27 November 2011

15 November 2011

Edelweiss - Austria

A view from the patch of  Edelweiss looking South Easterly from Adlerweg along the Schlegeisspeicher Lake at 2000 m+ towards Schegeiskees  with Hoher Weisszint and Gruber Moseier at 3082 m and 3480 m.

Same as above but with less cloud the Austrian- Italian border only on the other side of the peaks above.


Edelweiss /ˈdəlvs/, Leontopodium alpinum, is a well-known European mountain flower, belonging to the sunflower family.The common name comes from German edel, meaning "noble", and weiß (also spelled weiss) "white", thus signifying "noble whiteness"The scientific name Leontopodium is a Latin adaptation of Greek leontopódion (λεοντοπόδιον) "lion's paw", from léōn "lion" and pódion "foot" (diminutive of poús, foot")The Romanian name, floarea regine means "Queen's flower". Also, another common name is floare de colţ which means "the corner's flower".The Persian name is gol-e-yax, which translates as "ice flower"Established 1907 by the Austrian-Hungarian Army for their alpine troops, the sign was used in World War II by the Wehrmacht Gebirgsjäger—here as Edelweiss cap badge.The plant is unequally distributed and prefers rocky limestone places at 2000–2900 m altitude and immortalised in the famous Film - The Sound of Music.

The Misty Mountain

Couldn't resist this shot taken on a tripod with a long focal lense of  I believeTristner (Jaunspitze) 2672 m high Mayrhofen Austria.

12 November 2011

The Oldest Tennis Court in the World

This is a pic of a plaque inside the oldest tennis court in the world in the grounds of Fakland Palace Fife Scotland

The Fife Coast on a Sunny Day

Views round Earlsferry  near Elie Fife

Barking up the Wrong Tree!

We tend to look at the foliage of trees and miss out the bark! Some pics of a variety of tree barks I leave it to others to identify the trees.