Still Alive

by Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue September. 28, 2019 622 views

No, I didn’t quit photography. It was just a really hard summer. A lot of work to do and not all of the hard work went as planned. On the other hand in the end almost everything worked out just fine – if the craftsman wouldn’t have canceled our renovation project, it would have been too perfect!

Yes, I’m still carrying around my camera Zilla – almost every day. She and I are constant in desperate need of some fresh air, which is hard to come by, because we can’t get far away from our responsibilities. Meanwhile I’m struggling to get perfect or at least interesting and funny pictures. Maybe I’m too eager to get good quality by using the "M" mode.

I’m glad, to have Felix as the world best top model. I took his picture during a trip to Staatzer Klippe. I think it was the best picture of the day, but I will also post some of the ruin and the beautiful view.

Staatzer Klippe is situated in the northern part Lower Austria not far from the border to the Czech Republic. It's visible from far away like the Lonely Mountain of Erebor even it is just a little bit smaller (332 müA). It was a good opportunity to play around ( you may also call it a "unprofessional lens testing") with the lens from far away and from every angle ...

Of course we walked the narrow and very steep path up to visit the ruins on top of Staatzer Klippe. The fortress dates back to the 12th century. It was called invincible until it was destroyed - big surprise - by cannon fire in 1645 during the Thirty Years' War.

I have to admit I was spitting out my left lung half way up. I also needed a good rest on top of the castle to keep my right lung inside my chest. Jeez, I'm a nonsmoker - I was red as a tomatoe and ready to call it a day and jump right from the battlement to reach my car in a blink of an eye instead of rolling down the path with all its slippery stones and gravel!

Sadly the day was not as clear as I wished for, but the view was still worthwhile the torture I had to endure all the way up. What shall I say, I'm just a no sports person!

 A thunderstorm is coming!

A thunderstorm is coming!

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Russell Smith 4 months ago

I have missed seeing your posts and give Felix a scratch from me. The view from the top is breathtaking :)

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Russell Smith 3 months, 4 weeks ago

blush Thanks! blush I used your "give Felix a scratch" as an opportunity to to do it for the umpteenth time today . wink Breathtaking ... after spitting out my lung ... smile


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Antonio Gil 4 months ago

The view from up there is beautiful. Looking forward to more pictures, and news, from you my friend

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Antonio Gil 4 months ago

Imaging the view on a bright day! Yes, there sare some more... 😉

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Jay Boggess 4 months ago

Yay!!!!! She's back!!! I have missed seeing you & your images here, for a long time! My participation has been pretty "spotty", for the last few months, too. Good to see Felix, as well! Such a handsome "gentleman"! That does look like a pretty tough hike, up to the top, but seeing these cool images, well worth the effort! Were you sore the next day???
#1 love Felix's little water fountain
#3 who originally lived in that fortress?
#9 Wow! Amazing view!
#5 pretty spooky in B&W...Like the contrast with the clouds and rock work
#12 did you make it down the hill before the thunder & lightning???
#10 #11 nice textures & light/shadow play, especially in mono...
Welcome Home!!!

ps...thanks for liking my Son & Happy relaxing the couch and also my crazy flying starfish dreamscape.....

4 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Jay Boggess 4 months ago

OmG, such a nice warm welcome - I'm almost sorry for being lately such a workaholic. wink
No, I was not sore, because I already lost my lung. I'm sure Roland was happy I hadn't enough air left to complain all the way. joy
Yes, the litte water fountain is very handy, but he still doesn't drink much water.
The fortress belonged to different owners. The most interesting part is the destruction by the swedish army (, because they needed cannons with a verly long range (1 km) and very capable cannoneers.
#12 actually I was a little bit nervous and I was glad, that we made it back to the car in time! Yes, I'm a coward, when it comes to thunderstorms without a lightning conductor! wink
Of course I liked the picture, today we produced almost the same situation! grinning

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Berckmans Peter 4 months ago

Stop the presses, cancel childfocus , call off fnterpol. She is ALIVE. So very nice to hear from you; We missed you. Felix looks healthy and fit, hope can say the same from Roland.Looks like a place I could spend some time taking pictures. Taking Zilla everywhere is a good idea.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Berckmans Peter 4 months ago

joy - I swear, I will try to give more often or at least once in a while proof of life! Actually I hope it will be better soon. Moving out of an apartment in the fifth floor without a elevator with tons of books is a nightmare ... At least the new apartment is bigger and in the 2nd floor. I'm still glad for all the help we got. We realised, our knees are not 25 year "young" anymore ... Next time Victoria has to do it without our help!!! joy

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Camellia Staab 4 months ago

YAY!!! So glad to see a post from you!!! Wow what a view!!! Looks like a gorgeous place for photography, but I would be spitting both my lungs out, not just one. Felix is just awesome. That pose is so perfect. You truly are one lucky girl to have found such a great dog/companion. I hope this post is a sign that life is finally getting better and that we will see more posts from you in the future. 😉

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Camellia Staab 4 months ago

I shot a lot of pictures since my last post, but Victoria was moving into a new apartment, my parents - especially my mother - need more and more help AND since 1st of September I'm married to a retired teacher - it's really more exhausting than the last 37 years! smile In the middle of all this I have to work for some science projects and write texts for people with special needs. And yes, we won an award for the best exhibition! Soon I will post some pictures, because I'm soooo proud! blush
Yes, Felix is such a cute nice little fellow. He needed some time to adapt completly into the family - even he was so happy to stay with his new family. Right now we have to be very careful not to spoil him rotten. I don't want to call Cesar Milan for help ...

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