Posts Tagged ‘holiday’

Not doing too well with my “daily” photo challenge thus far, I’ve manage to post 3 days out of  the last 5 which isn’t too bad, but then I shouldn’t really be calling it a “daily” photo challenge.

I again failed to capture an image on my iPhone today so decided to pick out a picture from my family trip to Lindeman Island early last year which lies on the east coast of Queensland, a state of Australia, approximately 10km from the mainland judging by my Google maps eye measurement system.

I chose something that I wasn’t too proud of (but made me laugh at the time), it’s a shot of my son having a go down a slide which he was very excited about, it was about knee height and therefore not a long slide. As he positioned himself on top, I decided to get a photo of his experience.

As he smiled and waved at the camera, I said “go, go, go”! In the time it took my camera to focus with the half press, the following image is what was produced. Instead of pushing himself down, he dived down and went over the edge. He got up off the floor unimpressed that my wife and I where in tears laughing at the image that appeared on the camera as you will see below.

I gave my boy and hug and he was all smiles again and ready for another go, this time more gracefully.

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Today I’m posting random shots from my past travels in Cinque Terre, Italy, translated to “Five Lands” in English, this is due to the fact that it’s made up of five lands, I guess someone couldn’t have been bothered to give it another name, though it does sound good in Italian.

The five lands that make this wonderful region are Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. My wife and I stayed in Monterosso and enjoyed the little beach that was situated here with the large rock that I conquered. We also spent some time in Vernazza, Manarola and Riomaggiore and if my memory serves me correctly, you can hike from one town to the next, though my wife and I chose only to do the easiest walk from Riomaggiore to Manarola also known as the “Love Walk”, why, because we’d rather spend more time seeing some sites rather than rummaging through the bush with the short time we had in this region.

These were taken before I was into photography so I apologize that they are not up to my standards, meaning I will have to go back and do this again.

To begin, the shot below is the large rock I was telling you about in Monterosso, that’s me up top and not a weird pelican.

Taking a short stroll from our hotel we spotted this waterhole, for some reason it made me take a picture.

I enjoyed watching this colourful train pass by. Came out of no where as I did not expect a train to ride through the middle of town.

The beginning of the “Love Walk” trail.

Enjoyed the bruschetta we had mid way along the Love Walk.

Spent most of a day just sitting on the rocks in Vernazza above the jetty watching the locals go about their daily business. I made my wife walk up the hill just to take this picture, it was worth it just for the view alone.

We also spend some time sitting on the rocks in Riomaggiore, just taking it all in.

After some of the hills we walked up, it was good to finally look at our decent, but we still had a lot of work to do to get to the station below.

Anyhow, I hope you enjoyed the pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them. I have a whole lot more except my head is in it, sticking to my policy of remaining anonymous. I was pushing the boundaries on the first picture, maybe I’m caving in. Anyhow, until next time.

A little reminder I have on my desk from past travels in Europe while I am stuck in the office.

Two little Vespa models with a San Gimignano calendar backdrop. That’s as close as I’m getting to Europe in the next few years. *sigh*

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Hello again fans,

I’m just posting a few chosen pictures from my recent travels in Switzerland. I ventured through Lucerne, Interlaken and scaled the peaks of Jungfrau Mountain standing at 13641 feet.

I really enjoyed Switzerland, just to sit on the luscious green grass and stare into the mountains, taking in the crisp clean air is an experience in itself. I also recommend going white water rafting as I had done on my first trip back in 2000. I remember jumping in the icy waters from the raft when we approached calmer waters, it was a sure recovery from all the schnaps we had the night before.

I have no digital pictures to post of the rafting adventures from my first trip as digital cameras were still a new technology so I only have it on film (not sure if digital cameras were even around then), the second time around that changed which allowed me to share some of the images below. Enjoy!

Today as I went for my regular morning caffeine hit before heading into the office, I asked my Barista where my coffee is grown. Segafredo Zanetti is an Italian branded coffee, in fact one of the biggest, that is grown in both Brasil and Bologna, Italy. I told him of my adventures in Italy in both 2000 and 2007, including a visit to Bologna. Here are a few pics I took in this historic city.

If you are scared of heights, particularly when climbing up old wooden stairs to the top of one of Italy’s tallest towers while it makes sounds that I think it shouldn’t, then don’t go up the tower.

Okay, I have decided to stage a comeback to blogging on the awesomeness that is concretezoo.com. B has been a bit lonely and it’s about time we started to get some more hits on this awesome site. So yeah, welcome back me (insert applause here).

What have I been up to you ask? Well I’ve been working on my photography skills lately and trying new techniques. One area I have been really into is macro and what I like to do is photograph things that people can’t normally see with their naked eyes. Examples being extreme close-ups of flies, mosquitoes, grass, plants etc. See the photos attached to this post for some examples! For those in the know I use adapter rings that allow me to mount lenses on top of other lenses, reverse mount lenses, extension tubes to hold lenses further away from the camera body and other exciting tools of the trade like macro filters etc. If anyone want’s to know what I am rambling on about or have any questions feel free to comment and ask.

So apart from the photography, my girlfriend and I have planned a 6 week trip away to Croatia and Kenya this August-September. These two countries are obviously quite distant to each other but as always when travelling around I have to see my Croatian relatives. Hopefully my Croatian language skills are still up to scratch seeing as only half of the family speak English! It’s always fun trying to communicate to them and the town locals. In Croatia I’ll be staying in Istria (the north-west of Croatia, bordering Slovenia and across the Adriatic to Venice, Italy). The plan is to hang with family, eat their amazing food, chill out on their crystal clear beaches and do a few day trips around the place. From there flying down to Kenya to meet a friend who will be taking us on a few safaris in 3 game parks, 5 day trek up Mt Kenya, relaxing in Mombassa on the coast and sightseeing in Nairobi.

Until next post, which hopefully isn’t another 6 months away, peace.

L