Taking it to the Streets


I love big cities and I love both small and big city streets.  I love the sounds, the smells, the people, the buildings and the opportunities you can find when you just keep your eyes open.

Just a few glimpses of some of my most recent street scenes from Vietnam.  I decided to focus only on a few of my very favorite black and white shots.  There is something about a black and white picture that makes the scene feel timeless.  I hope you enjoy.

I see people walking through the city and wonder where they’ve been, and what the moments of their lives have done to them.    ― Markus ZusakGetting the Girl

“I think of it as the antidote to fast food; it’s the clear alternative to the king, the clown and the colonel. It’s faster, and chances are it’s healthier than something at a traditional fast food restaurant. I would much rather give my money to a neighbor or an individual than to a gigantic corporation that owns half the world. Maybe it’s naïve of me, but I prefer food made by an identifiable human that’s actually cooking.”  – Chef, author and TV personality Anthony Bourdain talks to the Huffington Post about his love of street food and his new TV show

The following is a short news clip about Venezuela where I was last working.  It’s amazing how quickly street scenes can change.  My heart and prayers go out to my Venezuelan friends and it is my hope that street scenes like this will soon disappear.

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.

Caracas Streets

The weekly photo challenge from March 28 was Street Life. If you have read any of my posts about streets you will know how much I love street art and quotes.  Here is a great page that represents a little of both.  Take a look.  I think you will like it.

Street ART (click on the link to look at more of Banksy quotes and street art photos)

“Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing.
And even if you don’t come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they’re having a piss.”
– Banksy (Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall)

A few more Street Life blogs I really liked:

  1. Walkable Streets – Quotes
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life « The Neophyte Photographer
  3. Streets Of San Francisco | this man’s journey
  4. weekly photo challenge: street lifeI used to be indecisive
  5. Prague Street Life
  6. My Hood
  7. Street Life Mosaic
  8. The hole
  9. Call of the street – Royal Enfield

Cows in fact might be ruling the world – Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning


The weekly photo challenge this week was “Good Morning“!! This is the first morning I could wake up at a decent hour, look out my window with relatively clear skies and see something quite lovely.  I loved the mountains in the distant.

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After having my coffee I decided to go for a short stroll through some alleys and down to a market to get some much needed food in my house.  I spotted a beautiful rain catcher.  I”m not sure if this was a natural water filtration system or just something pretty.

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Apparently Saturday morning is laundry day.

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I know in my last post (1st impressions – Nepal) I did post a solitary photo of a cow in the market but I still really thought the rumors of cows randomly wandering the streets might be an over-exaggeration.  Apparently it’s not.  I hope you enjoy my cows ruling the world take for an early morning stroll that turned into an early evening return.  Cows, cows everywhere.  Have a great day.

WPC: Unusual POV or My FoR


Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV from The Daily Post

I like odd angles and I definitely have an unusual point of view on most things.  I like eccentric and odd things when it comes to people, places and things.  Sometimes this attribute helps me adapt to new situations and sometimes it causes me to run away from certain “normal” things.  I’m pretty sure this will be my last post in the U.S. so it was a perfect theme for saying good-bye to the area.  The following are photos from Philly, DC and Maryland.  Some of the photos I really enjoyed more because after I took them I struggled with whether they were real or not.  Some of them looked so unreal that I actually increased the distortion with a quick and subtle edit.  I hope you enjoy.

So many I liked, Check them out

  1. Photo challenge: an unusual point of view | Melanie Ryding – Ryding2Health BLOG
  2. Off the Wall | Lucid Gypsy
  3. Unusual as usual | Le Drake Noir
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV | Tvor Travels
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual Point of View « Life&Ink
  6. A Refreshing Point of View | Travel with Intent
  7. Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV | Khana’s Web
  8. WPC: Unusual Point of View. | Anotherdayinparadise2’s Blog
  9. Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV « The Neophyte Photographer
  10. Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV | Thrifty Finn
  11. Weekly Photo Challenge – Unusual POV Via My Cat Blue | Serendipitous Cookery
  12. Weekly Photo Challenge: An unusual POV | Stefano Scheda
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV | Create A Beautiful Life
  14. From the other side | Purple Rosemary
  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV | Bams’ Blog
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV « Jag gör världen vackrare
  17. Weekly Photo Challenge ~ An unusual POV… | Lakshmi Loves To Shop
  18. 9-8-13 Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV (#2) | The Quotidian Hudson
  19. An unusual point of view | Zimmerbitch: age is just a (biggish) number
  20. Unusual Point of View | Rebecca Barray
  21. Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual Point of View | Sailing Pups
  22. Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV | Far from Done
  23. WPC: Unusual POV (Ways to focus on 100 meters) | What’s (in) the picture?
  24. Dandelions and Other Foreigners | Writing Between the Lines
  25. Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV | WryGrass
  26. Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV #2 | From Ground to Home
  27. Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV | Never clip my wings
  28. Weekly Photo Challenge – An Unusual Point of View « LargeSelf

Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background


No Standing in New York

No Standing in New York

New York Times Square

New York Times Square

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting


“We are food for worms, lads,” announces John Keating, the unorthodox English teacher played by Robin Williams in the 1989 film Dead Poets Society. “Believe it or not,” he tells his students, “each and every one of us in this room is one day going to stop breathing, turn cold, and die.” –  Poets.org 

So here I am..I have been sitting for nearly 2 days..sniffling, coughing..wondering if I will live …missing my family and the friends who just finished visiting me in May..a spring/summer cold in June.  In JUNE!!!!   Loads of language homework in front of me I can’t seem to focus on..alone.. alone..all alone..no one to baby me back to health…  feeling a little sorry for myself.  I mean, why wouldn’t I..

POOOORRRRR MEEEE!!!

Then.. I stumble across the Daily Post’s Challenge:  Fleeting.

What an inspirational set of photos and pieces of writing.  An hour disappears while I peruse other’s entries and I find myself inspired to submit a few of my own very recent fleeting moments.  A few times with friends over the past few months.  Happy fleeting moments that you can so easily forget about or take for granted.  I have a great life and here’s to enjoying some of the most recent moments that came and went quicker than I could have imagined.

I hope you enjoy.

To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy. – Henri Cartier-Bresson