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While digging through my archives I found these photos I took about two and a half years ago at my great uncle’s 90th birthday. I still like the series so I thought I’d put them up here. It was a lovely day with my extended family and some regional quirks.

IMG_1011blogMy sister and her partner’s daughter having fun with the camera.

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IMG_1018blogYep, got caught.

IMG_1019blogMy great uncle is very fond of music and helped founding the first music school in the area. He also always was very involved in the local brass band. I don’t know about your area, but where I come from every village has their own brass band. So the local brass band dropped by for a birthday serenade. My great uncle discussing the set with the bandmaster.

IMG_1021blogMy sister being cheeky, my great uncle listening to the music. Still can’t get over the fact that he’s 90 years old, he looks so much younger.

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IMG_1027blogLots of shake hands.

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IMG_1033blogAnd more music.

IMG_1035blogIf you make it to 90 years, you get to conduct the brass band.

IMG_1045blogEven the local police commander dropped by and brought a gift.

IMG_1046blogListening to the speech. Not easy to impress.

IMG_1047blogAnd some more music.

IMG_1051blogMy great uncle believes in the importance of kids getting in contact with music, so he was very happy about all the kids in the brass band.

IMG_1054blogMy dad discussing a piece of music with one of the brass band girls.

IMG_1057blogHaving done their duty, time for food, drinks and party. Typical brass band.

IMG_1058blogLeftovers.

IMG_1060blogI’m repeating myself – brass bands!

IMG_1065blogOne last speech (it was a very short one), and then food.

IMG_1075blogFamily time. My brother, my dad and my great uncle.

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Lovely memories of meeting my extended family. And wishing my great uncle many more happy years to come.

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March 1, 2015 at 5:40 pm

Norderney 2014 – Hipstamatic

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A first set of holiday pictures – all shot on the iPhone with Hipstamatic. The film stuff still needs to be developed and scanned and the few digital ones need to be edited (holidays, you know – I decided to be lazy), so stay tuned for another entry or two.

IMG_2376We flew into Hamburg and took the train from there. Passing through Leer (“Empty”).

IMG_2395Hotel room detail.

IMG_2397Sunset. Be prepared for more.

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IMG_2403It is recommended to swim only in guarded parts of the beach. Apart from the tide turnings there are strong undercurrents that can sweep you away or drag you out. So better stay inside the cordoned-off parts for swimming.

IMG_2405I had already read about some WW2 bunkers hidden in the dunes, but didn’t find them last year. Turns out I had been trying too hard. We discovered them pretty close to the beach this time.

IMG_2407Kind of strange and surreal to be reminded about war and death amid the beautiful scenery. Took a whole series in black and white, will post some in an extra entry.

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IMG_2427No entry. Really.

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IMG_2438Told ya. And there are even more.

IMG_2439This already cracked me up last year. Highest elevation on the whole island. 27 meters above sea level. But of course you need a cross on the summit.

IMG_2443Beach chairs saved my skin – the sun is really harsh and I burn very quickly anyways. Couldn’t have spent a whole day at the beach otherwise.

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IMG_2452Of course there are people who can easily lay in the sun and read without burning. ^^

IMG_2459Seagulls everywhere.

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IMG_2469Norderney version of a crowded beach.

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IMG_2478Mud flats with lighthouse in the background.

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IMG_2480Feels great, but you won’t get rid of the smell for some time.

IMG_2483Think my eyes will never get bored of that scenery.

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IMG_2492Oh yes. There are bunnies everywhere. Alive and dead. And mummified ones.

IMG_2494Same goes for seagulls.

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IMG_2507Oh yes, the light…

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IMG_2511Sandy fella.

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IMG_2537Arrrrrrr, pirates!

IMG_2541Hotel room view.

IMG_2545We took a day trip to Juist, a small neighbour island inhabited by vicious seagulls (they stole a bite of my Fischbrötchen).

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IMG_2558Apart from the firebrigade and the ambulance there are no cars on Juist, so everything relies on horse carriages. This is a lorry Juist-style.

IMG_2562More “lorries”.

IMG_2572Prickspears. Basically birch branches that are stuck into the ground to mark the navigable channels for ships. If you don’t stick close to them you will be stuck in the ground. They need to be re-arranged every year, as the channels move with the tide. Apparently even the islands do.

IMG_2578Further out there are buoys to mark the channels. A shrimper in the background.

IMG_2585Yes, buoys.

IMG_2587Yep, another one. But you cannot not take a photo when you’re there.

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IMG_2602This ship was anchoring and waiting for the tide to come in to pick up some excavators. Yep. Really.

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IMG_2614Flare, flare.

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IMG_2625Last evening.

IMG_2638On the ferry back to Norddeich.

IMG_2648North Sea.

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IMG_2659One evening in Hamburg. The everlasting construction site. Elbphilharmonie.

IMG_2667Hamburg port.

More to come soon.

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August 25, 2014 at 6:04 pm