berlin mitte, 2021
berlin 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
berlin, prenzlauer berg, 2017
funnily enough this is also from last year but again i bet it looked the same today :-)
leaf on bike
berlin friedrichshain, 2017
still life with red box
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.
who would have thought of that… after red and blue now green. hah, very original. but at least i have two greens for you… and i’ve sprinkled a little hipster developer over the picture to get that look.
this is a simson s50 (or maybe s51 for that matter), a motorcycle made in suhl, thuringia, gdr in the last half of the 70s. simson is the same company that also brought us the famous “schwalbe” scooters and the simson duo.
found in friedrichshain, berlin, former capital of the former gdr. sometimes it still puts your finger on it.