Foggy November Evening

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Foggy intersection in our town

After the rain, the air is so moist and just at the right temperature that the fog rolled in. I walked down to the intersection to get some photos of the traffic lights in the fog. Now, I kinda regret, I didn’t bring my tripod for long-exposure shots with me. But there is always a “next time”.

The State Fair of Texas 2019

After three years, we’ve visited the State Fair of Texas again. The weather was beautiful: sunny and perfect temperatures. Unfortunately, when it is as nice as it was yesterday, lots of people visit the fair. It was very crowded. So, we couldn’t go to all the places we’ve wanted to see. But we went late afternoon, and stayed until it was dark. The State Fair will be open until this Sunday, October 20th. Here are some images I’ve captured at last night’s visit at the Fair Park in Dallas.

State Fair of Texas at the Fair Park in Dallas, Texas

Moon, Planets & Constellations In August 2019

Last night, while I’ve waited for Katelynn to come home from Band Camp, I spent some time outside in the frontyard. Right now, the Moon is at its waxing crescent stage, while Jupiter and Saturn are bright in the sky next to the constellations Scorpius and Sagittarius. Unfortunately, due the high light pollution in the suburbs of Dallas, my camera can’t catch all the stars of Sagittarius. But it still shows a good portion of it, “The Teapot” & “The Teaspoon”. When you have a clear sky, go and take a look tonight. Scorpius and Jupiter can be seen towards south, while Sagittarius or “The Teapot/Teaspoon” and Saturn can be seen southeast. On the photos, I’ve mapped it out for anyone, who is interested to take closer look in the Celestial Sphere. Enjoy stargazing this August! 🌙🔭📡

Orion, The Hunter (2)

On Sunday evening, while I was waiting for the Moon to get behind the Earth’s shadow, I took another shot of the constellation Orion. Waiting for the big event of a Lunar Eclipse can be very boring . Meanwhile I always try to make the time feel shorter by capturing photos of the night sky. Orion was the perfect object in the January Winter sky.

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Constellation Orion

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Travel Journal, Day 3 (Part II): German Foods & A Relaxing Afternoon At Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort

June 18, 2018

Prior to find our resort on Sunday, we went through a small town named Kanab. There was a sign stating, that there is a German bakery in Orderville, which is right around the corner from the resort. Coming into Orderville, we had to get to the other end of the town and a couple of miles further to arrive at the Bäckerei Forscher. When I looked at the yummy food at the display counter, my mouth became watery. Oh my, it looked so good. Katelynn, Sara and Kevin ate Salami-Arugula Sandwiches with a side of potato salad and a pickle. I had a Black Forest Ham-Gouda Sandwich with a side of potato salad and a pickle, and as desert I had Bienenstich (Bee Sting Cake). I loved it so much, biting into a real crunchy bread roll again. Well, I definitely can’t deny my German roots, when it comes to food. 😀 While we were waiting for our order, Kevin purchased a German Rye Bread for me. We ate that on our way back home to Texas. The food is pricey, because the sausages, hams, cheeses … etc. are imported from Germany. But it was so worth it. The only thing that could have been better was the Bienenstich. It was a bit on the dry end. I’m not sure, if they import the cakes or bake them on side. If it is a couple of days old, the freshness is unfortunately not there anymore.

For Monday afternoon, we decided we relax at the resort. Katelynn and Sara wanted to go to the pool. And Kevin wanted to recover from the long ride. So, Kevin and I just hung out on the porch. In the late afternoon, the girls came back to rest from the pool. Right in time for eating dinner at the resort. When we came back to the cabin, Katelynn and Sara were ready to go back to the pool. In the meantime, Kevin and I watched some Mountain Bluebirds, a few American Robins and a Black-billed Magpie roaming our campgrounds. There are always some berries and human foods laying around on the ground. It was dinner time for them as well.

Because we wanted to start early on Tuesday morning, we went to bed early on Monday evening. Unfortunately short before midnight, I had another episode with my Anemia. My pulse was racing and I felt nauseaous. I woke up Kevin, and we sat on the porch for a while. I took my medication, which takes the edge away of feeling nauseaous. When I felt comfortable enough, I told Kevin it was okay for him to lay back down. Poor guy, every so often I have to wake him up in the middle of the night for the last four weeks. But I’m in good doctor’s care, eat healthier and take my meds. So, I hope it will resolve soon. Anyway … while I got some fresh air on the porch, Kevin grabbed the camera for me. I looked at the Milky Way. And it looked so stunning, I had to photograph it for the second night in the row. Since it was later in the evening, the Milky Way was much higher in the sky. And it was bright. Something, what I don’t see in the light polluted DFW Metroplex. After focusing on the neighbor’s fire in the firepit for little bit longer, my mind relaxed and I was able to go back to bed, again.

… to be continued …

Fort Worth At Night – Tarrant County Courthouse

When Sam, my now 22-year-old son, visited the United States two years ago, we went to Fort Worth for one evening. It was a perfect February evening to walk around and see some famous landmarks of Fort Worth. In this blog I focus on the Tarrant County Courthouse.