The Pyrenees

I have written a little post about our trip to the Catalan Pyrenees in May. 

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Here is the link to the story. This is the first time that I've created a Spark page. And I have to say that I'm really pleased with the end result! What do you think? Let me know in the comments. 

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...

Looking for Patrick - Part One

Time to share some photos from my trip to Westport and Connemara. I had this brilliant idea to climb Croagh Patrick on Patricksday. My idea was to start the climb before sunrise and then photograph the sunrise over Clew Bay from the top of Croagh Patrick. So I left the house around 3am, parked the car in the car park on the foot of the mountain and started to make my way up the mountain. I made up the mountain in good time..and this what it looked like on the summit:

(click on the images for a larger view)

It was foggy, extremely windy and freezing cold. Not exactly perfect conditions, so I decided to avoid certain death on the summit and made my way down. 

I met some hill walkers on their way up...the scene looked like something out of sci-fi movie...attack of the zombie walkers:)

Down again, Croagh Patrick covered in clouds. 

And from further away

Croagh Patrick with his head in the clouds...what a sight. 

Next stop, Silver Strand, Mayo 20km from Croagh Patrick

Another brilliant idea I had, was to camp out in the wild. Camp. Near a beach. In Ireland. In March. Let's just say, it was a pretty stupid idea. The night was freezing cold and I didn't get much sleep. But the sunset over the Atlantic was pretty nice.

I really enjoyed the sunrise the next morning, it wasn't the most spectacular sunrise ever, but the light was very nice.

Early morning Silver Strand

And the sheep were up too.

Looking back

One of my personal favorites from the trip

It was time for me to leave Silver Strand and make the most out of the morning light. So I decided to head back towards Connemara, through Doo Lough Valley. 

Reflections, Doo Lough

Hello sunshine!

The famous fishing boats Doo Lough

Doo Lough never dispappoints! A lonely tree...and a lonely sheep

Let's have a look at the tree

Looking into the valley

Time to leave Doo Lough Vally and head for Maumturk Mountains! More about that in part 2...

 

 

As slow as possible-the john cage project

Time for an update! We are well into the new year, and I've finally processed most of the photos I brought back from my travels  I spent a week in Germany over Christmas, which was great, except for the fact that it was a little bit warm. Not a snowdrop in sight. Anyway, enough climate change talk, time for some photos. 

This, actually rather small organ, can be found in the Buchardikirche in Halbertadt/Germany. As organs go, this is a rather small one. But there is something special about this instrument. For the.....errhh...foreseeable future...this organ will play a concert written by the American composer John  Cage. Length of the concert? 639 years! 

Entrance to the concert venue, the Buchardikirche in Halberstadt/Germany. 

Modern in art in the church yard. 

The concert hall

As concert venues go, this is a rather unusual one. There is nothing glamorous about it, the place feels rather cold and unfinished. 

The only thing that fills the room is constant sound from the organ. The performance began on the 5th of September 2001. There have been only 12 note changes since the start of the performance. 

The bellows

The celing

The project is financed mostly through donations. Donors can buy a plaque, made of 10 mm steel, which is then displayed in the church. 

Is it worth visiting? Yes, definitely! There is of course another church in Halberstadt, that's well worth a visit, the gothic cathedral.







  And that's it from Halberstadt.