Friday, December 30, 2022
Thursday, December 29, 2022
Wednesday, December 28, 2022
Tuesday, December 27, 2022
Monday, December 26, 2022
Sunday, December 25, 2022
Even though I am not a religious person, I love the warmth, friendliness and family focus of the Christmas season. Hence, the recent trip to Germany and Prague to visit Christmas markets.
The creche display in the Connecticut living room. These are small clay French figures called "santons." In Naples the creche has fewer and bigger Italian figures. (The painting is of the main intersection in West Hartford Center, and it also reminds me of an intersection in German Village, Columbus, Ohio, where I lived and worked from mid-2004 to mid-2010.)
Saturday, December 24, 2022
Son John's birthday was today, which he called Johnsmas.
We went to West Hartford to put a wreath on his memorial arch at Elizabeth Park, as we have every year since we lost him in 2017.
The girls couldn't resist deep puddles. Could you? It was warm and dry in the car on the way back.
John specialized in colorful socks. I was ready for Johnsmas.
Friday, December 23, 2022
Thursday, December 22, 2022
White ibises are everywhere. But, when they are young they have blotchy white/brown bodies.
Roseate spoonbills are favorites around here. Note the pale pink and hairy neck and head of the juvenile in front and the darker color and bald head and less hairy neck of the adult behind.
Wood storks often raise a wing to shade the water and help them see the small fish on which they feed.
Back to Connecticut for the holidays.
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
My Naples home is in an Audubon Certified Sanctuary. That means that lots of the areas without homes, golf course or other amenities are left as preserves. I wander often, looking for birds or other wildlife.
This nest was blown away at the end of September by Hurricane Ian. The tree was still bare two weeks ago. But, the ospreys have now rebuilt it and begun nesting. I am hoping for chicks in the spring.
This is a Florida soft-shelled turtle, waiting to cross the road.
A snack for a great egret.
Great blue herons are often in the company of other birds like egrets, other herons, spoonbills, wood storks and ibises, but I don't often see them fishing with other great blue herons.
Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Monday, December 19, 2022
Sunday, December 18, 2022
Saturday, December 17, 2022
Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Tuesday, December 13, 2022
In Prague for two days at the end of this trip. The first place to visit, of course, is the Charles Bridge.
Walkers face and the proceed through the Old Town Bridge Tower at the end.
"HANDS OFF UKRAINE PUTIN" is a welcome banner entering Old Town.
Monday, December 12, 2022
There was a cruise down the Elbe River in Lower Saxony on a cold, gray day.
One highlight was seeing the Konigstein Fortress up above the river. This is a massive structure up high and difficult to reach. In the second world war, the Germans hid the important artworks from their museums and wealthy families in Konigstein. The word "impregnable" comes to mind.
Sunday, December 11, 2022
Went to a wonderful classical concert with five young artists at night. Dresden has several prominent concert halls for the many groups that perform in the city.
And, of course, there was gluhwein.
Saturday, December 10, 2022
Sorry, Weak wifi and some other inconveniences have kept me from daily posts during this trip.
Here are a few from San Souci, the odd palace of the very odd King William the Great. The exterior is in rough shape, though the interior is in good shape but with limited lighting because of Germany's inflationary high electric rates and limited availability. San Souci is in Potsdam, just south of Berlin.
Just to illustrate the limited interior lighting. Can't blame them and can't blame Germany.
It is Putin's fault.