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I’m moving again.

26 Oct

Well, it’s happened again. I’ve run out of room on my blog. If I want to finish the story of my African safari, I need to buy more space (which I’m not going to do) or create a new blog. I’ve chosen the second option. Anyone who wants to follow my adventures in Botswana, South Africa, and Zambia, will need to look for my new blog “Just Up to No Good–Grandmas Gone Wild”. Here is a link…

http://peccarymeerkat23.wordpress.com/

Cheers, Rosemarie

I hope to see you at my new location.

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This is So Not Me

16 Mar

Today I began shopping for appropriate clothing to take on a safari. Color is the problem. I am someone who likes to wear bright col0rs anchored with a basic black. This color scheme is not the best out in the bush where neutrals are recommended. In case you didn’t know, mosquitos are actually attracted to black. UGH! So I bought this hot little number of light denim shirt and khaki wash and wear pants. They will be perfect, but they are so NOT me.

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Lazy Perambulation through the Zoo

15 Mar

Just recovering from a bad bout of the flu, I enjoyed a sunny afternoon moseying through the St. Louis Zoo. Here are a few shots. I love having a 55-300mm zoom lens. I continue to practice wildlife photography for my upcoming safari.

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Peccaries are very cute, especially when sleeping all together in a group.

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A pensive gorilla and one who seems annoyed at the noisy zoo visitors.

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This is the first time I’ve ever seen the red panda out and active. There was a standoff between him and the peacock, but they agreed to disagree, and decided they could co-exist.

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An adorable harbor seal enjoying a swim on a sunny day.

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Same Website, New Title

6 Jan

Just a quick heads up to anyone to has been following my blog “Europe and After 2013”. I have changed the name to reflect past posts and new ones being added as I make preparations to go on my once in a lifetime African safari in Botswana summer of 2014.

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Going on a Safari

31 Dec

Going on a Safari

My blogging friend Mahree liked the photos I took on my European vacation last summer. She made a chance remark to me, “I can imagine what great photos you would take in Africa.” She works for a safari company and has spent a lot of time in Africa. I took note of her remark and stuffed it away in the back of my mind. I was planning Japan for my next trip abroad. And then Fukushima happened. Somehow the thought of all that radiation in the air and water took away my desire to go there. That little Africa seed in the back of my mind began to grow, and I started doing research. I was thinking Kenya, Tanzania, but I always loved The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series of books set in Botswana. Botswana won out, and I booked my safari with Mahree’s agency. I am happy and excited. Do you know that it takes 15 hours to fly direct from Atlanta, Georgia to Johannesburg, South Africa? That will be the longest flight I’ve ever taken, and it is only one of three I will have to take to get to my final destination. Here is a link to my upcoming safari in Botswana.

Friday Foto Talk: Are Photography Workshops Worthwhile?

14 Dec

Michael Flaherty is a superb nature photographer who speaks in depth about geology, flora, and fauna of the areas he photographs. Check out his blog. Enjoy and learn.

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This post is a day late; no internet is a mixed blessing!  It’s really a continuation of the larger topic of guided vs. unguided nature & landscape photography.  Check out last Friday’s Foto Talk for some introductory thoughts on the topic.  In the title of this post you may think I’m asking if workshops are worthwhile for a learning photographer to sign up for.

And you’re right.  But I’m also asking if it is worthwhile for an experienced photographer to organize and run a series of workshops.  I would love to hear your opinions on both parts of this question.

I hope you enjoy the images, which are from the desert where I am now.  Most are from Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada.  As always, they are copyrighted and not available for free download without my permission, sorry.  But let me know if you’re interested in any of…

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Fall Break: I Went Downtown

22 Oct

Fall Break: I Went Downtown

Sunday was the first day of my fall break from the university. It was a beautiful fall day. I was thinking about the Gateway Arch, St. Louis’ iconic structure overlooking the Mississippi River, and I realized that I had not visited it in a long time, too long. I put my dog in the car, and in twenty minutes we were on the levee on the river. We parked on the cobblestones at a slightly scary angle. Then we had to maneuver over the very uneven terrain of the old cobblestones. My ankles were falling sideways and in all directions until we got up to street level. The river shone in the sun, and the steel Arch gleamed. Many people were out enjoying a beautiful fall morning. Some were reading on the grass. There were a number of Oriental tourists, or students taking photos.

On the levee looking north to Eads Bridge.

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Burnie and me on the levee. Across the river is the Casino Queen in East St. Louis, Illinois.

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Sunlight on the Mississippi.

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The stairs leading from the levee up to the base of the Arch.

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A great view.

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The Old Courthouse.

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The Arch as seen from the steps of the Old Courthouse, looking eastward.

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The Old Courthouse is the site of the Dred Scott trial, in which Dred Scott was awarded his freedom from slavery. A statue of him and his wife stands out front. The street in front of the Courthouse has also been renamed Dred Scott Way.

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Here is the fountain at Kiener Plaza where the water runs red for the National League champion St. Louis Cardinal baseball team. They will soon vie with the Boston Red Sox for the World Championship 2013.

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The old Railway Exchange Building is reflected in the windows of one of the newer structures downtown.

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These paintings mark the future home of the Blues Museum.

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A very old section of St. Louis near the levee called Laclede’s Landing.

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The Arch seen from Laclede’s Landing.

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Eads Bridge.

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A helicopter flight taking off over the Mississippi.

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Travel Destinations

29 Sep

Japan….African safari. I have never been to either place. Does anyone have comments or suggestions about these destinations?

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Something Delicious

14 Aug

Something DeliciousThis is not delicious. This is curious and sweet. These are padlocks of love on the footbridge over the Salzach River in Salzburg, Austria. Lovers attach a lock to the bridge to signify their lives locked together. You can find these locks of love in many cities but this bridge has so many.

After a morning spent wandering the old streets of Salzburg (Altstadt) I decided to cross the river into Neustadt and visit a few sites over there. The last places I visited in Altstadt were Mozart related. I am a Mozart junkie. He is my favorite classical composer. Papageno Platz is named after the comic character in Mozart’s Singspiel The Magic Flute. He is half bird, half man and he carries a gift, a glockenspiel. And then there is Mozart Platz itself. Across the Salzach I found the famous Hotel Sacher and decided that I would sit out on the patio by the river for lunch. It was a hot day and river breezes underneath a thick green canopy of trees sounded delicious. Even more delicious was what I had after lunch…a famous Hotel Sacher Eiskaffee. Words cannot do justice to the ecstasy of that experience…coffee with whipped cream, ice cream and a chocolate liqueur.

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Another store selling Mozart Balls.

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The Salzach River. The large white building on the right bank is the Hotel Sacher.

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Seated at the Cafe Sacher underneath the trees by the river.

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Fit for the gods. The Cafe Sacher Eiskaffee.

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Where Is My Hotel? Where Is My ROOM?

10 Aug

Where Is My Hotel? Where Is My ROOM?

Once I had crossed St. Mark’s Square laden with backpack, camera, and dragging my suitcase on wheels, the first order of business was finding my hotel, Hotel Antico Panada. It was located on Calle dei Specchieri.  A calle it turns out is an alley, a pedestrian walkway.

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The walkways were so crowded that I passed it twice before I found it.

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That’s what it looked like from outside, easy to miss.

They assigned me a room that might as well have been in eastern Timbuktu. A bellman carried my suitcase to my room for me. I certainly could not have done it. Getting to the room was like walking through a maze. It was a nice room but quite small and located in the attic.

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I looked out the small window and saw a pigeon grooming himself on the window ledge across the way. I had to train my mind not to feel claustrophobic. In fairness though, other people have told me that their rooms in Venice were also very small.

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The path to get from my room back to the lobby was so circuitous that I decided to photograph the steps along the way so that I wouldn’t make a wrong turn. And here they are:

The door of my room.

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Down a steep attic stairway.

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Down a hall and around a corner.

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Down a long hallway to another set of down stairs

 

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To a landing…

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And down some more stairs.

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Through a door and down another long hallway to the right.

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Turn a corner.

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And down another long hallway to the right.

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Turn right again and go UP a flight of stairs.

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Go down another hallway.

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Turn the corner and go down another hallway.

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And there you are at the elevator where you must descend two floors to the lobby.

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The only place where you could get an Internet signal was off the lobby, so anytime I wanted to send or read emails I had to make this trip with my computer and then retrace my steps.

FREEDOM!

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