I already photographed the sunrise over Bielefeld and the 'Sparrenburg' (Sparrenburg Castle) last autumn. So some months ago. But since everyone who has seen it so far thinks it's especially beautiful, I'm sure it can also be published in February. The picture was taken from 'Johannisberg'. In the foreground you can see the vines that were planted here a few years ago. Bielefeld is actually too far north for winegrowing and I suspect that the quality of the grapes here is not really good. But it looks nice. The image was photographed with a super wide angle lens. I used the Sony FE 4/ 12-24 mm G with a focal length of 12 mm.


Johannisberg - Autumn sunrise

Johannisberg (Bielefeld) - Autumn sunrise

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Platform at Bielefeld main station on a cloudy morning in early January 2019. In the background you can see the buildings of the 'Stadtwerke Bielefeld' (Bielefeld municipal utilities). This picture was taken with the very good ZEISS Batis Sonnar 1.8/ 85 mm.


Railway platform (Bielefeld)

Railway platform at Bielefeld main station

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Green traffic light man at the 'Herforder Straße' in Bielefeld. Actually I just wanted to try out the bokeh of the new ZEISS Batis Distagon 2/ 40 mm CF. But the picture has also become quite attractive. And of course the bokeh is beautiful.


Green traffic light man

Green traffic light man

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The changing weather in autumn with sun and clouds is ideal for dramatic sunrises and sunsets. The following photographs were taken in October 2018 from the 'Sparrenburg' tower. The 'Sparrenburg' is a fortress built in the Middle Ages on a hill of the Teutoburg Forest above the city of Bielefeld.


Sunset over Bielefeld - October 16, 2018

Sunset over Bielefeld - October 16, 2018


Sunset over Bielefeld - October 19, 2018

Sunset over Bielefeld - October 19, 2018

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Gray herons (Ardea cinerea) are very common in Germany. They are found on almost all rivers and lakes. These animals rest in a tree. The photos were taken with the Sony SEL 4.5-5.6 100-400 mm GM lens.


Gray heron in a tree #1

Female gray heron (Ardea cinerea) in a tree.


Gray heron in a tree #2

Male gray heron (Ardea cinerea) in a tree.


Gray heron in a tree #3

Male gray heron (Ardea cinerea) in a tree.

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Light trails on the B66 near Bielefeld-Ubbedissen (Germany).

I take pictures of light trails more often and mostly this takes place from a bridge or another elevated location. Interesting is the high interest of drivers and pedestrians who see you. It has happened to me more than once that I have been asked whether this is a new form of speed control. A large tripod with a large camera on it seems to be frightening for many road users.


B66 (Bielefeld-Ubbedissen)

Light trails on the B66 at Bielefeld-Ubbedissen

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Evening mood in Porta Westfalica. At the Porta Westfalica gorge the River Weser runs through the passage between the mountain chains of the 'Wiehen Gebirge' (Wiehen Hills). It is the natural northern gate to the region of Westphalia and since ancient times it has an important meaning as a trade route connecting northern and eastern Germany with the with the major cities on the River Rhine. A monument of the German Emperor and King of Prussia Wilhelm I was erected on a hill on the banks of the River Weser in the 19th century. 


Porta Westfalica on the River Weser

Porta Westfalica ant the River Weser


River Weser on a summer evening

River Weser on a summer evening at Porta Westfalica

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A photo gallery from this years BMX festival and contest on Kesselbrink (Bielefeld, Germany) on August 4 & 5, 2018.


Bielefeld City Jam 2018 #1

Bielefeld City Jam 2018


Bielefeld City Jam 2018 #2

Bielefeld City Jam 2018


Bielefeld City Jam 2018 #3

Bielefeld City Jam 2018

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Another photo of Bielefeld's most famous attraction: Sparrenburg Castle. The picture was taken half an hour after sunset on a June evening. The tower lighting was already switched on and also the weather played along. Although the picture is not very original, the opportunity was just too good not to use it for a photo.


Sparrenburg Castle after sunset

Sparrenburg Castle on a June evening.

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Germany was not always an industrial nation. As late as the 19th century, most of the German population lived in the countryside. The Open-Air Museum in Detmold gives an insight into the rural life of the people of Westphalia. On display are farms from different eras and the typical way of life and the activities of the people. The open-air museum is maintained by the Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe and is always worth a visit.


Historic Farmhouse

farmhouse at the open-air museum in Detmold


Palour in a farmhouse

Palour in a historic farmhouse


Timbered barn

Timered barn

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