The unbelievable and terrifying agricultural contains of the Swiss countryside

Be careful before you look further – be very careful indeed – because once you look at the following snap, you will never be able to un-see what you have just seen.

Here goes:

I have no idea what these containers are or what purpose they serve. Clearly, they are at the end of a corn field – and farmers do need containers to store their harvest of corn. Normally these corn-storing-containers are known (at least in the United States) as grain elevators – but in the US they are many, many times larger than these. Is the a Swiss equivalent, scaled down because Swiss farms are somewhat smaller?

I shall return one day and find out!

The unbelievable Swiss blue clock mystery continues

Continuing the series, just a few days ago I saw something.

This something was so incredible, so awful, so mind-boggingly complex that it very nearly made my brain explode!

Indeed, after seeing what I saw – and not being able to un-see it – I was forced to dismount my motorcycle and spend several long minutes in a hyper-catatonic state, until my brainwaves recovered.

And what did I see, you may ask?

Out in the middle of the Swiss countryside – so deep and far away from civilization that tourists would not even think of coming here (and indeed, most likely none of them would survive long, especially if they encountered any of the tough, unforgiving Swiss locals) – I saw a tiny village, almost microscopic in size, and in the middle of the village a tiny church.

But that is not what made my brain explore.

What made my brain explode was this: a big blue clock!

Now, gentle reader, most likely you are scratching your head and wondering why my brain exploded when, in all probability, yours did not.

I will tell you.

This is not the first example of a big blue clock in Switzerland. This is not the second example of a big blue clock in Switzerland. This is an example of many, many, many big blue clocks that adorn Swiss churches!  Here is an example from a few kilometers from where I live:

And here is an example from the “old town” part of the city of Winterthur:

This is not happenstance. This is not a coincidence. This is not luck – or chance – or a following moon. There must be a reason that so many Swiss churches are adorned with exactly the same blue clock face . . . and one day, I will find out!

Little Kentucky in Switzerland

Anyone who has been to the US state of Kentucky will feel right at home in North Central Switzerland!

Well, maybe not entirely.

Sadly, there are zillions of people of Kentucky who don’t believe in evolution or modern science.

Sadly, there are zillions of people in Kentucky more than willing to shoot you if you get near their crystal methamphetamine laboratories. (It nearly happened to me.)

But these are just little differences!  What Kentucky and North Central Switzerland share is a love of everything horse, as this roundabout shows:

 

Neanderthals in Switzerland

The Neanderthals were named for ancient human remains that were found in a valley of the same name, just north of Switzerland – and there is a lot of evidence to suggest that an enclave of Neanderthals existed in Switzerland – indeed, thrived in Switzerland – many thousands of years after going extinct elsewhere.

One bit of evidence for this are bits and pieces of language – linguistic artefacts, if you will.

Here is a town in a highly secluded region of Switzerland that could easily have been home to one of these Neanderthal enclaves:

The town is named “Taa” – no, that is not a Klingon name, although you could be forgiven for thinking it is. It is one of a handful of very strange words filled with hard, explosive sounds.

For another example of a probably Neanderthal enclave, please have a look here.

Winterthur Crows

As artistic a snap as I thought I could take of the “advance troop” of a small crow army that has been visiting my balcony each morning, ever since I put out some food for them.

Interestingly, they arrive very punctually at almost exactly 7 AM – am I their first stop for breakfast, or maybe already it is their first coffee break?  They must go to bed quite early – or are otherwise engaged – because after around 3 PM there is nary a crow I will see.

FAKE: Lausanne Chalet

This is what Google did to one of my snaps of a medieval chalet in Lausanne, just a few meters from Lac Léman,

Just for the record: the photos I post are never in any way retouched or enhanced or changed – except for cropping.

But in this series of blog posts entitled FAKE I publish some rather interesting images I have enhanced in some way.

FAKE: Lausanne Trees

This is what Google did to one of my snaps of a budding tree in Lausanne, just a few meters from Lac Léman,

Just for the record: the photos I post are never in any way retouched or enhanced or changed – except for cropping.

But in this series of blog posts entitled FAKE I publish some rather interesting images I have enhanced in some way.

The mind blowing restaurant trams of Switzerland

As any visitor to a large Swiss city like Zürich knows, the Swiss are proud of their public transportation – and rightly so. Next to Japan, it’s the most punctual and reliable transportation in the world.

But did you know something else?

The big cities in Switzerland have large collection of antique electric trams – and some of these trams have been turned into travelling restaurants, such as this snap of a restaurant tram in Bern shows:

I’ll post more pics of restaurant trams in different cities as time permits.

FAKE: Zurich Castle

This is what Google did to one of my snaps of a castle in Zurich, right next to the main train station (Zürich Hauptbahnhof). Even the original photograph is quite impressive – it was taken with my little point-and-shoot camera in color mode, yet it turned out nearly black and white.

Just for the record: the photos I post are never in any way retouched or enhanced or changed – except for cropping.

But in this series of blog posts entitled FAKE I publish some rather interesting images I have enhanced in some way.

Niesen Supervolcano spewing hot volcanic steam

Here is a sight that is increasingly becoming less rare in the Swiss Alps, namely the mighty Niesen Supervolcano spewing extremely hot volcanic steam from its crown:

The Niesen Supervolcano located deep in the Berner Oberland of Switzerland is one of nine such supervolcanos world wide, with underground magma chambers many dozens of kilometers in extent. Most geologists concur when, not if, the Niesen Supervolcano erupts it will distinguish all life in Europe.

FAKE: Prime Tower

This is what Google did to one of my photographs – Google applied some interesting colors, not actual colors you’d ever see with your eyes, but nice colors nonetheless:

Just for the record: the photos I post are never in any way retouched or enhanced or changed – except for cropping.

But in this series of blog posts entitled FAKE I publish some rather interesting images I have enhanced in some way.