The One About: 15 Ways The iPhone Has Sucked The Fun Out Of Traveling

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Sooo… is it only me, or dose anyone else wonder about #4, those kinds of people who take photos of fireworks rather than just enjoying the show? I can’t count how many fireworks shows I’ve been to where there’s someone in front of me waving their phone/camera around trying to record what’s happening. It’s really not nice looking at other people’s fireworks pics. The quality is never great and you can get a much better show watching it on TV. Plus, isn’t the point to be there are experience it (noises and all) in person? So silly. Maybe I’m missing something?.

Favourite Photo Friday… or rather… Sunday: 3 for 1 (to make up my lateness)

This has been a busy week and I forgot to blog I’m 3 days late.

So here you go, 3 people featured in this photo: Nelson Mandela, yours truly, and the big red Coke-crate man:


The sculpture (the red one obviously), made out of red Coca Cola crates was created for the 2010 World Cup… I don’t know why. But, this seemed like a good place for a photo :)

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa.

The One About Painting the Sea

This is JMW Turner’s painting Storm at Sea:

Storm at Sea

In the Bahamas, The Husband and I sat down with paint and canvas, and painted on the beach. We both shared the same view and the same paint. He thought he did a better job, and I have to admit that I really admired the light feathery touch he had with the paintbrush. But I still thought I did a better job. I preferred my heavy, dark and deep colours and the build up of paint on the canvas over his more whimsical scene. His painting had a certain happiness to it, mine was a bit depressing and lonely, but in that, I feel, more thought. I don’t know where those paintings are anymore. I can’t remember if we ended up leaving them behind or where we might have put them if we brought them back.

Maybe you’re not as attracted to Turner’s study of water-meets-sky-movement, as I am. Perhaps you’re drawn more to Claude Monet’s foaming waves and his interest in sunlight and weather effects in Waves Breaking:

Waves Breaking

These two paintings sort of illustrate the very different results The Husband and I got.

Everyone wants to paint the ocean. There’s something captivating about the movement of waves that’s inspiring. It helps that the same view you stare at one day, is different the next day - no two days look the same if you pay attention to all the details.

To read more about Turner and Monet’s paintings, or learn about other artists who’ve painted the ocean, check out The 10 Best Sea Paintings.

“There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul” – Victor Hugo 






The One About Istanbul

“Rome may be The Eternal City, but Istanbul can make a pretty good case for immortality too. The cities are about the same age, both over two-and-a-half millennia, and for much of that time the larger, wealthier, and more influential of the two was not the one in Italy. In fact Istanbul, known as Constantinople at the time, spent hundreds of years ruling over Rome as the capital of the Roman Empire.” – see full article here

Istanbul is magical. That’s all I can say.

8 Things Not to Miss in Istanbul lists the eight must-sees for all. Below are my images of the 8 rather 7… #4 was eaten and not photographed :D

#1 Be awed by the Blue Mosque

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#2 Learn the mysteries of underground Istanbul

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(underground water cistern – the conclusion of Dan Brown’s Inferno takes place here)

#3 Get lost in the Grand Bazaar

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#4 Enjoy Turkish delight (yeah this one didn’t get photographed, but was definitely enjoyed)!

#5 Be blown away by Hagia Sophia

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#6 Learn how Turkish carpets are made

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#7 Live like a sultan in Topkapi Palace

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#8 Ride the funicular (to Taksim Square)

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For more info on these places/things, check out the article.

“If the earth were a single state, Istanbul would be its capital” – Napoleon Bonaparte.

The One about Otherworldly Landscapes

I’m drawn to strange colours, textures, and patterns, landscapes that seem surreal and odd natural wonders. I find the broken and rusted more intriguing than the fixed and stable; the falling apart with awkward and unexpected surprises, more appealing than the consistent and clean. This is my taste in art.

The Husband calls my taste “weird” but he knows me well and at each of the following places, he has remarked  ”this is SO you.” These are places that catch my breath, make me feel lost in thought, inspire the imagination and I guess, just make me feel comfortable? These are also places that make me want to pull out a paintbrush or collect bits and pieces of whatever I can grasp in my hands, for future inspiration and also because, as all art teachers are, I’m a crazy packrat.

As you can imagine, The Husband is not pleased about the collecting bits and pieces part. He does not want to be part of my ’treasure finding’ plan. He was certainly not happy when I convinced him recently to help me collect paint chips in every single colour, from every single row, on every single rack from Canadian Tire. It was for an art project.

On Hawaii’s Big Island, you can walk forever across old lava fields and not get tired of hearing the crunching sound of old lava under your feet:


Volcanoes National Park, Big Island, Hawaii

The Dead Sea didn’t interest me because of its floating or “healing” capabilities, I was more drawn to the water’s edge by the salt particles that lay in clumps, like pieces of crystal attached to the rocks. You can guess who went home with heavier bags:


The Dead Sea, Jordan

Watching the powerful waters of a geyser push upwards in a burst of power is a fascinating sight. First, the water starts to boil and steam, then a bubble is formed. Finally the steam and water forces skyward:

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Location of a famous geyser (getting ready to burst), Iceland

Iceland is a photographer’s dream. Full of muted dull colours and extreme contrasts in nature. It was raining. We jumped out of the car for a picture. I said, “please, I must capture this colour, I’m in love with it.” He said, “If you get the camera wet, I’ll kill you.” Never mind the fact that it’s my camera…

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Somewhere else in Iceland.

Well, while we’re on the subject of Iceland, I guess we can’t miss this:

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The Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Rocks, sands, dirt, never-ending space - I love it. Here, the red sands up close are just such a gorgeous rich rust colour. I made sure to bring some sand home. I don’t know what to do with it yet, but one day I’ll know:


Wadi Rum, Jordan

There’s something storybook-like and fairytale-esque about trees. Trees are friendly, almost smiling creatures. Who doesn’t like trees?

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Giant Sequoia trees, California

One of my favourite things about surreal landscapes is the quietness of them. There’s something so beautiful in solitude. Rain tends to drive people away, indoors. I love rain, it means no crowd. Plus the foggy clouds give everything a soft mystical kind of look. It was lightly drizzling this day:


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Marble terraces and hot springs, Pamukkale Turkey

It’s hard to believe people lived here. In this ancient place pockmarked with empty cave homes carved right out of the rock. I’d call it Flintstones-like but that makes it seem childish and it’s not cartoony, though the possibilities for hide and seek are endless:


Cappadocia, Turkey

The middle of nowhere it seems, is the best place to come across unexpected beauty:

Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Potholes, South Africa

“…and in her starry shade, Of dim and solitary loveliness, I learn’d the language of another world” – Lord Byron.