Tuesday, April 23, 2013

S-T Post: Shrine of Time



It is hard to beat an exploding-snowman-head in a follow-up post.

European countries with such a long history have, by sheer time, amassed incredible buildings, structures, monuments, and fountains that shout to the visitor:  “I have been here a long time!” 

A first time visitor to Switzerland suffers from camera overload:  so many photo opportunities, that it is overwhelming to pick and choose. 

As a returning tourist, I visited Switzerland by myself in July 2012 to see a newborn grandson.  My photos naturally focused on him and his parents.  Each day, I rode a bus through the city of Bern and viewed the city differently every time.

My second post on S-T is this:  A Shrine of Time

These are stone watering troughs from old farmlands, gathered together  for artistic appreciation.

An old English telephone booth without its glass, in which a plant had grown

A trail marker along the Aure River

A tree along the Aure River, and it is hanging on with its roots until the next snow-melt flood



 Sometimes the smaller Shrines of Time speak the loudest.

34 comments:

  1. I think you used that marker once as a photo prompt.... Very thought provoking post.

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    1. When I visited my daughter there, I took the dogs along the river where the marker and the tree are located. the dogs marked the marker every time.

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  2. Sure I'd be overwhelmed one first look too, but seeing it different each time, is a good way to look at it.

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    1. Sometimes so much can be learned about a place by looking at the insignificant.

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  3. What lovely pictures! I love when you can feel the passage of time in things.

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    1. I love the tree most of all; it is so transient.

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  4. Beautiful pictures! I love the term "camera overload" ... sweet. :)

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    1. My boxes of travel photos attest to the term.

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  5. Such a thought provoking post, Love the pictures, they are so Beautiful! It's true, even as I travel to and fro everyday in my city I still find new things which I had never seen earlier.

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  6. This is one of the reasons I love Europe, the sense of history and passage of time there is so amazing. Love these pics!

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    1. Einstein began his work in Bern, where my daughter and family live. It was eerie to see the patent office where he worked.

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  7. Loved these pictures! They are all fabulous. I especially love the one of the tree with the roots coming up. Amazing Susan.

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    1. I wonder if the tree will be there the next time I visit.

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  8. Those stone watering troughs are amazing! Talk about something lasting a long time.

    Now, what I want to know is why this blog of yours is not showing up on my reading list!

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    1. Good question! I don't know the answer.

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  9. You gathered your thoughts perfectly for S-T. The concept of the watering troughs is phenomenal. Are they along a road or a lane? How are they displayed?

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    1. These were relocated from various farms around the city. They are clumped together as an artist statement. I cannot imagine carving them out as they were.

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  10. Gorgeous photos - and yes! that always happens to me on return from a trip to Europe. It takes hours to sort through the photos...

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  11. Great photos. That tree makes me very nervous!

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    1. It was barely hanging on last summer.

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  12. Love the photo of the phone booth with a plant grown in it. Qualifies as art -- albeit perhaps unintentional.
    Excellent post ... love reading about travels and experiences in other countries.

    Silvia @ Silvia Writes

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    1. I don't know if it was intentional. The windows had been carefully removed, the red paint covering all metal and wood. Then there were the plants.

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  13. Nice photos. I like those kinds of little shrines. I'm also fascinated by the old European cathedrals. Amazing what they were able to do back then.

    Lee
    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out

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  14. If only that phone booth could talk, imagine the stories it would tell.

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  15. I enjoyed seeing your unusual photos, and you topped them off with a powerful ending.

    Julie

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  16. Great photos of some very special monuments!

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  17. You captured some amazing moments. Those are things my wife would seek as well.

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  18. Such magical moments for you back in Switzerland. The photos are a treat for the eyes. And to see an English telephone box, without it being smashed to bits, is incredible in itself.

    Be well, Susan.

    Gary

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  19. Such stunning photos. I love the water troughs - and really like that they haven't been broken up - as they almost certainly would be here. Sigh.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!