Riga, Latvia – A BEAUTIFUL CITY !!

May 26, 2019

Rolled  into Riga, Latvia late yesterday afternoon by  Lux Express Bus.   Easy bus ride and  I have loved Riga since  the moment I arrived!!   Here  is a just a sampling  of the many things to see in just Old Town alone……

House of the Black Heads

One of the many town squares.

Always love the suveniris!

LOTS of Coats of Arms

Three Brothers Buildings, the oldest residential dwellings in Riga.

Powder Tower, 1650, and has…..

Russian cannonballs embedded in the walls.

Drinking is not taken lightly in this city.

Dome Cathedral

Ghosts of the past may still be lurking ……….

Beautiful buildings are  everywhere you look.

Bird of the day – a chaffinch.  Sitting on a low branch easy to see and singing his heart out. What  a beautiful sound!

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BIRD SIGHTINGS IN GERMANY, AUSTRIA AND ITALY

June 21, 2018

I am always on the look out for new bird sightings!!  This trip did not disappoint me. There was a small park in Bolzano, Italy  and, seriously-  there was a bird house of some sort in every tree.  Most were occupied  by,  what we call in the USA, house sparrows.  But if  I didn’t  keep looking, I  might miss someone new.  Or a surprising  picture like this…

where Mama  bird  is practically   sticking her whole head down  baby bird’s throat!  Or…

I might have missed my  only sighting of a chaffinch, which is supposed to be very abundant in Europe.  But  I only saw one.   Maybe it was because I have never fed the birds hot dog pieces before.   :  )

This white wagtail was in a park in Munich, very busily searching  for bugs in the grass.  It must have been a lucrative spot because he was there for a long time and  could have cared less about me taking photos of him.

In Austria, I saw dozens and dozens of house martins, in the sky and flying  to and from their nests. Martins, like swallows,  spend most of their time in the air and only eat bugs.  They can mate and feed their young in the air.  House  martins  make cup-shaped mud nests, usually below the eaves of buildings.

“Unexpected intrusions of beauty. This is what life is.”   by Saul Bellow

Family portrait of  barn swallows  in Italy.

This shot really shows off  the forked tail.

Feeding time.

This barn swallow’s  nest was under the awning of a gelato  stand/store but she didn’t seem to mind all of the  gelato-loving people  traffic.

Hope you enjoyed this final and all  of my posts from my  Germany/Austria/Italy trip for 2018.

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