Afternoon Over Alken
The Moselle Valley, and the village of Alken, in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. Shot from below Thurant Castle, in spring 2017.

• 18mm • f/3.5 • 1/160 • ISO100 • 600D & EF-S18-200/3.5-5.6 • circular polariser •


Boating on the Moselle
In spite of the steep sides of the Moselle Valley, the river’s loop around the Barl neck, which divides the Hunsrück Mountains from the Eifel Range, is slow and calm, and a popular stretch for boating. Kaimt, Germany. Summer 2016.

Revised Defence
A large wooden crossbow-type ballista in a bergfried* of the 13th century Burg Thurant. The German castle is sited above the village of Alken, in the Moselle Valley. Most of its building were destroyed in the 16th century War of the Palatine Succession (though this bergfried survived), and reconstructed in the early 20th century. The ballista seems to be a crude replica, with with a modern automobile leaf spring in place of a bow. Shot in April 2017.

*A bergfried is a tall tower in German medieval period castles. Its defensive function is similar to that of a keep or donjon in English or French castles. However, unlike a keep, a bergfried wassn’t designed for permanent habitation, and only occupied when under attack.

Barges in the Afternoon

The Moselle waterfront, Koblenz, with the 14th Century Balduinbrücke in the background. Germany, summer 2015.

  • 600D+EFS18-200/3.5-5.6+polariser@60mm,1/250,f/5,ISO100
  • Romance on the Mosel

    A walk along the Mosel promenade in Koblenz, east of Deutsches Eck, where the Mosel meets the Rhein. In the distance is the 14th century Balduinbrücke. Germany, summer 2015.

  • 600D+EFS18-200/3.5-5.6@18mm+1/200+f/3.5+ISO400+polariser