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Hanns-Braun-Brücke, Olympiapark, Olympiaturm, Muenchen, Munich, Bavaria, Bayern, Germany,

Munich: Memorials to the 1972 Olympics Massacre

Above/featured: Munich’s Olympic Park: Olympic Tower and the tent roof structure.

In my hockey-mad nation of birth, September 1972 is defined by the epic hockey Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union; the games and individual stories are stuff of legends. But high on my mind since childhood have been the tragic events that same month in Munich: the worst terrorist act in modern Olympics history.

The 20th Summer Olympics were under way in Munich, Germany, and “The Carefree Games” as they were called were the first summer games held in Germany since Berlin in 1936. Both Munich and Germany wanted to show a different peaceful and prosperous side to the world with the generation born after the Second World War.

However, the 1972 Games will also carry the stain of the “Munich Massacre” on 5-6 September. By crisis’ end, the 17 dead included eleven members of the Israeli Olympic team, one German police officer, and five Palestinian kidnappers. Many questions remained about pre-Game preparations and warnings about a possible attack, security measures, crisis management, and the failed attempt to liberate the hostages. Complete details of events remain murky even after 40 years. The disaster would damage the reputations of city, state, and country as well as international relations for years to come.

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Eisbachwelle, winter surfing, river surfing, Munich, Muenchen, Germany,

Fotoeins Friday: ‘DISOBEY’, Munich Eisbachwelle

On a brisk overcast winter afternoon in Munich, I watched surfers tackle the one-metre wave at the Eisbachwelle. I saw one woman among the surfers during the two hours I spent clicking away. I realized after returning to Vancouver and inspecting the pictures that her surfboard had at its front end the word “DISOBEY.”

I made the above photo on 23 February 2017 with the Canon 6D, 70-300 glass, and the following settings: 1/200-sec, f/16, ISO2500, and 100mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie on as

Eisbachwelle, urban surfing, Englischer Garten, Munich, Muenchen, Bavaria, Bayern, Germany,

Fotoeins Friday: winter surfing at Munich’s Eisbach

Only the experienced surfers are advised and encourage to tackle this 1-metre (3-foot) high standing wave in the middle of Munich. On a side branch of the Isar river, the Eisbachwelle (literally, “cold brook wave”) is a sensational spot to watch surfers line up to ride the wave, as well as to watch curious onlookers from both resident and visitor alike. With the river’s headwaters in the Alps, the water has a green tinge because of the chalky white deposits.

I made the photo above on 23 February 2017 with the Canon 6D, 24-105 zoom, and the following settings: 1/5-sec, f/22, ISO100, and 24mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at as


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Alhambra-Union Rugby Football Club, North Ground, rugby, rugby union, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand, Aotearoa, myRTW,

Fotoeins Friday: Otago rugby, Dunedin North Ground

28 July 2012.

Over the duration of a year-long journey around the world, I’m spending significant time in the southern hemisphere (not unlike five previous years working and living in Chile). The time has also meant I’ve come to learn about cricket and rugby, which are important to Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. I was introduced to rugby league years ago, but I prefer rugby union, especially after having watched on television games during the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

On foot north from Dunedin CBD centre to Baldwin Street, I pass by the city’s North Ground, home to the Alhambra-Union Rugby Football Club. I stop to watch one of the Club’s junior sides, Colts, in an afternoon rugby game in progress where this “line-out” takes place.

During my year-long RTW, I made this photo on 28 July 2012 with the Canon 450D, 50-prime, and the following settings: 1/250-sec, f/5, ISO100, and 50mm focal length (80mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at as

Lower Brockton, Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

Fotoeins Friday: summer weekend cricket in Vancouver

A beautiful summer weekend in Vancouver also means cricket for hundreds of players in the local area with match play in the British Columbia Mainland Cricket League (BCMCL). A venue with an impressively picturesque mountain (North Shore) backdrop is Brockton Clubhouse and Pavilion in Vancouver’s Stanley Park. Next to the Pavilion are two fields: Upper Brockton and Lower Brockton.

In the picture above is Lower Brockton in this southeast view to Coal Harbour, the “sails” of Canada Place at centre, and snow-capped Mount Baker peeking behind the red cranes at left. The picture below shows team “Newton Surrey III” at bat for the following match:

BCMCL 2016 season match number 365: Division 3, between West Vancouver IV (home) and Newton Surrey III (away). Newton Surrey III batted first, scoring 271 runs for a loss of 9 wickets in a maximum of 45 overs (271/9, 45.0 ov). In their innings, West Vancouver IV batted for 191 runs for a loss of all 10 wickets in 39.2 overs (191/10, 39.2 ov). Newton Surrey III successfully defended their run total and won the match by 80 runs.

Lower Brockton, Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

Newton Surrey III, batting | West Vancouver IV, fielding

In 1867, Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. MacDonald, once declared cricket as the young nation’s first official sport. The Brockton Pavilion provides this short history of cricket in Vancouver: “The Vancouver Cricket Club was officially formed in 1889 and thus officially cricket was begun in this area. In fact, cricket was being played here as soon as the British began to populate British Columbia in the 1850’s. Historical records indicate Brockton Point Cricket Club was one of the seven founding member clubs of the B.C. Mainland Cricket League in 1914.”

I made the photo above on 24 July 2016 with the Canon EOS6D and 70-300 zoom-lens. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at as

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