East Germany’s Soviet Heritage – The Berlin Pankow War Cemetery

May 15th, 2015

East Germany’s Soviet Heritage – The Berlin Pankow War CemeteryThe Battle of Berlin in 1945 claimed more than 170.000 killed soldiers and several ten thousands of dead civilians. More than half a million people got wounded, physically as well as mentally. The Soviet War Memorial at Schönholzer Heide in Berlin’s Pankow district is final resting place to almost 20.000 Red Army soldiers that fell victim to that final combat »»

Taupō – Volcanic Zone and Identity Giver for the Maōri

May 7th, 2015

Taupō – Volcanic Zone and Identity Giver for the MaōriVolcanism created New Zealand and even today the force emerging from the Earth’s inside is omnipresent on those islands in the South Pacific Ocean no matter if as earthquakes in the south or in the shape of real fire mountains on the north island. Like a belt the appearances of Taupō Volcanic Zone lead through the whole country, starting with offshore volcano White Island, the geothermally active area of colourful Wai-O-Tapu near Rotorua, right through to Lake Taupo super volcano and the fire mountains Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu to end at Mount Taranaki. For the Maōri, New Zealand’s natives, the force emerging from the Earth’s inside is highly divine. About that, their own identity, the role of James Cook as well as the white man I got into a conversation with the Maōri before I became guardian angel up on Tongariro volcano complex »»

Salt with Pepper – The underground Chapel of Wieliczka

April 14th, 2015

Salt with Pepper – The underground Chapel of WieliczkaThe South Polish town of Wieliczka hosts a very special UNESCO World Heritage: one of the oldest salt mines on our planet hosting the world’s largest underground chapel. Being located approximately 100 metres below the surface, the chamber got carved into the rock salt under the village whose name literally means “Great Salt”. With only some 20 kilometres distance from Krakow, Wieliczka is definitely worth a day trip »»

Wales in the Desert – The Rock Paintings of Tsodilo Hills and Twyfelfontein

March 31st, 2015

Wales in the Desert – The Rock Paintings of Tsodilo Hills and TwyfelfonteinThe black continent can look back onto a far-reaching history as among all landmasses of our planet Africa is inhabited by humans for the longest time. References of that time are the various rock painting site. Two of them are Tsodilo Hills in Botswana as well as the mountain area of Twyfelfontein in Namibia’s Damaraland. Both spots are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and served as temporary settlement places to nomadising San people, a tribe that today is known as Bushmen. Their rock paintings and engravings stood the time of millennia. There’s a reason why we say “It began in Africa…” »»

Okavango Delta – The Course of River and Time

March 19th, 2015

Okavango Delta – The Course of River and TimeIn March 2003 the city of Maun used to be a village, but now, 12 years later, it’s a town, even Botswana’s third largest town. Without interruption the sky above Okavango Delta, that locals refer to only as The Delta, gets cut by airplanes carrying hundreds of tourists that want to see what the Delta looks like from above. From time to time even jets mingle with the crowd of planes as African Maun even has an international airport; an opened and properly operating international airport, something that we Berliner’s can only dream of until 2018 »»

In the Final Round…!

February 27th, 2015

logo_en I am on the way to Moscow now, to attend to the award ceremony of Golden Turtle, a big international photo contest and […] the largest international eco-cultural educational project, carried out in Russia. I have no idea which one of my photos made it into the final round and I have no clue if I’ll win or not, but it’s quite an honour having reached the last round of the first photo contest I have ever joined at the first go. Why the first ever? Well, just have a look at the mouseprinted terms & conditions of National Geographic & Co. that should make you think twice before uploading photos… Let’s have a look what will happen :-)   »»

Makgadikgadi – The Salt Pan with Zebra Crossings

February 12th, 2015

Makgadikgadi – The Salt Pan with Zebra CrossingsWhen travelling Botswana by car then kilometres pretty much pile up on the clock as many roads lead around the national parks. One of those national parks is the Makgadikgadi salt pans area in the northeast of the country. Coherently seen they are the largest of its kind on planet Earth. The rare minerals of the salt draw thousands of animals to see the pans. In particular when African spring changes into summer, when rainy seasons starts, then rhinos, giraffes and large flocks of Zebras make their way to those depressions where rain water gathers to feed lush vegetation and mighty baobab trees »»

Chobe River – Botswana’s Elephant Paradise

February 6th, 2015

Chobe River – Botswana’s Elephant ParadiseChobe River and Zambezi, Botswana’s north is pretty much under the influence of water making the local vegetation literally running to leafs. That place is paradise to the most likeable pachyderms of the world: Elephants »»

Hello 2015!

January 1st, 2015

Hello 2015!Thanks a lot for your sincere interest in my actually very individual photographic point of view. May the year 2015 bring us down to earth again and do not make us escalate things further. I am in Africa now, alone with a jeep in the bush. Let’s have a look what’s going on here :) Greetings, Florian »»