RDP Saturday: Night

Cathedral, Rochester, Nightview

A night view of Rochester cathedral in England on one of my nightly excursions.

The ideal photo for a night view would be the local vampire taking a flight, but as we all know vampires are basically shy creatures and these days they can do self service at the local blood bank. Why cause a commotion attacking people to get your blood supply when you can do it with discretion, but back to the subject, the street is not crowded with vampires at night.

To move on here we have a photo of my model cat in the front garden.

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Unfortunately you can only see his eyes that light up at night using some sort of solar cells. As it is a black cat, his body remains invisible. It does have the advantage of scaring unwanted visitors away on their nocturnal wanderings – vampires again?

Road to Bellach via Solothurn (18)

Tunnels even have night during the day, not so vampire safe as they like to take refuge in tunnels if they do not get back to their coffins in time after a night out.

Solothurn by night

And this is what happens if you are taking a night photo of the town and see a vampire, you are nervous and the camera shakes with you. Remember to take a tripod the next time.

Solothurn by night - View towards South

And here the perfect night photo. No vampires to be seen – too many illuminations, and taken from a balcony.

Road to Langendorf 01.12 (45)

And now time to go home as the night is arriving, away from the vampire threat.

RDP Saturday: Night

RDP Saturday: View

Registry Office Wedding Solothurn, Oliver and Franzi

According to the date of the photo it was 1st June 2015, 4 years ago, although give or take a day or two  because that was when I uploaded the photo. It was a view from the window of the registry office on the day that No. 2  son got married. A view across the River Aare and the building opposite marked with a cross was the restaurant where we afterwards had the wedding meal. I remember when I took the photo, a memory of the wedding day.

Today I was also taking a wheelie along the River, the first warm day of Summer along the opposite bank of the river. Solothurn has so many memories for our family.

RDP Saturday: View

RDP Saturday: Pink

I just had to think of this song, released originally in 1968, based on the old ballad of Lydia Pinkham. It praises the advantages of Medicinal Compound, whatever that might be.

Pink is not really my colour, I am more into blue, but I appreciate the odd pink flower I have in my front garden (a buddleia bush).

Pink Buddleia 28.07 (4)

And, of course, who could not resist having a pink caterpillar for the heavy work. I mean the machinery of course, and not the insect.

A pink building machine

RDP Saturday: Pink

RDP Saturday: Patterns

Baselstrasse 11.01 (35)

When I go anywhere, in the car or in my wheelchair, I always have a camera with me. In the car, because I am the driver, I just now have my mobile phone camera to use for places I visit. In my wheelchair I can take it all with me as I do not have to carry anything. I have a large bag with space for my DSLR Nikon camera and any lens I wish to take, although I have a good adjustable lens up to 300 and that serves my purpose well.

Patterns are everywhere. The photo above is from a house wall. It always fascinated me and so I had to take a photo.

Baselstrasse 11.01 (19)

Shop windows can have the most interesting arrangements. This is the window of a bookbinder and picture framer. I found the arrangement of the various pages from a book very interesting.

Shadows Langendorf 06.06 (1)

I have a collection of shadow patterns. This is one of my favourites showing the reflections caused by the sun on a bridge with glass sides at the local supermarket.

Clouds 28.03 (1)

And often you are surrounded by patterns. Just lift your eyes to the sky and the clouds make their own patterns.

RDP Saturday: Patterns

RDP Sunday: Road

Road to Langendorf 13.04 (3)

Why this road?
I travel 3-4 times a week
I see the same old sites
An outlook very bleak
At the end of the route
I arrive to where I am going
Always the same place
My boredom is now showing
My steering wheel at fingertips
I am now on the road
Europe lays before me
But my ambitions have now slowed
In my car I have a GPS
Which still remains unused
Why should I switch it on
Driving would get confused
I have never been to Amsterdam
Take the road, it is not far
Cut through France and Belgium
In my speedy little car
I might lose the way
If I turn right in France
Because then I would be in Germany
Now that would be a dance
It is cold and very windy
and even looks like snow
I have decided to stay at home
There is no reason to go

RDP Sunday: Road

RDP Saturday: May

Meadow

So now everything is growing. but not only what you planned for, nature has other intentions. I am continuously showing with pride my flowering garden, but what about the flowers that just appear for no apparent reason. When they built our estate, now about 25 years ago, they planned a natural meadow in between the blocks, meaning no mowing until June: just let it grow. From my view out of the window I have watched it grow every year. It begins with a few leaves breaking the surface in March and before you know it May has arrived and the leaves have become king sized plants, so I had a closer look today.

Daisy

Of course we all know this one, a little humble daisy. This one I found particularly attractive with its dots of red on the petals, but it still remains a daisy.

Cowslip

And I think this is what is known as a cowslip, We have a few patches of them amongst the others. It is always the taller plants that take your attention.

Wild Flower (marshallium?)

This one is a mystery to me. I had a look in my plant identifier, but it was giving names of plants that are not indigenous to our area. One suggestion was marshallium, which says nothing to me. Perhaps someone has an idea.  It is always the isolated flowers that are so pretty and add a little excitement to the meadow.

Dandelion

Of course everyone know this one. The epilogue of the dandelion that will spread its seeds and maintain the survival of the dandelions. Whether you like them or not, they will stay. They also develop quite strong fleshy roots to make sure they are anchored for eternity. And if you decide to remove them completely, they will return.

I took these photos with my phone camera within five minutes outside in the meadow, accompanied by the calls of Mr. Swiss who was convinced I would fall, although I was hanging onto my walker. The problem is I have to bend to get a nice close-up being 1 meter 75 cm tall and he had visions of me laying on the ground, all because of a dandelion.

This meadow remains until the first week of June to give the plants time to spread their seeds and maintain the meadow.

In the village I also took a photo of this meadow.

Buttercups 01.05.2019

A buttercup display and yes, we also have some here and there in our local meadow.

May is the time of the year for the wild flowers, they just do it all by themselves.

RDP Saturday: May