BACK TO THE GRIND

Well, after 2.5 weeks traveling with my family in the UK and Germany we’re back and just about over our jet lag. I do love to travel and check out new places but I can safely say it’s always nice to get home and sleep in your own bed and have all of your own creature comforts in one place. Some things you manage without and sort of forget you actually have or do when your at home. It’s really good in a way as I find that, while away, you realize that you can manage without many things that you use/have at home. I will admit I took my camera gear and computer with me as those are material items I feel I can’t live without… At least at this point in my life.

TODAY’S PHOTO – EXTERNSTEINE ON A STORMY DAY

This is a shot of the Externsteine that is right near the northern town of Detmold, Germany where my wife grew up. The town is not that huge, in comparison to München (Munich) or Köln (Cologne) but there really is quite a bit going on around the city and not too far from it to explore.

This place is one of those cool places to explore and walk around. There are many trails to hike on around here not to mention being able to climb the steps carved into the rock to get on top from which you get a spectacular view of the surrounding country side. It’s quite an unusual and interesting place to check out. There are what appears to be rooms carved out at the bottom along with a mural carved on the outside.

Here is a link to wikipedia with more info on it: Externsteine on Wikipedia

Supposedly up to a million people visit this site each year. If your ever in this part of Germany I definitely recommend it. Especially on a nice, or at least, not too wet day.

Enjoy!

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BICYCLING IN BOULDER

So, the other day I was driving to work and pulled up behind someone at a stop sign waiting for a chance to make their turn. I hear shouting coming from my left as a bicyclist comes flying down the side walk. He’s screaming ‘GO GO GO!’. Then when he finally gets to the intersection starts yelling at the woman in front of me that she’s pulled through the stop sign and hasn’t moved. Then threatens her that he’ll sue her for everything she’s got if she does this again. Does what again? Block the intersection because she has to inch out beyond the stop sign so she can actually see the oncoming traffic?

My thought was that he’s complaining about his woman’s driving but here he is riding his bike on a sideWALK!!! It’s not called a sideRIDE. Isn’t there some law against riding on a sidewalk and demanding walkers move out of the way? They do it all the time.

TODAY’S PHOTO – SITKA BY THE SHORE

This was a view from our cabin when we had made port in Sitka, Alaska lat year. This little island seemed to inhabited by few houses. From our view we could see many little island like this traveled heavily by many fishing boats.

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THE ST. ANASTASIA PULLS UP TO SHORE

AN ISLAND OFF OF JUNEAU, ALASKA

We had made port in Juneau Alaska during our cruise and went on a boat tour around the surrounding area. We were able to see hump back whales and stellar sea lions which were fantastic to see in person.

Towards the end of our boat tour we pulled up to this small island to get up close and personal with the flora, not to mention getting a close view of a Bald Eagle up in one of the trees. We learned that taking feathers found from Bald Eagles is illegal. Probably a good thing I didn’t find one as I would have pretty tempted to not say anything.

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CLASS IS OVER – TIME TO APPLY

Lansbury’s Lido on The Serpentine

Well my 3 week webinar is over and it was a great learning experience. We learned so many new Photoshop tips for post processing our shots that I’m a bit overwhelmed. I’ve been using this program for about 16 years and it still amazes me how much more there is to learn about it.

This is Lansbury’s Lido, a public place to go swimming on The Serpentine lake in Hyde park London. The light was falling fast and I was able to set up in time to capture this shot with the lights of the building shining.

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