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Butterfly close up – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ”

“Not all those who wander are lost “.

Close up of a butterfly today, taken with close up function of the Panasonic camera.   I did not know previously, but the wings of a butterfly are made up of a protein called chitin, which are covered by thousands of tiny scales.   Also unusual is the fact that they taste with their feet, and that they have their skeleton on the outside of their bodies.   They can also only eat liquids, usually plant nectar.   As they are unable to chew they rely on the long tube-like proboscis to suck up liquids for feeding.    They only live for a short time, up to 4 weeks normally, and must concentrate on feeding and mating during that time.   A few butterflies can live up to 9 months, such as the monarch butterfly.     They are also able to see ultra-violet light, invisible to humans.   The Monarch butterflies travel from the Great Lakes area down to Mexico (around 3200km) and return north in the Spring.    There are around 24 000 species of butterflies, here is one of them.

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African market colour – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.”

”  Aircraft travel is nature’s way of making you look like your passport photo”

Switzerland has an excellent system whereby voters can call (and indeed, do call) for public referendums on any major issue.   Five have already been held this year, with 4 more to come.  Any Swiss voter can start a referendum by collecting 50 000 signatures.   Even national laws can be challenged in this way, an idea that should apply in many countries, not just Switzerland.  The Swiss have also started a competition to find a new national anthem, with the winning entry receiving a price of 10 000 SFr.   Interesting, until  1891 the Swiss national anthem was sung to the same tune as the British national anthem.  The current Swiss anthem is now seen as old fashioned, hence the search for a new one.

A long way from Switzerland for the photo today, and to an African market.   Sometimes it is very good to fill the frame with colour and interest, and this shot is jam-packed both.  As usual, it was taken with an ordinary Panasonc camera.

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Village Life, Espirito Santo – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…..” If you cannot give anything then you should not complain when you receive nothing”.

” We are all students of life.  It is how we handle it that gives us the degree.”

Off to the Pacific and to the nation of Vanuatu today, and the island of Espirito Santo.   A typical local village scene here,  and although an old photo (actually a scanned slide) things have probably still not changed much there.   The island is at 15 degrees south in the island group known as the New Hebrides, it became independant in 1980.  Copra (coconut) is the main crop here, although there is also a little tourism in addition to subsistence farming.    Villages are still ruled by chiefs and local customs are still very important.   Kava is the popular drug on the island, but alcohol is now becoming more prevalent.   The island got its name from the discoverer Pedro de Quiros who thought that he had discovered the fabled land of Australia.  Port Vila is the nearest international airport.

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