Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Close ups

Cows 02.05 (8)

Cows can get very curious sometimes.

Truck 02.05.2018

It is the bottom back part of a truck, a Saurier, which is one of the few, if at all the only Swiss manufacture of motors.

Stork 02.05.2018

It is the very first time that I managed a close up of a bird in flight, but it was a big bird. I think it was actually one of our storks from the colony near us. I was standing next to a field and three of them came flying and they are big  birds. This was the last in the row and I just manage to take the photo. It  got a little dangerous as I had to move to one side.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Close ups

Flower of the Day: 03.05.2018 Amaryllis


This was/is my wonderful white amaryllis with the double flowers. I love this one, it was tall and so beautiful. One day it lost its balance, tumbled to the floor and I was left with a broken flower. I did not give up and now it is outside with its many leaves, being fed with fertilizer and hoping for a new life next winter. Luckily I still have a few photos to remember it.

Flower of the Day: 03.05.2018 Amaryllis

Daily Prompt: Observe

The main idea is to have something to observe and remember what you have observed. Observing has become one of my hobbies . One day my workplace no longer needed, or perhaps, wanted me. I had become old, no longer full of energy and sparkling ideas. “The Moor has done his duty, the Moor can go” in the words of Friedrich Schiller in his work “Fiesco” dated 1783. And these words still have a ring of truth. Do your job and go, after all you get paid for it and when you are too old and tired and no longer able, then go gracefully with no big bother, you receive a pension.

That was my position after working for 30 years in the same company. Saving and working economically was always important for the survival of a company. One day you no longer went home in the evening with a little thought in the back of your mind on how to solve a few problems the next day, because there would be no next day. It does not happen suddenly, but with official notification that you no longer need to return. Your company does it in the interest of all of course, and you will be treated fair, but the Moor can go.

At last you have reached the road unemployment. It has a good side and a not so good side. The good side is that you still get paid, but this time from the state. The bad side is what to do with your spare time if you remain healthy.

I think that was the worst part. I looked forward to retirement, but retirement comes at an age when active sports are no longer possible. You are now free to travel and go places and see things, but the body may not be able to. Walking has become difficult, you tire quickly. No-one told you about this side of retirement. It was to be a straight and easy path to take and to have fun.

What do you do with all this free time. We live in a digital era and computers are part of it for me. I had a digital camera and began to take photos, but I wanted more. I got my first DSLR camera. I became an observer.

Scaffolding 2

I discovered it is not important what you observe, but why you observe it and how you observe it. At the moment the building opposite ours is being renovated and so I sit outside on the porch with one of my cameras and one of my lens and take a few photos. Yes, the DSLR cameras are now two and lens according to how I want to see the subject.  No-one pays me for this work, it is a duty of love. Taking photos has made me see more detail in life. You go shopping but look around you. There is a noise, a glass jar full of pickles has fallen off the shelf and broken. Grab your camera and take a photo, why not. I do. We even now have cameras on our mobile phones, and no matter where or what, you can take a photo. I have overcome my health problems. I do not sit around waiting for the next doctor’s appointment, I have observations to make. I even made observations of the decor in the waiting room of the doctor’s surgery. No matter where you are, you can take your observations home with you.

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Daily Prompt: Observe

Good Morning

It is really a miserable grey day today with rain, nothing worth a today photo, although I could take a photo of the workmen constructing their scaffolding on the wall opposite my window. It is far enough away not to bother me, and I have better things to do at the moment. I spent most of last year taking photos of building work on our building, 1,200 photos altogether.

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Instead a photo of the birth of life, well plant life. I took a wheelie yesterday afternoon, not really intending for too many photos, but to get out in the fresh air, and it was fresh. I wish I had put my gloves on. I passed this ploughed field as I left my home. The seeds are sown and the first shoots are showing. I wonder how the field will look in a month.

I wheeled on and on, just the normal duck and chicken visits and the burial ground.

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The black swan chicks are growing fast and this time they were nicely perched in front of the fence with mum and dad. I thought a good opportunity for a photo, but with the zoom lens I was too far away for mum and dad and only got their neck and head, and with the 200 lens I captured more fence as ducks. When I eventually arrived home I discovered 100 photos on the camera, but after sifting through them I was left with just 80 photos.

Chickens 02.05 (1)

I managed to capture the rooster who had discovered a way out of the compound through the fence and was keeping a watchful eye on his 100 females who were clucking around inside. It seems that when the eggs are laid, the females are allowed to survive, but the males not and only one remains. Too many roosters are not so good, what a life for the men in the chicken world.

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The farmer was also on his way ploughing a few more fields. I met him later on a path and I think he was in a hurry to get home and I had to move my wheelchair fast to get out of his way.

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When I arrived home, I noticed that the builders were making progress with their scaffold construction. Our apartment block cannot be seen, but it is behind the construction, similar to those on the right side. We are on the ground floor so get all the action.

This morning Facebook congratulated me to 10 years membership. I was surprised. It seems that I have been there my whole lifetime. I think they had to scrape around a bit for various photos and remarks, as I am not really so much in the public eye. If you know where to find me, you will. Although it seems that Mr Zuckerberg has now announced (I saw it on the live video) that he will now introduce dating on Facebook. The possiblities for a golden oldie are unlimited. Now all those Ameican GI’s and army officers that want to be my friends on Facebook, can actually date me. Perhaps I should change my photo for a younger version. On the other hand I will have to keep an eye on what Mr. Swiss is posting.  Oh Mark Zuckerberg, do you realise the problems you cause.

On this thoughtful note, I will leave you and wish you all a good day. Check your Facebook notifications, you never know.

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