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Despite being closer to summer than winter, the recent spring weather in the southern Rockies has been rather cold and snowy. Snowpack in Colorado is actually five times higher than it was a year ago (a dry year). Here icicles form on the needles of a lodgepole pine during a brief mid-day warm up.

Hope Flickr can show us that the recent server upgrade will improve service rather than mess things up further.

Tags:   icicles springtime in the Rockies Mountain Research Station spring snow storm

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Lions, warriors, cherubs, and mythical beasts provide the ornamentation above the doorway of a building near the Jan Van Eyck Square, an important commercial district dating back to the 13th century. This building is relatively new, dating to the mid-1700's and restored in the late 19th century. Apparently Sint Jacob (Saint James) also keeps an eye out for vagabonds who might try to enter the premises.

Buildings in Bruges and other towns of the "Low Countries" (Belgium and the Netherlands) were characterized by brickwork rather than the larger stones found to the south in France. Large rocks had to be imported from elsewhere, so the local builders relied on bricks for construction. The Bell Tower in Bruges was one of the tallest structures constructed of brick at the time of its construction.

Tags:   Bruges Brugge doorway building ornamentation Belgium brick masonry

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The wonderfully ornate late-Gothic Bruges City Hall (Stadhuis) catches the late day sun as a father and his daughters whiz by on their bikes and trailer. The building was completed in 1421, with additions (and subtractions following the French Revolution) over the years, reaching its present form in the late 18th century. One of the earliest city halls in this style, it influenced those in many other Flemish cities, including Brussels, Ghent, and Oudenaarde. You can see the pairs of statues of knights, saints, and noblemen adorning the front- most of these are replicas of the originals, some of which were destroyed after the French Revolution. The flags of the European Union, Belgium, and West Flanders wave gently in the breeze.

One of my favorite building elements is the chimney on the right crest of the roof with the bricks spiraling around it.

Tags:   Bruges Bruges City Hall Stadhuis van Brugge Hôtel de ville de Bruges cobble stone late-Gothic architecture

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Evocative of spring breezes and the death of loved ones, Anemones dance in the field like ballerinas in a Degas painting. Dedicated to Doris Day and Kathy Lichty. (#3)

Tags:   Anemone flowers Anemone sylvestris spring que sera sera

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The statue of Jan Breydel looks to the full moon rising over the Provincial Court building and Markt Square in Bruges (Brugge). Breydel, leader of the butchers, along with Pieter de Coninck, head of the weavers, led a rebellion against the French in 1302 and are considered heroes of the town. The Markt has been used as a place to buy, sell, or barter for goods since 958. When we visited an Easter carnival was ongoing, with cheesy rides for the kids.

Tags:   Bruges Brugge Belgium Markt Square Jan Breydel Pieter de Coninck full moon night provincial court Provinciaal Hof


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