I have not been out much lately. But on occasion I did manage to make a few images on local weekend trips. This blog post summarizes the highlight images of these small outings. Click on each image to get a full version. Click on the full version to return.
|Male Mute Swan in threat pose. Grün80, Basel||Daivolezza, Piz Bernina. With ND filter.||Female Common Merganser, Grün80, Basel.|
|Male Mute Swan in threat pose. Grün80, Basel||Blue Tit, Morvan, France||Great Tit, Morvan, France|
|Mushroom Table, Ascona, Switzerland||Daivolezza, Piz Bernina, 4 minute night exposure.||Female Redstart, with a spider.|
|Stone Houses, Lavertezzo, Switzerland||Daivolezza, Piz Bernina. With ND filter.||Diavolezza, Piz Bernina, Sunrise|
|Robin, Morvan, France||Male Common Merganser, Grün80, Basel.||Mute Swan Pair, Grün80, Basel.|
This time of year, the Basel area is in Fasnacht mode. As part of a local city custom, the city of Liestal in Switzerland organizes the ‘Chienbäse’-procession. A Chienbäse is a cart or a bundle of wood, set on fire. These carts and bundles are carried through the city in a procession. The intention of this procession is to break the power of winter and drive winter away. A bundle is carried by one person and could weigh upto 70kg: the most spectacular parts of the procession are the carts. They can carry as much as 4m3 of burning wood, often creating flames as high as 10meters. I will try and give an impression of one of these carts going through town in a follow up post. This post is a closeup of one of these large carts. I was app. 2 meters away from this inferno. My face was basically protected by my camera: the heat literally burns the skin.
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Normally I glance over advertisements, but tonight Triodos Bank grabbed my attention with a TV commercial. A simple question: “what do you want to change ?”. A simple question. And I yelled: “I wish that rhino-horn becomes worthless”. The commercial appealed to go to their website and express your wish. I did and it was posted. I have no ties to this bank, but I was moved by their question and motivated to wish and do something.
Asian medicine is still convinced that rhino horn powder cures a wide variety of diseases and today their horn is valued more than gold. The animals are slaughtered in the African bush at an alarming rate. In South Africa alone, the number of animals wasted this year is somewhere near 600. To cure what ?
I wish that future generations can still watch this:
|White Rhino, photographed in 2008 in Kruger National Park, South Africa|
On my last day of preparing for the Spring 2013 Wind-Mills & Bulbs IPT, I visited the Zaanse Schans and Marken. The weather was beautiful, sunny and fat white clouds.
On Marken I photographed the ‘Kerkbuurt’ (church-knoll).
|Ancient fisherman’s boat (Kwak)|
|Het Paard van Marken|
Currently I am driving through Holland to prepare for our Spring 2013 Mills & Bulbs IPT, organised in cooperation with BIRDSASART. My first visit today was at Kinderdijk and all the mills are still there !
Tomorrow I will visit the Zaan area and Wednesday I will go to Marken. More news and more images in blog posts following.
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