A quite anniversary

Life as a PhD student has it’s ups and downs and right now I am going through a time that is quite stressful and doesn’t really leave me with a lot of time for my hobbies. So unfortunatly there is not a lot of photography going on right now. Still I wanted to honor this day as 2 years ago I started this little blog and I am so grateful for all people who bother with what I am writing and posting over here, eventhough that is not a lot these past months. I hope everyone is well and I wish you all a happy and not so stressful pre-christmas time!


Baby Jack – Monochrome Madness 2-16

One year ago on June, 22nd I went and visited my two boys one last time at their home before they finally moved in with me. It was a great and sunny day so they were out in the backyard. I took a lot of pictures that day and I even made a collage out of some of them and took it as my desktop background. It is still there and everyday I look at it and get reminded of how much they grew in this time. So as a kind of recapture I thought I submit one of these to the MM and show you some more pictures of that day.


As always please have a look at the other submissions to MM over on Leanne’s Blog, it is always worth it!

Here the collage that I have as a desktop background.


Shell – Monochrome Madness 2-15

I am late with this one again… So for last weeks MM I chose a picture I took of a shell while waiting around the dike for our yearly catamaran race to pass by. I tried to take pictures of the boats as well but it didn’t really work out that well as they were passing by some distance from the shore and I still don’t have a really good zoom lens. I will show you one picture that worked out at another point.

As always don’t forget to have a look at Leanne’s Blog for all submissions!


Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons – May

Wow how fast a month can pass by… So this is my post for May and the changing seasons challenge. If you want to know more about the challenge itself please have a look at the challenge page.

Because I was in Passau for over one week during May I didn’t took as many pictures as I would have liked to. However right on the first of May my sister and a friend came over for the weekend and I showed them around here a bit. We went to the little harbor village of Oudeschild, we visited the local brewery, we went to the North Sea side to the beach (a picture I took there was part of the monochrome madness a few weeks back) and on the second day we also went to the lighthouse in the north of the island (still only about 20 km from here). After my sister and her friend left I got another visitor for a few days and as the tulips were still blooming we took a walk down there together.

By the time I came back from Passau mid May all the colorful flowers were gone but instead everything was green but unfortunately work was getting pretty busy so I didn’t found as much time to go out and take pictures anymore. Only on the almost last day of the month I went out again to take some sunset pictures (you might have seen some of them already as I posted them before but I will include a few into the gallery anyway).

I hope you like to see my island in the change of the seasons so far. If you like this challenge please consider to head over to the Cardinals Blog, he puts up a lot of effort into providing a list of all blogs participating!

I will leave you with my gallery of pictures representing May 🙂

Beach, Sun & Beer – Monochrome Madness 2-14

This week marks the week that I have my first year anniversary of participating in the Monochrome Madness Challenge! One year ago I submitted my first picture and since then I have submitted 40 pictures in 52 weeks 🙂

I decided against another gallery showing them all as I wanted to keep those for the occasions that mark the overall challenge anniversaries. If you still want to see some examples feel free to have a look at the challenge page or the MM category.

So it starts to be like summer over here and last week was great. Me and some friends decided to go to the beach after work and we took some bottles of beer with us. We had a great time and I couldn’t resist taking this picture.

So here is to one year of madness for me! I really enjoyed it!

Please also have a look at the other submissions over on Leanne’s Blog!


Water – Monochrome Madness 2-13 & sunset pictures

And here we are again with Monochrome Madness, this week was a Theme again and the Theme was “Water”. As you all know I can handle that one 😉 But last weekend I decided I didn’t wanted to use an archive picture for that so I had to go out and take some new ones. Already during the afternoon on Saturday I thought that the weather looked pretty good for some sunset pictures, so I decided to drive over to the west side of the island shortly before sunset (which was at 9:55 pm, and we aren’t even at the longest night yet). I arrived when the sun was pretty low already and started to shoot away and got some really nice pictures. At some point a group of bird watchers/ photographers joined me where I was taking my pictures. After the sunset I tried some pictures with my ND Filters but they didn’t turned out as nice as I had hoped. The pictures I’ve got were almost too colorful to be turned into a monochrome picture but I still converted one of them. and I think it turned out pretty nice.


As always don’t forget to check out all the other submissions over on Leanne’s Blog. I will leave you with a gallery of all the pictures I took during that evening 🙂

DIY – Cat toy / Katzenspielzeug

(für die Deutsche Übersetzung bitte nach unter scrollen!)

Today I will do something unusual for this blog , I will translate part of this post into German as I want to post it in a German facebook group. Anyway, this weekend I was doing some DIY projects and I wanted to show you the first one in this post. I was planning to do this for some time already but just didn’t found the time. Yesterday I was planning to use the sewing machine anyway so I thought why not also do this project.

What you need:

  • Some scrape fabric (I took a piece of approximately 10×20 cm/ 4×8 in)
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • filling cotton (or an old cushion)
  • some Valerian root or cat mint

What to do:

Cut your fabric into the right size and fold it in the middle with what you want to be outside on the inside, sew around the edges and leave a small hole (approximately 4-5 cm/ 2 in). Turn it inside out through the hole and fill it with the cotton. Put the Valerian root or cat mint inside (try to put it into the middle) and close the hole by hand (you can use the instructions in the video below to do so).

And voliá your cat toy is ready to be played with.

Some pictures for illustration can be found at the end of the post.

###German translation###

So heute gibt es eine Bastelanleitung für die allseits beliebten Stinkekissen.

Das wird benötigt:

  • Stoffreste (ich habe ein Stück von etwa 10×20 cm genommen)
  • eine Nähmaschine oder Nadel und Faden
  • Füllwatte (es geht auch ein billiges Kissen, dass ihr aufschneidet und einen Teil der Füllung verwendet)
  • Baldrianwurzel oder Katzenminze

Und so geht’s:

Falls notwendig schneidet ihr den Stoff in ein passendes Stück und faltet es mit der Stoffaußenseite nach innen. Nun näht ihr die Seiten außen zusammen und lasst dabei ein Wendeloch (ca 4-5 cm). Ihr wendet das Stück und füllt es mit der Füllwatte. Anschließend tut ihr etwas Baldrianwurzel oder Katzenminze in die Mitte. Nun braucht ihr nur noch das Wendeloch per Hand zu vernähen (eine Anleitung wie das ganz Wunderbar funktioniert gibt es in dem video unten) und schon ist euer Stinkekissen fertig zum bespielen!

Nun folgen noch einige Bilder die den Herstellungsprozess sowie das anschließende bespielen zeigen!

Botanical Garden in Linz (Austria)

As I said yesterday already we went for a day trip to Linz during my one week of vacation mid May (with we I mean my BF and me).

Linz is not that big but it is pretty close to Passau and you can get there within 1.5 hours and due to some special tickets we were able to go there for just 36€ with the two of us both ways. We have never been there before so we checked in advance what you can do and found several interesting things, one of them was the botanical garden. It lays a bit off the center on top of a hill and as it was mid may a lot of flowers were in bloom.

For me as a biologist botanical gardens always remind me of my time at university 🙂 I can walk around there for ages and look at all the little details everywhere. But mostly when I am in botanical gardens I am there together with people that don’t share my background and then I mostly have to hurry behind them or they start complaining that I want to spent so much time at some spots. This time it was really nice as my BF didn’t do anything like that. I think this was mostly due to the fact that he just got a new phone and wanted to test the camera a bit 😉 Anyway who am I to complain?

After we left the botanical garden we walk to the city center but we realized quickly that we both were pretty tired already and decided to just go home again. But I am sure it wasn’t our last trip to Linz!

Here are the tons of pictures I took in the botanical garden, they also had some plates standing around the garden with poems on them that were about gardens or flowers, I really liked them (text was in German, though). They are all taken with my 50 mm lens.

Flower – Monochrome Madness 2-12

Ok I am pretty late with this one and I feel guilty that I don’t really post anything at the moment. Work is pretty stressy these days and I am not sure if this is going to change anytime soon (I am now in my last year of my PhD which makes it normal to be like that). However I still try to participate in Leanne’s great Monochrome Madness each week so that I at least post once a week…

This week I submitted a picture I took while being in the botanical garden in Linz (Austria). We did a day trip there while I was in Passau mid May. I plan to do a bigger post about that at some point and I hope it will be this weekend but I can’t make any promises…

Anyway here is my picture, please don’t forget to have a look at the other great submissions!


At the riverside – Monochrome Madness 2-11

How fast can a week go by? I was on vacation and it was over way too fast but now life (and especially work) have me back and I am busy right from the start. I came back on Sunday and had a quick look through the pictures I took while being away and found this one that I really liked. It was taken in Passau, Germany at the riverbank of the “Inn” while being out for an afternoon stroll. I hope I will be able to show you some more pictures from Passau soon.

As always please have a look at the other submissions over on Leanne’s Blog!