01/18 - Simply Winter - Part 2

 Night at the steam train depot in my hometown of Wernigerode in the Harz mountains. 

I went back to my hometown in Germany over Christmas, and one place I always have to visit is the steam train depot there. The narrow gauge Harz Railway is one of the major tourist attractions in the region. To this day the Railway maintains a fleet of 6 steam locomotives and over 100km of tracks.

Steam engines at night, that's black and white photography almost out of the box! 

People waiting for the train.

The picture below was taken at the train station on the summit of the Brocken. The Brocken is the highest mountain in the region, and weather conditions on the summit can be extreme. On the day this picture was taken, we had near arctic conditions on the summit, while there was no snow down in the valley. 

Valley of the dead trees...

It looks like the forest in the national park Harz is slowly dying. Or, as the the park rangers say, the forest is changing. The old conifer mono cultures are left do die, over time, they'll be replaced by native broad leaved trees. That makes sense to me, it's just, the transition period isn't exactly pretty....


And that's it from Germany!

01/18 - Simply Winter - Part 1

Happy New Year everyone! 

I’d like to start 2018 with a few images I took in December last year. The Burren is a fascinating place at every season, but a dusting of snow made this lunar landscape look even more special. (click on the pictures)

So what's the plan for this year? The plan is (don't laugh, I really have a plan!) one blog post per month throughout the year. That's it, one good (!) blog post per month. I also hope to have the shop up and running at the end of the year. 

But enough about plans for the future, here are some impressions from a wintery day in the Burren. 

One of my favorites from the day, horses in the snow. 

Near Cahercommaun ring fort in the high Burren

I'm torn about this image, while I love the the b/w version, there's something about the color version...

Feral goats near Cahercommaune

One last one from the day, Abbey Hill

And that's the end of part 1...

Tour de Burren

For everyone looking for pictures From the tour de Burren, I will post links to online albums here. 

For pictures from the Family Race on Friday please click here.  I'll post more pictures soon!

The first pictures from the race on Saturday  are online...click They are more pictures to come, watch this space!

More pictures from Saturday, click


And the last folder is online. For images from after the race please click here