Photo Challenge: Graceful

Snakes

I uploaded my reptile photos in 2008 so that was when we had an exhibition of reptiles in the town of Biel in Switzerland: at last something completely different for a few photos. Snakes and lizards do not bother me as I knew they would be kept behind glass. There were a few large speimens laying around on the floor, but they probably did not have a cage big enough to keep them in. They were only boa constrictors and used to having the run of the place in any case.

Boa Constrictor

Graceful? Yes they are. No noisy feet stamping around, just gentle graceful sliding motions.You have to love them, as long as you do not have to live with them. I think we only have a couple of poisonous snakes indiginous to Switzerland where I live, and they stay up in the mountains.

As W.C.Fields said “Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake” .

Photo Challenge: Graceful

Colour Your World: Desert Sand

Beach Volleyball Dornacherplatz, Solothurn

I just had a brainwave, which is not very often as my brain is not always tuned in. Yes, we once had sand in our local market town of Solothurn. They decided to stage a beach volley tournament on one of our main places, and I happened to be there, with my camera of course, when it was being prepared. I do not know the if the sand originated in the desert. It was probably dragged from one of our river banks or lake shores – who knows.

Colour Your World: Desert Sand

Daily Prompt: An online exposed life

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I have a new friend. Every day this blackbird ventures to the front of my kitchen window. He pecks around on the ground, finds a few tasty bits and pieces and then stays awhile. Is he watching me or is it the other way round. Both of use are exposed: me to the curiosity of a blackbird, and the blackbird to my camera.

I noticed on a BBC police detecive series, that Mr. Swiss recorded, that everytime a new crime appeared they consulted the CCTV. It seems in England Big Brother must be watching everyone everywhere as it has now become part of daily life. We do have it in Switzerland, although it seems that certain reponsible people forget to change the film in the camera or whatever  or do not even bother to install CCTV. When my purse was stolen on a train a couple of years go, my bank discovered that someone tried to use my card on one of those cash machines five minutes later. Was there a camera to record who was doing it? No of course not, we are all honest citizens in Switzerland – not.

I am am now very happy with my online photo programme, Flickr. I have had the app on my iPad, iPhone and computer for at least almost 10 years. On my phone and pad all I had to do was take a photo, and transfer the photo via an app to the programme. This is now a thing of the past. I take a photo and the job is done. I go to the programme, wait a few seconds and the photo arrives already in Flickr. The photo goes to a special folder and is marked private. All I have to do is the necessary if I want it to be public and organise it to where I want it to go, which I always had to do in any case. It is perfect. As I am a paying customer, my usage is unlimited. If I was not a paying customer I would have 1 Terabyte allowed in any case. What could be better? Now nothing is safe from my mobile phone camera. I took a few shots of flowers this morning in the supermarket and on the way home in the car they had already arrived on my Flickr app.

There is now  immediate exposure everywhere. If you have a computer and write blogs you are completely exposed and if you are in facebook, all the more. I am in Facebook, but very rarely tell people, complete with map and name, of the plae where I am now having a drink. I also do not let everyone know that I will be away for a few days or evebn hours- who is really interested? Of course there are always the groupies that press a like and make a smiley  and a thumbs up. Life today is one big exposure, so do not forget you might be watching them, but they are watching you as well.

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This new development is so good, I just took a photo of my workplace, so that you can all share a glimpse at my computer, the empty plate where I had a piece of lemon tart with whipped cream and my box of paper handkerchiefs, which at the moment is a constant colleague. All in the space of a few seconds it happened. Is this what George Orwell had in mind when he wrote 1984 and the famous phrase “Big Brother is watching you” appeared. It probably was. Be careful of those people with those phone cameras,they are everywhere, no-one is safe. We are all exposed today. “Mr. Swiss put that telephone down, I am not lookling my best at the moment. I have a red nose because of the cold I was exposed to that you donated.”

Daily Prompt: An online exposed life

Good Morning

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I think yesterday was the first day for a long time that Mr. Swiss and I stayed at home, did not go anywhere or do anything special. We were both still recovering from our cold with its flu similar symptoms. He managed to get a temperature but I just felt like I had one, but did not. No, this was not a competition, just saying how it was. We have one of those super sonic thermometers where you press a button and stick it in your ear. Then a neutral voice, spoken probably by a hermaphrodite person, tells you your temperature after a few seconds. They way you are informed quickly whether you are in dire straits or not. Basically it makes no difference, if you feel bad, you feel bad.

If you are wondering what the photo is, it is an action photo from our estate. This week was day of the cardboard collection in the falling snow. You leave it at the side of the road and it is collected by the local authorities. There is always quite a lot after Christmas, from the various Christmas gifts probably, although I do not buy Christmas gifts. It is combined with the newspaper collection which is separately collected. We seemed to have a lot this time of everything, but Mr. Swiss informed that was because he forgot it last time.

Both Mr. Swiss and I have no great appetite at the moment and we are now planning the week-end shopping, All I have on the list is jam, birdseed and paper handkerchiefs at the moment, although Mr. Swiss is now bringing suggstions fast and furious for real food and I can hardly keep up with him on my silly keyboard on my telephone.

Speaking of writing stuff in a cloud, my iPad sent me a message a few days ago telling me that my cloud was running out of space. I was bewildered, as I though clouds were endless, reproducing themselves constantly. The clouds in my local sky always seem to have room. Some days there are blue skies with no clouds, as the clouds are probably taking a rest. Not only did my iPad tell me that room was lacking, also my iPhone and my Apple computer. When I pressed the right button in the right place I discovered I could increase my cloud which cost money. I asked Mr. Swiss and he confirmed this was normal, but I really only have a shopping list on my cloud. He has all sorts of music, and it seems music on a cloud is an expensive thing. A shopping list on a cloud can really not be so much. I did a check and wiped out a few apps that I never use and discovered I now had room for my shopping list and everything is now working again. I noticed that playing games on “i” stuff uses up large portions of cloud and I really now only play Scrabble. Chess does not need so much room. This “i” stuff can really get confusing. Real life is not so complicated.

It is no longer snowing in my part of the world, which is just as well because the snow we got is still there, temperatures being so cold, it does not melt. I think today I should search for a hat. I know I knitted myself a couple a few years ago, so they must be somewhere. Mr. Swiss finds it would be advisable when having a cold and going out in the cold weather. I have decided to call my doctor and make an appointment for my brain dead test to see if I am still allowed to drive a car. I only have two months time to get it all done and I am sure it will cost something. I have just discovered, according to Mr. Swiss who has no problem with such a test, I have to undergo this examination every two years. I do not even want to drive a car, but suppose it is a better thing to do than I have ever done.

And now to exert my weary body by pushing a vacuum cleaner and wiping floors – Is this really the meaning of life? Probably not, but would rather be a simple housewife than say president of America (makes note, must watch the inauguration this evening on Swiss TV being broadcast live from the states in the evening – who knows what might happen).

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