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About Travel Photography,
Colors of the World.

Manfred is creator of, travel photography, a travel blog and a photography blog (a journey from 2004 to 2013). 'I set out to see the colors of the world, always I try to capture the colors'.

Seeing, is understanding, so I report and photograph, but formost enjoy and live those different conceptions of life (all that TV [and the web] cannot give). I reject jealousy, animosity, bigotry. Be free!

Manfred in the desert of the Western Sahara

The mind, when pondering at night and always asked those questions. What am I doing in corporate wonderland of bank, university, office or church? Who is the other animal asleep deep inside, the thinker, punk, creative, or Indian, vagabond and healer, maybe artist, writer, photographer, traveler, globetrotter? Oh God, dare you to think. When I saw the lies, gambles and manipulations I follow the old dream and set out for the journey of life lived, the journey to see the colors of the world.

During years on the road I have taken the turns as they came along, and realized one thing: Only such a small part of the planet can be explored and such a vast land and sea mass will always remain unknown, to me; many swamps, jungles, deserts and oceans will never be traveled. But then I am father of twin boys, Daniel and David, my most important, and I show them some of the wonders and colors out there.

ThisFabTrek, Photography and Journey, the Stories from the Road and Life around the World, stopped in August 2013 after more than 9 years, Love and Peace.

Last vehicle.

G20, Chevy Gladiator.

Chevrolet Gladiator G20, The boys in Cordillera Blanca, Peru.
The boys and Chevy van, Peru.

The G20, the vehicle that came to me for the Americas adventures.

6 wheeled Land Rover.

Land Rover Defender 6x6
Link to Foley

The vehicle of the Africa adventures, a Foley 6-Wheeled Land Rover Defender.

Before, the MB307.

Manfred and MB307
Journey, Middle East.

The vehicle of the Middle-East and North-Cape Journeys. See all vehicles.

Daniel and David with nanny Aisha, the best we ever had, black African Woman carrying white twin babies, in Bamako, Mali.

Travel Blog

contains Festival/Fiesta/Art photography.

"There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come." - Victor Hugo.

"What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it, to tell the tale." Living to Tell the Tale - Gabriel García Márquez.

"They never taught wandering in any school I attended. ... they never taught the art of writing a book, either. It's all so mysterious."
"Wandering is an art in itself. Wandering and writing don't mix"
"Writing demands commitment and if one thing your wanderer is allergic to is that very quality of commitment, for once one is committed he runs that very risk of failure ..." Wanderer - Sterling Hayden.

"Photography enables you to grasp a place first time round. ... Photography is a means of exploration, it's a vital part of travel, almost as essential as a car or a plane. " - Wim Wenders.

"The worst prejudice we acquire during our youth is the idea that life is serious. Children have the right instincts: they know that life is not serious, and treat it as a game..." , Egon Friedell.

"How far you gonna go. Before you lose your way back home" - Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World, Achtung Baby, U2.

"If you want to be a hero well just follow me." - Working Class Hero, John Lennon.

"When I think of all the things I have done, I know that it's only just begun." - I love you, Lou Reed.

"One does not escape the Sahara - the Sahara let's you go or not" - Touareg.

"Planet earth is blue and there`s nothing I can do" - This is Ground Control to Major Tom, David Bowie.

"Glory for the crazy people/in this stupid world" - Ahmed Fouad Negm. > journey > north-america > united-states

Colors of the United States.

Map of the United States.

United States Highlights.

Pictures link to stories!

Toilet in Homestead Pub, Mission, San Francisco.
Blury shithouse, San Francisco.
Dark tree against evening sun. Eastern Oregon.
Dark tree against evening sun, Eastern Oregon.
Canadian geese, Hells Canyon, Oregon/Idoha.
Canadian geese, Hells Canyon Apr2011.
Pelicans like fighter jets.
Pelicans, like Fighterjets, Southern California, on way to Mexico Apr2011.
Monument Valley.
Monument Valley hazy, Dec 2010.
My friend Phil. Navajo.
My friend Phil, Navajo, Canyon de Chelly.
Grand Canyon another detail shot.
Grand Canyon detail.
Cowboy, ranger, guide, entertainer.
Cowboy, ranger, guide, entertainer, Grand Canyon walk, Nov 2010.
Marine Corps, Liberation of Kuwait painting, 29 Palms.
Marine Story, Desert Storm painting, 29 Palms.
In rows, casinos and slot machines.
Casinos Vegas craze, Nov 2010.
Coyote showing teeth.
Coyote showing teeth.
On moon in Badwater, DEathvalley.
On moon in Badwater, Deathvalley.
Yucca brevifolia.
Yucca brevifolia. Joshua Tree, Nov2010.
Monette Marino Keita in Bellyup taverne.
Monette Marino Keita in Bellyup taverne.
Bech and sunset, surfer and board.
Bech and sunset, surfer and board.
Disney Hall, Los Angeles.
Disney Hall, Los Angeles.
Beer tasting, Encinitas, Ale house.
Beer tasting, Encinitas, Ale house.
The sign Hollywood.
The sign Hollywood.
Chevy van Gladiator G20.
Chevy van Gladiator G20.
Cape Flatterey.
Cape Flatterey.
Flock of gulls.
Flock of gulls.
Hoh, moss on bark.
Hoh, moss on bark.
US-flags, New York, Oct2010.
US-flags, New York, Oct2010.
Smoke, financial district, New York.
Smoke, financial district, New York.
Manhatten, taxis.
Manhatten, taxis.
Liberty Statue, Oct 2010.
Liberty Statue, Oct 2010.

United States.

  • 2011 04 17 Eugene. - Eugene, bridging winter. This page, the embodiment of boredom. After Africa, Vienna, San Francisco, Eugene, Oregon then Hells Canyon in Idaho. Waiting for car papers, touring out of frustration and – boredom.
  • 2010 12 05 Monument Valley - Grand Canyon, Navajo Nation, Monument Valley. And back to SanFran via Eugene, huuue... Also a US-radio sucks story.
  • 2010 11 25 Las Vegas - Diego to Vegas, Joshua Tree, Mojave Desert, Death Valley.
  • 2010 11 13 San Diego - West Coast, Portland to San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Monette Marino Keita and Larry Mitchell.
  • 2010 10 23 Seattle - On to the West Coast, a new van, On the road in America. Around the Olympic Mountains.
  • 2010 10 13 New York - So how did I get here? This is not my beautiful wife...


To the world outside the US this comes as a surprise, the US is a country of wonderful craft beers. UNLIKE NORWAY; yes I am still angry... but take my rant with a grain of salt, Norwegians are alcohol-phobic; it seems they actively ponder introducing US-1930-style prohibition; Norwegians and for this Finish and Swedes too, just a bit less, are not nice countries for drinkers. The US is. Liquor shops are open 24 hours, so are supermarkets, they sell 100s of variants of beers, lagers, ambers, Indian pale ales, pale ales, porters, Belgium style whites, German style wheat’s and what-ever else ride the imaginations of brew-masters. “70,000USD and you and I open a brewery”, said a guy to me at a bar, “Oregon (a state in the North-West) is home to more independent breweries and makes than Germany”, said an assistant brew-master in Pacific City’s Pelican breweries, “My brother makes his own beer, but he is not such a perfectionist as my sister’s husband”, tells me Sara, a friend and shows me a craft-brewing utilities’ and ingredients’ shop in Berkeley, which is part of greater San Francisco. Fact of the matter is they’re all good and I think I know what I am talking about; imagine fridges of 30 meters all full of beers, and 100s of different makes. And again they’re all good. And now imagine Greece on the other side where we are stuck with the choice between Mythos and Heineken. In the US YOU choose, just stay away from Buds and Coors and Miller, or worse the lights because they may just taste like CALIFORNIAN CHARDONNAY WITH A SHOT OF PISS AND LOTS OF WATER.... Yes, you've got it Californian Chardonnay is way over rated. Reds, don't even ask me to comment. The US has some expensive good wines, but nothing if compared to French, Italian or Spanish.

So beerwise here is what I had (mostly drafts) and the order is just the way I drank them till I lost interest recording what I drink. A complete list of breweries in the US can probably never be drawn up; as Mike McMenamins put it: "A brewery used to be a vast thing until we discovered it can be done in the corner of a kitchen!" Now the US has, according to Wikipedia, some 1,700 breweries. Wow!

I think I'll be back for more...

The road signes on the road, not bullet proove...

When you have a gun, you might as well try it out...

Roadsign turned sieve, bullet holes from shooting excercise.
Traffic sign, bullet holes.
Target shooting.
Sieved with bullets, road sign.
Did not like this.
Speed limit sign, bullet pierced.
Or the speeed limit.

Pelicans California.
South after Oregon Apr2011.
Monument Valley.
Monument Valley, Navajo Nation.
Joshua Tree.
Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Nov2010.
Surfer California sunset.
Portland to San Diego, Nov2010.
Flattery Cape, WA.
Around Olympics, Oct2010.
Golden Skyline, downtown Manhatten.
Manhatten, New York. > journey > north-america > united-states

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