Sunday, October 30, 2016

Happy Halloween from Vaduz, Lichtenstein

On my recent trip to Lichtenstein, I saw this arrangement in Vaduz. I couldn’t resist taking a snap.

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

BERGGASTHAUS STAUBERN

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.

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This is the veiw over to Lichtenstein taken from the base station of the cable car.

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This is the view out of the gondola as we climbed to the top of the ridge.

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Up we go!

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At the top! From here, you can see Switzerlan, Austria, Lichtenstein and Germany!

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The day is starting to wind down as the sun sinks in the west.

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Did I mention that it was steep? This is the view up towards Austria.

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This is a veiw of the back side of the ridge looking down as a whisp of a cloud forms below.

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©2016 Steve Borichevsky

Friday, October 28, 2016

Helvetia

I couldn’t resist taking a picture of Switzerland with the Helvetic Airways wingtip in the frame.

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©2016 Steve Borichevsky

Just for more fun, this is a shot of the German farmland as we approached Frankfurt.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

The rolling hills of Vermont

This is how I think of the fall colors when I am not immersed in them.

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©2016 Steve Borichevsky

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Mid-fall Green River Bridge

I am very pleased with the restoration of the Green River Bridge. The last time I was here, there were ugly Jersey barriers and now there are some proper wooden guardrails.

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©2016 Steve Borichevsky

©2016 Steve Borichevsky

Monday, October 24, 2016

Connecticut River

I have been so busy traveling this year that I had not gotten out to enjoy the absolutely spectacular colors we had this fall. I did get out last weekend for a quick trip. A storm came through last Saturday night and trashed the leaves. I’m happy that I did get a few photos.
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©2016 Steve Borichevsky
©2016 Steve Borichevsky

Friday, October 21, 2016

Forgotten Photo Friday, Lorquin’s Admiral

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.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Eastern Amberwing

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.

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©2016 Steve Borichevsky

©2016 Steve Borichevsky

Friday, October 14, 2016

Forgotten Photo Friday, “Should I go digital?”

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.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Valduz Vinyards

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.

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©2016 Steve Borichevsky

©2016 Steve Borichevsky

This is the gonverment building, about a two minute walk from the grapes shown above.

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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.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Black Saddlebags

I was lucky enough find a Black Saddlebags that was standing guard over his favorite spot. Usually these boys are on the wing.

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©2016 Steve Borichevsky

©2016 Steve Borichevsky

©2016 Steve Borichevsky

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.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Vaduz Castle, Lichtenstein

I had a bit of time on Sunday to walk around Vaduz, the capital of Lichtenstein. Vaduz Castle is the palace and official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein.

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©2016 Steve Borichevsky

©2016 Steve Borichevsky

Monday, October 10, 2016

Off to Switzerland

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.

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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.

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Marl Pennant

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.

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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.

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Roseate Skimmer

This is another bug that I shot down in Florida. This male Roseate Skimmer was taking on all comers along the water’s edge.

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©2016 Steve Borichevsky

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