Friday, 31 December 2010

Menorca's Tsunami

Ciutadella’s harbour in Menorca, like the city’s streets is narrow and compact which has restricted the amount of trade that comes here and thus the growth of the city itself, preserving its ancient character. For some unknown reason probably due to a combination of the moon, atmospheric pressure and other factors the water level in the harbour sometimes starts to flow in and out. 
Boats can be left high and dry dangling from their moorings and just as quickly the sea floods the dockside area completely. In as many minutes the waters can rush up and down several times. On some occasions it will happen again within a few days and can be unusually violent dragging the larger vessels up to the top of the creek and sinking some of the smaller ones. The wharf side shops and restaurants can be submerged under almost two metres of water. For a supposedly tideless sea this is an amazing card for the Mediterranean to have up its sleeve. Have a great day now.

Thursday, 30 December 2010

South Tyrol Cuisine

The good thing about walking in the South Tyrol is that beside the numerous shelter huts there are many old farmhouses that have huts that have been converted to excellent cafes where you can eat and drink on the way. We tried a couple of these and there’s not much to beat apple strudel with cream, a cold beer and a fantastic view after a three-hour walk.
In fact the cuisine here is superb as it is mixture of German and Italian as is demonstrated that before the apple strudel I had some home made spinach ravioli whilst Deborah our guide tucked in to Kaiserschaam (Above), a cross between a pancake and an ommlette that had been cut into strips, covered with sugar and served with home made cranberry jam!
Have a great day now. 

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

The Naveta des Tudons

The Naveta des Tudons is about 3,000 years old and is found in Menorca. It is the oldest roofed building in Spain and has a horseshoe shaped interior. The building resembles an upturned boat therefore this kind of prehistoric building is known as a "naveta" (vessel).  As you can see it was a bit overcast and raining when we were there but in someway this added to the visit. I hope you enjoy your day now.

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Red Based Jezabel Butterfly

This picture of a red based jezebel butterfly was taken on Hong Kong Island. Only a mile out of the city and you are into jungle and forest. We were walking along the Dragon's Back Trail which gives amazing views of the island. Have a great day day now wherever you are.

Friday, 24 December 2010

Wedding Party in India

Well here we are somewhere on the road between Ahmedabad and Jamnagar in Gujrat, North west India. It was really strange to be the centre of attention! The people here don't see that many tourists so practically the whole of this wedding party on a coach wanted us to have our photograph taken with them!
Really nice, generous people and a lovely, fascinating country
Take care now and have a great Christmas and New Year wherever you are.

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Seven Sisters Waterfall

This is the Seven Sisters Waterfall in the Geiranger Fiord, Norway. You can get some idea how high it is from the cruise ship below it!

Have a great day now and enjpoy all you do.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Goldsmith, Bosa, Sardinia

This goldsmith is making the most equisite jewelery from the red coral that is found in the waters off Bosa, Sardinia. Fascinating to watch and beautiful to see the finished product. Have a good day now

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Lunar Eclipse this morning

I've decided not put a picture on today. Well done to Mother Nature for this morning's eclipse. Watching it with six layers on and standing in a foot of snow made it even more memorable! Have a great day now

Monday, 20 December 2010

Snowtime again

Woke up to another foot of snow this morning and we are all rushing out with our shovels at 9 a.m. to dig out the old folks doorways etc. It really is bad this year, still nothing like what they get in Europe and the States each winter mind! Take care now.

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Carriage Driving on the Somme beaches.

I just love this picture. I took it on the beach just to the north of the mouth of the River Somme in northern France. We were on a press trip for Pas de Nord/Calais and these horses were so powerful and so gentle. To get to the beach we had to drive through sandunes with pine forests whilst all the time we were being watched by wild boar and goats. Have a great day now.

Friday, 17 December 2010

Who needs freezers?

Well this really is fresh, home grown cooked food. This restaurant was in L'Ainsa, Huesca in Northern Spain. Have a great day now.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Tundra at Europe's most northerly point.

This is the tundra at  Norway's most northerly point also the most northerly point in mainland Europe. How any thing can live here is beyond me, yet it does.
Have great day now.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Melrose Abbey

This is Melrose Abbey in the Scottish Borders where the heart of Robert the Bruce is buried. AS yu can see it it was one of the first pictures I took professionally as it it is underexposed, washed out and the cloisters are on the horizon line.! However I still like it. Take care now and have a good day. 

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary

This a group of top birders at sunrise in the Khijadyiya Bird sanctuary, near Ramnagar, Gujarat, India. I had a great day there getting loads of life ticks including Uperts Warbler. I wouldn't have known what it was but using my eyes and their knowledge. You have a great day now.

Monday, 13 December 2010

Asiatic Lion, Gujarat

This juvenile Asiatic Lion male is walking through the woodlands in the Gir National Park, Gujarat, India. The park is the only area in the world where lions still live in the wild outside of Africa and is a major success with over 700 animals now living in some nineteen prides.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Belford Wheelbarrow races

The last competitor crosses the line in last years wheelbarrow races. Actually it's Denise falling over it as the brakes went on too quickly! Have a great day now.

Friday, 10 December 2010

The Dead Sea, Jordan

Sunset from the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea. We had just walked down a gorge for some 6 hours, swimming, wading and climbing down waterfalls, clambering under and on top of boulders. It was a great experience! Have a good day now.

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Crested Serpent eagle

ThisCrested Serpent Eagle was clutching a snake in its talons when we first saw it in the Gir Forest, Gujarat, After spotting us releasing its prey it flew effortlessly up into at tree to wait for us to depart before returning to its meal.

Rather a majestic bird isn't it? Later on one of our party saw one flying with a snake it ins mouth which it then sucked up like we would a string of spaghetti.

Have a good day now.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Flower Market, Kowloon

This is the Flower Market in Kowloon, Hong Kong. The market is some three streets big with literally just about every type of plant you can imagine on sale. Some three jumbo jets fly into Hong Kong everyday full of flowers to ease the locals desire for fresh blooms.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Mar Girls in Gujarat

These girls are from the Mar people. A semi-nomadic tribe of cattle herders in northern Gujarat, India in the Katch region. I just thought the colours were stunning. Have great day now.