On the Move Until…

…an obstacle encountered on the road presents a photo opportunity.

Cows Heading Home in Zambia Photo Jorg Albrecht
Cattle rush hour in Zambia.
Sharing the Road in Southern Spain photo Sara Lynne Moffatt
Heading out for lunch in southern Spain.
On the Road in Kyrgyzstan Photo Jorg Albrecht
Lost in Kyrgyzstan.

“More than ever, the moments of our in-betweens are photo-worthy and shareable.” Weekly Photo Challenge: On the Move

Photography: Jörg Albrecht (1, 3), Sara Lynne Moffatt (2)

 

A Swiss Spring Day

Sunshine, good company and the sweet smell of a freshly mowed pasture – my idea of the perfect ingredients for a leisurely Sunday hike (or wanderung in German). Plus, a great opportunity to capture the essence of a Swiss spring day for this week’s photo challenge.Hello photo Jorg Albrecht
Hello, spring! Hello, world!
Along the Path photo Jorg Albrecht
Fabulous hiking trails, like dark chocolate and flavourful cheese, are everywhere in Switzerland. According to one website, the distance covered by hiking trails is almost as great as that covered by roads (60,000 vs 72,000 kilometres). The trails run across farm fields, through orchards and parkland, and up, down, around and even through the Alps.
Apple Orchard photo Jorg Albrecht
Apple Blossoms photo Sara Lynne Moffatt
Peaking over the Fence at the Cloister photo Jorg Albrecht
Our afternoon hike took us past the Kloster Notkersegg. The monastery, nestled in the hills above the city of St. Gallen, dates back to 1381. The building we see today was completed in 1720.
Fields and a Stone Fence photo Sara Lynne Moffatt
Through the Gate photo Sara Lynne Moffatt
Along the Wall photo Jorg Albrecht
Classic Swiss Farmhouse and Barn photo Sara Lynne Moffatt
The picturesque countryside is dotted with impeccable housebarns…
Spring Chicken photo Jorg Albrecht
…and inquisitive farm animals, all meticulously cared for by farming families.

As picture perfect as it appears, Switzerland’s farming community is in a state of decline. Its traditionally small family farms are unable to compete with the global trend towards large-scale corporate farming. Many Swiss farmers rely upon government subsidies, direct payments and protectionist food import regulations to survive. The future of farming in Switzerland is uncertain. Fewer young people consider farming a viable career and Switzerland’s farms are being consolidated or sold for non-agricultural use.
Farmer and Daughter St Gallen Hike photo Sara Lynne Moffatt
A Farmer and his Daughter photo Sara Lynne Moffatt
On a day as beautiful as this one, the wise words of the Persian philosopher, mathematician and poet Omar Khayyam come to mind, “My friend, let’s not think of tomorrow, but let’s enjoy this fleeting moment of life.”

To see more signs of spring, check out other bloggers’ links here.

Photography by: Jörg Albrecht (1-3, 5, 8, 10 ) and Sara Lynne Moffatt (4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12) .

Moon Over Tbilisi

Continuing on from my post about the Lado Gudiashvili Square redevelopment, these night shots capture the magic of Tbilisi, old and new.

(C) 2013 Joerg Albrecht

Jvaris Mama Church. Dating from the 16th century, this church is on the site of a 5th century temple which was destroyed during a Mongol invasion.

The Moon over Mtatsminda

My eyes have never seen the moon so lovely as tonight;
In silence wrapt it is the breathless music of the night.
Moonbeams embroider shadows with fine thread of silver light;
O, eyes have never seen the sky so lovely as tonight.

Galaktion Tabidze (1892-1959)

(C) 2013 Joerg Albrecht

Bridge of Peace.

(C) 2013 Joerg Albrecht

The Tbilisi TV Broadcasting Tower with the Bridge of Peace to the right.

(C) 2013 Joerg Albrecht

Statue of King Vakhtang Gorgasali looking towards the Narikala fortress. The King reigned over Kartli (Georgia) from about 449 to 502, ascending to the throne at the age of fifteen.

(C) 2013 Joerg Albrecht

Dancing statues and new construction near the Baratashvili Bridge.

Photography by Jörg Albrecht.