Just yesterday, we came back from a short two nights trip to the Hemmoor lake in Lower Saxony, a little more than an hour´s drive from Bremen (if you drive slowly and way too far before noticing, you may need two like we did 😛 ). I was really looking forward to these diving days – a great time with the boys plus diving plus finallllllly testing my new underwater housing by BS Kinetics for my Nikon D7100.
The Chalk lake Hemmoor resulted from 117 years of chalk coal extraction and cement production. Until 1976 chalk was mined here and processed to cement in a factory right at the pit. After it was abandoned, it eventually filled with groundwater, and today the remaining 33 Hectar Lake is with its 60m depth the third deepest lake in northern Germany. You can find a dive base, where you can rent gear, fill your bottles and get other information you need. This is an exclusive diving lake, and especially for that purpose, several attractions have been installed underwater like a sailboat, a plane, a shark, a truck and a car. The remains of the chalk extraction industry make pretty interesting diving destinations, too. Around 30.000 divers visit this lake every year.
Nuri and Jens dive in a local diving club and had been here before, Stefan and I were about to lose our lake water diving virginity. We drove Wednesday night to experience the Perseids shower, an astronomical event where dozens of shooting stars could be observed. Armed with a couple of beers and some speakers, we spent quite a long time sitting at the lake, having good talks, dancing and watching the sky. Indeed, we discovered quite a few and definitely the biggest shooting stars I have ever seen. So many wishes are waiting to become true 😉
We ended this awesome day with a great vegan barbecue and some deco beers 😉 Again we saw loads of shooting stars challenging themselves in size. It was fantastic and kind of a beautiful German good-bye camp.
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Tom Vierus is an award-winning photographer, filmmaker, and marine biologist based in Suva, Fiji Islands. This blog is dedicated to his assignments and to sharing some behind-the-scenes footage.