Sharing moments in time…

  • Didn't know Jack could sing...
  • Family and Humanity - the two go hand in hand
  • Rainy Day Praha
  • Start of the day on the river
  • Adventurous moment - at least for the cub....
  • White Skytops
  • Budapest on the Danube
  • A beautiful walk
  • Frayed Friend
  • Koln Cathedral at Dusk (B&W)


Monday Funny – Two unexpected pleasures in one….

While we were walking around on a beautiful afternoon in Vienna, we were surprised by an a-capella vocal group who just got out of a bus and started singing – a beautiful Austrian tune with some yodeling thrown in.  As we were listening to them, I couldn’t help but notice another face joining in the group from the background – not nearly as melodious or inviting – but a pretty funny juxtaposition…..

Didn't know Jack could sing...

Didn’t know Jack could sing…

In case you were wondering what the group sounded like…….I videoed the last part of their beautiful song……



Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity

I took this photo in Rottenburg Germany a few weeks ago.  The love and affection of this grandmother to the young child shows the essence of humanity.  To me it shows both the needs the child and the support that is provided by the extended family unit.  This relationship is basic to the human condition across all national and geographic boundaries.

Family and Humanity - the two go hand in hand

Family and Humanity – the two go hand in hand


A crowded, rainy day in Prague

We were in Prague for a few days following our river cruise.  It is a beautiful city (as you’ll see in upcoming posts) but I thought I’d post a different photo today.  I took this photo on the St. Charles bridge in mid afternoon and in the pouring rain. In looking at the photo, I found the pattern and colors of the umbrellas to be more compelling than the grey background of the Prague skyline so I decided I’d focus my processing on that.  This is much more abstract than what I normally do but thought you might enjoy it anyway.

Rainy Day Praha

Rainy Day Praha

Just in case you’re interested, here’s what the original photo looked like……


Quiet Danube Morning

While on our cruise I tried to get up early to enjoy the quiet sights of the rivers in the morning.  This scene of a working  barge was captured at about 6:15 one morning approaching a town with a beautiful cathedral in the background and a little ground fog still coming off the river.  Sometimes it pays to be an early riser….

Start of the day on the river

Start of the day on the river

Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure

Well, we are just returned from 3 weeks in Europe but I wouldn’t classify that trip as an adventure.  It was very enjoyable but fairly quiet and even.  As a contrast, I would classify our trips to camp with the Brown Bears in Alaska or our African trips as adventures – not only because of wildness of the areas but also because you are always in the presence of animals with minds of their own.  I don’t mean that these activities are hazardous – but they are adventurous and interesting because you are experiencing things so far from our normal human interactions and lifestyles.  I picked this photo (pretty much at random from my desktop) to illustrate a moment that made this an adventure – a chance to witness a wild lioness “schooling” her young ones in their behavior.

Adventurous moment - at least for the cub....

Adventurous moment – at least for the cub….

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue

Here’s mine for the week’s challenge – a couple of skyline photos of european towns.  I think these two represent a dialogue from the aspect that the first one is based on a white (or lighter colored) theme…..

White Skytops

White Skytops

While the second is predominantly a darker, or black scheme.

Black Skytops

Black Skytops

Variations on a theme – a dialogue…..

A postcard from Budapest

One of our friends on Facebook asked if we were going to be in Budapest as she used to live there – a long time ago…  Well, we arrived in Budapest this morning and have enjoyed a day with dramatic changes in the sky – early sun and them some very dark clouds.  Here’s my postcard to our friend Jenn – I hope it makes you nostalgic for this beautiful old city.

Budapest on the Danube

Budapest on the Danube

A beautiful scene from Bamberg

We stopped a couple of days ago in the pretty town of Bamberg, Germany.  We found a delightful little place to have a cup of coffee (and a wonderful piece of cheesecake) along the canal and then walked around the area.  I took this peaceful picture as we walked.  I “dressed it up” a little to make it look more like a painting but I think you’ll agree that it was a very nice scene……

A beautiful walk

A beautiful walk

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fray

I was lucky on this week’s challenge.  We were walking this morning in the little German town of Donaustadt on the Danube River.  We weren’t looking for anything in particular, we were just enjoying this out of the way little town.  As we went by the front of a house that was under construction my wife pointed out what she called “a dead teddy bear”.  That is exactly what it looked like… was lying there, a little worse for wear, looking like it had been laid to rest.  May this frayed little bear rest in peace….

Frayed Friend

Frayed Friend

Köln Cathedral and Strassenbahn Bridge

It wouldn’t be a European River Cruise without Cathedrals so I thought I’d get this post out of my system quickly.  This was taken on our first night and shows the largest Cathedral in Germany alongside a train bridge in the center of the old city.  The Cathedral looks out over the Rhine River and is a spectacular sight – especially at night when the lights come on.  I’ve made several versions of this photo (because I like it..) but I thought I’d post the B&W image here – I think it is a dramatic capture of an iconic scene.

Koln Cathedral at Dusk (B&W)

Koln Cathedral at Dusk (B&W)

An added benefit of photographing this particular scene was that we ran into another photographer who used to live in Köln and he gave us a great rundown on where to eat and where to enjoy the local brews….


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