Night Sky at -25C

Added to my slowly growing collection of images of ice and cold, which now in mid-October helps to remind me that eventually we, too, will have colder weather (although never as cold as this!) and finally escape the relentless, seemingly never-ending 30C+ weather. Thank you Alessandro!

Goodbye Posterous, Hello

And another web service bit the dust this past week. Posterous, which was bought by twitter, officially shuttered its doors on the 30th of April. Posterous has promised that users’ backup/export files will be made available until the end of May, but why wait? If you have your export file, follow these instructions for uploading your backup XML file to

One small tip to try and help those who previously used Posterous’ gallery and are trying to transition to the Gallery feature: try typing the WordPress Gallery shortcode where you want your photos to appear.

[ gallery ]

But remove the additional spaces around the brackets first. This will create the default 3-column thumbnail image Gallery in its simplest form, as shown above.

For the full run-down on how to work with Galleries, check out the official Gallery Support Doc, as well as my Gallery FAQ.

(These photos are from our recent short holiday in Basel and Alsace and are all means of transportation.)

The Doors

Doors and doorways fascinate me, especially when I travel. They can be practical or extravagant, solid or ethereal. Here are a few I saw recently in Basel, Switzerland.

The trip to Basel itself was unfortunately much shorter than what I would have liked. The city is not very large and there is so much to see.  We covered a lot on foot, although any hotel guest can take the buses and trams free of charge thanks to Basel “Mobility Card” one receives at check-in.

The most welcome doorway we saw on our trip was the plane’s on the way home, only because there’d been a general airline strike threatened at the beginning of the week after we’d already landed abroad. Actually we had secretly hoped we’d have an extended vacation, but not in over-priced Switzerland!

Photo Friday: Overcast

The Citadel at Stein am Rhein

This is the citadel overlooking Stein am Rhein on our first morning in Switzerland. When we woke up, the entire hill had been shrouded in a cloud.

Camera: Olympus SP560UZ
Exposure: 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture: f/4.4
Focal Length: 38.8 mm
ISO Speed: 125
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: Off, Did not fire
License: This image licensed under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 3.0 Unported License.
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Here’s a shot from the previous afternoon:

Am slowly working my way through the 900-some photos I took during our week-long holiday in Switzerland and Germany. Many more being posted to my flickr photostream.