Okay, so I’m pretty sure that there is a very simple answer to this question, but I didn’t think of asking anyone while I was in the neighborhood, and Google has been of little help. But, clearly, there are either terraces cut into, or walls set on to, the granite peak of this mountain just outside of Martigny Switzerland. The question is: who put them there, and why?
Update: a Swiss citizen who should know told me that those are actually large wooden structures that are intended to prevent avalanches. Fair enough, but there seems to be no one living on the slope beneath to protect… Maybe the Swiss just generally disapprove of avalanches, and stop them whenever and wherever they can?
Annecy, France (about 30 miles south of Geneva) has a brilliantly clear lake and an old town with a lot of charm.
Fortunately for this young fellah, the swans of Lake Geneva are very, very, very easy-going:
…here in Northeast Wisconsin…
…on a darkening Lake Butte des Morts, caught on my iPhone camera during a late-afternoon bike ride.
Yet another sign of Spring…
And here is a blossoming tree for no good reason (except for the fact that my iPhone camera happened capture an exceptionally smooth, deep blue gradient sky in the background).
Time (actually, past time) for my annual Fall colors photo (this Fall seems to have come and gone in about two weeks)… Here’s one taken on my iPhone a couple of weeks ago-
Cheryl and I just returned from a week in the Var region of Provence. Here’s a video slideshow of some of our better photos. I recommend watching it in HD and in fullscreen mode, if you have the bandwidth. Almost as good as being there (but not quite).
I stumbled upon this stunning beauty as it was sunning itself in the park of Mon-Repos, near the Museé d’Histoire des Sciences along the shores of Lake Geneva.
Here’s a portrait of Katie, our four-year-old Sheltie, after a run around the soccer field at the Y.
This tree was just showing off…
Taken along my favorite bike path, the Wiouwash State Trail.
May has been a quiet month up here on the blog, but it would be a shame to let the month pass without a nod to the long overdue Spring weather that has finally allowed me to get back on my bike and try to burn off a few of those winter calories. So here is a pleasant spot I always ride past but seldom stop at on my usual around-the-neighborhood route; the late-afternoon light was just too inviting not to pause and whip out the old iPhone camera to document the moment.
My trip to New Orleans last month inspired me to put together this rendition of Mingus’s “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” to accompany some of the photos I took of the French Quarter and a cemetery in the Garden District.