Monday, September 28, 2009

Local Harbor Scenes in Black and White






I decided to experiment with black and white photography again as I took a walk around Sheboygan harbor a couple of days ago. The day lent itself to black and white visions-intermittent glimpses of sunlight with a theme of grey clouds and haze.

I spend a lot of time walking along the harbor-there are a variety of sights, an interesting way to get some needed exercise, and an excellent oasis (the Weather Center) of Delta Mud (one of my favorite blends of coffee). The harbor is a blend of working fishing vessels, tourist shops, a marina, food and drink places, a yacht club, and piers where people fish. The one thing that I'd add would be a salty breeze, but you can't have everything.

I tried to capture a number of aspects of the harbor. Here you can see the hopeful fisher boy and bobbing ducks, both with the same intent. The fine hillside house overlooking the harbor-those who can afford to have amazing views as part of their daily lives. Lake Michigan can be very violent at times-you see reconstructed timbers of a ship that was reclaimed after being submerged for decades. The marina with the smokestacks of the electrical power plant nearly hidden in the haze. All of these images, and more, make up the flavor of the harbor in Sheboygan, Wisconsin on the western shore of Lake Michigan.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope that you have enjoyed your visit and will return. May your own travels be both interesting and enjoyable.

Kerry

Friday, September 25, 2009

Leaves That Are Green Turn To Brown






Once more we in the Northern Hemisphere are slipping into Fall. With its cool, crisp, and often brilliant days, the seasonal change isn't unpleasant. At least that is true as long as you don't anticipate the snow-filled arctic winds that come afterwards.

Before winter rears its head, I thought that I would share autumn (or Fall, if you so choose) scenes from rural New England. In that area as in other places I have either lived or visited, I am always amazed by the fact that no matter how long a region has been settled you can always find parts of it that are relatively untouched by people. A few of the scenes in this post reflect that. What is also evident is the importance that water plays in human settlement patterns. The swift-running streams of New England became the power sources for mills and later for the generation of electricity. None of these areas shown grew into vast population centers, but most have had human settlement in one form or another for centuries. They also still show aspects of their natural beauty.

I hope that you enjoyed your visit to parts of rural New England. Please stop by again. In the meantime, may your travels be both interesting and enjoyable.

(Yes, I did steal my post title from a Simon & Garfunkle song of the 1960's; must give credit where it's due.)

Kerry

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Paris in Stone and Metal






We live in a time when malls pop up like mushrooms, exist for a brief time, and then wither in their emptiness. Rather than visit those settings, I prefer to take you to a Paris of stone and metal-one with a sense of greater permanency and beauty.

The photos that I have chosen for this post vary in both their times of creation and their purpose. The buttresses of Notre Dame Cathedral,structures designed to permit greater walls and ceilings that reached towards the heavens. A simple, unadorned monument to remember French citizens who were deported by the Nazi during the World War 2 occupation. Garden statues that either have historical import or purely decorative beauty. A golden Pegasus gleaming under brilliant blue skies. These are the images, not the uniform mushroom malls, that will last in people's hearts and minds. These images of stone and metal are an aspect of my favorite city, Paris.

Thank you for your visit; feel free to come again. May your travels be both interesting and enjoyable, wherever they take you.

Kerry

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Gargoyles







What is "the unusual" and why does it attract us? One of the reasons for my love of travel is the diversity of cultures. Yes, all people have certain basic needs and wants, but the way in which they express them is intriguing to me. Consider the gargoyle for just a moment.

Gargoyle
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"In architecture, a gargoyle is a carved stone grotesque with a spout designed to convey water from a roof and away from the side of a building
The term originates from the French gargouille, originally "throat" or "gullet";[1] cf. Latin gurgulio, gula, and similar words derived from the root gar, "to swallow", which represented the gurgling sound of water (e.g., Spanish garganta, "throat"; Spanish gárgola, "gargoyle")."

If a gargoyle is nothing more than a glorified water spout, why do I spend some of my travel time (especially in France)with my head craned in the air trying to find one to photograph? In part it's because of the artistry connected with the gargoyle. It's also the mental image of a person walking down ancient streets hundreds of years ago and looking up at these beasties with just a twinge of superstitious fear. I do have to also confess that I that I am an avid reader of urban fantasies in which like creatures spring into life under certain conditions.

Whatever the reason for my gargoyle obsession, I present you with a few of my favorites. I'll also pose the question, "What unique cultural features tend to catch your eye as you travel?"

Thank you for visiting, feel free to stop by again. May your own travels be both interesting and enjoyable.

Kerry

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Earthtones of Santa Fe






As the Northern Hemisphere slowly morphs into autumn, my mind turns to earthtones. In spite of its relative dryness, I could connect to New Mexico's color schemes. The brownness of the land in contrast to brilliant blue skies and intense Spanish and American Indian patterns-remarkable!

The photos in this post were taken in Santa Fe, a city that I'd like to someday revisit. While I am not a religious person, the visit to the chapel of the Loretto Stairs was an interesting experience. Wandering further afterwards, I enjoyed the artwork and the Southwestern architecture. The patterns of plain walls with brightly colored trim reminded me of stays along the Mediterranean,good memories indeed.

Thank you for visiting, feel free to leave a comment if you wish. As always, may your own travels be both interesting and enjoyable wherever they may lead you.

Kerry