So, my long journey started in London. We didn't have much time in London, actually just a few hours, 6 to be more precise. But it is against my religion to just stay put and wait in an airport without taking a peek outside... So this was my first real incursion into London, a place where I've stopped before to catch flights to other places. It is a bit ironic that I first got to know the US and not a city that is so "close to home"... But it was very interesting to have this perspective of London, now that I have lived in the US for half a year. Things do make more sense now! Starting at the fact that people actually care for greater causes (like in the US)... ... going on to the "small pub culture"... never without fish and chips and burgers, of course! Out of all of the places I've visited so far, the US and UK are still the only ones where you see men in suits riding bikes, wandering in the middle of the streets. An interesting and eco-friendly phenomenon! You still get the feeling of being inside a movie... all the movies and shows really make you get a sense of familiarity with the place that you just don't get with other cities. All these places really ring bells inside my head...
... you also find small cozy corners, lost in the middle of the city... ... absolutely stunning Xmas decorations... ... and things that you ONLY find in UK!!!
It has been a while since I've posted last, mainly because I've been traveling 180º around the world... That placed me in the extreme opposite from Portugal, New Zealand, the most amazing place I've visited until now. There are tons of photos, and lots of stories to be told, but while I don't get the time to write them down, I'll leave you with a dolphin view of the world. To all the wildlife photographers who photograph these wonderful creatures, I admire you, because taking great shots of dolphins is VERY difficult. They are extremely fast and playful, and it must be somewhat like horses - you must learn to anticipate their movements. However, most of the time they are under water, which makes the task... well, a bit more difficult. Enjoy!
"The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears." (Arabian Proverb)
"In riding a horse we borrow freedom." (Helen Thomson)
It's a lot like nuts and bolts - if the rider's nuts, the horse bolts! ~Nicholas Evans
"Sometimes what seems like surrender isn't surrender at all. It's about what's going on in our hearts. About seeing clearly the way life is and accepting it and being true to it, whatever the pain, because the pain of not being true to it is far, far greater." (Tom Booker, in "The Horse Whisperer" movie)
When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silent. - Ansel Adams
"It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter, because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you see the ordinary." -- David Bailey
Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop. - Ansel Adams
"Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted." (Author Unknown)
"Riding: The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground." (Author Unknown)
"Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people." (W.C. Fields)
"No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle." (Winston Churchill)
The horse is God's gift to mankind. ~Arabian Proverb