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Zaid El-Hoiydi
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Travel photography, nature and society.
Travel photography, nature and society.

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Unterseen
What I like most about Interlaken is often the tiny village located just next to it, Unterseen. While all the tourists will flock in the many shops, boutiques and restaurants of Interlaken, the much bigger former village, I often prefer to take the 5 minutes walk from the west train station across the Aare to Unterseen and find all the peacefulness I could ever hope.
May 20, 2017.
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5/23/17
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The Castle Frogs
First time I saw them under the warming grace of the sun. Those two, unfortunately, cannot be kissed so I can't tell anything about charming princes. Makes me want to read Grimm again.

The fairy tale, The Frog Prince, or Iron Henry, by the Brothers Grimm, takes place in several settings, including a well, a castle, and a carriage. The main characters are a prince who’s been turned into a frog, a princess, her father, the king, and the prince’s faithful servant, Iron Henry. The problem is that the princess who has agreed to be friends with the frog after he helps her, is having a hard time keeping her promise to him.

The story begins when the princess loses her golden ball in the pond. The frog offers to help the princess in return for her friendship, and the princess agrees. But after the princess gets her golden ball, she runs back to the castle without the frog.

Later, the frog appears at the castle, and expects to sit and eat with the princess. She doesn’t like the idea, but her father, the king, says she must keep her promise to the frog. After the meal, the frog asks to sleep next to the princess. The idea repulses the princess, but once again, the king makes his daughter live up to her word. However, when they are up in the princesses room, she is so disgusted with the idea of having the frog sleep in her bed that she violently throws the frog against the bedroom wall. With that, the frog turns into a prince and reveals that he has been under a witch’s spell.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Frog_Prince
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5/23/17
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Can trees grow on rocks?
Here's your answer with the added remark that this works best when humans do not interfer in any way.

Our actions toward nature, even those well intentioned, often end up being detrimental. One only needs studying what our species did in Australia to get plenty examples of that.
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5/23/17
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Vienna Town Hall - 2 of 2
Here is the last batch of pictures on this remarkable building. The weekend of our stay an event was ongoing and resulted in a rather hideous stage construction rendering all my attempts of capturing the entire building useless. Meanwhile Google has three-dimensionalized the entire city on Maps, including the town hall of course, so I added a little animation to provide an overview.
Vienna - Oct 1st, 2015.
https://www.wien.gv.at/verwaltung/rathaus/index.html,
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/CcHjHLJVGWC2
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5/22/17
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Vienna Town Hall - 1 of 2
The classical music which was created in Vienna in the days of the realisation of prestigious buildings like the town hall goes hand in hand, in my opinion, with their precise and refined architecture. At least it allowed me to connect dots I had mentally prepared for that trip. I kept thinking about Beethoven each time I saw an old enough building.
Vienna - Oct 1st, 2015.
https://www.wien.gv.at/verwaltung/rathaus/index.html,
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/CcHjHLJVGWC2

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5/22/17
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Vienna Town Hall at Sunset
The discerning eye will notice that the auto-focus of my camera was fooled by the suspended public lighting. Yep, the kind viewer should not forget that the photograph is still an amateur. Nonetheless, one can see how beautiful that building is.
Vienna - Oct 1st, 2015.
https://www.wien.gv.at/verwaltung/rathaus/index.html,
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/CcHjHLJVGWC2

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The View from Zwieselberg
On my back, on a straight line, you will first find lake Thun and 100 km later Zurich. In front of me the Alps, non stop for about 330 km.
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5/21/17
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There is not a single flower in this series and I hope to demonstrate here that nature's beauty does not always depend on them.
In the countryside of Thun, May 21st, 2017.
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5/21/17
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A Spot of Pristine Nature
I typically share such images only in my Natural Landscape ➊ or Nature ➋ collections but all those come from Switzerland so I thought I would bring you here at least a collage.

Those are examples of what nature does when left alone, when we are not interfering with it in any way. It is then tirelessly busy creating artworks.

There are very few places left like this one that are easily reachable. In effect it took me 1 hour to come here this afternoon, by mountain bike from Thun. Usually one would need to hike in the mountains to find them.
➡➊ Natural landscape: https://plus.google.com/collection/ElXJb
➡➋ Nature: https://plus.google.com/collection/06t3S
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On the shoulders of giants
This must be the view which many insects get when they climb trees, aren't they lucky?
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5/21/17
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