Posts Tagged ‘park’

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.

What to do on 10/10/10?

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

A few days ago, the date was October 10, 2010, otherwise known as 10/10/10. Some people may have thought this was cool, and others may have not cared or noticed. It meant something to me because 10 has been ‘my’ number for a long time. (I guess you could just call it my ‘favorite number’, although I think it has had a bit of a larger role in my life than that phrase might normally suggest.) I felt like I should do something dramatically impressive or fantastic (or at least something repeated ten times) to match the unique coming of this date in my lifetime. That thought was rather self-defeating however, as it put way too much pressure on me and I froze up and simply took an extra hour’s nap in the morning – during which the climactic time of 10:10 AM and 10 seconds unfortunately rolled on by… Woops.

The day was not lost though. In fact, Catie and I met up with some other Alliance Française students in Place Bellecour, and then we all headed up to Parc de la Tête d’Or, which is easily one of the most beautiful destinations in Lyon. I had a great time wandering about the park and taking photos of the first Autumn I’ve seen in two years. Upon looking at our GPS routes of this and our previous visit to the park, I was amazed to find that we still have only seen a very small portion of what it has to offer! Perhaps another tour is in the cards for us this weekend, while it is still relatively hot and there are more orange, yellow, and red leaves than green.

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

Photos taken in Lyon, France on October 10, 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.

A short hike in Holyrood Park

Friday, October 8th, 2010

As if I hadn’t already fallen in love with Edinburgh enough, our second day there we took a long late morning walk to Holyrood Park, which was easily the most spectacular in-city park I have ever seen. It consists mostly of a series of many rolling grassy hills. The highest point of the park is at Arthur’s Seat, and it also happens to be the highest point in all of Edinburgh as well. The hike up was easy enough and it provided fantastic views of the entire city as well as the North Sea. It also provided fantastic views of a number of golf courses in and around the city (including one directly south of the park) that I would do unspeakable things to be able to go back and play regularly. I decided that day that my dream life might very well consist of living as an artist in Edinburgh, (being able to afford) playing golf a couple times a week, and taking Catie’s and my (future) dog for hikes and runs in Holyrood Park. (Although, Tasmania is still very much in the running as well. In fact, the two places feel quite similar to me in several ways.)

Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)

Photos taken in Edinburgh, Scotland on September 30, 2010.