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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

You tell me what you saw and I tell you what you missed

If you run out of titles for your images, you can always grab a line of the song you are listening to. I don't want to keep burbling about Iceland, but there is something true about this line.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Liquor Store

From a midnight stroll through New York yesterday.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Another Waterfall

I needed a whole week for a new post. This has to do with the double life I'm leading. In my other life I just defended my PhD thesis and that needed some preparation. Now it´s time for another waterfall :-)

While driving through the country I had the impression that the number of waterfalls I came across is about even with the number of cars that passed by, and I´m not even joking saying that. This one here was close enough to the road to be discovered by eye, but I needed some hiking to actually get there. Also getting down to the water was a little adventure by itself. I like those hikes where you get rewarded when you reach the goal, and hanging out there was definitely a reward - if it only would be warmer in Iceland.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Ring Road

Also known as Route 1.
If you keep following this road, you will end up, well..at where you started. But till then you will see a truly incredible variety of landscapes.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The final Fluck Tuesdays

It's called "The Love of Your Life" and can be found here.

Monday, June 14, 2010

My top 9 most intense (and idiotic) Iceland moments

Somewhere at the southern shore of Iceland.

This is the last day here in Iceland, and I had a bunch of intense moments I'm thinking back to already.

Number 9:
Passing by a dead whale during a nightly walk at a deserted beach.
50% intense.
0% idiotic.

Number 8:
Walking around at an abandoned and very spooky looking farm house.
50% intense.
1% idiotic.

Number 7:
Seeing a door opening and someone seriously spooky looking with a 1970s Iceland brochure in his hands coming out.
60% intense.
Still a bit of an idiotic situation.

Number 6:
Arriving at the Gullfoss Waterfall at night.
70% intense.
0% idiotic.

Number 5:
Exploring the stormy southern shore late at night.
80% intense.
0% idiotic.

Number 4:
While walking in pointless circles in the flat with a group of very touristy people, realizing that the "2-hour Walk on Ice" tour does not go the the summit of the mountain.
2% intense.
100% idiotic.

Number 3:
Being attacked by a group of Buzzards while walking in a large open space.
100% intense.
Trying to scare them away by yelling at them.
50% idiotic (was worth a try).

Number 2:
Got carried away while photographing the southern shore. At some point starting to believe that I'm getting enclosed by water and that there is no escape. Also starting to believe that my remotely parked car is under water already.
100% intense.
100% idiotic.

Number 1:
Arriving at the car after going through 2.
100% intense and idiotic happiness.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Iceland so far

It has been four days already. When I try to recall each day and the things I did, there is one whole day that simply appears as a dark spot with no memories. After thinking about it for a while I came to the conclusion that I have to stretch all the things I did over this time period without thinking in days. Sometimes I'm more up during the day, sometimes more during the night. I'm very unorganized right now and I enjoy that. Last night I slept in the car on a camping ground parking lot. I don't have a tent and I don't think I really need one as I have the ability to have great and recreating sleep anywhere at any time.
So what did I do? Mostly driving. I circled the whole Island in what I believe to be two, but my calendar counts as three days. The first day I didn't stop much because it was raining so much. Sometimes I hopped out of the car and did tiny hikes for pictures. I had to dry the camera after each of these little adventures. The second day I didn't stop much because the weather was nice. Does that make sense? Yes. I wanted to see as much as possible with nice weather before it gets bad again - which is supposed to happen today..yay!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Greetings from Photo Paradise

...where everybody who brings a camera brings home nice pictures.

So I made it to Iceland and also managed to get a car. This is one of the most popular sight to see here: Gullfoss. I took this around midnight. The interesting thing is, you have very good light here at midnight, but also because it's in the middle of the night, there is nobody around. You cannot imagine what it feels like to walk through the landscape with absolutely nobody around and then all of a sudden facing this gigantic waterfall.
The colors might be a bit off, that's always the problem I'm dealing with when finishing a picture on my little laptop. Who cares? I wanted to share this with you.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Fluck Tuesdays #7 - Stories

You can find the latest and greatest of this series right here.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Visiting New York


I took this picture yesterday after stepping out of Penn Station at 7 in the morning. Standing there with all my luggage I just had to take one. Arriving here from California, I had some interesting moments where I realized how large my (geographical) comfort zone has become.
It has been a fun stay already. Had some time with my friends and the chance to meet Annie, the author of "Fluck Tuesdays". Tonight I will leave my comfort zone however, and finally take off to Iceland. I'm eager to rent a car and drive the Ring Road around the island which should bring me to a large variety of landscapes. There is one problem though: I forgot to bring a valid drivers license :-D
Let's see how that goes..

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Woman and Cat & Fattr Invites

Philadelphia, 2008.

Over the years the number visits to this blog increased to something between 100 and 300 a day. The statistics show that many of those visitors stay for not more than a second. Other really take their time and revisit, which is flattering. I'm more and more thinking about how to make this page more valuable to those who stop by here. Maybe you have things in mind you would like me to write about - I think reviews of photo gear are always interesting. Without further efforts, I do have something to share today. @flattr_e just sent me some Flattr.com invites. You can just grab one and sign up to this cool new system. I already charged my account with a few bucks and showed some love to artists I like.

Here are the Flattr invite codes. First come, first served:


Thursday, June 3, 2010

Creating Something

The joy of being creative and outputting something. That's what this page is all about - it's my personal creative outlet.

I want to let you know that if you are creative and would like to use something from my website for your non commercial project, you can feel free to take it. My only request is that you link to this website as your source. I also added a little disclaimer to the top of the page.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


OK, starting today I'm trying Flattr. Flattr seems to be the latest and greatest internet idea. I only know about it since yesterday when Kamih sent me an invite (check out Kamih's music!). On the top of this blog I have this button now that looks like this:

If you happen to have a Flattr account already, you know what it's all about. You can do something for your good karma and leave something in the tip jar. If not, you might wanna watch this little video that explains it all:

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Fluck Tuesdays #6 - Pleasure Zone

Annie's very latest Tuesday writings can be found here.

The Culinary Delights of Venice Beach

So what do we have here? I see a can of Red Bull, ice cream, crepes, chewing gum. I hope I didn't miss anything ;)