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Monday, 28 March 2011

Victoria Park Gentlemen

Looking out at my Hong Kong harbour view with grey hazy skies it didn't seem too appealing for my planned walk. So headed to Starbucks for a coffee and pastry to work out a plan of action. Fed and watered I headed towards Hong Kong Park. Exploring a number of shops on the way. HK Park is one of a few areas of greenery within the city area. It houses a large netted aviary named after Edward Youde. Unusual pigeons swoop just above your head, strange squarks echo around you. Situated on the edge of the park is Cotton Tree Drive Registry Office. I was just in time to see a newly married young couple appear and have their photos taken in the park. As if my magic the sun appears for a short time.The warmth feels good. Next a quick sandwich and a brisk walk back to Hennessy Road to get the tram to Causeway Bay before I  fall asleep. Transport runs so efficiently here no delays, all very straight forward. I browse the many shops around the area. It's so busy and hectic, so I head out to Victoria Park for a leisurely stroll. I meet a man walking backwards and an area signed 'Laughing Corner'! Just before I left the park I meet these three very friendly gentlemen having their afternoon catch up. They seemed very happy for me to take their photo. It's been a tiring day in Hong Kong.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Whitstable Oysters

What a glorious day to be beside the seaside! Whitstable is an established fishing port on the south east coast of England. It has been associated with oysters for hundreds of years. The town holds an annual oyster festival in July. However, there is an old saying you should 'only eat oysters if there is an R in the month'! The reason for the festival in July, is that in Norman times there was a annual customary thanksgiving for fishers are dredgers for their survival and harvest. This would be held out of the oyster season.  As St James's Day (the patron saint of oysters) fell on the 25th July this then became the accepted month for todays festivals.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Super Moon

Yesterday consisted of a sunny frosty morning, blue skies during the day and a clear cold evening. Perfect weather for viewing spectacular moon. Passing the earth at a distance of 221,567 miles (356,577 kilometres). It is the closest it has been to the earth in 18 years and is know as a lunar perigee. With a 400mm lens and some post cropping I was quite please with the results.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Getting creative ...

I haven't felt particularly creative or motivated to take photo's over the last few weeks. Mostly due to the weather but also the continuous draining conversations I have been having with insurers and loss adjusters over the right off of my car. But today I thought life was too short to worry about that stuff so I turned to my fellow photo bloggers for inspiration and direction. Lisa's The Creative Exchange was just what I needed. Thank you Lisa!

Monday, 7 March 2011

And then there were buds ....

with Kim Klassen Textures 
appearing throughout my garden!
The day started with a sharp frost and even the birdbath was frozen! What followed were beautiful blue skies and sunshine. Still a very bitter cold day. However, my daffodils and tulips are telling me spring is certainly on its way.

Oh and the previous photo was of my back and shoulder!!

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Define me ....

is my first self portrait. I have always wanted to do something arty and this is just an experiment.
I am fascinated by the way you can mould and change your muscular shape by weight training. Years of body building have left me with some muscular shape.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Tap Water ....

is something we take for granted, but did you know 884 million people around the world do not have access to clean drinking water! It's a shocking fact in this day and age.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Heavenly Hyacinth for HPT

Not liked by all, but I love the scent of Spring Hyacinth at home.