Bin ich ein fotografierender Wanderer oder ein wandernder Fotograf? Die Grenzen sind fließend.
Auf jeden Fall bin ich jemand, der gerne reist, sich in der freien Natur bewegt und Hobbies kombiniert: Reiselust, Wandern, Fotografieren und digitale Nachbearbeitung ergänzen sich auf diese Weise ideal.Dabei trifft es sich gut, dass ich gerne schreibe; das sind dann keine ausführlichen Berichte der Wanderungen, eher sind es launische Texte. Genauso wie meine Bilder Stimmungen vermitteln sollen und nicht für ein Wanderprospekt fotografiert wurden.
Für mich ist ein aufgenommenes Foto nicht das Endresultat, sondern der Einstieg in die faszinierende Welt von „Digital Art“.Über Fragen oder Anregungen freue ich mich jederzeit. Ihr erreicht mich unter:
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“Arrakis ... Dune ... wasteland of the Empire, and the most valuable planet in the universe. Because it is here — and only here — where spice is found. The spice. Without it there is no commerce in the Empire, there is no civilization. Arrakis ... Dune ... home of the spice, greatest of treasure in the universe. And he who controls it, controls our destiny. " Princess Irulan, Frank Herbert's DuneSomething like that, I probably imagined today's hike, which leads to the last preserved inland dune area on the Lower Rhine. Ever since I read Frank Herbert's booklet about the desert planet ago, I have always been associating sand and dunes with the stories from this series of books. Unfortunately, the hike could not meet my expectations 👁️🗨️🤷🙃, but let's proceed in order:
We are traveling with our mobile home because the journey from Cologne is longer than usual. In lockdown times, a motorhome has the great advantage that supply and, above all, disposal do not cause any problems.
The parking lot at the sports center in Kalkar is quite spacious and suitable for mobile homes. We can see the first highlight directly from the parking lot: the Kalkarer Mühle. We'll save this highlight for later. The path goes along the Leybach is lined with a number of pollarded willows. Then it goes up the steep slope: a difference in height of ten, maybe even fifteen meters has to be overcome; the steepest section of the hike has to be overcome right at the beginning.
The path continues to follow the course of the stream, on the right side are the well-known pollarded willows and offer wonderful opportunities for photos. When you reach the village of Wissel, treading asphalt is the order of the day. The village turns out to be a good holiday area, unfortunately the cheeky decorations that we are used to from other villages are missing here.
Then it goes towards the dune area. Even if the board raves about the fact that the dunes look like those on the North Sea coast, the dunes turn out to be rather disappointing. If I had read beforehand that the barren, sandy soil of the hills is a so-called dry sand grass, I would have lowered my expectations. Well, as a SciFi fan I can imagine what the planet Arrakis would look like after the first rain. Of course we don't meet any sandworms either, not even very small ones. 👉😅👈
The route from the Roth hiking guide provides for an off-grid area, but we prefer to go to the bank of the gravel pit, where Komoot users have discovered two highlights. From here it goes on to the Wisseler See; the path leads along the southeast side of the lake. Then we come across the same route as on the way there, it goes back to the parking lot in Kalkar.
A short detour to the town turns out to be worthwhile. Here you can photograph the back of the mill and there are still some photo opportunities so that the photo series gets a counterpoint for all the nature pictures.
And the good thing is, nobody gets nightmares about my photos today! With this in mind: Happy Easter to everyone who has read the post. 🥚🐣🐤
April 4, 2021
Today's destination is the Pyrmonter Felsensteig, which is designated as a premium hiking trail. We took this tour from the book Dream Paths; This turns out to be a good choice, because the starting point is Pyrmont Castle and not - as is often recommended in other hiking guides - the parking lot at the Pyrmonter Mühle, which is much more busy. The first highlight has already been set: there are always new views of the castle.
However, Komoot declares the hike to be over after half a kilometer. We parked in a different place than planned, so we won't get past the starting point until later. Fortunately, "Runkeeper" runs in parallel, so that the recording of the tour data is not interrupted by the restart. Unfortunately, Runkeeper is not as accommodating as Komoot; short breaks to take photos or other stops are not counted out. This brings us to a terrific average speed of 2.5 km / h! 👉🥺😅
The path leads through a shady forest directly to the mill. The Elzbach, which flows into the Wahlbach here, even has a small waterfall. Then it goes briefly along a country road and then after a short ascent to offer a magnificent view of the surrounding area.
The descent down to Wahlbach is less steep than expected. The Teufelskammer, a rock with characteristic rock ribs, did not attract our attention. So purgatory has to wait, maybe we were just in the forecourt of hell. The path along the Wahlbach is a steady up and down, you leave the level of the stream again and again and gain height, only to go back down to the stream a short time later.
There are many rewarding photo opportunities throughout the hike; we can unreservedly recommend this beautiful hike. 🌟⭐✨
April 2, 2021
This hike is about iron, more precisely about iron ore, in order to extract the element with the atomic number 26 from it, which the ancient Romans were already very good at. Eisen und Römer is what the hiking guide “Around Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler” promises us for today. 🏺🔱📸
Unfortunately, only some of the foundations of a Roman estate, a villa rustica from the 1st to 4th centuries, are left of the Romans. There we find at least a lump of iron ore, the metal-bearing rock that gave the themed hiking route "Historische Straße Eisenweg" its name. Otherwise, apart from information boards and a sign for a Roman burial ground, we cannot discover much in this regard.. 🙃Are we disappointed because of that? No, just the opposite. The hike turns out to be an oasis of calm, it leads through a beautiful forest with fresh air and is pure wellness. You can, as the saying goes, "let your mind wander". The seclusion even goes so far that I'm worried that, because of the sheer wellness, I will even get enough photo opportunities in front of the lens ... 😱😬🤪
If you don't bring nice pictures home, you can't take photos - another nice challenge of this hike ... 👉 📸 👈
At the latest in Ramersbach, the highest district of Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, I am rid of all worries, there are motifs in abundance. Ramersbach may not welcome truants and FFF hops with open arms, but everything is offered for the well-groomed photographer, from staid to flippant! 🤩😳😅
March 26, 2021
As finally promised last time, there is a trip into nature to see today, which also does not trigger nightmares in the viewer of the pictures. 🌳📸➛ 💤🛌🏼
This short hike is a well-known one that we did once in October 2019. It is quite varied: the walk leads from the hikers' car park along the banks of the Sieg, then goes to Lake Sieglar and finally over the dam back to the car park.
Because of the brevity and because we went on this excursion with friends, the photo yield today is not quite as abundant as usual. 👁️🗨️🤷🙃
March 21, 2021
Okay, I broke my promise, the next trip wasn't going to the forest. 🌳🤷➛📸
I had to pay for that, because the entire tour is paved. Today I wanted to try out whether I could collect pictures worth seeing on a route that mostly leads through an industrial park and which I normally only drive on by car. I was amazed at how many photo opportunities jumped at me. 😱😬🤪
March 19, 2021
Today we ended up in Darmstadt. Now Darmstadt is not exactly "around the corner" when viewed from Cologne, so you can already guess that the city tour was not the reason for the trip.Typically, on a city tour, the focus is on exploring the sights. If you instead stroll through the city “just like that”, there is a much better opportunity to absorb the character of a city - the special flair of the place. The less familiar you are with the location, the better it works. To me, Darmstadt looks like the capital of graffiti and stickers: the density of the stickers and the paint sprayed on is enormous.This gives you a very subjective view of Darmstadt. In the spirit of Franz Kafka, who wrote: "The mind only becomes free when it ceases to be a stop." In the one hour that was available, I took a number of pictures, much more than usual.
Have fun with the anarchistic city tour. The next trip is back to nature, we promise! 🤞 🏴☠ 🤞
March 15, 2021
Expensive lenses are sometimes disrespectfully called “glass” by photographers, a term that is particularly widespread in Anglo-Saxon-speaking countries. Whether you are looking for “the fastest glass money can buy” or “cheap fast vintage glass” that is easy on your bank account - it's all about things that are somewhere between work equipment and cherished toys.
For me, the old (manual) 15 mm fisheye is a memento that found its place on the museum shelf years ago. The plasticizer has long since left the rubber coating and the lens feels like a sticky candy cane has just been massaged in. After having so much fun with a discarded lens on my last hike, I wanted to try another museum piece on this tour.
I have already explained the peculiarities of a "fish eye" and the influence of sensor sizes (komoot.de/tour/321609074), at this point just this: On a Nikon with a DX sensor, the old treasure becomes a 23 mm fisheye, a lens that, as far as I know, cannot be bought. The circle of interested parties should be small - who buys a slight wide angle that bends trees and houses? The effect is rather subtle, I took photos # 2 - # 7 with this "old glass".The current tour is also a recurring tour, we undertook a similar tour in summer 2018 based on the route suggested by the “Rother hiking guides”. I was even able to find the hike on Komoot, along with three uploaded photos with the status "private". That was probably the time when I took a closer look at Komoot for the first time. 🤔 😳 😏I can unreservedly recommend the “Mul” forest area near Hückeswagen (Bergisches Land) for hiking. However, you should plan the route differently than we did. The proportion of asphalt is too high for both the “Rother” circuit and the current one, based on the “Tippeltouren, Volume 1”. Although the route follows the official A3 / A4 hiking trails, I find the detour to Niederburghof / Oberburghof / Neuenholte rather boring. Sure, I was able to find a number of photo motifs there, such as the pasture fences that honor every ranch, but the sections along the Purder Bach or the Schneppenthaler Bach are more relaxing.
In spring-like temperatures and sunshine, you should take a packed lunch with you. There are enough benches in the sun on the (beautiful) route that invite you to take a break, even if this is not conducive to the walking speed. 😆
March 3, 2021
I followed the advice of the friendly alien I met on the last tour. During this hike the ball is kept nice and flat; You can see that not only in the altitude, but also in the pictures. After diving deep into the dark side of Photoshop for the photos of the last hike, the pixels in this series only know Photoshop from hearsay. So no wild assemblies or fake news - just good "home cooking"!
But home-style cooking can also be seasoned. If I have to do without boogie-woogie trees and starting spaceships, there are other ways to bend reality. I put an almost 25 year old manual 8 mm circular fisheye back into service, which I mentally pushed onto the museum shelf. Thanks to Nikon, the oldest lenses still fit the newest cameras. Now it gets breathed new life on hikes: "old lenses die hard"! The old gem can be admired in picture # 36.Maybe a quick note about fisheye lenses, because if you are not a photographer, you probably don't know much about this term. In short, a fisheye lens forms straight lines that do not run through the center of the image, curved, and the stronger the further they are from the center of the image. The image is thus drawn strongly barrel-shaped. To put it simply: the horizon is only shown as a straight line if it passes through the center of the image; in all other cases the fisheye lens proves that the earth is a sphere!
In addition, the circular fisheye cannot cover the entire sensor area, so the image can only be seen as a circle. However, I used one that was designed for a full frame sensor. However, the "Wander" Nikon has a smaller sensor, so the circle is cut off on the sides. But you get almost a 180 ° angle of view - that's crazy. 😱 🤭But back to the hike: The starting point is a large car park, just a stone's throw from the old town of Zon. The parking lot is chargeable, but with 5 euros for a day pass, the prices are moderate. The first section of the hike leads over the dike; you immediately feel transported to Holland. The further course through the Rheinauen is also varied and beautiful. We are lucky with the weather, the sun is shining from an almost cloudless sky.
At the former restaurant "Schimmelpfennig" we turn to the southwest and cross an avenue with old trees. The way back via Deichstraße from the village of Stürzelberg is not recommended, unless you like to walk about 2.5 km asphalt. The street is actually only open to residents, but a number of cars rush past us with license plates that clearly do not come from this area.
A detour to the city of Zons is definitely worth it. However, one should - if possible - avoid weekends and public holidays for a visit. The old town is popular and guaranteed to be overcrowded at these times.
February 26, 2021
Today's hike starts out quite unusually - that should have given us food for thought. The weather forecast promised bright sunshine, but when we arrive in Solingen there is still nothing to be seen of the sun. As we march off, Komoot shows a slope of -716%! And the landscape could have sprung from the movie “Annihilation”.
The first two kilometers of the hike lead steadily uphill, there is only time to take photos, not to think. We encounter small marker stones in the fork of a branch, strange tree carvings and then an "X" like in the window of Fox Mulder's apartment, with which the "X" - a member of the Men in Black - the wish to be contacted was conveyed. Thank goodness we're here in the Bergisches Land and not in a wacky SciFi movie.At the top of the hill, the Witzhelden telecommunications tower peers through the branches. Despite a stately height of 103 m, it does not look imposing from here. That only changes when the two-story pulpit slowly detaches from the tower and rises majestically into the sky. I quickly grab my camera and manage to take a picture before the UFO disappears, breathing fire.
We want to turn around so I can immediately post the photo evidence online, but that could get the aliens on track. We therefore continue to hike harmlessly, even if the forest is becoming more and more eerie. Such sightings seem to have been made by others as well, as a small vodka snack next to a bank suggests.You can imagine our astonishment when we encounter an alien a few hundred meters away who is casually leaning against a tree. Is he hostile to us? No, he kindly offers us the intergalactic "live long and prosper" greeting. I answer with an equally friendly: “May the force be with you!” And show my open palms, as I learned in the SciFi novels.
An interesting conversation relaxes. I learn that the aliens like to hike in the Bergisches Land and that is why they built this landing tower in 1975. “Sure,” he replies when I ask if I can photograph him. It is also not a problem to publish the picture, because on this planet - while he is pointing downwards to the forest floor - there is so much fake news that one would doubt the authenticity of my photos anyway. He only asks to post-treat his portrait a bit, because he didn't put on his going-out make-up in the rush and he's already a bit vain.
I promise him I'll be happy to do that. Then he gives me the advice to keep the ball flat in the near future and concentrate on hiking, because the Men in Black are not to be trifled with and the Komoot Police do not like it when reports of encounters of the third kind get out of hand. I promise, because in the next few months we want to hike more often and so there is no time for long reports or excessive post-production with Photoshop & Co. We say goodbye to the likeable alien who wants to travel on because he still has a free one for today Get hold of a table in the "Restaurant at the End of the Universe"; there is probably no lockdown there.The next section of the hike turns out to be a long descent, which is almost even more uncomfortable for the legs than the ascent. For this we are rewarded with a wonderful spot directly on the Wupper, where we can consume the snack we have brought with us. Even after that, it goes up and down again and again with the crowning glory of a steep descent to the Balkhauser Kotten grinding museum. The museum is of course closed, but we will plan a visit.After a wonderful view of the Wupper, it goes back to the parking lot. A note on this: If the parking area on the street is occupied, there is a large, privately operated parking lot a hundred meters away, which is still quite cheap at 2 euros per day.
The memory of the strange encounter in the forest flickers briefly in the parking lot when we see a dried up banana peel hanging in a branch. Is it another sign from the aliens? Are the Men in Black waiting for us? A song from Alan Parsons Project comes to mind: “All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream. I stand amid the roar of a surf-tormented shore, and I hold within my hand grains of the golden sand. - How few! Yet how they creep through my fingers to the deep. "... Oh - we wanted to go hiking today ... funny, the two men there in their black suits - that's not comfortable hiking clothes. ... Now it's too late to go hiking anyway, we have to go home ...
February 23, 2021
Surely everyone associates something different with this term. College students think of a week of partying & more at the warm booths of Florida, while those who have left college a few years behind and enjoy hiking tend to have the weather forecast in mind. The forecast for the next seven days is heavenly: In the Rhineland, temperatures of up to 20 ° C and plenty of sun - what more could you want? The spring breakers would probably want two to three six-packs of iced Budweiser within easy reach ... 🍺 🍻 🍺The wonderful spring weather - and that in February (!) - also had an impact on my pictures - they are not as gloomy as usual. This has the advantage that unsuspecting viewers can finally sleep through the night without having nightmares. 😆 🙃 And for the rest of us there are again photos that even an H. P. Lovecraft would be proud of, even if they are too tame for an illustrated edition of the Necronomicon ...As usual, the following applies to photos: Nothing is what it looks like - even if Photoshop is not on it, Photoshop is often included, and vice versa. (Tip: exploding trees and stripes of color 🤔)But enough of the flax business. I can recommend the short hike because it is varied, accompanies a Plätscherbach for a good part (it is the Murbach) and the underground is paved over long stretches. Only one ravine is quite muddy after the snow melts.Unfortunately, the exhibition in the Sinneswald was closed, a ribbon was loosely stretched across the bridge. The obstacle was not insurmountable, but the owners' privacy should be respected. It is not clear whether the site is closed due to the dangers of slippery snow and ice or because of the corona requirements. If you want to visit the sensory forest, it is best to inquire beforehand by calling 02175/2854 (Braun + Brudes spinning mill). We still found this hint.Happy hiking!
February 20, 2021