Friday, September 30, 2016

St. Stephanskirche

Oldest parish church of Constance, Germany.

Old Neighborhoods

Pardon me for dwelling on matters that are of only very local interest, but I was fascinated by the information on these two historical markers. So many of the old neighborhoods have passed under the spade, as it were, in favor of newer communities and yet the names somehow persist. Live here long enough and you will almost certainly have heard the names Barcroft and Arlington Mill mentioned even though you might not ever associate them with the old places where people actually once lived and worked. So I appreciate these reminders.

Thursday, September 29, 2016


Couldn't resist photographing the photographer's photograph. :-)

Arlington Loop

Some of the places I've taken you to recently and that I'll be taking you to in coming posts have been along the so-called Arlington Loop. I've biked it a couple of times now. 

Tom asked where this picture was taken. It was taken in Glencarlyn Park. Glencarlyn used to be a summer community for Washingtonians who wanted to escape the heat of the city. That's hard for me to imagine. But I guess back then this might have been a welcome rural retreat. Now it's as densely populated and built up as the "city" across the river. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


According to the hotel's web site: "In an ornate, 19th-century townhouse with a fresco-clad facade, this relaxed, historic hotel is a 7-minute walk from the shores of Lake Obensee Bodensee and 13 minutes from the Sea Life Konstanz center.

The modern rooms and suites feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as desks and minibars. Suites add separate living areas. Room service is available.

A free breakfast buffet is provided, and there's an elegant German restaurant with period antique furnishings and stained-glass windows, plus a cozy lounge with ornate, wood-paneled decor."


Two planes about to take off from National. I rather like Southwest Airlines' Canyon Blue livery (above) the best, although I do like the colors on Delta's Upward & Onward tail feathers (below).

"Delta's current livery is called 'Upward & Onward'. It features a white fuselage with the company's name in blue lettering, and a widget on the vertical stabilizer. Delta introduced its current livery in 2007 as part of a re-branding after it emerged from bankruptcy. The new livery consists of four colors, while the old one (called 'colors in motion') used eight. This meant the switch saved the airline money by removing one day from each aircraft's painting cycle. The airline took four years to repaint all of its aircraft into the current scheme, including aircraft inherited from Northwest Airlines." ~ Wikipedia

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Coat of Arms

The coat of arms of Germany displays a black eagle with red feet, beak and tongue on a golden field, blazoned. This is the Bundesadler or Federal Eagle, formerly the Reichsadler or Imperial Eagle.


The trails around the Merchant Marine Memorial are quite popular with both runners and cyclists. And since some of you mentioned it :-), I'm actually shooting from above and across a lovely garden surrounding the memorial that's just a bit past its prime but which still supports some beautiful blooms like the example shown below.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Friedrich Motz

Merchant Marine Memorial

Thanks to everyone who responded to yesterday's question concerning bicycle lighting. Clearly, those preferring flashing lights won out. So maybe I'll have to overcome my aversion and switch. :-)

Speaking of bicycling, I recently biked again the Arlington Loop here in NoVA which takes you past some pretty interesting places, including the Merchant Marine Memorial located in Lady Bird Johnson Park.  Here are a couple of detailed shots. I'll share a couple more tomorrow.

Saturday, September 24, 2016



The change of seasons has meant more time spent riding in the dark. So I've recently boosted my lumens. I'm undecided about which settings to use. I hate the flashing mode. Seeing these come at me on the trail just makes me crazy. On the other hand, I also can see how a single steady beam could simply blend into all the other lights people see out there on the roads, especially on our busy city streets. 

What's your take? Do you better notice flashing lights or steady beams? 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Flowers I

Fly Away

Sadly, this is where my retrospective on this past month's visit to the Outer Banks ends and we all fly away back to NoVa. I greatly enjoyed my morning walks along the shore. You never really know what scenes you'll come across or what kind of lighting situations you'll encounter. Every day was an adventure.

John Denver & Olivia Newton-John

Monday, September 19, 2016

Wall Frescoes III

Ulrich Zasius born in Constance in 1461. After studying at Tübingen he first became episcopal notary at Constance, then town clerk at Baden in Aargau in 1489, and at Freiburg in 1493. From 1496-9 he directed the Latin school at Freiburg.

According to a dissertation submitted to the University of Chicago in 2008, Zasius was "considered by his contemporaries to be the greatest German jurist of his age and to be one of the most brilliant humanists of the early sixteenth century."

He died at Freiburg in 1536. 

Beachscape II

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Wall Frescoes II

"Ambrosius Blarer was born 1492 into a leading family of Konstanz. He studied theology in Tübingen where he met Philip Melanchthon with whom he kept a lifelong friendship. After getting his master‘s degree, he entered the Benedictine monastery Alpirsbach Abbey.

Through his correspondence with Philip Melanchthon and his brother Thomas Blarer, a student in Wittenberg between 1520 and 1523, Ambrosius Blarer was well informed about Luther's teachings and began spreading them himself among his brothers. This led to a conflict between him and his superiors and in 1522 Blarer fled the convent. He found refuge in his hometown; Constance was already well on the way to becoming reformed so he did not have to fear the consequences of breaking his vows. Nevertheless, he kept wearing his habit." ~ Wikipedia

Father & Son

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Wall Frescoes

Many of the buildings along the market street (Markstätte) in Constance are decorated with the most extraordinary frescoes depicting various scenes from the city's rich history. I'll be showing details of these over the next few days.


Friday, September 16, 2016

Lone Wolf

"The wolf is a common motif in the foundational mythologies and cosmologies of peoples throughout Eurasia and North America (corresponding to the historical extent of the habitat of the gray wolf). The obvious attribute of the wolf is its nature of a predator, and correspondingly it is strongly associated with danger and destruction, making it the symbol of the warrior on one hand, and that of the devil on the other. The modern trope of the Big Bad Wolf is a development of this. The wolf holds great importance in the cultures and religions of the nomadic peoples, both of the Eurasian steppe North American Plains. In many cultures, the identification of the warrior with the wolf (totemism) gave rise to the notion of Lycanthropy, the mythical or ritual identification of man and wolf." ~ Wikipedia


Wait! Did you think I was sleeping?