3833 – Got Apples

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Apr 182017
 

In fall 2008 we moved from “the country” to Villach. There we spent three years in one apartment until we finally moved to where we live now.

In a way I miss living in the country. I took many, many more images of trees, flowers and landscapes there. No wonder, but …

Today we have an exception. This tree is a hundred meters off the main road entering Villach from the south, maybe 150 meters further on is our apartment block. It’s near all shops, it’s only minutes to the next five supermarkets and so on, but it is almost as silent and rural as “in the country”.

Still, it makes a difference whether you only drive by those trees or if they grow in your garden. You give more attention to those in your garden 🙂

3814 – The Old Bus

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Mar 302017
 

A few times in my childhood I remember having used such a bus. Is that scary?

Well, my father is in a late phase of cancer. If you experience something like that, thoughts about age are not that uncommon, I guess. How about this one: I’ll be 70 in 17 years.

Today I am closer to being 70, than to the year I was finally getting my master’s degree – and I was late at that.

I am closer to being 80, than I am to the year when I started working as a programmer.

I am closer to being 100, than I am to the year when I started elementary school.

It’s very unlikely that my father gets 82. Practically no male in his family did. We like to think of 50 as “Half Time”, but but in reality that’s not even close for most of us.

Scary? Yes 🙂

3802 – The Cannon

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Mar 182017
 

No battleship without a cannon, right? Well, this one looks like I would have imagined the Enterprise’s Phaser cannons in my childhood.

Star Trek was my favorite TV show in elementary school and we played it in all our breaks. My mother had sewn badges that we pinned to our shirts, my father had created wooden phaser pistols.

I was Captain Kirk, my best friends were Spock and Scotty, a girl that I secretly adored was Uhura, but now I wonder who played Dr McCoy. This all stopped when I changed school at 10, and many of them I haven’t seen any more. “Scotty”, who in reality became a doctor, died a few years ago. Strange to think that he is only a memory now.

3800 – The Wooden Wall

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Mar 162017
 

All the images that I made on Pyramidenkogel’s observation tower are of the rather non-touristic type. This is home-turf, a place where I can come back any time I like (although I normally don’t do it), and this puts me in a different seeing mode. Not that I don’t see or look for that type of images when on vacation, but in other countries, in places that I’m not likely to visit again, at least part of my attention is on documenting.

3799 – From The Tower

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Mar 152017
 

F11 is unusable on Micro Four Thirds, they say. Well, I say if you must, you must. In this case I had to. Here I’m standing on the lookout platform of the observation tower on Pyramidenkogel in Carinthia. It’s on top of a free-standing mountain and has a breath-taking view over central Carinthia and its lakes. Look at this sample from my blog, posted 11 years ago.

Today’s is a rather uncommon view directly down on the parking area. The red thing in the upper-left corner is a signal light a meter from the camera, the ground is 90 meters below. There was nothing to conveniently focus on between the two.

3784 – Garnets

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Feb 282017
 

Radenthein is a small town in Carinthia, in earlier times mostly known for its garnet mine. Today it is a museum and children can pick their own garnets from the stone. Once they have a few, the stones can be brought to the shop, where they are cut and polished. It’s a nice idea and seemingly a big success.

An interesting fact that I learned was, that in the 1500s, the high time of Radenthein’s garnet production, the stones were not cut and polished in town, they were transported to Prague. There the emperor employed the best of Venice’s jewel cutters.

Sounds cool, working as an expert for the emperor? Forget it. They lived miserable lives, had to work lying flat on their bellies, pressing garnet against rotating grindstone. The position was unnatural and crippeling, the dust ruined their lungs. So much for being an expert.

3783 – The Carpenter’s House

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Feb 272017
 

Back to Carinthia. This is again an image taken with a 40-150, but this time it’s the big gun, the f2.8 PRO. Even at f8 it makes a difference, but it is not substantial in terms of sharpness. In terms of focusing speed it is though.