Thursday, December 11, 2014

International Mountain Day

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Today is International Mountain Day .
This year's theme is Mountain Farming about which the FAO says, "Here we have an opportunity to raise awareness about how mountain agriculture, which is predominantly family farming, has been a model for sustainable development for centuries."


I like to remember my years in Switzerland, where mountains are mountains and farms are farms!
The slopes of the Jura Mountains, near the French border,  are covered with vineyards.
Lots of wine-making there.


In the Alps most of the mountain farming that I saw was for hay-making.
In the brief summers, green meadows are heaven for  cows, sheep and goats, and even deer.
And of course for hikers too! 
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(Linking to SkyWatch Friday.)
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15 comments:

Cloudia said...

Happy World Mountain Day!





ALOHA from Honolulu
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Nadege said...

Gorgeous shots Dina!

William Kendall said...

As a rock climber I should have known this. The Rockies and the other western ranges are our proper mountains, though the Appalachians and Laurentians give pretty good climbing opportunities in this part of the continent.

Spiderdama said...

Just wonderful!! That day fits me well:-)

Karl Demetz said...

I always enjoy to see beautiful mountain photos :-)

Birdman said...

Is this an example of 'cloud spray'? Nice catch!

VP said...

I wonder if here is a World Hill Day...

Jim said...

These shots look heavenly.

Lew said...

Love the mountains and the sky! I have been through a little bit of the Alps on the German/Austrian border and it is beautiful and serene there.

theflutteringleaf said...

Lovely images.

cieldequimper said...

For a second I thought the landscape had changed dramatically over night! :-)

I prefer cheese and Chartreuse.

Yes, a picture of James, the elusive James. Not that you'd recognise him, I made sure of that. I don't think he'd have liked it one little bit!

Felicia said...

gorgeous mountain images.

Petrea Burchard said...

Beautiful photos, Dina.

fredamans said...

Breathtaking photos!

Buck said...

Both photos are wonderful, but the sunbeams on the vineyard reminds me of summer here.