Here is a throwback Thursday post for you. Was playing around Google Photos and it found a photo I forgot to post few years ago, to follow this one – Souvenir.
I got luck at with this one all the others were way too fast for me. Must have scared it stiff.
Even when we go on holiday without our bikes we have to rent some.
I know what I will spend my time on when I retire. Pétanque aka boules is a great little and simple to understand game that I can get the hours to fly way with. Didn’t have time to have a game this summer while in France, though I know a good place here in London. Anyone want a game and got the balls?
Wild strawberries are just too yummy and as you can see I nibbled one before I got the camera out. Still working on becoming a real photographer 🙂
This photo was taken while we had a little breather while walking the La Montagne Fleurie. In the background you can just make out the road up and over Col du Tourmalet (2115m) the highest pass/road in the Hautes-Pyrénées.
Ohh, it has just hit me that this is my 100th photo on photos@woollypigs, hurrah! 🙂
Ziggy: I’ve got it! Let’s flap over to the east side of the jungle. They’ve always got a bit of action, a bit of a swingin’ scene, all right.
Buzzie: Aw, come off it. Things are right dead all over.
Ziggy: You mean you wish they were.
Dizzy: [serious] Very funny.
We have just come back from France and the Pyrenees where we spend few days. To bad this year the altitude didn’t agree with me. So not so many photos and walks, next time I promise.
Now here is a “double post” for you.
Souvenir, I knew was a French word for years. But I have always linked it to the crap you get when you go holiday to a tourist trap. Only when I lived in France some years ago I figured out that it means “memento, keepsake or token of remembrance”.
These massive pine cones you find in the forest in France always reminds me of France when I see them elsewhere. I spent many summers collecting these only to be told “we got plenty of these at home already”.
We have just booked out tickets for our trip to the Pyrenees again this year. Lovely little spot in the world. As a reader of this blog you will have seen a few pictures for that night we spend camping at 2400 meters 🙂 But it was a brilliant evening and a stunning spot to do a bit of camping.
This is one of the reasons why I love my Sony DSC-F707, I can take candied pictures of my friends. This one was taken by me while enjoying a drink in Paris with a very good friend of mine.
I spend around 8 months in Pont l’Abbé d’Arnoult a few years ago, mainly working. Though did get to go out and enjoy this beautiful part of France.
Three cropped IR photos from Ile Madame.
I never knew that the light at the top was more than one “torch”, until I snapped this one. There is four of them one on each corner. Does it still have the light on at night?
A few years ago, I was cycling down three steps, which I had done many time before. Though this time my front wheel went to my left while I wanted to go right. So the end result was a face plant and broken clavicle.
The first 30min after I was sure everything was ok. Just rather sore, some cuts here and there but nothing major. It was only when I got out of the shower that I noticed that my left shoulder was not looking like my right.
Bit of a cheat this, as it is a photo of the x-ray 🙂
Two year ago we were in the Pyrenees with our friends. We managed to cycle up the famous cols – Col D’Aspin, Horquette D’Arcizans and Tourmalet.
This photo was taken while climbing up to Horquette D’Arcizans, a very beautiful place and a great ride. Below is a little panorama taken from the top of Horquette D’Arcizans. (click on the pano to see a big version)
At a festival in France I found this lady playing with her fire poi. I think she was meditating while doing it. As her face was very still with the same expression. Only rocking forward and back while staring at a one point all the time.
I wonder if this was her zen moment.
I was out and about in France taking some infra red photos. And noticed the very colour full sky and snapped a photo, forgetting that I still had my wratten and neutral density filter on. So the great red colour of the vapour train and clouds never showed up.
Though still I do really like the photo.
I have a few friends who either are full time DJ’s or spun the LP to pay their way through uni. I love a good turn table and the sound of vinyl. Though over the years I have gone .ogg (music format like mp3) since I have moved so many times and have lost my LP’s, decks etc.
Back in 2003 I took some photos for mirrorproject.com (which at moment of writing looks like it is down).
This photo didn’t pass the criteria “self portraits in reflective object” but I still like it after a little playing around with my photo editor.
If the site ever comes back up again I will post the link to my submissions there.
It is sad to see your neighbourhood falling apart, Urban decay, or an area just left to its own devices with people treating it with no respect. When you live in a big city like London, Paris or the like you often have areas that “time” has forgotten.
Though sometimes these areas do have a little bit of brightness. OK, it’s a bit hard to see what the silver lining in this picture is. But it is taken not far from the entrance to the catacombs in Paris, not the ones where you will get a guided tour.
What ever you say about the concrete jungle and cityscapes, there is beauty there. Just simple lines, symmetry, colour and the sheer scale of them. Makes concrete beautiful.
This was taken while walking around in Paris may years ago, honestly I can’t remember where. Though looking back at my old pictures I need to get out there to take some more photo of architecture and buildings.
The nearly national dish moules frite of France. While living in France I visited the capital of the moules, Ile Madame. Spend a great day there taking some photos, so be prepared to see more.
Let me introduce you one of my favourite form of photography, infra red. This is why I truly love my f707 since it can take IR. So be prepared to see many more photos in infra red.
This shot is take @ around 2000 meters right above Andorra in the Pyrenees.
I have always loved kites. As young lad I used to build my own and fly then as high as the string would let me. I have been thinking about building a box kite as a winter project., as that is one of the only kites I have never flown.
Below is a photo of me flying my kite @ 2500m on the French/Spanish border in the Pyrenees. It is around the size of a A4 and only takes off in strong winds, but still well fun to fly.
While I was working in France I had this little grasshopper visiting me on my keyboard. Normally when I try to take a photo of a creepy crawly they are moving too fast for me. But for once I had a model that wasn’t bothered that I was taking some close ups, it just sat there and let me take a couple of snaps.
I visited the Martell factory in Cognac while I lived in France. Part des Anges refers to the share of Cognac that evaporate during distillation. At Martell it is around 2%, which doesn’t sound to be much, but when you then think about how much they distil every year.
The angels must have a heck of a party 🙂
In ’09 we climbed up to 2400m and camped for a night where we enjoyed the sunset. Later that evening we enjoyed the stars and the milkyway which was very clear. And pretty much bright enough walk around. Along with the clear sky I saw in ’90 when I was travelling around the islands of Greece it was the best star gazing I have done.
I was going through my old photos and found this on. It was taken back in ’03 when I was living in Paris. Like everyone else I was out there taking photos of Pairs under its 3″ cover of snow. Which of course melted while I was out there snapping away.
It just works so much better when it was converted into B&W.
Over the last two years we gotten back our camping bug. This photo was taking in ’09 in the Pyrenees where we were on holiday. We hiked up to 2400m and pitched out tent and enjoyed our picnic and enjoyed a beautiful sunset before bed time. We woke up around midnight and looked a the stars and milkyway which was so clear and bright that we see lake next to us.
This was probably the best camping in a long time, stunning views, great hike and good company.