Cranes, Sandwich terns, medieval church of Rügen island

This July 2011 video is about bad rainy weather in Jasmund national park near Lohme village on Rügen island in Germany.

After 10 October 2018 came 11 October for us on Rügen. The weather was pretty good then.

Many cranes had arrived from Scandinavia on their autumn migration.

Six cranes, 11 October 2018

This photo, from near Bobbin village, shows two adult couples with each one youngster (still no red on the head).

Cranes, 11 October 2018

Many cranes resting or flying over the fields near Bobbin. Some gray lag geese as well.

Cranes, Rügen

Baltic sea bay, 11 October 2018

We continued to a sheltered Baltic sea bay.

Great black-backed gulls, herring gulls, black-headed gulls and a mallard on a causeway.

Two Sandwich terns flying past.

Churchyard, 11 October 2018

We continued to an old churchyard.

It is the churchyard of the Mary Magdalene Lutheran church in Vilmnitz village. This church is originally from the Middle Ages.

Mary Magdalene church, 11 October 2018

However, much of the interior is from the eighteenth century.

Outside, at the churchyard, nuthatch and jackdaw sound.

We continued, from medieval-eighteenth century buildings to the twentieth century: Prora.

Prora was built as a big 4.5 kilometer long complex along the beach, 1936-1939. Nazi Germany intended it as a holiday resort and as military buildings in wartime. In 1939, World War II broke out, with Prora still unfinished. It was never used as holiday resort, though it was used for Hitler’s military.

Prora, 11 October 2018

Now, one of the Prora buildings houses a documentation centre. The sign says: ‘Have a holiday’, in a rather military command tone.

Other parts of Prora are now being reconstructed.

Dilapidated part of Prora

Still other parts are in ruins.

Prora sign, 11 October 2018

This sign, close to the coastal cliff, warns of mortal danger.

Kill nazis, 11 October 2018

Fortunately, the swastikas and other Third Reich signs are gone. This recent graffiti points into another direction.

Antifa, 11 October 2018

As does this recent graffiti about Antifa (anti-fascists).

This July 2014 video shows a hooded crow on a Rügen beach.

We ended 11 October 2018, however, not with hooded crows; but as we had started it, with cranes.

Cranes sunset, 11 October 2018

From a hill, we could see these cranes flying past the setting sun.

Stay tuned; there will be more Rügen on this blog!


Snowy mountains, high-rise buildings in China

Snowy mountains near Kangding, 4 April 2018

As an earlier blog post mentioned, on 3 April 2018 we had arrived back in Kangding, capital of Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan province in China. The next morning, 4 April, a plane brought us back to Chengdu city; flying along snowy mountains, as this photo, a cellphone photo like the others of this blog post, shows.

At a big Chengdu railway station, we boarded a bullet train to Shaanxi province, to Yangxian county, to Hanzhong city.

Chengdu buildings and trees, 4 April 2018

Chengdu is a city of over 10 million people. Quite some of them housed in high-rise buildings like on these photo.

Chengdu buildings, 4 April 2018

We arrived in Hanzhong.

This 2017 video says about itself:

Large patches of rapeseed flowers in full bloom, decorating the fields with shades of yellow upon green, have attracted large crowds of spring outing makers to the Yangxian County of Hanzhong in … China’s Shaanxi Province.

The county is also well-known for the beautiful birds — the crested ibis, an endangered species listed on the State Protection List in China.

Stay tuned … as there will be more on China on this blog. Especially about birds: special birds.

Buddhist monasteries, snowy mountains in China

Mount Yala, 3 April 2018

Still 3 April 2018, after our earlier report on that day. We left Pamuling village, and went to an area with many snowy mountains. Like Mount Yala depicted on this photo.

Mount Yala is 5,820 meters high. It is one of four holy mountains in local Tibetan Buddhism. Oriental White Yak mountain is another name for it.

Mount Yala, on 3 April 2018

There are Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and prayer flags around Mount Yala …

Mount Yala, Sichuan, 3 April 2018

… and green meadows and grey rocks.

Lhagang monastery, 3 April 2018

We continued to Tagong, or Lhagang monastery, at 3,530 meters above sea level. Its full name in Tibetan is Minyag Lhagang Yongdzog Rabgyal Lhakang Thongdrol Samdrubling. On its gate, four languages: English, Chinese, Tibetan and Sanskrit.

Mount Gongga, 3 April 2018

We continued, and saw the highest mountain in Sichuan province. Mount Gongga. 7,556 meters high.

Snow, 3 April 2018

More snowy mountains.

Mount Zheduo, 3 April 2018

We arrived at a mountain pass: Mount Zheduo.

Mount Zheduo, flags, 3 April 2018

Many Buddhist prayer flags there.

Stupas, 3 April 2018

And Buddhist stupas (chörten in Tibetan).

Finally, we arrived back in Kangding.

Buddhism and architecture at Pamuling monastery

Pamuling Tibetan Buddhist monastery inner court, 3 April 2018

Still 3 April 2018, still at Pamuling Tibetan Buddhist monastery on the top of Pamuling mountain in Sichuan, China. This photo shows the monastery’s inner court with some monks.

Pamuling Tibetan Buddhist monastery #8, 3 April 2018

The monks live in numbered cells.

Pamuling Tibetan Buddhist monastery #13, 3 April 2018

Apparently, the belief that 13 is supposedly an unlucky number has not spread to this monastery (in China, four is an unlucky number).

Pamuling Tibetan Buddhist monastery monks, 3 April 2018

A group of monks, with in the background one of the lion sculptures.

Pamuling Tibetan Buddhist monastery monk, 3 April 2018

This photo shows a young monk at the exit. So, we passed through the exit to see some more birds. We will see them in the next blog post on Pamuling!

Pamuling monastery, Buddhism, lions and elephants

Pamuling monastery, 3 April 2018

As this blog blogged earlier, on 2 April 2018 we arrived in Pamuling village in Sichuan, China. The next day, 3 April, we went up a dirt road to the about 4,000 meter high summit of Pamuling mountain. On that rather flat summit is the about 900-years old Tibetan Buddhist Pamuling monastery. The photo shows the view from a monastery gate to the immediate surroundings and the snowy mountains beyond.

The photo also shows a bit of the elephant sculptures at the gate; about which more later.

Pamuling monastery, monks, 3 April 2018

This photo shows some of the monastery’s monks at the inner courtyard.

Pamuling monastery, monks, lion, elephant, 3 April 2018

This photo shows monks, and also a lion sculpture and an elephant sculpture. Lions live only in Africa and a small part of western India. If often strikes me that lions depicted in coats of arms etc. in countries where no lions live, whether in England or the Netherlands or Indonesia or Tibet, somehow don’t look realistic.

Pamuling monastery, lions, elephants, 3 April 2018

This photo shows the lion and elephant sculptures from outside the monastery.

Pamuling monastery, elephant, 3 April 2018

It was not easy to photograph the elephant sculptures: as they are white and there was blaring sunlight.

There are quite some birds around Pamuling monastery. The monks feed them. These birds will be the subject of a later blog post.

Dutch building closed, fearing ‘Grenfell’ disaster

This Dutch TV video about London, England says about itself (translated):

7 November 2017

He has been living in a hotel room for about 3.5 months. In June Antonio Roncolato just managed to escape from the conflagration in the London Grenfell Tower, and now the authorities are unable to find a new home for him. With some 500 others, he has signed up to help with the investigation into the disaster, because he is full of questions about the cause of the fire.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Rotterdam University closes building for fear of Grenfell Tower

Adapted at 01:29

The Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences has closed a part of one of its buildings as a precaution. The university has commissioned investigation of the façade panels of all buildings after the fatal fire in Grenfell Tower in London last summer.

“This investigation revealed a doubt about the fire safety of the façade panels that are attached to the oldest part (building section C) of the Kralingse Zoom location”, writes the Hogeschool Rotterdam in a press release. “Based on these findings, the university has commissioned independent research.”

This initial investigation has shown that the façade panels of the building component do not meet the current standards of fire safety. According to the university of applied sciences, the certainty can not be given that the building component is sufficiently safe for students, employees and other users.

No risk

In June, 71 people were killed in the fire in London because the fire spread rapidly through the outside cladding. The Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences therefore does not want to take any risks and has the building undergo further inspection in the coming days.

UPDATE: the building was indeed not safe.