An iPhone travel journal – Day 9 – The Last Day

Wednesday – The Last Leaves

After an excellent lunch with my older brother and my parents in Switzerland I took a few Autumn images on the way to Germany. This tree is loosing its leaves fast as Autumn turns into Winter. And I will be leaving Europe in a few hours. See you next year!


An iPhone travel journal – EXTRAS

I have only published one iPhone image per day on my travel blog. Some of you have asked me if these are all the pictures I took. Well, here are some of the EXTRAS.

Today, I will be flying back to South Africa. I am a bit sad of leaving Europe and my Family already, but I am also looking forward to getting back to South Africa and home to Thanda. I am planning to return in May 2016.

I hope you enjoyed this short travel blog, which turned a bit into a ‘great eating in Europe’ blog :-). It was interesting to work exclusively with my iPhone 6 Plus. It gives one a lot of freedom (not carrying a lot of equipment and having great editing tools instantly available), but it also showed me the limitations. A good experience.

I will post the last pictures of this trip this afternoon!

New York Times

One of my images was published in the New York Times on 27 October 🙂


panthera PANTHERA – Post on 27 October 2015

‘Pick up your copy of The New York Times today and flip to page A11 to read about a study co-authored by Panthera and published yesterday that unveils new findings on declining lion populations in key regions of Africa.

You can also catch up on the NYTimes article online @ and read Panthera President Dr. Luke Hunter’s explanation on the far-reaching impact of the catastrophic loss of Africa’s lions: “You start pulling at the threads of these big complicated ecosystems, and they start unraveling.”

Learn what Panthera is doing across Africa to protect one of our planet’s most celebrated species @

Special thanks to Christian Sperka Photography and Nick Garbutt Wildlife Photography for the generous use of their lion photos in this feature!’

An iPhone travel journal – Day 8

Tuesday – German “Wildlife”

I thought a German cow would make a nice “Wildlife” image on one of my travel blog days. My younger brother and I went for a drive into the Black Forest this morning to find a suitable subject. I really like this portrait of a young cow, which I shot on our trip.

For lunch we met up with our parents to eat one of my favorite dishes in a traditional German restaurant: Rehruecken mit Spaetzle, Rotkraut, Preiselbeeren und glasierten Maroni (Rack of venison, small dumplings, red cabbage, cranberries and honey-glazed chestnuts). For desert we had another favorite of mine called ‘meringue glace’ (Vanilla ice cream with freshly whipped cream and very light meringue from the Swiss Emmental).

And after another relaxing afternoon I went for an early dinner (a German sausage salad) with a friend in Bad Saeckingen. In case you think that this trip is a bit of an eating-marathon, then I would say that you are correct – but I enjoy every minute of it 🙂

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More to come …

An iPhone travel journal – Day 7

Monday – A gloomy travel day

Back to Baden-Wuerttemberg. We left Bavaria mid-morning and it took us over six hours to get back home. Long traffic jams around Munich – cars not Elephants this time 🙂 – and a lot of fog along the way made for a longer than usual drive. Now we are back home for a relaxing evening.

I took this picture during the drive – not a very photographic day 😦

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More to come …

An iPhone travel journal – Day 6

Sunday – A Family Day – past and present

Today was a true family day. In the morning we visited an aunt and uncle of mine before we had a family dinner in a traditional Bavarian restaurant. Then we met with two uncles, one aunt, seven cousins and their families on the Catholic cemetery in Teisbach to remember all our dead relatives, of whom most were buried in this place. We then had afternoon coffee  and dinner with the uncles, aunt and cousins before we retired to our hotel for the last night in Bavaria.

On the way to the cemetery I took this picture of a Rapeseed field. I love the colours.

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More to come…

An iPhone travel journal – Day 6

Sunday – Wolpertinger

This morning at breakfast I had an incredible sighting in the Hotel Raeucherhansl, where we are staying during our trip to Bavaria. I got a shot of this rare animal!

Seriously :-), the Wolpertinger is a mythogical hybrid animal in Bavarian folklore, which supposed to inhabit the alpine forests of Bavaria. This specimen was definitely man made and quite scary looking. Bavarian Halloween Special!


More from day 6 later on …


An iPhone travel journal – Day 5

Saturday – Home Town Gate  
I got around a bit in my life. I was born in Switzerland, grew up in the South of Germany, worked in over 20 and travelled to over 50 countries. But my parents are both from Bavaria. They grew up in the same small village – named Teisbach – where even today a lot of Sperkas still live. Every year on All Saints day (1 November) they visit the graves of their parents and many relatives in the small town. This is a Catholic tradition. Together with my brother, my nieces and one of my nephews I am accompanying them on this year’s visit. We have arrived in Bavaria after five hours of travel. The picture is of an old gate of the village of Teisbach.

More to follow soon …


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I am working on organizing all the Wildlife images, which I took between 2001 and 2010. This is a major undertaking which will take me many month.

But one of the rewards of this -sometime tedious – work is that I find some good images I have never published before. Here is one of them. Three Cheetah cubs watching their mum going off to hunt.

Precious 🙂