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Steve McKinney Family

Steve, Debbie, Sarah, Meghan, Bob & Wyatt

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31 Jul 2013

McKinney Gathering Go-Karting

David McKinney Family Plus

Dave, Julia, Christopher & Thomas

Claire McKinney

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31 Jul 2013

Vintage Finger Lakes

McKinney Family Gathering ~ Keuka Lake 2013

Thank You Doris & Jim Lally

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Weather up on the north end of Skanaeteles Lake got in the way of the Skanaeteles Antique and Classic Wooden Boat Show for some for others not so much, water is water I guess.

From Skanaeteles, on to the once a season (tourist season) Classic Car Show in Seneca Falls.

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29 Jul 2013

Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather

A chance to revisit the bird photography opportunities from the past three winter seasons lived on the road.

Text below individual images is linked to the original post and add’l images.

2010 – 2011

Everglades ~ Chokoloskee Bay

J.N. ‘Ding’ Darling NWR

… and Again

More ‘Ding’ Darling

Everglades ~ Florida Bay and Flamingo

Kissimmee Lake – Wood Storks & Sand Hill Cranes

Davis Bayou ~ Gulf Islands National Seashore

Grand Isle – By the B’light of Day

Bayou and Swamp ~ Atchafalaya Basin ~ Lake Fausse Pointe SP

Texas Primeval

Port Aransas Preening

To Fly ~ Goose Island SP

Whooping Crane Tour ~ Fulton, TX

2011 – 2012

Bitter Lake NWR

Rio Grande Valley

Texas Gulf Coast Morning Light

Cameron Prairie NWR ~ Cameron Prairie Parish, Louisiana

Lacasine NWR ~ Cameron Parish

Okeefenokee Swamp NWR ~ Stephen C. Foster SP

Okeefenokee Swamp NWR

Okeefenokee Swamp NWR ~ Eastern Entrance

Savannah NWR

The Center For Birds of Prey ~ Awendaw, SC

2012 – 2013

‘Water Ranch’

Desert Botanical Garden

Hummer & Raptors ~ The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

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Arizona ~ The Good Oak Tree & the Santa Cruz River Valley

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San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area

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Whitewater Draw

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Bosque del Apache NWR

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Cochise Stronghold

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Birds of Texas ~ The Texas Hill Country

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Lagganulva Heron

23 Jul 2013

One’s Work

Much of our travel-based images revolve around what one does for work.

We revisit some of those posts and images.

Carlos Valdes ~ The Havana Cafe ~ Chokoloskee, Florida

Suzie Q’s

Bayou la Batre ~ A Real Bubba Gump

‘Gabby’ Paxton ~ Cow Camp ~ Kissimmee, Florida

Okeechobee Livestock Auction

Bryan’s Swamp

NOLA ~ Street Performers

The Station Inn

Cap’n Dong

Gloria Knows Tortillas

Barns of Butler County

The Hardest Working Bluegrass Band In Austin

Burnt Biscuit Bakery

St Bernard Levee

Lejune’s Sauage Kitchen

Savannah’s Candy Kitchen

Sound Guys & Security

Delacroix Island Blue Crab Fishery

Fried Peanuts & Sweet Grass

Cleveland’s West Side Market

… and Again

The Rodriguez Sisters

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The Crossed J Ranch

The Family That Ranches Together …

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The Wild Bunch

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The Willcox Livestock Auction – Buyers & Sellers

Buyers & Sellers – 2

Buyers & Sellers – 3

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Spradley Hats

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Chuck Wagon

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Fast Women

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Rope Poetry

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Calf Ropin’

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Slack Bull Dawggin’

… and Again

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Workin’ Musicians

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Colling’s Guitars

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Stucco Over Adobe

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Molten Silica

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Meat Market

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Raclette

20 Jul 2013

Bern

Bern

An old city of bicycles, banking, pedestrians, the capital, motor scooters, public transport,  river front, restaurants and cafes, cobbled streets, churches, domes, spires, arches. The old and the new  …

Bern, Switzerland

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16 Jul 2013

Saint-Nicholas Church

Saint-Nicholas Church

Heremence

Switzerland

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“The parish community of Heremence is happy to welcome you to its church. Here, we meet to pray, to share the Eucharist, to celebrate our joys and our sorrows …”

“We would like this church, along with the works of art it contains, to be seen above all as a witness of faith, the faith in which we try to live with God in the present, but which finds its roots in a long secular tradition and links us to countless generations of christians, who have preceded us. We dare to hope that you will not visit our church as if visiting any museum, but by your behavior and discretion, you will respect what it represents and what it is.”

“Thank you for your visit.”

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The Church History

“In a confined space since the beginning of the last century, and dangerously damaged by an earthquake in 1946, the church of 1770 needed to be replaced. The decision was made in 1961, after consultation with the parishioners (January 20th, 1961 and the council authorities.”

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December 1961 – June 1962

“Architectural competition: 15 projects are retained out of over forty presented; public exhibition of the projects and the jury set to work …”

January 15th 1966

“The definitive project and the financial plan is unanimously approved by the general council.”

Autumn 1967

“Demolition of the old church.”

September 22nd 1968

“Benediction of the first stone.”

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October 31st 1971

” Monseigneur Nestor Adam consecrates the new church of Saint-Nicholas. The architect is Mr. Walter Forderer, Basel.”

Total Capacity: 1500

Seating Capacity: 500

Height From the Village Square: 37m

“The bells come from the Eschmann Company, Wil (SG) and the organ from Fuglister, Grimisuat (VS).”

As well as the church itself, and it’s services, the building contains various parish meeting rooms (including 4 within the bell tower), two main entrances, the entrance hall to the main council hall, and a village shop.”

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Text directly from church pamphlet.

9 Jul 2013

Meat Market Man ~ Guido Macai

Sion Market Day

Guido Macai

The Meat Market Man

😉

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9 Jul 2013

Sion Market Day Raclette

A man and his work; a man and his culinary art.

Sion Market Day Raclette

A Character Study

Marie-Anne & Philippe Savoiz

‘Les Futgittes’

Grand-Pont 44

1950 Sion 2

cavalesfutailles@gmail.com

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Marie-Anne & Philippe Savoiz

‘Les Futgittes’

Grand-Pont 44

1950 Sion 2

cavalesfutailles@gmail.com

9 Jul 2013

Market Day ~ Sion, Valais Switzerland

An old piece of the Suisse culture enjoying an extremely successful revitalization in the Valais city of Sion’s old town is that of the out-of-doors market day.

Photo-ops abound – a photographer’s heaven.

😉

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9 Jul 2013

Pa Capona ~ The Bisse

When confronted with a dry mountainside and parched vineyards the industrious Swiss applied their engineering skills and ‘pa capona’ (it can be done) attitude to channel water from the wet side of Mount Prebe to the dry side.

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Debbie and our Neuf Torrent walking hosts Isabelle and Romeo Tichelli alongside The Bisse

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The Swiss of Valais live in a vertical world

Presently the solution involves an irrigation tunnel and holding lakes but back in the early 1900’s the solution was hand-dug channels along the precipitous sides of the mountain above Sion in the Valais region of the Swiss Alps.

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Clouds lifting after a grey and close start to the day

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Fresh apricots and tea along the way courtesy of Isabelle and Romeo Tichelli

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YIKES!

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Wine and cheese waiting at the far end of the Bisse walk

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The Bisse as a wooden channel hanging off the montainside

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The view from the Bisse Neuf Torrent

9 Jul 2013

Sion, Switzerland

Switzerland is a beautiful country.

The canton/region of Valais is the heart of the Swiss Alps.

The small city of Sion is the center of  Valais.

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Two churches/cathedrals face the town square: one French, one German.

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The cobbled streets and tight streets of the old part of Sion.

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A cobbled climb leads upwards to the twin hills in the center of the old city: on one an old castle and on the other an old church.

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Our host family’s namesake business.

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Fendant and Johannisburg: local wines that are not to be missed.

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Terraced vineyards most every where below 1000 meters but not enough wine for export.

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The local folk obviously value their wine.

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A huge Merci to Anna and Sylvianne, and Romeo and Isabelle Tichelli.

Thank you for sharing your country and yourselves.

8 Jul 2013