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Entries from April 25th, 2014

16/2014 image of the week: “A rolling stone gathers no moss”

April 25th, 2014 by Jasime · forest, image of the week, nature














Somewhere in the forests of Germany

© Jasime El Ouali

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Krummsteert // Fehmarn // Baltic Sea

April 23rd, 2014 by sophie · baltic sea, germany, nature, ocean, photography

I spent five weeks in Wallnau, a place on the island Fehmarn in the Baltic Sea. Wallnau is a waterbird reservat, hosted by the NABU. I worked there with a lot of wonderful people which i have taken in my heart. There are two outposts, one is called Grüner Brink, the other one is the Krummsteert, an esker that the sea has shaped for a long time. The Krummsteert is a nature protection zone, there are no visitors allowed to enter it. Its a very important area for breeding birds. I was privileged to visit the Krummsteert to take photographs. It is very impressing to stand on a small strip of land, the sea on my left and on my right side, surrounded by sea birds. The nature is very untouched and I did every step carefully, trying to not destroy something. The light was beautiful and I felt very close to the nature. It was very special and meant a lot to me. So here are some of my shots, I hope you will like it!

View on the Fehmarnsundbridge which is the link to the mainland


Flying Eider Ducks


The Flügger Lighthouse


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15/2014 image of the week: close to queenstown

April 18th, 2014 by sophie · image of the week, nature, new zealand

Roads go ever ever on,
Over rock and under tree,
By caves where never sun has shone,
By streams that never find the sea;
Over snow by winter sown,
And through the merry flowers of June,
Over grass and over stone,
And under mountains in the moon.

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

Photography by Sophie Daum // 2008 // New Zealand

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traveling pages: will schwalbe – the end of your life book club

April 2nd, 2014 by nina · books, review

will schwalbe
the end of your life book club
first publication 2012
 translated into german, french, spanish, italian and chinese


the end of your life book club is a wonderful book. will schwalbe writes about his mother mary anne. about their relationship, about the life after her diagnosis with pancreas cancer and about the books they read together. and they read a lot of books, it was their both passion. they recommended books to each other and talked about them in waiting rooms, on vacations and at home. while reading i got to know will and his mother mary anne a bit. she must have been a truly inspiring person with a lot of love and passion for others and their needs. a friendly and loving woman with a great humor. her sickness and her death was never a taboo. will schwalbe’s book is not only about the life book club he had with his mother but also a warm and loving memorial to her.

i bought this book because it was a book about books. but i had to realize it is so much more than that. i learned a lot about life from the way mary anne shaped hers after her diagnosis. at the same time the book is never too sad or in any way stereotyped. it is just a beautifully written book, a tribute to life.

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