Sandvorspülung/Sand Replenishment

The East Frisian Islands on the German North Sea coast are constantly eroding and moving, as they are basically sand deposits in the sea. Some of the islands are constantly moving towards the East, as sand is eroded on the west side and deposited on the east side due to storms and currents in the sea. To protect the coastline of the islands and also the people living there, some islands like Norderney use sand replenishment (Sandvorspülungen in German). This means, a special kind of ship (hopper dredger; Saugbaggerschiff or Hopperbagger) collects sand from a sand bank close to the beach and then pumps it through a pipeline on the beach.

This year a sand replenishment was done while we were there and as I’m always fascinated by things I haven’t seen before, of course I took pictures. If you want to know more about the whole process, wikipedia is your friend. 🙂

The pipeline is running along the beach and is moved on as the sand builds up. The ship connects to the pipeline and then pumps a mix of water and sand through the pipeline. It’s really quite impressive to see how this works. The ship is the Magni R from Denmark.

Stella Maris

Norderney, one of the islands on the German north sea coast, apart from its stunning nature, has lots of architectural gems. Buildings dating back to the Weimarer Republik, Bäderarchitektur, Jugendstil, Gründerzeit, perfect houses from the 50ies, as well as the occasional eyesore from the 70ies (some of the have their own kind of beauty, some just don’t). And then there is the summer church Stella Maris, built in 1931 by Dominikus Böhm. It is a Neue Sachlichkeit building, also known as Bauhaus. When I accidentally discovered it last year, I took a guided tour and snapped a few pictures. This year I didn’t manage to get in, so only got a few shots from the outside. I liked the clarity and simplicity of the church, the way the light works on the outside and in the inside. It feels nordic in its no nonsense-ness, very welcoming and open.

More info about the church (in German) here: Stella Maris

Rheindamm

A walk along the last part of the Alpine Rhine, right before it enters the Lake of Constance.

This part of the river is heavily regulated and is basically an artificial canal. The canal bed reaches far into the Lake of Constance and bends towards the west to keep the river from silting up the eastern part of the lake and eventually cutting off a part of the lake.

I think the photos date back to 2017.

Kodak Portra 160, lab scans.

Wienfluss

Some projects find you. Like this one – walking the Wien river from its source until where it meets the city. The city of Vienna (=Wien) has its name from the river Wien. It originates in the Wienerwald just outside Vienna and is about 34km long. After watching a documentary about the river, we decided we wanted to go and see one of its sources, the one from which, legend has it, empress Sissi on a hiking tour through the Wienerwald had taken a sip of water and liked the taste so much, she had her coffee brewed with this water every day. Just the kind of wishes you get granted when you’re an empress… The Wien river has many sources, but this is probably the most famous one.

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The well has been encased, you can easily find it in the woods and also have a sip of water from it. It is said that drinking this water will bestow you with inner beauty.

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Once we had found the source, the idea to follow the river until it meets the city kind of started as a joke, but after all the whole of this river is not really that long and winds through a nice landscape. So for the last three Sundays, this was our “project”.

Idyllic Wienerwald
Wienfluss near Pressbaum
Wienerwaldsee
Forest clearing near Purkersdorf
Wienfluss in Purkersdorf
Close to the flood retention basin in Auhof, Vienna
Flood retention basin Auhof, Vienna

Almost the whole of the river is heavily regulated right from the start. Before the river enter Vienna, there is a huge flood retention basin to protect the city from the quick rising waters. Most of the time, the river is tiny and does not carry a lot of water, so it’s hard to imagine it can swell within minutes to a dangerous white water river. That’s why the flood retention basin looks so out of proportion with its concrete and steel structures. It’s really fun to explore.

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Wienfluss next to the motorway
Wienfluss in Hütteldorf

From Hütteldorf towards the city center the river runs next to the underground U4 and is kept in a concrete/stone bed. Just before Schönbrunn it is lead underground, comes up again and runs along the U4, until it disappears underground in the Stadtpark and then finally flows into the Donaukanal near Urania.

U4 Hütteldorf

Here’s more info about the river: Wienfluss

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90

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.