Roland's Picture Blog 2012


After the early snow in October there was not much snow this year. Nethertheless there was some nice days and Christmas!

Ice & Snow Reindeer MyZeil MyZeil Sunrise Christmas tree Christmas tree Cat

IETF 85 meeting in Atlanta

I had the honor to attend the Internet Engineering Task Force meeting held in Atlanta this month. The flight was smooth although I didn't got a window seat. Sunday morning there was the chance to visit Stone Mountain. On Friday there was 1.5 hours in the botanical garden with nice flowers. Otherwise in the evening and at lunch there was some time to explore the city.

SunTrust Plaza Miss Freedom Stone Mountain Stone Mountain Fountain of Rings Interstate Atlanta Skyscraper Leaf Leaves Orchids Dangerous

Late Summer days and start of Autumn

There were some really nice summer days to come before the first Autumn days. Autumn then started quite dramatically with the first snow already arriving in October.

Sunflower Dragon boat race final Spikes Oak cupule Butterfly Fireworks Red Leaf Fallen Leaf Frozen Flower Frozen Flower Autumn leaves Snow on leaves

Opel Zoo in Kronberg

Just back from vacation there was really nice weather and we spent a nice day at the zoo.

Kalou Moose Red Panda Rabbits


After the Norway cruise we spent one additional day in Hanover visiting the "Herrenhäuser Gärten" and the Zoo.

Fountain Parterre Flower Squirrel Gorilla Lion Prairie dog Leopard


This we spent our summer vacations in a Norwegian Fjords cruise. As expected the weather was mixed with some rain, some clouds and some sun. We very much enjoyed for what Slartibartfast won an award. The trip started in Hamburg, then one day on sea and then followed by one day in Bergen, Geiranger (with a stop in Hellesylt), Åndalsnes, Molde, Trondheim, Ålesund, Eidfjord, Stavanger and back to Hamburg. Unfortunately only the pictures up to Trondheim are online.

Hamburg Pool deck Askøy Bridge Flower Bergen Theatrium stairway Norddalsfjorden AIDAluna Railing Camouflage Ålesund Vøringsfossen Stidele Lysefjord Preikestolen Dockland

Jerusalem & Tel Aviv

A two week work trip to Israel with a chance to use the weekend for a one day trip to Jerusalem.

Rhodes Whale Highway Dusk Damascus Gate Notre Dame Holy Sepulchre Dome of the Rock Sunset Fire Artist Sand Castle Surfer

Flowers & Palmengarten

Another warm and sunny day was perfect to discover Frankfurt. This time the flowers got real colors to it.

Dandelion Pappus Strawberry Squirrel Horses & Train Water-lilies Cactus spines Monkey puzzle Brillantaisia owariensis Flower Peony Callistemon citrinus

Frankfurt Zoo

Another warm and sunny day was perfect to discover Frankfurt. This time not the grey buildings of the city, instead the animals of the world are on display.

Tiger Monkey Monkey Peafowl

A afternoon in Frankfurt

A warm and sunny day was perfect to have an overview of Frankfurt from top of the Main Tower The Main Tower has a public viewing platform on top at a height of 200 meters. Not many of Frankfurts skyscrapers are higher which gives a fantastic view on Frankfurt from above.

MainTower Main Skyscrapers Mirroring Central Station Old Opera Römer Roofs

Spring is coming late, but it is coming

There were some cold days which delayed or even destroyed blossoms. The events like hr3@night or the night of the museums were also warmer last year.

Tulip Wild Daffodil Tulips Cat hr3@night Candle Städel Frankfurt@night

A train trip to Lenzburg and Zurich

Just back from Israel the next trip was to Switzerland. The train is more comfortable to travel, there is more space, you can move and there was even Internet connectivity. So it was possible to work :( although VPN didn't worked. On the way there were some number of train stations to visit like Frankfurt, Basel, Olten, Lenzburg and Zurich.

Zurich Panorama Frankfurt main station roof Zurich Central Plaza Bürkliplatz Swan Schipfe Polybahn Rail & Art Frankfurt Zurich Panorama

Waves in Herzliya

Last week Herzliya greeted me quite unusual with wind and waves. Although there were quite heavy waves and the protective wall around the marina was temporary closed there were still enough braves which were mastering the waves. As exchange for the weather the Daniel hotel offered an upgrade. Similar thing on the way out, after waiting one and a half hour in the queue seeing all the buisiness peoples went by without the queue moving a single step Lufthansa also offered an upgrade to a nice window seat.

Lighthouse Mistress of the waves Master of the waves Master of the waves Water is coming Riding the waves Shells, shells, shells Sunset

Cold Winter

The days in early February are sunny, but rather cold. In the morning the temperature is around minus twenty degrees. There is very little snow resulting in nice ice sculptures.

Ice Ice Ice Ice Ice Ice Ice Ice Ice Ice Ice Ice

Pictures 2011 and older

Pictures taken during 2011 or older

Old Jaffa Clams firework & show Ladybug penalty Tree Ferris wheel Crocodile Bee A380 Bird Flower Peach & Daisy Bleeding heart Willow catkin Cat Azrieli Center round tower Rose Las Vegas Speicherstadt

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