At work (at the Kieler Forschungswerkstatt) there are a couple of fish tanks with interesting stuff in them. I made these videos ages ago but just thought I’d share them now anyway. I find it pretty fascinating to watch the undersides of sea urchins and star fish! And I read somewhere a while back that they are actually closely related: If you wrapped the segments of a sea urchin downward, you would get a star fish. No idea if it’s true, though, I might just have perpetuated an urban legend? Do you know?
Even though I mostly look at the water to see waves, sometimes it is also really nice to just watch the reflections of the sky…
Remember we did an expedition learning course in Kiel bight a while ago? I wish I had known about Google Earth Engine then already. Even without signing up (which I will do as soon as time permits) you have access to their timelapse: a global composite of satellite images, which results in a cloud-free 32-year video of the Earth’s surface. And the best feature: It’s zoomable! So you can look at your favourite beach (or any region of the world you are most interested in — disappearing rain forests? Growing cities? Shrinking glaciers? (Careful — there is some weird aliasing of the seasonal signal in there)).
For me, it’s obviously coast lines. And especially the beaches of Kiel bight: You see sand moving around and the beach shape changing to what we see today. What a great motivational intro for any course on coastal dynamics!
So super excited about finding this tool that I had to share immediately :-)
Even though most people think I am crazy, I always love watching the convection pattern develop in a hot drink.
This is a really good way to train your eyes to spot reflections of waves: watch a single wave train hit a sea wall:
Please don’t get sea sick when — about halfway through — I’m moving the camera around :-)
In fact — no water!
I thought it was worth mentioning that this situation exists, too ;-)
My plant in my office plays with me! :-)
I know I wrote about it last time I sailed to Gothenburg, too, but empty ships look weird!
But watching ships and ports is always so much fun :-)
I’m in this weird phase right now: In landscape pictures that I take, I like more than 2/3rds of the total area to be of water. That I like water shouldn’t really come as a surprise to anyone, but this perspective — looking from right above the water level towards the horizon — is new to me and I am totally into it. Maybe because I’m swimming almost every morning these days?
Anyway, here is a bunch of pictures taken in Ratzeburg recently when I helped out in their sailing school (ratzeburger-segelschule.de — totally recommended! Clearly awesome instructors there ;-))
And obviously the first one of the bunch had to deviate from my 2/3rds-water rule…
If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea…