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Kaiserswerth 2018

What to do when the temperature rises to about 35 degrees in the shadow?  (95F).

What about taking a trip to Kaiserswerth, to a tiny little square in Düsseldorf, where the water is near, the history is plenty and the places to eat and drink are richly in the shadow?

Enjoy the photos

St Suitbertus Kirche


The rest

With Hildegard and Sabine



Sheep at the barber

An event at our Pet Zoo, is the sheep shear.

It is summer holiday, the weather is warm, also, time to put out a coat.

What I did not know (and what is good!), is, that the sheep do not feel too much from the heat, with their much wool/hair.  It isolates, against all weather circumstances.  Nevertheless, somethimes the haircutter needs to get some work as well.

Here an impression.  After the shear, the sheep look a bit surprised to their colleagues.  Huh… is that you?

But  it doesn’t last long, then the sound of the naked sheep is familiar again, and all is good.


A trip with Hildegard, to the mini zoo Tannenbusch.

Spring is coming, but the winter was cold and long, this year.

Today I look up to the sky
And you know why
Just like then, the sky is so blue
Just like then, I talk to you

In a language, you could not understand
As always, you know what I meant

What is there to say?
I hope you are okay
I am fine, but, yes, I miss you
In my thoughts, I smile and kiss you

Thank you for the signs you sent
Life goes on, after the end

( 07 04 2018)


Glücksburg Castle (German: Schloss Glücksburg, Danish: Lyksborg Slot) is a water castle (Wasserschloss) in the town of Glücksburg, Germany. It is one of the most important Renaissance castles in northern Europe.It is the seat of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg and was also used by the Danish kings.

Situated on the Flensburg Fjord the castle is now a museum owned by a foundation, and is no longer inhabited by the ducal family. Its board of directors is chaired by Christoph, Prince of Schleswig-Holstein, the current titular duke and head of the House of Glücksburg and House of Oldenburg.


Inside the castle.

The interior of the castle is mostly authentic.  I was allowed to take photos. The condition was that I should not publish  the photos (for commercial purposes).
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Das Jröne Meerke in early spring

March am Jröne Meerke

After a surprisingly cold few days, nature quickly awakes and prepares for spring.

The Nile goose has its first breed of the year,

The herons are preparing their nests,

and a lot of winterly left over.

Soon it will be greener

Zoo KR

A rainy day in the Krefelder Zoo

Hornraben (Bucorvus) sind eine aus zwei nahe verwandten Arten bestehende, in Afrika verbreitete Gattung aus der Ordnung der Hornvögel und Hopfe (Bucerotiformes). Sie ähneln, abgesehen von den nackten, roten und blauen Hautpartien am Kopf, großen Raben. Ihr Gefieder ist überwiegend schwarz. Lediglich bei fliegenden Vögeln ist sichtbar, dass die Handschwingen weiß sind. Anders als die nahe verwandten Echten Hornvögel sind Hornraben gute Läufer. Hornraben haben 15 Halswirbel, während die echten Hornvögel lediglich 14 aufweisen. Die Beine sind außerdem länger und sie weisen eine spezielle Sehne auf, die vom Becken zum Femur verläuft.


Tiergarten MönchenGladbach

A visit with Markus to the small and pretty zoo in Mönchengladbach.

A wonderful day, after the ‚rude‘  winterdays before.

Enjoy the photos, click at them to enlarge.

More irds




more animals

Bigger animals


De Wittsee

At the border with the Netherlands, there is Lake De Wittsee

A very popular place for photographers f wildlife and nature.  My first visit, in the winter of 2018,  enjoy the photos.


Der Zwergtaucher (Tachybaptus ruficollis) ist eine Art aus der Familie der Lappentaucher. In Europa ist diese in Eurasien und Afrika verbreitete Art der kleinste Vertreter dieser Familie. Zwergtaucher sind in Europa durchaus häufig. Sie werden jedoch wegen ihres unauffälligen Gefieders und ihrer insbesondere während der Brutzeit sehr versteckten Lebensweise meist übersehen.

The little grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), also known as dabchick, is a member of the grebe family of water birds. The genus name is from Ancient Greek takhus „fast“ and bapto „to sink under“. The specific ruficollis is from Latin rufus „red“ and Modern Latin -collis, „-necked“, itself derived from Latin collum „neck“.

At 23 to 29 cm (9.1 to 11.4 in) in length it is the smallest European member of its family. It is commonly found in open bodies of water across most of its range.

Nearby is the NaBu.  An nature -education project. While Nature was asleep in February, we need to return here another time 🙂

24-02-2018. A photo trip with Hildegard, Sonja and Karl-Heinz