A bit different from what I usually shoot, but pointing the camera towards the sky these days isn’t all that inspiring due to the weather (‘German gray’ – my new term for the low gray and hazy clouds the cloak the landscape seemingly every day, and most especially at the weekends), so I’ve started to look towards my feet a little more than normal.
A couple panoramics from my wanderings to Walberla on Friday. I had hoped there would have been a bit more snow, but I seemed to forget that its the last hill before the ‘low’ areas around Forcheim, Erlangen and Nuremberg so it stays a bit warmer than here in the hills of the Oberpfalz. I also realized on Saturday, while heading to Sachsen for the weekend, that I could get to the mountains (big hills) of the Fichtelgebirge area as quickly as I can get to Walberla, so I’ll try and head there on my next little excursion.
First photo is that same tree from from back in October. Unfortunately, someone walked in the snow at the base of the tree (really, why would anyone walk there? Must of had a dog that wanted to take a piss or something) so I’ll have to go back again to get a better version. With more snow too! Second pic is Saint Walpurga’s chapel (Walpurgiskapelle).
I was cruising around the the countryside on Friday afternoon looking for something interesting to take photos of. I was on my way back as it was getting dark, about 4:30 pm this time of the year, when I stopped to take a few pictures of a castle ruin. Anyhow, I was heading back to the car when I saw something strange in the distance. It was pretty dark, so I couldn’t see what it was right away but I wandered towards it. Turned out to be a big herd (flock?) of sheep some field. Here’s a 20 second exposure of them. I wish I could have gotten closer but I was blocked by a few fences.
This afternoon: typical scene of ‘Franconian switzerland’ after a bit of snow.
The moon was peeking through the clouds on the way back from Nuremberg Friday night so I thought maybe this tree would make a nice photo. It’s at a place called Fishstein, just a few km down the road.
The photo I really want to take is when there is a good layer of snow and a clear night with at least a quarter moon. Might look cool.
Nuremberg Christmas market last night (Friday).
Christmas markets here are quite popular and a large and historic one like Nuremberg’s draws tourists from all over. Hot Glühwein is a popular drink which helps keep off the cold and every stall selling it always has a huge crowd standing around and talking with friends in the crisp winter air. Lots of cool little crafts to see along with all the cookies as sweets to be bought.
This past weekend marked the beginning of a month of Christmas markets (Weihnachtsmarkt in German) all across Germany. Although Regensburg in not especially known for having a good market, we decided to head there for the afternoon anyhow. Hopefully I can get to the Nuremberg market on this coming Friday, as its supposed to be much bigger and better.