It a bicycle ride of about one hour from my home where the people from Waltrop enjoy what they have: A little harbour at the Dortmund-Ems Canal and a place to sit and relax.
A coking plant and a steelworks in Duisburg on the Rhine exhaust a lot of fumes and steam. If you take a longer walk to the banks of the river you can watch this spectacular vista.
The Marina Rünthe is a marina on the Datteln-Hamm Canal in Bergkamen. The port was built in 1939 as a loading port for the Werne colliery. After the mine was closed, Klöckner Bergbau Königsborn-Werne AG continued to use the port as a works port, handling hard coal, building materials, grain and mineral oils. In 1995, the conversion for the leisure area took place and the area was prepared as a marina.
There still is heavy industry in the Ruhr Area and part of that ist this coking plant that supplies the nearby blast furnances. This photograph was taken from the other side of the river Rhine in oder to picture the whole very large plant and the beautiful reflections of the lights at the blue hour.
Calm Water in the Harbor of Dortmund. With no wind and no ships moving I had the opportunity to make this long exposure photograph which gives a little bit of an surreal impression of this otherwise busy an ugly place.