Moment & Motion

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Tour boats on the Seine River, Paris, France

This time-lapse photo shows tour boats on the Seine River in Paris in October, 2015. The Eiffel Tower is in the background. Specs are:

Canon SX40: ISO 100, 4 sec, f/6.3, 4.3 mm

 

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Tour boat on the Seine River passing Notre Dame Cathedral

Here is another time-lapse photo of a tourist boat on the Seine River in Paris, passing by the Notre-Dame Cathedral on the right. The photo was taken in October, 2015. Specs are:

Canon SX40: ISO 100, 16 sec, f/6.7, 4.7 mm

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Car lights on Avenue des Champs-Élysées as seen from Arc de Triomphe

This time-lapse photo shows headlights and taillights of cars on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, as seen from the top of the Arc de Triomphe. The photo was taken in October, 2015. Specs are:

Canon 50D: ISO 100, 2.5 sec, f/20, 38 mm

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Gilbert Jeune bookshop, Paris, France

Another time-lapse photo shows cars lights passing in front of one of the Gilbert Jeune bookshops, across from the Saint Michel metro stop in Paris, France. The photo was taken in October, 2015. Specs are:

Canon 50D: ISO 100, 1 sec, f/8, 33 mm

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Motorcycle on Parisian street

This photo was taken in Al Servo mode while tracking a moving motorcycle on a Parisian street. The photo was taken in October, 2015. Specs are:

Canon 50D: ISO 100, 1/13 sec, f/11, 28 mm

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Carousel near the Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

This time-lapse photo from October, 2015, shows the carousel (merry-go-round) near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. Specs are:

Canon 50D: ISO 100, 1 sec, f/5.6, 10 mm

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Sufi dancer, Cairo, Egypt

Finally, here is a photo of a Sufi dancer (or whirling dervish) performing on a Nile River dinner cruise originating in Cairo, Egypt. The photo was taken in February, 2013. Specs are:

Olympus TG-1: ISO 800, 1/20 sec, f/3.4, 50 mm

 

A Pop of Color

Red is a color that pops in many of our photographs. Here are six such photos.

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Diwali fireworks, New Delhi, India

This photo captures fireworks in the night sky above New Delhi during Diwali in October, 2014.

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L’Amour, Stravinsky Fountain, Paris, France

This photo was taken of L’Amour, the animated red lips in the Stravinsky Fountain on Place Stravinsky, next to the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France. This photo was taken in April, 2015.

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Jardin de l’Hotel de Sully, Paris, France

This photo was taken in the Jardin de l’Hotel de Sully in Paris, France, in October, 2015. The red plastic blob stretching across the gardens was a special exhibit.

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Red door, Paris, France

This photo features a huge red door near the Odéon metro stop in Paris, France. The center two inset doors, which are the same red color, have been opened inward to reveal the dark interior. This photo was taken in October, 2015.

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Paper Lanterns on the Walking Street, Chaing Mai, Thailand

These red paper lanterns are hanging above the sidewalk on the Walking Street in Chaing Mai, Thailand.  This photo was taken in February, 2016.

 

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So we meet again …

Finally, this humorous photo features a typical red fire hydrant being ignored by a passing dog.

 

 

Day 4: Chiang Mai – Flight of the Gibbon Ziplines

This morning, Pati and BeeBee joined another tour for the Flight of the Gibbon ziplines in Mae Kampong, a village 55 minutes from their hotel. There were 6 other adventurers in their group: two young Chinese couples and a middle-aged couple (Australian and Philippine).

The zipline company describes their tour as an “extreme adventure” that soars “through lush, ancient rainforest recognized as the most beautiful in all of Thailand.” Features of their course include:

  • 5 km of ziplines deep in the Thai rainforest
  • The longest 800 meter (1/2 mile) zipline in Asia
  • 33 different platform stations
  • 3 hanging sky bridges and 2 rappel descents
  • Education about wildlife and vegetation along the course
  • Two sky ranger guides per group
  • Detailed safety briefing & personal equipment fitting

 

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Female Gibbon

After traversing several ziplines, the guide pointed out a pair of gibbons high in a tree. He was quite excited that the group could see this, since not every tour was as lucky.

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Lovers Leap

After the zipline course came a traditional Thai lunch, which included black rice, chicken soup, and many vegetable dishes.

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Kampong Falls

After lunch, the group was driven to the Kampong Falls, where many more photos were taken.

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Rock Me Original burger

Returning to Chaing Mai, Pati and BeeBee walked to the Night Market again for a last look before eating dinner at the hotel’s restaurant. They each had a beef hamburger, fries, and a huge onion ring that were indistinguishable from any available in the US, except that the burger came with a sweet pickle instead of the usual hamburger pickle.

Day 3 extra: No Durians

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No Durians

The hotel where Pati and BeeBee are staying has a peculiar sign posted at the entrance to the restaurant and beside the elevator doors on the ground floor. They have seen similar signs in India. These signs say “No Durians” in bold red letters.

The musang king durian is known as the king of fruit in Malasia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Thailand. According to Pati and BeeBee’s guide, it has a green spiky outer skin, a large inner pit, and flesh similar to, but creamier than, that of the avocado. The taste has been described as similar to an overripe banana.  It is popular in other countries also, and is especially prized by the Chinese.

The problem with the durian, according to Smithsonian Magazine, is that the durian smells like “turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock.”  Others say it smells like dead rat. It is banned on some trains and in some airports, as well as in hotels in south-east Asia.

The guide described an instance in her experience where a guest at a hotel brought in a durian. The staff said they would keep it for her, wrapped up tightly. If she wanted to eat it, she would have to go out in the nearby field to do so.

As with kimchi, the durian is beginning to have followers, even in the UK. Pati and BeeBee will probably forego this fad.

Day 3: Chiang Mai – Doi Suthep Temple & Meo Hill tribe Village -Sankhampang – Kantoke Dinner

This morning, Pati and BeeBee got up at 6 am to get ready for their first official day of touring.  After breakfast at their hotel, their tour guide, a very pleasant young woman,  picked them up and they drove out of the city and above it on a very steep, narrow and winding road. Their climb took them past one of the residences of the King, who was not there at the time; however, the area was swarming with tourists and their cars, busses, and motorcycles. About a mile beyond the residence, they saw a small red bus, with about 6 passengers still inside, tipped into a ditch. Apparently, the driver had misjudged where the edge of the road was when he backed down a side road to turn the bus around.

The first stop on the tour was to visit the Meo Hill tribe village, where the guide pointed out the various types of items the villagers made for sale as she explained the tribe’s way of life and the improvements to the village that the King had made for their benefit.

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They then drove back the winding road to visit Doi Suthep Temple, one of the most sacred temples in Chiang Mai.  Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep was built in Thai style and contains holy relics of Lord Buddha. The panoramic view of the Chiang Mai, including the airport where Pati and BeeBee landed just before midnight on Sunday, was stunning despite the haze over the city. The guide’s explaination of the temple and of Buddihism in general was quite interesting. BeeBee was especially happy that the steep trip up and down the hill between the carpark and the temple on top could be accomplished by a modern funicular.

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Afterward, they drove to the east side of the city for lunch at a local restaurant. The guide helped them choose dishes and ate with them; over lunch, they had a good discussion on various topics, including the many varieties of spoken English.

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Thai silk fabric looms

They then visited a handicrafts center and watched local people make paper umbrellas, Thai silk cloth, and paper from mulberry tree bark. They also visited a large local market, all under one roof, where the locals can buy just about anything. The guide bought coconut candy, a rose apple, and oranges for Pati and BeeBee to sample.

After that, they returned to the hotel for a break before the evening’s festivities.

At 7:15 pm, they left the hotel to enjoy a Khantoke Dinner, known as the Northern welcome dinner. The guide accompanied Pati and BeeBee to their table and explained the dishes before leaving to wait with the driver in the carpark. The entertainment included traditional hill tribe dancing performed by eight beautifully costumed young women and sword manipulation by two young men.

After the performance, Pati and BeeBee were returned to their hotel for the night.