Wednesday, August 31, 2016


Remember my earlier post about the Imperia? Well, here's a banner I later spotted in town. Would love to have one to hang in my house. :-)

Gull I

With much of the Outer Banks now under a tropical storm warning, it's nice to be able to look back to this more tranquil weather earlier this month. :-)

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Monday, August 29, 2016


Graf Zeppelin Monument
Constance, Germany

"On 2 July 1900, Zeppelin made the first flight with the LZ 1 over Lake Constance near Friedrichshafen in southern Germany. The airship rose from the ground and remained in the air for 20 minutes, but was damaged on landing. After repairs and some modifications two further flights were made by LZ 1 in October 1900, However the airship was not considered successful enough to justify investment by the government, and since the experiments had exhausted Count Zeppelins funds, he was forced to suspend his work." ~ Wikipedia

Crow V

Similar to Crow II but with the lapping wave as background versus backwash and sightly different symmetry. I also was interested in the way this crow grasped his morsel of food with his beak.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Play II

Lake Constance
Constance, Germany

Conch Shell

I'm envious of anyone who finds a conch shell mostly intact. After visiting the Outer Banks for many years and walking along its shores for many more miles, I've never found one fully intact. Still, I find even the badly fragmented pieces fascinating.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Play I

Kids playing along the shore of Lake Constance in Constance, Germany--the first of a series.


A friend tells me that this is a T-34C "Turbo-Mentor" used by the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard to train pilots. 

He said, in fact, that he had taken his pilot training in one of these, proving that they are indeed 'vintage" aircraft, although I understand that they are still being used for training. :-)

Monday, August 22, 2016

Council Building

Bike stand in front of what was the Council Building in Constance, Germany, used for the Council of Constance, the 15th century ecumenical council recognized by the Roman Catholic Church, held from 1414 to 1418. The council ended the Western Schism, by deposing or accepting the resignation of the remaining papal claimants and electing Pope Martin V. The building has been put to a number of uses since. It's now used as a guest house.

More Shell Art

Saturday, August 20, 2016


Lake Constance
Constance, Germany

Clam Art

According to my sources (love that much overused expression!), many coastal peoples since even ancient times have appreciated the artistic qualities of the lowly clam.

Friday, August 19, 2016


Lake Constance
Constance, Germany


The guy above sorta looks like he's trudging off to work (or school), doesn't he? :-)

Yep, more sanderling pics. This time I was experimenting with capturing the birds' antics while shooting into the early morning light. I really liked the way the light danced off the water.

Thursday, August 18, 2016


Lake Constance
Constance, Germany

Egg Cases

"Because they are lightweight, they are commonly washed up by the sea, often found at the strandline, the farthest point of the high tide. The egg cases that wash up on beaches are usually empty, the young fish having already hatched out." ~ Wikipedia

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


Constance, Germany

Long Pole

I've seen surf fisherman using all different kinds of rods and reels. But most seem to prefer these longer rods that enable them to cast their lures farther into the ocean.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

MS Baden

Just one of the numerous boats plying the waters of Lake Constance shown here arriving at the wharf in Constance, Germany.


These were by far my most frequent companions this past week on my long oceanside walks. They were almost a constant source of entertainment as they darted back and forth across the beach.

I call them sanderlings only because that's what I think they are. But given the great numbers of similar looking birds, I couldn't say for certain.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Lindt Chandelier

Lindt Chocolate Outlet Chandelier
Zürich, Switzerland


Just a couple of the friends I made while here at the beach. These actually frequent a freshwater pond just behind the beach.

Sunday, August 14, 2016


The only time when I've ever seen more chocolate in one place than at Lindt's in Zürich was when I went to visit the Hershey's Chocolate Factory in Pennsylvania years ago when you could still tour the actual factory. 

Surf Fishing

I confess that if I lived closer to the beach, I would almost certainly try my hand at surf fishing. It's very popular here along the Outer Banks as several of the photos that will follow in coming days will attest.