Sunday, August 5, 2012

Twigs With a Story

Above Gosausee, Austria.  When we questioned the significance of fir twigs attached to doors of a log cabin on the slopes above Gosausee, the Austrian sitting next to us didn't know the purpose but he asked an older man who confidently gave us an explanation I absolutely love. A common Alpine practice throughout Europe, the shorter part of the twig is moveable and when it points upward the weather will be fine; when it points downward, rain or snow is forecast—a rustic weather station.  That's forecasting out on a limb.

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