February, 2013

Main Tower of Neues Rathaus, Munich

Had a chance to wander around the old part of the city after work finished today. Here’s a picture of the Main Tower of Neues Rathaus here in Munich:

Main Tower of Neues Rathaus, Munich

Main Tower of Neues Rathaus, Munich

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Church Spire and Distant Smokestacks, Munich

A work day, so have not had much opportunities to take pictures, but I did manage to take this from the hotel window at the end of my floor.

Church Spire and Distant Smokestacks

Church Spire and Distant Smokestacks, Munich

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Statue Alongside the Isar River, Munich

Arrived in Munich and fought jet leg long enough to go out and get some dinner for myself, and wander around a bit, getting my bearings. Didn’t take many pictures, but here’s my favourite from the day:

Statue Alongside the Isar River, Munich

Statue Alongside the Isar River, Munich

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My Flight at Pearson International Airport

Off on another business trip, this time for a couple of weeks in Germany, on behalf of Mekon. The trip will take me first to Munich, then to Berlin. Am also hoping to get the chance to meet the Schengili family over the weekend that I will be in Munich.

My Flight at Pearson International Airport

My Flight at Pearson International Airport

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Birds in the Park Alongside Ashbridges Bay

I took the dog out for a walk yesterday and brought along some bird seed with me, intending to take it to a spot near the lake where I know the chickadees tend to congregate, and hoping to get a shot or two of them. I went via the jogging path that runs alongside Ashbridges Bay, and remembered that there was a small, homemade bird feeder that somebody put a a couple of years ago in a small copse of trees. I went over there to see if there was any seed, and found that there was none. So I put in a handful of seed and within seconds a flock of black-capped chickadees were excitedly chirping and diving to the feeder to grab a beakful.

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

This started to attract other birds, seeing what the sudden commotion was about. A pair of nuthatches came to take a look, and also started darting to the feeder for seed.

White–breasted Nuthatch

White–breasted Nuthatch

Then a female Downy Woodpecker appeared, and started looking for hidden insects in the bark of an adjacent tree.

Female Downy Woodpecker

Female Downy Woodpecker

But the best was when a male Cardinal flew in for a peek, and picked a branch which was bathed in sunlight, resulting in this picture:

Male Cardinal

Male Cardinal

Will have to head back there with more seed sometime soon, since these guys seemed hungry.

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Last Day for Pennies

Today is the last day that pennies are to be used for any sort of financial transaction, so for my Picture of the Day I emptied our penny jar and took some pics as a tribute. This jumble ended up being my favourite:

Pennies

Pennies

It contains a nice shinny example of a 2012 penny just above center, along with a couple of older pennies, going back to nice example from 1962, and you can also see a few US pennies peeking out from under the pile.

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