PRAVCICKA BRANA – GATE TO CZECH SWITZERLAND

Pravčická Brána is the largest natural stone bridge in Europe and a natural Czech monument, truly one of the most striking natural sites in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains and symbol of the whole region. It is located approximately 3 km North-West of Hrensko in the national park Czech Switzerland not far away from the border to Germany. Wandering paths are leading there both from Czech and German side where Saxonian Switzerland stretches.

Barberine Rock in Saxonian Switzerland, Germany
Postcard from 1906 showing the very first ascent

So this gate and bridge is connecting both countries in a beautiful and stunning landscape and may be visited during opening times for an entry fee. In 1826 an inn was constructed by the gate, and in 1881 Prince Edmund of Clary-Aldringen built there the romantical hotel Sokolí hnízdo (English: Falcon’s Nest) with 50 beds which you can see in the photo hereunder. 

Jo’s Monday walk : A tale of three castles- 2. Alnwick

 

SUMMERFRESHNESS IN AUSTRIA BY BEATRICE

“Getting to the top is optional.
Getting down is mandatory.” (Ed Viesturs)


How good to have been in the mountains of the Austrian Alps again for enjoying the fresh air, a tremendous nature and much cooler temperatures in the amazing and varied heights of Eastern-Tyrole. So here you will find some photographic impressions as a result of our excursions in order to escape the very pressing  summer’s heat of 2013.

linked to:   Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge – Time to relax

 

KUMMAKIVI BALANCING ROCK

The last ice-age holds responsibility for this wonder of nature in Finland’s region South-Karelia being situated in the Southeastern part of the country. Its name Kummakivi translates simply as strange rock, a suitable description for this balancing sculpture consisting of two boulders, one perched precariously on the top of the other. If a human were to apply heavy force to one of these really heavy stones, the balancing rock would not move even a little bit.

 

RAIN IN KRISTIANSTAD BY JOHN JONASSON

Lillö lika varmt med moln som när det är soligt!-Lillo as hot with clouds as when it’s sunny!

At last we have had rain in Kristianstad after several weeks of drying and temperatures of around 30°C. It already started at 5 o’clock in the morning and continued throughout the day, except for an hour’s halt. When the watch was four in the afternoon and I was cycling home from work, it was pouring with rain! I was obviously soaking wet, but what did it, the rain is really needed. Here is a picture of beautiful Lillo without rain, the camera does not like water.

 

You will find more information about this area in Southern-Sweden, its nature or diverse birds here:

https://www.fotobloggarna.se/natur/asums-angars-natur-asums-meadows-nature/

Bäcken som rinner från Hammarsjön-The creek that flows from Hammer lake.

 

DESERT-FEELINGS IN EUROPE

Sunshine all the time makes a desert. (Arabic proverb)

 

Since mid of April a real wave of heat has struck wide parts of Europe leading to a real drought. It is obvious that the climate change is something real happening just now and here, and landscapes may change then very quickly their general appearance without water and rain.

A meadow then turns out to be a steppe within some weeks, and the rapidness of such a development is quite astonishing.The legacies of the last Ice Age are still to be found everywhere in form of erratics, lakes or glacial valleys, but now other objects come into the common focus insistingly.

The photos here reflect some sandy descriptive impressions in this regard picked up during the last hot weeks revealing a dominant brown colour.

 

 

 

WILD FLOWERS TERMINAL

Nature is unsteady but also very flexible, so these plants here grow on industrial grounds where 100 years ago freight trains have been handled and dispatched day after day. Rusty bridges, rails and other legacies can still be seen around as part of a secondary jungle. This narualistic work in progress means a change every day while at night the interstellare light allows a silent rest and sleeping cycle of life.

With these pictures I am wishing everybody a nice and adventurous  summer!

FLOWER OF THE DAY / MEXICAN COLORS

Spanish Flag (Ipomoea lobata)

The plant originates in South-Western Mexico and blossoms till October. More than 500 different Ipomoea species are actually known, this Spanish Flag above now found a real secure place in the small varied jungle of our balcony being very well visited by wild humble-bees, ants and honeybees.

Some Ipomoea species are renowned for their properties in folk medicine, herbalism and even ayurveda. Seeds of Mexican Morning Glory (Ipomoea tricolor) were thus used by Aztecs and Zapotecs in religious and shamanistic rituals, their remaining sites and buildings remind us also of this.

Uxmal, Temple of the Magician,  Yucatan,  Mexico

 

CEE’s Flower of the Day Challenge of 6 June 2018

SOAKED BY THE NATURAL MIRROR

SEE THAT LAKE BETWEEN ANCIENT, GLACIAL MORAINE HILLS ON A RESTFUL, WINDLESS DAY. IT IS SILENT, IT IS STILL. THE LAKE SHARES THIS FUNDAMENTAL CALM. YET, THE LAKE IS LIKE A GIANT JUST RELAXING HERE ALL THE WHILE. IT IS A DAZZLING ENERGY OF FLOW FALLEN ASLEEP.