Categories
celebrations children Germany inspiration morning coffee talk Photography

Morning Coffee Talk ~ 6/365

Good Morning!

It is December 6th, and in this part of the world, a very important visitor appears to bring the Christmas spirit to children around Germany.

Nikolaus (who is not Santa), but a  (Sankt Nikolaus or der Heilige Nikolaus), who was probably born around 245 C.E. in the port city of Patara in what we now call Turkey. Very little historical evidence exists for the man who later became the Bishop of Myra and the patron saint of children, sailors, students, teachers, and merchants.

He is credited with several miracles and his feast day is December 6, which is the main reason he is connected with Christmas. In Austria, parts of Germany, and Switzerland, der Heilige Nikolaus (or Pelznickel) brings his gifts for children on Nikolaustag, Dec. 6, not Dec. 25. And yes, ‘ das Christkindl’ still comes with more presents on December 24th! 

Children clean their boots and leave them outside the door for Nikolaus to fill them with goodies, nuts, oranges and small gifts (if the children were good). There is a lot more to do with this tradition that is fascinating including the scary devil looking characters that travel with Nikolaus to frighten the children, but those are mostly skipped in our home.

hThe images were taken last night from home and the quiet neighbourhood, and it seems that Nikolaus upgraded from boots to basket on this occasion.

Happy Nikolaus day to you wherever you are… 

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 112,912 other subscribers

Categories
animation contemplations Photography

This Too Shall Pass~

This year we have all lived to some extent the opening words of ‘Tale of two cities’, haven’t we?

Upheaval, breakdown of old systems, pandemic, loss, economic collapse, social and physical isolation, poverty, fear, uncertainty, extreme weather, unstable leadership and so much more…

Yet, somehow, something extremely bright filters through our planet at this time, this planet of duality. At the darkest of times the brightest of times have a chance to manifest. Hope is always here for a better world and an incandescent tomorrow. All we have to do is believe and look at history to prepare for our future in our present.

Wishing you all a peaceful holiday season. May we see peace, hope and sanity in the near future for this resilient human race.

Categories
myanmar Photography street photography

That precious unit we call family~

Wishing all who observe the Easter holidays a peaceful weekend with your loved ones!

Day 86 of 365~

Image taken in a small village near Bagan, Myanmar

Categories
Photography Uncategorized

Warm Wishes to you all Along the Way

We are a few hours away from the onset of the New Year here in Germany. It has been a testing year, a learning experience and a good platform for what is to come next. I feel a strong sense of hope thinking of 2016 and a renewed feeling of inspiration. Thank you for having been there, my family, my friends, my fellow photographers, my much admired artist community, and everyone who has taken part in this journey here with me. You make my world brighter!

A lot of exciting things planned for 2016 artistically. More soon…

call of the wild~ Germany
Call to the wild~ Germany

travelers~ Germany
Travelers~ Germany

the magician~ Germany
The magician~ Germany

to touch a star~ Germany
The magic of Christmas~ Germany

German understatedness~_
German delicate gradation

byblos lights~ Lebanon
A few steps away~ Byblos

Categories
life Photography

Day Three Hundred One, November 19, 2011

the time of white magic

It is that time of year. If you believe in the power of color even a little bit, then you will feel the influence of white at beginning to show up. Something very special seems to happen on our planet at the time of the holidays, so it is no coincidence that several religions focus celebrations around the months of December and January: Ashura (Islamic), Christmas (Christian), Hannukkah (Jewish),  Las Posadas (Mexico), Kwanzaa (African-American), Virgin of Guadalupe (Mexico),  Bodhi Day – Buddha’s Enlightenment (Buddhist), Santa Lucia Day (Sweden)…

Lea and I feel compelled to unpack the holiday decorations and to start baking and getting cozy as one does on cold white days, because it is a time of contemplation and transition.

Of course, Lea’s main agenda is getting those chocolates out of the “AdventsKalendar” when the first of December is finally here 🙂

Categories
Photography

Day Two Hundred Seventy Nine, October 28, 2011

the cookie that lived...

It is the time of year when ghosts roam the streets and demand to be fed with candy or they would scare us to death, when elves get busy making sweets and building toys for good children everywhere from their north pole workshop and when an a jolly old man in a red suit is waking up and getting ready to saddle his reindeer and to ride his carriage in the skies of the planet delivering gifts and fulfilling the lists of little children, the time when cookie people are not all just cookies. Some of these cookies will escape and go to cookie land before they get colored silly and eaten.

I love these fantastical stories we grow up with but is it any wonder our children think twice before blindly believing everything we say?