What's a blip, you ask?
We "blippers" of Blipfoto are constantly on the hunt for the best "blip".
A blip is something like a moment of your life caught - something, that reflects your life and catches that brief, special snippet of YOU.
"Blipping" was kicked off by a guy named Joe Tree in October 2004 in Edinburgh, Scotland (see what Wikipedia has to say about Blipfoto). It is basically a photo journal that allows you to publish one photo per day - the BLIP - together with some blurb about what you have been up to or what you think about the world.
Looking at my statistics from today, June 6th, 2022, I have posted a whole lot of pictures and captured many, many memories, good and bad!
What do I gain by blipping?
By publishing a blip every day, I do not only preserve my memories and have something like an online diary that I can look back to whenever I need. Blipfoto has a super friendly community (and is btw. community-funded without advertisements!) keen on commenting on your daily lives. There are appreciations of the pictures posted, cheering up if you had a bad day, suggestions on picture improvements, exchange of information, and friendly banter.
I have formed some very good real-life friendships with fellow blippers, not only in Switzerland but also across several countries. I have learned how my photography can become better - and it did. And I had quite a lot of inspiration. Even when I do not have so much time anymore to comment on everybody else's journal, it is good to check in with Blip friends and to see what they have been up to.
And every year, I download my best blips and create a real photo book from them.
I have done this since 2017, and it is a really fun way to preserve my memories.
Wanna look at my best blips of 2021?
Scroll yourself through the sliders below by clicking on the arrows on the right and left side of the pictures or swipe yourself through them on your mobile phone. :)
January brought lots of snow. Living in Weesen was very joyful with great hiking surroundings. I started a new job as Education & Clinical Support Manager in Zurich for KYON, which offers orthopaedic implants for dogs and also cats. My dog Djeili turned 7.
In February, we had plenty of opportunities to enjoy the snow, with lots of sledding and snowshoeing. Djeili just loves snow!
One of the highlights in March was a full-moon hike in the mountains, another one finding the skull of a stag. Spring started to announce itself and the first people started to take their rubber boats or rather giant rubber duckies onto the lake.
Finally, hiking higher up was again possible, but still, lots of snow were left. My family came to visit and we went to see the Paxmal and the Bad RagARTz art fair, distributed throughout the whole town of Bad Ragaz.
The most exciting day was surely when I was flying in a helicopter along the flank of the mountain Falknis, to take pictures of it (with the door open!). My friend Luzi had asked me to take these pictures, and it was the first time that I really learned to know his son, Roman, who turned out to be terribly nice. Also, I visited blip friends in the Engiadina.
June meant swimming in the lake, canoeing, and paddleboarding together with Djeili! Also, for work I went to Cremona, Italy, to teach vet surgeons how to do hip replacements in dogs and cats. And by the end of June, Roman and I had fallen for each other...
In July, it rained and rained and rained. Nevertheless, we managed to do some very beautiful hikes. My birthday I spent again in Cremona, Italy at vet training courses.
August - Roman's and mine first holiday together in the beautiful Val Müstair! Also, we visited my horse Farina on the Alp, did an amazing hike to the Limmeren lake and a lot of other hikes that were good for animal spotting, and I received the present of a prepared ibex - Roman and I had found it together in July, it most probably died due to an avalanche.
September was wonderful! The weather presented itself well, and we could do so many awesome hikes! The Suretta lakes hike was certainly one of my favourite hikes this year. Djeili became the new Movora mascot - Movors is the group that my company KYON belongs to.
October - awesome hikes!!! and great happenings! My brother Henning got married to his sweetheart Bonnie in London. Work brought me to Dresden in Germany for a vet course.
Fog in Maienfeld was a highlight for me photo-wise. I got a new colleague to help me at work, thankfully. The first serious snow made all of us happy, especially Djeili.
Most important for December was giving training courses for Russian and Ukrainian veterinarians in Moscow! A hardship in terms of getting the needed instruments and implants across the border, but also very exciting. In later light, it would have been better not to go, but we didn't know when we started planning it... Definitely needed some time to recover afterward, and it was good to spend Christmas with Roman's family.
Did you like my blips of 2021?
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