Animal Farm – ‘Grun 80’

Today was the first really Spring-like day this year; sunny with deep contrasty shadows, warm enough to throw coats and caution to the wind, flowers popping their heads up everywhere you look. Just lovely! The perfect day to visit "Grun 80" or "Grun Achtzig" (parkimgruenen.ch)  - not far from home. Many years ago when I [...]

More please……

I know that photos of flowers (fotos of flowers or photos of phlowers???) are a bit "been there, done that" but I couldn't resist today; Spring temperatures, bright sunshine and a happy morning! As I was waiting for a friend to arrive for a walk in near-by Schutzenmattpark, I found the lawn by the tram [...]

Is it Spring yet?

Funny this winter we are having here in Switzerland! One day is freezing cold, the next day the temperatures are racing upwards and the flowers are blooming. I took two photos recently that shows this crazy climatic contradiction nicely... The first photo was taken at the Tinguely fountain in Basel: http://tinguely%20fountain%20basel, the second at an outdoor [...]

Studies in Black & White

Somedays, no matter how creative the day begins, it reaches a dull spot where suddenly there is a need to entertain oneself (hopefully without the use of anything digital...). Look around the house and something will always pop up. Deciding that I could use some more practice with depth of field and settings (I still [...]

Meet and Greet: The People of Basel

In German, residents of Basel are either Basler (for males) or Baslerin (females). In any language, they are interesting to observe as they go about their everyday business around the Marktplatz - the main square downtown. I felt particularly confident today and found that my personal feelings where "absorbed" in my photos - they seemed to be [...]

If it is Autumn, it is time for the fair!

It is certainly Autumn in Switzerland; bright sunshine in that golden Autumnal hue, blue skies, dipping temperatures and crisp leaves that you scuff on the pavement with new leather shoes. In Basel, it is also time for the Autumn Fair or Herbstmesse in German. One of the very special things one finds at the fair [...]