Chris Wahl

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  1. certainly faster here ... great!
  2. What an outstanding contribution Ann. Lovely images (I see you took them just the other day) and such a great writing. It is very special to learn about all that through the eyes of someone I trust, like and deeply respect ... thanks so much for sharing! And I am glad you ignored the original requirement of 3 images, I wouldn't want to miss a single of these images. Maybe Dallas and Andrew agree to remove that restriction and extend the deadline, I would love to see many more posts like this and to learn about the various places where members live. great!
  3. I received the newsletter and my traceroute is a few posts above
  4. fyi ... here is a tracert from me (working connetc to FZ) ... I don't have the time to get deeper into it ... could be IP based filters, misconfigured reverse lookup entries and a whole lot of other stuff ... 2 8 ms 5 ms 7 ms 3 7 ms 7 ms 7 ms 4 8 ms 8 ms 8 ms 5 21 ms 21 ms 21 ms 6 205 ms 205 ms 206 ms [] 7 205 ms 203 ms 203 ms [] 8 181 ms 181 ms 182 ms [] 9 183 ms 183 ms 183 ms [] 10 226 ms 208 ms 232 ms [] 11 211 ms 210 ms 210 ms 12 201 ms 212 ms 200 ms 13 205 ms 205 ms 204 ms [] 14 210 ms 209 ms * [] 15 207 ms 206 ms 206 ms [] 16 212 ms 209 ms 210 ms []
  5. What a great sighting Fred and these are really cool memory shots ... thanks for sharing!
  6. Dallas, Andrew, if it turns out that my contribution will remain the only one please ignore and delete it. I am leaving on Friday for a two weeks trip and I am not sure whether I will have decent internet access so just to make sure
  7. great one
  8. me too + very slow ...
  9. Modesty is a virtue Ann ... but ... Pianos are Star-performers ... all you have to do is to play it I've seen loads of bad and/or boring Yellowstone images ...
  10. wonderful series Ann!
  11. My thoughts exactly ... I guess you have to plan for at least 3-4 months staying at their habitat with a strategy and an expert who know what he is doing... It took Jim Brandenburg ages to get his images (at least this is my impression after reading his books) ... It would immediately opt in such an adventure if I could afford it and if I there wouldn't be things to be taken care of ... In 10 years from now it might be an realistic option though ...
  12. Wonderful series Luc! I never used a fisheye before but images like that make me think about it ... thanks for sharing ...
  13. Someone has to start hopefully others join in ... Originally I had a different plan regarding my entry but like most of the plans it didn't work out (this time due to time constraints). The facts are all taken from Wikipedia. My hometown: Mannheim Mannheim is a city in the southwestern part of Germany, the third-largest in the German state of Baden-Württemberg after Stuttgart and Karlsruhe. Mannheim is among the twenty largest cities in Germany, with a 2015 population of approximately 305,000 inhabitants. The city is at the centre of the larger densely populated Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region which has a population of 2,400,000 and is Germany's eighth-largest metropolitan region. Mannheim is located at the confluence of the Rhine and the Neckar in the northwestern corner of Baden-Württemberg. Mannheim is unusual among German cities in that its streets and avenues are laid out in a grid pattern, leading to its nickname "die Quadratestadt" ("city of the squares"). The Past The name of the city was first recorded as Mannenheim in a legal transaction in 766, surviving in a twelfth-century copy in the Codex Laureshamensis from Lorsch Abbey. It was completely destroyed a number of times in history. The latest major destruction happened during WWII. Air raids on Mannheim almost completely destroyed the city during the Second World War. Since Mannheim was an important industrial centre for Nazi Germany, Mannheim was heavily damaged during aerial bombing by the R.A.F. and the U.S. Air Force. In addition to bombing the important factories, the R.A.F. razed the city center of Mannheim with nighttime area bombing. Some sources state that the first deliberate "terror bombing" of German civilians by the R.A.F. occurred at Mannheim on December 16, 1940. It was comparable to the destructions of Dresden and Hamburg although much less prominent. But there where great periods of wealth and art and importance as well. The National Theatre Mannheim was founded in 1779 and is the oldest "Stage" in Germany. In 1782 the premier of Die Räuber, written by Friedrich Schiller, was shown. Mozart spend quite some time in Mannheim. Important inventions were made in Mannheim ... Karl Drais built the first two-wheeled draisine in 1817. Karl Benz drove the first automobile on the streets of Mannheim in 1886. At his workshop in Mannheim he produced a lightweight three-wheeled vehicle powered by a single cylinder petrol/gasoline-fueled engine, first shown in public during 1886. This powered tricycle subsequently came to be widely regarded as the first automobile/motor car powered by an internal-combustion engine. Karl's wife Bertha Benz undertook the world’s first road trip by automobile from Mannheim to Pforzheim in August 1888. The Lanz Bulldog, a popular tractor with a rugged, simple Diesel engine was introduced in 1921. Karl Benz developed the world's first compact diesel-powered car at the Benz & Cie. motor works in Mannheim during 1923, Julius Hatry built the world's first rocket plane in 1929 and so on and so forth ... Not to forget the Mannheim Boy Sepp Herberger, coach of the German national soccer team 1936–1964 ("The Miracle of Bern", world champion with his team in 1954). Below image was taken years ago and gives an impression how the city looked before WWII ... not a lot of buildings survived WWII but this is a lovely place that I really like. Presenting it in IR was sort of a natural choice considering that the image represents the past ... The Present I love my hometown ... really! Being on the road a lot I never felt the urge to move and live in other cities. But well ... the city planners are a bunch of idiots. Although I understand to a certain extent that bringing back functionality to a destroyed city is more important than having nice buildings it is rather questionnable why they still follow the approach of "ugly first". Most of the people living somewhere elese refer to Mannheim as one of the ugliest cities they know, but then again most of them only know it from the train station or short business stays. And I have to admit that it's hard to argue against it. You have to live here to know the nice places and there are plenty but very well hidden. Below image is taken for this challenge from a 212.8 metre high concrete telecommunication tower with an observation deck at ~130m. It was a dull day which perfectly matches the impression of Mannheim that many people have. Actually Mannheim is only the bottom ~60% of the image. The white bridge is crossing the river Rhine with the city of Ludwigshafen on the other side. The hills on the horizon belong to the palatinate which is one of the most beautiful forest areas I know. In the middle of the forest are plenty of castle ruins to visit, good food and weird people that are fun to talk to (if you understand the local accent). The Mood and the People The original plan was to go out and do some street photography to capture the people living here but having extremely low temperatures (down to -10 which we are absoultely no used to) resulted in everybody (including me) staying home. Mannheim folks are mostly working class people. Honest, direct, helpful, rough and never ever false... just don't be rude or arrogant to them. Being so results in problems which is absolutely fair if you ask me. Friends of mine moved from Munich to Mannheim and in their first weeks they were stunned how people handle each other. I remember that she was amazed that people actually helped her getting the baby buggy in and out of the trains. She was used to being shouted at in similar situations in Munich . We do have a mosque in Mannheim for at least 20 years and it never was a real problem (if you don't count the usual few idiots that just can't deal with other cultures). In the meantime Berlin is the capital of Doner Kebap but I remember times where people in Turkey told everybody that you get the best one in Mannheim... and so on ... and so forth ... the people here are just great ... I am really sorry that I don't have a decent people photograph but in a way the photograph below (posted before, sorry) pretty much sums it all up. It's an industrial environment, no glamour or glitter, no fancy stuff, very few hipsters, no obviously nice and sweet places ... but if you dig deeper you find the honest and down to earth beauty of it everywhere. I know photographers who make wonderful images of a lovely Mannheim but well ... the above images are more on the honest side of it ...
  14. Oh wow Fred! Thanks for sharing ... I would sort of kill for photographing wolves in the wild but I still haven't figured out a way to do so without spending months in the wild ...
  15. Thanks Alan... Insightful and very personal ... lots to learn from you ...