State Castle Český Krumlov

This is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – City.

In April of this year we visited Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic.  We arrived early one morning and left before noon on the next. It was the coldest we have ever been in Europe. We had planned and packed for 15 degrees Celsius and here we found 7 degrees (60 vs 45 degrees Fahrenheit).  We were not the only surprised tourists: we saw others in short sleeves without jackets. We even had lunch sitting outside beside the Vltava River, a prime location, with a large space heater on either side.

Český Krumlov is a well-preserved medieval castle city, and its Old Town is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site.  It has many beautiful buildings, with the centerpiece being the State Castle on a hill above the Vltava River that twists through the city. The photo below shows a view of the castle with the Church of St. James just below.  We took this photo from a park across the river as we walked to catch the bus to Prague, our next stop in Europe.

This photo was taken on April 13, 2019. Specs are:

Canon 200D, ISO 100, f/9, 1/400 sec, 42 mm.

(Over)tourism in the Udawalawe National Park

This is our entry in the FRIENDLY FRIDAY PHOTO CHALLENGE: TOURISM.

In February 2018, we were taken on a Udawalawe National Park Elephant Safari in Sri Lanka. Our transport was a 4×4 safari jeep with a capacity of six tourists, although there were only the two of us, accompanied by the driver and a guide.  They sat in the cab, while we sat in elevated seats in the back.  Our tour was only for a half day, and so we sped through the preserve from sight to sight (birds and beasts).  We were not alone.  There were many other jeeps also jockeying to see the sights.  As jeeps passed each other, guides shared what was available to be seen, and all jeeps in the area converged to the latest find.  In between the big finds, we enjoyed seeing birds and other smaller creatures at a more leisurely pace.  Here is a typical view: the tourists outnumber the elephants.

This photo was taken on February 5, 2018. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 320, f/16, 1/80 sec, 55 mm.

 

 

 

Head of Franz Kafka

This is our entry in Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #59 – Angles.  The challenge is to photograph something from different angles. While the photographer in our case was standing in the same place, the object being photographed was changing angles.

David Černý’s Head of Franz Kafka stands behind the Quadrio shopping center in Prague, Czech Republic.  The head plus base stands almost 36 feet tall.  The head is composed of 42 stacked stainless steel “slices” that can rotate independently, but are choreographed to deform and reform the face repeatedly.  The slide show below shows the state of the head at 5 second intervals; a complete reforming takes 45 seconds.

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The ten images in the slide show were taken on April 14, 2019. Specs are:

Fuji X100T, ISO 800, f/16, 1/30 sec, 23 mm

Locks on the Canal Saint Martin

This is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Lock.

This past April in Paris, France, we cruised  The Canal Saint Martin from the Port de l’Arsenal to the Bassin de la Villette, passing through four double locks and two swing bridges. The photo below shows the first of a double lock fully open as our Canauxrama boat passes through on the way to the second lock.  From the water pouring over the top, we can see that that lock has begun to open for our boat. One of the six pedestrian bridges over the canal provides an excellent viewing point for two passers-by, while other viewers stand behind a railing at the side of the canal.

For some very good photos of the locks and cruise boats from a pedestrian viewpoint, please visit Bushboy’s post Negotiating the Lock.

Holocaust Tree of Life Memorial

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Trees.

The Raul Wallenberg Memorial Garden, behind the Great Synagogue (Dohany Street Synagogue) in Budapest, Hungary, is the site of the Holocaust Tree of Life Memorial.   We visited it in April on a dreary, rainy day, which seemed appropriate for this emotional memorial.

Created in the form of a weeping willow tree, the memorial records the names of thousands of Holocaust victims on its stainless steel leaves.

The Memorial Garden is located at the World War II entrance to the Budapest Ghetto, where 6000 Jews were buried in a mass grave.  That huge number is only 1% of the 600,000 Hungarian Jews who perished during the Holocaust.

 

 

Fake Fear

This is our entry in THE SNOW MELTS SOMEWHERE’s FRIENDLY FRIDAY: FAKE challenge.

We had wanted to visit Chiang Mai in northern Thailand for years. In 2017, we were finally able to do so.  One of our best experiences there was Art in Paradise, the Chiang Mai 3D Art Museum.  Along with many other tourists having fun, we inserted ourselves into works of art and posed for ridiculous photos.  The family in the photo below are using a dangerous swinging bridge to cross a terrifying gorge (but they don’t really  appear to be afraid).

According to their website, there are also Art in Paradise museums in Pattaya and Bangkok, which we will be sure to visit given the opportunity.

I’m Taking a Break

This is our entry in Lens-Artists Challenge #57 – Taking A Break.

A popular destination in Myanmar is the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda perched on top of the Golden Rock, which is at the top of Mt. Kyaiktiyo.  The lady in the photo has somehow made it almost to the top of  Mt. Kyaiktiyo, whether by walking or riding the bus we don’t know.  We suspect she didn’t walk, since she has hired a litter to carry her the rest of the way. (The litter bearers literally ran up the steps.)

This photo was taken on February 6, 2017.   Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 400, f/8, 1/30 sec, 18 mm.