Good Morning

Clouds 19.03 (1)

Sunny days at the moment I went for a wheelie into town yesterday and was rewarded with great views of the Jura and blue skies above. The raised part of the Jura on the left is the highest point in our Kanton of Solothurn, known as the Hasenmatt (rabbit meadow roughly translated). And yes I have been up there many years ago when I was still single and fancy free. I could do it then, but I would no longer the .conquer the steep slopes today.

Stork 19.03 (11)

I wanted to see what my storks were doing and this time I was lucky. There was a little action in the nest and one stork was preening herself. Thanks to the new lens I got I can now get more detailed photos. I wonder if it will be the same pair of storks as last year. Actually it seems to me that the birds are nesting quite intensively.

Crows Nesting 19.03 (6)

As I walked along the quay along the river in town I heard a crow chorus and when I looked up into the trees I noticed that they are also busy with nesting. We have a colony where I live, but I had never seen the nests. They deposit their twigs in the branches of the trees and you can see the crow families everywhere. The are probably now at the egg stage, but it will not be long before the patter of tiny wings arrives.

Crows Nesting 19.03 (12)

They seeemed to be everywhere and have taken over the trees. Some people are not so keen about the crow nesting season especially if you happen to be taking an innocent walk and get pelted with their recycled food deposits.

Magnolia Buds 19.03 (1)

Actually one of the purposes of my wheelie in my chair was to capture the magnolia buds. They are not yet open. We have many trees in the museum park in town and now the buds are thinking about opening. I will definitely be back for the big show in a week or two.

Circus Camels 19.03 (1)

The things you see in a Swiss market town. Yes, the circus Royal is making their annual visit and yesterday they were busy building the tent and a few animals were waiting impatiently. There was a complete tent full of camels and what also amazed me were the lion cages. Unfortunately no pictures as they were behind strong bars and pacing up and down and it was all in the shade. I am not a circus person and find the animals belong in their deserts and jungles, but from a photo point of view you capture some unusual subjects, Naturally I will be paying another visit over the week-end. These were the bactrian camels with two humps which I do not often see.

It was a pleasant afternoon, although still a cold wind blowing. However in the sun it was warm. I wheeled through the cemetery and noticed that the gardeners are now planting their flowers on the various graves. It was a good opporunity to take some photos for me. The pansies were still grouped together in their crates.

Pansies 19.03 (2)

With this floral greeting from the local burial grounds I am now on my way on an expedition though the apartment, this time by vacuum cleaner with a little support  from a stick and walker. This afternoon it will be off to the store again for a shopping trip. I do not mind these excursions: an opportunity to get on the road again and see people and things in the supermarket. What an  existence with my daily highlights.

Make the most of the day and have fun, or sleep well whatever the case may be.

12 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. I used to grow magnolias! We discontinued them because of the limited market. They are blooming very profusely all over town. Sadly, it is raining again, and the rain tends to ruin the bloom if it continues long enough.
    Good Morning.

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    • They are beautiful trees when they flower. We have many in the park surrounding our museum and there is also one just around the corner from where I live.. At the moment we are having good weather and no rain, and everything going well there should be a good show in the next couple of weeks.

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      • I do not know Switzerland well at all, but I do remember seeing such magnolias in pictures of Switzerland and the region. It seems odd to me, as if they should be in milder climates. They certainly look happy there though. Ironically, they are not so happy here, and are often infested with scale and aphid.

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          • Well, that is certainly true for other trees and plants that prefer cooler climates. The tulip tree from the East grows reasonably well here, but like the deciduous magnolias, can get severely infested with scale in a aphid because the winters are so mild.

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  2. I know we’ve been corresponding a long time because I remember the last time the circus came around and the last time the storks returned and the last couple of springs. So much time has passed … the years are really rolling along!

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    • It must be at least 5 years. It is only since I became mobile with my chair that I have the opportunity to see it all. We have at least two circus visits annually and a lot happens in our town that I can now observe with the camers


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