Todays sunrise over my hometown at around a quarter to six in the morning. Downtown Bielefeld with the old Nikolai church.  


Sunrise over Bielefeld

Sunrise over Bielefeld

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Once again 'Bielefeld City Jam' with a photo gallery from this years BMX festival and contest on August 5 & 6, 2017.


Bielefeld City Jam 2017

Bielefeld City Jam 2017


Bielefeld City Jam 2017

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Path in a park at 'Kaiser-Wilhelm-Straße' in Duisburg-Bruckhausen (Germany).


Architecture - Path

Architectural detail in Duisburg-Bruckhausen

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Common hollyhocks (alcea rosea) in the park at the 'Johannisberg' in Bielefeld (Germany).


Common hollyhock #1 (alcea rosea)

Common hollyhock (alcea rosea).


Common hollyhock #2 (alcea rosea)

Common hollyhock (alcea rosea).

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Illuminated tower of 'Sparrenburg Castle' a few minutes after sunset (Bielefeld, Germany). 


Sparrenburg Castle (July 8, 2017)

Illuminated tower of the Sparrenburg in Bielefeld.


Sparrenburg Castle (Sunset)

Summer sunset at Sparrenburg Castle

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In the Ruhr area there are only a few places where it looks as it is known and expected from earlier times. Duisburg-Bruckhausen is one of them. One of the largest steelworks in the world is still standing here today and you can hardly miss it by walking through the streets. The ThyssenKrupp steel plant extends over many kilometers along the Rhine. More than 15,000 people work here.


Street view with steelworks

Streetview in Duisburg-Bruckhausen with steelworks an furnaces in the background

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Steam in the sky above Duisburg's steelworks at Thyssen Krupp and Krupp Mannesmann.


Steam - Coking ThyssenKrupp

Steam from the coking of the ThyssenKrupp steelworks in Duisburg-Schwelgern.


Steam - Power Station HKM

Steam - power station at Krupp Mannesmann steelworks.

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The steelworks in Duisburg-Meiderich has a long history. It was founded in 1901 as 'Rheinisches Stahlwerk zu Meiderich bei Ruhrort'. Later it was part of the August Thyssen AG. In the 1970s and 1980s, during the steel crisis, production became less and less profitable and in 1985 the plant was closed. The crude steel production was transferred to the neighboring steelworks on the Rhine.

In contrast to many other steel mills in the Ruhr area the plants were not demolished, but in 1990 to 1998 changed to a large landscape park. Today the 'Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord' is a unique natural and industrial landscape and offers visitors an insight into the world of blast furnaces and the production of iron and steel.


Blast furnace no. 2

Blast furnace no. 3 - Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord


Platform on blast furnace no. 5

View from a platform of blast furnace no. 5


Blast furnaces no. 1 and 2

blast furnaces no. 1 and 2 - Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord


Charge bunker

Charge bunker


Cowper stoves

Cowper stoves at the blast furnace no. 5


Blast furnace no. 1

Blast furnace no. 1 at Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord


Pipes and tanks

Pipes and tanks


Steelworks flowers

Flowers in front of the furnaces


Ore storage

Iron ore storage


Blast furnace no. 2

Blast furnaces no. 2

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Originally, the Wewelsburg was a castle built in the 17th century in the style of the Weser Renaissance. In the 1930s the castle became a prestige project of Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS. The Wewelsburg was to be built as a sanctuary and assembly center for SS officers. It was never finished. 'verinnern' is an art installation by Christa Niestrath and Christine Steuernagel in memory of the concentration camp prisoners imprisoned and murdered in the Third Reich. Prisoners were also forced to build on Himmler's Wewelsburg project.


Wewelsburg Castle

Wewelsburg near Paderborn (Germany).



verinnern - art installation by Christa Niestrath and Christine Steuernagel.

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Purple Foxglove in the backlight on the southern slope of the Teutoburger Forest near Oerlinghausen (Germany). Nice but very toxic.


Purple Foxglove (digitalis purpurea)

Purple Foxglove in the backlight

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