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Welcome to Kirchschlag in the Bucklige Welt! The castle of Kirchschlag towers over the hill landscape of the Bucklige Welt and bears witness to a colorful past. A bulwark against the constant threat of the Turks from the east. Proud aristocratic families lived here and looked down on the market Kirchschlag. Today, the place is open to tourists from all over the world and offers year-round activities of various kinds. So every five years the Passionspiele are performed, the game of the life and suffering of Jesus, presented by dedicated amateur actors. In addition to the cultural enjoyment is for the physical well-taken care of. The catering companies Kirchschlag are known for their excellent service and food offer - from the award-winning kitchen to tangible country inn. The athlete can choose from various offers. For example, there is a model airfield, a model car race track, a motocross race track, an artificial ice rink, a heated outdoor pool, horseback riding and much more. Whether you are a hiker, gourmet, culture enthusiast, athlete or just a holidaymaker - a stay in Kirchschlag is just the thing for everyone!

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About The Bentway

The Bentway is a unique and innovative public space that transforms 1.75km underneath Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway into a new gathering place for our city’s growing population.

 

The initial phase – from Strachan Avenue to Bathurst Street – knits together seven local neighbourhoods with over 70,000 residents, becoming a gateway to the waterfront, while providing access to important attractions and destinations – from Fort York National Historic Site, Ontario Place and Exhibition Place to Harbourfront Centre and the CN Tower. The Bentway offers year-round activities and events, including gardens, a skate trail, recreational amenities, public markets, public art, special exhibitions, festivals, theatre and musical performances, and more.

 

www.thebentway.ca/about/

In Wanaka and there was a strong cold wind and a touch of rain. April 29, 2016 Central Otago in the South Island of New Zealand.

 

Nestled below towering mountains, Wanaka is the most tranquilly set of the South Island lakes.

 

In winter, skiers flock here from all over the world for superb skiing and snowboarding at Cardrona and Treble Cone, cross-country skiing at Snow Farm and heli-skiing high in the Harris Mountains. But Wanaka, New Zealand, is much more than a winter destination. Year round activities include fishing, hiking, canyoning, climbing and skydiving. Visit the nearby towns of Queenstown, Cromwell and Alexandra, go shopping, or simply sit in a café and watch the world pass by.

For More Info on Lake Wanaka: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wanaka

One has to see the phenomenon called "migration" to believe it. This year round activity that involves wildebeest, zebras and gazelles is so enormous - There are no words that can describe it. One can see herd of animals from miles away because of the dust cloud it generates. When you are surrounded by so many animals and so much action, as a photographer you are unable to decide what to capture.

Project 365 - Day 006: Dupont Circle Farmer's Market.

It's market day at the Washington DC Dupont Circle Farmer's Market. It wasn't too long ago that these markets more or less shut down for the winter months, but with the advent of so much locally-made goods - items such as beer, gin, sauces, and so on - there is enough traffic to warrant a year-round activity.

 

In early January, the market is flooded with apples, cider, cauliflower, radishes, and carrots. The above is just a small sample of what can be found.

 

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Halloween is one of the most celebrated holidays in Second Life - when the veil between the other world and inworld is thinnest. Each year, we see events, parties, hunts, and costumes haunt even the farthest reaches of the Grid. It’s a great time of year to explore the elements of surprise and the unknown, and maybe even get a little scared. While dressing up is a year-round activity for many, there are some next-level looks that roam inworld.

 

This week, we’ll be talking about Halloween in Second Life as well as taking a field trip to venture into some Halloween-themed events. Join us as we wander the spooky, spoopy, and downright kooky side of Second Life!

 

Tune in to our Official YouTube Channel (or check us out on our new Mixer channel or Facebook Live! Via our Official Facebook page) to watch on Wednesday, October 9th at 3 pm PT/SLT.

We woke to grey skys a thereat of rain. April 30, 2016 Central Otago in the South Island of New Zealand.

 

On a visit to Snowy's garden. A firend of mine from my Blip group. She has amazing garden.

 

Nestled below towering mountains, Wanaka is the most tranquilly set of the South Island lakes.

 

In winter, skiers flock here from all over the world for superb skiing and snowboarding at Cardrona and Treble Cone, cross-country skiing at Snow Farm and heli-skiing high in the Harris Mountains. But Wanaka, New Zealand, is much more than a winter destination. Year round activities include fishing, hiking, canyoning, climbing and skydiving. Visit the nearby towns of Queenstown, Cromwell and Alexandra, go shopping, or simply sit in a café and watch the world pass by.

For More Info on Lake Wanaka: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WanakaWanaka and there was a strong cold wind and a touch of rain. April 29, 2016 Central Otago in the South Island of New Zealand.

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There were people skiing on the slopes below, this is a year round activity here in the Alps.

 

All of this with a view of the Matterhorn (4,478 m). One part of the area seems like a summer training camp for skiers. Because it is. National ski teams from around the world optimise their skills in the speed disciplines.

 

Views from Matterhorn glacier paradise platform, 3,883 m (12,739 ft).

In Wanaka and there was a strong cold wind and a touch of rain. April 29, 2016 Central Otago in the South Island of New Zealand.

 

Nestled below towering mountains, Wanaka is the most tranquilly set of the South Island lakes.

 

In winter, skiers flock here from all over the world for superb skiing and snowboarding at Cardrona and Treble Cone, cross-country skiing at Snow Farm and heli-skiing high in the Harris Mountains. But Wanaka, New Zealand, is much more than a winter destination. Year round activities include fishing, hiking, canyoning, climbing and skydiving. Visit the nearby towns of Queenstown, Cromwell and Alexandra, go shopping, or simply sit in a café and watch the world pass by.

For More Info on Lake Wanaka: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wanaka

In Wanaka and there was a strong cold wind and a touch of rain. April 29, 2016 Central Otago in the South Island of New Zealand.

 

Nestled below towering mountains, Wanaka is the most tranquilly set of the South Island lakes.

 

In winter, skiers flock here from all over the world for superb skiing and snowboarding at Cardrona and Treble Cone, cross-country skiing at Snow Farm and heli-skiing high in the Harris Mountains. But Wanaka, New Zealand, is much more than a winter destination. Year round activities include fishing, hiking, canyoning, climbing and skydiving. Visit the nearby towns of Queenstown, Cromwell and Alexandra, go shopping, or simply sit in a café and watch the world pass by.

For More Info on Lake Wanaka: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wanaka

Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean and a true crossroads to three continents, Europe, Asia and Africa. It became an independent Republic in 1960 and joined the European Union in 2004. It boasts two international airports in Larnaca and Paphos with excellent connections from most major cities of the world.

 

Known as the birthplace of Aphrodite, the ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty, it is a place where millennia of history and mythology meet and enchant you at every turn.

 

Its varied landscape stretches from the sun-kissed sandy beaches to rising mountains with snow-capped peaks during the winter, creating the perfect environment for leisure activities of all kinds. Apart from the exciting water sports in summer, year-round activities include hiking, biking, horse riding, tennis, squash, shooting and bowling, while golf is gaining increasing popularity. In the winter months, snow-skiing in the Troodos Mountains is an added bonus!

 

Since Lake Michigan freezes (at least partially) most years, boating & sailing is not a year-round activity here.

Sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding, swimming, sunbathing, etc. are year-round activities here...

No, the Chamber of Commerce is not paying me to say this...;-)

Wanaka and there was a strong cold wind and a touch of rain. April 29, 2016 Central Otago in the South Island of New Zealand.

 

Nestled below towering mountains, Wanaka is the most tranquilly set of the South Island lakes.

 

In winter, skiers flock here from all over the world for superb skiing and snowboarding at Cardrona and Treble Cone, cross-country skiing at Snow Farm and heli-skiing high in the Harris Mountains. But Wanaka, New Zealand, is much more than a winter destination. Year round activities include fishing, hiking, canyoning, climbing and skydiving. Visit the nearby towns of Queenstown, Cromwell and Alexandra, go shopping, or simply sit in a café and watch the world pass by.

For More Info on Lake Wanaka: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wanaka

The City of North Vancouver has chosen Quay Property Management Corp. (QPM) as its partner to develop The Shipyards – Lot 5, bringing the City a significant step closer to delivering a unique, interactive, year-round, activity driven people place that will include an outdoor public skating rink and a water play area. The outdoor public skating rink will be the largest in the Lower Mainland.

The ideal apartment for a relaxing getaway.

12 GranvillePoint, an old Victorian Hotel, has recently been converted to provide an idyllic holiday apartment with stunning views in an ideal location for all year round activities.

 

Occupying part of the top floor, GranvillePoint boasts magnificent views of the coastline, the sea and Ilfracombe and is within 100 yards of the famous pooled “Tunnel Beaches”.

 

With stunning views and its ideal location, the apartment is the perfect retreat for a relaxing weekend getaway, walking holidays, or your traditional summer holiday base.

 

Well, here it is in full glory of this Mysteries mansion, house or castle?

In which I managed to climb this big Hill and get a well-framed capture of this amazing building.

 

And well known, by the locals around here, of the Nickname it goes under:- of DRACULA'S CASTLE

 

I did not want to hang around to midnight, and after to find out if they were right - Thanks!

 

Happy Halloween hunting to all my Flickr friends!

We woke to grey skys a thereat of rain. April 30, 2016 Central Otago in the South Island of New Zealand.

 

Nestled below towering mountains, Wanaka is the most tranquilly set of the South Island lakes.

 

In winter, skiers flock here from all over the world for superb skiing and snowboarding at Cardrona and Treble Cone, cross-country skiing at Snow Farm and heli-skiing high in the Harris Mountains. But Wanaka, New Zealand, is much more than a winter destination. Year round activities include fishing, hiking, canyoning, climbing and skydiving. Visit the nearby towns of Queenstown, Cromwell and Alexandra, go shopping, or simply sit in a café and watch the world pass by.

For More Info on Lake Wanaka: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WanakaWanaka and there was a strong cold wind and a touch of rain. April 29, 2016 Central Otago in the South Island of New Zealand.

Wanaka and there was a strong cold wind and a touch of rain. April 29, 2016 Central Otago in the South Island of New Zealand.

 

Nestled below towering mountains, Wanaka is the most tranquilly set of the South Island lakes.

 

In winter, skiers flock here from all over the world for superb skiing and snowboarding at Cardrona and Treble Cone, cross-country skiing at Snow Farm and heli-skiing high in the Harris Mountains. But Wanaka, New Zealand, is much more than a winter destination. Year round activities include fishing, hiking, canyoning, climbing and skydiving. Visit the nearby towns of Queenstown, Cromwell and Alexandra, go shopping, or simply sit in a café and watch the world pass by.

For More Info on Lake Wanaka: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wanaka

Wanaka and there was a strong cold wind and a touch of rain. April 29, 2016 Central Otago in the South Island of New Zealand.

 

Nestled below towering mountains, Wanaka is the most tranquilly set of the South Island lakes.

 

In winter, skiers flock here from all over the world for superb skiing and snowboarding at Cardrona and Treble Cone, cross-country skiing at Snow Farm and heli-skiing high in the Harris Mountains. But Wanaka, New Zealand, is much more than a winter destination. Year round activities include fishing, hiking, canyoning, climbing and skydiving. Visit the nearby towns of Queenstown, Cromwell and Alexandra, go shopping, or simply sit in a café and watch the world pass by.

For More Info on Lake Wanaka: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wanaka

De Haar Castle ranks among the top twenty most visited Dutch museums. It is a historic monument alive with year-round activities such as guided tours (for adults and for children), exhibitions, theatre and events. De Haar Castle is a private foundation and does not receive any regular subsidies from local or central government. The foundation is a non-profit organisation and depends entirely on its revenues from ticket sales, activities and events.

De Haar Castle ranks among the top twenty most visited Dutch museums. It is a historic monument alive with year-round activities such as guided tours (for adults and for children), exhibitions, theatre and events. De Haar Castle is a private foundation and does not receive any regular subsidies from local or central government. The foundation is a non-profit organisation and depends entirely on its revenues from ticket sales, activities and events.

Castle De Haar may look Medieval, but was actually built in the early twentieth century. The famous Dutch architect Pierre Cuypers built it between 1892 and 1912 on the ruins of the old, derelict castle that stood there, on commission from Baron Etienne van Zuylen van Nijevelt. For over a century it has been tradition for the Van Zuylen van Nijevelt van de Haar family to reside in the castle for one month a year, in September. The tradition centres around entertaining prominent international guests at lavish house parties hosted by the baron and baroness. In the 60s, it became a place where the Van Zuylen van Nijevelt family received the international jet set, from Brigitte Bardot and Coco Chanel to Yves Saint Laurent, Maria Callas, Gregory Peck, Joan Collins and Roger Moore. A visit to Castle De Haar feels like a trip back in time to the glory days of the twentieth century.

 

One snake that I have wanted to see since I was a small child is the San Francisco Garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis tetrataenia). This is a unique color form of the Common Garter snake that is only found on the San Francisco Peninsula and perhaps a little north and south of there. This unique color form has red stripes instead of red checkers as are seen in some other subspecies of the common garter snake.

It is considered by many to just be a color variant of the California Garter snake (Thamnophis Sirtalis infernalis) which has populations bordering it to the north, east and south.

 

Regardless of how far removed it might be from the California Garter snake subspecies, this color variant is truly beautiful and unique and we must continue to protect it. Since 1967 this species has been protected by the United States Endangered species program. However that program hasn't done a good job of protecting unknown habitat, unknown prey species or water quality that impacts this animal and its prey. One of their primary prey species the California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii), is also federally listed as threatened. Its habitat has been impacted by non-native bullfrogs which will eat these smaller frogs as well as other prey items. Bullfrogs no doubt consume baby San Francisco gartersnakes from time to time also. They have been documented eating several other gartersnake species.

 

Last week I was in the San Francisco area and was lucky to get out with a fellow wild snake photography enthusiast to try and find and photograph this snake. We were able to see 3 of them across two different localities in a single day. They can be quite common in their protected habitat but it was unfortunately very sunny that day and that was keeping snake activity low. These garter snakes are very cold tolerant and in the moderate climate on the San Francisco Peninsula they enjoy almost year round activity.

 

Two of the specimens we photographed only allowed short glimpses of parts of their body as they basked or moved between thick vegetation but this baby snake allowed some better photo opportunities as it was found much later in the day.

In its adult coloration of red, white and blueish stripes this is truly an all-American snake.

We woke to grey skys a thereat of rain. April 30, 2016 Central Otago in the South Island of New Zealand.

 

Nestled below towering mountains, Wanaka is the most tranquilly set of the South Island lakes.

 

In winter, skiers flock here from all over the world for superb skiing and snowboarding at Cardrona and Treble Cone, cross-country skiing at Snow Farm and heli-skiing high in the Harris Mountains. But Wanaka, New Zealand, is much more than a winter destination. Year round activities include fishing, hiking, canyoning, climbing and skydiving. Visit the nearby towns of Queenstown, Cromwell and Alexandra, go shopping, or simply sit in a café and watch the world pass by.

For More Info on Lake Wanaka: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WanakaWanaka and there was a strong cold wind and a touch of rain. April 29, 2016 Central Otago in the South Island of New Zealand.

Wanaka and there was a strong cold wind and a touch of rain. April 29, 2016 Central Otago in the South Island of New Zealand.

 

Nestled below towering mountains, Wanaka is the most tranquilly set of the South Island lakes.

 

In winter, skiers flock here from all over the world for superb skiing and snowboarding at Cardrona and Treble Cone, cross-country skiing at Snow Farm and heli-skiing high in the Harris Mountains. But Wanaka, New Zealand, is much more than a winter destination. Year round activities include fishing, hiking, canyoning, climbing and skydiving. Visit the nearby towns of Queenstown, Cromwell and Alexandra, go shopping, or simply sit in a café and watch the world pass by.

For More Info on Lake Wanaka: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wanaka

Wanaka and there was a strong cold wind and a touch of rain. April 29, 2016 Central Otago in the South Island of New Zealand.

 

Nestled below towering mountains, Wanaka is the most tranquilly set of the South Island lakes.

 

In winter, skiers flock here from all over the world for superb skiing and snowboarding at Cardrona and Treble Cone, cross-country skiing at Snow Farm and heli-skiing high in the Harris Mountains. But Wanaka, New Zealand, is much more than a winter destination. Year round activities include fishing, hiking, canyoning, climbing and skydiving. Visit the nearby towns of Queenstown, Cromwell and Alexandra, go shopping, or simply sit in a café and watch the world pass by.

For More Info on Lake Wanaka: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wanaka

One snake that I have wanted to see since I was a small child is the San Francisco Garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis tetrataenia). This is a unique color form of the Common Garter snake that is only found on the San Francisco Peninsula and perhaps a little north and south of there. This unique color form has red stripes instead of red checkers as are seen in some other subspecies of the common garter snake.

It is considered by many to just be a color variant of the California Garter snake (Thamnophis Sirtalis infernalis) which has populations bordering it to the north, east and south.

 

Regardless of how far removed it might be from the California Garter snake subspecies, this color variant is truly beautiful and unique and we must continue to protect it. Since 1967 this species has been protected by the United States Endangered species program. However that program hasn't done a good job of protecting unknown habitat, unknown prey species or water quality that impacts this animal and its prey. One of their primary prey species the California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii), is also federally listed as threatened. Its habitat has been impacted by non-native bullfrogs which will eat these smaller frogs as well as other prey items. Bullfrogs no doubt consume baby San Francisco gartersnakes from time to time also. They have been documented eating several other gartersnake species.

 

Last week I was in the San Francisco area and was lucky to get out with a fellow wild snake photography enthusiast to try and find and photograph this snake. We were able to see 3 of them across two different localities in a single day. They can be quite common in their protected habitat but it was unfortunately very sunny that day and that was keeping snake activity low. These garter snakes are very cold tolerant and in the moderate climate on the San Francisco Peninsula they enjoy almost year round activity.

 

Two of the specimens we photographed only allowed short glimpses of parts of their body as they basked or moved between thick vegetation but this baby snake allowed some better photo opportunities as it was found much later in the day.

PLEASE, NO invitations or self promotions, THEY WILL BE DELETED. My photos are FREE to use, just give me credit and it would be nice if you let me know, thanks.

 

There were people skiing on the slopes below, this is a year round activity here in the Alps.

 

All of this with a view of the Matterhorn (4,478 m). One part of the area seems like a summer training camp for skiers. Because it is. National ski teams from around the world optimise their skills in the speed disciplines.

 

Views from Matterhorn glacier paradise platform, 3,883 m (12,739 ft).

These images and others to follow are intended to give you a feel for the atmosphere of Jackson, Wyoming. This town is a major ski and tourist destination for year round activities. Skiing, fishing, hunting, river rafting, and many other activities are here for your participation and enjoyment.

We woke to grey skys a thereat of rain. April 30, 2016 Central Otago in the South Island of New Zealand.

 

Nestled below towering mountains, Wanaka is the most tranquilly set of the South Island lakes.

 

In winter, skiers flock here from all over the world for superb skiing and snowboarding at Cardrona and Treble Cone, cross-country skiing at Snow Farm and heli-skiing high in the Harris Mountains. But Wanaka, New Zealand, is much more than a winter destination. Year round activities include fishing, hiking, canyoning, climbing and skydiving. Visit the nearby towns of Queenstown, Cromwell and Alexandra, go shopping, or simply sit in a café and watch the world pass by.

For More Info on Lake Wanaka: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WanakaWanaka and there was a strong cold wind and a touch of rain. April 29, 2016 Central Otago in the South Island of New Zealand.

Surf fishing is a popular year-round activity in Cape Henlopen State Park. Print size 8x10 inches.

PLEASE, NO invitations or self promotions, THEY WILL BE DELETED. My photos are FREE to use, just give me credit and it would be nice if you let me know, thanks.

 

There were people skiing on the slopes below, this is a year round activity here in the Alps.

 

All of this with a view of the Matterhorn (4,478 m). One part of the area seems like a summer training camp for skiers. Because it is. National ski teams from around the world optimise their skills in the speed disciplines.

 

Views from Matterhorn glacier paradise platform, 3,883 m (12,739 ft).

Wanaka and there was a strong cold wind and a touch of rain. April 29, 2016 Central Otago in the South Island of New Zealand.

 

Nestled below towering mountains, Wanaka is the most tranquilly set of the South Island lakes.

 

In winter, skiers flock here from all over the world for superb skiing and snowboarding at Cardrona and Treble Cone, cross-country skiing at Snow Farm and heli-skiing high in the Harris Mountains. But Wanaka, New Zealand, is much more than a winter destination. Year round activities include fishing, hiking, canyoning, climbing and skydiving. Visit the nearby towns of Queenstown, Cromwell and Alexandra, go shopping, or simply sit in a café and watch the world pass by.

For More Info on Lake Wanaka: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wanaka

It is a question ! Yes

 

All destinations in India, if they carry the tag of a hill station have perforce a road that snakes up steep mountain sides. The roads in the Himalayas are prone to acute degradation because of the nature of the formation of the mountain chain. Sedimentary rocks give way easily and road making is an year round activity.

 

This is in Arunachal Pradesh enroute from Tezpore to the Sela Pass. and I think the altitude here maybe about 11000 feet looking down from the hill on which the Sela Pass is located

  

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We woke to grey skys a thereat of rain. April 30, 2016 Central Otago in the South Island of New Zealand.

 

On a visit to Snowy's garden. A firend of mine from my Blip group. She has amazing garden.

 

Nestled below towering mountains, Wanaka is the most tranquilly set of the South Island lakes.

 

In winter, skiers flock here from all over the world for superb skiing and snowboarding at Cardrona and Treble Cone, cross-country skiing at Snow Farm and heli-skiing high in the Harris Mountains. But Wanaka, New Zealand, is much more than a winter destination. Year round activities include fishing, hiking, canyoning, climbing and skydiving. Visit the nearby towns of Queenstown, Cromwell and Alexandra, go shopping, or simply sit in a café and watch the world pass by.

For More Info on Lake Wanaka: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WanakaWanaka and there was a strong cold wind and a touch of rain. April 29, 2016 Central Otago in the South Island of New Zealand.

Lake Wanaka where it is a strong cold wind and a touch of rain. April 29, 2016 Central Otago in the South Island of New Zealand.

 

Nestled below towering mountains, Wanaka is the most tranquilly set of the South Island lakes.

 

In winter, skiers flock here from all over the world for superb skiing and snowboarding at Cardrona and Treble Cone, cross-country skiing at Snow Farm and heli-skiing high in the Harris Mountains. But Wanaka, New Zealand, is much more than a winter destination. Year round activities include fishing, hiking, canyoning, climbing and skydiving. Visit the nearby towns of Queenstown, Cromwell and Alexandra, go shopping, or simply sit in a café and watch the world pass by.

For More Info on Lake Wanaka: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wanaka

We woke to grey skys a thereat of rain. April 30, 2016 Central Otago in the South Island of New Zealand.

 

On a visit to Snowy's garden. A firend of mine from my Blip group. She has amazing garden.

 

Nestled below towering mountains, Wanaka is the most tranquilly set of the South Island lakes.

 

In winter, skiers flock here from all over the world for superb skiing and snowboarding at Cardrona and Treble Cone, cross-country skiing at Snow Farm and heli-skiing high in the Harris Mountains. But Wanaka, New Zealand, is much more than a winter destination. Year round activities include fishing, hiking, canyoning, climbing and skydiving. Visit the nearby towns of Queenstown, Cromwell and Alexandra, go shopping, or simply sit in a café and watch the world pass by.

For More Info on Lake Wanaka: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WanakaWanaka and there was a strong cold wind and a touch of rain. April 29, 2016 Central Otago in the South Island of New Zealand.

Wanaka and there was a strong cold wind and a touch of rain. April 29, 2016 Central Otago in the South Island of New Zealand.

 

Nestled below towering mountains, Wanaka is the most tranquilly set of the South Island lakes.

 

In winter, skiers flock here from all over the world for superb skiing and snowboarding at Cardrona and Treble Cone, cross-country skiing at Snow Farm and heli-skiing high in the Harris Mountains. But Wanaka, New Zealand, is much more than a winter destination. Year round activities include fishing, hiking, canyoning, climbing and skydiving. Visit the nearby towns of Queenstown, Cromwell and Alexandra, go shopping, or simply sit in a café and watch the world pass by.

For More Info on Lake Wanaka: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WanakaWanaka and there was a strong cold wind and a touch of rain. April 29, 2016 Central Otago in the South Island of New Zealand.

 

Nestled below towering mountains, Wanaka is the most tranquilly set of the South Island lakes.

 

In winter, skiers flock here from all over the world for superb skiing and snowboarding at Cardrona and Treble Cone, cross-country skiing at Snow Farm and heli-skiing high in the Harris Mountains. But Wanaka, New Zealand, is much more than a winter destination. Year round activities include fishing, hiking, canyoning, climbing and skydiving. Visit the nearby towns of Queenstown, Cromwell and Alexandra, go shopping, or simply sit in a café and watch the world pass by.

For More Info on Lake Wanaka: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wanaka

Wanaka and there was a strong cold wind and a touch of rain. April 29, 2016 Central Otago in the South Island of New Zealand.

 

Nestled below towering mountains, Wanaka is the most tranquilly set of the South Island lakes.

 

In winter, skiers flock here from all over the world for superb skiing and snowboarding at Cardrona and Treble Cone, cross-country skiing at Snow Farm and heli-skiing high in the Harris Mountains. But Wanaka, New Zealand, is much more than a winter destination. Year round activities include fishing, hiking, canyoning, climbing and skydiving. Visit the nearby towns of Queenstown, Cromwell and Alexandra, go shopping, or simply sit in a café and watch the world pass by.

For More Info on Lake Wanaka: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wanaka

These images and others to follow are intended to give you a feel for the atmosphere of Jackson, Wyoming. This town is a major ski and tourist destination for year round activities. Skiing, fishing, hunting, river rafting, and many other activities are here for your participation and enjoyment.

Wanaka and there was a strong cold wind and a touch of rain. April 29, 2016 Central Otago in the South Island of New Zealand.

 

Nestled below towering mountains, Wanaka is the most tranquilly set of the South Island lakes.

 

In winter, skiers flock here from all over the world for superb skiing and snowboarding at Cardrona and Treble Cone, cross-country skiing at Snow Farm and heli-skiing high in the Harris Mountains. But Wanaka, New Zealand, is much more than a winter destination. Year round activities include fishing, hiking, canyoning, climbing and skydiving. Visit the nearby towns of Queenstown, Cromwell and Alexandra, go shopping, or simply sit in a café and watch the world pass by.

For More Info on Lake Wanaka: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wanaka

Wanaka and there was a strong cold wind and a touch of rain. April 29, 2016 Central Otago in the South Island of New Zealand.

 

Nestled below towering mountains, Wanaka is the most tranquilly set of the South Island lakes.

 

In winter, skiers flock here from all over the world for superb skiing and snowboarding at Cardrona and Treble Cone, cross-country skiing at Snow Farm and heli-skiing high in the Harris Mountains. But Wanaka, New Zealand, is much more than a winter destination. Year round activities include fishing, hiking, canyoning, climbing and skydiving. Visit the nearby towns of Queenstown, Cromwell and Alexandra, go shopping, or simply sit in a café and watch the world pass by.

For More Info on Lake Wanaka: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wanaka

Lake Wanaka where it is a strong cold wind and a touch of rain. April 29, 2016 Central Otago in the South Island of New Zealand.

 

Nestled below towering mountains, Wanaka is the most tranquilly set of the South Island lakes.

 

In winter, skiers flock here from all over the world for superb skiing and snowboarding at Cardrona and Treble Cone, cross-country skiing at Snow Farm and heli-skiing high in the Harris Mountains. But Wanaka, New Zealand, is much more than a winter destination. Year round activities include fishing, hiking, canyoning, climbing and skydiving. Visit the nearby towns of Queenstown, Cromwell and Alexandra, go shopping, or simply sit in a café and watch the world pass by.

For More Info on Lake Wanaka: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wanaka

De Haar Castle, Haarzuilens, Utrecht NL

De Haar is the largest castle in the Netherlands, once the private residence of the Van Zuylen family, whose descendants still stay here yearly. In the last century, the castle also frequently hosted members of the international jet set with their lavish lifestyle; from Coco Chanel to Roger Moore, they too left their mark on the sumptuous rooms of the most opulent spot in Utrecht. Few castles in The Netherlands can equal De Haar for its ideal image of a medieval fortress with towers and ramparts, moats, gates and drawbridges. Like a real fairy-tale castle it rises majestically from parkland with impressive trees, old gardens and ponds. The castle is situated in the centre of The Netherlands, near Utrecht, and is easy to reach by car. There is ample parking space. De Haar Castle ranks among the top twenty most visited Dutch museums. It is a historic monument alive with year-round activities such as guided tours (for adults and for children), exhibitions, theatre and events. De Haar Castle is a private foundation and does not receive any regular subsidies from local or central government. The foundation is a non-profit organisation and depends entirely on its revenues from ticket sales, activities and events.

For over a century it has been tradition for the Van Zuylen van Nijevelt van de Haar family to reside in the castle for one month a year, in September. The tradition centres around entertaining prominent international guests at lavish house parties hosted by the baron and baroness. Famous guests included Coco Chanel, Maria Callas, Gregory Peck, Roger Moore, Yves Saint Laurent, Joan Collins and Brigitte Bardot. The medieval House De Haar dates from the 13th century. It fell into disrepair in the 18th and 19th centuries. Architect Pierre Cuypers (famous for his designs of the Rijksmuseum and the Central Station in Amsterdam) restored and rebuilt De Haar for baron Etienne van Zuylen van Nijevelt van de Haar. The rebuilding took from 1892 till 1912 and was a project unique of its kind in all of Europe.

Cuypers’ grand design included not just the architecture of the castle but also the interiors, the gardens, the chapel and even the village of Haarzuilens. Without exaggeration the whole can be described as a Gesamtkunstwerk. Cuypers has created a unique, special world: an enchanting oasis of harmony and peace. The park and gardens surrounding De Haar Castle – covering over 135 acres of land – are worth a visit in their own right. The Rose Garden, the Roman Garden, the ponds and canals, as well as the many bridges, romantic vistas and impressive avenues invite visitors to go on long walks or have a picnic. Each season in the park has its own charm.

 

One snake that I have wanted to see since I was a small child is the San Francisco Garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis tetrataenia). This is a unique color form of the Common Garter snake that is only found on the San Francisco Peninsula and perhaps a little north and south of there. This unique color form has red stripes instead of red checkers as are seen in some other subspecies of the common garter snake.

It is considered by many to just be a color variant of the California Garter snake (Thamnophis Sirtalis infernalis) which has populations bordering it to the north, east and south.

 

Regardless of how far removed it might be from the California Garter snake subspecies, this color variant is truly beautiful and unique and we must continue to protect it. Since 1967 this species has been protected by the United States Endangered species program. However that program hasn't done a good job of protecting unknown habitat, unknown prey species or water quality that impacts this animal and its prey. One of their primary prey species the California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii), is also federally listed as threatened. Its habitat has been impacted by non-native bullfrogs which will eat these smaller frogs as well as other prey items. Bullfrogs no doubt consume baby San Francisco gartersnakes from time to time also. They have been documented eating several other gartersnake species.

 

Last week I was in the San Francisco area and was lucky to get out with a fellow wild snake photography enthusiast to try and find and photograph this snake. We were able to see 3 of them across two different localities in a single day. They can be quite common in their protected habitat but it was unfortunately very sunny that day and that was keeping snake activity low. These garter snakes are very cold tolerant and in the moderate climate on the San Francisco Peninsula they enjoy almost year round activity.

 

Two of the specimens we photographed only allowed short glimpses of parts of their body as they basked or moved between thick vegetation but this baby snake allowed some better photo opportunities as it was found much later in the day.

Panglao Island, Bohol Philippines

  

Dolphin & Whale Watching is an all year round activity in the Bohol Seas. The best season for this though are the months from March to June. Former whale-hunting boats called canters have been refitted specifically for a safe and comfortable tour. The boats, measuring 15 to 20 meters in length, can accommodate up to seven passengers. Each of these craft is furnished with seats and roofing, and equipped with life vests.

Tour spotters which serve as your tour guide were former sea creature hunters who lived off on their catch of dolphins, Bryde whales, whale sharks and manta ray which breed on the pristine waters of this island. Although, jaws and bones of marine mammals and whale sharks still adorn a number of village homes, hunters have now abandoned their centuries-old hunting tradition to join the government’s thrust to protect Philippine marine treasures, become stewards of the sea and this Bohol tour attraction is now an alternative livelihood program for them.

 

Salida, CO (Chaffee County)

 

Located in central Colorado in the Upper Arkansas River Valley, Salida has more than a dozen 14,000-foot tall mountain peaks, surpassing all other Colorado regions. It is an outdoors paradise with year-round activities—at non-resort prices—that includes an almost complete A-to-Z adventure list: archery, biking, camping, climbing, fishing, four-wheeling, golfing, hiking, hunting, kayaking, picnicking, rock hounding, skateboarding, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and a world-class zipline tour. (1)

 

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Found in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District National Park, Castleton village is the most famous honeypot village in the esteemed district. Castleton as it is known today dates from approximately the 11th century and has developed over the years to become one of the most treasured and revered areas of any National Park in the UK.

Like many of the attractions in the region, Castleton has a nickname and is known as the ‘Gem of the Peaks’. Castleton more than lives up to its name and has a well deserved reputation as a beautiful, tranquil and fascinating rural hill-village with a wide variety of all year round activities, attractions and unique landmarks to satisfy the curiosity of any visitor.

During a visit to Castleton, there is a plethora of sites to see and things to do. The most famous landmark in Castleton, Peveril Castle, was built in 1080 and is the centrepiece of everything that is historical, absorbing and spectacular about Castleton. The village also has four ‘show caves’ - Peak Cavern, Blue John Cavern, Speedwell Cavern and Treak Cliff Cavern – that are especially popular with tourists and Castleton locals alike.

Jason, Norma and Lorne Priestley (Jason Priestly from the show Beverley Hills 90210) invite you to visit their Pacific Ocean Beachfront Resort on the west coast of Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, Canada.

 

Situated in Ucluelet on beautiful Terrace Beach, the waterfront cabins are nestled in the midst of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve - Long Beach and Wickaninnish Beach only 10 minutes drive to the northwest, and the Broken Group Islands and the West Coast Trail to the southeast. Northwest, just beyond the Pacific Rim Park lies Tofino, a 30 minute drive.

 

The Wild Pacific Trail is adjacent to the Terrace Beach Resort - walk the cliffs alongside the wild Pacific Ocean to the world-famous Amphitrite Point lighthouse. Watch for whales, eagles, sea otters, and other wildlife. Another short section of the Wild Pacific Trail wanders along Terrace Beach, with signs explaining the presence and significance of the 4000 year old midden and canoe launch site of the Yuu-cluth-aht people.

 

The Ucluelet First Nations’ word for Terrace Beach is “Capacuwis”. They would land their canoes at Terrace Beach and portage across a narrow stretch of land to re-enter the water at Spring Cove. So, they are a Capacuwis Resort in the Nuu-cha-nulth language (Barclay sound dialect). Whether you say “Capacuwis Resort” or “Terrace Beach Resort”, it is the same, and they will welcome you....

 

The Ucluelet waterfront accommodation is designed to resemble a 1920 west coast fishing village built on pilings, with boardwalks that meander among the 400 year old fir, hemlock, and cedar trees leading to your fully-equipped beachfront cottage. The upper boardwalk houses our Office and many unique one and two bedroom suites, some with private hot tubs.

  

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Ucluelet offers year-round activities - world class surfing, fishing, whale and storm watching, kayaking, hiking, cycling, birding, bear watching, plus boat and float plane tours. There is an active bald eagle nest on our Resort site, in one of the many old evergreens above our Eagle's Nest hot tub suite. They are in a temperate rain forest, with many types of deciduous and evergreen trees, many various mosses and ferns, salal, and cynamocka....

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In September 2018 we decided do a little trip to Switzerland. The plan was to get together with a friend who lives in Switzerland and do a bit of exploring. Taking our time, as always, we were not in a rush to see the whole country in a week. Here’s our Switzerland itinerary. Not the usual well trodden tourist path, but our way.

 

Our Switzerland Trip

 

To Geneva

 

Luton airport always seems to be in a state of chaos when I have been there. Once we had negotiated that and waited in the inevitable budget airline queue, we were on our way, landing in Geneva 1 hour and 40 minutes later.

 

The approach to Geneva was directly over Lake Geneva, giving us some tantalising glimpses of the lake.

 

If you are heading to Geneva, consider taking a train. Catch the Eurostar at London St Pancras and you can be in Geneva in around 7 hours. Maybe not as quick as a jet but possibly more comfortable.

 

The train trip goes via Paris, which brings thoughts of maybe doing a stopover on future trips.

 

We only though of the train after we had booked our flights, otherwise that may well have been our route to Geneva.

 

Plage de Perroy

 

All this traveling is thirsty work! Having met our friend in Geneva we took a short drive to Plage de Perroy and stopped off for a bit of refreshment.

 

This was our first view of Lake Geneva. Very tantalising on this warm and sunny Saturday. I posted some photos from this spot about this in a previous post: Perroy – Hello Switzerland!.

 

And so to Les Moulins

 

Suitably refreshed we headed along the A9 motorway, heading towards Les Moulins. The motorway takes you through very pretty farmlands, dotted with the odd village or hamlet. The mountains, of course, are always in view.

 

Exit the A9 towards Bulle. At this point the roads are typical mountain roads. Well surfaced but twisty, with low speed limits, and vertical drops off the side. I’m sure you need special training for these roads!

 

Les Moulins is a village in the Chateau D’Oex municipal area. Both are situated in the Gruyère Pays-d’Enhaut Regional Nature Park. The area has a rich history and is essentially an agricultural area and cheese producer. Gruyere and L’Etivaz cheeses come from this area.

 

This is an area known for hiking and outdoor activities. If you enjoy hiking, follow the ancient cheese trails.

 

With little of that in mind, we arrived quite late and took our time unpacking and enjoying a glass of wine.

 

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We ended the day with a dinner of excellent pizza, using local cheese of course, at the local restaurant, Pizzeria de la Croix d’or.

 

Our base in the mountains in Switzerland at Les Moulins.

 

Switzerland Itinerary Evolves – Gstaad

 

Gstaad. An Alpine building with the luxry Gstaad Palace hotel in the background

 

Truth be told, our itinerary at the start of our Swiss trip was basically Luton to Geneva to Les Moulins and home. We always develop the itinerary as we go. And so, we spent a Sunday afternoon wandering around Gstaad.

 

Gstaad is very much an upmarket tourist destination which offers all year round activities. Most popular in the winter, Gstaad offers one of the largest Alpine skiing areas in the Alps.

 

Summer activities in the area include hiking and mountain biking.

 

As this was the first full day of our holiday we just wanted chill out and enjoy the mountain air and ambience of this pretty town. As it was a Sunday the supermarkets were closed, but that didn’t stop a number of shops from opening. The hotels and cafes were doing great business.

 

And no, we didn’t see any celebrities. The area is popular with many celebrities and Royalty do visit from time to time.

 

It was great to just walk and sit and drink coffee and try some local beer. At this point we really came face to face with the costs of eating and drinking out in Switzerland. CHF 28 bought us an iced coffee, a fruit juice and a couple of sparkling waters – that’s about US$28 or £22.

 

Chateau de Gruyeres

 

Since the 12th century the town of Gruyeres has been producing Gruyere cheese, starting to export it in the 17th century.

 

Gruyeres Castle (Chateau de Gruyeres) was built in the 13th century and has an interesting history. It is a site of national significance and is one of the most famous castles in Switzerland.

 

We enjoyed simply strolling around the castle an seeing the sights. it is located on top of a hill with a great view.

 

Cheese fondue for one at Gruyeres.

 

Of course, lunch at the castle could only be a glorious cheese fondue. Take your pick of a number of restaurants, some with a fantastic view.

 

One bar not to miss is the Giger bar, all designed in the style of the Alien movies. A swiss painter, HR Giger was part of the special effects design team for the Alien movies. Opposite the bar is a museum to his art. Definitely a must if you are into Sci-Fi.

 

View from the chateau at Gruyeres.

 

Bern – Catching the Train

 

An impulsive decision, when we found we had a day free. We decided to go to Bern and see the Bern bears. Why? It seemed like a good idea at the time!

 

Starting with a walk past the impressive Parliament building, we headed back under the clock tower and towards the Bear Park. Bern is a beautiful city, though we were fascinated by the contrasts. Walk down a street of well maintained old buildings, with fountains in the street. Just make sure you stay out of the way of the trams!

 

As efficient as the Swiss rail service is, it still takes a couple of hours to travel from Gstaad to Bern, leaving us just the afternoon in Bern. We decided to take a walk through the old city, ending up at the bears.

 

Heading back, we were just in time to see the show as the mechanical clock marked the hour.

 

The Montreux Shore

 

We all came out to MontreuxOn the Lake Geneva shoreline

 

Words from Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” which have always stuck in my mind. Leaving late in the morning we took the drive down to the Lake Geneva shoreline at Montreux.

 

Indeed, we didn’t move from the shoreline, but spent a relaxing afternoon walking and chilling out.

 

Freddy Mercury’s statue overlooks the lake, and absolutely needed a photo or two. A small tourist train runs along the shoreline. Fascinating to ride the train and see the sights.

 

One trip was missed was the boat trip on the lake. Definitely one for next time.

 

The Montreux shore. Looking at Montreux from the waterfront.

 

Vevey

 

The big fork in Lake Geneva at Vevey.

 

Vevey is probably not on most tourist itineraries. The town is marked by an 18m stainless steel fork embedded in Lake Geneva.

 

The actor and comedian Charlie Chaplin lived in Vevey. He is commemorated by a statue on the waterfront and a museum. Our time was tight so we didn’t have time to visit the museum or nearby Vevey Castle which houses a museum. Vevey was, in fact, the place where milk chocolate was invented in 1867.

 

We visited Vevey to attend a small birthday party, which gave us an opportunity to see the sunset over Lake Geneva. A fitting end to our trip as we were heading home the next day.

 

Heading Home

 

Every autumn the Alpine farmers bring the cattle down from the high pastures for the winter. The procession is known as Desalpe. Many of the cattle are dressed up with cow bells and flowers and the procession is quite an occasion.

 

Just one problem. The day of Desalpe was the day we were leaving. Of course the cattle take priority on the road and our friends talked of having taken 5 hours to get to Geneva. We decided to catch the train!

 

And so we headed home, saying goodbye to the mountains and heading back to the UK via Easyjet.

 

Cows walking through Les Moulins, ready for the annual Desalpes.

 

Your Switzerland Itinerary

 

Switzerland is known for its mountains and cheese and snow and skiing. But Switzerland in autumn is well worth a visit, especially if you get off the beaten tourist track. It was very much a green and pleasant land.

 

The weather is mild, though you need to keep a light coat or jersey handy, particularly in the evenings.

 

Eating out is costly. We found ourselves paying approximately $30 for a light meal and wine (pasta, pizza, and even a burger), but the food was good. Think about self-catering.

 

We can’t comment much on accommodation as we stayed with friends. From what we could see, most hotels seemed to start at around $110 for a 3 star room.

 

Our friends took us to most places we visited by car. The roads are good, but speed limits seemed lower than we are used to in the UK. Our train rides were last-minute decisions. The Swiss rail system is excellent, and we wouldn’t hesitate to travel by train again. I would definitely consider a Swiss Rail Pass or similar. Here’s a handy guide on deciding the value of the Swiss Rail Pass, found on Travel? Yes Please.

 

We traveled to Geneva by Easyjet from Luton in the UK. I would seriously consider using the Eurostar for a future trip, possible with a stopover in Paris.

 

Whichever way you do it, take a trip to Switzerland in autumn.

 

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De Haar Castle, Haarzuilens, Utrecht NL

De Haar is the largest castle in the Netherlands, once the private residence of the Van Zuylen family, whose descendants still stay here yearly. In the last century, the castle also frequently hosted members of the international jet set with their lavish lifestyle; from Coco Chanel to Roger Moore, they too left their mark on the sumptuous rooms of the most opulent spot in Utrecht. Few castles in The Netherlands can equal De Haar for its ideal image of a medieval fortress with towers and ramparts, moats, gates and drawbridges. Like a real fairy-tale castle it rises majestically from parkland with impressive trees, old gardens and ponds. The castle is situated in the centre of The Netherlands, near Utrecht, and is easy to reach by car. There is ample parking space. De Haar Castle ranks among the top twenty most visited Dutch museums. It is a historic monument alive with year-round activities such as guided tours (for adults and for children), exhibitions, theatre and events. De Haar Castle is a private foundation and does not receive any regular subsidies from local or central government. The foundation is a non-profit organisation and depends entirely on its revenues from ticket sales, activities and events.

For over a century it has been tradition for the Van Zuylen van Nijevelt van de Haar family to reside in the castle for one month a year, in September. The tradition centres around entertaining prominent international guests at lavish house parties hosted by the baron and baroness. Famous guests included Coco Chanel, Maria Callas, Gregory Peck, Roger Moore, Yves Saint Laurent, Joan Collins and Brigitte Bardot. The medieval House De Haar dates from the 13th century. It fell into disrepair in the 18th and 19th centuries. Architect Pierre Cuypers (famous for his designs of the Rijksmuseum and the Central Station in Amsterdam) restored and rebuilt De Haar for baron Etienne van Zuylen van Nijevelt van de Haar. The rebuilding took from 1892 till 1912 and was a project unique of its kind in all of Europe.

Cuypers’ grand design included not just the architecture of the castle but also the interiors, the gardens, the chapel and even the village of Haarzuilens. Without exaggeration the whole can be described as a Gesamtkunstwerk. Cuypers has created a unique, special world: an enchanting oasis of harmony and peace. The park and gardens surrounding De Haar Castle – covering over 135 acres of land – are worth a visit in their own right. The Rose Garden, the Roman Garden, the ponds and canals, as well as the many bridges, romantic vistas and impressive avenues invite visitors to go on long walks or have a picnic. Each season in the park has its own charm.

 

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