Category: London

2010 so far: 6 months in pictures

2010 is more than half over already?

I guess it’s a good thing to have been spending more time experiencing the ups and downs of life than I have blogging about them. But hey, this here is a travel photography blog and I have had a few travels this year, and I have taken a few pictures, so here’s a glimpse of my 2010 so far….

February: London, England UK * Highlights *

*meeting photographer Frans Lanting, and legendary travel writer Jan Morris:

*incredible Mediterranean meal in the heart of Notting Hill at Portobello Ristorante:

*and of course, a visit to my old 80’s stomping grounds in Bushey:

Look familiar? That’s right, many a film credit, including Harry Potter scenes.

March: Seattle, WA * Highlights *

* taking probably one of the worst photos ever of one of the greatest photographers ever, Art Wolfe.

I call this “Deconstructing Art by iPhone”

Be sure to check out my Stock Photos of Seattle and Washington State.

April: Boston, MA *Highlights*

ASPP Conference. – I won an indoor composter (!) as a door prize sponsored by Mike Kahn, who maintains an excellent stock library of “Green” images, called Green Stock Media.

*on the set with Danita Delimont at WGBH Studios

*a few images from Boston

April: Loreto, Mexico *Highlight*

At the end of a dirt road out of Loreto, lies my favorite restaurant in Baja, called “La Picazone

Here’s a shot of the fabulous lunch I enjoyed there (photo by Catharine Cooper)

And here’s a link to Catherine’s Blog, Baja Dreaming.

View more images in my Mexico Stock Gallery.

June/July: Ireland *Highlights*

*looking for leprechauns at Glendalough

* watching woollen weavers at Avoca

* greeting horses at Enniskerry

Many more images to come in the Ireland Stock Images gallery!

Winter in London

Melancholy wins. The sky is gray and light is dull. I had planned this day for taking pictures and posting an exciting blog; but find my efforts stifled by a wintry cold front….and I haven’t even stepped outside.

Last few trips to London over the years have been with family, and it’s been go go go. See this, do that, eat here, drink there, check in, check out, and cram as much into every day as possible. London is fun, right?

Now I’m back here on my own, with free time, and the only journey I want to take is inward. 25 years ago this was my playground. But it was also my home, and to be back here in winter brings back all the winter memories I had long forgotten. How cold it is, how gray it is, and how to make the best of a dreary day.

I had a student rail pass (in the days of BritRail), and when the rains came down, I would get on a train and just ride, anywhere. I’d carry only my journal and a camera, and sometimes I’d return with a few pages full, other times a few rolls full. But my journey would always take me somewhere, finding a new place I hadn’t yet discovered, a person I was meant to meet, a story waiting to be told. I’d return all the better and wiser for the experience.

Now I’m here and I’ve been gifted with an oyster card (London Transport), and it’s screaming at me to be let loose and go for a ride. All right, little tube/bus/train pass, you win. Euston – Watford. Slow train. In the rain.

For a completely different take on London, read Summer in London.

(This post contributed to Photo Friday at Delicious Baby)

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