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It's the Time of the Passage. And if We do not Dare to make it, We will have been Always to the edge of Ourselves.

 

Fernando Pessoa

Northerly Island, on the east side of Burnham Harbor, about a ½ mile across the harbor, east of Soldier Field (where the Chicago Bears [football team] play). ~ View On Black

 

Northerly Island used to be Miegs Air Field. A little airport that Mayor Daley had put to the bulldozer and dug up in the middle of the night, July 20, 2006. One evening it’s an airport; the next morning it ain’t. Just like that.

 

I loved this midnight raid as the airport wouldn’t allow people to use the area (for biking, walking, fishing, picnicking, breathing, star-gazing, etc.). It also scared me (this 12:01 in the a.m., full-metal jacket, frontal assault) because, next time, this display of political will and power could just as easily be used against something I like or treasure.

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=vT1fzsFqfIM – sounds of a prairie

 

But done was done: with no going back. So, there was no need, or desire for recourse, when you’re on the side that benefited from such action. There was no, and probably never will be, any recourse for the other guys. I do know, however, that good-luck-and-bad-luck, gain-and-loss, are two eerily, similar-looking sides of the same coin. So I do gloat privately at the rich man's loss of a private airfield on public land, but such feelings are hidden behind a real "concern for the due process of law."

 

I think that is called a moral or philosophical ambiguity.

 

Northerly island has been slowly morphing into a nature area, a prairie of sorts; semi-consciously designed now for more passive uses (walking, biking on the road, sitting, looking at nature, fishing) than for aggressive activities (airplanes or anything involving wacking a ball around).

 

Northerly Island is actually a peninsula. It sits between Lake Michigan to the east, while to the west, the inexorable march of money throws longer and longer silhouettes on the Island’s western shore – in the form of taller and taller buildings as the skyward reaching skyline of Chicago creeps ever closely the Island's way

 

There's that coin thing, I think.

 

But, for now, the moon rises over Lake Michigan, big as a supper plate held at arms length, bright as a flashlight shone in the eye. Birds fly about at dusk, insects too: each in search of bits of food tinier than themselves. Animals – real animals; not cats, dogs, squirrels and pigeons – scamper, bound, swoop, hover and clamber about.

 

If you care to look, there will be little bitty bones, bits of fur and bone-dry, empty carapaces slung about in the morning; remnants of the circle of life, circling, catching and eating itself. Water slaps at the shore, wind whistles through leaves, and with true, but quiet grit, stars will manage against the odds, to power their way through light polluted skies.

 

Out here, at least, Life (the kind before cities expelled it) once again runs at full gallop.

 

Bird-watchers, watch. Fishermen, fish. Walkers, walk. The spirit, revitalizes. As for those other ones, the hurried ones - the one’s who are just realizing that they haven’t breathed all day, well, they stop and breathe. So simple a thing...this breathing....yes? No?

 

The Island allows one to feel more human, more connected to this earth than does standing in any one of our manicured parks or kept up beaches; more connected even than when sitting comfortably on the couch, wine glass in hand, viewing the scene through a bay window on the 45th floor of a luxury condo with a Lake view (although the real estate marketing ads might beg to differ).

 

And, we people – just regular people, everyday, plain people, people without money, or political or social clout – get to experience it at ground level.

 

Come see it while it lasts.

 

From the movie, “Dances with Wolves.”

 

Major Fambrough: With your hero's record Sir Good Knight, you can have picked any assignment. Why did you choose such an isolated place? You wish to see the frontier?

 

Lt.John Dunbar (soon to become “Dances with Wolves”): Yes Sir, before it is gone.

 

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Not much cloud at sunrise- but some great orange/ yellow light which is just as well given the early start.

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Badwater Basin is an endorheic basin in Death Valley National Park, Death Valley, Inyo County, California, noted as the lowest point in North America, with an elevation of 282 ft (86 m) below sea level. Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous 48 states, is only 84.6 miles (136 km) to the WNW.

The site itself consists of a small spring-fed pool of bad water next to the road in a sink; the accumulated salts of the surrounding basin make it undrinkable, thus giving it the name. The pool does have animal and plant life, including pickleweed, aquatic insects, and the Badwater snail.

Adjacent to the pool, where water is not always present at the surface, repeated freeze–thaw and evaporation cycles gradually push the thin salt crust into hexagonal honeycomb shapes.

 

Texture by Cris busgalia Lenz #276

More of the area where Chloe and I take our walks

 

How often we must bear the challenges of life;

The endless roller coaster between happiness and sorrow;

The constant ups and downs of daily strife.

And always the question remains .... why?

 

Life is not an easy road for most;

It twists and turns with many forks in the road,

Although always, and inevitably, we are given a choice ...

 

Do we turn to the right ... or the left?

Do we take the high road ... or the low road?

Do we take the easy path ... or the difficult one?

 

Decisions are not easy for those struggling for direction ...

And sometimes the many choices and signs become overwhelming.

 

While standing at a crossroads in life,

The urge is to take the most comfortable path;

The road with least resistance ...

The shortest or most traveled route.

 

And yet, if we've been down that comfortable road before;

Have gleaned its lessons in life, and learned from our experiences;

 

Do we yet again follow the known?

Or does our destiny lie in another direction?

 

The fear of the road less traveled is tangible and all too real;

It manifests itself in many ways,

And tends to cloud the issues that might otherwise be clear.

 

It is in these times of confusion,

That we must seek peace and solitude;

 

Time to contemplate on our life,

Our experiences and our choices past;

Time to look back, and reflect on what we have learned

Without fear or confusion.

 

For only each of us knows our own personal thoughts;

Our unique past and personal history;

The experiences that brought us to the crossroads we now face.

 

We can always learn a small degree from others experiences,

And yet ... no one person can walk in our shoes,

Others know not, the trials and tribulations faced in private ...

 

For each is individual ... unique ... and personal.

 

And that is why ... while standing at a crossroads,

Only "we" can formulate the decision for ourselves;

The true direction that lies within;

The choices we must deliberate on with clarity and wisdom.

 

For it is only through personal reflection,

That we can now choose our destiny;

... Our next adventure;

... And the future we will embrace.

  

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Here’s a photo of the amazing cloudy sunset that we had on Sunday evening… taken from Strand beach.

 

The mountain range that you can see in the distance is (just over 30 kilometers away) on the other side of False Bay. The right-most tip is at Muizenberg and the left-most tip is at Cape Point. From here it looks very much like someone decided to span a fence right across the bay… which would be too crazy to contemplate… and is fortunately not the case. This (now broken) fence is actually supposed to prevent people from wandering from the public beach area into the high-security military/government installation next door. It didn’t stop me from stepping through the fence though… despite the huge sign warning me that it was private property and guarded by large vicious dogs!!

 

You might be interested to know that the two images that make up this Vertorama were taken by my new entry-level DSLR… the amazing Nikon D3100!! This camera is just a fraction of the price of the D300… yet it includes (almost) all the same features… and quite a lot more!! I’ll be using this camera for the next few weeks while my D300 is in for a (much needed) service… and also as a second (spare) camera for a two-week trip to Banff in the Canadian Rockies that I have planned for later this year!! Now that I’ve spent some time exploring the D3100 (and carefully checking out the image quality)… I can really recommend it to anyone who wants to take very decent photos… for a very reasonable price!

 

Nikon D3100, Sigma 10-20mm at 10mm, aperture of f9, with a 1/10th second exposure.

 

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Early one morning during the Autumn I was taking images of this scene, with the lovely cloud formation and the trees in the background, painted with all their autumn colours, when from a nearby airfield this single engined plane arrived on the scene, it's engine piercing the silence.

 

I managed to get this image before it disappeared again from view. It must have been quite a view from the sky that morning, but then again I was quite pleased with the view from my angle too.

 

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Red Lodge, Montana, USA - View across the rugged undulating landscape of the Beartooth mountains as shot from the Bear Tooth Pass Mountain Highway near Red Lodge, Montana, USA.

  

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The Minden area (Northwest Germany) is full of old mills (wind, water, horse, oil) maintained by volunteers and private owners. Whit Monday is traditionally the day when most of the more than 40 mills are open to the public. This year we took the windmill of Eickhorst and the river mill in Minden city for a visit.

I was dodging raindrops this morning at South Coast Botanic Garden and dashed under a thick tree canopy to capture these Brazilian plume flowers. Light was so low that I took my ISO to 800 (and later ran the image through Imagenomic Noiseware to tame the noise). I wanted softness, and lots of it, but my preferred f/stop of 3.5 gave me a dodgy shutter speed of 1/40 second. Image stabilization built into my camera body helped a lot, but I also tend to shoot in bursts under such conditions to be reasonably sure I get what I visualize. (Zuiko 50mm macro, f/3.5, 1/40 sec., ISO 800, shade/clouds/rain, handheld) Texture courtesy of Shadowhouse Creations

 

The music I had in mind when I came up with a title: Debussy's Reverie

 

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The sun has just disappeared from view, leaving behind the subtle shades of many colours which paint the darkening clouds and the sky. Gentle breeze gives the evening air a suddenly chilly feel, while a swan gracefully glides across the water. Within a few moments this scene passes, replaced with increasing darkness. Fleeting, but intense beauty!

 

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1 hour before sunset, the vast grounds of the Kagga Kamma Private Game Reserve turned slightly golden in colour.

 

Taken at the Kagga Kamma Private Nature Reserve.

 

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First day in Cabarete, was wonderfull night!

 

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It is Christmas break for me too. I am home, no money after Christmas (who has?), lazing about, seriously starting to think and work towards getting my images into brick-and-mortar and online galleries in 2013 (gotta' start making this shit pay some of its own way - and I wish a new D800 Nikon :-)))).

 

I've been on Flickr less than usual and that is kinda' ok too. I admit to being a bit sluggish and uninspired towards the act of creating and working on images this winter season. I have brain-drain or a "flat-lined creative mind" after a year of heat, work and personal challenges, I think.

 

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=szy9br7EfJw - Sarah Vaughn, "Key Largo"

 

So with little inspiration from within, I must seek from without.

 

I ran across one of Paul Grand's tutorials. It is from at least five years ago I think. www.flickr.com/photos/paulgrand/7415209220/in/photostream/ - Paul too, has been a long time texture and creative inspiration to me.

 

I shot a series of beach scenes one "trying-to-be rainy" day in early December 2012 (it has been warm and dry here, and thus no snow). It was still a nippy 35 degrees out, and my uncovered ears and clean bean felt every degree of it. These clouds looked wet, but as they descended they turned out to be quite foggy and misty, but they held no rain.

 

As I shot the scene I had vague thoughts of doing something texturely with them, but I had no concrete idea as to what that might be.

 

This image seemed to be good to use for one of his texture suggestion lessons. I didn't have his image as a visual guide, so I just the followed his printed text recipe. He lists the name of the texture, the blending mode and opacity adjustments. I laid these out and then tweaked afterward, adding burning, dodging, and a gradient layer. But the basic order, and overall flavor of the work is his inspiration.

 

All textures are from Flypaper Texture

 

Apple Blush - Overlay 66%

Caramel Soft - Hard Light 22%

Base Layer copy - Soft Light 15%

Raw Linen - Color Burn 19%

Icarus Haze - Soft Light 35%

Black-to-Clear gradient layer - Hard Light 20% (for the sky)

Base Layer copy - Soft Light 35%

Base Layer

 

The beach just behind the building where I work: the South Shore Cultural Center. And as with many such gifts that stare us right in the face in our lives, the people who work here barely use it. In a city of 2.8 or 2.9 million, there was - as there often is here - only me.

 

There are two, ringed, stone, fire pits just before the trees end (under the last clump trees on the left). You are sheltered under a canopy of branches and leaves - some what of a cathedral of green effect - but you have a 270 degree view of the Lake. I shall celebrate the Vernal Equinox, March 20, 2013 with an evening fire ceremony.

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Sunset at Lake Powell, a man-made reservoir on the Colorado River, more than 400 feet deep, 186 miles long, is located in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, which includes the Colorado River corridor through Glen Canyon, the lower Escalante canyons, the lower San Juan River area, the lower Dirty Devil River area and the Orange Cliffs area adjacent to Canyonlands National Park. Much of this country was virtually inaccessible before the lake. The Orange Cliffs and other areas away from the lake still rank among the most remote spots within the continental United States.

This breathtaking landscape - extending into both Arizona and Utah - is like no other place on earth. Dramatic red rocks, shimmering sapphire water, with nearly 2,000 miles of shoreline, Lake Powell surrounds you with spectacular canyons and towers.

 

There's nothing quite like a houseboat experience on Lake Powell. Imagine touring the magnificent Red Rocks and boating up the Colorado River into the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area straddling the border between Utah and Arizona. The views are amazing, surrounded by big rock canyons and towers on Lake Powell.

With a houseboat you are away from the busy marinas where you can enjoy boating and swimming in a private canyon surrounded by brilliant red cliffs. You can watch early morning sunrises with silhouettes cliffs reflecting on the mirror glass water. Or at night you can lie on the top deck and watch falling stars streak across the sky.

 

Boat on the River by Styx (Live)

 

Take me back to my boat on the river

I need to go down, I need to come down

Take me back to my boat on the river

And I won't cry out any more

Time stands still as I gaze In her waters

She eases me down, touching me gently

With the waters that flow past my boat on the river

So I don't cry out anymore

 

Oh the river is wide

The river it touches my life like the waves on the sand

And all roads lead to Tranquillity Base

Where the frown on my face disappears

Take me down to my boat on the river

And I won't cry out anymore

 

Oh the river is deep

The river it touches my life like the waves on the sand

And all roads lead to Tranquillity Base

Where the frown on my face disappears

Take me down to my boat on the river

I need to go down, with you let me go down

Take me back to my boat on the river

And I won't cry out anymore

  

(A photo from my book "Utah & Arizona")

Created for Photobicho ~ Photochimera challenge 19, Sheep

 

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Sheep from MorgueFiles. Feathers, from my private stock.

 

Texture: Aussiestock - Dookaburra Skies, mine.

Rest Bay, Porthcawl - now known as a world class surfing beach - was once the place where South Wales Miners, and others, would convalesce in the Rest Convalescent Home, which overlooks the beach.

"The Rest was established as a seaside convalescent hospital for the working classes, particularly miners, in 1862, in Porthcawl, Glamorgan, at the initiative of Dr James Lewis, of Maesteg, Glamorgan. Lewis was supported by Florence Nightingale, the reformer of hospital nursing. The institution was maintained and supported by private contributors which included prominent landownwers, industialists, the trade union movement, friendly societies and a host of private individuals; it was rebuilt in the 1870s-1880s. It remains active as Rest Bay Convalescent Home."

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EXPLORE 4/5 September 2010 #76

BEST IN FULL SCREEN

 

Camera: Sigma DP1.

Exposure: 15 sec.

Aperture: 8,0

Self-timer.

Iso: 50.

Tripod.

Processing: Sigma Pro/PhotoFiltre.

 

MUSIC: Spice Girls - Say You'll Be There

Spice Girls - Who Do You Think You Are

 

Spice Girls- Girl Power live in Istanbul 1997

 

Yesterday was Full Moon, and I had called and been allowed to come up in a private apartment on the 2nd floor of photographing UTZON center in Aalborg, but when I called to get in touch with the lady I could not take her, so I went ahead to HOUSE OF THE MUSIC which has just been inaugurated. There was only about 300 meters there, and as the blue hour had just arrived, I began to photograph. It was dry weather, but only 4 degrees with a slightly strong winds. The full moon was up and I walked around the area to find a suitable POV. Camera equipment had to be rigged, so I went into the heat of the House of Music. When I came out, the moon disappeared behind some clouds, so I decided to photograph the beautiful building from scratch in about 2 hours.

 

The tourist office can maybe use it if I manage to take a similar picture with many happy people everywhere. Of course I will try, but it will be very difficult, as the recording here is 15 sec.

  

House of Music is a concert hall in Aalborg, and it includes concert hall and practice rooms for Aalborg Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Academy of Music. House of Music is located at the Music Room at the fjord on an old port area at Nordkraft. Construction began in July 2010 and first moved into the house 1 July 2013. The house was inaugurated. March 29, 2014 with great opening concert and the largest fyrvækerishow to end of day.

 

In January 2014 published by House of Music its opening program, consisting of 30 concerts in 13 days of blah. Jamie Cullum, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra and of course Aalborg Symphony Orchestra. Only two months after the opening of the House of Music is the great Danish organ made by Marcussen & Son opened with a concert by the renowned organist John Scott.

 

In April-May 2014, the house will be home to the world's largest Wagner singing competition The Lauritz Melchior International Singing Competition to be electing the world's best opera singer in Richard Wagner's music.

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Managed to fire off few shots before the thick rain cloud obscured the rising sun. Thankfully the rain was just a light drizzle :)

 

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Millendreath Beach, Looe. Once a thriving holiday park. Chalets now sold off for private use. An uncertain future for this site Rather run-down now but beautiful when you know the best times to view it.

 

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Frankrijk 29-07-2012 Les deux capes, France, Aan het nauw van Calais op 34 km van Dover England

 

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Château Laurier was commissioned by Grand Trunk Railway president Charles Melville Hays, and was constructed for $2 million, between 1909 and 1912 in tandem with Ottawa's downtown Union Station (now the Government Conference Centre) across the street. The two buildings were connected with a tunnel. When the hotel first opened, private rooms cost $2 a night; 155 of the 350 bedrooms featured a private bath while the other 104 rooms had washstands with hot and cold water connections. In addition dormitories and common bathrooms were available as were rooms for travelling salesmen with sample tables to display goods

The Sun just peeping inn from behind the Mountains at the time of Sunrise. I was ready for some fantastic Sunrise shots in the freezing cold of the early morning ! But the cloud suddenly came from nowhere and messed up my photo session ! Nonetheless some refraction of lights due to this sudden cloud formation, gave me the opportunity to take some typical Sunrise shots, which otherwise would have never been possible.

 

From Munsiary, Uttarakhand, India.

  

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Hello, again, my dear-dear Flickr friends!!! I have really missed you!

 

Well, we eventually returned home, Nicholas and myself, after the ash-cloud adventure… My beloved garden looked in a…Springtime-mess, like a countryside Spring-landscape…My kittens were very well, but the household needed quite much of my private time… And here I am!

 

What you can see here is the “Blue Forest”, “The Forest of Hal” actually! Hal is a village , about 15’ drive from my home in Waterloo (Belgium). I have been there twice recently, once with Nicholas, and once alone. It is one of the top-places to visit by the end of April every year !! The trees are full of their tender-green transparent baby-leaves!! And the ground is covered practically everywhere, by a wild Hyacinths-blue-carpet!! When it is sunny, like when I was there alone, the spectacle is Divine!! The scent is magnificent!!! Because , the sun gives to the transparent baby tree-leaves and to the blue carpet a look of Other, Better Worlds!!! The spectacle is of an exceptional and rare Nature-Beauty!!

 

The Minden area (Northwest Germany) is full of old mills (wind, water, horse, oil) maintained by volunteers and private owners. Whit Monday is traditionally the day when most of the more than 40 mills are open to the public. This year we took the windmill of Eickhorst and the river mill in Minden city for a visit.

Maiden's Tower

 

The Maiden's Tower (Turkish: Kız Kulesi), also known as Leander's Tower (Tower of Leandros) since the medieval Byzantine period, is a tower lying on a small islet located at the southern entrance of the Bosphorus strait 200 m (220 yd) from the coast of Üsküdar in Istanbul, Turkey.

 

History

After the naval victory at Cyzicus, the Ancient Athenian general Alcibiades possibly built a custom station for ships coming from the Black Sea on a small rock in front of Chrysopolis (today's Üsküdar).[2] In 1110 Byzantine Emperor Alexius Comnenus built a wooden tower protected by a stone wall.[2] From the tower an iron chain stretched across to another tower erected on the European shore, at the quarter of Mangana in Constantinople.[2] The islet was then connected to the Asiatic shore through a defense wall, whose underwater remains are still visible.[2] during the siege of Constantinople in 1453, the tower held a Byzantine Garrison commanded by the Venetian Gabriele Trevisano.[2] After the conquest of the city, Sultan Mehmet II used the structure as a watch tower.[2] The tower, mistakenly known as Leander's Tower after the legend of Hero and Leander (which took place in the Dardanelles), was destroyed during the earthquake of 1509, and burned in 1721.[2] Since then it was used as a lighthouse, and the surrounding walls were repaired in 1731 and 1734, until in 1763 it was erected using stone.[2] From 1829 the tower was used as a quarantine station, and in 1832 was restored by Sultan Mahmud II.[2] Restored again by the harbour authority in 1945,[2] the most recent restoration began in 1998, and steel supports were added around the ancient tower as a precaution after the 17 August 1999 earthquake.[3]

The interior of the tower has been transformed into a popular café and restaurant, with an excellent view of the former Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman capital.[4] Private boats make trips to the tower several times a day.[5]

  

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Created for Make It Interesting, Challenge #2 - Door

 

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Also for EXPLORE Worthy, Playing with Textures #43 (featuring Muffet)

 

Featured texture with thanks, from Muffet.

 

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(model) from Faestock, dA

(hair) from Dezzan, dA

(brown dragon, chains, keys & ornament) from Deviant Scrap

(texture) from Rubyblossom (recolored)

 

Orange dragon and wings from my private stock.

 

BG purchased from Renderosity.

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The lonesome road in the afternoon, B+W infrared. Added a bit of a vignette to draw the eyes inward.

 

This is an old logging road and scene that I found while Chanterelle hunting.

 

Created for ~ Maps and Paths ~ The Award Tree ~

 

And for The Blind Pig Speakeasy, Challenge 33 - Reflections.

 

Moon, courtesy of NASA.

 

Globe, purchased from Renderosity.

 

Map, from PublicDomain.

 

Hand, from my private collection.

 

Building, with thanks from Carlos ZGZ. (x2)

I made a reflection of this building, to create a Torroid-type image, then covered the black door with the Globe.

 

BG - Between Dimensions, mine.

 

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I was by the castle and waiting and waiting on the sun who did not come.

After one hour I had enough from waiting and I took a few shots with my canon 5d mark2 and my canon 17-40 lens from the castle.

Back home I used photomatix 5.04 for the shots and I must say I was impressed. I hope you like it.

 

Tillegem castle

Most likely it was Baldwin the Iron Arm, first count of Flanders, who constructed a wooden tower surrounded by battlements close to where the current castle now stands. After the count the castle came into the hands of several families. The families Voormezele, Hubrecht, Aertrijcke, Pinnock, Baents en Poucke were all owners of the castle through out centuries. In 1573 it became property of the Spanish merchant Matanca. He remodeled the castle in the same style as the Counts castle in Malle. The foundations and some other parts of the first castle are still visible. The family Schietere bought the castle in 1664 and through marriage it became property of the family Bailly in 1718. At the end of the 19th century the castle was sold to M. de Penaranda de Franchimont. He restored the castle completely in neo gothic style. Architects Bethune & van Assche preserved the middle-age look of the mighty castle in their restorations. The Counts of Briey and the Barons Verhaegen were the last private owners of the castle. Since 1980, the castle and beautiful park are property of the Province of West Flanders. The castle cannot be visited however the park is open. At the moment the castle has no function, hopefully soon it will be opened to the public.

Tillegemstraat 81

8200 Sint-Michiels Belgie

 

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Lots of pink flowers were in evidence last Sunday at South Coast Botanic Garden, and not all of them were cherry blossoms. This soft pink beauty is a macro view of a bloom on a flowering nectarine tree. (Zuiko 50mm macro, f/5, 1/500 sec., ISO 100, morning sun and clouds, handheld)

 

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The Minden area (Northwest Germany) is full of old mills (wind, water, horse, oil) maintained by volunteers and private owners. Whit Monday is traditionally the day when most of the more than 40 mills are open to the public. This year we took the windmill of Eickhorst and the river mill in Minden city for a visit.

Morning 4 am, temperature 28 degrees, pitch black - opted for extreme long exposure and biggest challenge was manual focusing. Enjoy, Mario.

 

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On the Riverboat - Saint Charles Belle ll- Fox River - Saint

Charles IL

The original Pottawatomie Park Pavilion was dismantled in 2000. The Park District rebuilt the pavilion in its original location and according to original plans with the help of private donations. In 2009, the St. Charles Park District dedicated the Pottawatomie Park Pavilion tower in honor of James and Joann Collins for their contributions to Pottawatomie Park and to the City of St. Charles.

For a person with a camera, a visit to Point Reyes starts and ends with the old trawler beached along Tomales Bay in Inverness. I've heard claim that it is the most photographed shipwreck in the world. I honestly wouldn't doubt it. It is one of the coolest subjects I know, and it's easily accessible to photogs despite being on private property. In fact photographers are actually welcomed and encouraged. A sign along the path that leads to the old boat reads, "take only photos, leave only footprints." I've always loved the idea of that.

 

Fittingly, there is a Flickr group dedicated solely this old wreck. Check it out here, and don't leave anything other than footprints-- digital footprints:

 

www.flickr.com/groups/pr_abandoned/

  

Inverness, CA

As late as 1980s and early 1990s, Tanjong Rhu was an industrial area with shipyards. The water surrounding Tanjong Rhu was polluted with industrial and domestic waste, creating an extremely unpleasant environment. A massive relocation exercise was then undertaken by the Singapore Government to transform Tanjong Rhu into a high-end residential area.

 

Reclamation of land along the Tanjong Rhu coast began as early as 1992. Private developers then started the new residential developments in Tanjong Rhu. Today, the shipyards have since been relocated elsewhere and condominiums have replaced them.

The Minden area (Northwest Germany) is full of old mills (wind, water, horse, oil) maintained by volunteers and private owners. Whit Monday is traditionally the day when most of the more than 40 mills are open to the public. This year we took the windmill of Eickhorst and the river mill in Minden city for a visit.

Picture taken and processed by my son Leon, 11 years old.

  

I was by the castle and waiting and waiting on the sun who did not come.

 

After one hour I had enough from waiting and I took a few shots with my canon 5d mark2 and my canon 17-40 lens from the castle.

 

Back home I used photomatix 5.04 for the shots and I must say I was impressed. I hope you like it.

   

Tillegem castle

 

Most likely it was Baldwin the Iron Arm, first count of Flanders, who constructed a wooden tower surrounded by battlements close to where the current castle now stands. After the count the castle came into the hands of several families. The families Voormezele, Hubrecht, Aertrijcke, Pinnock, Baents en Poucke were all owners of the castle through out centuries. In 1573 it became property of the Spanish merchant Matanca. He remodeled the castle in the same style as the Counts castle in Malle. The foundations and some other parts of the first castle are still visible. The family Schietere bought the castle in 1664 and through marriage it became property of the family Bailly in 1718. At the end of the 19th century the castle was sold to M. de Penaranda de Franchimont. He restored the castle completely in neo gothic style. Architects Bethune & van Assche preserved the middle-age look of the mighty castle in their restorations. The Counts of Briey and the Barons Verhaegen were the last private owners of the castle. Since 1980, the castle and beautiful park are property of the Province of West Flanders. The castle cannot be visited however the park is open. At the moment the castle has no function, hopefully soon it will be opened to the public.

 

Tillegemstraat 81

 

8200 Sint-Michiels Belgie

A very beautiful park "Sahid Mangal Pandey Uddan"(Nishan Ghat) facing the Ganges at Barrackpore .Mangal Pandey (About this sound listen (help·info); 19 July 1827 – 8 April 1857), was an Indian soldier who played a key part in events immediately preceding the outbreak of the Indian rebellion of 1857.Mangal Pandey was a sepoy (private) in the 34th Bengal Native Infantry (BNI) regiment of the British East India Company. While contemporary British opinion considered him a traitor and mutineer, Pandey is widely regarded as a freedom fighter in modern India. In 1984, the Indian government issued a postage stamp to commemorate him. His life and actions have also been portrayed in several cinematic productions.

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I shot this image this very morning, and almost paid a price for being there (in a few ways).

 

I got a text message last night around Midnight from my friend Mike Oria asking if I'd like to catch the moon setting in the morning. We decided to leave at 4:30 just to be sure we could get a consolation prize in case the cloud cover didn't dissipate.

 

The clouds turned out to be very thick as we set out. As we came to San Francisco, it was pretty obvious we would never see the moon set. We decided to change our plans and head south to see what kind of early morning high tide images we could come away with.

 

We ultimately found this spot. We have known about it for some time, but it's private property and we've heard stories of photographers being fined for trespassing here. That didn't dissuade us as we set out towards the beach.

 

When we arrived it was just gloomy gray. The tide was still rising and it seemed like maybe we were wasting our time. Pre dawn light was just gloomy today.

 

Mike and I scoured the beach all the same. The stacks were getting pounded by a very violent ocean and every so often the entire beach would be overtaken by tidal surges.

 

I was ready to head back to the car, but just then the sky lit up in color. The clouds went from a grey featureless mass to interesting formations. The tide reacted too. Suddenly we were being overtaken by the surge, and I found myself in between shots up to my waist with my camera above my head. The undertow was strong and so I decided enough was enough. Mike wanted to get one last shot and it almost turned into his camera's last shot. The incoming tide knocked him down face forward and he almost lost grip on his camera, but being nearby I was able to grab it.

 

That signaled the end to our adventure. It was a long hike back to the car, and as we were at the end of the road a man approached us asking if we liked trespassing and if we had seen the signs that said private property. We lied and said we couldn't see the signs in the dark of night (Mike's idea) and the guy gave us a knowing glance and wry smile and let us go on our way.

 

A great last beach experience for 2012!

 

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Update 2/2/13: I did some updates processing wise on this image and thought I would bring it back around since it's a few years old.

 

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Hello folks. I know it's been a VERY long time since my last post here. I just checked and it was about 3 months ago in fact. I know for some that would lead to cardiac arrest, the thought of photographing for months and not posting anything online. As much as I enjoy technology and our modern day tools I also believe in breaks from constant online interaction, it's healthy for the mind and soul. That said I pretty much feel off the social media map this summer. I cannot complain though. It's been a busy summer filled workshops, private tours and quite a bit of family time with our new daughter. With all of that I did not get many personal photography trips but those that have taken a workshop or tour with me know that I enjoy that side of photography, seeing others learn and grow. I met some great folks in the process which is always a plus.

 

I did manage to still accumulate some new images for the portfolio over summer which is always good as well. Many have been processed and some still wait to be processed. This is one taken in between tours while staying in Central OR. It is also a perfect example of being ready to change your comp from horizontal to vertical on a moments notice. I had it all setup for a great horizontal image with a sky full of clouds. Then right at sunset the clouds moved fast and left a big empty spot with my horizontal comp that I did not care for here. I changed to vertical and this is what I ended up with. It's definitely not my fav from this summer but it' still a good keeper in my book.

 

Along the lines of new images. I have updated my new website (www.adrianklein.com) with this image and many others. I would post the link here but with Flickr's strict and bewildering rules about links to certain things within a post, it tells me I cannot do that. Feel free to check it out if you like. And I know I have not done a new podcast in sometime either. Hopefully a new one is coming soon. I look forward to checking out some of your photo streams from the summer. I am sure I have missed some great work posted here. As usual thanks for all comments!

 

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Explore #196 on Sunday March 15 2009.

 

UPSIZE, YOU'LL LIKE IT LOL!!

 

A re-visit was a must withe the wide angle lens. Taken from Kangaroo Pt, Brisbane, Qld Australia.

 

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