Spring is in the air

… and that means sunrises are moving ever earlier into those times I call night, simply because I refuse to see anything before 6am as daytime.

But I managed to pry myself from bed after only a modicum of sleep to spend a few hours around sunrise snapping happily away while sipping coffee from a thermos. Because it’s still cold in the mornings, even though the day may end up at 25°C+

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I think I remember the clock showing 4:30am as the alarm went off… but I can’t quite make myself believe it in retrospect :-/

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It took a good long hour for the sun to make its first appearance, but I had my coffee with me and the Lohrberg, not far from home, gave me a good view of the moon on one side and the skyline on the other.

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The view of the skyline isn’t as spectacular as the one from the river Main to the east of the city (see here), because the buildings are more spread out and not as tightly clustered.

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But as the sun really got going I was faced with almost too many photos to take – a target-rich environment, and one that vanishes really fast, because the sun sets quite a pace!

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The Lohrberg is the last remaining place within the Frankfurt city boundaries to still have a vineyard, and is technically – although quite perversely – part of the Rheingau area.

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The lawns are used quite intensively for barbecues, picknicks and the like in summer, and trash strewn about is a constant reminder of that, even at 5am. When the light is really low, you need to be a bit wary of where to put your feet, lest they end up in someone’s garbage…

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But the way back to the carpark makes up for all that and is quite enchanting, with flowers in full bloom and only the very occasional runner coming through at 7:30am.

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