I had a very intense bittersweet moment here, just as I was taking this snap. A big black crow came up to me – which crows very rarely do. Somehow we connected, albeit briefly, on that part of consciousness where man and crow overlap. After this spiritual bonding I tossed him a huge pecan nut from a bag I was carrying. Instead of enjoying it, he just carried it off to one of the bushes you see in this snap, and promptly buried it. Did he truly think it was his nut – maybe a nut so good it could not be eaten today but best saved for a more festive time? Was he just showing me how much he cherished the nut, only to return to eat it after I left? Or . . . was he contributing to the foodstocks of all the crows in Le Locle – and if he was, would that somehow reduce the pleasure I took from this man/crow nutgiving gesture? Or rather, should I judge a community spirit like that to be both admirable as well as somewhat lacking in mankind?
What is worth mentioning now is that the famous science fiction writer Stephen Baxter has postulated that after the evolutionary fall of man, crows will ascend and become the dominant species. Maybe this little man/crow event today is a little evolutionary kick along that inevitable journey?
If you’ve spent anytime skimming through my blog, you’d’ve (how’s that for a contraction!) picked up that I love street art.
Well, that doesn’t mean I love all street art. Here’s a snap from what directly in front of the main train station in the city of Biel/Bienne:
When you consider the location of this piece in the direct pedestrian traffic flow then it sort of makes sense. But, somehow its very tight integration into the landscape – no “buffer” to soften the effect . . . well, I’m not sure what it’s missing, but in its entirety, for me personally it is a bit lacking.
A public mausoleum in Jardin des Alpes, a city garden in Geneva:
Just like just about everything else in Europe, the Chateaux de Joux dates back to the 1200’s.
Southern Germany is an incredible, incredible place that sadly most tourists never visit. It is remote – almost desolate – but from time to time you accidentally stumble across something magnificent, such as this church that dates back to the Middle Ages:
Disclaimer: the sky was enhanced a bit with Lumina AI.
I’ve taken this snap before,
Here’s a snap of a building owned by the Rolex corporation, sadly, I could not find the date:
And here’s a snap of the same building today, still owned by Rolex but now used as a primary building by the Department of Computer Science at the University of Applied Sciences in Bern:
Sadly it is a bit difficult to find information about these things on the Internet. I took this snap from the parking lot of IKEA in Mulhouse, in Alsace.
I took this snap in Stuttgart, but then I realised I know next-to-nothing about any element here: who the person is or why there is a statue there, the building in the background . . . I know nothing!
When I walk around with my camera, from time to time I see an interesting snap,
A paternoster is a continuously running elevator in which you nimbly deftly step into the cabin as it scrolls by. Or you die trying. As of the year 2002, paternosters killed on average one person per year in Germany – even though there was an installed base of around 200 of them. The number of gruesome injuries was not recorded.
Most of them have been decommissioned due to safety reasons, but a few are still in use, such as this one in the Stuttgart Rathaus:
OK, I can’t really comment about modern art because I don’t understand it. At least not the modern art currently on display at the Migros Museum:
OK, I don’t understand the art – but I do like the way this snap turned out. So, maybe that is one way to define good modern art, whether you are happy with the photos you take of it?
I took this snap after getting off the tram that transports you up to the mountain to Crans-Montana – but then I stopped to think, this must be a very difficult garden to maintain in good condition:
Take a look at this incredible snap:
Well, the original snap looked like this:
Just for the record: the photos I post are never in any way retouched or enhanced or changed – except for cropping. OK, and maybe a very simple color correction a la Google.
But in this series of blog posts entitled FAKE I publish some rather interesting images I have enhanced in some way.
I’ve recently bought a Mac – and for my photo hobby I am trying an application called Lumina AI – it offers not just the usual photo editing and correction features, but powerful “faking” features like adding skies and suns that are not really there.