Pretty Little Flowers

Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens

April 2006, the weather on this day was mostly sunny, if cool. We toured Kensington Palace, then headed on foot toward the Albert Memorial and Royal Albert Hall. Even though it was still barely spring, there were flowers and blooms everywhere. I bent over and took this close-up shot of some pretty little blue flowers that seemed to be enjoying the sun.

#Travel #England #London #HydePark #KensingtonGardens #Flowers

 

Looking Up

Beneath the abbey.

I love old stuff. Castles, cathedrals, historical sites of every kind. Sometimes, though, it is easy to miss a feature because we naturally look around. We may even obey the photographer's rule of looking behind us when facing some outstanding feature. But it is easy to forget to look up.

In the Battle Abbey ruins there are places that once served as storage, or as dormitory, or . . . I read all of the plaques and markers, but I didn't take notes. In this case, the vaulted ceiling of a basement or cellar area revealed some interesting designs.

I don't often attempt this kind of shot since, as a tourist, I don't work on a tripod for stability. This time, however, it was dark and it seemed like I might get a decently stable shot by using the on-camera flash. And it worked! Because I got my positioning right, the shadowing from the flash was also minimized. I do get lucky sometimes.

Photo taken 6 May 2007

#Travel #England #Battle #BattleAbbey #Ruins #Abbey

 

After The Storm

Cold, quiet.

During the week before this photo was taken we had some pretty major storms pass through. Heavy rains, high winds, local flooding in some areas. But by the time I made my way to San Bruno Mountain for my weekly maintenance visit, things had cleared up. There had been freezing overnight in sheltered areas.

I had intended to hit the pier in Pacifica for sunset. Just missed it by about 20 minutes. but the pier and beach were still beautiful in the afterglow slipping over the ocean horizon.

#SanFranciscoBayArea #SanFrancisco #Ocean #Beach #Pier #Sunset

 

A Country Cottage

Or else Windsor Castle.

April 2006. After a couple of trips to London under our belts, we got adventurous and just took the train to Windsor without pre-booking something. It turned out to be a very nice full-day visit, before returning late-afternoon to London.

In spite of being a beautiful historical site, it can be hard to get a decent shot without tourists elbowing one another everywhere. That's the problem with it being a popular royal residence. As it turned out, the Queen was in residence at the time, but of course, we didn't see her.

#Travel #England #WindsorCastle

 

Twenty Minutes to Get Your Photo!

The bane of bus tours!

We literally had twenty minutes to get up close and personal with the Eiffel Tower. I took a few shots, but my best ones were actually from the bus window. This is a photomerge of two shots, with some cloning out of unsightly objects and people.

This was taken in the first week of May, 2004. In spite of how the sky looks, we were later hounded by a hailstorm- the very same one that had attacked us and left us damp for the rest of the day while we visited Stonehenge earlier in the week.

#Travel #France #Paris #EiffelTower

 

A Man's Castle Is His Home

Or it's a conference center.

This is Leeds Castle, which is nowhere near the town of Leeds. It's near Maidstone, Kent, halfway between #London and Folkstone on the way to Dover.

I've visited there twice, in 2004 and 2005. Different seasons. In spite of the cloudy weather, this was early July 2005. Tuesday the 5th or Wednesday the 6th; I don't remember exactly. I lost a day on the trip to Stonehenge. Didn't even get pictures.

#Travel #England #LeedsCastle

 

Harry, Ron and Hermione Ate Here

Sort of . . .

It's been ten and a half years since this trip, and a few details are lost to history. What I remember about the day is that it was off-again-on-again rain, sunshine and snow. April 2006. Oxford was definitely damp.

Some scenes from Harry Potter were filmed in this room, and through movie magic, it was tripled in width. You remember Harry and friends in the great hall? Here it is in the original. Just outside are some stairs where some other scenes were filmed. Very clever, these movie makers!

Of course, being on a fully-loaded bus tour, there was never a moment when there weren't people in the shot, and no tripod or other support to allow a series of shots that could be run through Photoshop's median processor. But, for all that it is a tourist snapshot, it is my tourist snapshot, so I'm OK with it.

#Travel #England #Oxford #HarryPotter

 

South Dakota – December 2014


A very small collection!

I got to go with some friends on a whirlwind weekend trip to South Dakota— just one day on the ground, the other days for travel.

The main objective was Mt. Rushmore, but we also saw the Crazy Horse Memorial and Wind Cave National Park. A packed day, but memorable all around.

This is a small collection of photos I took on the trip. Not much here, but it might inspire you to have a visit yourself.

#Travel #SouthDakota #MtRushmore #CrazyHorse #WindCave

Beneath The Abbey

Beneath the ruins.

I don't remember exactly what part of the ruins we were exploring. It may have been the high altar area, or perhaps the dormitory. In any case, there are remains of what must have been some spectacular Norman construction, and occasional views out through windows that could take one back in time to the 1100s.

#Travel #England #BattleOfHastings #BattleAbbey #Ruins #WilliamOfOrange

 

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