Layered

I looked at the word layered and I knew immediately what I wanted to showcase here. But it’s really hard to find a picture that actually does it justice… I’m talking about the way mountain chains look from afar. Like waves, like different layers, in different shades of blue. At least here in Australia. So here we go. I still think the pictures don’t do the real beauty justice…


But of course there are different kind of layered and while I was looking for the right pictures I spotted another example for layered, this time in the form of water and clouds, rays of sunlight and waves crashing in…

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Right now though I’m really looking forward to indulging in these wonderful layers ;-)…

 

 

 

The Alps – Did You Know…

… That the Alps are the highest and most extensive mountain range system that lies entirely in Europe, stretching approximately 1,200 kilometres (750 mi) across eight Alpine countries: Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Slovenia and Switzerland. Although the Caucasus Mountains are higher, and the Urals longer the Alps are still unique as Caucasus Mountains and Urals lie partly in Asia.

The mountains were formed over tens of millions of years as the African and Eurasian tectonic plates collided. Extreme shortening caused by the event resulted in marine sedimentary rocks rising by thrusting and folding into high mountain peaks such as Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn. Mont Blanc spans the French–Italian border and at 4,810 m (15,781 ft) is the highest mountain in the Alps. The Alpine region area contains about a hundred peaks higher than 4,000 m (13,123 ft), known as the “four-thousanders“.

The altitude and size of the range affects the climate in Europe; in the mountains precipitation levels vary greatly and climatic conditions consist of distinct zones. Wildlife such as ibex live in the higher peaks to elevations of 3,400 m (11,155 ft), and plants such as Edelweiss grow in rocky areas in lower elevations as well as in higher elevations.

A mummified man, determined to be 5,000 years old, was discovered on a glacier at the Austrian–Italian border in 1991. Hannibal famously crossed the Alps with a herd of elephants, and the Romans had settlements in the region. In 1800 Napoleon crossed one of the mountain passes with an army of 40,000.

The Alpine region has a strong cultural identity. The traditional culture of farming, cheesemaking, and woodworking still exists in Alpine villages, although the tourist industry began to grow early in the 20th century and expanded greatly after World War II to become the dominant industry by the end of the century. The Winter Olympic Games have been hosted in the Swiss, French, Italian, Austrian and German Alps. At present the region is home to 14 million people and has 120 million annual visitors.

Pure Mountain

Nothing better than pure air. Fresh, crisp air. Like on a winter’s day or late fall day. As you might know by now I’m a beach girl although i grew up in the mountains. Sometimes though, I miss the pure mountain air. It just smells and tastes different than pure ocean air. It might be the salt… or the different vegetation. In any case they are different.

I guess for me the perfect combination would be living somewhere with mountains close to the ocean. Or to a huge lake. I need the water. I want the water. But I love the mountains too. I love how it cools down in the evenings, how thunderstorms build up and release their power. I love how it makes you feel standing on top of the mountain overlooking everything. Feeling on top of the world.

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Oh Those Lemons

We all know the smart saying: When life hands you lemons make lemonade out of them. Whoever came up with it was really smart. Pretty inspiring too. But to be honest, sometimes it’s just not that easy.

Sometimes pulling yourself together and collecting lemon after lemon after lemon after you’ve already collected a truckload of them seems really exhausting. When you then have to make that lemonade out of them too and put all the effort in it, it might seem undo-able.

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What A Difference

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Amazing how different my kids grow up to me. We have spent the day yesterday on the beach and will head back with them later today for a dinner picnic.

Spending time on the beach was something really special for me when growing up. But then I guess we had the mountains and the snow right in front of the door and maybe we somehow got used to that. I wonder if my kids get used to the beach too…

It kind of felt unreal yesterday, just heading to the beach quickly, just for the afternoon. The realization that I can just come back whenever I want to. No plane rides involved. Just for a picnic for dinner…

I guess that is what you get, when moving from Switzerland to Australia 😉