The theme for this week’s photo challenge was set before the events of Friday night. The strapline “Forget the sad times. This week, it’s all about revelling in a win.” rings hollow now. And yet. The victory is not in the forgetting. Or the revelling. But in the hanging in there, keeping going, in life continuing and new shoots appearing despite everything.

As with these plants in the colours of the Tricolore.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Victory


The ornate dome of New Synagogue on Oranienburger Strasse in Berlin, looking even more stunning against a beautiful November sky.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ornate


What a wonderful treat it was earlier this year when I was able to arrive a day before the start of a conference, and so have time to explore beautiful Malta a bit! I loved wandering the streets of Valletta. No particular plan, just wandering down little alleys, enjoying the views, the beauty, the sun, the warmth. Perfect!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Treat

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Careful – not all these beautiful berries are safe to eat! If any – I really don’t have a clue ;-)

All pictures taken at Berlin Botanical Gardens on 24 October 2015.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Careful

IMG_0426Just an (extra)ordinary office block, seen from Panoramapunkt on Potsdamer Platz in Berlin.

Weekly Photo Challenge: (Extra)ordinary

I’m in my “happy place” any time I get to look out across a large expanse of water. Here are a few happy places from this year.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Happy Place

IMG_1101Change. It happened in an instant, and yet is still working itself out these many years later.

This picture is from an event commemorating 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. A moving reminder of the momentus change that happened that November evening. Yet a sobering reminder as well that though the wall may be long gone, the effects of 40 years of separation take a lot longer to overcome.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

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