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!

You can find more pictures from around the world here at Our World Tuesday.

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.