Best morning in a while!
I couldn’t resist. I had to go to Times Square to see the touristy highlight of the city with all the lights and advertisements to try some long exposure shots..
I’m lucky enough to spend 3 weeks in Cambridge for my new job. This might mean that I’ll be neglecting my blog a bit but at least I’ll have a chance to roam around some lovely cities on the East Coast for the next weekends.
On Sunday early morning I walked out to the river and to this amazing view of the Boston skyline.
After a lovely and lazy sunday listening to music and seeing local art on display we left the covent where all this was organised and that was just in time to watch a beautiful sunset!
We saw the fog creeping up from the river ‘Niers’ over the fields while the sun was setting in the background. Result: both my mom and I ended up with muddy and wet boots in the field trying to take some photo’s while my stepdad was getting cold and hoping for us to come back to the car to go home.
Specially since I moved away I realise that my lovely hometown Gennep doesn’t look too bad every now and then :)
One of the best things about living in Dublin is the distance to Wicklow mountains. It takes us 45 minutes to leave the city and be in the middle of this amazing landscape.
If you follow the military road through the Wicklow mountains, through Sally Gap you’ll find a small parking spot along the Glenmacnass river. You can leave your car and walk a few hundred meters along the river. You’ve been driving through the bogland but when the river falls down into Glenmacnass valley and you’ll have an amazing view of the valley with its sheepfarms, the mountains, forest and the beautiful waterfall. It’s one of my favorite spots in Wicklow!
When you move to a new country you integrate. You adjust and try new things. I’m not saying I’m always as open as I would like to be but I try. I celebrate new holidays, try new food and learn some of a local language. For example, we’ve started to celebrate Halloween. It’s actually fun. And even though this is the second time I live in our apartment on this holiday, I can’t get used to our neighbors tradition… The 4 story bonfire seems odd to me. Slightly dangerous maybe? Last year I thought it was a prank gone wrong. Until I noticed the adults standing around. And the fact that no one called the fire department? Hello? The number is 112. Right?
We have some neighbors, they were standing out on the balcony wondering out loud what was going on. I welcomed them to the neighborhood ;) I haven’t fully integrated in lovely North Dublin I’m afraid.
Two weeks ago the the Liffey was crowded with tall ships. They started a month ago in Portugal and eventually ended up here in Dublin. I’ve said before that this area around the Convention Center and the Samuel Beckett Bridge is one of my favorite parts of Dublin. The city seems clean, spacious and modern around here! Having said that, I love the older, authentic streets too actually..
About the photo, I intended to go out and take some photo’s by daylight. I didn’t manage to do that in time so I found myself between a lot of people blocking my view and without a tripod. I know I should carry one but luckily I usually find an alternative. In this case it was the steering wheel of my bike, worked for me!
Anyways, the big ships and the festivities were a good opportunity to take some more photo’s. I’ll share the photo’s of two guys doing a fire show soon as well.
I couldn’t resist. I’ve posted pictures (and a story in Dutch) of Hampi before but today I edited these two again using Photomatix Pro and Snapseed. These aren’t HDR, at the time (2009) I wasn’t aware of this option but I ran the photo’s through Photomatix for the tonemapping features.
Hampi is a small ‘holy’ village in Kartataka, India. The surroundings are amazing between the vivid green rice fields and the red rocks scattered throughout the landscape. There are a lot of abandoned and used temple’s surrounding the village what once was the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire.
What Wikipedia says about the Vijayanagara Empire:
The Vijayanagara Empire referred to as the Kingdom of Bisnaga by the Portuguese, was an empire based in South India, in the Deccan Plateau region. It was established in 1336 by Harihara I and his brother Bukka Raya I. The empire rose to prominence as a culmination of attempts by the southern powers to ward off Islamic invasions by the end of the 13th century. It lasted until 1646 although its power declined after a major military defeat in 1565 by the Deccan sultanates. The empire is named after its capital city of Vijayanagara, whose ruins surround present day Hampi, now a World Heritage Site inKarnataka, India. The writings of medieval European travelers such as Domingo Paes, Fernão Nunesand Niccolò Da Conti, and the literature in local languages provide crucial information about its history. Archaeological excavations at Vijayanagara have revealed the empire’s power and wealth.
The empire’s legacy includes many monuments spread over South India, the best known of which is the group at Hampi. The previous temple building traditions in South India came together in the Vijayanagara Architecture style. The mingling of all faiths and vernaculars inspired architectural innovation of Hindutemple construction, first in the Deccan and later in the Dravidian idioms using the local granite. Secular royal structures show the influence of the Northern Deccan Sultanate architecture. Efficient administration and vigorous overseas trade brought new technologies such as water management systems for irrigation. The empire’s patronage enabled fine arts and literature to reach new heights in the languages of Kannada,Telugu, Tamil and Sanskrit, while Carnatic music evolved into its current form. The Vijayanagara Empire created an epoch in South Indian history that transcended regionalism by promoting Hinduism as a unifying factor.
I love how the weather changes around here so quickly. If you want to go out to snap some pictures there is never a dull sky for long :)
Yesterday I posted pictures of angry waves and an angry sky over Howth. About an hour before that, we were at Bulls Head. The weather looked completely different on this side of the hill. There was a lot of wind over here as well but it came with blue skies, a lovely rainbow and a handful of people who actually dared to go kitesurfing.
They promised us ‘Charlie like hurricane weather’. It wasn’t that bad, at least not here around Dublin. There was still a warning not to go near the coast, cliffs or the likes. So you can guess what my colleague and I did? Right. We went to the harbor in Howth..
The weather changed incredibly fast, in the few hours we were driving around the area we saw sunny blue skies and the angry skies on the pictures in this post. We were soaking wet after about half an our out there but it was absolutely beautiful!
Maybe I should dedicate a post to ‘the places my car goes’ it seems I am collecting pictures taken from the drivers seat of my car looking out over a beautiful view. Every now and then I let go of the urge to see as much as possible on two or three days and leave my car to take a nice walk.
We walked (partly ;) ) up Diamond hill in Connemara national park. Beautiful sights!
On a cold sunday in March I took a walk with two of my photo-happy colleagues. We decided to explore another corner of Dublin.
The city is divided between the North- and South side by the river Liffey, I took these pictures just a little North of where I live. It’s not really the best area in town but for me all the more reason to take a look!
Lately I’m getting a little carried away with filters. I like to use for example Snapseed for iPad when I have some time on my hands. Is it too much?
I took this from the common roof terrace on our apartment building. I am so sad the weather here in Ireland doesn’t let us use it more often!