Where did the last 2 weeks go? I cannot believe that our holiday in Cuba is already over and I am back in work. We had a wonderful time and we will hopefully be going back to Cuba next year.
I am currently going through my 1,000+ photos to start work on them for the blog, but here are a couple of taster images.
These beautiful colourful buildings stand on Paseo de Marti, opposite of the Capitolo in Havana.
Classic cars are everywhere in Cuba; this one was in a side street in Havana just by a cigar shop.
The colourful and photogenic Neal’s Yard in London is a little alley in Seven Dials and is named after Thomas Neale, who developed Seven Dials in the 17th century.
Neal’s Yard, London, UK
The Canadian Geese are once again flying directly above our house; a true sign that Autumn is here and Winter is on its way. We are directly in their flight path and every Spring and Autumn we enjoy watching them over the house. In Spring we cheer their arrival and in Autumn I can be heard screaming “No, please don’t go yet, come back!”.
Autumn brings a ton of colour, and photo opportunities are everywhere, but I couldn’t resist plundering out little Evans Cherry tree for this shot:
Despite high winds of 90-130km/h this past week our little tree is valiantly holding on to its leaves. However, it is just a matter of time before the tree will be bare and snow will be on the ground.
We always consider ourselves lucky if Halloween is snow-free. This year is looking good, in fact, some days we are reaching 17C with full sun, and others are more around the 5C mark. I am hoping that Winter is delaying its arrival a little longer so that we can enjoy the view of our colourful tree a little longer.
London is full of great old architecture, but the modern buildings are not to be missed. These are the ones that stood out for me just because of their colours. I am sure there are lots of others, but these are the ones we came across on our walks.
This is one of a few restaurants at the Ballhof in Hannover, Germany.
At the Ballhof, Hannover, Germany
Continuing the colour theme…
It is a rainy day and quite cold, so the fire is on, there is a good documentary on TV and I am experimenting with Photoshop. I recently moved from Photoshop Elements to the full blown Photoshop and while it is a learning curve I am enjoying it.
I came across a tutorial on making a splatter effect on a portrait. Here is my end result, which is slightly more colourful than that of the tutorial, but then my subject, our daughter, is a lot younger and vibrant colours portrait her age very well I think.
Last weekend my husband and I got up before dawn to try and see the alignment of planets, which is currently best visible just before dawn. Armed with coffee, binoculars, my camera, a blanket, and wrapped up warm we made our way to our chosen spot. We decided that the best place to view the planets was higher up with an uninterrupted view of the horizon, which just happens to be in the middle of our off-leash dog park. As we had left our dogs at home I dread to think what the couple of early dog walkers must have made of us. After all that though we never did get to see the planets, as a large Chinook arch had swept in and robbed us of a clear view. However, there was a silver lining (pardon the pun) to all this; I ended up with some nice sunrise photos.
Categories: Canada, Canadian Nature and Animals
Tags: Alberta, Canada, clouds, colourful, early morning, Landscape, Sky, sun, sunrays, sunrise, winter
Mandalas can be quite addictive; these days adult colouring books are everywhere and a lot of them are all full of these beautiful creations.
I found a tutorial that showed how to achieve photographic mandalas a while back and had created the below at that time. It wasn’t until recently that I remembered having done this. The nudge came from the Photoshop Elements & More forum, where digital orbs and twirls are currently a poplar topic, which then reminded me of mandalas. Might be time to delve back into this and create some more.
Meet the Himalayan Monal, a most colourful bird from Asia. This species is also referred to the Impeyan, named after Lady Impey, the wife of the British chief justice of Calcutta. Lady Impey kept some of these birds on their grounds of their estate in the late 18th century and she kept extensive notes about their habitat and behaviour, which were of great use to biologists in their work on native species.
The Himalayan Monal