A stroll along the Obererft

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Einen frühen Spaziergang am  Obererft
An early walk at the Obererft

Von Haus bis zum Selikum
From home to Selikum




(for more sphere, click at the photo below)

The magic ball
Sphere photography



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Japantag 2017

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The gift of the Japanese Community to Düsseldorf, where is one of the largest japanese centres out of Japan.

The day started as a cultural exchange, and in the years grew out to a meeting of cosplay, and other ‚oriental‘ trends.   Main theme – People.

I love people.



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Some people can fly

Some can’t, but have wings

You can be a big artist, but it is always good to contact with home,

Behind the scenes .  A short rest for the Artists, means work for photographers

Sometiimes the photographers have to suffer a bit as well 🙂

Creepy fun!

It was crowded, very crowded.  Everywhere people to photograph, and often people who jumped unexpected before the lense.
Enjoy the Whoops! Photos

Sometimes  the highligts are down 😀

All things come to an end.

Maybe I will join next year agan.
And maybe he is there again as well.
And maybe I can photograph his face then.

Time will tell!

And then, away from all the people, a nice walk to end the day with through the Hofgarten. If you told me before that I should photograph a squirrel (and even see her baby), at the Japan Day, I should have shaked my head in disbelieve but…

All in all it was a great day, not only because of the weather, but for all because all the people we met, and that were many, were happy. Including we!

More about the JapanTag 2017 at my Facebook Album


Our city has a long history, what leads back to the roman area.

But later the city got its attention as well, for example from Napoleon Bonaparte. Who wanted to create a water road to Antwerp, and he succeeded in it.

One of the water works that needed to be built to regulate the water was the epanchoir.

In April 2017 the restauration was finished. Here are some impressions of the newest attraction. I will definitely visit it more!

HaFri Poetry 10 2008

If it wasnt you
I could walk away, slam the door
I could be angry, bad and more
There were always tears to score
If it wasnt you

If it wasnt you
I should have never seen the light
I had never felt so bright
I never felt -oh so- all right
If it wasnt you

If it wasnt you
I never knew what love should be
I never begged you on my knee
There was never anyone but me
If it wasnt you

If it wasnt you
I never knew the bless of life
I am not sure I should survive
I never had so much to strive
If it wasnt you

If it wasnt you
I would lay my head aside
I would not feel half as bright
And I never saw the light
If it wasnt you

If it wasnt you
There was no way to care
There was so much less to share
I couldnt thank you for being everywhere
If it wasnt you

If it wasnt you
It never would be spring
There would be no love I was dwelling in
I never had a reason to sing
If it wasnt you


Spring at the Rheinufer in Düsseldorf

Spring at the Rhine in Düsseldorf

Sunshine, Sheep, blue sky. Enjoy

Sheep 😀

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Photo Tour Museuminsel Hombroich 05 2017

Break/ Pause Photo by Frauke Omoruyi
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Spheric, I love it

The photographers
Heidi, Arnd, Frauke, Micha, Hilde, Willi, Helmut, Werner, Sonja, Karl-Heinz, Renate

und Joleen

And the leftovers 😀


HaFri Poetry May 2017

You colour my life
With just a single wordWhen you laugh, and I see the sparkle in your eye
I know, why
When you are tired and rest your head
I know that
I can’t imagine anymore
How the days were before
There were many okay
Just a little bit greyAnd even when the worries
Now might be more then before
The sun is still shining brighter
The rain is refreshing a bit moreThe shoulder to lean on
The reason to surviveWhen I look at you
You colour my life


01 -05- 2017

Itching here
Scratching there
It is everywhere

Too few hands to scratch away
It drives me crazy
As a matter of say

Are it animals at my skin
And if so
Who let them in?

Is it the washing powder
Or my new perfume
what is more likely, i assume

Should I wash less, or maybe more
I can’t stop scratching
And my skin is so sore

Please stop it
I can not bare it to stay
I prefer a life long bad hair day

01 05 2017

Looking through the window
Waterdrops at the glass
Ir is raining -again-, just as it was

Early May, the day is grey
And usually that’s not my day
I can do with less, as I often say

Today the drops are looking fine
I want to catch them, make them mine
Drops at leaves or hanging on a line

I look up to the sky, and get wet
No one should be surprised in that
I catch them and take a look

If the results fit into my book
The camera, handy and small
Or the one who is a bit tall

Water, the sources of life
Easy to gain right here
Essental for everyone to survive
Showers leave the hemisphere

And while I gently am dancing In the rain
I sing helllo May, we are in the middle of spring


Be strong
You tell me, when the weather is wrong
One day it will get better
But I do not really matter

Cheer up
You say, the rain will pass
And the sun will return
And all I think of, is how to drown

Come on
You say, there are worse things to be
You might be right
But I do not want them to see

I remember
Rain in september
And it is may now
Still it is grey now

I remember
November rain
and 7 monhs later
I still feel the pain

And when the rain is falling down
I take what I love, it fits in one hand
I walk to the water
And let it go
And say hello

I do remember
How it feels to be strong
And when my duck
gently floats away
I cheer up and know
With you nothing really goes wrong

Photo – Photographer and date  unknown
Poetry  Hafri , 03 – 05 . 2017

We all carry a load
At our shoulders
Is it that, that makes us bending more

We all have things to think about
Where are the times, that we did not worry
And just could play

We all get our signs of time
Written at our face
Etched in our soul

What we can not change
Is behind us
What we can change
Is waiting for us

you can’t move forward
When you stay in the past
Be strong, leave the past behind
Make your light lighter
Make space, for happiness to find

09 05 2917 HaFri Poetry

We dachten
Dat je had gewonnen
Maar niets was minder waar
Terwijl je je zorgen vergat
Groeide het gevaar

Je hebt gevochten
Een privilege voor wie dat ervaren mochten

Je hebt geleefd
Tot de laatste dag
Rust zacht, Chantal
Fijn, dat ik je herinneren mag

10 05 2017

And when the darkness
Almost took my breath away
You came and guided me
Through your gardens

Instead of the dark blackened days
I tasted the fountain of life again
Your magic voice
Made me believe

The words that you whispered
Forget your pain
Dream the sunshine back into your heart
The night will never be so dark
Or the sun will raise again

Oh wonderful land
Where the water is crystal clear
Where is no such word as fear

Please let me remind you
So that you can guide me
To find your gardens again
Because of the pulse of her heart
What is beating inside of me
Needs it more then ever

15 5 2017

Who goes up
Is not going down

Who is down
Can get up

Look around

Are you really going up
Do you really need to get down

I go to sleep
Lay myself down
And tomorrow

I will get up

15 05 2015

It is hard to imagine
That things pass by
But everything that begins
Will end, one day

The only thing that will remain
Is your smile, in my heart
As long as I live

It will sparkle,and tell me to go on
As long as you are here, I sure will be strong

No one knows, when it is our end
Until then I shall live with you
I might not always speak, but know what to do
I will not leave you
without a kiss
It is the last thing, that I want to miss

And even when I do not see you, my friend
I love you, my way, until long after the end

17 05 2017

How I adore you
My black sheep
It is so true
Black is beautiful as you

You make that white looks bright
You make that we see between
We are all equal, under our skin
And who denies it, makes a big sin

You don’t feel different, because you know
The colour does not impress you so
You are thirsty, just like the white
Everything is going to be all right

You are the difference
And Iam grateful to
Everyone who compares me with you

Maybe some people, agree
That I am the black sheep of the family
It all depends how you see me
How you treat the one who is different

Speak bad, stroke softly
You will get the response that you expect
Some might listen, other just neglect

Black is just a word, no one can blame
Black is beautiful, nothing to shame
Be glad that we are not all the same

Black sheep, you are a part of me
Black is so beautiful
Even your shadow does agree

17 05 2017

They say
You are so young
We shall take care of you
Until you are strong
One looks to the right
One looks to the left
Just look no further
And you will be all right
They say
You grow up so fast
Now you must choose
Go for some, and let other things loose
We took care of you
We told you what to do
Now you have a voice
Let’s hear in you our beautiful noise
It is long ago that you did listen
You found yourself strong enough
To know what you should do
And your friends knew it too
A new sound is heared
You feel so strong
Nothing can go wrong
Until you realize
That your new words
Have been spoken many times before
And more
You say
you can not know, you are still so young
We take care, until you are strong
And so the circle is round
We listen to the sound
That we heared before
What will be heard ever more
© 18 05 2017 HaFri
Is not so intrested
in she
Types his time away
Thinks that is not okay
And mumbles
One more text
And I hit him, with my Axe
© 21 05 2017 HaFri
Against the wind
Against the fear for what can come
Against attacks
Against who is wrong

Against the rain
Against the pain
Against the terror
Against that evil is going on

I do not want to waste my time
There is so much I want to do
I have no time to hate
Because I do care for you

I have no time to fight
Because, in the end
We must live together,
friend to friend

I do not need to agree with you
On everything that you, or I, do
In the end I want the same
To love and be loved,
no evil game

Let’s rest together, forget the fear
Love is all around, love is near
We might bend, when bad wearther is on
Love and understanding makes us strong

Against violence, that hurts and makes sore
Let’s love and understand who is around us
A littebit more

© 24 05 2017 HaFri
Often I look up to you
And let my eyes climb as high as you are
What is less dangerous
As that I should climb by myself

I think about the view that you have
High above the houses
High above the screens
High above all the things
That come to us

The lower we are
The less we see
There are so many obstacles
between you and me
It might be a road
Or maybe a sea

It might be agression or hate
Voiced by an evil prophecy

How much I should like
That we all could be
In the top of a tre
Where the world looks green
And all our troubles are hidden between
Just being
No wondering why
Just be there, reaching out for the sky

© 25 05 2017 HaFri
I found you
When you came from under the bridge
Where you left your coffin
In mistake

You were caught by the light
And are chained into my darkness

Bite me
I don’t care
One pull at my life line
And you will be there

© 27 05 2017 HaFri
You want nobody to see
Your pain and tragedy
You not want to share your reality

Looking for a way
To hide your tears
To dig your fears

Not that they are gone
When no one talks about it
You prefer to suffer alone

And when you look into the mirror
To your pretty face
You see you can not hide it
It leaves again another trace

Smile, if you want
Share your worries,
There is a shoulder

Don’t worry, we are all
On our way
To the hammer to fall

© 28 05 2017 HaFri
Today I visited the bridge again
It was part of a bigger plan
I wanted to go to make a long walk
Stranded in a short talk

It made me thinking, again
About the meaning of life
Why do we always want to survive
Isn’t it much easier to just get asleep
And never wake up again
Dreaming our life away

Things can change
Once, when the sky was blue
The world was different, according to you
Now you got a message, what changed your life
What is so much changed, from yesterday then
Is it the thought that you want and still can
Someone told you, it will be over soon
Are there less stars now, or more, under the moon

Life goes on, and so do you
Maybe different as that you wanted to
Make the best of the rest
The bridge is still there
Will you pass it
Will you swim down under
Or do you prefer to stay here

No matter what
Life shall go on
The less I can tell
The more it makes you strong

© 31 – 05 – 2017 HaFri