We rode camels to a Berber tent encampment near/in the dunes then spent a night there. Pure silence, pure black sky. I wanted to see the Milky Way, but there were clouds that hindered that.
In 2007, Mark & I traveled to Marrakech and Essaouira, Morocco and I've been looking back at that trip and have some favorite images from that:
I hired the son of a Venetian friend & photographer and he took me on a 4 hour or so boat ride out in the Venetian Lagoon and also some of the less traveled canals of Castello and Cannaregio in Venice.
This is a mural painted on a wall near where we stayed in Cartagena, Colombia. A vibrant image. A matted, printed image may be found at The Artisan Gallery 218 in West Des Moines, Iowa.
Artisan Gallery 218 has opened. AG218 has art for all sorts of interests, tastes and budgets. Artists displaying include a sculptor [Hilde DeBruyne], painter [Mary Kline-Misol], jeweler [Louise Mcilhon], fiber artist [Julie McCullough], vintage repurposer [Annie Temple] and myself as the photographer.
We are open Tuesdays-Fridays, 11am-6pm, Saturdays 10a-5p, and Sundays 12n-4p [holiday hours] and look forward to seeing you there. It's located at 218-5th Street, West Des Moines, IA. and has a Facebook page and a website address as well, Artisan Gallery 218.
For this holiday season, there are all sorts of original, locally made, gift ideas and a gift certificate would also be welcomed, no doubt. And for this coming Small Business Saturday weekend, come in and get 10% off selected items.
Bottles at West End Architectural Salvage in Des Moines: One of the images I submitted to C4FAP which was not a finalist, although it is a favorite of mine.
The St Pancras Train Station is where the Eurostar leaves to go to France [via the Chunnel]. It is also sort of a mall, with small shops, restaurants, and vendors of fresh fruits, veggies and cheeses, among other things. It is also a major Metro stop. Plus it's right next to the British Library. The Marriott is part of it, with renovated rooms well above our price point, but with comfortable rooms as well. We stayed here so we could easily catch the Eurostar on our last day, and it was a good decision [helped along by points earned over time]. This is an exterior view.
As a general rule, I do not post anything on blogs/FB etc. when I'm traveling, so I've just sat on all these photos of our recent trip overseas. But now, as I work through them, thought I'd share just a few - don't worry, I won't show all 4,000 of them...nor are all worth showing anyway. But some are interesting and representative of a time and place:
The St. Pancras Station is where the Eurostar leaves from and there's a hotel there as well, so it made sense to stay there so we could just jump on the Chunnel when we left London. The station is a lovely collection of bricks, old wood doors and windows and lovely iron beams and such. They are painted a light blue, but I thought this might be a more interesting black and white photo.
I had fun wandering around the city [and trying to avoid the racers on the road races] - this is from the riverfront Robert D. Ray Asian Garden
We went on a trip to Cartagena, Colombia, which is on the Caribbean Sea and on the north coast of Colombia in South America. We were there for a week in February. Quite a collection of colorful images. These are only some of the many I took.
This guy came from across the walkway, climbing down the sidewall and then climbing up this sidewall then went off to chew on some flowers in the park. I was amazed at his agility and ability to climb up about 1.5-2 feet. Taken in Cartagena, Colombia.
We really enjoyed going through this museum [wonderful air-conditioning and free entry] and lovely pieces of cold jewelry and sculpture.