Happy New Year!!! from Larry, Cheryl, & Katie
Now that most of the trees have shed their leaves, here’s a somewhat longing glance backward a few weeks…
…namely, hiking in the Rocky Mountain National Park (out of Estes Park). Highly recommended! Here are a few shots of the scenery-
…along the Wiouwash Trail…
From the Tantalus Lookout, courtesy of my iPhone 6. Click on the image for a full-size version, expand your browser window to the max, and scroll away.
Monk seals have made a comeback in Hawaii of late, but rarely (if ever) have any decided to take a nap at this crowded beach just a few hundred yards from Waikiki beach. Fortunately, the humans were well-behaved, and let it rest.
That’s because, although it was originally constructed in wood, it was cast in bronze. I know, I couldn’t believe either, until I touched it (and thereby broke a museum rule). It is entitled Mali’u and Ahona (2013), by Deborah Butterfield.
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.