7 Day Nature Challenge – pt 1

Eris wants her apple back

I was nominated by a fellow blogger, Stella of  Giggles & Tales, for a 7-Day Nature Photo Challenge.  Stella’s blog is always full of interesting posts, which are a blend of poetry, photography and perspectives on the world around her.  Go check her blog out!!

So for the next week, let’s see, if I can come up with some interesting nature images and pass the challenge onto some of my fellow bloggers.

p31-20130912-IMG_2143
What is the apple of your mythology?

This challenge, I will start of with a pretty straightforward image of an apple growing in nature; this apple was not anywhere near any orchard, and I could not find any of its relatives nearby.  Pollination must have been a particular challenge for this lone tree, but it managed nonetheless.

Technical Details

This is an iPhone 5S generated image using the standard Camera app and minor tweaks with Instagram.

The Rules

Post a #naturephoto every day and nominate another blogger for this challenge.

Nomination

The challenge of nominating a fellow blogger…  Made by Mitza is a blog filled with fantastic photography (lots of flowers!).  Go check out this talented photographer’s blog!  If she accepts this challenge, I look forward to the results!

Friday Travel Photos – vol 5

Catch of the day!

This week’s stop is in Iceland, where I made an all too short, 4-day stop last year on the way back from Europe.  This country is full of photogenic spots, all deserving time to be explored and presented.

20150620-Iceland_57A2100
Herring Barrels

These images are from the Herring Era Museum in Siglufjörður, a small town on one of the numerous fjords on the Northern coast of Iceland.  It is one of the many towns, villages and areas along the north and east coast of Iceland that were deeply affected by the arrival of the herring adventure around the beginning of the 20th century.

20150620-Iceland_57A2052
Pickling the herring catch

Nowhere did the herring adventure have such an impact as in Siglufjörður. Norwegian fishermen came sailing on their herring vessels during the summer of 1903, and thereby the Herring Adventure had started. Within forty years this once tiny little village had transformed into a thriving town of more than three thousand inhabitants.

20150620-Iceland_57A2036
Whalebone and museum view

For years the entire life of Siglufjörður centred on the herring catch and its processing – the town’s twenty-three salting stations and five reducing factories were a living reminder of that. Siglufjörður was also one of the most important ports in Iceland and on more than one occasion the herring exported from the town accounted for over 20% of the nation’s total exports.

As the herring adventure progressed, a goldrush-like atmosphere settled over the town, leading to Siglufjörður been dubbed the “Atlantic Klondike”. The town also became a magnet for herring speculators who came and went, some making a lot of money during the stay, and others not. With its booming industry, Siglufjörður also became a mecca for tens of thousands of workers and labourers seeking employment.

20150620-Iceland_57A2032
A bit of local feel

When bad weather and storms broke, the sheltered waters of the fjord became home to a massed fleet of hundreds of herring ships. Life on land was just as colourful, the streets of Siglufjörður so jammed with crowds and activities that they resembled the teeming avenues of major cities.

Marine resources are notoriously unstable, and herring is no exception. Following depressed catch figures in the years around 1950, herring stocks began to be fished as never before. This was due to a new and more efficient fishing technology developed by Icelandic pioneers. Other countries were quick in claiming these advances for themselves.

The years that followed continued to underscore the decline of catches and fortunes in Siglufjörður and its surrounding area, eventually turning it into the sleepy, beautiful town that it is today.

[Source of background information: Wikipedia: The Herring Era Museum.]

Friday Mystery Slide – vol 5

Pointing skyward?

After last week’s pretty straightforward slide, it is time for another pretty simple one.  I’m confident that someone will get this one!

HGebelein017
Where am I?

Where is this statue?  What can you tell me about this statue?

Like I said…pretty straightforward in this day and age.  My challenge to you is to not use Google (or Bing, etc.), so we can find out who might have this in their memory banks!

Hope you enjoy!

Dogstar Thursday – vol 8

Pirate eyes…

On this St. Patrick’s day edition, I was looking to post an Irish Setter weaving through the poles in agility competition, but will have to table that one for a bit later, when I retrieve it.

ADG-20140711_57A7049
Pirate Eyed

Looking mighty tough in the pirate collar, this expression was just one that I couldn’t resist photographing and posting today.  I caught this candid moment during an agility competition, which reminds us that dogs of all sizes and breeds compete.

Hope you enjoy this little cutie and have a great Saint Patrick’s Day!

Technical Details

Shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III with an EF 70-200mm f/2.8L lens.  Exposure settings were 1/80 second at f/3.2 at 640 ISO (light in this building is not stellar).

Upper Level – Lower Level

No way up?

Sometimes, as one walk around with a camera in hand, interesting items just pop up and scream at you to be photographed.  Enjoying those suprise moment, I captured the following image walking around Fenway Park in Boston during a scavenger hunt.

Fenway-20141003_57A9267
Upstairs, Downstairs…

When I saw these two doors next to each other, it immediately felt like an example of class distinction (do you remember the show ‘Upstairs, Downstairs‘?).  What made this even more poignant is the fact that only the lower level has a door handle.  One can always enter the lower level, but the upper level is by invitation only, as someone has to open the door from the inside to let you in…

Technical Details

My trusty Canon EOS 5D Mk III with my walking around EF 24-105mm f/4L lens attached.  Exposure settings were 1/125 second at f/5.6 and 400 ISO.

Three Line Tales – week 7

‘Ale’s well that ends well

three line tales, week seven; Guinness Storehouse in Dublin
(c) Sonya, 2008 – click on the photo for full res version

Lacking direction,
Pointing hither and thither.
Draught pulls to my left.

****

Thank you to Sonya of Only 100 Words for coming up with Three Line Tales.

The TLT rules are simple:

  • Take a look at the photo prompt and write three lines to go with it.
  • Your lines can be poetry, micro-fiction, micro non-fiction or just a really long caption – everything goes as long as it’s three lines long.
  • A link back to this post would be nice (it’ll make me feel obliged to swing by yours to read your three lines, and some of your readers might want to join in, too – the more, the merrier, right?).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales – it’ll make it easier for others to find it in the Reader.
  • Read other participants’ lines.

Please check Sonya’s post Three Line Tales – Week Seven for detailed instructions.

Adieu to Sweet Winter…

We will miss your snowy blankets

This year’s Winter paled in comparison to our previous encounter with the cooler season.  Instead of record snow fall, we had just a couple of minor storms and the ground has been bare, waiting for Spring’s arrival.

So I thought that I’d share an image from last year, March 15, 2015…

2015-03-15 10.59.15 HDR-1
Winter’s Beauty

Last year, our beloved Yoga Tree stood gracefully in the snowy landscape.  This was after a relatively minor snowfall, compared to the events of that Winter season, which saw a total snow fall of 110.6 inches (2.80 meters).

Enjoy this moment, as we look toward the warm days of Spring!

Technical Details

Photographed with my iPhone 5S using the standard Camera app and minor Instagram enhancements.