At the invitation of my hosts, we had dinner at the BERGGASTHAUS STAUBERN. Staubern is 1751 meters/5744 ft above sea level on the eastern ridge of the Aplstein. I has a spectacular view of the Rhine valley as it flows between Lichtenstein and Switzerland.
The most expeditious way to get to the inn is to take the cable car.
This is the veiw over to Lichtenstein taken from the base station of the cable car.
This is the view out of the gondola as we climbed to the top of the ridge.
Up we go!
At the top! From here, you can see Switzerlan, Austria, Lichtenstein and Germany!
The day is starting to wind down as the sun sinks in the west.
Did I mention that it was steep? This is the view up towards Austria.
This is a veiw of the back side of the ridge looking down as a whisp of a cloud forms below.
I was scraping through my archives in search of 12 good photos to put onto a 2017 calendar and I stumbled upon this stunning bug that I shot in April of 2014. I shot it in Big Morongo Canyon in California.
These are male Eastern Amberwings. They are the smallest dragons that I have photographed to date. These bugs are only one inch, or 24.5mm long. I shot them in Clearwater, FL but have seen them up in Massachusetts from time to time.
It was December 2006. We had just moved to Gloucester, Massachusetts where I started a new job. I was holding a 3.1MPx Cannon Point-and-Shoot camera. I had set my camera gear aside 10 years prior. I was shooting a lot of birds back then. Some things don’t change.
I took this shot and remember thinking, “It would be nice to get back into photography and start shooting birds again.” By 2008, I had picked up my first big boy DSLR and I was off to the races.
I did not expect to see vineyards in Lichtenstein, but there were many little plots in the villages. This is one of many we saw in Valduz.
This is the gonverment building, about a two minute walk from the grapes shown above.
Josef Gabriel von Rheinberger was a Lichtenstein born composer that hit the big time. His bust is located just to the right of the government building.
I was lucky enough find a Black Saddlebags that was standing guard over his favorite spot. Usually these boys are on the wing.
A shot like this one would usually hit the cutting room floor, but I wanted to give you the context of the saddlebags. He was holding onto this plant and the wind was blowing him around.
I had an intense business trip to Europe last week. I had two days in Lichtenstein and two days in Germany. The flight left Boston at 10:49 PM and landed in Zürich, Switzerland at 11:00 local time. I figure that I got about 2 hours of sleep, just enough to keep me going Sunday as we took a day for acclimation.
My business associate came down from Heathrow an hour later. This gave me some time to take some pictures. I took this same photo with a cellphone a few years ago and since I brought one of my big boy cameras, I decided to retake the shot.
This is a Marl Pennant. I shot this bug in Coachman Park in Clearwater, Florida. I was eyeing some other critters around a pond but I could not resist taking the photo of an adult dragon fly by the husk of a dragonfly larva that had emerged some time ago. I’m glad that I did take this photo because I would have missed an opportunity to photograph a new species.
Marl Pennants, per my guidebook often hang around Four-Spotted Pennants along coastal lakes and ponds. At the time I was trying to photograph a Four-spotted Pennant, and was tending to overlook this wonderful little animal.