10 April 2012

A Million Miles Away

The Elbe, Hamburg, Germany.
April 2012.

Oh, witness river
You have seen it all
Now do your waters
Have room for one more?

Oh, endless river
As you transcend
Please take me with you
Far from this land

(Lissie - Oh Mississippi)

I'm standing on the landing
There's no one there but me
That's where you'll find me
Looking out on the deep blue sea

I'm a million miles away
A million miles away
I'm sailing like a driftwood on a windy bay
On a windy bay

(Rory Gallagher - A Million Miles Away)

I worked from Saturday to Monday, and today I'm attending two lectures at university. I've got three more shifts coming up this week (Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday), so I don't have a whole lot of time off to do other things... that's why I decided to go down to the river last night and take some long exposures. Once again, you can see that surreal orange/yellowish glow in the sky above the Port of Hamburg, which is the 11th-largest worldwide thanks to a size of 28.6 square miles.

I love the sea, and I love rivers. Some of the most beautiful, inspirational, sad songs and stories are about people whose lives are shaped by the sea. Herman Melville wrote in his timeless masterpiece, Moby-Dick, that "there is one knows not what sweet mystery about this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath"... 

Check out these amazing photographs by Ian Ruhter, and a video about how he makes them.

Have a nice day.

- Dom


Carola said...

Awesome light, awesome shots.

Babzy said...

Excellent images ! :)

Jenny Woolf said...

I guess the lack of sea is one reason NOT to move to Berlin...

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Dominic Doherty said...

Carola: Thank you!

Ely: Thanks very much!

Jenny: It is indeed! I wouldn't move to Berlin this year anyway... right now, I love my job and I don't plan on quitting any time soon. In fact, I might not move before 2014, because my best friend and I have some big plans in the works for 2013.

V: Thanks very much, I appreciate it! :-)

artebaiao said...

Excellent shot!

Emm said...

It feels like forever since I've visited here and I've missed your trip to Berlin and the start of courses. Is April a normal time for a semester to begin? I can't get my head around northern hemisphere term times!

Dominic Doherty said...

Jaime: Thank you!

Mandy: Yes it is! The summer semester begins in April and ends in July, the winter semester begins in October and ends in February. I love the summer term more than the winter term - studying in coffee shops and going on field trips is a lot more fun than falling asleep in the library when the days are short.

AB said...

Great golden colours!

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