Posts Tagged ‘animals’

A sisterly arrival

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Ever since we moved in, Catie and I have been feeling like our studio apartment was just a little too spacious for two people, so we were relieved yesterday to finally add a third resident to the mix – namely, Catie’s sister Emma! She took the train from Geneva to Lyon yesterday afternoon and we didn’t waste too much time before setting out into the mild clouds and wind (and fortunate lack of rain) for her introduction to our city. We did what I would call the ‘classic introductory ramble’, walking west from our apartment across the Rhone to Place Bellecour, then onwards over the Saône to Vieux Lyon, stopping by the Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, and then looping back towards Place des Terreaux. We kept walking for a while at night, but once it got a little too chilly for our liking, we took refuge in my favorite local creperie for dinner. All in all, it was a great first day (in my ‘veteran Lyonnaise’ opinion, anyway)!

Lyon, France (Nov 9, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 9, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 9, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 9, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 9, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 9, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 9, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 9, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 9, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 9, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 9, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 9, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 9, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 9, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 9, 2010)

Photos taken in Lyon, France on November 9, 2010.

A monochrome walk to the park

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Catie and I are trying to restructure our schedules to do more of our work in the evening so that we have more time during the day to go out and enjoy Lyon. (I can put my weather-related Minnesotan pride aside for a minute and admit that the nights are getting a little cold for casually strolling about the city.) As part of that effort (and to celebrate the start of the weekend and the end of Catie’s second month of French classes, as well as to make the most of a strikingly warm day) Catie and I decided to walk up to Parc de la Tête d’Or again.

Catie brought her Kindle and I brought my camera, armed this time with just my trusty old 70-200mm lens. I felt pretty photographically frustrated from the get-go, I’m not sure whether from the fact that I hadn’t used that “trusty old” lens (or any zoom lens) in quite a while or just because I was in a creative funk. To try and give myself a positive spark, I decided to spend the day shooting in black and white. I like approaching the world in monochrome. It always seems to result in a different style of images, and it lets me focus on what is certainly the most important aspect of photography – the light.

So, I consider this group of images to be an experiment (and perhaps the sequel to my day photographing workers across the world in Bangladesh). I tried to experiment with my post-processing a bit as well, sticking with the original out-of-camera black and white JPG’s as much as possible. Maybe that’s why I was able to get them imported, selected, processed, and posted in less than 24 hours!

Lyon, France (Oct 29, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 29, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 29, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 29, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 29, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 29, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 29, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 29, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 29, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 29, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 29, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 29, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 29, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 29, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 29, 2010)

Photos taken in Lyon, France on October 29, 2010.

Day trip to Pérouges

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

After being sick for the better part of a week, I managed to get out of the apartment and into the mercifully-not-too-awful cold to make a second attempt at visiting the small medieval town of Pérouges. We tried to take the train again, but we found out last minute that it was cancelled, so we were directed to a replacement bus. We successfully (found and) rode that bus for about an hour until we arrived at Meximieux, a small city from which Pérouges is only a pleasant fifteen or twenty minute walk.

I didn’t know much about our destination before we got there, except that (as I mentioned before) it is a small medieval town, and it is completely surrounded by a wall. (Clearly, this was reason enough to visit in my opinion – perhaps related to my obsession with a certain board game.) It turned out to be an absolutely beautiful place to spend the afternoon, and I am considering going back to spend another since my available light started to fizzle by the end of our stay (and it was so dazzlingly brilliant nearer our arrival). It helps that the bus ticket is also delightfully cheap – only 10 euros round trip!

Lyon, France (Oct 23, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 23, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 23, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 23, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 23, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 23, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 23, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 23, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 23, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 23, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 23, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 23, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 23, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 23, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 23, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 23, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 23, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 23, 2010)

Photos taken in Pérouges, France on October 23, 2010.

An update: I want THIS dog

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Recently, I wrote about the self-imposed canine-less torture of Catie’s and my nomadic lifestyle. It seems that the universe is a regular reader of my blog (and that the universe may be a bit of a cruel tease), as just a few days later Catie and I stumbled upon the most beautiful sweet fluffy white Golden Retriever I have ever met.

Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)

Photo taken in Lyon, France on October 19, 2010.

I was taking a photo of a combination lock on an iron gate (as I often do), and I heard Catie from twenty feet off say very calmly but authoritatively, “Dan, I found a Golden Retriever”. I immediately suspected feared foul play, and responded very sternly, “Catie, do not screw with me. Are you lying?” She was not! There was a very excited dog sitting on a stone ledge next to an old building, wagging its tail and staring at the both of us.

I didn’t stop petting that dog for a good twenty five minutes, despite our walking buddies being long gone and even Catie giving up on me (trying not to let the group dissolve permanently). I have no idea whose dog it is, what its name is, or why it was tied up where it was, but I do know that I loved it with all my heart. It was sooo fluffy! (All-time professionalism high for this blog right there, I think.)

Once Catie came back for a third time and finally successfully dragged me away from the new love of my French life, and after she watched me give no less than four desperate adoring glances back to that dog, she said that the next time I look back at her lovingly at the airport before leaving, she isn’t going to feel so special. I told her that on the contrary, she should know now that she should feel especially so.

Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)

Photos taken in Lyon, France on October 19, 2010.

I want a (slightly bigger) dog

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Anyone who knows me is probably aware of my love for obsession with dogs. My childhood dog Muffin was the love of my younger life and my best friend. Getting her was my first memory, and ever since she died (the summer before I went to college), I have had a void inside that almost constantly distresses me to some degree. I have done my best to fill that void with my sister’s black lab Sydney as well as (this past Summer) Catie’s mom’s yellow lab Abbie, not to mention my somewhat ‘complicated’ up-and-down relationship with my parents’ Newfoundland Callie, but it just isn’t the same as having my own dog.

Important dogs in my Life

Composite image of a few important dogs in my life.

The problem is that there is just (quite obviously) no way for Catie and I to even entertain the thought of getting a canine companion of our own while we are still (rather unpredictably) cruising about the globe. I don’t know what to do about it. I love traveling and seeing new places, and I know that we have the rest of our lives to settle down somewhere and make a comfortable home and get a dog (and a cat, and probably a rat and a goat and a bunny as well if Catie gets her way), but it’s just hard. Perhaps I am not a very patient person, after all. I just think I would be such a happier and more successful person with a dog in my life all the time. Ah, well… Someday.

For now, a small collection of photos of what is possibly the smallest dog I have ever seen will have to do. We found it romping about the grass in the Parc de la Tête d’Or, and although I am definitely not a small dog type of person, I will admit it was ridiculously cute. Then again, I am fairly certain it was a very young puppy, so what else is new.

Lyon, France (Oct 10, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 10, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 10, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 10, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 10, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 10, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 10, 2010)

Photos taken in Lyon, France on October 10, 2010.