This is from my trip to New Zealand a couple of years ago where I participated in a photography workshop. After all of the time that's gone by I still have a lot of photos in my backlog to process. Here we were standing on a hill one afternoon overlooking Queenstown. That trip went by so fast I'm glad I have photos to re-live it in little increments later.
Whenever I go somewhere new it can be a little disorienting. By that I mean I'm never to sure which way is north south east or west. I remember having that feeling when I was here and struggling to sort it out in my mind. I love going back to Google Maps or Google Earth to look at places I've been and get a proper sense of direction and location. It's helps me to integrate the experience after the fact.
For instance, with this shot I keep expecting to see the river, but it's to my back as I was facing south. When we headed to Glenorchy, I thought we were driving south but it's actually north. And if all that isn't enough, on the last day I took a helicopter through the southern alps during which I had zero sense of whereabouts. Thankfully I was geotagging my photos, so now years later I can go back and begin to piece the locations together into some kind map of the journey.
Perhaps the sense of not knowing where we are in a new land adds to the sense wonder and excitement. I think perhaps, there might be something to that.
I was driving to the park the other day with my dog and looked over to see these horseback riders going the other way. It's not everyday that you see a bunch of horses swimming the other way, but there they were. Actually this is well known in my area. Along the causeway in Bradenton people come to ride horses in the water. It's a fun thing to watch and many times I've pulled over to look at the horses, but this is the first time I saw them all in the water at once so I couldn't resist taking a photo.
My dog is so funny, he's normally so quiet, but when he sees horses or cows he loves to bark. I'm not sure what it is but I think they might be big dogs to him. Whatever the case, it's hilarious since he's so quite otherwise. Suffice to say he got in a few words as these "big dogs" passed us by.
The big puffy clouds seem to make the whole scene surreal. This is my favorite time of year in Florida, the weather is perfect in every way. Of course that's why so many people come here to get a break from the cold and snow. In another month we'll start getting humidity and thunderstorms and then there is a completely different type of drama in the skies. Also, I think once it gets hotter the horses really like coming here to cool off. Not a bad way for the big dogs to spend the afternoon.
Here is another simple image from inside Barcelona's Casa Batlló. I love these irregular "organic" lines of the walls and molding that are found throughout the house, it's as if the only rule they followed was there should be no right angles. Also, if you look closely you'll notice the walls have a mosaic pattern reminiscent of scales. This is more than a house, it's a study in the blending of art and design to create a habitat. Imagine if all homes were built as works of art, it would be a much more interesting world don't you think?