I fell in love with photography when I first lived in Germany more than 30 years ago. I was working for the German-American Public Affairs Office in Würzburg as a newspaper reporter and photographer. At the time, my press badge had my social security number on it. No joke. Those were also the days I developed photos in the darkroom with lots and lots of chemicals and the ever-present red light.

I loved spending hours in the darkroom, experimenting with different development techniques for a unique black and white print. And, because I never knew how my photos looked until after development, I’d take hundreds of pictures hoping for “the one.”

Even though I have immediate access to my photos on my Canon T6i, I still take multiple shots of whatever is in my frame. While my favorite shots are of nature, here in Europe I get caught up with the architecture, especially in older towns that still have structures dating from the Middle Ages. Dettelbach is one such town.

Dettelbach dates back to 741 CE and is nestled on the bank of the Main River, 20 km east of Würzburg. It has cobble-stoned streets, many half-timbered housed like the one I once lived in, and an almost complete medieval city wall that includes numerous towers and two remaining town gates.

Dettelbach, Germany, Sheila Callaham
I love walking along the outside of the wall, capturing how new spaces
have evolved around the old ones.
Dettelbach, Germany, Sheila Callaham
The half-timbered house on the left was built in the 1600s and
was my house for the four years I lived in Dettelbach.
Dettelbach, Germany, Sheila Callaham
I’ve probably shot this tower portal 1,000 times.
The frame never gets old!

Dettelbach is well-known for its wine, and my dear friend and hostess during my six-weeks visit is one of the local wine-makers. Because the wine business is important to city tourism, they host an annual wine fest in late May/early June. For as many years as I can remember, it has been a popular attraction.

I was happy that my visit coincided with the grape harvest, as I enjoyed several days helping in the fields. Most of the grapes are harvested mechanically; however, this season a couple of fields were too steep given the wet weather, and other fields too narrow. Those were harvested by hand, as they were when I previously lived here. There is something wonderfully therapeutic about cutting the juicy grapes from the vine until the bucket is full.

Dettelbach, Germany, Sheila Callaham
Buckets of beautiful grapes!

In celebration of another successful harvest, the City of Dettelbach hosts an annual parade every October. The children love to watch the tractors pass by, and adults enjoy the festivities, food, and wine afterward.

Dettelbach, Germany, Sheila Callaham
Fun to watch and ride!
Dettelbach, Germany, Sheila Callaham
Every parade needs a brass band!

In the few weeks I have left, I’ll be doing some traveling–both local and to the Czech Republic. I’m savoring every moment here and making as many “photographic memories” as I can!

Finally, here’s a slideshow I put together featuring many of my favorite nature shots. To make the slideshow, I videoed it playing on my MacBook with my iPhone. I’m sure there’s an easier way to do this so that I don’t lose the quality of the shot.

Tips, anyone?

Also, check out the previous posts I’ve made since arriving!

Immersion Is the Best Way to Develop Foreign Language Skills

Celebrating 29 Years of German Reunification: “Tag Der Deutschen Einheit”

Visit to Germany Requires Gluten, Dairy, and Soy-Free Substitutes: It’s a Baking Challenge!

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