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CollardGreens PRO 10:15pm, 5 January 2007
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Sometimes "oops" is what you say when you make a mistake - other times it is when you make a discovery - today "oops" means " CalibrationIntact "
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Loca.... 11 years ago
Hi, there

Today i woke up thinking that i had to come and comment in your diary and what do i see? You went to mine and said some very nice words, thanks.

May 26th- Touch
Absolutly agree with the touch, we should touch all the ones we love, makes them and us happy and healthy.

May 27th
You had a nice time with Daniel, good for you both.

May 31
Great shot of a nice dinner

June 2th
Great cow hats, we do that here in Portugal but with no hats, though

June 4th
Amazing shot, very good, love it.

June 8th
How do you do that shot? Never could catch drops of water, it is very well done, congrats.

June 15th
Great looking clouds, i love sky shots. Remimd me of Frère Jacques, have to visit his diary, haven't dõne that for so long now....

June 18th
I'm so glad to read those words, it's so nice when you are where we belong. Great shot too.

June 20th
Another amazing shot. That blue and cream window looks marvellous.

June 24th
I need one of these days " I just wanted a day where nothing happened - no major decisions, no worries, no world altering thoughts...just a day where naps were plentiful and the brain was allowed to take a day off."

June 26th
Nice project~

June 29th
Great advice with a wonderful picture, love this one too.

Will be back soon, still have to read your holidays trip.
:))
Jissy 11 years ago
love the pic, mood and words on the 29th!
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
My dear Loca - thanks for your attention to the musings of this madman. If there is any joy in reading then I am very happy. Your efforts with your children and the children of your school are the stuff of heros and that I admire. Good stuff !

Thank you ! Hope the rains stop for you soon...we have had our first good day in ages. Welcome here anytime!
CollardGreens PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by CollardGreens (member) 11 years ago
Pride2007
30JUN07 - CollardGreens (edited, had the date wrong)

Pride2007

I love this event. GayPride Parade. Colorful, fun, a little profane, cool as a rule, and most of all - the chance to take street photography without anyone bitching ! Several of us put on the camera bags and made an afternoon of taking photos of really fun people. All races, all sexes, all sexual orientations, all ages - in a parade (officially listed as a manifestation) that is sponsored by the likes of Air France, banks, rails services, police and fire departments.

One of the words in the motto of the French constitution is "tolerance". I am happy to live and participate in life within a system that is tolerant of other lifestyles. This is good stuff.

The "vamp" that appears in this photo made this pose - just for me ! I feel proud. I will be posting a set on the parade and I guarantee it will be worth a visit - just to have a look !

Whoot !
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
Love that shot! eEEK i almost missed the hairy shoulders
*somewhere deep inside wishes that I had because my dreams will surely be haunted with the sight!
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Yikes ! I thought that was part of the black lace !! There was a VERY wide range of tastes there ! Thanks !
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Marc - Thanks for the link. I had seen a small snip of the film. I will try to see the whole thing. I suppose the sound track will be wonderful.
Meelifluous PRO 11 years ago
So far behind not catching up on everything - but I LOVE the 25th and 29th.

The rain is incredible and the other is just darling.

Mee Mee Meelifluous
eelend PRO 11 years ago
29th - absolutely fantastic

1st - that's a look!
:)

eelend's 2007
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Pride parades are so much fun.. I find it very interesting that they seem so universal.. I've been to a few in Washington DC, Boston and St. Louis.. they're all so much alike, and from pictures from all you guys in Europe, just reinforces that idea. It's full of such colors, such attitudes, such interesting people... Good times.

Discrimination in any form is just silly in my opinion.

Love your 29th.. wise words, also.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Thanks for coming around here - appreciated comments as 25th was a real find on a night when I really needed a photo. More importantly the 29th was the same - I was looking out the window for a nice shot and there it was - right at my lens. A possible photo of a child without Rob's (the greek) concerns...and the 29th was a treasure to me. I'll write an exposé on that some day.

...these compliments coming from you - appreciated.
* tips hat.

Discrimination in any form is just silly in my opinion. ...you sir have the wise words. (yo)
CollardGreens PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by CollardGreens (member) 11 years ago
TheRight2BareArms
01JUL07 - CollardGreens

TheRight2BareArms

In France we have the absolute right to bare arms !

Sunday my wife and I took a promenade in the park...a normally busy place on any day. Today we stumbled upon a celebration of 100 years of scouting. Right in our own backyard park !! There were 10s of thousands of kids in the 14-18 year old range celebrating. I really had no idea...there they were (go see em on the photostream) in big groups - making pyramids, juggling, making human bridges and a billion other activities.

This photo also strikes me as the real meaning of "The Right to Bear Arms"...you see I think someone writing the Bill of Rights (USA based governmentally defined rights) was a pretty bad speller. They spelled "bear" (meaning to carry or to port) when they should have spelled "bare" (shirt rolled up)...

I hereby declare to the world - YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BARE ARMS !!
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Bare arms rule!

I wish Marc had not drawn our attention to the hairy shoulders....
But I did notice that the vamp in the centre forgot to wear her/his falsies - the image falls a little flat as a consequence.

I'm so impressed with Loca-Bandoca's conscientous commenting - what a nice lady, and an unpretentiously awesome photographer. I'm visiting her diary next....
No, jmarcreichow that is "the right to arm bears"
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
The water drops...HERE is the link for camera settings I used. (Rob is absolutely right on target about you !)

Hey Mr Sleep deprived barman...Vamping - it is all in the attitude I think. This gentleman knew how to act out his costume! Yes - do - go see Loca's thread...

Yes Bear's arms - but then you would probably have to hibernate all winter...wait a minute - not a bad idea !

I agree in principle but then eventually they would start robbing liquor stores and shooting each other...and how would the bumper sticker read?? Guns don't kill bears - Bears kill Bears ??? (we will most definitely talk about this sometime !!)
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Love the word play!
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Thanks Phil - we like to play with words ! Hey ! I saw a 1.4 on ebay for 125€ - in good condition... * sorry to tempt but he really wants one.
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 11 years ago
When I lived in Yosemite (in a cave in the winter--yes I did) we used to sit around and talk about having "rumbles with bears". "Dang, that bear got my food stash, gotta call out the gang and go get it" kind of jokes. Of course, no one really tested that out--as we are all still here many years later to tell the tale (those of us who weren't killed climbing that is). But those dang bears used to be around alot and I sure am glad they weren't armed with weapons--claws and teeth are enough. Then if you tied your food up in a tree, they would send the cubs up the tree to break the branch so your food would fall to the ground. But we got them once when they did that--we had our Dr Bronner's Castille mint soap in with the food and that is the first thing they bit into. They went running. And then there was the time....

:P
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
...but they were running with much better breath !
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
BalancingAct
02JUL07 - CollardGreens

BalancingAct

A great deal of my concious time these days is spent in preparation of numbers. Balancing the year's commercial performance and preparation of presentations to explain that performance. It is a BalancingAct...not much time for photo fun. So late in the salon - here is what I saw.

Funny thing happened. To get the shadow, I opened the windows wide to let light fall where I wanted it. I forgot to shut the window. The next morning there was a single black shoe (not mine or my wife's) laying there on the floor. The flowerbox was not disturbed and nothing was missing. As there was only one shoe...does this mean I have to wait for the other to drop ?
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Corner Shot
03JUL07 - CollardGreens

Corner Shot

Here we have the Grand Dame from a slightly different angle - a corner shot of the SE pilon. It has a specific name but I can't remember it. It also has some special meaning to me as I asked my wife to marry me there on the 1eme etage. Right there in that corner looking out over the city. It is the one and only time I have ever visited the structure ON the structure.

I heard an interesting statistic ( don't know how you would verify it) ...I am not even sure if it is accurate BUT it is interesting:

If you built a solid containment wall on the exterior side of the pilons - touching each as you did...then you melted the tower down to a puddle of iron. How high would you have to build the wall to contain all the molten iron (not adjusted for temperature) ?

Think about it, look at the photo LARGE as you can see better the internal structure...I'll post the answer later.
Je pense que vous devriez rechercher le grand blond avec une chaussure noire
sunshinecity 11 years ago
omg I haven't been here in like forever!!! I've missed sooo much, bad bad Alex!!!

Loving your shots!!
kiss kiss!!

~ sunshinecity - a picture, a story
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Thanks for the heads-up about the lens, but la banque really doesn't like me at the moment so I'll have to let it pass!

I'm not sure I understand the question about La Tour, but presuming you mean a simple square, with a side length equal to that of the (outer) distance between each of the distance betweens the pilons, I'm guessing it's surprisingly low. There is a lot of metal in that thing, but an awful lot of space too. I guess the iron would expand when molten though... Hmmmm.

Pray tell!

(And I love the composition of the photo. Inspired.)
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[Phil: Un agenda visuel]
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Excellent compositon and detail on the landmark I have no idea of the answer, so will wait for you to post it.
Jonathan W PRO 11 years ago
Love the tower picture. I have been to France 4 times but never made it to Paris sadly. One day I do hope to remedy that.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
The blond would weigh in at about 80Kg based on the size of the shoe !

Good points all ! The question was answered by a YES and a wait of 1 year...

Well if you need a break from all that heat and sunshine - then Paris is the place to be these days.

I understand the price of toys and the happiness of banks ! You are on the right track with the riddle

Thanks Rob - see below for the answer.

If you have been to France and not visited Paris then you have really seen France...Paris is Paris and really different from the rest...just ask anyone from the countryside ! Come on over - the weather is (not) fine !


OK - here we go with the (unproven and unconfirmed) answer:

6 cm high ! The wall would only have to be 6 cm high...Phil was very right - there is a lot of air and space in the tower. Just go stand directly under it in the center and you will see the logic...
~ Phil Moore Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ~ Phil Moore (member) 11 years ago
Woot! What do I win? ^_^
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[Phil: Un agenda visuel]
eelend PRO 11 years ago
wow
what a wonderful shot, CG

eelend's 2007
Glow* 11 years ago
I like you project biblio ! Good idea. :-)

www.flickr.com/groups/2007/discuss/72157594429817562/page...
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Thanks ladies ! Glad you stopped by - appreciate the comments !
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
JULY4th
04JUL07 - CollardGreens

JULY4th

Today arrived and almost left without thinking about the significance of the date. Another office expat passed a happy 4th wish via email.

There are things that I miss about life in the USA... the celebration of JULY4th is one of them. A day where the entire country enjoys a picnic and a few fireworks. Burgers and hot dogs on the grill, potato salad, deviled eggs, water balloons, sack races and the obligatory "shade tree nap".

My posted photo today is the best I could do. Hopefully friends and family on home soil celebrated a little for us. * Yes, a burger and an ice cold 3.2 beer please...
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
'tis a shame you didn't manage to celebrate in the same way, but at least you'll be able to do a similar thing in pretending your French on the 14th! (At least I presume it's similar - this will be my first.)

And as for 'the best I could do' - love it. Where abouts was it?
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[Phil: Un agenda visuel]
eelend PRO 11 years ago
burger, hot dogs... i think i'm going to celebrate July the 4th from now on...

:)


eelend's 2007
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Phil - that is a painting in my salon - or rather a part of it (a slice). 14JUL is a real hoot you will like it !


Izas - only from the grill !
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Nice! Like your taste in art then :)

And re. 14th - I heard it's the 13th that gets all the action, ouais?
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
That is a very attractive slice of art on the 4th!
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Phil - not sure about the day before but I always like the flyovers on the 14th and the fireworks at the Champs de Mars.

Rob - thanks much...getting enough sleep ?
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
SimcaSimple
05JUL07 - CollardGreens

SimcaSimple

I really like cars - old ones more than the newer varieties. Simca - produced between 1938 and 1951 (I think) in 1.1 and 1.2 L engine sizes. Simple to drive, simple to repair, SimcaSimple.

Found this restored panel van on the street today and thought I would like to drive it about. Dreams.
eelend PRO 11 years ago
those old cars are wonderful
and very elegant
i wish i could drive one


eelend's 2007
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
They have soul...they really do! When you repair them it makes them happy, when they are having a bad day, you can tell by the way the motor sounds...I'm telling you the old ones have spirits, the new ones run better and perform better but the engineers left out the soul >>>
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Minutes2Midnight
06JUL07 - CollardGreens

Minutes2Midnight

After 2 weeks of hellish excel programming and spreadsheets the fiscal year is over. All the numbers have been put to bed and the presentations complete. Next week will be quiet in the office.

Tonight is Friday - you know what that means "Friday Night Champagne" !! With some careful pouring and sipping throughout the evening SUDDENLY it is a few Minutes2Midnight and I have not saved a single photo frame !! Crap !! Quick - run to the trusty window and catch a whizzing moto...the passenger even is looking at her phone to make sure she arrives before turning into a pumpkin !

Saturday promises anew.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Myths of the night and Style and Leggy MotoLadies...indeed - the magic of pAris !
CollardGreens PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by CollardGreens (member) 11 years ago
Fish&Condoms
07-07-07 - CollardGreens

Fish&Condoms

Today we visited a very interesting factory...

Today's date is also interesting in that any way you write it - the results are the same...all styles all formats - the date is the same.

Sort of like the issues with SIDA (AIDS)...any way you look at it...more needs to be done with research into cure and efforts to distribute cheap, available drugs.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Another slice of life from your window, champagne in hand. Marc's comment makes mine superfluous.

What an interesting factory! What did you buy?
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Hey Rob - why we bought dinner of course !! I'm sorry but I will serve up another slice of ave Bosquet tonight. The reason we moved to this location was because of the constant activity - here we go ! Thanks for coming by - always good to have you over.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
SundayRoller
08JUL07 - CollardGreens

SundayRoller

Back to the window again today but there is no shame in reporting the positive events of our day is there ? I like this aspect of parisian life.

Rollerblades are only skates but "Roller" is the verb that you do with the skates ! Every sunday here the police block off some 25 Km of inner city streets (progressively as the group moves through the city) for people to practice. The starting group is a sunday thing and even the police (see photostream) join in. Good fun for all and a pleasure to watch from my window...

The same group hosts a friday night version that is for the wild children...(I can only watch). It is a standard summer event here.

Good stuff
Dragonhide 11 years ago
I love your posts... all of them. I would chat more, but I'm in a hurry to get back to work... grrrrrrrr
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Not to worry jallen - swoop by visits are a way of life in our busy worlds. I am watching with great interest your room addition ! Thanks for the thoughts...
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
You ate condoms? Flavoured, I hope? Ah, probably you ate fish, sans heads, which are so creatively displayed.

That is so cool that the rollerblading is so organized, and marshalled by the police! Such a civilized city. My kids have started doing it in London, in the park and along the Thames, I think.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Hey Rob - it was really a large poster in a covered passage. There were more but this one really caught me funny. I have tried my hand (feet) on the rollers and can pass for the sunday group - never in a million years can I keep up with the friday night crowd. An estimated 15-20 K people turn up at midnight on friday to celebrate. You are right, Paris is very civilized about these sorts of things.
eelend PRO 11 years ago
fish and condoms... that's a curious asociation :P
i love seeing rollers in the streets
specially because i've never been able to do that
(i'm the clumsiest person in the world)

eelend's 2007
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Oooh, that photo was part of the Parcours Parisien de la Photographie - did you see any of it?

And I like how you span the date around to the AIDS issue. And as well as the medical research, social attitudes need to be changed.

But on a lighter note, love the movement in the Friday shot - steady hands for that tracking!
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Hey Izas - Yeah fish and condoms is funny but so were all the other photos in the exhibit Phil mentions. Really some great work. Roller is as Roller does ! Practice is the key.

Phil - didn't see as much of it as I would have liked. The fish series is on display at Cour St Emilion...great stuff. Practice is also the key to tracking...I guess I shoot hundreds of the moving targets per week....just for fun and of course to add to the Bus Cameo set.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Pot-O-Gold
09JUL07 - CollardGreens

Pot-O-Gold

Morning rains, afternoon thunderstorms and early evening clearing all contributed to the rainbow in our SE evening sky. We are tired of the rain...we are tired of the cold...I want to put away the winter duvet...I want to be uncomfortably hot for a while...I want a cool carafe of rosé to be refreshing when served on the terrace...I want I want I want !

OK - so we need some vitamin D !! I find myself standing in the glare of garden glow lights trying to brighten up !

Please - coudn't we have some sunlight?...I caught the leprechon...I want my 3 wishes !!
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Romain S. Donadio Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Romain S. Donadio (admin) 11 years ago
I use to be a staff member of the Sunday roller aand the Friday night roller. Actually, you'll find the same people in both group, but they're both different organization. The friday night roller ride was the very first in Paris it started in the early 90's. When I join them in 93, we were only about 20 to 40 skaters. Few years later, when the number of participant raised to around 500 skaters, the Police authority, after trying without success to stop the ride by blocking the areas where we would gathered, change their mind and decided to help the organizers to make this ride legal and safe. First by offering a police escort and then by creating the world first roller brigade composed of volunteer policeman and athlete. In summer 1998, the number of participant to the ride reached 25 000 (according to the Police). I was there that night. I remember while at the head the ride, standing in front of "Gare de l'Est", I looking down boulevard de Strasbourg and Réaumur Sebastol that were covered all the way to Seine with skaters. I couldn't see the Police and Emergency vehicle that usually close the ride as they were still across the Seine and Châtelet in Place Saint Michel.
My "carreer" as a staff member of those rides ended few years later when I fell on back during one quiet Sunday ride and crushed 2 vertebra.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Hey there ! I made a good effort in 2000 to take on the friday night tour. I always tried to keep behind someone soft as sometimes the crowd would stop suddenly !! Switched to sundays a few years ago just before stopping altogether. I fell in front of a double bus while crossing a street with bad pavé - I can still see the look on the bus driver's face....a cross between joy and fright. I guess he had an interesting view of mine ! %-O
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Romain S. Donadio 11 years ago
The best technique to cross a "pavé" street is to go as fast as you can. If you slowdown, you're dead ;-)

We should go skating some day.
CollardGreens PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by CollardGreens (member) 11 years ago
Yep - I was too slow for sure...you don't roll so fast on your face! Sure why not take a roll...better to help the Kg disappear !!
(better leave the Leica behind...)
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
25000 rollerbladers in Paris must have been quite a sight! Respect to you both.
Glow* 11 years ago
wow, 25 000 !
I tried the friday night once and even rolling as fast as I could, I was still too slow (and too frightened!), so I stayed only 5 minutes :s


www.flickr.com/groups/2007/discuss/72157594429817562/page...
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
It takes about 10-15 minutes for the whole field of rollers to pass one spot ! The sound of a single person on roller is very quiet. The sound of 25'000 is quite another matter. Good fun.


I too am a little timid when it comes to my bones ! The friday night wild child crowd is full of energy and speed. I am more the SundayRoller type.

Thanks to you both for stopping off in my little corner.
CollardGreens PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by CollardGreens (member) 11 years ago
OutsideLookingN
10JUL07 - CollardGreens

OutsideLookingN

If you are quiet and carefully observant, from time to time you will see a gentleman with a large camera appear at this window. In the words of Frère Jacques "snik and away". Curious creature this man, part bio-beast, part camera...with that optical/electronic thing glued to his face.

Here we have my favorite point of view. My window on paris...seen from the OutsideLookingN. It provides me with hours of pleasure and not many passers-by look up. This allows my collection of photos to grow.

If you pass my way - don't be alarmed, wave back and I'll take a sample of your reflected light...it won't hurt a bit !
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
CraneOperator
11JUL07 - CollardGreens

CraneOperator

There are 3 of us at the office with identical model cameras. This allows us to play a bit with the other guy's stuff. It also provides lots of subject material to talk about. The view from our office windows is not that beautiful...however near the office is a nice walking park next to the river.

This shot taken through a dirty window with more glass on the camera than I am accustomed to...I like the angles, colors and action of the cranes. There are 3 of them within sight and they perform sky dances all day long.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
wow, you guys make it sound so exciting, I really hate to not be part of it. I can skate alright... :)

BTW July 09 is HOT, awesomely done!!!!!
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Grab your blades, wrist protectors, kneepads and helmet...let's go !
(thanks for the comment on rainbows)
Dragonhide 11 years ago
My connection flipped out before I saw 11/Jun and before my last comment.. That is awesome photo. Very French & USA colors I might add. :)

Honestly I think I might be scared in that cockpot.. looking below at the support under the cockpit, it does not look all that well-braced to my untrained eyes.. yikes.
eelend PRO 11 years ago
i love your window



eelend's 2007
luckywhitegirl 11 years ago
you want to be uncomfortably hot for awhile, come visit me in Florida! Upper 90s here...

I love your window pic too!
--barb
(my dpd, my photostream)
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
I would not venture up to the top floor of that crane. When the wind blows the shots would go out of focus. Rough calcs = aroung 1-2 meters sway at the top !! Yikes indeed !

The better to see you with ! I love to watch the world go by from my private living room "terrasse" - thanks ..

I vaguely remember being in a stand of pine during a very hot august ...the trees were begging to burn just so they could cool off !

....yes that is an interesting point...now, where were you on the night of 09NOV89 ? We have photos of you standing on the "anti-fascist protective rampart" (berliner mauer) with Wolfgang the warrior...well... tell us !!
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
InsideJumbotron
12JUL07 - CollardGreens

InsideJumbotron

Details - the devil is in the details. Inside every giant wonder there is plethera of details - small parts that make the bigger one work. Ants change landscape one grain at a time. Imagine all the rivets in the Tour Eiffel. Think about all the small actions we as individuals take that will eventually amount to a larger sum.

I encourage each of us to again take a small action that results in a larger good. Smile one extra time today at someone who doesn't see it coming !

Here we have the backside of the giant jumbotron video screen that is being erected in the Champs de Mars. It is in preparation for the fireworks on saturday. 14 Juillet is National Day in France. Celebrating results of small actions made during the revolution. Thats right we are celebrating a revolution ! One action at a time !
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
That is an impressive bunch of electronics! Bastille Day - also my wife's birthday.

Your window is wonderful, showing the results of all your patient gardening, and so nice to see it in reverse, so to speak. Nice rainbow shot also, the upside to all that frustrating rain you've been complaining about.

By the way, will the Tour de France come past your window on the final Sunday? That would be a shot to get.
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Romain S. Donadio 11 years ago
I don't think the Tour de France will pass his windows on Sunday but I'm sure it will finish down my street as I live near the Champs Elysées.
eelend PRO 11 years ago
very nice shot
it looks... complete

have a nice weekend :)


eelend's 2007
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
ArméniePeintures
13JUL07 - CollardGreens

ArméniePeintures

An advert for an exhibition of Armenian artists. I don't normally associate Armenia with paintings. Maybe I should...for sure I will visit.

From the window at night.
CollardGreens PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by CollardGreens (member) 11 years ago
FêteNational
14JUL07 - CollardGreens

FêteNationale

It was my intention to get to the parade route and get a shot of my favorite legionaires...alas the crowd was 40 deep with ladders ! So instead I stood on the Pont Alexandre and waited for the flyover. I wasn't disappointed.

Tonight will be fireworks and concerts - perhaps they will provide other shots and maybe even better ones but this one (and others on photostream) felt right.

Nope we won't have hamburgers and cold diluted beer BUT we will have a cool Rosé and perhaps some parma ham with melon...of course in the park.
ItinerArts 11 years ago
Happy Bastille Day! Great sharpness and color on the last photo.

www.flickr.com/groups/2007/discuss/72157594528937014/
ebilflindas 11 years ago
That is an amazing photo, Ted. Love the crispness of the contrails.
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
Happy Bastille Day indeed and Happy Tour de France. That is a great shot of the planes.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
the 14 is very cool.. I love the colors of the smoke trails...
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Happy Bastille Day! Long live the Revolution! Great shot of the planes (Mirages, I guess). I haven't seen a Bastliie Day Parade, but I was fortunate to see the Armistice Day equivalent on the first morning of my very first visit to Paris, which just happened to be on November 11. My favourite sight were the mounted bands, playing with a flourish that was definitely not British.
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
omg those jets are the freaking COOLEST! EXCELLENT shot
*favs it!
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Thank you all for the wonderful comments on FêteNational ! It was a lucky catch and I am happy with that !
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
As many a person has already said, and rightly so, ze Fête Nationale photo is excellent! And although it would have been nice to have a blue sky that morning, I really like the grey moodiness of the clouds against the planes and their smoke. And great composition, too.
(What I'm trying to say is "I like!".)
And I'm all with you on the parma ham & melon :)
CollardGreens PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by CollardGreens (member) 11 years ago
Your Next Baguette
15JUL07 - CollardGreens

Your Next Baguette

When you think crops grown in France, you normally conjure up a picture of grape vines. Wine seems to be the most notable crop in France but there are others of course. Here we have wheat - and not just any strain either. It is a strain specifically designed for windy conditions in the NW of France. One that matures while very short, close to the ground and not so sensitive to being knocked down.

We were on a fact finding trip this Sunday...more on that as time goes by. An interesting drive across the sector looking for nice places to visit on a longer stay. Back roads between Laval and Paris.

Today the setting sun produced a high contrast look on the wheat fields. This very field could produce Your Next Baguette
ItinerArts 11 years ago
And I thought baguettes just grew straight from the ground in that shape.... Seriously, beautiful photo.

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Natacha.troiscafes Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Natacha.troiscafes (member) 11 years ago
Did you know that you can also make chewing gums with wheat crops ? ... associated with a berry, you get a perfumed chewing gum for nothing. hihihi. I did it as I was young, therefore I know. It reminds me of it.

wonderful shot and treatment indeed, ... and also the jets on FeteNationale
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
While I wanted to get closer to the parade (impossible) this taken from the Pont Alexandre was better. I put the camera into a "take photos as fast as you can" mode for the shot and got 3-4 that were good. The melon was super !

This is the short variety wheat - you have to make it into flour...it takes the taller version to get Baguette Direct ! Thanks !

I'd like to get that recipe...sounds good. This is from near Laval - I think that is one of your frequented towns ? Thanks for the visit...
eelend PRO 11 years ago
your last shots are amazing
i love their colours...

mmmm that "next baguette" is great
i can imagine how tasty it would be :)


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sunshinecity 11 years ago
wow, i love that shot of the wheat field!! So evocative.... make me think of an old pasta commercial for De Cecco, Italy's best pasta brand.

Ok, I'm hungry now.... it's almost lunchtime here!!

sunshinecity
~ a picture, a story
ebilflindas 11 years ago
...not so sensitive to being knocked down...

Is that why we don't hear of crop-circles in France? ;-D
(while I was visiting Santa Cruz, my friend just started working for Bonny Doon Vineyard. She told me about their logo and signature wine, Le Cigar Volant, and how the owner got the idea from "...a quirky, 1950s- era Chateauneuf du Pape law that banned flying saucers from landing in the village.")

Do you French know something the rest of us don't?

The truth is out there...
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Yes I have moved to a color mood here lately - guess it is with the return of the sun !

Yes indeed it is very near the commercial ! I'm in Imperia Beach tonight after a nice drive through the mountains from Torino. You Italians have all the good wavelength sun !

Indeedy do - the law against landing flying saucers...perhaps the folks at Chateauneuf were testing a little heavy that day ?? BUT they did not prevent the little green guyus from landing elsewhere...you should see the banking ads here - all with the little green guys !
* puts down the glass...

Look for shots from the last 2 days in a few minutes - caught a good one while in the car !
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Great picture of the wheatfield from a low angle, uncannily similar to Sunni's third link, without slogans. I've never heard of that brand - I thought the best-known was Barilla - maybe that's just outside of Italy?
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Off2everywhere
16JUL07 - CollardGreens

Off2everywhere

I have been in Paris for the last several weeks with no real trips. As much as I love sleeping in my own bed - and certainly next to my wife - the professional vagabond in me was screaming !

So ROADTRIP ! Off to Italy - Torino, Imperia, Firenze, Milano...by train !

The train station is always a place of amazement for me. There is always a circus of activity and today was not any different. Hords of vacation seekers were at the ready. You see - you know that your train will leave - mostly on time and with or without you....but you do not know which track / platform it will leave from. So you have to watch the board with all that information. As soon as your train posts - its off to the races.

I'll post all this trip to a single set on the photostream...
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
TheDropClose
17JUL07 - CollardGreens

TheDropClose

After the morning's appointment in Torino we (my Italian colleague and I) were off to Imperia (by the sea) in the car. I mostly slept - he mostly did not ! The mountains are breathtaking but I was deep in da snooze most of the time. You see there is still a child in me...

Nearing the coast you drop down out of the mountains and the views are fantastic. I swam up out of my stupor only to see a seaplane dipping into the sea and taking off again. At the same moment we saw smoke coming out of the mountains...that was when I put 2 and 2 together ! I scrambled over the front seat to get my camera and quickly rolled down the window...I caught several approach shots and then the big drop. Spectacular from my point of view and certainly not a sight you see very often.

Rob - I guess Athens could use some of this kind of help here lately right ?

Anyway - my post of the day was only one of many but by far the most exciting im my book ! What will tomorrow bring ??
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Italy 4 Work set up and running.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
CG, according to a local newspaper, the Greek Forest Service has the largest fleet of firefighting planes in Europe, and in the recent big fire outside of Athens, Italian planes were also active, helping out.
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Great shot, and once again, jealous of your travelling ways... Keep it up!
sunshinecity 11 years ago
HEHE, enjoy your professional vagabonding

sunshinecity
~ a picture, a story
eelend PRO 11 years ago
this pic looks like a screenshot of an adventures film
i almost expect to see james bond at that plane :)

what will tomorrow bring?
maybe a spy film?
;)


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