Before the Danube was tapped to provide hydro-electric power, it was, and still is, an important thoroughfare.
This barge, with it´s load of gravel is registered in Bratislava. It was just narrow enough to pass through the lock at Jochenstein. I have a day dream of paddling the length of the Danube from it´s source in the Black Forest in Germany to it´s mouth on the Black Sea – a journey of 2850 Km and one which would pass through nine countries! It least it would be paddling with the flow, I guess I´d get the train back home.
The Jochenstein Hydro-Electric Power Plant lies on the Danube near Passau in Bavaria. On one side of the river bank lies Germany, on the other, Austria and this monumental construction has created a footpath between these two countries.
The fascination of cloud-gazing is similar to fire-gazing, shapes come and go, forms appear, change, combine and separate. This fascination is, in my opinion, a basic part of man´s psyche and maybe it was this ability and love of cloud-gazing that stimulated him to create art in the first place.
Clouds have also fascinated other photographers. The great photographer, Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946), created a series of cloud-scapes which he called Equivalents.
“After 1922 Stieglitz used the word “Equivalents” to describe his photographs of clouds, his Songs of the Skies, his Songs of Trees. He said ” My cloud photographs are equivalents of my most profound experiences, my basic philosophy of life.” In time he claimed that all his prints are equivalents; finally that all art is an equivalent of the artists´s most profound experience of Life”. Dorothy Norman, Aperture Masters of Photography Series
The light had gone and a rather bleak, snowy evening was setting in. I was wandering around trying to keep my camera lens dry when the Maxwehr hydro power station on the Isar caught my eye. I posted a shot of this last June, but this one is totally different. Weather like this can really give some moody interesting shots (to my mind at least), you just have to keep the lens dry!
Yesterday I posted a B&W of the Penmon Lighthouse, today I´m posting the bouy which marks Perch Rock. Perch Rock lies in the same channel between Penmon Point and Puffin Island, but is about 500 meters to the east of Penmon Lighthouse. Just as yesterday´s picture “had” to be B&W, so must this one be in colour!
This lighthouse stands in the narrow channel between Penmon Point and Puffin Island. A lot of places have two names in Wales, the Welsh name and an English one. Puffin Island has three though, Priestholm, which sounds as if has roots in Norse, and the Welsh name of Ynys Seiriol. By the way the Welsh name for Penmon Point is Trwyn Penmon.
Taubensee (Pigeon or Dove Lake) is an idyllic small lake in the Ramsau Valley in the Berchtesgaden area of the Bavarian Alps. From it you get wonderful views of the Hochkalter and Watzmann mountain massifs. It was very popular with 19th century romantic landscape painters such as Ferdinand G. Waldmüller.