Around town - again

by Jay April. 30, 2012 3324 views

I spent a lot of time outside walking around the other day. I did the same yesterday, too. So, I decided I would out the few pictures I took in one posting.

Let's start with “pretty” since by the time I got back home from the walk, I saw some things that were not what I would call “pretty”.

Well, it's that time of year again and the lilacs are starting too burst at the seams. So far I have only seen two of the potentially four shades of lilacs that are in abundance throughout central Europe. These white ones are nice.

Anybody got a magnifying glass?? In comparison to the lilacs, these little things (I want to say “Forget-me-nots”, but I am not sure at all.) make quite a subtle statement. But that is a nice shade of blue, isn't it?) THANK YOU “INAWE” –> they are called “Siberian bugloss”

Now for the really pretty stuff. (cough, cough) This is a recycling and energy plant that is so massive, I always think of an ugly Oz when I see it looming across the river from our hill. Simply put, it is the vilest eyesore that any countryside can be forced to support. It has been here since the 1960s(?). I have to check that. Anyway, the river walk on the otherside takes you right under it since it sits directly on the river bank of the Neckar. The absolutely only thing have decent that I can say about it is that at least they painted it this bluish color and didn't leave it that nasty shade of rusting metallic-gross!

(Ditto, no. 4)

Roughly: "No politics of the dry earth, Mr. Schuster."
Anyone perhaps remember my entry on the massive demonstrations against the choice of plans for the “modernization” of the Stuttgart train station? Stuttgart21 [] Well, though the citizens actually lost to the connivance of the politicians and construction moguls (Gee, I'm beginning to sound like a revolutionary LOL - but it's true!), many are not fighting the fact that the natural, underground mineral springs are being adversely affected. The greater Stuttgart region boasts more natural mineral water sources in the world after Budapest. The ancient and modern spas here are naturally fed by these things and all the underground excavations for the new train station have begun to disrupt or threaten them. Hence, the ongoing demonstrations that are now trying to do something about protecting the water.

At least they bring their own band along for some fun music in their march. You can see a variety of ages in these demonstrations as it is not just a band of disgruntled or out-of-work people protesting because they have nothing better to do. This is a legitimate concern affecting all of us.

Separating the cars from the protesters.

To end the day on a pretty note…

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Christa 5 years, 5 months ago

Thanks for bringing me the smell of some "Flieder" and the beautiful blue of the Vergissmeinnicht. We don't have them here, but we have others, very beautiful, too. :)

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Lluã­S Dalmau 5 years, 5 months ago

great set, thanks to share

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Trish 5 years, 5 months ago

the lilacs are my favorite...white and the purple...i have some in my yard JUST starting to bloom. you are a tad ahead of us I guess. :) thanks for all the interesting info on the stuttgart21...i see the concern for sure!
ciao for now!

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Armando 5 years, 5 months ago

Very, very interesting set!

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Maz 5 years, 5 months ago

Very interesting set!!!

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Jacki 5 years, 5 months ago

#6 is an awesome shot, Jay! Even if the subject isn't so good, I personally think it's the 'best' photo from a reporting standpoint. We got out for a walk today also... 3 days of no sun and I no longer cared to wait!

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Inawe 5 years, 5 months ago

Thank you for this important post. I guess governments and politicians are the same almost everywhere...they more often than not take side of business and money and "growth" of the all mighty economy. Such very short-sighted approach. I am glad to see people protest. Great photos of both the not so pretty and the beautiful. I love lilacs and can't wait till they bloom here :) And the little blue flowers are Siberian bugloss.... they look like forget me nots but aren't, so they are also called false forget me nots :)

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Glo 5 years, 5 months ago

Thanks for this insightful post of man's ignorance about our Earth....beautiful illustrations of the world around you!

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Patricia Gonzales 5 years, 5 months ago

Fabulous set!
Love 1 and 6 .... great angles, composition and feel!

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Larry Sample 5 years, 5 months ago

Great post! Give em hell!

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Antonio Gil 5 years, 5 months ago

Man never learn. Greed always prevail over good sense. We will be "rewarded" by nature.

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Moira 5 years, 5 months ago

Great set and I agree that is a nice colour at least for the eyesore building .
Going by the leaves in 3 I don't think that is forget-me-nots either but sadhya would be able to ID it I'm sure .

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Eiram Marie 5 years, 5 months ago

Was this the Labour day demonstration? We expect some of them too today in Prague - but most of all commies and anarchists are organizing them...

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