Monthly Archives: February 2013

Teasing My Niece

A Vespa standing the no-standing sign

A Vespa standing the no-standing sign

My niece got 15 years old last month, got some money, and is thinking hard about how to spend it. She is down to two alternatives now (may change without warning, see her age given above): one is an extensive journey to southern Africa (Namibia, I think.) and the other one is a scooter.

It seems as if somebody is spreading rumors about her dearest uncle’s likely present. Continue reading

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How to Change the Color of Goldfish

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea cinerea)


Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea cinerea)


The Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea cinerea), one of the paint strippers of nature.
Another curious detail: the grey hero was a migratory bird here (it is not everywhere) for a long time but stayed an increasingly longer time in autumn and came back earlier every spring. This year is the first year when I saw them regularly over the full winter.

Ausgeapert

Rubble in the Snow

Rubble in the Snow


The word apern is the verb used for the thawing of snow in the Upper-German dialects (e.g.: Swiss-german, Austrian, etc.); ausgeapert names the state of something formerly covered by snow like the stones in the picture above or the body of a mountain climber in spring.

Snow: Again—Chaos: Ditto

A little bit of snow

A little bit of snow


Yes, that little! It caused a nearly full standstill on the streets. 660 km of traffic jam in an area about the size of the state of New Jersey (USA) and only a slightly higher population.

They blamed the weather report, of course, because they were not able to predict the area of snowfall down to the single kilometer in a considerably chaotic atmosphere with several high and low pressure areas lying in horizontal and vertical juxtaposition— it was quite some mess up there.

My…