While hiking outside to get some sunlight (see “Daylight beating my Jetlag“), I saw on my way one of the rare Cypripedium Calceolus. They are known here as ‘Gelber Frauenschuh’ or ‘Lady’s-Slipper Orchid):
Air travel and especially across many time zones is no fun. I returned from the NXP FTF conference in Austin, Texas. Travelling to the west works pretty good, but travelling east is a beast.
My best tip beating timezone tiredness is to get out and tank as much sunlight as I can after. It has been a beautiful day today, I got a lot of sunlight, so here is a share of that:
It has been extremely busy weeks, and I’m my technical blog article output currently is very low. So I thought I could post two pictures of blooming Crocus in my backyard instead. I admit: that takes less time than writing up a 2000 words geeky technology article. And I know that some of you might say “Flower pictures do not count!”. But hey, I say that the Crocus is a very beautiful flower, and in many aspects nature is ahead of technology:
It has been a cold night with snowfall mostly in the higher mountains. For a very short time window opened up in the sky for the raising sun:
It created nice reflections the water and ice on the ground: like fire on ice.
The following panorama picture is taken near the same spot as above in the “Sägel” nature preservation area, towards the Mythen peaks in the East:
Overnight the higher areas received lots of snow, while it was raining in the lower areas, creating a ‘blue, white and green painting’. A new rain and snow weather front is coming, but there was a small blue sky window in the morning. With the sun coming up in my back, I captured the view towards the snow-covered Rigi mountain range:
Happy Snowing 🙂
The Föhn Wind kept me up tonight: it was pretty strong with 90-110 km/h browsing through the central valleys of Switzerland. An amazing sunrise with colors I have rarely seen compensated for that restless night with a natural painting:
The clouds are arranged in lines: this because the Föhn Wind is building ‘standing wind waves over the mountains: if the wind goes up it, water condensate and builds the cloud lines.
Happy Föhning 🙂
Overnight it was raining a lot in the central part of Switzerland. Additionally it is warming up so it adds water with all the snow melting in the higher areas. As a result, a dangerous rock- and mudslide went down today nearby in Moutathal, damaging bridges and power lines. A video records the destructive power of nature:
Waiting in the cold in the early morning can have an aesthetic aspect:
When ice builds beautiful structures on glass we call it ‘Eis Blume‘ (‘Ice Flowers’). In the past this happened on the windows in unheated buildings. These days it is a rare species with all the heated building. This one is more like snow flakes building up nice structures. With the sun coming up in the background their beauty will be gone very soon….
Happy Icing .-)
This winter in the Alps is very dry and warm. Because there is no snow it is excellent to do some hiking instead. I’m closing the year with the family in the Italian part of the Alps, and we visited today the Fane Alm, a seasonal alpine pasture. The most beautiful small alpine village I ever have seen. It is located at the top end of the valley of Vals, South Tyrol, Italy.
The Winter Solstice day ended with a spectacular sunset sky:
Happy Solsticing 🙂
The shortest day of the year started with a beautiful sunrise. Good morning everyone!
Happy Raising 🙂
Dealing with a nasty flu, so I did not sleep very well. The updside of that is that I woke up early to see this beautiful sunrise over the Alps, with trails from airplanes high above….
I hope I can fully recover over the weekend.
Happy Trailing 🙂
During the night we received the first snow for this winter. The sun was breaking through the clouds in the afternoon, and it happened that I was near Brunnen to take of the Wylen chapel with the snow-covered Mythen in the background:
Picture taken in the evening with the sun already down behind the Rigi: Like a pot of glowing Lava, and a plane on the sky heading down to it…
Happy Setting 🙂
My daughter has sent me two beautiful pictures I would like to share here. The first one was taken mid of October shows the autumn colors with all the leaves on the ground.
Autumn is showing up at its best, and so far it is really a ‘Golden Autumn’ so far, with temperature above average. The usual ground fog is gone, with beautiful views to the mountains. The pictures below were taken last Saturday: