As we walk from place to place, attraction to shopping, we get to see life in Paris. There is so much to see. Great musicians playing for everyones entertainment, and of course a few coins. The little kids are always fun to watch as they dance to the music, but not great subjects for street photographers or bloggers!
Ink and water color artist_Paris France
The ink and water colour artist was sitting on the bench beside the Seine River, sketching and watching people go by. two images for $30.00 euro. I liked his work and this seemed like a more personal keepsake to bring home rather than the usual tourist trinket!
Delivery by bike_Paris France
Deliveries Paris style, there are a lot of bikes in the city, and with the general lack of parking, volume of vehicles, and traffic congestion, deliveries by bike seems like a good idea. This bike is outfitted with a special container to keep the good safe.
Bike Rentals_Paris France
For locals and tourists alike, bike rentals, and the rental stands are everywhere.
A view of the Louvre from Musee d’Orsay
And finally a view of the Louvre from inside the famous Musee d’Orsay’s clock.
The beautiful street art reminds me that, hopefully spring is just around the corner. While it could be almost another month before we see the trees blooming I am looking forward to the spring bulbs like crocus, tulips and daffodiffs.
Haiku, Flowers of spring
The flowers of spring, Bloom upon the silent hill, Where our love was born.
yesterday was a busy day – we started at the World Trade Center. Before visiting the site of the memorial pools we went to the ticket center, where there is lots of information, videos, pictures, and stories of the day and lives that were changed forever. the site takes a while to get into – lots of security, and volunteers to answer questions.
on boxing day morning as I was cleaning up the kitchen i looked out the window and found 1 or 12 of these little Partridges in the front yard! Now I have seen them before, scurrying through the front yard. this time they were playing in the tree well. They must have found the dirt warm from the sun, maybe some seeds from the grass and flower that were close by. They spent quite a bit of time there and I was able to get a few pictures from the front window. The minute I tried to open the door the heads popped up, and the prepared to bolt. I wasn’t able to get any closer to them for more pictures.
Introduced to North America from Hungary for hunting purposes, in the early 1900s. Gray Partridges are abundant in the prairie provinces. The Alberta population apparently is apparently thriving in the southern and central part of the province, I don’t think they are often seen in the cities, and it was a special treat to see them on Boxing Day.
I love Christmas decorations, this is the Unicef Snowflake hangs over the intersection of 57 st and 5 ave in Manhattan. “A beacon of hope” hangs November, December and January as a reminder of the groups mission to reach of a day when zero children die of preventable causes.
A winter storm warning has been issued for our area, read further and you will see that the meteorologist are suggesting that we might get between 2 – 4 cm of snow. I am not sure if 2 – 4 cm of snow is so much snow that we need a “storm warning” after all it is winter in Calgary, and part of our lifestyle, sweeping snow off the car.
It will be a great day for pictures if I can find time from work to get out there!
A little over a month ago I was sitting in the square in the old city of Dubrovnik, having breakfast, listening to The Dubrovnik Jazz Trio and watching this little girl feed the pigeons. Today I am home in Calgary, with an expected high of 0 celsius, not a pigeon in site, I am going to have to find something different to do for breakfast.
Bill and I went out for breakfast, well bruch actually. The Stadun or main street in the old town of Dubrovnik is lined with cafes, we choose a table new are St Blaise’s Church. These guys were playing Jazz for the crowd, a great way to start the day. They were selling cd’s but unfortunately I didn’t pick one up or get the name of the band! I thought they would be there for a while, left to see Rector’s Place, and when we came back to the street they were gone. Maybe they will be back tomorrow.
Street photography is something that has always intrigued me, at the same time it strikes terror into my heart. As I wander around with my camera I see so many interesting people doing interesting things some I have photographed, others I have let pass. I spotted these gentlemen sitting on the opposite train platform waiting for their train, having quite a visit. I had the camera sitting on my lap, and clicked a couple of frames. I can’t be sure if the two gentleman noticed I had taken a picture, I had been sitting with three very pretty young ladies, so I think they were looking at them, not me!
The dilemma about street photography is taking pictures of people unaware and using them in appropriately, but there are times when asking permission spoils the moment. I try to be sensitive to quiet emotional moments. But I do want to catch the very real moment, and once you have gotten someone’s attention or asked permission they do become at least a self-conscious, and it does take a while for them to relax again. But without permission you cannot judge how someone will react to having their photo taken without permission.
There have been times when I have grabbed the shot, and then spoken to people, deleting if necessary, emailing copies when asked. But I have to say that this is still an area that intimidates me, and that I have promised my-self that I would work on street photography! I have realized that I can’t wait to be more comfortable, I have to work at this and become more comfortable!
I have also decided to participate in the postaday2011 challenge. I have been posting regularly for quite some time and convinced myself I can manage this goal successfully, so I am now making the committment.