Kat - always with a K
01 January 2020 @ 12:00 am
I've noticed lately that I often want to post about certain things that have happened in my life but then I don't because they are work-related or in some other way personal so that I'd rather not share them with the public altogether. So, in order to open up some more with you lot again my LJ is from now on

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The only posts that will remain unlocked to everyone are pure icon and quote posts, all other posts will be flocked from now on.

If you want to read what I have to tell about myself and about my life, please comment to this post and ask to be friended back.

 
 
I see: home
I feel: calmcalm
 
 
 
Kat - always with a K
03 December 2014 @ 01:41 am
Yes, it's already past midnight, but my day was so packed that I didn't get to post any sooner.  So, without further ado, here's day 2 of the CCC.  Today it comes in two parts.  Again I downsized the images for here, but with a click onto them you'll get to the full resolution.
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I see: Zwickau
I feel: tiredtired
I hear: Def Leppard - Go
 
 
 
Kat - always with a K
01 December 2014 @ 09:34 pm
So, this year I have something different for you:  A Christmas Calendar.  Well, I made it for this awesome place called Cageside Seats, but I thought I might as well share it here, too.  Under the cut you will find day 1 of the Cageside Christmas Calendar.  I downsized the image for here, but by clicking on the link you can get the full resolution.

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This is also the perfect time to plug my new blog about my creative projects, lepsys_creation.  Not only will I be posting all the creative things I do there, but I will also talk about the development of some projects, like this one.

Also, I am currently back in Zwickau for my Advent vacation which this year is two weeks long.  There's a lot planned, but I also will have plenty of time to relax and laze around.
 
 
I see: Zwickau
I feel: creativecreative
 
 
 
Kat - always with a K
02 August 2013 @ 08:13 pm
So, yesterday I spent at the zoo in Nuremberg which is best known for its polar bears (little Flocke was born here a few years back) and dolphins. It's quite a big zoo where you can easily spend 6+ hours. A few enclosures are currently closed for rebuilding, amongst them the wolf enclosure (it will be turned into a lynx enclosure) and sadly also the owl enclosures - except for the the Ural owl enclosure which happens to be situated with the other day birds of prey such as eagle and harpy rather than the other owls. The good news is that once the owl enclosure has been rebuilt the zoo will have Great Grey Owls, woo hoo!

The cutest animal of the day was definitely the red panda. When I happened to pass by his enclosure for the first time he was pretty active, looking for a good spot in the tree. When I passed it again later the keeper had just brought fresh leaves so both the male and the female appeared at the table. There were a lot of ooohs and aaahs all around, for sure :)

The polar bear enclosures are really impressive, but still too small, I am afraid. I cannot find any other explanation for both polar bears having tics, otherwise. One polar bear walked the same small route by the water again and again, taking every step exactly as it had in the previous run, and the other stood by the entrance to the rear enclosure, looking at something in the trees (there was nothing) and baring its teeth every five minutes. I am really torn about polar bear keeping. You can never build big enough enclosures for animals who are by nature used to having thousands and thousands of miles to roam, and yet - the polar bear is such an endangered species that the only way to preserve them is to keep them at zoos. It's a vicious circle, really.

The sea lions and dolphins are presented in a 30-minute show five times a day, the rest of the day they have a pretty big area to roam free. Some animal rights activists still think it's too small, but the Dolphin Laguna as it is called is really spacious, and the animals all look well, and obviously had fun doing the presentation. I hope you'll be able to see in the photos.

So now, without further ado, here's the photographs I took. Apologies for them being a bit out of order - I had two cameras with me - my old Pentax Optio 550 which is perfect for zooming and photographing unmoving objects, and my new Pentax Q which is brilliant for taking photographs of moving objects due to its serial function, and its vast variety of different automatic settings and the fact that I can use all sorts of filters with it. So yeah, sorry for that.

Anyway, enjoy the photographs and remember:

- All photographs taken by yours truly
- Click for full resolution
- Feel free to take them for private use
- If used for artistic means, credit must be given to either little___hobbit or Katja Eichner
- If shared elsewhere please to not hotlink!


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I feel: hothot
 
 
 
Kat - always with a K

I just noticed that when I posted the photos of Hirschfeld the other day some were missing. For some reason LJ hadn't uploaded them properly. But as they are photos of a tawny owl cleaning itself in my presence and of the pair of great grey owls (the male of which is beige-coloured), I have to share them with you yet. Apologies for the fence distorting the view of the great grey owls, but they are pretty dangerous. Much as I love them, I value my health and safety more, so I didn't dare to try and lean forward to get a shot through the fence.

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I feel: exhaustedexhausted
I hear: Dorians - Lonely Planet
 
 
 
Kat - always with a K
10 May 2013 @ 01:32 pm

On May 2 I was at Leipzig Zoo, and as always I loved it. It really doesn't matter how often I go there, I am always just in awe at what they've managed to achieve. I still remember the zoo from East Germany times when the enclosures were tiny and in disarray. It's completely different these days. Most animals have huge enclosures that are as close to the animals' natural environment as is possible. Gondwanaland, the huge tropic hall has a perfect climate for animals that are normally at home in the rain forests of this world. The zoo keepers do their best to give the animals the best care possible without humanizing them and try to offer them something new as often as possible. If that means distributing giraffe shit all over the lion enclosure, they don't care as long as their animals are well and healthy. And they are.

At the moment the biggest attraction of Leipzig zoo is an approx. 3-month old male tapir named Baru. Sadly when I was at his enclosure he was still behind the scenes fast asleep. I only got to see Copashi, his father. But he's beautiful, too.The weather unfortunately wasn't the best in the world - it was rather cool so a few animals hid, but at least it was dry, and I still managed plenty of pictures that I'll share with you now. Enjoy!

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I feel: calmcalm
I hear: BERLIN - TAKE MY BREATH AWAY (Radio Zwickau - Die beste Musik - Wir lieben Zwickau)
 
 
 
Kat - always with a K
So, after two years I finally made it back to Hirschfeld Tierpark. It's a small but really beautiful zoo just about 15 mins by car from Zwickau. They have mostly regional animals on display, but also a few more exotic animals such as porcupines, and a few macaques for the kids. But despite its small size it's still an amazing place to go. Highlights of the zoo are their new brown bear and wolf enclosures, a walk-in owl enclosure and a beige-coloured Great Grey Owl (not in the walk-in enclosure, of course - far too dangerous). Yes, I always spend ages at that enclosure.

Because of its proximity to Zwickau many families go there on holidays and weekends. I went on the 1st of May which is a holiday in Germany, so the zoo was pretty full. I still managed to get a few pictures that I'll be happy to share with you.

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I feel: calmcalm
I hear: TEXAS - SUMMER SON (Radio Zwickau - Die beste Musik - Wir lieben Zwickau)
 
 
 
Kat - always with a K
18 December 2012 @ 12:09 am
Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.

- Anais Nin






... and how many new worlds were born all those years ago thanks to a place called Middle Earth...! Words cannot express how blessed I feel to have met you all. ♥
 
 
I see: home
I feel: gratefulgrateful
 
 
 
Kat - always with a K
27 November 2012 @ 08:34 am
You must constantly ask yourself these questions: Who am I around? What are they doing to me? What have they got me reading? What have they got me saying? Where do they have me going? What do they have me thinking? And most important, what do they have me becoming? Then ask yourself the big question: Is that okay? Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.

- Jim Rohn
 
 
I see: home
I feel: mellowmellow
 
 
 
Kat - always with a K
07 May 2012 @ 07:26 pm
The main aim of education should be to send children out into the world with a reasonably sized anthology in their heads so that, while seated on the lavatory, waiting in doctors' surgeries, on stationary trains or watching interviews with politicians, they may have something interesting to think about.

- Sir John Mortimer
 
 
I see: home
I feel: relaxedrelaxed
 
 
 
Kat - always with a K
21 December 2011 @ 04:21 am
Your friendship is a glowing ember

Through the year; and each December

From its warm and living spark

We kindle flame against the dark

And with its shining radiance light

Our tree of faith on Christmas night.

- Thelma J. Lund



With this I say goodbye for now; today right after work Boo and I'll be leaving for Zwickau to spend the next few days with my parents and brother. I'll be back on Boxing Day - though not sure if I'll be posting right away then.

Take care, all of you!
 
 
I see: home
I feel: groggygroggy - what do you expect, it's half four in the morning!
 
 
 
Kat - always with a K
20 September 2010 @ 08:21 pm
When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property.

- Thomas Jefferson
 
 
I see: home
I feel: relaxedrelaxed
 
 
 
Kat - always with a K
11 April 2010 @ 04:40 pm
Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.

- Orison Swett Marden
 
 
I see: home
I feel: relaxedrelaxed
 
 
 
Kat - always with a K
18 March 2010 @ 10:11 pm
Well, this is the second instalment of me trying out recipes from my favourite cookbook. Let's see how this one turned out.

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I see: home
I feel: happyhappy
 
 
 
Kat - always with a K
16 March 2010 @ 11:14 pm
Today the world changes so quickly that in growing up we take leave not just of youth but of the world we were young in. Fear and resentment of what is new is really a lament for the memories of our childhood.

- Sir Peter Medawar
 
 
I see: home
I feel: touchedtouched
 
 
 
Kat - always with a K
11 March 2010 @ 09:49 am
There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.

- Louis L'Amour
 
 
I see: home
I feel: soresore
I hear: David Cook - Light On
 
 
 
Kat - always with a K
02 February 2010 @ 12:12 am
I've been through it all, baby. I'm Mother Courage

- Elizabeth Taylor

(from quoteland.com)
 
 
I see: home
I feel: sicksick
 
 
 
Kat - always with a K
25 January 2010 @ 05:42 pm
If you don't have solid beliefs you cannot build a stable life. Beliefs are like the foundation of a building, and they are the foundation to build your life upon.

- Alfred A. Montapert

(courtesy of quoteland.com)
 
 
I see: home
I feel: busybusy
I hear: Pink Floyd - Another Brick In The Wall, pt. 2
 
 
 
Kat - always with a K
18 January 2010 @ 09:58 pm
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

- Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
 
I see: home
I feel: hungryhungry
I hear: Billy Joel - Uptown Girl
 
 
 
Kat - always with a K

As always from quoteland.com, and just so, so true.

"When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing."

- Enrique Jardiel Poncela

 
 
I see: home
I feel: hungryhungry
I hear: Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U
 
 
 
Kat - always with a K
21 December 2009 @ 06:01 pm

Our gifts seem so small in comparison to God's. But our efforts count, even though like Simeon we only stretch out our arms in the patience of faith so that we may receive the Holy Gift. Even though we only wait, poor and yearning in the darkness, in fervent longing for the proclamation, we are ready, and may help bring about the fullness of time.

- Eberhard Arnold, "When the Time Was Fulfilled"

 
 
I see: home
I feel: hungryhungry
I hear: U2 - In The Name Of Love
 
 
 
Kat - always with a K
15 December 2009 @ 02:13 am

Life is known only by those who have found a way to be comfortable with change and the unknown. Given the nature of life, there may be no security, but only adventure.

- Rachel Naomi Remen

 
 
I see: home
I feel: tiredtired
 
 
 
Kat - always with a K
05 October 2009 @ 05:52 pm

"An inexhaustible good nature is one of the most precious gifts of heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather."

  - Washington Irving

 

 

I'm home, by the way.

 
 
I see: home
I feel: blahblah
 
 
 
Kat - always with a K
28 September 2009 @ 11:33 am
Your Primary Mood Color is Blue
You are a sensitive and reflective person. You have a good intuition for emotions.
You can sense what people are feeling and even sometimes what they are thinking.

You communicate well, and you're also a good listener. You cherish your friends, and every word they say is important to you.
You are always there for the people you love, and you expect the same in return. You crave deep connection and understanding.
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I see: Zwickau
I feel: goodgood
I hear: Scwayze - Corona and Lime
 
 
 
Kat - always with a K
21 September 2009 @ 08:34 pm

Autumn is really the best of the seasons; and I'm not sure that old age isn't the best part of life. But of course, like autumn, it doesn't last.

  - C.S. Lewis, "Letters of C. S. Lewis [1966] "27 October 1963""

 
 
I see: home
I feel: peacefulpeaceful