Refraction

Henley Beach

You’re leaving again

The last of your sweet light scattered between sunset and dusk

Darkness will take your place

Will I see you again?

Yes

Out of the darkness comes my light

(Henley Beach South Australia no editing needed)

Thoroughfare

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The start of one journey the end of another

Thoroughfare

Are we there yet ?

Are we EVER !!

(I took this picture on holidays in England and I love the shadow on the road)

 (image edited using Photoshop)

The Street

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Bereft of residents

Families and friends now long gone

Sounds of everyday life have fallen silent

Bulldozers and hard hats

Regeneration!

(In memory of Humphrey St Bootle Liverpool)

Interpretation

The Bells

Mission San Juan Capistrano

A Spanish mission in Southern California founded 1776

 If you change an image are you being true or distorting reality ?

For me it’s about what I see and how I interpret it sort of a vision, sometimes I get it right and others incredibly wrong.

What are your thoughts ?

Mission Bells Before

Mission Bells Before

This is the original shot of the Bells

The Key

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I took this Photograph because I believe it has a lot of meaning and can be interpreted in many different ways.

One meaning for a key is (of paramount or crucial importance) could it be a key to a new beginning or could it mean simply I am Home !!

what do you see when you look and this picture ?

Restored

Restored

For this post I thought I would venture beyond the travel theme and show some of the Photo restorations I have worked on.  I was inspired to do this by Leanne Coles Post  ReWorking Something from the Past .Reading and seeing Leanne’s post has inspired me to do this as I would not normally show my work to anyone but family and friends. I will say I am by no means an expert or professional, I do this as a small hobby and I get a lot of satisfaction when it works,so thank you Leanne for the inspiration. If you have time please check out Leanne’s Blog you will be glad you did.

Thanks

Mike

Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle

If you ever get the chance to do the drives from San Francisco to Los Angeles or Vice versa make sure you take highway 1 down the coast and through the Big Sur. This is an amazing drive, with so much to see and do? One stop you cannot miss is Hearst Castle San Simeon, California, approximately 250 miles (400 km) from both Los Angeles and San Francisco.

This place is just incredible, built in 1919 for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, who died in 1951, he entertained many famous people there like Charlie Chaplin, Cary Grant, the Marx Brothers, Charles Lindbergh, Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, James Stewart, Bob Hope, Calvin Coolidge, Franklin Roosevelt, Dolores Del Rio, and Winston Churchill. Just to name a few. The story goes that on your first night there you sat next to the host, and then every night after that you moved down the table one place. By the time you got to the end of the table that was your reminder your visit is over and its’s time to go home.hearst_castle01

I was just blown away when I first seen this place, the tour is fantastic I could just picture the parties and people, I could not believe that people actually lived like this back in the 1900’s.

Hearst castle also had the world’s largest private zoo until 1937 when William Randolph Hearst experienced great financial difficulty and the Zoo had to be dismantled. Most of animals had been placed by 1953, although Rocky Mountain elk, tahr goats, llamas, white fallow deer, zebras, Barbary sheep, and sambar deer can still been seen on the ranch today.

You definitely won’t be disappointed with the drive on highway 1 or the Tour of Hearst Castle, I loved it and I know you will to.

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See You at the Airport

Mike

The Airport is closed

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It’s 2am at the airport; we have people sleeping in the outdoor café!!

The airport closed at 11pm and won’t open until 4am

This reminded me

In my youth I spent a few nights sleeping in different airports around the world myself. My first big trip traveling solo was to San Francisco, I missed out on the flight from Los Angeles, so I had to find somewhere to sleep. Back then I was a bit scared to go and find a hotel all by myself, and thought that it would be safer to stay at the airport.

I found a corridor and to my surprise there where dozens of people sprawled out fast asleep. Tonight with the people in the outdoor café brought back lots of memories and I started to wonder about all the people around the world sleeping in airports.

I started a Google searches and came across this web site called The Guide to Sleeping in Airports. (http://www.sleepinginairports.net/) It has all this information dedicated to sleeping in Airport around the world and loads more information that all travellers will find very useful. In particular there is a list of airport’s that will provide cots. Airport Lounge information and how to sleep in the airport tips like this one

11. It’s sometimes better to arrive than depart: The Arrivals lounges are sometimes more comfortable than the Ticket Counter area. It’s amazing how different the two areas can be in some airports. Of course airport logic seems to be that people who are departing immediately go to their gates; they don’t sit around the ticket counters for hours. The arrivals lounge aims to make all those family members, who are waiting for your flight to finally arrive after a four hour delay, a little more comfortable until you and your bags finally show up. (Excerpt from sleepinginairports.net)

You never know when a snowstorm, hurricane (or erupting Icelandic volcano) will leave you stranded at the airport. So if you plan on traveling soon this web site has so much useful information even if you don’t plan on sleeping in the airport.

See you ate the aiport

Mike

Staying Conected

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Staying Conected

Going on Holidays for most of us means getting away from the normal of everyday life and experiencing new and exciting things, but for some of us disconnecting from the World Wide Web and leaving our gadgets at home is just not an option. Going on holiday now means staying connected and potentially over packing with gadgets to feed that need, but don’t let your need for that social media fix spoil your holiday.

A little bit of preparation before you leave can help limit the amount of Tech you take and that impulse to check Facebook every 10 min.

  1. Let all friends and family know you’re going away a week before you leave, ask them to limit their e-mails, texts and phone calls while you are away. Promise to update them every few days via your Blog/Facebook or an e-mail of your adventures. Hopefully then they won’t clog up your in box’s with all those jokes.
  2. While you’re away try to limit the time you spend feeding that craving, I mean do you really have to Tweet /Facebook or whatever social media you’re into, every hour of the day. Put aside a half hour in your schedule to feed your craving for your social media fix. My suggestion make time at night before you go to bed and leave your days free to actually enjoy that well-earned rest,
  3. Limit the amount of gadgets you take with you by combining the way you use them for instances.

If you are taking your laptop you can play your music and watch movies, if you have a program like Skype installed you can also makes calls and send text’s allowing you to leave that iPod and phone at home. If you cannot live without that smart phone this can double as your camera/Video as most smart phones today have decent inbuilt cameras and are able to take HD quality video. One thing to remember though if you do bring that smart phone is avoiding those huge roaming costs. My suggestion is to leave your sim card at home and replace it with a travel sim, this way you will avoid that bill shock when you get home.

Cloud storage is another option to packing that portable hard drive as most cloud storage sites give you at least 5Gb for free, like ( Icloud 5GB Free)(Box 5GB Free)(Dropbox 2Gb Free)(Sugarsync 7Gb Free) enough storage for all those holiday snaps. So with a little preparation you can enjoy that holiday and stay connected as well.

See you at the Airport

Mike