Posted on September 1, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Global warming accepted as fact in Austria; mountain communities planning for year-round tourism
Storm clouds build over Salzburg, Austria.
Many of Austria’s alpine glaciers are melting quickly, leading to concerns about long-term water supplies. Photo courtesy The Canary Project. Please click on the photo for more information.
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — Leaving Colorado in the midst of one of the most brutal heatwaves and droughts on record, it was hard to not think about global warming and climate change, especially after driving past thousands of acres of withered and stunted corn around DIA, with smoke from wildfires near and far hanging over the Front Range.
We were hoping our family visit to Austria would offer some relief, and sure enough, temperatures stayed in the 70s and low 80s during much of the time, a far cry from our last couple of trips to area, including 2003, when much of Europe was gripped by extreme warmth that killed up to 15,000 people in France. (more…)
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Posted on August 24, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
It takes all kinds …
Face-painting at the Oktoberfest in Frisco, Colorado.
SUMMIT COUNTY — I’m mostly a landscape and nature photographer, but like almost everyone, I’m intrigued by faces, especially interesting ones that tell a story, pretty faces and, of course, there’s nothing like a child’s smile to melt even the iciest of hearts.
So when @EpsteinTravels announced this week’s #FriFotos Twitter chat theme, “faces,” I searched the archives for some of my favorite pictures of faces near and far. Each of the images evokes memories; some from trips to faraway lands and other from fun times right here at home in Frisco, Colorado. Join in the fun by posting your favorite face pics, tagging them with #FriFotos, then sit back and enjoy the show!
What can you read in this peanut vendor’s face, spotted at the All-Jamaica Jerk Festival at Three Dives in Negril’s West End?
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Posted on August 22, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Note to self: Travel again — soon!
On the approach to Frankfurt we flow low over the Rhine River. The river figures big in Teutonic mythology, and the morning mist hugging the gorge was a nice touch for our arrival.
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — I love taking pictures and telling stories, but ultimately, many of the images are really most valuable as personal mementos of journeys and adventures I’ve shared with my loved ones. This most recent trip was no exception. Many of the pictures will never be published anywhere, but cherished all the more for the personal moments they reflect. But others are fun and help interpret the places we visit, along with evoking emotions every time I look at them. To me, there’s almost nothing better than the anticipation, after a long flight, of setting foot in a new place, even if it’s a place where I lived for many years and where I have family history. The picture above brings back the tingly feeling of starting a new journey. (more…)
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Posted on August 20, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Mushrooms are popping!
Mid-day sun backlights the gill of this wild Colorado mushroom. In this iPhone shot, I also used an Instagram filter to enhance the colors.
SUMMIT COUNTY — Tis the season — for fungi, that is, as monsoon moisture has help spur a good crop of wild forest mushrooms. While some people see them as the equivalent of low-life slugs, mushrooms are actually a vital and little understood component of forest ecosystems. Along with helping to break down dead leaves, grass and branches, the underground part of the fungal organisms interact with the roots of trees and other plants, helping to foster a nutrient cycle and maintaining a chemical balance in the forest floor. (more…)
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Posted on August 19, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
The built environment …
Český Krumlov door.
SUMMIT COUNTY — Every now and then my eyes wander from the natural landscapes that I love to photograph. Especially when I’m traveling, architectural features catch my attention, probably because they’re so different from here at home in the U.S. Doors, stairs, arches, towers … all of them built to last centuries. A few faves follow. (more…)
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Posted on August 13, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Not noveau, just down-home cooking …
The all-time classic Wienerschnitzel, which involves pounding a pork or veal cutlet into tender submission and coating it with thick flour-egg-breadcrumb crust.
SUMMIT COUNTY — When it comes to food, I’m not too picky. I can appreciate a good burger, a tasty veggie salad, spicy enchiladas and more, but I definitely have a soft spot for Austrian food. I spent many summers along the Danube back in the 1960s and early 70s, helping my Oma harvest fruit and veggies from her garden, and visiting the local butcher shops and bakeries, so each time I return, I revel in the memories that food are so good at evoking. After all, we don’t eat just to nourisn the body, we eat to feed the soul.
Leave a comment at the end of the post and tell me what your favorite Austrian food is.
The pastry case at any self-respecting Austrian bakery features at least a dozen types of fruit and cream-filled concoctions that will give you a daily dose of calories in just one helping.
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Posted on August 11, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
The fields and orchards of Austria
Wheat ripens on a farm in the Austrian Mühlviertel.
SUMMIT COUNTY — Austria has come a long way from the cliches portrayed in The Sound of Music, with a vibrant modern cultural scene and strong tech and industrial sector, but the country still takes pride in supporting local agriculture. In a cider pub near Linz, the kitchen featured a blackboard showing that almost all the food is produced from farms within a 10 mile radius, and the inns of the fruit-growing Wachau region take pride in serving locally grown apricots and plums in their sumptuous deserts. (more…)
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Posted on August 10, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Warm summer nights
Old and new.
SUMMIT COUNTY — In the temperate, low-elevation climes of central Europe, daytime warmth lingers far into the evening. The latitude, quite a bit farther north than Colorado, also means the twilight lingers relatively late. All that means it’s a great time to go for an evening stroll and enjoy mood as day turns to night. This series of iPhone shots captures some of the mood around Linz, Austria. (more…)
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Posted on July 24, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
An Intercity Express train speeds into the Frankfurt International Airport terminal.
Demise of EU may be over-stated
By Bob Berwyn
LINZ, AUSTRIA — While parts of the Eurozone have been feeling some serious pain the past few months, a quick stroll through a central shopping district in this Austrian city straddling the Danube suggests that the demise of the European Union has been greatly exaggerated by the U.S. media.
There’s no denying that Spain and Greece have teetered close to edge of economic ruin. And it’s probably not hard to imagine that an economic web spun from cloth as broad and disparate as the EU might fray at its edges from time to time. But for this summer, at least, the free trade zone and ambitious currency union still seem to be working, with goods from all over the region in evidence along the sidewalks and in the storefronts.
Politicians may be bickering over a rescue plan, and there is, for sure, some grumbling about the cost of bailouts, but in a quick conversation with a tech guy at a computer shop here, I learned that many people are still convinced that the European Union will prevail, albeit with a few stumbling blocks along the way.
To this point, nobody has suggested anything better, as the fringe nationalism espoused on the margins of the political scene doesn’t seem to be gaining much traction. It just doesn’t feel like anyone wants to go down the path of re-nationalization, at least not yet. Things would probably have to get a lot worse before that becomes a realistic option.
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Posted on July 12, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Open-air ruins tell the tale of ancient animosity
View of the valley from within the abandoned village on the hill.
Ruins in Kayaköy.
Story and photos by Garrett Palm
Mid-April is still the off-season in Kayaköy, Turkey so my friend and I had the Greek ruins almost to ourselves. Nearby the towns prepared for the oncoming wave of British summer homeowners. For now the “Beatles Bar,” Indian restaurants, night clubs, and Turkish cafes advertising full English breakfasts were closed.
After you pass through mini-Britain you come to a lush valley among the mountains on a peninsula on the Anatolian Coast. Across the green, working farms of the valley is a slope of grey buildings, the abandoned Greek village. After seeing centuries- and millennia-old ruins around Turkey, this abandoned village less than a hundred years old had a familiar eeriness. The storm coming in from the Mediterranean heightened the end of the world atmosphere. (more…)
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