Steve McKinney Family
Steve, Debbie, Sarah, Meghan, Bob & Wyatt
David McKinney Family Plus
Dave, Julia, Christopher & Thomas
McKinney Family Gathering ~ Keuka Lake 2013
Thank You Doris & Jim Lally
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
2011 – 2012
2012 – 2013
Much of our travel-based images revolve around what one does for work.
We revisit some of those posts and images.
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 …
“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.”
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.”
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.”
“Demolition of the old church.”
September 22nd 1968
“Benediction of the first stone.”
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.”
Text directly from church pamphlet.
Sion Market Day
The Meat Market Man
A man and his work; a man and his culinary art.
Sion Market Day Raclette
A Character Study
Marie-Anne & Philippe Savoiz
1950 Sion 2
Marie-Anne & Philippe Savoiz
1950 Sion 2
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.
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.
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.
Switzerland is a beautiful country.
The small city of Sion is the center of Valais.
Two churches/cathedrals face the town square: one French, one German.
The cobbled streets and tight streets of the old part of Sion.
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.
Our host family’s namesake business.
Fendant and Johannisburg: local wines that are not to be missed.
Terraced vineyards most every where below 1000 meters but not enough wine for export.
The local folk obviously value their wine.
A huge Merci to Anna and Sylvianne, and Romeo and Isabelle Tichelli.
Thank you for sharing your country and yourselves.