And so I am coming to an end of my wonderful vacation on Hallig Hooge. It has been relaxing but never dull. I have loved living close to nature instead of traffic and noise.

Oyster catchers in flight

Oyster catchers in flight

I have loved seeing green meadows in all directions instead of brown, dried country like around here (and now blackened from all the fires).

It's so easy being green - just add a little rain now and then

It’s so easy being green – just add a little rain now and then

Next winter's cattle feed

Next winter’s cattle feed

The ever-changing weather, from sunny and bright

A beautiful summer morning

A beautiful summer morning

Summertime

Summertime

to dark and wild

A storm is coming

A storm is coming

Time to take cover

Time to take cover

made for far more interest than the weather we experience here in California.

I have loved seeing the ocean every day, in calm and rough weather and in all sorts of different light.

Calm water

Calm water

big swells

big swells

Evening light

Evening light

I loved the sunrises at 5 am, the full moon rising over the water or setting in the early morning outside my window,

Full moon rises over the ocean

Full moon rises over the ocean

and the splendid sunsets we would see first from the kitchen window. Invariably we were being pulled outside to watch the orange, pink, and red sky linger and linger for a long time. No buildings to obstruct the almost 360 degree view.

Just another evening spectacle

Just another evening spectacle

But now it is time to say good-bye. I am not sure whether this is an appropriate last photograph, but I wanted to share a picture of the North Frisian flag with you which reads, translated: “Better dead than not free!”

"Better Dead than not Free"

“Better Dead Than Not Free”

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