Spring into Saturday

Softly through the tulips

Even thoguh the Spring season has made its entry by virtue of the Sun passing the vernal equinox, New England has not seen very Spring-like weather; overcast skies, occasional snow and temperatures only coming a little above freezing have made this week feel more like a continuation of Winter.

Time to off-set the mood with something more reminiscent of what we’re hoping for…

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Tulips in Soft Light

These tulips were indoors at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, which is a 10-minute drive from my house.  A wonderful place to go recharge, when the weather hasn’t allowed for nature to catch up with the beauty you are hoping to see.

When I took this photo 5 years ago, the weather was much like it is today, so I took a trip to Tower Hill.  The displays were breathtaking, as usual, with indoor growth providing stunning color and even the occasional outdoor display showing signs of revival.

Hope you enjoy!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II using a Lensbaby 50mm Soft Optic.  Exposure was at 1/100 second at f/5.6 at 400 ISO.  The Lensbaby Soft Optic has a center hole surrounded by many smaller holes, which produce the effect seen in this image.

WPC – Half-Light (reprise)

Rage against the dying of the light!

The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge gave us the prompt: Half-Light.  The intent is to share a photo that is inspired by a poem, verse, song lyric or story…or, alternatively, the actual half-light, or both, as here.

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Birth of the Sun

Do not go gentle into that good night

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

— Dylan Thomas (1937)

 

WPC – Half-Light

Fear to tread…

The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge gave us the prompt: Half-Light.  The intent is to share a photo that is inspired by a poem, verse, song lyric or story…

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The Road Not Taken

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
— Robert Frost (1916)

 

Friday Travel Photo – vol 6

Port city and much more

This week, I am giving you a glimpse of a couple of locations in Rotterdam, the city of my birth.

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Centraal Station

This photo shows the new Centraal Station, the main train station for the city of Rotterdam.  The old train station was built in 1957, and no longer met the needs of a major regional transportation hub.  A project team called Team CS, comprising Benthem Crouwel ArchitectsMVSA Architects and landscape firm West 8, was tasked with redeveloping the existing station.

This modern structure was reopened in 2014 and handles trains and subway on multiple levels, as well as the ground transport provided by streetcars.  It’s a striking structure in a thoroughly modern city.

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Markthal

The Markthal is a dual-use structure, in that it serves as a permanent food market and apartment complex.  The windows in the ceiling belong to the apartments, and their hallways that comprise the outside of the building.

 

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Market stand

This market stand is typical of what you’ll see on Dutch markets, which provide great variety of high quality.

If your travels take you to Rotterdam, I recommend you take a walk through the downtown area and check out these and many other great sights!

Friday Mystery Slide – vol 6

Put someone on a pedestal

A bit later in the day, as I’m in catch up mode from a week of travel in my first week at a new company, but here it is…

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Who Is It?

This slide image is one that I took back in 1987 with my trusty Olympus OM-1, which I still own, and it is still functional!

Your questions for today:

  • Who is the person in the statue
  • Where is the statue (the easy part 🙂 )
  • Can you share something interesting about this person?

Hope you enjoy it!!

Dogstar Thursday – Vol 9

A dog of kings

One of the really fun things about photographing agility, is that I have had the opportunity to capture a large variety of breeds over the years.

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Stepping Saluki

This wonderful saluki strides across the dogwalk with the great elegance that is inherent in the breed.  These hounds are built for speed and run with a grace that is amazing to behold.

Saluki are a breed that you don’t see that often, even though it is a very old breed.  The breed dates back about 6,000 years from the Fertile Crescent.  Salukis and greyhounds can be seen depicted on the walls of the tombs of ancient Egypt.  According to legend, the saluki was introduced to Europe by returning crusaders.

This dog was the favorite of kings across the ages, showing up in portraits over more 1,000s of years.

Hope you enjoy this image of a wonderful dog!

Technical Details

Shot with a Canon EOS 1D Mk III with an EF 70-200mm f/2.8L lens.  Exposure settings were 1/400 second at f/6.3 and 400 ISO.

Three Line Tales – Week 8

Pennant chase

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TLT photo prompt by Liam Desic – click here for full res version

Colorful breezes,
Hornblast heralds battle’s hue.
Blood flows in the sand.

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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 Eight for detailed instructions.