A Glimpse of Copenhagen and Tivoli

We arrived in Copenhagen in the afternoon and checked into the hotel Holland America picked for us, the Palace Hotel. It was in a great location, right across from City Hall and very close to Tivoli Gardens and Strøget, a major shopping area.


The hotel is very old (1910) but the room was modern and very nice. I didn’t think to take a photo of our room, but I did shoot the view out the window:


We did our best to do some sightseeing, but soon realized we’d been awake for more than 24 hours, so had to crash for a while. At one point I had to tell myself to just put one foot in front of the other. I now wish we’d arrived one day earlier, because Copenhagen kind of got short shrift and it’s a lovely city.

Somewhat refreshed, we walked over to Tivoli Gardens, or just Tivoli.



I loved the detail in the entrance.


Tivoli opened in 1843 and is the second oldest amusement park in the world. Walt Disney was inspired to create Disneyland after visiting here. Tivoli is much smaller, but lovely. The wooden roller coaster is one of the oldest in the world. We were too beat to do any rides, but had dinner and walked around.


Chinese Pantomime Theatre


Really nice lighting on this place that looked like something from the Arabian Nights.




Definitely a pretty place at night.

On the way back to the hotel I snapped this shot of City Hall with its clock tower:


I had taken this closeup of City Hall earlier in the day, but the light was terrible, so I thought I’d get a full-length shot later. Was surprised to find that I hadn’t. My excuse? Major jet lag. The gold statue is Absalon.


By the way, everyone we encountered spoke English. Good English. What a difference from when I traveled in Prague and Berlin back in 2000.

Hope your week’s going well so far. . . .


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A Shaky Start and Some iShots

Hi, everyone! I made it back from the Baltic. The trip was fantastic, even better than I’d hoped. I’m dealing with some major jet lag (it is three a.m. as I write this) but will have some trip photos on Tuesday. I took a lot, so there’s a bit of work ahead for me.

The trip had only one snafu: my flight out of San Diego. I got a call from Delta the night before saying we’d leave an hour later. When I got to the airport, the flight was delayed two hours. I asked why and was told the pilot’s seat was broken and needed to be replaced. She also said it would be a “quick fix.” This was a new one for me.

We boarded the plane at eleven a.m. and were just about to take off when the guy a row ahead of me started pushing his call button. The flight attendant asked whoever was doing it to stop and the guy continued. So weird! Finally she came back and confronted him and he refused to give his name. That’s in violation of the law, so we had to return to the gate! The next thing I knew, these guys were in the aisle:


They escorted the unruly passenger off the plane and we were finally on our way.

Here are some iPhone shots I took from the air:


Point Loma and Coronado Island.


I don’t know where this is, but it was cool to see snow in July.


Somewhere between San Diego and Minneapolis.

Great weekend, everyone!


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Travel Scan: Arles, Roman Cemetery


Alyscamps is one of the most famous necropolises of the ancient world (founded in the fourth century or earlier). It was referred to by Dante in The Inferno and was Arles’ main burial ground for nearly 1,500 years. According to Wiki, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin chose the Alyscamps as the first site for their expeditions where they painted side by side in 1888.

I’m not a huge fan of cemeteries, but I thought this one was amazing. This photo really takes me back to sun-filled days in Provence, one of my favorite places in the world. The person in the photo is our friend E., and yes, those are sarcophagi on either side of the walkway.


Next week I’ll be preparing for my trip to the Baltic, so I won’t be blogging for about three weeks. I’m very excited about seeing Copenhagen, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm and Lubeck for the first time. Have already started packing and hope I don’t forget anything. It kind of blew my mind to see that St. Petersburg is eleven hours later than San Diego. That is far. Hoping to share some good photos with you when I get back.

Great weekend, everyone!


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Victorian Pastels

I photographed this Victorian home in Cape May three years ago, then added some light and softness to it before uploading to Flickr. It’s still getting quite a few views, so I thought I’d post it here for you, along with another softened view . . . .



The owners did a great job picking the colors, didn’t they? I miss the East Coast when I look at photos like this.

Hope your week’s going well so far. Happy Summer!


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Travel Scan: St. Nicholas Cathedral, Prague


The Church of Saint Nicholas, or Saint Nicholas Cathedral, is a beautiful Baroque church in the Malá Strana part of Prague. It was built between 1704-1755 and is considered one of the most impressive examples of Prague Baroque. Our hotel was within walking distance of this church and I never got tired of looking at it.

What’s really cool is that Mozart played on the church organ which has 4,000 pipes. Mozart’s Mass in C was first performed here shortly after his visit.

If you ever get the chance, visit Prague. It is stunning.

Great weekend, everyone!


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One of my red roses from a different angle.

Right now I’m having some back problems, so can’t sit at the computer very long. Will have to do one photo until this clears up. Some good news, though: the people at Waterlogue retweeted and favorited my “vintage pickup” post and I just sold a large print of my carousel shot. :)

Hope your week’s going well so far….


P.S. Welcome, new subscribers!

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Vintage Pickup in Waterlogue

I photographed this pickup near Taos, New Mexico, with my iPhone4. (You can see another view here.)


Thought it might be fun to run it through the Waterlogue app on my phone. . . .


You can’t really see it here, but there’s a white border that was added by Waterlogue. This was cropped square for Instagram.

Then I tried the same app on my iPad, which has more options:


There’s a lot more detail and it’s not quite so rough, but I think I like both. Which one do you prefer?

Great weekend, everyone!


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Travel Scan: Sunset on the Chiemsee


The Chiemsee is a lake in Southern Bavaria, close to the foothills of the Alps. I lived and worked at a resort there for two years. This was taken near the dock where they kept the sailboats.

Hope your week’s going well so far.


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Shooting with an iPhone 5S

As I mentioned previously, I upgraded to an iPhone 5S. Here are some recent shots taken in different light situations:


Chicken and avocado enchiladas at a restaurant in very poor light. Pretty good detail for an iPhone. . . much better than the iPhone4 I was using before.


A vintage sweater at an antiques emporium with overhead fluorescent lighting. Again, decent detail.

Then we went to the botanical gardens.


I don’t know the name of this yellow flower, but I like it a lot. Dappled shade here, which seems to be a good condition for iPhones.


The always-strange Giant Dutchman’s Pipe vine in full sun.


This was a disappointment. The colors of this agave were so rich, and they looked good on the phone, but not here. Will have to go back with the Nikon soon, if I can. It would have picked up the finer nuances.


This was so true to life I couldn’t believe it. The colors and light looked exactly like this. Again, light shade is the iPhone’s friend.

When I have to shoot in bright sun, there’s so much glare, I can hardly see the display. I basically look for a basic outline and hope for the best. I’m not looking for award-winning photography here, but I do like the challenge of shooting with a phone.


As is often the case, there was a wedding about to take place.


Very happy with the amount of detail in this shot of sea lavender and succulents. I’m lucky enough to have a steady hand, but I still get one of my fingers in the shot from time to time! One of the disadavantages of having long digits.

Finally, my new favorite tree, the Cape Chestnut:


The “pom poms” are nice enough in the distance, but up close they are something else . . . .


Great weekend, everyone!


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On a whim, I bought some apricot-colored roses at the grocery store the other night. Brought them home and stuck them in water, paper and all, because I needed to cook dinner. Afterwards, I noticed the light outside was looking particularly good, so I took the roses out of water and laid them on my weathered blue table.


I like the way the paper wrapping picked up the blue in the table.


The “ribbons” are actually striped leaves. I don’t know the name of the plant, but I love the way it’s woven into the arrangement.


I took off the paper for this one. Not thrilled with the composition, but I wanted to show the entire arrangement.


Honestly, these roses didn’t have a bad angle.


Incidentally, it’s National Rose Month. Happy June too, everyone!


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