„Bokeh“ from the Munich Botanical Garden

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Two days ago, I went on an excursion to the Munich Botanical Garden for two reasons. I wanted to see the spring flower beds und the budding vegetation. But I also planned to try out Bokeh Photography.

Thank you Sofia from „photographias“ for the great and challenging „Lensartists“ topic. From the excellent photos and informative commentaries of the participants I learnt so much. And then I just had to try …

Always looking forward to your feedback. Please feel free to tell me how I can improve the photos and especially the Bokeh Effect.

In a few days I am going to send another post about the Botanical Garden to show the colorful flowers and the relaxing atmosphere.

My Favorite Photos 2021

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At the beginning of 2021 we had another lockdown in Germany. The museums and restaurants were closed. However, I went for walks and hikes as often as I could.

But gradually more activities became possible again. In May, the restaurants opened. An exhilarating experience was my first coffee break in a Munich café.

In June when I was fully vaccinated, I went on my first short trip in Bavaria, to Kochel and Mittenwald.

Our hiking holiday in Franconian Switzerland in July was also very beautiful.

Twice, in August and in September/October, I went on pilgrimage on the Swiss Camino. Thus, many of my favorite photos come from there.

After a few sunny autumn days in October, the weather clouded over and taking favorite photos became more difficult. However, I will still report on my trip to Luebeck in Northern Germany.

All in all, 2021 was not so bad!

Sculpture Path Wasserburg am Inn, Bavaria, Germany
Easter walk, Riemer See, Munich, Germany
Schloss Nymphenburg, Munich, Germany
„First“ coffee
View from Hirschberg, Bavaria, Germany
Lautersee near Mittenwald, Bavaria, Germany
Art at Buckelwiesenweg, hiking trail near Mittenwald, Bavaria, Germany
View from Herzogstand, Bavaria, Germany
Pottenstein Castle, Franconian Switzerland, Bavaria, Germany
Summer in Franconian Switzerland, Bavaria, Germany
Betzenstein, Franconian Switzerland, Bavaria, Germany
Half-timbered house, Swiss Camino
Walking in the rain, Etzelpass, Swiss Camino
One of the many cows on the Swiss Camino
Einsiedeln Monastry, Swiss Camino
Lake Lungern, Swiss Camino
Lake Brienz, Swiss Camino
Aare River at Interlaken, Swiss Camino
Kapellbrücke, Wasserturm, Jesuitenkirche, Lucerne, Switzerland
Church San Antoni, Swiss Camino
Sign, Swiss Camino

This is for Lens Artists Challenge #180: Favorite Images of 2021. Thank you Tina for this wonderful topic! Looking through my archive reminded me how many magic moments I had after all last year. My thanks also goes to Lens-Artists team partners Patti, Christine and Amy and I am really looking forward to the new partners.

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Beautiful blues and greens

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My favorite color is blue combined with green.Therefore, I love green landscapes on a sunny day with blue skies and bodies of water. I do not only fancy rich blue but different shades of blue, f.ex. teal.

Watching beautiful scenery, especially after having hiked up to viewpoint, makes me feel serene.

This for CEE Neuner’s CMMC December Color Your Favorite Color and for Lens-Artists Challenge #179 – Serene. Thank you CEE and Patti for hosting those marvellous challenges.

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Cows on the Camino

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Ever since I went on a pilgrimage on the Munich Way of St. James and the Via Jacobi, the Swiss Camino, cows have been my favorite animals.

The Way of St. James often runs through agricultural areas, so herds of cattle are not uncommon there and nothing special. Actually, elephants, giraffes and the mountain gorillas in Uganda have been my favorite animals. But at the moment, the most I can get to see these enchanting creatures is in documentaries.

Cattle, however, have their very own charm. Adult cows often stop chewing when a hiker passes by and look at him very interested and a little sceptical with their big eyes.

Calves, on the other hand, often come rushing up and follow your every move with great curiosity. I have to admit that I often chat with the cute animals, especially when I have been walking for hours without meeting a human being and feel a bit lonely. After greeting them, I sometimes give them senseless advice such as „Take care of yourselves, don’t get slaughtered!“ Often the little calves would walk along the fence with me as far as they can. After these encounters, I felt better each time and had renewed strength to continue the hike.

Since these delightful encounters, I have given up eating veal !

Below, I show five photos I took on the Munich Way of St. James and six pictures from the Via Jacobi.

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Inspired by Lens- Artists Challenge #178 „You Choose“, hosted by Tina and a Twitter Challenge #CaminoTuesday with the theme cows met on the camino.

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Great Festival in Jiufen, Taiwan

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In May 2019 I traveled in Taiwan. My first stop was at the capital Taipei. From there I took the popular day trip to Jiufen, a mountaintop former gold mining town on the northeast coast with magnificent views. Many historic buildings from Taiwan’s time as a Japanese colony have been preserved. The large selection of typical street food and the tea houses are also very popular.

Jiufen is as well favoured by tourists because of the unconfirmed rumour that the town centre served as a model for the japanese anime film „Spirited Away“ („Chihiros Reise ins Zauberland“).

During my visit a festival with a big parade took place. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find out what they were celebrating. But the procession featured menacing looking figures and was accompanied by very loud noise, so I don’t think they were celebrating Buddha’s birthday …

This is for Lens-Artists Challenge #177 – Celebrating, a great challenge, thank you Leya for hosting!

Always looking forward to your feedback. Do you happen to know which festival they celebrate in Juifen in May?

Lens-Artists Challenge #164 – Looking Up/Down

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This week I thank Sofia Alves for leading this challenging weekly theme.

I found a few photos in my archives although not as many as I thought. But Sofia Alves gave me an inspiration for future photography.

St. Paul’s Cathedral, London:

Tour de Montparnasse, Paris:

Fortress Luxembourg:

After those images from European Capital cities I will close with a personal photo of my old trekking shoes. Wherever I traveled in the last years I took them with me. They were very comfortable, especially during long city walks. Before throwing them out I took many photos as a souvenir. After this I could not discard them and put them back in shoe cabinet.

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