Sunset in Northeast North Carolina

I was in my house getting ready to leave for a meeting in Elizabeth City. I happened to look out the window of my house and noticed the spectacular glow in the sky moments after sunset.

I grabbed my camera, jumped in my car and drove down to the Pasquotank River. I changed the settings on my camera so I could get the best sunset after glow shots possible. Here are some of my favorites.

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Munich, Germany – Downtown Highlights

I took a stroll through the downtown city central today and got some photos of historic places.

The Rathaus (city hall) in the city square called Marienplatz (complete with gold statue on pillar.

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Frauenkirche Church

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Theatinerkirche Church

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Altes Rathaus

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Residenz Theater

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Residenz – Palace of the Bavarian Kings and Queens

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Residenz Palace – Alternate View

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Odeonzplatz

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Statue of King Ludwig I of Bavaria

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Ludwig Maximillian University – LMU

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Ludwigskirche Church

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Siegestor (Victory Gate)

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Beautiful German Mountain Homes

We walked down the snow covered streets of Tegernsee, Germany on our way to the bus that would take us back to the nearby train station.

As you will see below, there were many beautiful German homes along the streets. Beautiful wood on the outside second floor walls and stucco on the first floor walls. There were so many good looking homes and this post only captured a few of them. You should visit this mountain town around this beautiful lake.

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Beautiful horses pulling a sleigh

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A view of the mountain and cut in the trees where the cable car took us to the top.

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High Atop Tegernsee, Germany on a Snow Capped Mountain

We took the cable car up the snow covered mountain near the town of Tegernsee, Germany. It was VERY cold and windy at the top. The temperature was below 20 degrees fahrenheit. Brrr!  Before dashing in the mountain top restaurant to have a late lunch and warm up, I walked around the summit and had a spectacular 360 view. Austria was just to the south. I took some shots of the nearby mountains, of the town of Tegernsee around the lake, and of the restaurant where we ate.

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New Year’s Fireworks Celebration in Munich

I have been really impressed at the way that Germans celebrate the arrival of the New Year. Fireworks could be seen and heard all over the metro Munich area all afternoon, evening and night. At the stroke of midnight the explosions only increased. Fireworks can be bought here at the neighborhood grocery store. In North Carolina we talk about going to South Carolina to get boom boom fireworks. The Munich fireworks are like South Carolina Fireworks. Anyone and everyone is shooting off bottle rockets, firecrackers and much more. What a sight (and sound)!

I took these photos during our own fireworks program. To set the stage, it was VERY foggy and cold. The smoky look in my photos is not due to the lens fogging up. It was just plain fog, and add to that the smoke given off by each rocket exploding.

For my photographer friends, I did not have a tripod with me (after all I’m in Munich). The shots were ‘hand held’, ISO 100, f 16, 3 – 5 second exposure, Tungsten White Balance. Enjoy the shots. I’m calling it fireworks light painting.

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The next two shots are of fireworks shot off in the nearby neighborhood.

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Circus Elephants, Horses and Parrots

I love seeing the part of the show when the huge, lumbering elephants make their way into the circus ring. They are slow and deliberate, but I find them very entertaining.

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Very well trained horses…

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A circus llama…

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Some very well trained parrots that flew around the venue and back to their master.

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Flying Trapeze, Gymnasts and Clowns at the Circus

These performers have an incredible amount of strength, bravery, trust in each other, and timing to do these kinds of stunts. (Glad there was a net below them too!) Pretty amazing!

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The Gymnasts and Acrobats were awesome!

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These clowns were funny!

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