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More Poland photos

One thing that I slightly regret is that I don’t have a particular favourite subject or style, so I shoot everything from portraits to landscapes to macro to abstract, and the sets do not always end up looking coherent. Anyway, I’ve uploaded more shots from last week’s trip, and I’ve also created a Children and Babies set and shuffled the Featured Sets collection around a bit. Always interested in comments… 😉

Where have I been?

Have I been a bit quiet? That’s because I’ve been here:

Playing in the river In Wisla

And enjoying sights like these:

View from Skrzyczne

And also spending time with our nephew:

Beniamin's eyes

More photos on Flickr, as usual.

Last week I did about 1000km of driving in Poland – the first time I’d driven on the “wrong” side of the road, too. Bit of an unfortunate start to the break, since I managed to leave Ola’s passport at home. Still, it all came together in the end.

Whilst away I also (finally!) read most of The Long Tail, and all of a really great, fun and highly readable book called the The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear, which I thoroughly recommend.

I also explored a bunch of interesting new music on the iPod via the Song by Toad podcast, which is worth a listen. Episode 8 is stuffed with new music which I love (Emmy the Great, Monkey Swallows the Universe), Episode 5 has some other cool stuff (Alex Cornish, Thunderegg), and Episode 6 is just hilarious.

Back to it. Service to be resumed shortly.

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Icicle by the stream

Icicle by the stream

Originally uploaded by andyp uk.

I had a great walk this morning with Ola’s dog Roy. We went up the mountain to look for some interesting photo opportunities. The snow we had earlier in the week has mostly melted due to a warmer couple of days. This morning it was about -1C so there is still a lot of ice about, and snow in the places where the sun has had less of a chance to melt it.

I spotted this long icicle where the stream was running over some rocks. The rock at the top of the picture was mostly covered in ice. The whiteness at the bottom of the shot is the running water (this was taken at 1/25 sec exposure). I was balanced on a rock in the middle of the stream, crouched down, with a long lens – and Roy was sitting patiently behind me, on his lead.

Had a great holiday, as usual.

Check out the other shots. More to come, but the satellite broadband connection is not the fastest way of uploading…

Another anniversary

Today marks the 25th anniversary of Prime Minister Wojciech Jaruzelski declaring a state of emergency /martial law in Poland , and cracking down on Solidarity. There’s a reflective mood here. Last night there was a big concert for peace, and it has been all over the TV. I’ve had some interesting conversations with my in-laws about the changes at the time – the roadblocks, the curfew, the army presence. Hard to even understand. Poland is a good place to be now, but I can’t imagine what it must have been like.

Do yourself a favour and have a read via the Wikipedia links above. It’s worth knowing a bit about the history and background of today’s political situation.

Update: the BBC has a story about today’s reflection, and a historical viewpoint.

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Water wheel

Water wheel

Originally uploaded by andyp uk.

We had a little snow yesterday – none (so far) today, and what is out there is melting. I took this shot alongside the house. The water wheel is not actually in the water at the moment, but I thought this made a nice composition.