Saturday, July 30, 2016


Town Hall
Zürich, Switzerland


No, not really. It only seems like I've launched on a series of water pics. These boats and boaters have just been among the most interesting scenes on my early morning cycling workouts.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Garland

Town Hall
Zürich, Switzerland


Taken yesterday under slightly better conditions than the day before. I think the humidity level was down in the 70 percentile range as compared to yesterday's 82%. Early morning temps, however, were still in the 80s and heading again to afternoon highs in the mid-90s. Whew! But, hey! It's D.C. in July. It comes with the territory. Fortunately, we've also got the river to play in.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

. . . and Groom


I don't know whether you can tell or not, but this photo was taken through a lens that was about to be completely clouded over with condensation as a result of yesterday's unusually high dew point. I captured the image at 5:53 a.m. when the outside temperature was already 85F (29C) and the humidity was 82%. Unfortunately, my camera had spent the night where it was dry and relatively cool, so when I pulled it out of its bag to snap this pic, the result was--well, let's just say--predictable.

Still, I was able to finally photograph these young people training. I've seen them out on the Potomac River most mornings now.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Bride

Ah, here she is now! :-)


"Newborn spotted fawns remain hidden and solitary for about three weeks. The doe visits her young only two to three times per day in order to nurse and groom the offspring. When the fawn is strong enough to run with the doe, it will follow its mother and begin to sample foods eaten by the doe. Fawns can live independently of their mother at about two months old." ~ Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Sunday, July 24, 2016


Anyway. . . back to the wedding party. :-) It got my attention again as the bubbles began to fly here in what used to be the Benedictine abbey.


Lots of people are looking for shade these days with temps in the mid to upper 90s (mid to upper 30s celsius).

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Carving II

If yesterday's carving was of a baker or marketer, as William suggested, what kind of laborer do you suppose this fellow represents?

Nice Catch!

Happened upon this fellow as he was catching this nice looking bass. He released the fish back into the canal moments later. He caught it on an artificial lure.

Friday, July 22, 2016


I rather suppose this figure and another one that I'll share tomorrow were carved on the walls of the town hall to depict various past citizens of Zürich at their work.

Butterfly Bush

I always enjoy the look of these beautiful purple flowers as they begin to bloom. I photographed these at Swains Lock on the C&O Canal.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

A Toast!

The fellow to the left kicking back a glass of bubbly, is about to get married. Kind of funny that he was celebrating with other members of the wedding party on the site that used to be a nunnery between the Fraumünster and what is now Zürich's town hall. You can see portions of Bodmer's fresco behind them.

Happy Running

Hey! There sure were a lot of "happy" runners along the C&O a couple of days ago, thanks to this event. I wasn't running, but I was still happy. Even a bad day hiking the C&O is better than a good day doing anything else. . . well, with the possible exception of biking. :-)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Fresco II

Detail from Fresco by Paul Bodmer
Zürich, Switzerland


This still is a place of "honking geese".

"'Potomac' is a European spelling of Patowmeck, the Algonquian name of a Native American village, perhaps meaning 'something brought'. Native Americans had different names for different parts of the river, calling the river above Great Falls Cohongarooton, meaning 'honking geese' and 'Patawomke' below the fall, meaning "river of swans". The spelling of the name has taken many forms over the years from 'Patawomeke' (as on Captain John Smith's map) to 'Patawomeck', 'Patowmack, and numerous other spellings in the 18th century and now 'Potomac'. The river's name was officially decided upon as Potomac by the Board on Geographic Names in 1931." ~ Wikipedia

Monday, July 18, 2016


Detail from Fresco by Paul Bodmer
Zürich, Switzerland

The Tulip Tree

Only pale by the evergreen,
hardly distinguished by leaf or color,
it used to slide a little pale from other trees
and – no great effect at our house –
it sustained what really belonged,
but would, if severely doubted,

Sunday, July 17, 2016


I'm sorry I arrived too early to attend any of these concerts scheduled for the Fraumünster in June. The church, by the way, is perhaps now best known for its stained glass windows by Marc Chagall.

White Bergamot

Found this interesting piece of information:

"White bergamot--a plant species native to America--received its Latin botanical name in the 1500s. The entire genus--Monarda--was named after the Nicolas Bautista Monardes of Spain, a botanist and a physician. Interestingly, Monardes studied the white bergamot only on Spanish soil through its import to Spain from the United States." ~ Dave's Garden

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Pre-Pokéman GO

Zürich, Switzerland

No Granddaddy?

I was shocked to discover that what I've been calling Granddaddy Longlegs isn't. Not really. :-)

"English speakers colloquially refer to species of Opiliones as 'daddy longlegs' or 'granddaddy longlegs', but this name is also used for two other unrelated groups of arthropods: the crane flies of the family Tipulidae, and the cellar spiders of Pholcidae, most likely because of their similar appearance. They are also referred to as 'shepherd spiders' in reference to how their unusually long legs reminded observers of the ways that some European shepherds used stilts to better observe their wandering flocks from a distance." ~ Wikipedia

Monday, July 11, 2016

On the Square

Zürich, Switzerland

Abbot Lake

Abbot Lake had a somewhat different look this year (above) than last (below). Some of you may remember I took the latter from the summit of Sharp Top Mountain during a brief break in a thunderstorm.

Sunday, July 10, 2016


Literally, "Zürich dances here! Venue." And I later saw a couple of young women more or less just spontaneously begin to dance as they reached the spot. Hey! I guess if the spirit moves you. . . :-)

Zürich, Switzerland