Saturday, March 21, 2009

Camera Critters - Prarie Dogs

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a prarie dog munching on a piece of carrot. The pictures were taken at the Hamburg zoo, Hagenbecks Tierpark, where a group of about 20 prarie dogs live in an enclosure right next to the bison.

Animals with the same habitat are grouped together and in many cases you can see a panorama of different species without really noticing the barriers between their enclosures:
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here's an unusual guest:
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The peacocks roam the park freely and often choose the enclosures of other animals to present themselves. He didn't show his tail, though. Maybe that's why the prarie dogs were absolutely ot impressed and ignored him.
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Sunday, March 15, 2009

MyWorld Tuesday

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The Hamburger Kunsthalle, the Hamburg museum of visual arts. I went there last month for the Edgar Degas exhibition and as always ended up touring the whole building (with the expection of the modern art section, the exhibitions are just not my taste). They had some really awesome exhibitions in the past, for example Caspar David Friedrich and one of my favourite painters, Francis Bacon. I went twice to that one just to see the Screaming Pope (see the Wiki article I linked), it's a painting that really gives me the creeps even when I look at it on a computer screen and seeing it in real life, measuring 60×46 inches, was even more creepy. It looks like it may come to life every second, screaming or laughing madly at you.

When you stand in fron of the Kunsthalle and turn round, you see the Hamburg central station:
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Friday, March 13, 2009

Camera Critters

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Some bison pictures I took during my stay at Yellowstone two years ago (two years? I can't believe it, it feels like a few months ago and I so want to go back!).

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On our drive to Mammoth Hot Springs, two herds of bison crossed the street and brought everyone to a stop. They came really close and I could have rolled down the window and touched their flanks, if I had been entertaining any suicidal notions ;)

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This guy was grazing right next to the street, the photo is taken without zooming in at all.

Bison and hot springs - quite a view. Yellowstone is definitely one of the most astonishing and beautiful places I have ever been to.
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Monday, March 9, 2009

MyWorld Tuesday

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The Laeiszhalle, the Hamburg concert hall, home to the Hamburger Symphoniker. It was built between 1904 and 1908 and was named after Carl Laeisz, who bestowed the money for building it upon the city of Hamburg in his will. To Laeisz belonged the Flying-P Liners, for example the Passat and the Pamir.

I went to the Laeiszhalle to see the 1925 silent movie Phantom of the Opera, with the music played live by the Symphoniker. It was awesome, the movie is just gorgeous, especially the masked ball scene filmed in Technicolour. The music (inculding the organ, hidden behind the movie screen in the picture) made it even more amazing.
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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Today's Flowers

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I just took a walk outside and hooray, spring is coming. There are lots of crocusses (croci?) everywhere.

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Snowdrops

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primroses, my favourite spring flower

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some kind of shrubbery that will produce beautiful blue berries in the autumn

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Sunday, March 1, 2009

MyWorld Tuesday

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Here's something I've wanted to blog about forever, because it's a big part of my world, but I didn't have any good photos to go with it: roleplaying. I've been doing that for over ten years, usually once a week, and it's great fun. What I do it called Pen and Paper because you get a character sheet and just talk about what you're doing instead of acting it out, with costumes and everything (Live Action Role Play aka LARP) or illustrating what you do with miniatures (Miniature gaming/Tabletop)

I game with a group that meets every Thursday, but yesterday my boyfriend and me gamed at a sort of mini-convention: about fourty roleplayers from Hamburg met, several different roleplaying systems were offered and people chose what they wanted to do and we played the whole night, from about nine p.m. to six a.m. Here's my group:
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The guy with the makeup is the gamemaster, he tells the story and plays all characters that the players meet. The makeup is not compulsory, just a personal gimmick.

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We played Call of Cthulhu, a horror roleplaying system based on the stories by H.P. Lovecraft. Each of us got a character with different skills ect., I was a physician - always useful when people get hurt ;) The gamemaster tells the players what they see, the situation they are in (we were a group looking for our mentor, a rich collector of weird items who had been missing for a while) and then the players in turn tell the gamemaster what they do, interact with each other and the people they encounter during the game. When it needs to be decided if someone will manage a certain feat like climbing over a fence or bribing a guard to let the group into the museum after hours or if your character manages to stay calm despite the monster advancing on him/her, dice are rolled, according to the skills the character has.

Unfortunately, all our characters died... But with Cthulhu, that is always something to be expected, going insane is also very possible. Other roleplaying settings are not that dangerous (although it should always be possible for a character to die, it makes things more real and more fun - being a superhero is more boring than you might think). But we still had a lot of fun, the story gave us the creeps in many situations and despite that fact that there was a very loud Turkish wedding next door and several other gaming groups in the same room, we quickly became so absorped with the story that we didn't notice anything, not the loud music, not the group gaming next to us - it was like reading a really griping book, only we decided what was going to happen next.

It's a great hobby and there are many systems, from fantasy (the classic Dungeons and Dragons, the first pen and paper system ever) to science fiction to horror to Steampunk to Wild West to pirates/swashbuckling adventures - or you invent your own world and system. If you get the chance to game, I recommend that you give it a try!

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