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Cedarburg

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.

The river coming down from the mill upstream.

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Chicago with film

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.

It has been some time since I have used this little rangefinder and I had forgotten what a nice thing it is to use. Continue reading “Chicago with film”

Plymouth Wisconsin

I took these whilst visiting Plymouth recently.  They are painted signs of which there are many around this city that celebrate the historical industries of the city.

I believe there is a tour you can do to see all of the signs.

Moo

Whenever we are in the Milwaukee area my Fiancee can’t resist reliving her youth and stop off at Kopp’s for frozen custard.  At this location they have cool cow sculptures in the car park.

Kopp’s  N Port Washington Rd

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from a long way up

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.

from 94 floors up

LA’s Old Zoo

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”

Gardens at Clivedon House

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.

Cliveden has a rich history;  Once the home of Nancy Astor Continue reading “Gardens at Clivedon House”

Blenheim Palace

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”

Tips for atlantic flights

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”

Landscape week #1

As the Angeles National Forest is now barely a 15 minute drive from my house, I decided to take the Pen-F digital out for some landscapes – it seems rude not to when these views are so close

Laptops on planes

It seems that in yet another overreaction to unidentified risk, travelling by plane is going to get even more annoying.

It is likely that Homeland Security is going to ban “large electronic devices‘ on planes from Europe (in addition to the restrictions already in place for middle eastern type locations).

I really don’t understand this, what is it really protecting us from?  How many incidents of laptop -based bombs have there been?   Continue reading “Laptops on planes”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Antwerp

Taken on a trip to Belgium earlier this year; the wonderful Central station in Antwerp.

Antwerp, Belgium
Shot on Olympus Pen-F

My submission of the WPC Wanderlust

Cachuma Lake and Solvang

This weekend myself and S took our 1969 Prowler (towed by our 1990 Bronco) on our first expedition to camp at Cachuma Lake.  All went reasonably well, we had some issues but generally it was a success.

Day 1

The journey up was pretty uneventful though it was scary as hell Continue reading “Cachuma Lake and Solvang”

Roll-over Jacques Cousteau…

… actually no, I am not anywhere in his league or even same sport (am I showing my age even using him as a reference?).

Anyway, below are a few shots taken on film while snorkeling with my Nikonos IV film camera in St Thomas US Virgin Islands. Continue reading “Roll-over Jacques Cousteau…”

Four days in the US Virgin Islands

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”

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