Here are some winter impressions. It has not been very wintery so far this year. The last few days made up for everything, however. The first picture was taken three days ago in Kassel, the other pictures were taken yesterday at the Dörnberg. As usual, I did not carry the right equipment when I was out there. I would have needed my 300mm lens…
Here is a collection of photos taken in September and October. The Ahnepark is a local park where I tried to capture some autumn impressions. I like indian summer. The blood moon is something that everybody has probably seen. Dammit did my fingers freeze when I took the picture! The Weser Skywalk is a platform that was installed at the rocks about 500m north of Bad Karlshafen. It is nothing for which I would travel there but if you are around in the area anyways, you may want to visit it. Finally, the pickaxe is a piece of art that was installed during documenta 7 in 1982. It is supposed to have been thrown there by Hercules (which is a monument/statue and the landmark of Kassel). None of the pictures where edited but the picture of the blood moon. It was way to dark. The only thing I did to all pictures is that I applied Photoshop’s lens correction.
I cannot believe it is now ten years since I set of to study in Linköping, Sweden for a year. What a character defining time it has been. So many parties, so much laughter, hundreds of people from all over the world, the culture, the landscape… just everything. I love Sweden! I learned a lot about myself up there. So why did I never go there again since then? Frankly speaking, I do not know! I am not the guy for (new years) resolutions but maybe I will find the time to return next year? Who knows!
Actually, I took tons of pictures up there but only a few were worth to be added to my website. I know that they are rather Un-Swedish (i.e. they could have been taken anywhere). For me, they resemble the joy and peace that I experienced up there anyways.
I visited the new Grimmwelt in Kassel yesterday. It is seated at the Weinberg which is a sort of historic place. It used to be the old garden of the Henschel family who once was famous for the trains and metal parts that they built. There was a long debate as to whether you can build a modern museum up there. I believe that it blends well with the surrounding. It looks a bit like an old Spanish fortress… You can climb on the roof which makes a good spot for small concerts in my opinion.
The exhibition is all about the life of the Brothers Grimm who came from Kassel and spent a good part of their life there. You follow a route of 24 letters which come with a respective dictionary entry each. The letters are not alphabetical which is a bit puzzling in the beginning. I recommend you pick up one of the free maps at the entry. You do actually not follow the letters in an alphabetical order and you start with a letter like Y or Z (I cannot remember exactly). The Grimmwelt contains a mix of old exhibits of the Brothers Grimm and modern interactive content which is aimed at children. Note that the fairy tales are just a small part of the exhibition. The best part focuses on their linguistic achievements as well as their biography. If you really want to understand everything, there is a lot to read – actually too much. The interactive content is fun but the instructions what you have to do are sometimes well hidden. Continue reading →
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