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 to 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 a 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 are visiting 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 god 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 were seeing loads of shooting stars challenging themselves in size. It was fantastic and kind of a beautiful Germany good bye camp.
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Tom is a marine biologist, photographer, and filmmaker specializing in conservation imagery and film. His scientific background is a strong asset in creating appealing imagery, articles, and short films. Tom has won several awards and nominations with his images and films, such as the German Prize for Science Photography in 2016/2017. Tom’s images and articles have been published in international magazines and newspapers such as The Guardian, Welt am Sonntag, Diver, Tauchen, In-flight magazines, Bild der Wissenschaften and more. In 2017 he launched www.tomvierus.com for a wider portfolio and business requests.
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