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We were allowed back onto my brother’s street this morning (Sunday).  The fire burned to my brother’s fence in the back yard, which backs up to a mostly wild and grassy hillside that rises above.  It looks like it was more of a small ‘spot fire’ caused by flying embers, while the ‘main’ front of the fire was stopped about 50-100 feet above at a small road.  Definitely too close for comfort.

damage from Jesusita fire, Santa Barbara, California

damage from Jesusita fire, Santa Barbara, California

damage from Jesusita fire, Santa Barbara, California

damage from Jesusita fire, Santa Barbara, California

damage from Jesusita fire, Santa Barbara, California

Pegnitz Highline

My buddy Till walking the line on the outskirts of Pegnitz yesterday evening.

Cody Duncan Photography: Highline, Pegnitz, Bavaria, Germany

Cody Duncan Photography: Highline, Pegnitz, Bavaria, Germany

Cody Duncan Photography: Highline, Pegnitz, Bavaria, Germany

Cody Duncan Photography: Highline, Pegnitz, Bavaria, Germany

Arctic Nights

Just walked in the door after 24 hours of travel.  Been up in the Lofoten islands for the last week.  More photos coming tomorrow and the next days.  But for a quick teaser of things to come: snow, snow, a bit more snow, and maybe some snow…

Northern lights over lofoten islands, Norway. Cody Duncan photography

Wind Turbines

Driving around yesterday I came across a few wind turbines in a farm field. The pictures don’t really show just how big these things are, but they are huge (for those that have never stood beneath one). The turning of the blades makes this ominous sounding ‘swooshing’ sound.

Alternative green energy production stock photo: Power generating wind turbines stand in farm field, Bavaria, Germany. Cody Duncan photography

Alternative green energy production stock photo: Power generating wind turbines stand in farm field, Bavaria, Germany. Cody Duncan photography

Alternative green energy production stock photo: Power generating wind turbines stand in farm field, Bavaria, Germany. Cody Duncan photography

Storm over Göll Massif

Somewhere beneath the clouds should be Hohes Brett and the southern part of the Göll Massif as seen from Jenner.  I hope to have time to do a multi day through hike over this area in the summer or autumn.

German panoramic stock photo: Winter storm over mountains of Berchtesgaden national park, Bavaria, Germany

3 shot vertical pano with Nikon 85mm tilt-shift lens

Allgäu Morning

A few sunrise photos from down in the Allgäu last autumn.  I wish I had done a time lapse of the fog as it cleared, was totally cool looking.

Germany panoramic stock photo: Sunrise over AllgaeŠu alps with valley fog, near Fuessen, Bavaria, Germany

Germany panoramic stock photo: hills rise above morning fog, Allgaeu region, Bavaria, Germany

Autumn morning fog clears from village of Speiden and rural landscape of Allgaeu region, near Eisenberg, Bavaria, Germany

Autumn morning fog clears from rural landscape of Allgaeu region near Eisenberg, Bavaria, Germany

Autumn morning fog clears from rural landscape of Allgaeu region near Eisenberg, Bavaria, Germany

Wallfahrtskirche Maria Hilf  in the small village of Speiden with Early morning autumn mist and mountain peak SŠuling in distance, AllgaeŠu region, Bavaria, Germany

Königsee + Snow

While it’s nice to take photos of snow, it’s not so nice to take pictures in snow. Saturday, from the other week down in Berchtesgaden. Didn’t shoot much, as you can see, the visibility wasn’t all that good…

Germany travel stock photo: Winter snowstorm over waters of Koenigsee, Berchtesgaden national park, Germany

Germany travel stock photo: Winter snowstorm over Koenigsee, Berchtesgaden national park, Germany

Loch Crinan

Loch Crinan in the south western part of Argyll and Bute, Scotland. May 2008

Scotland panoramic stock photo: stormy sky over Loch Crinan, Argyll and Bute, West coast, Scotland

Eis und Dunkelheit

I went underground for an hour or so this afternoon to play around with light and the ice-stalagmites in the Windloch Sackdilling cave.

The first photo is only with a single SB-800 flash remotely fired  from behind the ice.  It’s really cool how bright the ice glows.

caving stock photo: ice stalagmites in windloch sackdilling cave, Oberpfalz, Germany. Cody Duncan Photography

At first I set up a couple of flashes on light stands but it was a slow process moving everything around in the dark.  So I settled with keeping one flash on the ground somewhere behind the ice and using the other light stand like a boom and holding it at various angles.  I figure I’ll go back again for some more photos and try a few new things.  I like the contrast of the ice against the darkness, but maybe I’ll shoot off a few flashes in the back of the cave to help give a bit more depth to the photos.

caving stock photo: ice stalagmites in windloch sackdilling cave, Oberpfalz, Germany. Cody Duncan Photography

caving stock photo: ice stalagmites in windloch sackdilling cave, Oberpfalz, Germany. Cody Duncan Photography

caving stock photo: ice stalagmites in windloch sackdilling cave, Oberpfalz, Germany. Cody Duncan Photography

caving stock photo: ice stalagmites in windloch sackdilling cave, Oberpfalz, Germany. Cody Duncan Photography

Carnival Parade – Auerbach

OK, this has got to be one of the coolest parade floats I’ve ever seen: a V-8 engine straight piped into a fire breathing dragon and continually revved up by some drunk dudes dressed as medieval knights. Cool!

2009 German Carnival parade photo, Auerbach, Oberpfalz, Bavaria, Germany. Cody Duncan Photography

2009 German Carnival parade photo, Auerbach, Oberpfalz, Bavaria, Germany. Cody Duncan Photography

2009 German Carnival parade photo, Auerbach, Oberpfalz, Bavaria, Germany. Cody Duncan Photography

2009 German Carnival parade photo, Auerbach, Oberpfalz, Bavaria, Germany. Cody Duncan Photography

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