Friday, 17 November 2017

Through a Swiss Window

Jungfraujoch is a saddle - an area of lower ground - between some pretty impressive mountains in Switzerland.  It sits about about 3460 m above sea level.  Luckily you can get there by train!

About a forty minute walk from the train station is a mountain hut, that is used by climbers as a base.  It has a cafe where I drank some of the best hot chocolate and cold water I have ever had!

These are some things I saw from the windows in the hut.

You can find more skies from around the world at Sky Watch Friday.  SM

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday 277 - Little Pied Cormorant

The Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos) is Australia's smallest cormorant.  It's found over much of the country - with the (unsurprising) exception of the western desert areas.

This bird was sitting on a rock in the small harbour at Queenscliff in Victoria.  This bird is in the classic 'wing-drying' pose.  In this case the bird probably is drying its wings, which is not always the case for birds in this pose!  In some birds - such as Anhingas - the position may be more to do with temperature regulation than just feather drying.

This bird was a little more cooperative than normal for cormorants, and it stayed on its rock for a while as I photographed it.  Eventually it was spooked off by the arrival of some ducks - which just goes to show I am less intimidating than a duck!

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Scenic Cows

While we were wander about above First in Switzerland, we met these scenic cows.

Very nice of the authorities to have put them there for us and the other visitors!

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Saturday, 11 November 2017

In Remembrance.

Mells is a small and classically English village; stone cottages, a small stream, a church whose origins can be traced back beyond 1292.

And a war memorial, with name after name.

And the grave of Siegfried Sassoon, whose writings about the First World War are as relevant today as they were on publication.

Sassoon had a significant influence on many of the writers who have become inextricably linked 
with the the First World War.  

One of the things I find remarkable about this grave is that it lies less than a 15 minute drive from where I was born - and yet I only found this out in recent years.

We promise not to forget, but seem unaware of those who would help us remember.   


Friday, 10 November 2017

Eiger Light 2

The light on the North Face of the Eiger from Grindelwald really was spectacular at times.  When the owner of the house we were trying came out to start taking pictures as well, I knew we were seeing something out of the ordinary!

I'll leave to you to see if you agree with me.

(I am not a real fan of 'over-cooked' images - and apart from a few small adjustment, these images have not be photoshopped to add light etc)

You can find more skies from around the world at Sky Watch Friday.  SM

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday 276 - Silver Gull

The Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae) is basically the default gull in Australia.  From my point of view, about 99% of all the gulls you see here are of this species.  They are, to say the least, but ubiquitous and abundant!

However, on close inspection they are also rather good looking - in that grey palette, with a brighter beak and legs kind of way.

This pictures are probably a little more portrait-like then many of my pictures, as these birds were stood in a concrete car park or on a rather new boat jetty.  Neither of the locations were particularly scenic!

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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Eiger Light

Just a brief post today.  We saw some pretty good sunsets in Switzerland - and this was one of them.  Last light on the Eiger north face.  Just wonderful.

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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday 275 - Laughing Kookaburra

My brother-in-law is lucky enough to have a Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) nesting in his family garden.  The Kookaburra has taken up residence in a box originally intended for possums - but I don't think they care!

The Laughing Kookaburra is the world largest kingfisher - and is a great bird to watch.  I may have to go back this weekend to see what is happening at the nest, and also try to nail some more inflight pictures.  I am being a little hampered here as one of my lenses is in hospital!  Oh well.

The slightly unsavoury image in the middle is exactly what you think it is!  What goes in, must come out!

I suspect that somebody - although not my brother-in-law - is feeding these birds, as one of the shots seems to show the bird carrying minced meat.  At other times the adults returned with worms and a small lizard.  Hungry chicks need feeding!

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Around Grindelwald

More images from our time in Switzerland.  We stayed in part of an old farm house - and from the garden you could look at the The Nordwand (North Face) of the Eiger.  At 3,970 m high it's a rather impressive looking mountain.  In the past I had read many story of adventure and often misadventure on this mountain it felt really strange to sit below it, glass of wine in hand and to wonder how the hell people climb it.

As you can see, the whole area is pretty spectacular.  I'd love to go back.

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