On our recent trip to Wisconsin we stopped for a while in Cedarburg which is as quaint little historic city not far from just north of Milwaukee. Originally a mill town it has a nice river running through it and some interesting stores. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.
Here are a few pictures I took whilst wandering around.
I took three cameras with me when I went to Chicago recently; My Olympus Pen-F digital, my Voigtländer Bessa Rangefinder and my Voigtländer Vitomatic II. I have already posted some shots from the Olympus and I didn’t really get to use the Bessa but I did manage a walk with my Vitomatic and I have to say I enjoyed it immensely.
I recently visited Chicago and went up to the 94th floor of the John Hancock building where tourists (like me) can find ‘360 Chicago‘ that allows great views across the city in all directions. It also has a ride of sort called ‘Tilt’ which has a moving section of glass that when you are standing against it tilts out a few feet as if it were going to fall. I didn’t do that part of the attraction just checked out the views.
We were there later in the afternoon so the sun was casting long shadows. I spotted this beach below and liked the angle. I waited to see if someone walked on so I could get a shot. I needed to switch to my other lens which isn’t as nice as the others but gives me the longest focal length (effective 300mm) and I was rewarded when this couple wandered into shot and my steady hand didn’t let me down.
Submitting this for the Weekly Photo Challenge Ascend.
At the edge of Griffith Park next to the i5 is the LA Zoo, a modern establishment housing animals in somewhat reasonably humane conditions (depending on your overall opinion on zoos) but just around the corner the other side of the hill that the LA Zoo now sits upon in the site where the zoo once was and much of the old place is still there to see. Continue reading “LA’s Old Zoo”→
Another day out we managed during the recent trip home to the UK was to Cliveden (pronounced CLIV-den) House.
The house itself is a hotel but the gardens are open to the public and managed by the National Trust. This is also the venue for a large flower show annually run by the Royal Horticultural Society; we just went on a normal day though.
I’ve been in the UK for the last couple of weeks visiting family and saying goodbye to my father who passed away.
Whilst there I visited a few places one of which is Blenheim Palace which is a large country house situated in Woodstock, Oxfordshire and is the principal residence of the Dukes of Marlborough. Continue reading “Blenheim Palace”→
I have travelled back and forth across the atlantic between the UK and the West coast of the united states many times now and I thought that maybe I should share my strategies for surviving economy class and jet lag.
The tips are different depending on which way you are flying as going west you are extending your day usually racing the sunset and arriving the same day you left. Going the other way the day is going in the opposite direction and your day is shortened. Continue reading “Tips for atlantic flights”→
Just got back from a great trip to the Caribbean on the US Virgin Islands. This was a joint birthday treat for my fiancé and I.
We flew a redeye Monday night via Washington arriving Tuesday lunchtime. The flight was long and I got ill on the first leg; the first time I have ever been not well on a flight and I’ve no idea what caused it. All was well be the time we arrived at St Thomas. Continue reading “Four days in the US Virgin Islands”→