The Ahr Valley in Germany is known for its dramatic landscape and its wines. This picture is of a winery in the town of Altenahr. In the low November sun the colored windows were shining brightly and was a nice contrast to the brick.
Old things fascinate me. I wonder what it was like when an old building was build. I wonder what the people who built the building lives were like. I wonder how things have changed throughout time. The St. Donatus Church in Zadar, Croatia is one of these buildings. It was built int he 9th century and has spent a long time since baking in the sun.
When I was little (and there were 9 planets) I was very interested in astronomy. I had a telescope, a number of books, a start chart, and VCR tapes of astronomy shows. Eclipses especially intrigued me. I made my parents stand outside and film a lunar eclipse, and I have seen several of them since. One thing I had never seen was a solar eclipse. In my astronomy book, it listed August 21, 2017, as the date of the next total solar eclipse in the USA – an eternity to a 10 year old. Since then I have been waiting for that day. Over the past 25 years, we used the telescope to project an image of a small partial solar eclipse, which was interesting. When I arrived in Germany in August 1999 I was thrilled to learn that a total eclipse would be taking place in just a few days’ time. Unfortunately it was cloudy and rainy that day and I did not see the eclipse, although it was still thrilling to experience the darkness of totality.