Tour guide : My Town in Winter

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My Town : Morning after the snow in Bavaria

Mind you, I am already looking forward for Spring but then from the last few days, I woke up once again with all the streets, houses, and trees all covered in snow . I was dreaming that Winter is finally over, reminding myself once again that to love the cold and winter is a privilege. When its winter, my  own little town is transformed into a wonderland. Well, for people who work and have enormous errands to do, the sight of snow in their doorstep is never a sign of good morning, let alone for me.

Just in time for this week’s Photo Challenge | Tour Guide, let me share with you some photos of what it looks like over here in Bavaria.

As much as I have been mesmerized by the view of my town in bright sunny day on top of the Pfeifturm, seeing it from above once again covered in snow is also a great experience.

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The Danube in Winter time

The still waters of the second longest River in Europe, the Danube ,is a sight to behold, it is like a reflecting glass. Sometimes when I looked over the bridge, I’m thinking what if the river freezes? How nice it would be to be able to walk on top of it.This panoramic sight is such a splendor to see while the seasons change its course.

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Winter mood in the woods

The  morning after a night of snow gives an outstanding stillness and silence . It is so peaceful.This is a path I always pass by almost every single day.The river is sleeping, covered in icy cold fog.

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There’s still beauty even when everything is covered in snow.

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It’s like a scene from a movie that I cannot recall anymore.

Winter is like a dream. You know that soon you need to wake up and realize that reality is just around the corner. On normal days, I don’t see anything special in this place. In Winter, it’s almost like walking into a dreamland, everything is so white. The trees and its wilted branches are quiet witnesses of the cold yet they remain peaceful,  agile  as ever when the snow embrace them once again, all over again.

This path is always frequented by morning joggers and runners, but this time, the path is deserted. I was quite early. I parked my bike a bit further to capture this serene state. It amuses me that there’s not a single footprint or dog footprints yet.

Undisturbed beauty, unparalleled serenity of German long cold winters.

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I love patterns and natural accents.

Beware of walking into the streets, it can be slippery. I’ve seen many people slip and slide through the snow. It’s not a funny sight.

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Nature comes so close, no matter what the season.

One of the things that I love personally is encounters with nature. I love to photograph nature and living here gives me the access for all of it. The thing about Winter in Germany is that people go by all means what they want to do. As the saying goes “Es gibt kein schlechtes wetter, nur schlechte Kleidung” or ” There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing “. This is so true here.Winter is a season to experience, not a time to slow down the time. People still go out, walking and exploring, as they do when the sun is out.Only the type of  outdoor clothing changes.

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What weekends are made of
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Ingolstadt sewer cover : Always remember where YOU Step!

I find it truly special here in Germany that they have an impressive Manholes ( or sewerage system covers). From where I came from, I don’t see anything fascinating about looking down at these manholes. I don’t recall seeing a fascinating one in my times in Kuwait! They are often dangerous especially when its flooding, or dirty, and mostly broken. But when I came to live here, I came to appreciate the great engineering behind it. The craftmanship and history with its logo, the seal ,the coat of arms of each city that I’ve visited. Maybe for others its nonsense, but for me, they are quite extraordinary. So in Winter, of course, there’s still the Bavarian pride!

This post is inspired by this week’s Photo Challenge | Tour Guide

Just write them on the water | H20

There’s a famous old Filipino saying  “Isulat mo na lang sa tubig “ (or Just write them on the water) . This phrase literally means;  forget it or erase from your memory ,or swipe it off. The thing is, any beautiful memory from water is too good  to forget. Unforgettable.

I just can’t write them on the water.

It lingers in my memory. It stays there & from time to time that I see images which relates to the place of bodies of water that I visited, the memories are enliven. I still remember how the water bubbles up in the crater of Taal Volcano that I visited last summer. The serene calm waters of the Mosel River viewed from the castle ruins in Landshut. I have fond memories how the waves play their music on early morning walks along the Arabian Gulf while the birds stand by the shore,awaiting for the sun to shine.Last week, I have the wondrous time chasing the Fog along the banks of the River Danube.

Every single encounter with H2O is unique. Every single memory of water is precious.

These certain H2O memory. Unforgettable as always.

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My Postcard memory of a Lake early this morning.Unforgettable, once again.

This morning, we cycle along the lake and I had to stop and take a photo of the water’s reflection in the water. Such a view that totally made my day.The crisp Autum breeze, the grey skies, and the sun barely peeking against the clouds makes this another panoramic memory that will linger in my mind.

Do you still remember the first time you swam in the beach, or in a river? Or how was your first dive? snorkeling perhaps? or even your first sailing trip?

 Does water really can hold memories as much as our brains do?

This post is in response to this week’s Photo challenge | H2O

Chasing the Fog | Quest

Have you ever tried chasing the Fog?

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Chasing the Fog ..The river almost disappear and masked by mysterious mist.

I just did.

Last Saturday morning, alone and dressed warmly,  I discovered the whimsical, magical & overwhelming delight of chasing the Fog. It’s a new experience that I’m thankful I had done despite the cold. I checked my weather app and made sure that I’m going on a right time for fog conquest, sure thing enough, the fog greeted me at our doorsteps.

I find it so rewarding to wake up early, find my favorite places filled with the beauty and mystical charm that fog creates,to discover the unknown and capture a stunning photo. It’s not always planned, but I am glad I followed my gut to wake up early. I knew that I have to be ready to go when the time is right.

One thing I have learned….The fog doesn’t wait for you.

You need to chase it with enthusiasm, with great delight.

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The bridge over the river while the ducks are swimming in the early morning mist.

As much as I enjoyed a lot of wandering and exploring, I enjoy photographing everything that I find beauty in every single day. Recently,when the temperatures dropped down and I saw such a different world during Foggy mornings, I bent myself to chase it.I wish to photographed my daughter in a foggy settings,but she’s still best asleep on early dawns.We lived 10 minutes away from the River Danube that is a perfect setting to chase fog. A whimsical walk into this path leads me to great discoveries about nature, noticing trees, foliage or flowers so that they can be isolated by the fog for a focal point.

 

 

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A walk to remember…chasing the Fog.

Such beauty awaits for those who seek.

If I sleep-in and stayed in bed, then I would have missed witnessing this. After a quiet morning walk, I felt inspired, and perplexed.

Chasing Fog–A quest of something innate from your system, a need for discovery, a rendezvous with time.

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Change as the seasons change.

In response to this week’s Photo Challenge : Quest

Beautiful Surprise | Cherry on top

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I know Something beautiful is about to pop.

You’ll never know what kind of surprise you will see. Only if you look closer then you will find it. It is a field full of beauties, but you stand out.In time you will be ready to spread and reveal yourself. Your mystery is about to pop. I am sure you will be a beautiful surprise.

In response to this week’s Photo Challenge |Cherry On Top