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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

Pilgerweg zum Cornelius Kapelle


In the winter time the sun comes up a bit later, what makes it more easy to catch the intresting light effects.  I decided to walk the Pilger route to the Cornelius Kapelle, a route that leads me through wood and ends at the pet zoo.  Here a few impressions.

Celebrating life

I was walking, my head in the air
That time again, those days are there
Memories of festivities
I don’t know exactly how long ago

Your birthday, 90 years you should turn now
You will always be with me, somehow
I think about applepie
And start to let the music fly

So far away, and so close in my heart
I talk to you, as I usually start
Hey mama, how do you do
Happy birthday, I wish to you
What should it be great, to get a sign
That you are celebrating at this time

I look for your usual communication
But I not find it
I listen to the bird
Beautiful, as seldom heard

Yes, a living bundle of feather
And all the sudden I feel together
Sing, little wonderful bird
Sing happy birthday
The miracle occured

Thank you, for being so deep in me
Thank you, for making me so happy

The target is reached.

As a reward I there are animals in the Kinderbauernhof

Das Jröne Meerke

A winter walk at the Jröne Meerke.  No geese in sight,  the animals were hiding for the camera.

And of course there were as well some other things that I found to photograph

 

Botanischer Garden Düsseldorf

Hidden behind the stone walls of the Universety of Düsseldorf, is a small oase in the form of a Botanic Garden.

This Saturday in June we went there with our Photogroup.  Walk with us, enjoy the photos

Click at the pictures below to enlarge them

Animals in different sizes

Flowers, flowers, flowers

 

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At the water line

Spheric

 

The making of ..

Photo by Helmut Friedrichs

 

And the photographers, photographed by the photgraphers.   A wonderful saturday afternoon, thanks to

Helmut, Hilde, WIlli, Karl-Heinz, Andrea, Sonja, Markus, Silke, Guido, Reinbert

 

Spring in the park

 

After a few days of rain, I think that March 10, 2017, can be labelled as the day on what spring really showed his beauty.

Click at the picture for spring pictures from former years

Here are a few pictures of my walk through the park.

A touch of spring – Hausstrecke XL

A flavor of sring  covers our part of Germany

The bigger lakes still cary a thin layer of ice, but the temperatures are up to the double digits.

I catched the first sunsparkles, how can it be different, at the ‚hausstrecke‘ .

Comorands, Herons,

Geese

oh, and duckkkkies… 🙂

Street!!!

And of course, without photographers, no pictures

This shoot was with Hilde, Willi, Hans-Georg and Ernst

HaFri Poetry February 2017

What do you see?

The chilly buildings
Or the reflections of the tree

Do you feel the walls, between where you walk
Are you missing a person, for a talk
Do you look up, to climb the stairs
Are you amazed by the breeze in the air

It is your choice, what to do
Suffering the dark, or enjoying the blue

01.02.2017 © HaFri

click at the pic for Flossis and more
Sometimes, when you are giving a job
You might think it is impossible, to reach the top
And, as it usualy is, with things to do
The success depends on you

It sure is a climb, upon the wall
And there is a risk, that you might fall
When you refuse, and quit
The story ends with it
If you give it a try
Knowing that you can not fly
Using your very own skills
Can let you climb over hillsThere is no excuse to stay below
Up we must, there we go
On your way, slowly but steady
Step by step, until you are readyWhile concentrating on your move
You realize that you improve
You overwin your fears and maybe a tear
All the sudden your goal comes nearYes, you did it, my good friend
Your struggle leaded to the end
Be proud at the wonderful you
And remember, you can, if you do
03.02.2017 © HaFri

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See here the story of my life
I can’t understand that I still survive
The thing is, girls and me
Always bring some mysery

I came on this sunny day, to say hello
A friendly moment, I thought so
But the girls decided to ignore
They showed their best sides, that’s for sure

No word came from them no baaa or boo
They preferred the grass to pay attention to
When my tears stopped dropping, they still were there
And I felt sad, needed to refind my attitude somewhere

So, I thought, there you have it, and click I did
As revenche I publish their bums, and that’s is it

05.02.2017 © HaFri

Life is rushing
Headlong – out of control
From one thing to nextLife is passing by
We can’t turn back the clock -aint that ashame?
We take no time to relax
In our rush, to who knows where
We shortly visit everywhere
Have you seen
We have been
No time for helloRunning away to our future
We do not pay attention for the day
We do not see what is around us
All what counts is far awayWe are going faster, faster
Obey your master
And easily we forget
What we can getOne day, and that day comes for us all
There will be the hammer to fall
The promise, I talk to you another time
Is transforming to an empty lineWhy such a hurry
Instead of starting in time
Why not now drinking the wine
And take the future to burryIs your goal to reach the end
Or is the road your goal, my friend
Take time for who you meet
Give a friendly greetLater did just start
Do it now, don’t run so hard
05.02.2017 © HaFri

Somewhere
Over the rainbow
I know, that you are watching meI can not see you
But I feel that you look to me
Somewhere
I like to think about you
You are a true, absent friend
Who really caresI know your name
But it should be the same
If it was not thereYou look at me, I look at you
And we both know it, too
Carry me, at your wings
Make me strong, to face the thingsI face the future with faith and flare
Because I know you take care
Somewhere
06.02.2017 © HaFri

 

Click at the picture for more photos about this photowalk

Come over the border
It is easy, there is no wall
Look to the other side
Mind the fall

The water shows you the way
Look further, discover the new
It might not be easy
But will be worth the view

Step over the border
A new horizon we shall find
We can make it, together
Let’s take the step
Let’s leave the past behind

09.02.2017 © HaFri

Are you ready
For the new week
That is coming fast
Do you think
about the worries
From the future and the past
I can not control your mind
And you can not control that of mine
One is more heavy then the other
But both are beautiful, each in their kindNo matter how different we are
No matter how close, or how far
The new week is for us all to begin
We get in the same pond, for the swimLet’s swim together
Because you do matter
Let see what come, routine and surprise
The worries for tomorrow, melting like iceWe can not change what has to come
No matter how we worry for right or wrong
We can change the way we approach
With you next to me, I will enjoy the most

10.02.2017 © HaFri

It is a perfect day

The warmth of the sun
Drifts the cold away
And even when nature is not yet sure
The warmer days will be coming

The cloudless sky smiles to me
A greet from who I can not see
But who always is there

I close my eyes
So that the light not blinds me
And I realize

That it is a perfect day
To step away

13.02.2017 © HaFri

Everyone needs it
Everyone has it
Why not give itEverybody likes it
Everybody feels it
When you live it
Never ignore a friendly smile
Enjoy the hugs, for a while
Feel the beat of your heartDon’t feel afraid to show it
Feed the fire, glow it
Love never tears apart

15.02.2017 © HaFri

 

Now is the time
To say your past goodbye
Now is the moment
To give the future more then a try

Go there, I will be there too
We have plenty of things to do
We shall work hard, and relax a while
We shall share the sunshine, and dare to smile

Don’t listen to who tells you to scare
Look around, and see what is there
Life is beautiful, if you choose
Forget hate and fear, what is there to loose?

Now is the time
To start anew
Walk on with us
We are quiet a few

We share hope, and love, for who is there
And even if you’re not, we still do care
Don’t waste another moment, you will love it
Hate, fear and violence, we shall shove it

17.02.2017 © HaFri

And then, after a long and hurting fight
Things look to go to be all right
And then, like out of the blue
I do not know, what to do

I am full of hope, and have new plans
But my emotions give me no chance
No change to cheer, or be happy too
I feel so sad, what should I do?

Maybe I must go to sleep, and take a rest
And let the future do the rest

17.02.2017 © HaFri

Geese in Schloß Wickrath. More about Schloß Wickrath? Click at the picture

I sleep with one eye open
When I nap in the light
My daydream unspoken

Don’t misunderstand my dreams
Don’t think you know me
Not all is what it seams
Like not all is what you show me

18.02.2017 © HaFri

Walk with me
There is a path, you might not see
Have faith, we can walk
Hand in hand, and we can talk

About the things that we do fear
What looks better, when you are near
We can laugh about what is told
We can feel blessed, getting together old

Walk with me
Every step
Every tree
Look into my eyes
And see

18.02.2017 © HaFri

Standing at the top
Looking back
I see the long way
The struggles, the fear
Giving up was not an option

And all the sudden it was there
One moment I felt great
I made it
I so much enjoyed, being at the top

After a while
The view got boring
I missed the excitement of facing a new day
Because I could not get higher
And everything seemed the same

Looking forward
There was the way down
Looking back is not an option

I can’t stand still any longer
So, should I dare
And let go?

Giving up
All what I not need
Returning back at the ground

Where the wind is less strong
Where the cold is less chil
Where we belong
Where we are happy, still

Because it does not matter
To give up, what we actually not need
As long as I can share with you
There is a reason for the new day to greet

19.02.2017 © HaFri

When the path gets small
When you can not see it at all
It still is there
Somewhere

It migh not be easy
Looking forward
It is so much nicer
To close the eyes

Drift away in dreams
To happiness, it seems
But when you realize
That sooner or later, you open your eyes

And the path, that you can not see
Is the only road to go
Then, I hope that you are still at my side
Walking with me, to where we don’t know

21.02.2017 © HaFri

Waiting
Until the rain is gone
Refusing
To get wet
As miserable as the weather

Standing
In the rain
Feel like dancing
To get wet
It does not really matter

18.02.2017 © HaFri

Take a break
From the pressure
Enjoy the nothing
It’s a treasure
That we so often ignore
Worth living for

Take a move
Where are you waiting for
Empty cupboards
Strange footprints at the corridore
New steps in your life
Don’t be afraid, you will survive

Leave behind
What you not need
Someone else might like and get it
And if not, simply, let it

Take a break
And a coffee
Or a tea
Taste the fresh baked cake

 

24.02.2017 © HaFri

 

It is sad, that there is nothing nutty around
It is said, that it can’t be found
But I see it everywhere
Only not here

Do we not need it after all
Do we prefer a plastic doll?

I don’t like the smell of rubber
I prefer real, even when it blubbers

And so it is, my friend
The same with nutty, in the end

We can find it, in our brains, in the street
Nuts are everywhere, nuts we need

So I ask you, show some guts
Cheer up, and let’s go nuts

25.02.2017 © HaFri

Look around
See what is there
And share

Stay together
Be alert on what you see
You might watch something different then me

When everyone looks to the right
Then look left
And enjoy the different sight

25.02.2017 © HaFri

A Winter Fotoshoot. Südpark 2017

Winter. Temperatures close above zero. A waterly sunshine. A stroll through the Südpark (Düsseldorf).  Enjoy the photos!

Water..  means.. ducks!

Swans!

And more birdies!

The crystal ball showed its best side

A flaw of spring, for who wants it, but in fact it are winter flowers

And the rest.

A wonderfu winter Fotowalk with Hilde, WIlli and Sonja

Selikum

.. or, Reuschenberger Wald, Kinderbauernhof,  … whatever 🙂

A nice piece of nature,

including a children’s farm, and a wood. Animals guaranteed,

nature from nature.

This time I made myself ’smart‘ and discovered my favorite animals as well.