SWITZERLAND IN THE WINTER We took my father, who was blind and aged 94, on a rail holiday to Switzerland in June 2007 which he enjoyed so much. He was delighted to visit Zermatt, just below the Matterhorn (above) where his parents had spent their honeymoon in 1905, just over a century before. We decided … Continue reading A PHOTO A DAY HELPS …… Day 191, Thursday
Now this is what I call snow! We had a wonderful trip in March 2019 on one of the regular daily Norwegian Hurtigruten ferry ships which go all the way up the coast from Bergen to Kirkenes (on the Russian border) and back in 12 days. However, even in Norway, they are suffering from a … Continue reading A PHOTO A DAY HELPS …… Day 190, Wednesday
BRITAIN'S SEASIDE and COAST is my theme for this week. Being an island nation, the seaside is very much part of our life and culture, the place that almost everyone wants to go to for a holiday or a day's outing. Those of us stuck in the middle of the country, such as here in … Continue reading A PHOTO A DAY HELPS …… Day 180, Sunday
The last day of celebrating TREES. It's been so hard choosing just a 'few' all week! I think I should set myself the target of photographing a single tree each week of the year, to document something of its life through all the seasons and in all weathers!
Some people may think BAOBAB trees are ugly because of their strange shapes and lack of leaves, but I find them fascinating, weird and wonderful! Of the eight species of baobabs, six are found only in Madagascar. Australia has one species which is a bit of a conundrum to scientists as to how it got there, … Continue reading A PHOTO A DAY HELPS …… Day 178, Friday
Up the trunk, and we reach the BRANCHES. They can perhaps be seen best in a temperate winter or harsh dry environments when the leaves have fallen off. What wonderful patterns they weave against the sky.
We're moving up trees from their roots to TRUNKS today. I am entranced by the wide variety of unusual and beautiful colours, textures and patterns on trunks and often take photos of them. Here are just a few .....
The ROOTS of trees are usually hidden underground. Besides the obvious function of extracting water and nutrients from the soil, they are also very important for keeping the tree stable and secure. Some roots extend above ground to achieve this while other roots can drop down for 50m or more to reach water. Did … Continue reading A PHOTO A DAY HELPS …… Day 174, Monday
TREES again this week, but this time living! I really should have shared these photos last week before the photos of dead trees. But hey ho! Surely everyone knows by now the crucial importance trees play in the world for so many reasons, not least for their part in keeping the climate under control. The … Continue reading A PHOTO A DAY HELPS …… Day 173, Sunday
And finally - more trees worn down and washed up by stormy seas onto beaches. The size of some of them is an indication of how powerful the sea can be.