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GeoNames navigation tree for administrative regions

If you ever thought about building a hierarchical navigation tree menu for administrative geographic regions, you should really have a look at GeoTree (via GeoNames Blog) Will save you a lot of time. It would be cool if you also had the polygons for each of the nodes in the tree, basically a complete, non-overlapping hierarchical polygon structure that you could use to select all objects that lie within a specific region that you pick from the tree. This would actually be quite a nice case of geographic brushing again. Mouse-over France in the map and highlight France on the navigation tree at the same time – and vice versa. How about a non-administrative tree? A tree which is built up of natural areas? It would probably be a lot harder to draw sharp boundaries, since mountains, and natural habitats have rather fuzzy boundaries. But this gets us into the „where do mountains begin“ question and it means we’re drifting off. I guess we wouldn’t mind overlapping natural habitats and just select all objects in boundary regions more than once then.

Spring is coming

Seems like winter season is slowly but surely coming to an end. Decided to go far a late afternoon walk up some mountain to watch the sunset, which we thought should be good today. There was still some snow left on the upper slopes of the mountain, but in general it was more of a spring walk than a winter tour. The flowers also have to adjust to global warming and they seem to do OK.

Flowers

Anyway – managed to reach the top about 20 minutes or so before sunset. So how do you kill time and not start getting cold?

Shadow Hand

Of course you take in the view…

Panorama view

And you practice a bit of mountain parkour.

Mountain Pacour

Until  it is finally prime time…

Sunset

Sometimes, the light that you get just after sunset is even better.

Evening sky

Then it was time to get moving – snow sliding into the dark – should have brought our Zipflbobs, damn – next time we will!

Late descend