October 22, 2014

the birds

it really was exciting to experience the big birds at the falconeria of locarno. we didn't even know of this place until we checked in at the campground office last week. just super interesting and such an adventurous presentation of those birds, the whole family was at awe.
elias with the camera in hand (of course not just the little one, but the big honking "car" of a lens), he took many pictures, i just show a few of them here. with so much grace, those birds flew over our heads, just over and over again. the owls cut it super close and almost touched our heads. the vultures are just super big, and cool naked heads they present, wow!

the smallest was the hawk pilgrim, though they were able to show him off in his speedy approach, i have not seen birds of prey, so close and still in such a natural habitat. look at that uhu...

October 21, 2014

in the valle verzasca

we spent last week in the south of switzerland, camping in a camper, enjoying the wonderful landscape and some warm and sunny weather. yes it was raining a lot on sunday and monday, especially during the nights. and yes it was wonderful to be sure the camper didn't leak. we were able to enjoy the force of nature, the pounding of the big raindrops, the strong winds and thunderstorms. we did go on a long bus ride on monday and enjoyed a great view of many water falls. there were many more as usually seen in the maggia valley, as i sad spectacular.
most of the photos on this post were from the walk in the verzasca valley. on wednesday we took the bus to brione and walked for a good 4hours along the river verzasca. a wonderful path along this wild river and we had to cross some water falls, where usually it's dry, though this past week there was water flowing ankle deep!
lots of adventures, discovering the art along the path was super cool. and parts of the path were a bit more challenging in regards to the terrain, though as it has been late in the season, or i would say after season, we were almost on our own. perfect to see natures carving, as well as human made bridges!

the ponte dei salti da lavertezzo:

October 20, 2014

my day

after a week away and a long day at the stoparmut-umwelt conference, i was so happy to just sit in our garden and celebrate with everyone showing up. first my parents, and of course that was exciting, as they have been in brazil, working at a childrens home for the past two weeks. and my mom's birthday was mid week too. so lots to celebrate and talk and laugh and just be together.
a funny thing happen, it was my "turquoise birthday"! i was given a wonderful turquoise book "eine geschichte der welt in 100 objekten". naomi was sewing a quilty little place mat. all on her own, and a wonderful color combination! a wonderfully soft knit cotton hand towel and then a birthday card with a turquoise bicycle on it! thank you to my girlfriends, who care for me and my family just being there to celebrate. oh, how do i love company and some yummy meal, dessert or what ever else!

and you know what, that was not the end, late night, there came a couple friends over to share their time with me. thank you taking the moment and stopping by my kitchen.