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Summer Holiday Photo Blog

by afew Mon Aug 12th, 2013 at 11:12:27 AM EST

I wander'd lonely as a cloud, That floats on high o'er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host...


Well, just one. With an ant.


bumped to keep alive


What photos are you taking, by the shores, in the mountains, in new cities and countries, wherever (if) you are taking time off?

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The Pyrenees are gorged with rain and snowmelt this year. Flowers galore.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Jul 26th, 2013 at 03:10:05 PM EST

foxglove


lily of the Pyrenees, lilium pyrenaicum


don't know


probably close to gentiana punctata


a beautiful, large butterfly with diaphanous wings - can anyone identify it?

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Aug 12th, 2013 at 11:10:10 AM EST
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The butterfly would seem to be the Apollo, a mountain species.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Aug 12th, 2013 at 11:33:06 AM EST
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That lovely array of lavender, white and purple flowers on a spike, for which you offer two views, looks rather like an orchid of some sort. What is it and is it a native plant?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Jul 26th, 2013 at 09:11:13 PM EST
It's an orchid that, I think, is found fairly commonly in Europe. I don't know what it's called.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jul 27th, 2013 at 01:55:24 AM EST
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It would seem to be a Dactylorhiza, probably maculata, commonly called marsh or speckled orchid.

Photo 1 is, believe it or not, the European Troll (trollius europaea). It is of course toxic.

3 and 18 : Dianthus barbatus, commonly grown in gardens under the name Sweet William.

4 is broom of some kind.

5 and 15: this splendid plant is called, in English, the Hairless Blue Sowthistle. Srsly.

9 and 14: Yellow Gentian.

Gentiana lutea - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The root is anthelmintic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, bitter tonic, cholagogue, emmenagogue, febrifuge, refrigerant and stomachic.

11 and 12: Spiked Rampion. The root, as a relish, is known as horseradish.

16: Mountain or Alpine Rose (or Eglantine)

Still some missing...

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Jul 30th, 2013 at 09:25:51 AM EST
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Photo 1 is, believe it or not, the European Troll

Damn. So I have to give it a 0 rating? Its arguments are so seductive.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue Jul 30th, 2013 at 10:09:33 AM EST
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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Jul 27th, 2013 at 10:25:29 AM EST
as a clod.  (kudos, MAD magazine, 1959?)

Looking in the direction of morning sun thursday

well, not completely lonely

well, lonely

I did love how strong the thunderstorm just was. Wake up, please, civilization.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Sat Jul 27th, 2013 at 02:00:00 PM EST
OK... Sommer Urlaub

what's wrong with this photo?

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Sat Jul 27th, 2013 at 03:11:12 PM EST
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There's nothing wrong with a sailboat making the most of light breezes...
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Jul 28th, 2013 at 03:02:13 AM EST
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What a lovely smile your granddaughter has.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Jul 28th, 2013 at 03:12:43 AM EST
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Family members sit around playing games together in Little Rock at my younger sister's house.

My granddaughter Zora displays her personal sense of style.

My sister's kitchen was the most popular gathering place, other than in the pool.

Back at my daughter's house in Austin, Zora puts rabbit ears on Saffy.

At my dad's in Casitas Springs, CA, they're blessed with lots of birds, such as these hummingbirds.

Dad, who just turned 87, shows off their nectarines, which grow beside the house.

Next we visited my best friend's house on Whidbey Island, WA, and took some lovely walks with fantastic views.

(Husband Heinz by a big tree in the forest near the beach:)

And back home, the lovely views continued, with a huge moon just in the last week, which I captured as it advanced toward and passed behind Eagle's Nest.

And that's it for now until week after next when my mom and little sister visit from the USA.

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher

by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Sun Jul 28th, 2013 at 08:30:00 AM EST
Nice summer!
by Jone1989 on Thu Aug 1st, 2013 at 05:45:19 AM EST
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1 August is the first day when fishing for shrimps is allowed, but this year it was a very weak tide, so the sea did not fully recede and people had to  go fish in a couple of feet of water instead of just being able to walk in a fe centimeters of water...

We've had unusually warm and nice weather in Normandy this year, but we did have a couple of days with rain now and then. I liked how the short shower made the inprint of the towel in the sand...

And some cat blogging - we've changed the veranda of the house, and the cats have discovered they could climb on it and walk just over our heads...


Wind power

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sun Aug 4th, 2013 at 04:06:33 AM EST
Here are come pictures from my annual (16th year) mountain biking week mid-July, mostly in the hills of the Drôme.

One comes across interesting obstacles... these obstacles are making the famous Picodon cheese.

Typical terrain...

Sometimes it's just too steep...

"Can't be far from the turnoff now"

An abanoned village, disappearing into the forest

Mind your head

Bridge and tunnel

Logging tracks, therefore logically logging trucks

... Yes, we've arrived. Bed and board.

What is this, a walking holiday?

The source of the Drôme river. Cold and delicious.

A rare water hazard. Not enough mud this year.

A couple of passes a day...  

No comment.

We missed the Tour by a day, thankfully. Our itinerary would have been completely impossible, we went up a valley that they came down the following day.

Of course, there were fields of lavender.


It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Sun Aug 4th, 2013 at 07:16:15 PM EST
I bumped the diary to keep it going.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Aug 12th, 2013 at 11:13:08 AM EST
I'm away from home at the moment and tried adding images to my photobucket to post here but have had no luck so far.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Tue Aug 13th, 2013 at 12:34:40 PM EST
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At the end of July I was in the Gotthard mountains in Switzerland. Here are some photos from around Oberalpsee (a lake 2,033 m above sea near the source of the Rhine).

The edge of the lake is visible here (also a train) as I start my climb up:

Beyond the lake, there is a wind farm c. 2,400 m above the sea:

Many small creeks gathering the meltwater cut across the grassy landscape:

A mini-lake:

Still melting snow (with peaks well above 3,000 m in the distance):

Looking down east along the upper end of the valley of the Rhine:

Looking north:

Having climbed up to 2,571 m, looking down west towards Andermatt (c. 1,200 m deeper):

Nearby, the village of Tschamut:

Near Andermatt, the famous Devil's Bridge (and two more bridges around it for the modern road and the rack railway):



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon Aug 12th, 2013 at 04:46:53 PM EST
In the forest along the Gotthard Trail:

On a day of near-continuous thunderstorms, the raging river:

A day later, the bottom of the gorge below Dazio Grande (on the stormy day, when I ran up the gorge to catch a bus, the noise and vibration was insane):

Into the gorge:

Near the top of the gorge:

The very top of ther gorge is an insane place: the old road, the modern road, the railway and (not visible at the lowest level) the highway all cross each other while also crossing the river. Dazio Grande is the old wayside hotel visible at centre.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon Aug 12th, 2013 at 04:54:50 PM EST
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It is August, boiling hot, glaring sun and the queues for some attractions can be 5 hours long.  When I went in November I was able to just walk straight into the Duomo (on the left of the shot).

I just enjoyed wandering around and finding some quieter side streets to explore.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Wed Aug 14th, 2013 at 04:13:26 AM EST
Taken on the iPhone or I would remove the electricity pylon!

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Wed Aug 14th, 2013 at 04:15:26 AM EST


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