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Some beautiful cosmos flowers gone wild have managed to flourish in one of the most unlikely place, right at the skimpy edge between the house and the road, at a spot where soil is not even visible. This is nature at its best, taking advantage of every opportunity and doing it sometimes in a dazzling beauty.
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+Cindy Brown Yes, definitely. Amazing how a plant native of Mexico now strives here in Wimmis. Many thanks for looking that up.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmos_%28plant%29
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Such a hot day today! It probably won't get any hotter this year. For one hour this afternoon I did just like this cat, near the church by the castle; I laid down in the shade for as long as I felt was needed.
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Near sunset time yesterday by the lake under a sky as blue as it could get.
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Perfect triangle +Zaid El-Hoiydi and a superb take.

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Three panoramas from that large plain we have between Thun and Wimmis. I return here several times each year with the bike and I always stop at the same place to enjoy the view for a few minutes just before going down. The last panorama was shot near one of those trees which can be seen on the first two.

A huge and incredibly heavy glacier slowly flowing here made it all nice and flat, eons ago. A dense forest followed then it melted, then we came, homo sapiens, and we began to burn or cut down all trees where we could easily grow our food and animals.
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+Maria Diaz That could only happen with a huge reduction in population. Cities are extremely efficient compared with people consuming huge swaths of land just for one family's house and yards.

People who live in apartments and use public transportation have a significantly lower carbon footprint than people living in the middle of nowhere who drive their pickup truck 30 miles to work every day.

Half the world's population or more currently live in cities. What would happen if they were all spread out everywhere? We'd have to cut down all the forests and double the density of rural areas.

In order for some folks to live in rural areas, and in order to preserve the little wilderness we have left, cities are an efficient solution. Cities have allowed the efficient use of resources for over 10,000 years.

It would be great if every family had 40 acres. But then you'd need a whole lot less people. It is not a sustainable lifestyle given the reality of current population levels.

Efficient compact cities where people work and live and have access to transportation and everything else they need, on the other hand, are sustainable,
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Like in Thun, below the castle of Wimmis there is a church which dates from around the same period, 9 centuries ago. It has of course been renovated a number of time and is still in use today. As I walked by I could hear singing inside. Religious or not we are all very committed to the preservation of these monuments, the older they get the more precious they become.
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+Zaid El-Hoiydi you are right, there are differences. 
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The Dormition Cathedral, the Cathedral of the Archangel and the Ivan The Great Bell Tower
Here are the last religious monuments I visited in Moscow before going to St.Petersburg. For some reasons we weren't allowed to take pictures inside the Dormition (➊) so I could only use my smartphone to snap a couple of clumsy shots. It was worth it because, as often in Russian cathedrals, no square inch of the surface of the internal walls has been forgotten to compose the final giant canvas.

In my eyes the other two markant elements of these last hours were the portals of cathedrals, the damaged one of the Cathedral of the Archangel (➋) versus the beautiful northern door of the Dormition Cathedral. It greatly helps understanding how time and weather can affect monuments and also, especially, the huge challenge that a lasting and faithful restoration project represents (➌).
➡➊ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dormition_Cathedral,_Moscow
➡➋ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathedral_of_the_Archangel
➡➌ http://www.kreml.ru/en-Us/research/research-and-projects/kolokolnya-ivana-velikogo-restavratsiya-i-muzeefikatsiya/, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_the_Great_Bell_Tower
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+Michele McDevitt absolutely, for your information most of my pictures are tagged with their GPS coordinates.
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Trachselwald Castle
As I loved them last week I visited yet another castle, one I didn't have pictures from. I did it through my lunch time break and arrived by bicycle so I had to hurry a bit. I thus didn't get the best possible picture quality with my smartphone, should be good enough for you to come visit it with me.

Note: The cover picture is not mine, I wanted to add an overview of the castle from outside.

From Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trachselwald_Castle
History
The name of the rulers of the castle was first mentioned in 1131. The castle itself may date back to the 10th century but the 11th or 12th century is more likely. At first it belonged to the barons of Trachselwald, then to the barons of Rüti bei Lyssach, and then those of Sumiswald. The barons of Sumiswald sold the castle and surrounding lands to the city of Bern. Bern turned the castle into a sheriff hood.

The castle was rebuilt or expanded several times. Its oldest parts are the keep, which was built out of tuff, and one half of the main building. These parts of the castle were built in the second half of the 12th century. The stair tower was probably built by a master craftsman from Prismell in 1641.

During the Swiss peasant war of 1653, the peasant leader Niklaus Leuenberger, who was arrested on June 19, 1653 was held in Castle Trachselwald until being taken to Bern, where he was executed on August 27. The castle was sacked during the 1798 French invasion, but was not burned. It became the center of administration of the district of Trachselwald.

Castle Site
The first castle consisted of a square keep that was about 10 m (33 ft) on each side. The walls were up to 2.7 m (8.9 ft) thick. The keep and outer walls are made of tuff stone cut into roughly squared blocks which indicates construction before 1200. The dendrochronology dating of the beams indicates that they came from 1251 to 1253. Along with the keep, part of the main building was added during the first construction period. The original keep was probably surrounded by an elliptical ring wall.

In the 14th century the original two story keep doubled in height. In the 16th or 17th century a palace, dungeon and other buildings were added to the castle. The new additions were built in a Romanesque style, which included larger windows and thinner walls. A stair tower was added in 1641 and a granary was built in 1683. The palace was renovated during the 17th and 18th century into its current appearance. In 1751 a new, more decorative gate house was built along with a french garden.
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+JCY SMITH No doubt about it, many thanks for the tips :-)
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About Barbara (Spam)
Privately, for me Gmail has gradually made spam a thing of the past to a point that today I get none, yay! A situation that, not so long ago, I was still dreaming about. I am certainly grateful to Google for that. Makes me believe that 80% of the Internet traffic being caused by spam is a myth in need of some update.

A few like this one below have recently began to reach me through my work email, after a solid ten years of a nearly continuous absence. They are rare enough that I take a minute to parse them and seek after a reason why they got through our filter and also what our boundless creativity can come up with.

When I retire I might want to actually spend time answering such emails finding out how far and how well the trickery has been put together. Also how such malevolent activities can actually be profitable.
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+Ivan Petkovic Cool! "So what is scambaiting? Well, put simply, you enter into a dialogue with scammers, simply to waste their time and resources. Whilst you are doing this, you will be helping to keep the scammers away from real potential victims and screwing around with the minds of deserving thieves."

Having some fun while doing the society a service, sounds like another hobby I could later adopt.
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Delemont - Part 3
Before I forget about them, here is the last batch of images I got from that Pokemon Go hunting trip. Funny how different this city appeared in my eyes on this weekend. It was also the first time that my main intention was to walk around while taking some pictures.
➤ Part 1: https://goo.gl/jGfP27
➤ Part 2: https://goo.gl/skzO3g
➤ The backside of the castle: https://goo.gl/LAi1dU
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Del%C3%A9mont
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Looking up at the castle of Wimmis which the lords of the same name had built 8 centuries ago. Their subjects down below could sometimes catch glimpses at the highnesses when at the windows. The higher location of the castle was of course meant to correspond to their rank in the society, the very top.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wimmis_Castle
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+harry campbell​ 3 hours away by bicycle on dirt roads. Have a look at the photo details for the exact location.
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Between Thun and the Mountains
Hope you're having a great Sunday. Here is a live panorama from where I am right now. Google Photos composed it for me. I hadn't mounted my mountain bike in quite a while.
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Gorgeous! You live in an amazing place
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After the Rain
What can be better when your sleep is gently rocked by the quiet music of a light rain which politely stops the moment you decide to go out?
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Ethereal feeling !
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Travel photography, nature and society.
Introduction
Evolution, ecology and energy ​​​​​​​​​​plus everything that is related are frequent centers of interest of mine in my reading and writing here or elsewhere. Photography and computing (many call me a geek) are my oldest and most durable leisure time activities and I profoundly admire Nature in which I also love to walk, bike, hike and run.

Now to illustrate my values let's just look a bit back in history. Definitely no need to reinvent the wheel here.

In essence
✿ "I believe in the cosmos.  All of us are linked to the cosmos.  Look at the sun: If there is no sun, then we cannot exist.  So nature is my god.  To me, nature is sacred;  trees are my temples and forests are my cathedrals." Mikhail Gorbachev, 1990

About the lightness and heaviness of our cultures
✿ "To reform a man, you must begin with his grandmother.Victor Hugo
✿ "There is no force so powerful as an idea whose time has come.Everett Dirkson

Creation and innovation
✿ "Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.Antoine de Saint-Exupery
✿ “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. Marcel Proust

Education
✿ "Humans have come into being for the sake of each other, so either teach them, or learn to bear them.Marcus Aurelius
✿ "A little help at the right time is better than a lot of help at the wrong time.Teyve

Leaders and followers
✿ "Where knowledge ends, religion begins.Benjamin Disraeli
✿ "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.Voltaire
✿ "Insanity in individuals is something rare—but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule.Friedrich Nietzsche

Concise, meaningful and eternal, we are all blessed to have been born after thousands of sages so that we can enjoy their valuable legacy.

A couple of homemade tags I sometimes use in my posts. It is an ongoing project:
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#ZldMountains, #ZelidarThun
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I drove 125 km in my car over the last 12 months
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Thun, Switzerland
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Belgium, Switzerland - Brussels, Delemont, Zurich, Los Angeles
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A lovely and quiet little place by the lake. Only outdoor seating so open in the warmer months of the year and closes at sunset.
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We stayed there in April 2015. + Extreme friendliness, welcoming and hospitality, large room, right next to a bus stop, great dinner and breakfast, not far from the Togakushi Shrine and its over 300 majestic old Cryptomeria trees. Yes, we would return. - Insufficient heat insulation have kept the corridor and shared toilets at a temperature where additional clothing was useful. We had them so not much trouble.
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§Pros: Great location, friendly and competent staff. The pickup service from the airport is nice although in Singapore the public transportation services are top of the line. The room was clean, nicely configured and furnished. §Cons: For the price I would have expected a breakfast buffet where the fruits were more than a decoration. The free phone appears great at first but it is such a slow device and loaded with so many advertisements that I stopped using it on the second day already. The water flow from the shower is just barely sufficient, one needs not be in a hurry. The room door must be thin or not soundproof as I felt it wasn't properly closed at the beginning but it was.
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We stayed there in April 2015. “Smallest room for three persons we had during our stay in Japan” 7.1 of 10: + Modern and well conceived, clean. + Superb view of Shinjuku from the restaurant floor. - Felt a bit like a hostel meant for old that are still young at heart. - Terrible espresso in the lobby. - We got a tiny room. - Air conditioning appeared to be smart but operated only in an all or nothing mode. Without being able to open the window, this was a pain.
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A rather typical shopping mall of the top of the line ones. What made it special for me is the marketplace shop down below and their large offering in fruits including many tropical fruits of course.
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+ Very capable and friendly staff, all speaking English. + Themed hotel decorated with taste right into the halls and rooms. + Stunning breakfast buffet with a huge variety and the required staff to keep everything clean and looking good + Super fast and efficient lifts + Nice indoor gym with modern treadmill machines + Hotel right next to a large mall selling almost everything one would ever need + The lowest room are already quite high up in the building, offering a nice view. + The rooms are modern with a thoughtful design and well equipped - The touchscreens of all the treadmills were malfunctioning - The indoor fitness room could have been air cooled a bit more, I have sweated quite a lot. - Weak WiFi performance, I am glad I had a local SIM card for better data throughput. - Weak water flow in the shower - The lower room floor is just above the breakfast floor so in the morning I could hear the ballet of the chairs moving on the floor below.
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