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Die Tage werden kühler und trüber, die Radtour weicht dem Waldspaziergang, gegebenenfalls mit dem Makro-Objektiv vor der NX-30:

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Warm autumn 2014

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This year’s autumn was a great compensation to the summer. Warm and sunny, still yesterday, November 2nd, it invited for numerous hiking and biking trips. Meanwhile it is rainy, a bit cooler, and we passed the daylight saving time – the cold and dark winter months finally arrived, inviting for home activities.

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Despite it is autumn, fungi pics are long overdue. So… :)

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Fungi pics end of september 2013

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Due to some humid days fungi found perfect conditions for growth. Thus I visited the Bienwald, a forest I mapped a couple of years ago, south of Schaidt during the last weekend. I added some minor details to the openstreetmap data set, but the main purpose has been to learn more how to make good use of a mirrorless camera. The area I’ve chosen can be found between the Bildeiche and the Heilbach stream.

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Mapping muddy waters

Neither wild boars nor Mosquitos or ticks can prevent a real mapper from doing her duty. A task long overdue was to map the next section of the Wiebelsbach:

A short piece between the existing and newly mapped part was missing, which I just connected by a straight line. This is where I’ll go next.

I’m still a big fan of moss and fungi pics. I’m currently exploring the capabilities of the Samsung NX300 system camera. Frankly, I’m quite impressed by this gadget. But as excellent today’s camera algorithms and automatisms are, the pictures are not perfect. Neither can a camera guess any intentions the user may have, nor can an automaton be as creative as a human. I’ll learn to make better use of the camera during the next trips.

November Black Forest Hiking

A warm and sunny day invited to grab the hiking boots for a black forest trip. We left the train in Hörden for the trip shown below:

The weather and landscape were marvellous:

Lunch took place in Lautenbach, at the Badischer Landgasthof Lautenfelsen. Staff has been very friendly, and we enjoyed both the stay as well as the wild boar :) :

A great trip of about 17 kilometers, including some occasional mapping for openstreetmap. I even took some fungi pics, reviving an old hobby of mine:

Late Autumn Hiking

Hiking trail near Slevogthof

Hiking trail near Slevogthof

After a warm spring and a wet summer, the golden autumn fades out. Today it was cloudy though warm, and we grabbed the occasion for a hiking trip to the Palatinate Forest. The trip lead from Annweiler to the Trifels Castle, the Madenburg Castle and back to Annweiler. We needed almost seven hours for this 25 kilometers trip, due to several rests :) .

The Trifels castle is a well known tourist destination, though it was reconstructed during the infamous Nazi dictatorship. The Madenburg is a well known destination either:

The Madenburg Castle

The Madenburg Castle

It’s a great viewpoint towards the upper Rhine plane:

View from the Madenburg castle towards the upper Rhine plane

View from the Madenburg castle towards the upper Rhine plane

I was surprised by the local gastronomic specialities provided. This is Bratwurst, Saumagen, and yes, Krauts actually eat what they are named after ;-) :

Bratwurst, Saumagen, and Sauerkraut

Bratwurst, Saumagen, and Sauerkraut

I missed the liver dumpling, but that would have been too much.

The wood was relatively dry, so I didn’t find much fungi. Here is one anyway:

And finally, here’s the trip:

Unfortunately two of us needed to leave after Trifels castle due to some severe flu. Get well soon!

Golden October continued

Klingenmünster as seen from the Landeck castle

Klingenmünster as seen from the Landeck castle

The golden october continued. It allowed for an after work biking trip to the river Rhine last week and yesterday. Today I went to the Landeck castle near Klingenmünster by car. This was not the best idea. There was some wind, but there were no clouds at all. The streets were completely overcrowded, and additionally all the villages growing wine in Rhineland-Palatinate sold their goods along the way.

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Black Forest up- and downhill mapping

The valley of the Murg above Weisenbach

The valley of the Murg above Weisenbach

After a rainy week we got some marvellous sunny weekend days. Yesterday I did some after work mapping in the woods near Neuburg and Hagenbach. Today, I could not resist to abuse the recently purchased bike as a “mountain bike” anew. I chose the Rote Lache pass again as a destination, as I found an alternative route, much better than the one I chose the last time.

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3rd Black Forest uphill test of the Gudereit LCR

Ottenhöfen, Black Forest

Ottenhöfen, Black Forest

Fortunately I had a couple of days off, the gods of weather did a good job and there are still plenty of tracks to be mapped across the Black Forest area. Obviously I try to torture the recently purchased Rohloff Speedhub as much as I can. Today I took the train to Achern (145m), headed towards Ottenhöfen (327m), Ruhestein (915m), Obertal (about 600m) and Baiersbronn (about 500m).

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2nd Black Forest test of the Rohloff Speedhub

The Ruhestein hill, used for skiing during the winter months

The Ruhestein hill, used for skiing during the winter months

In the late morning hours the temperature in Karlsruhe was about 18°C. Usually the Ruhestein is about 6°C less, but surprisingly its webcam displayed 18° as well, so I immediately grabbed the bike and went to the station, heading towards Baiersbronn, Black Forest (about 500m).

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Wet August, fresh fungi

Due to the rainy August, it’s fungi time. Here is yesterday’s catch. All pictures have been taken using the Nokia N900 mobile computer. The quality is not comparable to pictures taken with a dedicated camera, but frankly I’m quite impressed of what one can achieve with the N900. I hope you enjoy.

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Caterpillars

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Mapping Initiation of the N900

The Heilbach meanders the Bienwald

The Heilbach meanders the Bienwald

I grabbed the occasion of today’s excellent weather conditions for my first mapping tour with the N900. I used it for my continued effort to map the Heilbach for openstreetmap:

I left all the other gadgets I used until now (mp3 player, Canon camera, external bluetooth GPSr, N810) at home and only grabbed the N900 to check if it really can replace the previously used armada. To anticipate the result: yes it can. I’m quite impressed and really content with the device. It’s a great digital companion. You should read on, though, to learn more about some pitfalls and shortcomings to avoid frustration.

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Leaving Hibernation Mode – posting pics

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This winter was a cold one, and there was enough (though not much) snow for winter sport activities at the black forest. Currently it’s melting, which is due to spring, not global warming :) .

Daylight saving time starts next sunday, so I hope I can reopen the biking season. There are two obstacles, though: the weather forecast and the fact that my office hours tend to regularly extend beyond 7PM.

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