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Return of the Blimp 2017 – Video Edition

Just a quick video of our local blimp – this is the first time this year I’ve caught Theo on video! There’s also the usual Youtube version in case this self-hosted version doesn’t play right (which it usually does).

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Return of the Blimp – 2017 Edition


Today, our local Blimp stationed at the Airport Essen-Mülheim flew over the inner city for the first time this year! Theo, named for the late founder of WDL Aviation, Theodor Wüllenkämper, had already made a test flight yesterday, but only today visited the inner city. This year, the blimp, or Zeppelin, as we often incorrectly call it here in Mülheim, has even joined social media – you can follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and even on Youtube, where you can watch a livestream directly from the airport.

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Cloudscapes #179

Here’s another longer timelapse, this is from April 10. As usual, there’s also a Youtube version..

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Cloudscapes #178

Usually, I post still photos in this series, but I recently took some timelapses of the sky with my spare phone again and they are just moving Cloudscapes after all! Here’s a monster one from April 4 when I forgot the phone in the other room and had it running for almost five hours – you can even see the Moon rise at the end! This was taken with one frame every four seconds. The video embedded in this post is hosted on my own webspace, but you can also watch it on Youtube.

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Cloudscapes #177


That mid-December sunset from the West side.

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Cloudscapes #176


A sunset from mid-December I completely forgot to post.

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Happy New Year 2017


2017 kicked in last night with some surprisingly powerful fireworks – and as every year I took a couple of photos, which turned out better than last year thanks to the new camera. The rest of the photos are in the Gallery linked below – Happy New Year 2017!

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Blimp Profile


A great Blimp sideview from about a week ago.

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Yellow, Round and Floating


I only noticed this helium balloon because I was looking for the blimp that was making its usual buzzing noise in the sky somewhere else. This balloon was, however, totally silent and actually really far away – but still close enough for my zoom lens to catch it!

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Cloudscapes #175


Some moody mid-August skies.

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