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Mainly about, photography from around the world and comments on everyday life. Also check out my website here and many of my travel and other various photos here on Flickr. The map below shows you where we have been over the past few years.

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Tuesday, 18 December 2007

ABC Wednesday "V" For Venice

The weather as once again not been too kind (usually when I am off work). I would love to be able to get out and take some fresh photos. Oh well! Christmas will soon be upon us and no doubt a few opportunities will arise. A few days away should do the trick as long as the weather is good.

ABC Wednesday is on Boxing Day next week so I will hopefully post a little earlier for "W". Are yes, W, that could be for weather be it good or bad.

I hope everyone is ready for the festive season and looking forward to it, presents, food, alcohol, rest, crap television, noisy kids if you have any (I don't) and preparing to return to work, Oh! so full of cheer I am. Just kidding, love this time of year, love any time of year when there is a holiday.

Well, here goes, for "V" I have picked Venice which we recently visited. This was on a cruise on the Ship Marco Polo (1st photo) parked in Venice harbour.

The 2nd installment is of part of the canal system taken at night and the 3rd of one of the colourful Gondoliers. I had the gondoliers once but a few tablets from my doctor soon put that right. Gondoliers (is there such thing as a Gondolmouth or a Gondolnose).

The 4th one is looking out to the Adriatic, the sea still has a colourful charm even in misty weather.

Thats all, but I will say if you ever get the opportunity then try to visit Venice, I am sure we will once more.




Saturday, 8 December 2007

ABC Wednesday "U" For Uncertain And Oh Yes We HAve Had Another Photo Published For A Tourism Brochure.

Uncertain, uncertain, uncertain, that is the nature of the beast this week. I have had hardly any chance this week to be creative this being mostly due to the weather, it has been terrible, well it has when I want to get my camera out.

I have had to scratch my head and I have to say i have gone down the route of something taken recently. The first shot I will call umbrella, as there are so many of them in this picture which was taken at Ephesus in Turkey. It was a very dull day so I have decided to desaturate but at the same time keep some of the coloured umbrellas as they were. Not everyones cup of tea but after the large amount of time and effort |I put into it, I hope it was worth it.

This second shot was taken in a church which was part of a palace in Copenhagen. I am going to call it Unbelievable architecture which indeed I believe it is, it is extremely ornate and beautiful.

I am sure you will have guessed that I have called this one Urn. This was taken at Peterhof Palace in St. Petersburg in Russia. If you ever get the opportunity go here to to see the sheer opulence

Lastly this is called Up High In The Sky, taken as we were just departing from Stockholm. This guy or girl (not sure which) posed like a professional.

Before I go, just want to tell you, apart from the photographs we had published on this site here we have had another one published here on a site called Schmap which is for Worldwide Dynamic Travel Guides. I was asked by the company if they would allow it and of course I agreed, nothing financial just the exposure (to coin a phrase). There is a widget on the left hand side of the page, if you click on it it will take you to the particular guide which is for the westin Hotel in Calgary, Canada. The photo is nothing special but they wanted to use it. It is the fifth one out of six of the series.

Have fun

Tuesday, 4 December 2007

ABC Wednesday "T" Is For A Train, A Dark Tower, A Tree And A Tense Moment In A Spooky Graveyard

Once again a little bit of an assortment for the T Photographs. I wanted to do something a little different again so here are a few moments in time from the eye and perspective of this little old (not so old photographer).

The following photos have been taken over the past year at various venues in England. I thought I would leave the abroad theme alone for this one.


Here goes:

Train:

Well in fact an old steam train from the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. I wanted to create the illusion of the golden age of steam so the first one is in monochrome with the engine letting off steam. The second is in sepia, I tried here to portray the feeling of looking from the inside of the train at the empty railway station with bags outside ready to be loaded, a Brief Encounter moment.

Dark Tower:

Sort of a Stephen King theme based on the Dark Tower series of books.

The Dark Tower is a series of seven books by American writer Stephen King that tells the tale of lead character Roland Deschain's quest for the "Dark Tower." The Dark Tower is often described in the novels as a real structure, and also as a metaphor. Part of Roland's fictional quest lies in discovering the true nature of the Tower. The series incorporates themes from multiple genres, including fantasy fiction, science fantasy, horror, and western elements. King has described the series as his magnum opus; besides the seven novels that comprise the series proper, many of his other books are related to the story, introducing concepts and characters that come into play as the series progresses.

The series was mostly inspired by the poem "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came" by Robert Browning, the full text of which was included in an appendix to the final volume. In the preface to the revised 2003 edition of The Gunslinger, King also identifies The Lord of the Rings, the Arthurian Legend, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly as inspirations. He identifies Clint Eastwood'sMan with No Name" character as one of the major inspirations for Roland. King's style of location names in the series, such as Mid-World, and his development of a unique language abstract to our own, are also influenced by J. R. R. Tolkien's work. "

Can anyone guess where my Tower is, it is quite famous and quite awe inspiring, I will publish a colour photo of it some other time and let you know where it is.

A Tree:

Well a Christmas tree to be exact, this is sitting in the middle of the River Windrush in Bourton On The Water. The village looks magical during the Cristmas period.

Lastly, A Tense Moment In A Graveyard:

Here is a photograph of a graveyard taken through a fence at Charlecote Park, well two views of the same photo to be exact, done a little differently with a little jiggery pokery. I wanted to give the sense of a sinister tense moment that someone is seeing from a distance through a fence. By the way in the original photo the fence has a real nice texture and colour.


So, there you have it my ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday, 27 November 2007

ABC Wednesday "S"

Thought I would keep the wildlife theme going at the moment plus a local beauty spot and a strange building in Skagway Alaska.


Firstly there a couple of photographs of a stag recently taken in Cannock Chase an area of outstanding natural beauty just on my doorstep, literally, I mean, just turn right out of my house go to the end of the road and there it is.

This first one shows the stag looking dark and mysterious

This one looking curiously back at me and saying "watch it pal"

My third offering is that of a soaring kestrel, it may not be the sharpest picture but I had to be quick to take it and out of the car as well.

Moving on here are a couple of photographs of another local beauty spot, this is Shardlow, taken not too long ago, I really love the canal villages.

I really like the contrasting colours in the 1st photo, the reds green and blues and there are 2 great pubs right on the towpath as well.

Here is the second one of Shardlow.

Finally a photograph taken in Skagway in Alaska. This place is great a real cowboy come pioneer town

This is the Arctic Brotherhood Building, this was built 1899, the outside of the building is covered entirely in driftwood.

Saturday, 24 November 2007

Two weeks at work in the new job and need a holiday already. Oh! Good we have booked one

Two weeks into the new job and I already need a holiday. Fortunately we have just booked the next cruise. It is a while away though, we set sail on the 10th October 2008. We are going somewhere a little warmer than our last cruise which was to to Canada and Alaska.

It will be a great trip for both of us as Lyn will be going to somewhere she has not been to before. I have already visited several of the places we are going to, however, this was quite a few years ago on a back packing expedition but it will be nice to see what changes have taken place in the various destinations.


The cruise itinerary is as follows:

Day 1
Friday, Liverpool - UK
Day 2
Saturday, Ship at Sea
Day 3
Sunday, Ship at Sea
Day 4
Monday, Lisbon - PORTUGAL 08:00 - 15:00
Day 5
Tuesday, Cadiz - SPAIN 09:00 - 20:00
Day 6
Wednesday, Malaga - SPAIN 09:00 - 20:00
Day 7
Thursday, Gibraltar - GIBRALTAR 08:00 - 19:00
Day 8
Friday, Casablanca - MOROCCO 08:00 - 19:00
Day 9
Saturday, Portimao* - PORTUGAL 09:00 - 15:00
Day 10
Sunday, Porto - PORTUGAL 11:00 - 18:00
Day 11
Monday, La Coruna - SPAIN 08:00 - 18:00
Day 12
Tuesday, Ship at Sea
Day 13
Wednesday, Dublin - IRELAND 08:00 - 20:00
Day 14
Thursday, Liverpool - UK


Yes, this is a long time away but before that we have Christmas at Rothley in Leicestershire - see here then in May/June next year a week at the Derwentwater Hotel in the Lake District. I think we may also be going to Northumberland before the cruise. Might throw in a couple of days in London as well.

Just before I go here is a photo of a Robin taken at the same time as the post for ABC Wednesday "Q".


Tuesday, 20 November 2007

ABC Wednesday "R" For A Right Old Mixed Bag

A bit of a mixed bag this week I am afraid. I have struggled a little to get some up to date photos as I am dealing with a new job, drinking and the fact that someone ran into the back of my motorcycle on Saturday night while me and Lyn were on it. Thankfully we are ok and the driver of the offending vehicle is ok too. Not much damage I hope but I will have to have it checked out for any unseen damage.

So my "R's" in order are:-

1 A Russian Dancer taken at a St. Petersburg folk event

2 The Redmore, a local pub taken just after it snowed a couple or 3 years ago

3 A Rude Gorilla, this was taken again 3 or 4 years ago at a zoo in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, just managed to catch him at the perfect moment

4 The Coliseum in Rome, this is one of my favourite shots of ancient ruins

5 Finally, a street scene in Rothenburg, Germany, taken a couple of years ago. I love the colours of the buildings here, although it was a dull day, I think it still came out OK.

I have my serious thinking head on for The X, Y and Z additions, although I have to get a S, T, U, V, and a W, It's all good fun and gets you out.

Monday, 12 November 2007

ABC Wednesday, Quarry and a Quiet place

I thought "Q" was going to prove quite difficult but it quickly became apparent that I could do something Quirky. Question was, what was it? So I quizzed myself a few times and found I could get out of this quandry. I thought I would show a couple of photos of a local quarry and a few photos of a a hairy wee beasty and some feathered friends and a couple of deer, photographed in a quiet place on Cannock Chase.

Inquedible, I thought i would be stuck.

Quarry

To Me the 3rd photo looks like a moonscape


Quiet place for some of our animal and bird friends

In order:- Deer, A squirrel, Jay, Yellow Hammer, Blackbird, Chaffinch, Great Tit, Sparrow, Coal Tit

Deer


Grey Squirrel


Jay



Yellow Hammer


Blackbird


Chaffinch


Great Tit


Sparrow (well I thought it was but I have been informed that it is a Dunnock, thanks to anon)


Coal Tit


Hope you like my feathered and furry friends in my Quiet place

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

ABC Wednesday. "P" Is For Places and Parts Of The World

Today my fellow ABC Wednesday bloggers I thought I would make "P" parts and places in the world, so here is a selection of recent places we have visited. All on a theme of "P".

The Philippaeon Olympia, Greece

Monastary Of John The Theologan Chora Patmos

Parliament Building Budapest

The Astronomical Clock Starometska Namesti Prague

The Pollio Fountain Ephesus Turkey

The Golden House Ulica Dluga Gdansk Poland

PeterHof Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia

"P" For Place In St. Petersburg, Russia

Peyto Lake, Canada

Pooley Bridge, Ullswater, Cumbria

Park Gate Staffordshire with Dumpy From Dumpy's Rusty Nuts

Hope you like the variations on a theme.