The ponds around Herrnstein Castle near Ruppichteroth in the Rhein-Sieg district always offer opportunities for beautiful animal photos. Today the waters were mainly populated with many mute swans, but rust and Canada geese as well as pond and coot also attracted attention. We had a tripod with us for the Nikkor 200 - 500 mm f / 5.6, but this beautiful lens can also be used by hand thanks to the VR II image stabilization.
The sources for the following outline of National Socialism in Lithuania can be found in the included links, well documented without a doubt. Many scientists worldwide have carefully revised this dark chapter in human history - whether for Germany, France, Lithuania, etc. Based on these facts, the number of those who embrace the repulsive ideas of the National Socialists of the 20th century should be reduced, even in the current information age.
The view over the Rhine to the west bank, including the crane houses, is impressive. At the blue hour, however, as soon as the windows of the offices are lit and reflected in the Rhine, this scene is again enhanced. Corresponding picture compositions can only be optimally realized if the blue hour takes place before the office closes, as otherwise the office rooms are not illuminated.
Venice of the North is called Bruges in Belgium in the Merian. And if you think of the well-known novel by Thomas Mann, Death in Venice, you also understand the title of the film "Seeing Bruges ... and Dying?" From 2008 by Martin McDonagh (screenplay and direction). But that ends the initial similarity between film and novella - while Thomas Mann draws the famous writer Gustav von Aschenbach to Venice, in Martin McDonagh's tragic comedy the two hit men Ray and Ken, masterfully played by the well-known actors Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, travel to Bruges.
Every two years the Great Square, a landmark of Brussels, is covered with a sea of flowers. This event takes place in mid-August and makes the beautiful old guild houses and the town hall appear completely unfamiliar. More flower constructions can be seen throughout the city, making all of Brussels a special tourist attraction.
Manneken Pis, who wears special clothes on this day, is surrounded by crowds - good to have a telephoto lens.
From 1945 until the fall of the Wall Wiligrad Castle was not to be found on any map for political reasons: Willigrad Castle, the less known but all the more beautiful building in the Mecklenburg castles landscape. Around 1900, Duke Johann Albrecht zu Mecklenburg-Schwerin planned the impressive neo-renaissance building with the architect Albrecht Haupt and built it on the steep bank of Lake Schwerin.
Schwerin Castle was the residence of the Mecklenburg dukes and is now the seat of the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania state parliament.
It is located on the castle island in the city of Schwerin and is considered an important example of Romantic Historicism. It is often referred to as the “Neuschwanstein of the North”.