As artistic a snap as I thought I could take of a building whose architecture I found particularly attractive, bathing in sunlight that I thought was particularly attractive, in a city that I find particularly attractive, Zurich.
Well, I actually suspect this fellow is NOT Swiss!
Last weekend I stopped at the Zurich Airport (ZRH) for grocery shopping, and I had a coffee in a café in Terminal 2. Located in this café were two pallets filled with dozens of huge bags of ground flour – the writing on the bags was foreign but I never stopped to look at which languageg.
And directly above this palettes I captured this fellow – yes, he was as big as he looked, I’d say at least 4 centimeters long:
I saw this electric charging station for buses in the North Central Swiss village of Schaffhausen – but sadly, there were not any of the buses around.
It looks as if a bus can just drive up to one of these stations:
Here is the sign on the charging station, which basically warns you that the batteries in the station have enough juice to electrocute you for a full five minutes if you touch them:
And here is a snap from a different angle:
Here’s a brand new high-tech traffic radar that I spotted in the Swiss village of Winterthur,
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.
Nestled deep within the Swiss Kanton of Schwyz is the medieval village of Einsiedeln. Coming here on a tip from my manager, I was more than impressed to see this magnificent Benedictine Abbey, dating back to the year 850 no less!
This is just a tiny snap of the abbey, showing an incredible gold fountain in the middle,
Einsiedeln is a wonderful village in the Swiss Kanton of Schwyz, and home to the world famous Kloster Einsiedeln, a Benedictine Abbey that dates back to the middle ages – unbelievably, the middle ninth century!
Here’s a wonderful snap of the town of Einselden, looking down from the abbey:
Normally on a beautiful day like this day the whole village would be crowded. It’s quite empty, because I hazarded a trip here during the height of the Covid-19 outbreak in Switzerland.
Zürich has a lot of hidden treasures that tourists unfortunately never see. One of these in a passage way next to the Fraumünster Church, and the walls of this passage way are decorated with stunning miniature Gargoyles, most of them no bigger than a post card!
Recently I showed this snap of a very usual water fountain in Switzerland,
Well, my eyeballs nearly exploded when I stumbled across this fountain in the French city of Clarmont-Ferrand,
I have no idea about the histories of these two fountains, why they would be in these cities – and indeed, whether there are more such examples in other cities?
A church-clock, to be more precise – and a red one, at that.
The newest of the medieval church clockfaces in Switzerland are all blue; those slightly older are all red; and those older than that are black – but they are very rare and it‘s almost impossible to spot one.
Why? Presumably there was a company carrying out renovations – but I have not been able to find out any more details on the Internet.
The Swiss color clockface mystery continues!
In a rare treat I was able to capture all of them at the same time in a clear morning sky!
Here’s the much redder and larger Jupiter, just next to the fainter Saturn,
The canals on Mars are clearly visible in this snap. Even today the Martian canals are recognized as massive things that previously transported huge volumes of water. It’s a little known and oft hidden fact that despite all the rovers on Mars, scientists have yet to prove or disprove this amazing network of canals was somehow formed by nature, or else created by alien intelligences greater than man’s but as mortal as his own.
Continuing the series, this shows that the clockface on the main gate to the medieval village of the North Central Swiss Neuenkirch is also blue,
“I don’t like mysteries – they give me a bellyache, and right now I’ve got a beaute.” That was Capt. Kirk, but I am the same way. It drives me nuts that almost 100% of the more modern clockfaces on medieval Swiss churches – and there are dozens of them – are the same blue; whereas the somewhat older clockfaces are an orange-red. Presumably, there was a movement (no pun) to refurbish the clocks – but until now I could find no historical record of this.
Continuing the series, here’s a shot looking down the long street towards the main medival gate,
The timing and location of the sun were almost perfect, as the shadow very neatly runs exactly down the line of buildings!
It’s not Winterthur – sorry about that – but one of the dozens and dozens of small villages that surround Winterthur and whose names are too numerous to mention: Elsau, Seuzach, Rätterchen . . . I’ve been to all of them so many times that their names and their sights blend into homogenous obscurity. Some of them were named in a time when people had no education – such as the Swiss Dorf named, appropriately enough, Dorf . And some of them dating back eons, when Switzerland was home to enclaves of Neanderthal humans with their massive jaws and presumably unique language, and the names of the villages are linguistic remnants of that pre-paleolithic time gone by – such as the village named Thaa.
This one is a bit different:
It’s different because the clockface on the church is red, not blue. I have a theory – unconfirmed until now – that the overwhelming majority of churches in North Central Switzerland were outfitted with new – and blue – clockfaces at about the same time. Clockfaces on churches that are demonstrably older are universally orange-red in color.