Spring Fling

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Flag of Germany  , Baden-Württemberg,
Friday, January 10, 2014

Howdy folks,

With the US coming to a standstill due to the 'Polar Vortex', I saw some pretty cool photos of a frozen Niagara Falls on the internet this week. Of course the Americans always make a cold snap turn into some sort of doomsday event, while up in Canada the temperature was colder than on Mars!

Meanwhile here in Germany, the temperatures have rising up to 13 degrees which is almost like spring. It has been so warm that I have started riding my bike to school and back: without gloves! I haven't ridden a bike so far for a while, so the 35 minute trip there takes a while. Thankfully it is mostly flat, but the best thing I like about riding a bike is being out and about. In a tram or a car, you are confined to a glass box unaware of your surrounds, but on the bike you know if its hot or cold, windy or wet. You also notice quite a few things that you wouldn't normally see.

For example, I decided to take my compact camera along the stretch which I normally ride and I still managed to find a few interesting things. In Wieblingen, somebody had put some neck warmers on the two local geese and in Heidelberg there was some guy riding a cyclepod. I even found a headlamp lying on the bikepath which somebody had lost along the way.

I'm not willing to give up my compact camera just yet, it is just too handy. In fact the reason I bought a DSLR instead of a Compact System Camera is because the Canon SX240 is good as it is. A camera that you can put in your pocket is always going to be helpful. Walking around a city is no problem with a DSLR though and in the end I will probably get more out of my new baby.

Having said that, I had a 10 minute window riding to school where there was a really cool sunrise over the Königstuhl which I captured with my compact camera. There is a photographer called Chase Jarvis who is quoted as saying, "the best camera is the one that is with you." No doubt he wasn't referencing smartphones with Instagram. Sorry Hannah, but that is just for hipsters!
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