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Category Archives: Wild places

Alsace holiday #3 – Route des Cretes


Original playout date: 20 August 2007
Duration: 9:44

Lovely to remember the time my parents and I were enjoying Flammkuchen or tartes flambees together in lovely scenery in France. Contains a nice gallery section for the photos taken that day. I remember how that day the temperature down in the lowland was about 5 degrees hotter than up in the crests.
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Hungary Series #4/5 – Still in Hortobagy


Original playout date: 28 July 2007
Duration: 7:55

We pick up where we left off in Hortobagy and its national park, the Hortobagy Puszta. We see tourists getting off the narrow guage railway, but there are no more trips schedules for the day. A nice gallery section to the tune of Tritsch-Tratsch polka, which by the way includes the cracking of a whip, and we also see a whip lady in the gallery, who was selling Hungarian cattle whips in the town.
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Hungary Series #3/5 “Life inside a Hungarian thistle”


Original playout date: 14 July 2007
Duration: 12:15

The conference over, I go out to visit the Hortobagy Puszta, so we see Heroes Square and the drive out east.
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Cranes in Pomerania


Playout date: 15 March 2007
Duration: 1:07
Views at the time added to HTV: 832
Likes at the time added to HTV: 6
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 1
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 85.7%
Comments at time added: 2
Total interactions at time added: 9
Total interactions to views 1.1%
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ33
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Pomerania, near Koszalin
Other people featured: None
Genre: Environmental
Music used: “Cranes” a Ukrainian folksong
Languages used: Ukrainian
Animals/plants featured: Cranes
Other remarks:

There is an unusual majestry about the crane, they fly very high and are rare, but it is a large and graceful bird and comes in flocks, not lone or in pairs or smaller groups like the storks. If you go in March to a farm in northern Poland, you have a chance to see the sight I record here, and it is worth the viewing,

Welcome to the new species of ape!


 

 

Big news in the atheist community. A new species of ape has been discovered. A phylogenetic study has just concluded that this kind of orang-utan speciated 700,000 years ago whereas the other two species of orang-utan separated from each other 400,000 years ago. Modern humans at that time were all one big happy family, and still pretty much in Africa, it is supposed.

Welcome to this new species, congratulations on being discovered, and what a wonderful thing evolution is that we see it going on around us all the time, with whole new species appearing again and again despite what these religious nutjobs tell us.

Happily thanks to this discovery, science has once again allowed us to pat ourselves on the backs and reassure ourselves that we can explain fully how this world came into being and even if there are loads of unanswered questions and uncertaintoes, one thing we can be absolutely sure of, God and the Bible had nothing whatsoever to do with it!

(I speak as a fool, of course).

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tapanuli_orangutan

 

RSA 10/10 Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope


Playout date: 3 December 2006
Duration: 4:58
Views at the time added to HTV: 1,996
Likes at the time added to HTV: 5
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 2
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 71.4%
Comments at time added: 5
Total interactions at time added: 12
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – medium use
Location: South Africa
Other people featured: None
Genre: Environmental
Music used: Follow you, follow me” Genesis (karaoke version)
Languages used: None
Animals/plants featured: Proteas, other local, lizard, ostriches
Other remarks:

A gallery-stye video featuring my photos taken in Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point national park. Starting with “Follow you, follow me” it rounds off the South Africa series with a few more bars of “this could be heaven for everyone”. Certainly I have been to few places more reminiscent of paradise than the area around Capetown in South Africa.

RSA 9/10 – Scenes from around table mountain


Playout date: 29 November 2006
Duration: 7:52
Views at the time added to HTV: 11,714
Likes at the time added to HTV: 17
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 0
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 100.0%
Comments at time added: 6
Total interactions at time added: 23
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ30
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa
Other people featured: Tour Guide voice
Genre: Environmental
Music used: “Morning has broken” Cat Stevens and “Oh Lori” by Brothers Alessi
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: Local plants, eg Jacaranda
Other remarks:

The noon gun goes “bang” at mid day, but the camera doesn’t give an impression of how that goes through the body. This video was silenced and reights claimed because of the use of Cat Stevens version of “Morning has Broken”, which I found interesting. I have to be treated as a “pirate” (ha-harr, me hearties) for using a snippet of his song to accompany some images on a free film, but he is doing just fine making a record of an old Highland hymn and making a mint out of it to use for jihad against Christians and nobody says tat he was pirating or misusing the old Highland hymn to make money. Double standards much?

Additionally is “Oh Lori” by the Brothers Alessi, a very nice piece of mood music from the 1970s which is one of my all-time favorites of all time.

Sealy Phocas (South Africa series 4/10)


Playout date: 14 November 2006
Camera: Fuji Finepix
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Hout Bay, Cape Town
Other people featured: David Uncleborough, Afrikaaner boat captain, Viktor Dmitrievitch Huliganov, Pierre Delauney
Genre: Environmental
Music used:  Heaven for Everyone, Queen
Languages used: English, but with Russian and French words for seal.
Animals featured: Arctocephalus pussilus, Cape fur seal

I rarely do a lot of different voices on one video, but this is one occasion. I do what I hope is a passable
impersonation of David Attenborough (I called this character David Uncleborough and he comes up a couple of times in my films), and also I do a South African, some Huliganov and some Pierre Delauney.
The Hout Bay cape fur seal colony is a beautiful thing to see. This is the part of the world where the great
white shark preys on these creatures, even jumping out of the water to attack them. We didn’t see any of them today, though.
The mountains around are the twelve apostles, very majestic neighbours of the Table Mountain.

Old Usenetposts Gallery #7 Fish Pond in West Poland


Gallery Page 7 – Fish Pond in East Poland

The lake you see in this photo is not far from the last photo. Here it is possible to see the black stork, a much rarer sight than the usual white stork, but I didn’t manage to photograph it. This lake is man-made and each spring it is commercially stocked with carp for the table and for sport fishing. Each winter it is drained, and lies empty and, in theory, dry over winter, which greatly reduces the ability of pests and the parasites of fish to overwinter and wreak havoc with next year’s lot.

Lake near Golebiowki, Siedlce region

There are not many natural lakes within striking distance of Warsaw, even Zalew Zegrzynski, the large Y-shaped reservoir north of Warsaw at the confluence of the Bug and the Narew has been flooded artifically, but the North of poland has many more natural lakes from Mazury through to Pomerania, and some, such as Lake Sniardwy (Poland’s largest lake probably a few hundred times larger than the one above) are among the largest in Europe. The Polish Sniardwy compares to Lake Windermere in England or the Hungarian lake Balaton. Contact me for recommendations if you are planning a holiday in Poland.

Lake near Golebiowki, Siedlce region

More scenes from the other parts of Poland and coming up, as well as many other themes, but they will be reposted later on. I’ve done these seven for now, and I will move on to something else to avoid a monotony – especially of things you don’t usually see on this blog – and come back to the remainder of restoring this part of my old Usenetposts.com website some other time.

Old Usenetposts Gallery #6 Birch Forest


Gallery Page 6 – Birch forest in East Poland


The birch forest you see here is typical of East Poland. When I first came to this country 19% of the country was forest, including the largest original forest in Europe, the Bialowieski Park, home to the European bison. Now, because of tax breaks for reafforestation, the figure quoted is around 22%, making Poland one of the most forested countries in Europe. This is part of another piece of ancient woodland, not so large as Bialowieski, but not far off it. It contains a huge selection of wild forest fruits, and we always go here to collect cowberries, bilberries, cranberries, and a variety of edible wild mushrooms (not something to be done by the uninitiated, by the way, as you can end up with the ultimate gourmet event!). I cannot give the exact location, as in Poland it is tradition to keep one’s forest finds secret.

Polish birch forest in the summer – Photo taken at near Topory, Siedlce region June 2004

The typical fauna of the forest in this place are deer and boars, and storks and cranes are plentiful. Last time we came here we saw three cranes walking nearby, a very rare sight on the forest floor, as they are very cautious of humans.

More scenes from the same part of East Poland and coming up, as well as many other themes …

DJJ 13th February 2005

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