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This weekday feature is for Juicers who are are on the road, traveling, or just want to share a little bit of their world via stories and pictures. So many of us rise each morning, eager for something beautiful, inspiring, amazing, subtle, of note, and our community delivers – a view into their world, whether they’re far away or close to home – pictures with a story, with context, with meaning, sometimes just beauty. By concentrating travel updates and tips here, it’s easier for all of us to keep up or find them later.
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Have a wonderful day, and enjoy the pictures!
Due to some competition for my attention, there won’t be more than one Swiss picture for this First of August, Swiss National Day.
One of the many things I’ve always loved and valued in Switzerland is their respect: for historic things, for artists, for tradition, for thinkers, and for the Enlightenment and its interpreted values of peace, prosperity, and freedom of conscience.
This is the outside of the HR Giger Museum in the Chateau de Gruyeres, Gruyeres, Switzerland. He occupied it his last 15 or so years. Last time I went there, the Giger Bar was almost open, with oversized Harkonen chairs and bio-organic-looking flooring, roof-beams, furniture, and design elements everywhere. Oddly fitting in a medieval castle.
Giger designed creatures and alien stuff for the Alien and Species movies, and much of Dune. His work is disturbing, often political, highly sexualized, and nightmarish. But there’s something to his horror, especially when you look at one of his giant paintings and scrutinize the detail and complexity and design.
In this photo: the building is part of the castle and is likely centuries old, there’s a a demonic/alien sculpture, a secret society’s commissioned symbol above the door, the famous “population gun” sculpture, and a bio-mechanoid torso of Lil. Quite a huge amount in a small space!
Today, pictures from valued commenter Albatrossity.
Earlier this month (July 2017) I took a road trip through Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and then back through Nebraska. I saw much country, many birds, and way more pickup trucks than cars on those blue highways. Here are some of the images and recollections
Western Nebraska has many iconic chalk/limestone formations that served as markers along the Oregon Trail. Some are more famous than others; here’s one of the lesser known ones, near Bridgeport NE.
This long-legged diurnal owl hangs out in prairie dog towns throughout the West. Found this one near Ogallala NE.
Hay bales, fences, and mountain ranges are ubiquitous elements of any western landscape. This is near the Missouri Breaks National Monument, looking south toward the Judith Mountains.
Prairies resemble oceans in many ways, including the presence of “shorebirds”. This Upland Sandpiper will fly from eastern Montana across the equator to the pampas of Uruguay and Argentina in a few weeks. From the Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge near Culbertson MT.
One of a pair of pups on the Medicine Lake NWR who took a curious interest in me. Off the refuge, in this part of the country, that curiosity is probably a death sentence. But they sure are cute!
In North Dakota the glaciers left behind a prairie landscape pocked with lakes and ponds. Here’s a view of that, in the Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge near Stanley ND.
Prairie pothole lakes attract lots of different birds, including ducks, pelicans, grebes, shorebirds, blackbirds, and even wrens like this one. Noisy and busy denizens of the cattails across North America, this one was at Lostwood NWR in North Dakota.
Thank you so much Albatrossity, do send us more when you can.
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Big Sky Mind!
Really nice stuff. Thanks!
Soon. Not soon enough but soon.
@OzarkHillbilly: Did I miss something?
Currently on a train trundling through the Sri Lankan Highlands – either raincloud forest or yes plantations in all directions. It is cold and rainy
Great pictures. Good morning, everyone!
@JPL: No, I have. The great plains are stunningly beautiful and I have been absent from them for…. Well, far too long. Most people find them boring but I never have. I miss them. Long past time I went back.
@JPL: The Sandhill Crane migration has long been on my list. Maybe next spring.
One really loses sight of that when one is living in a city.
@Montanareddog: that should be tea plantations, of course
The quality of these pics is improving. I feel intimidated.
@OzarkHillbilly: Be forewarned. Once you see 600,000 Sandhill Cranes in March along the Platte, you will want to go back, like the cranes, every year to see it again. It’s addictive.
@OzarkHillbilly: That would be an amazing vacation.
Very cool pictures. Thanks for sharing!
@OzarkHillbilly: @Albatrossity: That sounds like something I need to put on the bucket list. Beautiful pictures Albatrossity, thanks for sharing them!
The pictures today were great. Nature is so beautiful.?
You meant to say tea plantations but you got FYWPed, right?
Alain the site fixer
@Montanareddog: I expect you’re passing plantations that produce some of my favorite black teas. Enjoy!
That’s Jail Rock! (It has a larger neighbor, Court House Rock, which I’ve climbed to the top of.) Recognized it because my dad is from Bridgeport, Nebraska and I’ve been there many times.
Love the photos.
Now I want to see a Sandhill Crane migration. Next spring, maybe. With the Texas bluebonnets too. I will think kindly of Lady Bird, as always.
Found on the Audubon sandhill cranes link:
How to Tell a Raven From a Crow
These black birds may look similar in some ways, but several distinctive traits help set them apart.
I followed a couple more links after that link and found this nifty video with even more photos and calls. G doesn’t always believe me, but we definitely have both crows and ravens around here. Ravens are pretty common in California, but always cool to spot.
That’s a burrowing owl, which doesn’t actually dig burrows but does live in them.
Hey, I’ve been to Gruyeres! I recall that bar and knew it was filled with works by the guy who did the critters for the Aliens movies, which scared the hell out of me. the bar was very full though so we looked around and left.
The photo of the pup is totally mesmerizing.
We’ve had the sandhills fly over our farm every year since 2001. They changed their migration route as before that we never saw them. Now we see batches of up to 300 birds flying over in waves. So awesome. We lay on the grass and watch as they gracefully coast over head. If they are low enough you can even catch a whooping crane in the mix, they flash out as bright white against the gray when the sun hits the birds as they fly.
Giger was an amazing artist — Thank you for the lovely foto !