan Faulkner gave a wonderful concert in the 'Bürgerpark' on 5 July 2019. At the end of the concert there was a big fireworks display, which was created by the Bielefeld company Flash Art. Around 7000 visitors attended the event.

 

vielHarmonie #1

vielHarmonie 2019 - Feuerwerk in the Bürgerpark

 

vielHarmonie #2

vielHarmonie 2019 - Feuerwerk in the Bürgerpark

 

vielHarmonie #3

vielHarmonie 2019 - Feuerwerk in the Bürgerpark

 

vielHarmonie #4

vielHarmonie 2019 - Feuerwerk in the Bürgerpark

 

vielHarmonie #5

vielHarmonie 2019 - Feuerwerk in the Bürgerpark

> Urban & Cityscapes

07/05/2019

Summer in Bielefeld. Last weekend I was on the road with the Leica CL. In the 'Bürgerpark', right next to the 'Rudolf-Oetker-Halle' and on the way back with the tram in front of the town hall. Late in the evening I took a photo of the new Chamber of Crafts ('Campus Handwerk'). All photos were taken with the Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-TL 3.5-4.5/ 11-23 mm ASPH.

 

Rudolf-Oetker-Halle

Rudolf-Oetker-Halle at sunset

 

Summer evening - Bürgerpark

Summer evening - Bürgerpark in Bielefeld

 

Tram stop at Town Hall

Tram stop at the Town Hall in Bielefeld

 

Campus Handwerk

Campus Handwerk in Bielefeld

> Urban & Cityscapes

06/30/2019

The new campus of the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld very early in the morning shortly after sunrise. The building is only a few years old. I think it has succeeded quite well.

The photo was taken during a walk with the Leica CL and the Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-TL 3.5-4.5 / 11-23 mm ASPH lens.

 

University of Applied Sciences at sunrise

University of applied sciences at sunrise

> Urban & Cityscapes

06/25/2019

It's hard to believe, but Bielefeld has a Japanese garden! It is a bit hidden in the Gadderbaum district. The garden is a show garden, which you are allowed to look at but not enter.

The Japanese Garden was created in 2003 by the German-Japanese Society Bielefeld. A really beautiful and in East Westphalia unique place, which is worth to visit in any case.

 

Japanese Garden (Bielefeld-Gadderbaum)

Japanese Garden in Bielefeld-Gadderbaum

> Urban & Cityscapes

06/23/2019

Brackwede is a district of Bielefeld. In contrast to the city centre, Brackwede lies south of the Teutoburg Forest. Until the mid-1970s, today's district was an independent municipality.

Brackwede also has its own small railway station, which was a bit run down over the years. Now modernisation work has begun and a temporary bridge was built over the railway embankment to provide access to the tracks.

 

Brackwede railway station

Brackwede railway station

 

Temporary bridge

Temporary bridge at Brackwede railway station

 

Passing trains (Brackwede railway station)

Passing trains at Brackwede railway station

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