Saturday, October 22, 2016

Klein Matterhorn

With the weather being so perfect during our stay in Zermatt, Switzerland, we decided to make the trip by cable car up to the Klein Matterhorn (sometimes called "the little matterhorn"). We began at the Valley Station in Zermatt, which was right next door to our hotel. I took this picture while we were waiting our turn to board one of the gondolas for the first part of our trip.

View from the gondola as we were leaving Zermatt on our way up. You can see the top of the Matterhorn peeking over the mountains in the upper left side of the picture.

Next we stopped at the Furi Station, where we switched to a larger cable car for the second part of our trip up.

Looking through the front window of our cable car while heading up to the next station. That other car is on its way down.

The next station we stopped at was Trockener Steg at an altitude of 9,643 feet. I took this picture of the Matterhorn from the viewing platform at that station. We stayed there a little while we adjusted to the altitude.

Looking back at where we came from, I zoomed in on the village of Zermatt down there in the valley.

Looking up through the cable car window as we were headed up to the Klein Matterhorn.

One of the many glaciers we passed over on our way up.

We finally arrived at the Glacier Paradise station at 12,740 feet and again took a little time to adjust to the altitude before climbing to the viewing platform where I took this picture.

Here is another picture I took from the viewing platform. That is the Matterhorn behind and directly to the right of the cross. In the lower left of the picture is a construction crane. We saw many of these cranes on the way up and sometimes it was hard to avoid getting them in my pictures.

Located near the Italian and French border, Matterhorn Glacier Paradise is the highest place in Europe that can be reached by aerial tramway, as well as by any other means of transport, offering views of the highest mountains in Italy, France and Switzerland. The weather was so perfect that I was able to zoom in on Mont Blanc (in the center of this picture) in Chamonix, France. Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in the Alps at 15,777 feet and Chamonix was the site of the first Winter Olympics in 1924. We had been lucky enough to make a side trip to Chamonix and see Mont Blanc up close earlier in our trip.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Back from my blog break and a few pictures from my vacation

I have been back home for a couple of weeks after a fun vacation exploring the Alps with my daughter-in-law. For most of the trip, we were in Switzerland, but we did venture into France and Italy for a couple of days. My favorite place was Zermatt where we stayed in a nice little hotel with a perfect view of the Matterhorn. The weather was glorious and today I am showing three pictures taken at different times of the day from the balcony of our room. I took the first shot early in the morning as we watched the sun come up and turn the mountain gold. The second shot was taken just before lunch time and the third shot I took as the sun was going down behind the mountains. Everyone kept telling us how lucky we were with the weather and believe me, we did not take it for granted!

Linking to SkyWatch Friday.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Hurricane Aftermath

See those orange streamers hanging in front of my car? They are tied to downed power lines. Obviously I had to back up and turn my car around.

Downed tree blocking the road.

I took this picture through my windshield. More downed power lines.

Another tree down on more power lines.

This tree fell on power lines and snapped the power pole next to it in two.

The decapitated power pole. The top part is hanging from power lines.

Tree on a house.

There is a house under this tree in the left side of the picture.

This house belongs to one of my neighbors a few doors down on my street.

Utility crews working on more downed power lines.

Hurricane Hermine blew through Tallahassee late Thursday night and early Friday morning and I'm happy to say I'm fine and so is my house. I was without power for about 36 hours, but I feel lucky because there are still residents without power today. I took these pictures when I went out on Friday and yesterday. Driving was a little scary because of all the downed power lines and most of the traffic lights were not working. The law says to treat intersections without a working traffic light as if it is a 4-way stop. Most drivers are very considerate, but it gets a little tricky at intersections on a six lane road. I've been trying to stay home until things get a little better.

I will be putting my blog on a little break for awhile. See you soon!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

September Theme Day: Library

The main branch of the LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library is located downtown. I used to be a regular visitor to this building until a new branch library opened a few years ago near my house. The library is named for LeRoy Collins, who served as Florida's 33rd governor from 1955-1961. Governor Collins was born in Tallahassee and resided here for most of his life. The sculpture shown in the first picture is a memorial to a beautiful old live oak tree that once stood in that same spot in front of the library. You can see part of the old tree in a previous post on my blog here. The tree was past its life span (it was determined that it was probably a sapling in the 1850's) and was slowing rotting. A potential danger to visitors and cars, the tree was taken down. John Birch, a master tree carver, created this beautiful sculpture by applying a dark stain to the trunk and used wood from the branches to create the characters. You can see a boy lounging in one of the branches reading a book, a father peeking out of the hole in the tree, and a girl wearing a hard hat holding the blueprints for her tree fort in her hand. You can also see several books stored on a shelf in the trunk of the tree.

By the way, my neck of the woods is under a hurricane warning today and tonight, so if I don't comment on your blogs, it's probably because my power is out. Schools have been closed, so the local kids are getting a 5 day storm-cation (since Monday is the Labor Day holiday). I am about 40 miles from the coast, so storm surge is not an issue, but there will be a lot of rain and wind with possible flash flooding and tornadoes. I'm glad I had all those big trees in my yard taken down a couple of years ago!

It is Theme Day again in the City Daily Photo community and this month the theme is Library. Be sure to visit the CDP Theme Day Gallery to see how other participants have interpreted the theme.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Sign shop

I saw this place across the street from the music store mural I showed on Monday. I like the design. According to Google, apogee means "the highest point in the development of something". I thought it was an interesting name for a sign shop.

Linking to signs, signs.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Little Free Libraries

I was headed home from downtown yesterday after getting some theme day photos of our main library when I passed these two Little Free Libraries. Of course I circled the block and came back to get a picture. The old house partially visible in the background is called The White House and I posted a picture of it on my blog several years ago here.

Linking to Our World Tuesday.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Musical Mural

This faded mural is the first thing you see when you park your car in the parking lot of MusicMasters, a locally owned store that has been in business for 40 years. They carry all types of musical instruments, sheet music, music supplies and even offer music lessons. I was there to buy a music stand for my grandson to use while he was attending band camp at FSU this summer. He plays the French Horn in his middle school band.

Linking to Monday Mural.

Saturday, August 27, 2016


I took these pictures early yesterday morning through my back door window just as the sun was coming up. My back yard is full of hummingbirds right now, in fact they are fighting over this feeder so I think I will be putting up a couple more today. They also like to hang out in the blooms on the shrimp plant under my kitchen window putting on quite a show throughout the day for me and my grandkids.

Linking to Saturday's Critters, Camera Critters and The Bird D'Pot.

Friday, August 26, 2016


I was out with my camera the other afternoon looking for photographs for my blog. Then I looked up. The sun had been shining all day, but then a storm started rolling in and these clouds were right at the edge of it.

Linking to SkyWatch Friday.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Soda Fountain

During our visit to the Wakulla Springs Lodge, I took the first three pictures while sitting at the soda fountain enjoying milkshakes with my grandkids. After we finished, we headed for the lobby and my grandkids played checkers on one of several oversized checker boards while I walked around taking the pictures I showed a couple of days ago here. Through the window behind the checker board you can see the front porch set up for an event that was being held later in the day.