There are still Sugar Maples growing in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia, planted decades ago. The photo below shows a Sugar Maple bravely displaying its October colors, despite a hard life evident in the shape and form of the tree.
There are many gardens all through Philadelphia. Below, late Chrysanthemums and Callas at Morris Arboretum:
And, here is a planting that I created with Red Abyssinian Banana, Hot Peppers, Lantana and Leonotis/Lion's Head
Quote for the month, from Ray Bradbury: "Treasure this day and treasure yourself. Truly, neither will happen again."
To continue the theme of skies, these sunset images offer reminders that stunning beauty occurs in passing moments, even at home. In this first photo, the condensation trails from planes are so frequent as to become one of the cloud formations.
The series below was taken at sunset in the same area, just a few minutes apart.
The following 30 blog 'chapters' illustrate chronologically the following: I. Champoly, Rhone-Alpes, France: one post for brief visit to 'Champoly 2013' II. 2 posts, getting ready for a hiking tour in the towns of 'Sion' and 'Graechen' III. Hiking Tour of the Matterhorn: 21 posts: 'Day 1 Augustbordpass' to 'People on the Europaweg Trail' IV. In and around Zürich, Switzerland: 4 posts: Sights, Meals, Ufenau, Schaffhausen V. Flight home: one post Note: when you get through all 10 of the blog posts on this page, there are more photos from August. Just click on "Older Posts" to see the next 'chapter' or click on the title of the blog chapter that you want to see. Blog chapter titles are listed on the right side under the month and year. The Tour of the Matterhorn is the densest portion with the most images. This hike totaled 150 km over 11 days. Daily average was about 14 kilometers per day, 900 meters ascent and 1,000 meters descent. (There were two times when we took a cable car or bus to go up.) Most of the hike was in Switzerland, 3 days in Italy. Languages German, French, Italian. Map: https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=217907250670539717383.0004e407ed113d82791be&msa=0&ll=46.152248,7.715149&spn=0.830513,1.286774 Day 1: St. Niklaus - Augstbordpass - Gruben-Meiden elevation 1,120 m 2,900 m 1,820 meters total 16 km 1,800 m up 1,100 meters down Day 2: Gruben-Meiden - Meidpass - Zinal 1,820 2,800 m 1,675 meters 22 km 1,000 m up 1,200 m down Day 3: Zinal - Col de Sorrebois - Barrage de Moiry 1,200 2,900 m 2,300 m 12 km 1,700 m up 600 m down Day 4: Barrage de Moiry - Col de Torrent - Les Hauderes - (bus to Arolla) 2,300 m 2,900 m 1,450 m 15 km 600 m up 1,500 m down Day 5: Arolla - Col Collon - Refugio Nacamuli 2,000 m 3,100 m 2,830 m 12 km 1,100 m up 300 m down Day 6: Refugio Nacamuli - Prayerer - Col di Valcornera - Rifugio Perucca 2,830 m 2,010 m 3,100 m 2,900 m 10 km 1,100 m up 1,000 m down Day 7: Refugio Perucca - (Perriere) - Breuil/Cervinia 2,900 m 1,900 m 9 km no up 1,100 m down Day 8: Breuil/Cervinia - funivia to Theodulpass - Glacier - Gandegghut 2,100 m 3,317 m 3,030 3 km + 6 km stroll 300 m up 600 m down Day 9: Gandegghut - Furgg - Hornlihut - Stafelalp - Zermatt 3,030 m 2,400 m 3,260 m 1,600 m 17 km 850 m up 2,250 m down Day 10: Zermatt - Ottovan/Taeschalp/Europaweghut 1,600 m 2,200 m 8 km 800 m up 200 m down Day 11: Taeschalp - Randa - St. Niklaus 2,200 m 1,440 m 1,120 m 20 km 200 m up 1,400 m down
Josette Valloton, mountain guide from Arolla Switzerland.
Ghiselaine Bornatici, one of the owners of the Hotel Aiguille de la Tsa in Arolla, takes a break above to go hiking with the professor across the glacier.
Ursula, owner of the Walliserhof hotel in Taesch.
Glacial boulder above Gruben-Meiden in Turtmantal. First day of the hike.
Every summer a band of volunteers works on construction of the chateau through the organization Rempart. Info on their website at http://www.rempart.com We volunteered and worked on the chateau 2009, 2010 and 2011. The photos above and to the left show the team from 2013.
Gaby and Georgette have worked for many years to support the Association.
Going east up the Rhone Valley from the Lake of Geneva are the towns of Martigny, Sion, Sierre, Visp and Brig. We chose Sion as a point to prepare for the hiking trail Tour of the Matterhorn, even though the tour departs from the valley south of Visp. Sion has a fascinating history, one of the most important sites of prehistoric settlement in Europe. Information at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sion,_Switzerland It was settled by 6,000 BC in Neolithic times, became an important Roman settlement, and was Christianized in the fourth century. Its strategic location has made it a site for conflict throughout Swiss history. It is now the capital of the canton of Valais/Wallis, whose flag can be seen behind the Swiss flag. The flag of Valais is split down the middle, just like the actual canton: the western half French-speaking and the eastern half German-speaking.
It is an easy bus ride from Sion up Val d'Herens to Les Hauderes and Arolla. We went up to do reconnaissance on our coming hike Tour of the Matterhorn. Below is Mont Collon near Arolla, and a yellow Pasque flower colonizing the floodplain of the river below it.