Friday, August 31, 2007
My iTunes: Jessie's Girl by Rick Springfield
My classes are done for the week, and even with taking 21 credits, I somehow managed to have Fridays off. In 2 weeks I'll start work again, but for today and next Friday, I am a free woman. This morning I went with a friend and her daughter to a sunflower farm that is about 15 minutes away. A local farmer loves flowers, so he has a large flower garden that he opens up to the public and sells flowers -- $8 for as many as fit into a 2-liter soda bottle cut in half. It was a really neat place and I got some great pictures, which will be appearing here over the next few days...
Thursday, August 30, 2007
My iTunes: Silver Road by Sarah Harmer
I just realized that I haven't posted nearly all week. It's been a busy first week of classes. I think I'm going to really enjoy my digital photography class -- I hope to learn a lot about editting pictures and using Photoshop CS3 (which I've already fallen in love with...). This week, our assignment was to take pictures of buildings around campus. There is a lot of brickwork around, and I liked how this one spot looked. It's right at the center of campus.
Monday, August 27, 2007
My iTunes: Feelin' the Same Way by Norah Jones
Day one of classes for this semester, and here is a picture of a pretty significant part of the university experience for most college students -- naps! I thought I would be proactive today and instead of waiting until tonight to do my daily post, I'd get it done early since I don't have class until 3:00 on Mondays. Most of my peers would consider my preference odd, but I would rather have morning classes and just get them out of the way. I guess I just break the molds. I also don't nap.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
My iTunes: Head Over Heels by The Go-Go's
As I sit here in my non-air-conditioned house and melt, I think back to my one and only visit to the beach this summer. The weather seems reversed -- at the beach I was cold and wore several layers (even though I went in early July) and now as school starts I can't seem to stay cool.
Some of the kids that went on the beach trip to Bournemouth built a sandcastle fortress. It used to be one of my favorite things to do, when I was not allowed the the water that is. Although building castles with molds was fun, my favorite kind were drip castles. My mom taught me how to make them, and they always ended up reminding me of Lord Licorice's castle in the Candy Land game. These castles were much more traditional -- appropriate for an English seaside holiday, I dare say.
My iTunes: The Long Day Is Over by Norah Jones
Spent the last couple days moving for the last time this year. It's been hot here and I've been lugging heavy and unwieldy things all over the place, so it's nice to finally get a chance to sit down and post on the blog again.
I grabbed this shot when I was on the top of a double-decker open-top bus in London. Motorbikes are a popular way to get around in European cities because they use little gas, are easy to park, and can squeeze through bad traffic. I like how this picture is framed around the wheels and focuses more on line and texture rather than color, because the shot is relatively monochromatic but has lots of different lines -- circles and straight lines all intersecting -- as well as textures -- smooth metal and dulled rubber. My new house doesn't have air conditioning, so the thought of the breeze blowing through my hair as I ride a motorbike sounds fantastic right now...
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
My iTunes: You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile in Annie
This is one of those spur-of-the-moment, just-happened-to-have-my-camera-out shots. One of the girls in the "class" at kids club in London a few weeks ago was whispering a secret to me and I didn't even look as I took this shot. Lucky me, this is what came out. Kids are such fun!
Monday, August 20, 2007
My iTunes: Come Away With Me by Norah Jones
Back to the Camden Town Markets again, this time is a shot of some lanterns in one of the indoor shops. It was a neat shop with lots of colorful, artsy objects. I really liked how they displayed things from the ceiling, especially the lanterns and the candle-holders.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Wrinkles of Time
My iTunes: Hello Lord by Sara Groves
This is one of my favorite pictures from my trip to Italy in January. I decided to have themes for the pictures that I would take and one of the themes I picked was faces. The zoom on my camera was quite helpful in getting close-ups. I saw this homeless man in Florence several times and his face intrigued me. I love seeing wrinkles in old faces and wondering about the stories that time has spun beneath the wrinkles...
I hope to continue posting this week, but my computer has decided to throw a fit and I am unable to start it. I'm borrowing a computer at the moment but don't know if I'll continue to have one at my disposal. Hopefully it will be sorted out quickly and efficiently (and without cost, if possible)...
Saturday, August 18, 2007
My iTunes: Entertaining Thoughts by Over the Rhine
Yesterday I made a road trip across Delaware to see family and friends and it reminded me of a day I spent at Bournemouth in early July. The beach experience in England is quite different from the beach experience on the East Coast! It was a foreign idea for me to go to the beach and not need a bathing suit, to wear three layers of clothing, and to think of swimming in the ocean no more than of swimming across the ocean! I suppose that growing up a beach baby in the US taught me things about beach-going that I take for granted.
This shot is of my favorite pier at Bournemouth -- it was made of all rock and had the big metal contraption at the end. It was neat to see the other side of the Atlantic.
Friday, August 17, 2007
My iTunes: Somebody to Love by Queen
Another one of my favorite bike shots. I love the different angle and the close up of the rusted springs with some English ivy in the background. The whole composition reminds me of and afternoon in England. I like to imagine that the bike belonged to Agatha Christie's famous character Lord Peter Wimsey and that it was tucked away in some little corner and forgotten for years.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Big Ben from Below
My iTunes: There Was A Time by Michael Xavier
It seems like every tourist who goes to London, myself included, takes a picture of Big Ben. Perhaps I am a worse offender because I took so many, but this is one of my favorites because it's an unusual angle. It's neat how through the lens of a camera the things we see all the time can be transformed into something different and eye-catching...
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Cherry Red Bike
My iTunes: Vienna by Billy Joel
Oxford, England, is home to one of the most famous and one of the oldest universities in the world. When classes are in session, it is not uncommon to see the university students flying around the city on their bicycles. Bikes are one of the most popular forms of transportation in the city -- it is not only cheap but a good form of exercise as well! I suppose that it is more difficult and much less pleasant in the rain -- too bad England is notorious for being wet and rainy...
Saturday, August 4, 2007
My iTunes: Brave by Out of the Grey
I went to Camden Town yesterday and walked along the Lock and took some pictures. Sadly, it's turned into a rather dodgey place, contrary to how peaceful it looks from pictures. At least one murder and one rape have happened there in the past year, and it's a hot spot for drug and alcohol addicts. When I was there right around 6:00 p.m., it was mostly peaceful and I didn't see anything really sketchy, but people were starting to congregate on the banks by the time I left. This house boat was called Moondreams and I liked the name, so I snapped a picture. Enjoy!