Ten reasons why dogs are amazing animals

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I decided to dedicate this week’s photo challenge “eye-spy” to Luna. She was the beautiful dog of my brother and his girlfriend. Unfortunately Luna passed away a few weeks ago due to lung cancer. May she rest in peace now. She will always be a part of our hearts.

Loosing a pet is heartbreaking. I lost two dogs who were close to my heart in the past and thinking about it feels like it just happened some months ago. We are getting easily attached to dogs who are lucky to share their life with us. Why are dogs so special to us? Read below the 10 reasons why dogs are amazing animals to be around with:

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may Luna rest in peace.
  1. Dogs love you unconditionally. It doesn’t matter how you look like, how you feel like or how much attention you give to your dog today (just make sure your dog gets the daily portion of food though:). Your dog still loves you.
  2. Dogs have an EQ (emotional intelligence). Lot’s of people actually don’t. They quickly pick up on your mood and adapt to you. Are you sad, your dog will sit next to you and be there for you. If you feel happy and full of energy, your dog will feel the same and gets the ball to play with you.
  3. You are coming back home from work and feeling stressed? Your dog will change this situation immediately. Dogs welcome you with their wagging tail and big smile in their face, jump at you to say hello.
  4. Dogs love to socialise. They love being surrounded by people or other dogs. Where ever you go and what ever you do, dogs want to be part of it.
  5. They bring joy to your heart and love to play. Playing dogs can go crazy. We were used to say our dog had his 5 minutes going “gaga”. It is fun watching and playing with them.
  6. Dogs are very smart animals. If you learn them tricks they are very eager to learn and pick it up very quickly. They in the end will trick you if you don’t pay attention.
  7. If one animal is very loyal to humans it has to be the dog. There are stories that a dog was guarding the graveyard of his owner who passed away. Only dogs will do that.
  8. Dogs make you forget your worries the minute you look into their cute eyes. You cannot help yourself but to smile. Smiling is like medicine.
  9. As a dog owner you become healthier without the need of going to the gym. Your dog needs to go for a walk at least twice to three times a day. No excuse, bad weather does not exist for a dog.
  10. Dogs protect you in your home. Dogs help people in need like the guide dogs or rescue dogs trained to find people in emergency situations.
Luna's eyes
Luna’s eyes

Who ever has had or has a dog understands how special these animals are for us. Unfortunately not every dog gets the right treatment from human beings. I hope that each dog will find a lovely dog owner who treats them with respect and understands their nature and appreciates them.

May Luna rest in peace. She definitely was one of the lucky dogs who had very special and lovely dog owners who only gave her the best she could have. Luna will always remember them and lives now in happy dog’s heaven playing with all the other dogs people have lost.

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one word photo challenge: bridge

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In this week’s one word photo challenge I chose the ‘bridge’. A bridge to me symbolises going on a journey to pursue your dreams.

You sometimes don’t know what to expect but you have a goal in mind – the other side of the bridge. In life we might have goals we sometimes start thinking and worrying too much that we might not be able to reach it. Once this is in your mindset this will happen – you won’t reach your goal.

Instead be open minded, get out of your comfort zone and chase your dreams. Don’t give up, stick to your goal, be brave and have the courage to follow your dreams.

“To embark on the journey towards your goals and dreams requires bravery. To remain on that path requires courage. The bridge that merges the two is commitment.” 
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

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Sydney harbour at night

one word photo challenge: winter

I was growing up in Germany where winter can get really cold. Winter for me means snow, frozen lakes, being cold and wrapped up with lots of clothes. I am not a fan of that type of winter even though it can look really pretty when it is snowing.

One of the reason why I love living in Australia is that I don’t have to deal with this cold winter anymore. Winter in Australia can look like this, sunny, a bit chilly but not cold compared to Europe. You can walk along the beach and enjoy an early morning without getting too cold.

reflections in Gunnamatta bay
reflections in Gunnamatta bay

one word photo challenge: spring

floriade

Every season has its own beauty. Spring is the refreshing season preparing you for summer. The days are getting longer, the flowers start blossoming, a fresh smell is in the air and the temperature keeps increasing.

It is in spring where most of us feel the urge to clean the house to get ready for summer.

Enjoy spring.

I personally love when all the flowers start to blossom in its colourful beauty.

This photo has been taken at the ‘Floriade’ in Canberra – the biggest spring celebration in Australia.

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flower paradise at the Floriade in Cranberra

 

Extraordinary things in an ordinary world

Making it all the way to Machu Picchu, standing mid in the clouds and looking at this stunning Inca site was simply breathtaking and spectacular. An ‘extraordinary’ example in an ordinary world.

Machu Picchu is an Inca citadel in the Anden mountains 2,430m above sea level. It was built by the Incan in the 15th century and never found by the Spanish conquerer. Machu Picchu is known for the use of its sophisticated dry-stone walls that fuse huge blocks without the use of mortar. The buildings are set in an astronomical alignment with panoramic views over the Urubamba River valley.

Are you interested in reading more about Machu Picchu or the Inca trail? Please click here.

view of Machu Picchu through a doorway
view of Machu Picchu through a doorway

 

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “(Extra)ordinary.”

one word photo challenge: autumn

Autumn is about earthy and warm colours. What I miss in Australia are the beautiful trees turning its colour into golden and red. Maybe this is the reason why I so much like going to New Zealand. It does remind me on home and is such a small, peaceful and beautiful country.

I took this autumn photo in Queenstown. The golden coloured trees in contrast with the blue lake and surrounding mountains is a photographer’s dream.

Enjoy each season.

autumn in Queenstown, New Zealand
autumn in Queenstown, New Zealand

World trade centre memorial in NYC

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For this week’s photo challenge “Grid” I chose one of my photos of the World trade centre memorial in New York City.

Visiting this place was very emotional. When I was standing in front of the memorial all the pictures I remembered from the news were running through my head and even after so many years, I cannot believe what happened; still cannot understand how people can kill so many innocent people. May the victims rest in peace.

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reflections New York City

A tribute of remembrance and honour, a tribute to the past and a place of hope for the future.

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World trade centre memorial in New York City

 

 

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Grid.”

One word photo challenge: wildfire

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For this week’s photo challenge ‘wildfire’ I am not going to share a real wildfire as I am glad that we don’t face this situation at the moment and pray for everybody who is or was effected by mother nature. My interpretation of ‘fire’ is for me the best ever firework in the world:

‘ Sydney is on fire with its most beautiful firework on New Year’s eve’

If you always wanted to visit Sydney, come and visit us at New years eve. It is fantastic to watch this amazing firework each year. I have taken this photo on NYE 2014 at Ball head reserve.

Welcome to Sydney.

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New Years eve in Sydney

One word photo challenge: drought

desert

In this week’s one word photo challenge ‘drought’ I would like to share a photo of the Nazca lines in the Peruvian desert.

Nazca lines are a series of ancient geoglyphs in the Nazca desert. You can find a range of different figures like the hummingbird, spider, monkey, fish, shark, orcas, lizards, tree and others. Archeologist have studied the Nazca culture to find out what the purpose of the lines are. It is still a mystery but stories exist.

If you are in Peru, it is definitely worth a visit, especially if you are brave enough to fly over it.

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Nazca lines in the Peruvian desert

One word photo challenge: snow

This week’s one word photo challenge is ‘snow’.

One of my favourite travel destinations I have been to was Fitz Roy National Park in Patagonia. The weather was perfect that day and the beautiful nature in Patagonia can’t get any better than this.

When you travel to Patagonia be prepared to have 4 seasons in one day, pack your clothes accordingly and you will have a fabulous time.

More breathtaking images on my previous blog post: Photos that make you want to travel to Patagonia.

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Fitz Roy National Park and its amazing looking sky.

Happy travel.