Arlesheim, Basel-Landschaft (BL), Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera/Switzerland

[1984 Nikon FE2 SLR 35-mm roll film camera, s/n 1816483, with Nikkor AI 50-mm f/1.8 lens, s/n 2336591, and 52-mm polarizing filter;
Kodak Ektar 125 (Kodak 5101 | Ektar 125-1) 36-exposure colour negative film]

© Copyright photograph by Stephan Alexander Scharnberg, November 1991

Monday, October 29, 2012

One Million Trees Planted in 1964!

Uwe Kündrunar Scharnberg planting his millionth seedling somewhere on Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada sometime in 1964

This was a publicity photograph for British Columbia Forest Service. My father started his career as a tree planter for BCFP (British Columbia Forest Products Limited) in the Nitinat area on Vancouver Island, B.C. on April 2, 1956, for a short time resided at 1362 Comox St. in Vancouver, B.C. in January 1959 during a seasonal lay-off due to winter weather conditions, and then was based at the Harris Creek Logging Camp near Port Renfrew, Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada on February 11, 1959. In the 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s Uwe and his crew planted in the areas of Nitinat, Port Renfrew, Jordan River, China Creek, Koksilah, Kennedy Lake, Ucluelet, Tofino, Englishman River near Parksville, Caycuse, Mesachie Lake, Cowichan Lake, and Knight Inlet, while we lived first in Lake Cowichan and then Honeymoon Bay and later in Koksilah just south of Duncan, all on Vancouver Island. Unofficially, father holds the world record for the most trees planted by one person, over 2.5 million trees in twenty-seven years (Guinness Book of World Records), but Guinness did not have a category or the space for this, was apparently their written response to a query by BCFP. Uwe retired from the company in the fall of 1983.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

“Le Quercioline”

Agriturismo “Le Quercioline”, Strada di Marcialla 4/G, Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, Firenze, Toscana, Italia. Looking west-southwest, having just arrived at our vacation home of four weeks holidays from Friday, June 29 to Friday, July 27, 2012. Evening glow on Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 20:40 CEST (Central European Summer Time).

Sunday, July 1, 2012 at 09:47 CEST

At 09:48 CEST

These door bells, turned by hand, are still used

The beautiful hand-wrought iron above the main entrance at the ground-level patio

The restored farmhouse has two apartments, the main floor named Chianti Classico, upstairs named Gallo Nero

[Nikon Coolpix L20 point-and-shoot 10 MP digital camera, Nikkor 38–136-mm f/3.1–6.7 lens, s/n 51002451]

© Copyright photographs by Stephan Alexander Scharnberg, June and July 2012

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

5237 Koksilah Road, Duncan, Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada in spring 1969



We played outside spring, summer, autumn, and winter in sun, rain, and snow, seven days a week, usually from breakfast to supper, only coming in for lunch. Fresh air, exercise, creativity, and plenty of imagination was the foundation of our childhood. We lived in a 1938 cedar-shingle roof, cedar-shingle-sided bungalow, brown with white window frames, an earth-floor basement, and in later years the addition of a sundeck covering a garage of tools and the large room my brother and I shared; on 3.3 acres, front and back lawns, two big lower gardens cultivated along the principles of biodynamics, including an apple tree, a walnut tree, a few cherry trees, red and black currants, gooseberries, raspberries, a Japanese plum tree, and a mixed, dense woodland of first and second growth, home to a variety of flora and fauna including a B.C. Dogwood, Trilliums, snow drops, ferns, Big leaf maples (Acer macrophyllum), Western red cedars (Thuja plicata)Hemlocks (Tsuga heterophylla), Douglas firs (Pseudotsuga menziesii), Huckleberries, an Oak, a Ponderosa pine, Thimbleberries, edible and poisonous mushrooms, poisonous bright red berries, owls including a Snowy owl visiting several winters over the years, at least two varieties of woodpeckers, Rufous hummingbirds, black crows, a Raven, American robins, wild rabbits, pheasants, grouse, a full-grown Cougar passing by our basement bedroom window to trample through the gardens late one summer evening in the mid-1970s, a variety of small birds, butterflies and dragonflies, bees, wasps, hornets, many other insects, frogs, ants, garden snakes, Norway rats, Blue rats, house and field mice, over the years a succesion of cats and dogs including a Golden Lab/Retriever cross (Fix), two Chocolate Point Siamese (Rahsuh followed by Puss-Puss), a Dachshund (Douganette), a Dalmatian (Buffy), and more of both after we siblings moved out and away to new horizons, in chronological order, to pursue travels, diplomas, and trades in Switzerland and West Germany/Germany. 

In the background sit the Krack’s dark green 1968 or 1969 Datsun 1000 (Model B10) 2- or 4-door sedan, and the Scharnberg’s grey 1948 Plymouth Special Deluxe 4-door sedan and white & green 1965 Volkswagen Type 2 (T1c) Model 231 Kombi (Split Window Bus). Here are, variously photo by photo, front to back of the lines: Marius Krack, Stephan Alexander Scharnberg, Christina (Nina) Krack, and Anya Maureen Scharnberg / Marius Krack, Stephan Alexander Scharnberg, Felix Hayo Scharnberg, Christina (Nina) Krack, and Anya Maureen Scharnberg / Marius Krack, Felix Hayo Scharnberg, Christina (Nina) Krack, and Stephan Alexander Scharnberg in the front yard of the Scharnberg home at 5237 Koksilah Road, Duncan, Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada in spring 1969.

[1959 Kodak Retina IIIS (Type 027) rangefinder 35-mm roll film camera, s/n 86125, with Schneider-Kreuznach Retina-Xenon 50-mm f/1.9 Synchro Compur lens, s/n 6841319; Kodak Plus-X Pan ISO 125/22° 36-exposure black & white negative film]

© Copyright photographs by Uwe Kündrunar Scharnberg, 1969 / Stephan Alexander Scharnberg, January 2012

Monday, April 30, 2012

Hornby Island, B.C., Canada in summer 1969





On this particular visit Wayne Ngan, family friend and internationally renowned potter and painter, said that one day I would be an architect. I enjoyed many hours playing with pieces and cut ends of lumber such as 2x4s and 2x6s that Wayne used for his firewood, either in the wood stove or in the kiln. I built elaborate houses and castles, and tall towers. I never did become an architect as I had my sights set on becoming a bush pilot on the West Coast but instead later studied, worked, and lived in a Camphill Community in french Switzerland from 1982 to 1987, graduating as a Special Educator with a Diploma in Curative Education. This visit to Wayne and his family, and also to the other family friend, Heinz Laffin, another Hornby Island potter, was one of the first of many by the Scharnbergs in the ensuing 30-plus years, sometimes more than once a year. 


Anya Maureen Scharnberg, either Goya Ngan or Gailan Ngan, daughters of Wayne Ngan and painter Anne Ngan, and Felix Hayo Scharnberg at Wayne’s former home and studio on Hornby Island, B.C., Canada in summer 1969. In the background is the Krack’s bus, in the middleground the Scharnberg’s 1965 Volkswagen Type 2 (T1c) Model 231 Kombi (Split Window), and in the foreground, with passenger door and sliding door open, likely Wayne’s Volkswagen Type 2 Bus (Bay Window).

[1959 Kodak Retina IIIS (Type 027) rangefinder 35-mm roll film camera, s/n 86125, with Schneider-Kreuznach Retina-Xenon 50-mm f/1.9 Synchro Compur lens, s/n 6841319; Kodak Plus-X Pan ISO 125/22° 36-exposure black & white negative film]

© Copyright photographs by Uwe Kündrunar Scharnberg, 1969 / Stephan Alexander Scharnberg, January 2012

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Fairy Lake, Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada in summer 1969

On a day road trip in our 1965 Volkswagen Type 2 (T1c) Model 231 Kombi from Duncan to Port Renfrew by way of Shawnigan Lake, the main branch logging road through Koksilah, with the famous suspension bridge that could support fully-loaded logging trucks, father at full speed down one end of the bridge, through its natural dip, and mit Schwung up the other side, and the Harris Creek Main. Here we are enjoying lunch with the Rachel family (their second son Andrew ? just visible at the start of this film roll), my mother Doris Scharnberg, myself Stephan Alexander Scharnberg (a few months shy of my seventh birthday), my brother Felix Hayo Scharnberg, and my sister Anya Maureen Scharnberg (our youngest sister Alison Oona Scharnberg joining the family just over a year later). Fairy Lake picnic site and campground near Port Renfrew, Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada in summer 1969.

[1959 Kodak Retina IIIS (Type 027) rangefinder 35-mm roll film camera, s/n 86125, with Schneider-Kreuznach Retina-Xenon 50-mm f/1.9 Synchro Compur lens, s/n 6841319]  
© Copyright photographs by Uwe Kündrunar Scharnberg, 1969 / Stephan Alexander Scharnberg, June 2011