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12/26/2020

I don't know what was going on in the 'Stadthalle' (Conference hall) last night but it was pretty impressive. The whole month of December it was already lit up red from the inside. And on the night of 25 to 26 December 2020, there was a very special light show. I haven't read or heard about it anywhere. It was just luck that I passed by there early in the morning and then had a camera and a tripod with me. But as you know, you just have to have that sometimes!

Incidentally, the Bielefeld Vaccination Centre to fight the COVID-19 pandemic will also be set up in the 'Stadthalle'. Even if the light show may have nothing to do with it, it would be a nice sign!

A print of the second picture is available in my online shop. If you want to visit the shop, you have to leave this website: www.farbenfrohebilder.de

 

Conference hall illuminated in red

Conference hall (Stadthalle) and - from the end of December 2020, the COVID 19 Pandemic Vaccination Centre - illuminated in red (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Conference hall on December 26, 2020 #1

Conference hall (Stadthalle) on December 26, 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Conference hall on December 26, 2020 #2

Conference hall (Stadthalle) on December 26, 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Conference hall on December 26, 2020 #3

Conference hall (Stadthalle) on December 26, 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

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12/22/2020

This year everything is different. COVID-19 pandemic, the second lockdown this year and the traditional Christmas market will not take place. Where there are usually stalls and mulled wine stands in the city centre and hundreds, sometimes thousands of people are out and about, it is now as quiet as it normally is only on an early Sunday morning.

Despite everything, the Christmas lights are up in Bielefeld's city centre and the Christmas trees in front of the town hall and on the 'Alter Markt' have also been put up. A little bit of Christmas spirit is coming up after all.

 

Christmas tree in front of the town hall

Christmas tree in front of the town hall (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Christmas tree at the 'Alter Markt'

Christmas tree at the 'Alter Markt' (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Strange Christmas

Strange Christmas. Shop window in December 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Saturday evening at 'Alter Markt'

Saturday evening on December 12, 2020 at 'Alter Markt' (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Saturday evening at 'Obernstraße'

Saturday evening on December 12, 2020 at 'Obernstraße' (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Christmas season at the 'Alter Markt' #1

Christmas season at the 'Alter Markt' in the old town of Bielefeld in December 2020 (Germany).

 

Christmas season at the 'Alter Markt' #2

Christmas season at the 'Alter Markt' in the old town of Bielefeld in December 2020 (Germany).

 

Christmas season at the 'Alter Markt' #3

Christmas season at the 'Alter Markt' in the old town of Bielefeld in December 2020 (Germany).

 

Christmas season at the 'Alter Markt' #4

Christmas season at the 'Alter Markt' in the old town of Bielefeld in December 2020 (Germany).

 

Christmas season at the 'Rathausstraße'

Christmas season at the 'Rathausstraße' in the old town of Bielefeld in December 2020 (Germany).

 

Bielefeld Marketing has come up with a particularly nice campaign. Every Christmas market in Bielefeld includes mulled wine, roasted almonds and gingerbread. Of course, you can't have that without a Christmas market either. That's why a package has been put together containing just that. A Christmas market for the home, so to speak. Also included are two special Christmas market mugs. You should know that Bielefeld has a new Christmas mug edition every year in December. This year, the motto is 'Staying home for Christmas'.

 

Staying home for Christmas this year

No Christmas market in 2020, but the 'Staying home for Christmas' set has arrived (Bielefeld, Germany).

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11/24/2020

It must be one of the ugliest buildings in Bielefeld. Despite this, or perhaps because of it, it is one of the most photographed. The old Telekom high-rise simply doesn't fit into the cityscape, it's much too high, if you will, it's the absence of architecture turned into concrete and it's also a bit run-down after almost fifty years. Now it is being renovated and I am very curious how it will look with a new facade. But it attracts - as already written - cameras almost magically.

 

Views #1

Old Telekom high-rise - Views in November (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Views #2

Old Telekom high-rise - Views in November (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Views #3

Old Telekom high-rise - Views in November (Bielefeld, Germany).

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11/14/2020

Unfortunately, I didn't fly much with the drone this autumn. Either the weather wasn't good or I didn't have time. But I did manage to get a nice sunrise over the fields and the Teutoburg Forest near Bielefeld.

The two pictures were taken above Hoberge-Uerentrup. The Bielefeld TV tower on top of the ridge of the Teutoburg Forest is beautiful to see, and on the panorama photo in the distance is the city centre of Bielefeld.

 

Landscape at sunrise (Bielefeld-Hoberge, Germany)

Landscape at sunrise in November 2020 (Bielefeld-Hoberge, Germany).

 

Landscape panorma at sunrise (Bielefeld-Hoberge, Germany)

Landscape at sunrise in November 2020 (Bielefeld-Hoberge, Germany).

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11/09/2020

No real river flows through Bielefeld, but we do have some larger streams. The best known is the Lutter and this stream has an interesting history, because originally it did not flow from the southwest to the northeast through the city. As early as the late Middle Ages, part of the water was diverted to fill the moat in front of the city walls. Today there are no more city walls and no more moat, but the Lutter is still there. To prevent flooding during high water, three dammed ponds were built at the beginning of the 20th century. Today the ponds and the stream are surrounded by parks. The Protestant Apostle Church is located at the last dam pond with the number three.

 

Dam pond and 'Ev. Apostelkirche' (Protestant Apostle Church)

Dam pond and 'Ev. Apostelkirche' (Protestant Apostle Church) at dawn (Bielefeld, Germany).

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11/02/2020

Autumn landscapes in and around Bielefeld. All of the following pictures were taken in October and November 2020.

 

Farmhouse at 'Kirchdornberg'

Farmhouse at 'Kirchdornberg' in October 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany)..

 

Overhead line on a field near 'Kirchdornberg'

Overhead line on a field near 'Kirchdornberg' in October 2020 (Bielefeld, Germany).

 

Power line poles in autumn

Power line poles in autumn (Bielefeld-Kirchdornberg, Germany).

 

Autumn morning at the Teutoburg Forest

Autumn morning at the Teutoburg Forest in October 2020 (Bielefeld-Kirchdornberg, Germany).

 

Landscape in October 2020

Landscape in October 2020 (Bielefeld-Kirchdornberg, Germany).

 

Autumn at ' Wistinghauser Senne'

Autumn at ' Wistinghauser Senne' in September 2020 (Oerlinghausen, Germany).

 

Sand pit at ' Wistinghauser Senne'

Sand pit at ' Wistinghauser Senne' in September 2020 (Oerlinghausen, Germany).

> Nature

10/12/2020

I have used the last two or three weeks to photograph toadstools. Last year I hardly found any, so I had planned a little more time. Amazingly enough I found quite a few of the red-hatted guys. Even in places where nothing was to be found in 2019.

Fly agarics are not very rare in themselves. They also do not belong to the endangered mushroom species. All you need to know is that they do not just grow somewhere, but have certain preferences. Toadstools live in symbiosis with certain trees. The tree is supplied by the fungus with minerals, such as phosphorus, and in exchange the fungus receives products of photosynthesis from the tree. In the case of toadstools, however, this does not work with any tree. They need birch or spruce. So if you are looking for fly agarics, you should look for these trees.

 

Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) at 'Wistinghauser Senne' #1

Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) at the 'Wistinghauser Senne' in September 2020 (Oerlinghausen, Germany).

 

Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) at 'Wistinghauser Senne' #2

Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) at the 'Wistinghauser Senne' in September 2020 (Oerlinghausen, Germany).

 

Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) at 'Wistinghauser Senne' #3

Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) at the 'Wistinghauser Senne' in Oktober 2020 (Oerlinghausen, Germany).

 

Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) at 'Wistinghauser Senne' #4

Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) at the 'Wistinghauser Senne' in Oktober 2020 (Oerlinghausen, Germany).

 

Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) at 'Wistinghauser Senne' #5

Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) at the 'Wistinghauser Senne' in Oktober 2020 (Oerlinghausen, Germany).

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09/25/2020

It is well known that there are countless mushrooms and they surround us almost everywhere. Most of them we never get to see. Even the ones that populate the parks, meadows and forests in autumn we overlook most of them. A not so rare mushroom, but one that is nevertheless often overlooked, is the Common eartball (Scleroderma citrinum). It lives on sandy, dry soils and forms round to ovoid fruiting bodies. It does not have a stem. The fungus has no lamellae or pores. The spores are formed in the innards of the fungus. When they are fully ripe, the body of the mushroom simply bursts open. The fungus is poisonous and causes stomach ache and vomiting when eaten. I found the specimen on the photo below in a heath area. Well camouflaged and only to be seen from close up.

 

Common earthball (Scleroderma citrinum) #1

Common earthball (Scleroderma citrinum) at 'Wistinghauser Senne' (Oerlinghausen, Germany).

 

Common earthball (Scleroderma citrinum) #2

Common earthball (Scleroderma citrinum) at 'Wistinghauser Senne' (Oerlinghausen, Germany).

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09/24/2020

The mushroom photography of the last few days has also meant that I have been walking a lot in the forest. Here are some photos I took on the way. They were taken in an area called 'Wistinghauser Senne', which is situated between the villages of Oerlinghausen and Stukenbrock on the southern slope of the Teutoburg Forest. Something like 15 to 20 kilometres to the east of my home town Bielefeld.

 

Pine trees at sunrise #1

Pine trees at sunrise, 'Wistinghauser Senne' (Oerlinghausen, Germany).

 

Old pine trees at dawn

Old pines at dawn in September 2020 (Oerlinghausen, Germany).

 

Pine trees at sunrise #2

Pine trees at sunrise, 'Wistinghauser Senne' (Oerlinghausen, Germany).

 

Wind turbines in the Teutoburg Forest

Wind turbines in the Teutoburg Forest at dusk in September 2020 (Oerlinghausen, Germany).

 

Canadian goldenrod (Solidago canadensis) #1

Canadian goldenrod (Solidago canadensis) at 'Wistinghauser Senne' in September 2020 (Oerlinghausen, Germany).

 

Canadian goldenrod (Solidago canadensis) #2

Canadian goldenrod (Solidago canadensis) at 'Wistinghauser Senne' in September 2020 (Oerlinghausen, Germany).

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09/22/2020

Yesterday I was again at the place where I found the beautiful parasol mushroom (Macrolepiota procera) last weekend. You never know exactly where beautiful mushrooms grow and even if you know a good spot, you cannot be sure that in later years there will be mushrooms there again. These small creatures, which are biologically neither animals nor plants, are extremely mysterious. But if the conditions are good in one place in a year's time, you have a good chance of finding more beautiful specimens there. This was also the case here, on a heather-covered slope of the Teutoburg Forest. I set off very early in the morning to be there before sunrise. So early the light is still very soft. I took pictures with the Fujifilm GFX 50R camera and the Fujinon GF 4/ 120 mm R LM OIS WR macro lens. Of course I also used a tripod.

Prints of the pictures are available in my online shop. If you want to visit the shop, you have to leave this website: www.farbenfrohebilder.de

 

Parasol mushroom in the first morning light #1

Parasol mushrooms in the morning light shortly before sunrise in the Teutoburg Forest (Germany).

 

Parasol mushroom in the first morning light #2

Parasol mushrooms in the morning light shortly before sunrise in the Teutoburg Forest (Germany).

 

Parasol mushroom in the first morning light #3

Parasol mushrooms in the morning light shortly before sunrise in the Teutoburg Forest (Germany).

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