touch me i’m pink

berlin mitte, 2021

mudhoney – touch me i’m pink (click, hear)


DSC00447berlin friedrichshain, 2020

swallowtail in blue


berlin friedrichshain, 2019

(swallow -> schwalbe in german… -> schwalbe -> a german motor scooter – yes, the one on the left)

springtime with coal

DSC09827-Bearbeitetberlin, prenzlauer berg, 2017

funnily enough this is also from last year but again i bet it looked the same today :-)

leaf on bike

DSC09363-2berlin friedrichshain, 2017

mirror tree

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAoh, this special kind of window tree…

friedrichshain, berlin, 2016



from friedrichshain, berlin

the rear wheel of a schwalbe motorcycle. schwalbe is swallow (the bird) in english, hence the title. the schwalbe motorcycle manufactured by simson in suhl from 1964 to 1986 was (and in fact still is) very popular in eastern germany and rightly so.

the reichstag may be closer than it appears

reichstag(part of) the berlin reichstag in the mirror of a motorcycle made in the gdr. the ‘schwalbe‘.

swallow* reloaded

ich bin für dich da / i’m there for you

more than 15 months later the little simson duo (a.k.a. schwalbe) was parked at the same spot again. and i took the chance of putting together a bit of a picture in picture thing.

all shot with the lumix 20mm except the last one. that was taken with the 14mm with gwc1 conversion lens attached.

the original picture was gone within 10 minutes…  it was a postcard, maybe it gets written.

* many parts of the shown vehicle are from a motorbike called “schwalbe” (i.e. the bird swallow) in german.

one swallow* does not make a summer

but a “duo” might do… (but probably not in february, though)

simson duo (cropped, iso too high…)

the pictured vehicle was used in the gdr by handicapped people that were either not able anymore and therefore/or  not allowed to drive a full fledged car like a trabant or something even more fancy.

* many parts of the shown vehicle are from a motorbike called “schwalbe” (i.e. the bird swallow) in german.