Saturday, December 20, 2014

8400 Hull Drive

1948 (mid-century modern), concrete block, 1300 square feet plus garage & carport

This house was found and purchased with the help of realtor Craig Wakefield.  Craig is the 'go-to ' guy for buying or selling modern houses in the Philadelphia area.  His website is

Sunday, November 30, 2014


1924 to 2014

photos taken August 15, 2013

Friday, October 31, 2014

Top of the World

Or at least it felt that way on a short October hike south of the Gotthard Pass in Ticino Switzerland.  Here are the best shots from the peak parts of that hike.  Taken with a point and shoot camera, not photoshopped, manipulated, enhanced.  They are a record of the beauty that was, is, and can be there.  

Welcome to Zurich: Dahlias

Drive Zurich to San Gotthard

Drive from Zurich to south side of Gotthard Pass through the tunnel.  
Start hike at about 1300 meters  at Nante, above Airolo in Ticino Switzerland.

Hike Airolo/Nante Up

Hike started just south of the Gotthard Pass.  View below looking north at the old road up to the Gotthard Pass.  Most traffic now goes through tunnel.  New large tunnel being built.

A dead bird on the trail, above.
Trail goes up, up, up.

Alpine meadow and peaks starting to emerge.

Dancing Trees Show the Way

At the beginning of the hike, I was following blazes and finding the tree shapes interesting.
As I went on, it seemed that the trees were pointing the way.
And a little further, the trees started dancing!

Sun and Shade, Ascending to Pass Cristallina

Sun was a big factor in hiking up to Pass Cristallina, along with the hard climb!
Started at around 1400 meters and went up to about 2500.

The Path Leads On

Val Bavona, Sonlerto

This small town in the upper reaches of an alpine valley in Ticino region of Switzerland has been in place for thousands of years.  It was a difficult and remote area until hydropower brought electricity in the 1950's.  Many had moved away to find work.  Nowadays, people are buying the old houses as second homes and renovating them.

 The 'main street' of the old village.

It is hard to distinguish the old from the new from the natural.