nature

Petite Camargue alsacienne

The Petite Camargue Alsacienne is a French nature reserve along the Rhine, just north of the border with Switzerland. It was founded in 1982 as a protected habitat by the French government and is named for the huge nature reserve seven hundred kilometres away, on the shores of the Mediterranean. We visited a couple of… (Read More)

The swallows’ viewpoint

Our regular swallow visitors have a preferred perch above the area around our house. And it’s just a few metres from our balcony.

Video preview image for Gwatt nature reserve, Thun

Gwatt nature reserve, Thun

I just came across a short film I made in January and posted to YouTube at the time. Filmed with my X100 and edited quickly in iMovie, it shows the publicly accessible lake-shore nature reserve at Gwatt, some fifteen minutes’ drive from home.

Edelweiss, Edelweiss

A gathering of Edelweiss on the Flower Path at Mürren.

A blooming great welcome

Lovely to return from our holiday to find that the rose plant which I bought in spring has been lapping up the combination of rain and heat whilst we were away, to present us with 6 blooms on our arrival home.

Pingoes in the Camargue

Seeing wild flamingoes for the first time, in the south of France.

Wild red stags

Driving back from Tongue, on the far north coast of Scotland, our journey through part of the most remote areas of the Highlands coincided with dusk. Wild deer come down from the hills at this time of night to make their way to the water of the lochs.

Colour me impressed

OK, OK, I know: I’m a city boy at heart. But I defy anyone to be less than impressed when rounding a corner on a lonely road in the Scottish Highlands at dusk to be confronted with a hillside covered in wild red deer.

Rose garden… before the roses

The Rosengarten (Rose Garden) in Bern is high on the hill to the east of the city, with fantastic views across the Aare meander and the lower part of the old city.

Pink Cones

Pink pine cones amongst a mass of natural colour on the trees outside our window at home.