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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The television tower 'Hünenburg' is Bielefeld's tallest building at 164 meters. It was built in 1972 on the ridge of the Teutoburg Forest and is a prominent part of the silhouette of the city. You can see the tower from almost anywhere. This photo was taken from Bielefeld-Quelle, south of the forest, on a summer evening half an hour after sunset. In the area on which the tower stands today a Germanic fortification was located in the time before Christ. But there are hardly any remnants of this fort today.


Sky in flames

Sky in flames at the Hünenburg

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Ubbedissen is a district of Bielefeld close to the city limits. Located directly on the Teutoburg Forest, it has a very rural character. These photographs were taken at 'Ubbedisser Berg' (hills in the Teutoburg Forest). All photos have been taken with the amazing little Leica CL camera and Vario-Elmar-TL zoom lenses.

Forest (Ubbedisser Berg, Bielefeld)

Spring in the Teutoburg Forest


Oak tree near Lämershagen (Bielefeld, Germany)

Oak tree near Lämershagen (Bielefeld, Germany)


Sunset (Ubbedisser Berg, Bielefeld)

Sunset (Ubbedisser Berg, Bielefeld)

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Kirchdornberg is a district on the western outskirts of Bielefeld in the Teutoburger Forest. The area is dominated by hills and fields and does not remind you of a big city. Even if Kirchdornberg is just a few kilometers away from the city center. The place has been inhabited since the Middle Ages. The oldest building is the 'Peterskirche' (St. Peters Church) with its tower from the 11th century. The photographs were taken on a morning in May 2018.


Power line poles

Power line poles at dawn (Kirchdornberg, Bielefeld).


Dawn on a country road

Dawn on a country road near Kirchdornberg (Bielefeld).


Sunrise in the fields (Hoberger Feldmark)

Sunrise in the field of the Hoberger Feldmark near Kirchdornberg (Bielefeld).


Kirchdornberg in the fields

Kirchdornberg in the fields at 6 am (Bielefeld).



Kirchdornberg (Bielefeld).

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