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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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I love old things like this covered in spider webs (and sometimes rust). Lovely picture.
I am not a champagne drinker (gives me an instant head-ache) but I love the photo with those bright little capots.
eelend PRO 11 years ago
hehe i like those capots :)
i like champagne, but i must confess i prefer red wine
hehe

re: my head is fantastic ;)


eelend's 2007
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
That's a nice wee collection of capots - I like! When I was at a friend's parents' house for a dinner party the other night, they had attached to the wall in the kitchen some of the labels from some of the finer wines they had drunk, which looked really cool.

And the picture of the WebGears is great - the colours are magnificent! Glad you're enjoying the outdoors, and sharing the sentiment of Life is good !
ItinerArts 11 years ago
I like the colors & composition-- and the subject. Looks like it was a good day.

www.flickr.com/groups/2007/discuss/72157594528937014/
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Wonderful pictures... Nice bunch of capots! VEry colorful!
Loca.... 11 years ago
Hi there

Today i felt like just passing by some of you guys diary.
As i am so late in my reading, i've decided that i would read bits and comments bits, otherwise i will never get the job done. But i started on the first of July on your diary and you said some nice words that made me think again how your words are working great for me: Just loved "The Right 2 Bare Arms"!

Then you show the links for the camera settings on the water drops shot, thanks.

Just got a phone call now and i'm going out for a coffee, will be back to see the news, just wait a while.
:))
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 11 years ago
Loca-Bandoca, if I recall, you are the one that invited me to this group! NIce to see you hear. I need to check out your diary too.

Mr. CG, what are your plans for La Corse? Any? I will send you an email with the plans that Daniel has made.

I would love it if we could all go out for a photo day together in Corsica.

( A Gypsy Outdoors)
Loca.... 11 years ago
07.07.07 That is indeed an interesting date and i just love the picture of the fish and condoms. Once i had a problem with one of my students parents because of condoms. She was only 14 but had a very active sexual life, so i talked to her and took her to the doctor and told her about the need of wearing condoms all the time. The parents came after me, they wanted to quick me from school, said that i shouldn't talk about condoms to such young girls, then the girl told them: well you know if i'm going to have sex anyway i'm glad she told me cause you didn't and i didn't know i could get Aids that easily. In the end they thanked me for talking to their daughter. I'm glad i did.

10th
If i ever pass your window, i'll surely wave for you. Looks great from down too.

15th
What a nice field, it's a fave, great colourful picture. Love the angle you took it.

26th
That transformer is great looking.....

28th
Last year i couldn't go by bike to work because it's too far and i still have to go some of the way by train. As i had night classes, there wasn't a train to come home, only one two hours after i finished my classes, so i went all year long by car. This rental bikes would have been a good choice, but unfortunatly we don't have them here in Portugal. I'm hoping that next year i'll be able to go by train and bike again, i've missed it this year.

August 5th
I see you enjoyed your staying in Portugal. I'm glad they started those programs of restoring old monasterys and other places and open them to the public, they surely deserve that.
Next time we will meet.
:))

6th
So sorry for your friends kid.
:(

9th
Those hands of a brother and sister playing are amazing.... and so is the light of the Nolight of the day before. Your picture always amaze me, really like them.

And finally, life is good! You're so right again....

See you soon.
:))
Loca.... 11 years ago
I'm checking on your diary now.
:))
friuduric Posted 11 years ago. Edited by friuduric (member) 11 years ago
I love the hands shot.

And the spider webs, too. I have a soft-spot for spiders. They're one of nature's most talented artists
--Imperatrix
Adventures on Sabbatical
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Romain S. Donadio Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Romain S. Donadio (admin) 11 years ago
Hmmm... Capots, are you sure? I've aways call them "Capsule" (as in capsule de bouchon de champagne).
Most commonly, "un capot" designate the hood of car.
But then again, I'm not from Champagne.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Yes ! A big day for posting I see !

Oh - sorry to hear it gives you a headache - I know a couple of poor souls with this affliction ...pity. I do love the old things that I find along the way.

hello Miss E - I too like the red wine but have developed a near addiction to the bubbly stuff from just to our east !

Life is reallly good - good to see you at the meetup !

the day was extremely calm and I think that comes through in the photos of the day...thanks !

Yow ! When you look through a thread you really look ! Must be the teacher in you ! Thanks for all the nice comments !

september is looking to be a hellish month as work goes - I still have it in mind to seclude a weekend jaunt but have to put more time into planning - let's keep in touch about this.

I like to catch webs on a dew soaked morning - they highlight best then - today they were standing out on their own.

You are probably right about that...I seem to remember getting it wrong when asking...but then again my memory is volatile at best ! I'll look into it further...I'm not from Champagne either but I am considering applying for membership !!
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
LiftOff
13AUG07 - CollardGreens

LiftOff

A friend (well known here) from work just returned from holidays with a new friend...a new macro lens ! He allowed me to borrow this beauty and take it for a walk in the nearby park at lunchtime. I ate my lunch while watching the flowers and light for the best place to get a "bug shot" . I am really pleased with the action on this lens and how it softly takes in the light. (Drools and Dreams)

I posted one earlier in the spring with 2 bees in formation in a landing pattern - so this one in LiftOff configuration is right in line !
eelend PRO 11 years ago
what an amazing shot, CG!!!!
so perfect


eelend's 2007
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
I was channeling LaM for inspiration...seems to have worked !
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
The tough part was getting her to keep the wings stationary while levitating !!
James KEZMAN Photo PRO 11 years ago
Great shot, Ted!!!
noxious bulb [deleted] 11 years ago
I wonder how you did that... I mean keep the wings still....
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
I have fave'd both of the last two. The green bokeh behind the gears is sumptuous, and the lift-off is a superb, detailed action shot!
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
this last shot is almost surreal. Nice to learn about the Capots, and I too think that even if aug 7 & 8 are testshots -- they are also very cool photos.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Awesome job, CollardG! Seems LaM channeling is working! hehehe
ebilflindas 11 years ago
I think Ted has an agreement with the honey-makers; they're always cooperative subjects for him!
ltcherrypn 11 years ago
Great shot. I am a late member of the group, just read back on your other entries. I must say it makes for interesting reading and the photos are amazing. Seems like you are really grabbing life by the horns.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
I just pointed and pressed the button...that lens of yours is amazing ! Thanks for the loan and well...you'd better not leave that one lying around !!

Keeping the wings still - old studio trick...don't you see the wires ??

Very kind of you Rob - takes em where we can gets em...

Hey Bella ! Good to see you out and about. Trying to get my mojo in order !

Hey - the channeling was your idea...try it again - this time get on your belly and crawl for that photo !!

We have an agreement - you are right. They don't sting me and I won't steal honey from their hive...I'll get it from the pros !!

Thank you ...and welcome here. Yep - grabbing life is what we try to do everyday !
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
BumpNGrind
14AUG07 - CollardGreens

BumpNgrind

Today's photo is a little lame in it's content so I will tell you a story about parking life in Paris.

There are a limited number of parkings in Paris - and they are becoming fewer each day...but that is not the story I wanted to tell. It is about the scratches on the bumper of this car. Next you are in Paris - have a look at the bumpers of cars here. Cars are fitted with "Bumpers" (pare-choc ? in fr). They are meant to do one thing - BUMP. When you park here, it is always parallel format AND you use the bumper of the car in front and rear to determine when to stop. So - you BumpNGrind your way into a parking space. It is accepted as part of the task - normally not much offense is taken if your car is nudged a bit during another's parking.

Those of you from other member states beware - park in Paris and you will get a little love tap...wear it in style.

This photo details the antics of 1 CPV 2 (altered to protect the innocent)....this car's driver is a BumpNGrind expert. I will tell you that there isn't a week goes by that I don't witness the shocked look on the face of a BMW owner (with CH on the plates) who has just received a goodly applied bump from a Parisian Polo Powered Parking !!

Beware ! Forewarned is fair warned.
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Romain S. Donadio 11 years ago
Na! I wouldn't call him a BumpNGrind expert. If he was, he wouldn't have so many scratches on his car's bumpers.
As I've learn to drive (and park obviously) in Paris (I've passed my driving licenses test in the suburb though), I use to be an expert (I say "use to" because I'm not driving anymore in Paris) in parking in slot slightly smaller than the car I was driving. This techniques require an extremely precise control of the wheels and engine "coupling" through a good balance between the gas and clutch pedal. Here's how it works, too push the car in front or behind your car without scratching or damaging the bumpers of both cars, you'll need to bring your car's bumper to other car car's bumper the closer until they gently touch each other. When you're there, using the gas and clutch pedal to raise or to reduce the coupling ratio you will gently push the other car. When you feel that you've pushed the other car enough to park yours (or the other car won't move anymore), then pull you're hand brake so when you will change gear (to forward or backward depending on the manoeuvre you were doing just before) and turn your wheels, the other car will not push you back. Repeat for the car in front of you and again until you're done parking.
This technique also work to get out of a parking slot when the cars behind and in front of your car are to close.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Hand Brake !! Great tip !! That keeps you from bouncing back off the other car...gotta write that down !
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Romain S. Donadio Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Romain S. Donadio (admin) 11 years ago
He he, glad I could give you a useful tip.

If you wish we could do a workshop some day. ;-)
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Romain S. Donadio 11 years ago
Or... I teach you how to park in Paris and you teach me how to tame bees. What you think?
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Done...bring your bee sting kit !
sunshinecity 11 years ago
your photos are always so beautiful and tell such wonderful stories!
I know I'm late in saying this, but I am very sorry to hear about your loss.

~ sunshinecity - a picture, a story
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Romain S. Donadio 11 years ago
Should I bring my whip too?
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Thanks for the compliments and also for caring. I see from your thread that your holidays were really a lot of fun.

VERY tiny whip as the bees are fragile !
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Wonderful parking stories... I will keep that in mind next time I go to Tenerife.. parking is a lot like that in the tiny little towns!!!
ltcherrypn 11 years ago
Don't be so hard on your photo. Great story behind it and something I did not know but a glad I have been warned. A culture difference for sure. In some parts of the US, particularly Texas a little BumpNGrind could get you shot...and the court would let you off. Okay, maybe a litle exageration, but not much.

Great shot, great photo.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Cherry's right... You do this here in the US, you risk your life!

Makes me wonder- why don't they have even bigger rubber bumper cover in Paris? If I ever find myself living in Tenerife for instance (very similar parking stories) I would stick on huge blocks of rubber on my bumpers. :)
ebilflindas 11 years ago
What if the rubber[bumper]s were lubricated...?
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Brilliant. freaking brilliant.

yes. Emil. what if!!
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
This is what I particularly like about the MDPD group - you take a (let's face it) lame photo, add a story line (it is a true story) and the fun begins ! PhotoGRIND (HA !!) is a true parisian and a fun friend - to think about seeing him and the handbrake thing pushing a car (or more than one car in a line - I seen em do it) makes me blow milk out my nose!

Whilst living in Florida for a million years I drove a 1983 Jeep J-10 full size 4x4 pick-up - never washed it. One day I parked just NEXT to a shiney yupmobile and the owner was ready to fight - had to show him the axe I kept in the rifle rack !! Sherry is really right - touching a car while parking in Texas will get you treated poorly. Good news is that in usa the parking lots are huge and you only have to pull in straight.

Emil and Tim...lubricated bumpers - now that is a great idea ! I have seen boat bumpers on the front and rear of a (real) mini...I like that solution.

Thanks everyone for making good fun of this post !!
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Now say this 3 times real fast:
Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers
Ted if it is any incentive, I am bringing my macro lens to Corsica.

Hint, hint, hint.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Would love to take a course in Corse ! Looking at the agenda...
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
SafetyNNumbers
15AUG07 - CollardGreens

SafetyNNumbers

It is a safe bet that any day / night of the week - if you stand at my viewing window for 10-15 minutes you will see something that you can make a daily photo of. The object here is to take an interesting photo with a story. Today's entry SafetyNNumbers hopes to meet that objective.

Tourism is in full swing now - Paris has emptied her inhabitants into the countryside leaving only the working class (me) and tourists (them in the photo). Many of my neighbors tell me that they enjoy the quiet of the city during August - I must admit I like it too. We have spent many an August evening on the picnic grounds at the Champs de Mars. This summer (can we really call it that???) there has been a strange coolness in the air and plenty of cloud cover - so not too many picnics.

Back to the story line - SafetyNNumbers: Seems this group was a little afraid of the light rain and a little afraid to traverse the avenue. So they used the "zebra stripes" and parapluies to conceal their crossing - it worked, no cars zipped close by, no bus honked it's great horn and no Phil powered Velib (in search of parking) shussed around them.

There is indeed SafetyNNumbers...
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Weeee, I'd run them over for sure.

Love the shadow that emanates from the group's feet - roar.

The quiet roads and parks and facilities are a good thing.
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[Phil: Un agenda visuel]
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
They wouldn't stand a chance !! It is quieter this year than in the past for some reason -perhaps the clouds...

Hey Marc - yes this pack of innocent tourists were spotted from a long way away and I hunted them...waiting for them to approach the crossing and then SNAP !

Titles - well hard to say, it has become my style over the course of MDPD postings. Absolutely nothing to do with saving space or technical like that - only a style invented (rather mutated) here !

Magnetic Resonance Image. This is when they put you in a very powerful electromagnetic field...they switch on - your atoms align themselves in a polar fashion and then they switch the magnet off -and your atoms realign themselves. The energy released by the realignment is collected and images magically appear...really quite interesting. I have had it a couple of times (they could never actually find my brain !) with no obvious ill effects. Good luck with yours - make sure to clear your thoughts and back them up appropriately !!
friuduric 11 years ago
Makes me think of the bit in "The Holy Grail" when there's the cartoon of the knights et al running away from a monster, all clumped together like your tourists.

--Imperatrix
Adventures on Sabbatical
ltcherrypn 11 years ago
Cool...must be nice. I am looking at temperatures of 101 degrees....This is a nice photo to see, it looks cool there and that is refreshing with the weather we are seeing now. Thanks for sharing.
sunshinecity 11 years ago
yup very fun... all up until yesterday...
What a difference a day makes huh??
= (

You can read the full of it in my diary if you want furher enlightenment.
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Pfffuih! What a ride! I skimmed over the diary in the past few days, and really dived in this morning. I loved your pics from Portugal. You made me want to go there. Maybe in October or November...

Lots of great pics, witty and interesting text. Thank you for all that, Ted!

See you in Corsica (says he, increasing the pressure by one notch ;-)
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
I recall the bit you mention - I like the Montey Pithon series over and over - good reference ! And good similarity ...

We haven't actually had a summer this year...pity. Sorry your's is too hot but balance has to be maintained ! BTW - loved your shot of the tractor...

Yeah Alex - your visitors were not too polite...chin up and all that. Send the address.

All I can think about is freshly made pasta and hot apple pie...trying to coordinate my insane Sept schedule with your's and Gypsy's time there - still hope yet. I took an extended stroll through your posts. I am amazed how you kept it all straight. How is your injured pilot?
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
FlowerFish
16AUG07 - CollardGreens

FlowerFish

Open this photo in large format and then back away from the monitor - say across the room as far as you can get. What appears as fish in a cluster changes to a flower....and back again to fish as you move closer to the monitor.

In every difficult situation you encounter - it is a good measure to stand back and get the big picture as well as the detailed view. It is part of assessment. You cannot be true to the big picture without seeing the details and vise versa.

We are in preparation for several important business meetings that start at the end of August and run straight through to October. September is awash with activity. After our slow days soaking up the grey skies and cool weather (rather than sun and warmth) I will shift into an action mode with lots of professional vagabond duties.

Life is good !
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
WhichDoor ?
17AUG07 - CollardGreens

WhichDoor ?

And for you today...which door do you choose ? By entering one you reject the other. What lies beyond the door you choose ? What did you miss by taking the other road ? Decisions, decisions... Opportunity knocks once and then moves on...
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Pulverising Parisian Parallel Parking Plots - amusing thread.

And it's still raining in Paris? As with Cherry, it is so hot, dry and dusty here, pictures like that make me salivate. A touch of rain would be very welcome here.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Hey Rob - I have a meeting outside Athens at the start of September...I will be sure to pack some along !

* makes note to cruise the Greek guy's site today...
CollardGreens PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by CollardGreens (member) 11 years ago
BateauEnvy
18AUG07 - CollardGreens

BateauEnvy



This young gentleman and his mother sat on the edge of the main fountain (there are many) in the Jardin du Luxembourg. There are small toy sail boats that the children sail and control with sticks. This red headed fellow was busting with envy !

Saturday in the Jardin du Luxembourg. The park is full of people trying to get a glimpse at the morning sun. Yes Old Sol made an appearance today. We rushed for it - sat in it - ate lunch in it - made the most of it.

Life is Good.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Ooh, I missed a couple back there, philosophical ones. We must have been posting together!

The vagabond goes to Athens in September? - enjoy! I look forward to seeing your take on it. We will still be here - 300km due west.
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Ahhh, the Jardin du Luxembourg - a marvellous place to enjoy the evening sun, too, with a book :)

I like the frequency with which your posts are ending with Life is Good at the moment. Bravo!
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[Phil: Un agenda visuel]
Love the black and white dahlia and the words to go with it.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Thanks loads for the visits - it is fun to come in and find some nice folks have dropped by !
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
StormySunday
19AUG07 - CollardGreens

StormySunday

Sometimes it is enough to take a neighborhood walk....followed of course by a light lunch at a corner cafe...and oh yeah a .5 L of the house rosé. Not going to bash the weather in this one...nope - the weather has been playing a nice role this weekend. We are taking it for what it is...

and by the way...Life is Good, yeah - really good.

Those of you who have transplanted from somewhere to anywhere and are finding it hard...weather the storm boys, its worth it.
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Great pic at the Luxembourg...

Just to put some stress in your schedule, I plan on being in Corsica from the 3rd to the 17th... I believe Gypsy gets there around the 11th or 13th. If you make it after I'm gone, I'll leave some pasta with Gypsy! ;-)
Dragonhide 11 years ago
StormySunday is beauiful. We're having a stormy Monday...

Everything's going wrong that can go wrong at work, of course. Mondays are always like that.

It's also raining. We haven't had any rain for several weeks... and trees are all turning brown already.. Hopefully this injects some green life back..
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Very reflective B&W- one can imagine sitting at that table with 0.5l of rose wine, looking out at the raindrops, and thinking "Ah, but Life IS Good".

and hang in there, Jallen - Tuesday is just around the corner.
friuduric 11 years ago
Ah, rainy days. They're my favorite. (Really!)

--Imperatrix
Adventures on Sabbatical
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
...still digging out the options. I passed you and Gypsy a flickrmail with the various plans I am hatching. My schedule is busy to be sure but how can that compare to rescue work 30M above solid ground ?? I read with huge interest the antics of your rescue and defiance (of the authorities)...good stuff. Anyone looking for an E ticket ride...take a look at this guy's postings !

Hey Tim - the rain has become somewhat of a joke here. We are still sleeping with the duvet on the bed and jackets in the daytime...no summer this year at all. We make the best of it...

Making wine out of raindrops...that is easy business with the right attitude. We had a most pleasant weekend despite the drops...in fact the drops added to the ambience.

Love the rain for sleeping but it puts serious stops on the picnics in the park...our usual August evening activity. So we camp out on the canape...thanks for stopping by.
I don't think many people will remember what an Eticket is Ted. !!!! We be dating oursselves pretty obviously since I remember an Eticket got you a ride on the Matterhorn! And that was a big deal rollercoaster back then.

Rainy days are also my favorite but they have been few and far between in California this past year. We are having incredibly hot weather here in Santa Cruz--incredible because SC is usually so temperate (with lots of night and early morning fog).

We shall all cross our fingers that it works out for you, Beverly, Daniel and myself will be sitting around Annette's table with a bottle of rosé and that pasta and I know great conversation.

( A Gypsy Outdoors)
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Some people don't even know what an E ticket is!!! Heck, if you can't get it at McDonalds, then it doesn't exist ;-)

Will email you with my suggestions to kick Sweden out of Europe, that should cancel your Stockolm meeting (Sorry Sandra!) ;-)

Rain... Yup, got quite a bit this year... This morning was supposed to be an active one, with an outing to Le Grammont to match one we did last year, but instead I'm going to do tiling work in the bathroom upstairs.
Doesn't match a "pique-nique on the canapé" though...
jrayfarm1980 11 years ago
Hey, I know what an E-Ticket is! :) Sure, they aren't actually USED anymore but it's still a pretty common reference around the ol' Mouse House.

And for your cheesy pun of the day - one of our backstage eateries is called the EAT-Ticket. Ha!
sunshinecity 11 years ago
What a beautiful mother and son portrait...
So peaceful
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
E Tickets - I suspect our friend from CA, USA has some input ! ...to our currently camera-less friend from Italy....hope all is falling back into place. Thanks to all for the visits...
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
A Little Restraint
20AUG07 - CollardGreens

A Little Restraint

I triggered the shutter 60 or 70 times today with nothing special showing up afterward. I sat in my favorite chair and contemplated my plight of no photo. Suddenly it is 30 minutes later and I realized a nap had snuck up on me...they do that from time to time these days.

I clicked a few more frames off and the photo above materialized. I call it A Little Restraint...it is the cord that holds our salon curtain in place...and that leads to the message here today.

Moderation in all things - or better put: All things in Moderation. I like to think that most of the world's problems could be solved by applying this mentality.

Not sure how the curtain cord ties in (no pun intended) but that is what went through my head as I prepared it for upload. Just a random thought.
friuduric 11 years ago
Absolutely. We've lost the concept of moderation. Everything is mega-sized and tasteless. In food and politics. Blech.

(I love how the dotted texture of the fabric pops out in the pic.)

--Imperatrix
Adventures on Sabbatical
Moderation and self-discipline.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
I have been trying to shed a few "frommage kilos" that have accumulated - successfully I might add - moderation is what has made that success. I do return to usa from time to time and am astonished at the size of portions at the restaurant...and the patrons. Moderation and as Gypsy says self-discipline... thanks for coming round.

MDPD is helping with the self-dicipline and so is Beverly...amen.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Bosquet Corner Set
21AUG07 - CollaradGreens

Bosquet Corner Set

No philosophy today, no moral high ground, no story...just a simple photo of Café Life just below my window.

I am collecting 80 of these photos this year - about half way through. When the set is complete, I will print them thumbnail format on A3+ size glossy paper, frame it and present to the owner / staff as our tribute to the day to day routine that they provide. Take a seat, order up your favorite apero or just a café normal...you are in good company.
eelend PRO 11 years ago
i really love your shot from the 20th
that's a macro!!!

80 pics... good idea
will you show it to us when it's finished? i'd love to see it
:)

eelend's 2007
Dragonhide 11 years ago
I like the photo AND the philosophy of the 20th very much.
I too am appalled by the size and proportions of almost everything in the U.S. Most of my neighbors have several vehicles per household--and I am talking households of one to two people. There is so much waste and so much recreational shopping that goes on. (I am not including camera shopping though!! That isn't wasteful. :D)
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Beautiful colours and restrained philosophy to go with it on the 20th. Life continues below your window.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Thanks Izas ! Indeed I will show the group... thanks for stopping by - busy girl with the new job ! I'm looking to start the "eelend school of color" soon ...

You caught me !! Not to worry, PersonalStyle will rule ...I have seen something similar to the 80 shots before. What do you think of "80Days" as a title ?

Thank you sir. It is funny how the simple shots bring out the not so simple thoughts...

Too true...what strikes me more than restaurant portions is the television ads...make a note next you have a look at tv...just note the genre and number of time - for example: Car, fast food, pharmaceutical...let us know what you find. I remember you don't watch much but next time you do...

Sometimes I can't restrain myself and I take another window shot - but then there are too many interesting views...
CollardGreens PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by CollardGreens (member) 11 years ago
Off2MidEast
22AUG07 - CollardGreens

Off2MidEast

Back to personal style names. In preparation this evening for a trip into the middle east. This time to a relatively friendly spot - Dubai. Disneyland for the Arab world. Curious place as you will see in the days to come...Over the Top comes to mind when you think about buildings and "one upmanship" and extravagance. Just google up Duabi and you will see such things as man made islands that you can see from orbit, apartment towers higher than anything.

There is a building there (I'll try to get a shot) that has installed hydrolic lifting in the topmost floor so that they can literally "raise the roof" if someone builds another higher ! They can actually go back and make the building taller !!

I will be meeting there with people from a country that I cannot go to. Blue passports from N America are not welcome in some places...wonder why... Anyway - I will be doing my part as private ambassador to make a good impression.

Vagabond tip # 214: While in middle east - wear a Canadian lapel pin...the red maple leaf is recognized everywhere - everybody likes the Canadians...they have never invaded anyone ! This keeps your profile much lower.

Vagabond tip # 215: While in a country where you could be ....well... identified...buy a local language newspaper, rumple it up a bit and then tuck it under your arm as you walk about. This gives the image you are not so much a target. Really - it works.

As I will be in a country that sensors (censures) internet and flickr is probably on the banned site list - it may be a few days before you hear from me. Have faith in vagabond skills, canadian lapel pin and a rumpled newspaper !
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Hey, happy vagabonding in flashy Dubai, CG. I know we'll see some interesting pics from there. And doing your bit for international diplomacy.

LOL at that maple leaf trick. When I first came to live in Athens in 1970, I was struck by the number of Canadian hippies who were living there semi-permanently, drifing around bteween islands and the city. It was only much later that I learnt that almost universally, they were not Canadians, but American draft-dodgers sitting out the war in friendly foreign climes. At the time, there was a large US military presence in Greece, so it was diplomatic to be Canadian.
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Romain S. Donadio 11 years ago
Vagabond tip # 214: [...] everybody likes the Canadians...they have never invaded anyone !

What???

And what about Quebec? Those damned square heads are still occupying "la Nouvelle France".

As Charles De Gaulle once said, "Vive le Quebec Libre!"

;-)
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
That wasn't an invasion...it was a liberation !!
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Romain S. Donadio 11 years ago
That wasn't an invasion...it was a liberation !!
Isn't it what Bush said few year ago about some mideast country?

;-P
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Yep ! I will be in the company of doctors from Iraq and Iran this next week and will try my damndest to be a good example...
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Romain S. Donadio 11 years ago
I've worked with telecom engineers from Iran, they are nice and highly competent people. I'm sure you'll enjoy your meeting with them.
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
I must say that all the contacts I've had with Iranians (too few of them) have been wonderful. Every time I hear the Shrub demonizing them I cringe. Enjoy hte trip, Ted, I wish I could go with you for those contacts, I'm not in any hurry to go back to Dubai, it's a bit too artificial for my taste, and the ski station they created there is an absolute heresy!
friuduric 11 years ago
Have a good trip. When my parents visited Dubai they came back with all sorts of stories of excess and craziness, too.

Now, see, I had no idea you weren't French! (I guess I didn't go far back enough in your diary)

--Imperatrix
Adventures on Sabbatical
Loca.... 11 years ago
Life is good.... yes it is.
:))

Have a nice staying in the middle east.
:))
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Yeah ! I managed connection ! While Dubai is extremely new (whole place is < 20 years old) there are serious blocks to internet connections. I am routing through a double password secret relay...the normal straightforward routes are entirely blocked.

My trips into middle east have always been rewarding and very seldom dangerous. I find the people here honest, completely open and worth the time it takes to know them.

Artificial ?!? you mean elegantly manicured lawns and palm shaped islands are not found in the desert ??

Ahh you see while I was born in america - my heart and soul belongs to france for many years now. At least that is what my tax bill says !

You said it Loca ! Nothing more I can add...
I have never been anywhere in the middle east; but have met many people from Iran, Iraq etc. Love the music, love the people I have been privileged to meet. Have a great stay and we look forward to your stories.

( A Gypsy Outdoors)
CollardGreens PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by CollardGreens (member) 11 years ago
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23AUG07 - CollaradGreens

DubaiOnApproach

Spent the whole day flying today. Waiting at CDG on the tarmac for weather to clear and then 7 hours or so in the air...here we are ! Not much to report for today except the ability to sneak through the censureship to get this posted. May be a day to two before the next but we will see.

Airport was the same hectic mess they all are these days. Exiting the building the heat still sizzling at 35 even though it is near midnight. Looking forward to the +40C days ahead...
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Hi there, CG, jumping through hoops to keep us posted. The bright lights of Dubai.
sunshinecity 11 years ago
slowly getting there collard, thanks...

Love the skyline

sunshinecity
~ a picture, a story
friuduric 11 years ago
You could call this shot "Midnight Gold" -- It looks like flowing streams of gold, moving though the country representing the flowing oil that gave it its wealth.

(Although it seems that now oil is only 3% of Dubai's revenue.)

--Imperatrix
Adventures on Sabbatical
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Hey Rob - seems that censureship is the norm in this area of the world. OK - there are ways around but they slow things down. I have loads from today to post but may only post the nicer ones to save time.

Step by step - thats the only way. Any hopes for a camera ? Let us know.

It is true that oil fuels this place but not directly - the money from other oil rich nations comes here in indirect ways. I will try to post some shots and explain along the way. There certainly is enough money here however.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
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24AUG07 - CollardGreens

LookingInside

Dubai - Home of everything "over the top" in every term. Not so long ago this emirate was nothing but desert. Now there are man made islands, higher than high apartment buildings and home of the indoor ski slope.

We went to do a little shopping and parked near the air conditioning units for this slope. It is so hot outside that you cannot stand too long in one place for fear that your feet will catch on fire and then this...snow, ice, ski suits that cover like a berka...really different. Here is a shot from the attached shopping mall / hotel complex.

I have been trying to up load a set of photos to flickr but the censure programs here make it tough. I am not sure if I will be able to post all week but will continue to try.
Amazing fantasy land in some ways but I think the landscape would make me crazy.

*Makes note to bring floppy hat to Corsica.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Hey Marc - Yes indeed getting into fantasy land is easier than uploading photos of metal sculptures...perhaps that is where I failed ?

La M - To see it is not necessarily to believe it ! I'll post more photos as I can...
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