Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7
So it turns out that the Paris metro rail system is a whole lot older than I thought, at nearly 120 years old. Who would have thought that the technology was there to start such a project in 1896? There were also multiple private companies competing over the years, which has led to multiple “ghost stations” that have since been shut down when the entire system eventually got consolidated. Fascinating, huh? Either way, I’m glad that they kept a lot of the old signage, which gives the whole place an amazing atmosphere.
Lumix G 20mm
This was taken at Place De La Nation, which is one of the squares towards the Eastern side of Paris. Apparently Nation was infamous for having had the most active guillotines during the French Revolution. There’s a massive bronze statue in the middle of the square (that you can see peeking through the flowers) that was erected as a personification of the Republic to mark the centenary of the French Revolution.
Fun fact: the statue faces towards the Bastille. Or, more accurately, where the Bastille used to be. Can I just say that I wish Europeans weren’t so angry back in the day? So much was destroyed and lost forever…
Lumix G 20mm
So, I do realise that it’s been an exceedingly long time since I’ve posted anything on this blog and that it has once again fallen victim to yet another long, unannounced hiatus and for that I apologise. On the other hand, a lot of things have happened this year!
Here’s a quick summary:
- Started working full time
- Got married
- Went on honeymoon around Europe
- …Am still working full time.
I came back from our honeymoon with a very large number of photos, one of which is above. We landed in Paris, and the one of the first things I noticed was that the architecture over there is absolutely gorgeous. I think this photo was taken in Nation, one of the less touristy areas of Paris, but it was still stunning (albeit a little dirty).
I’ll be posting more photos from our trip around Europe… hopefully more frequently than 9-monthly.
Sorry about the lack of updates recently, but I’ve been in the middle of moving to a new unit. The moving part was hard enough, but then there was the whole setting-up process. It involved a lot of Swedish fake wood from Ikea and a ton of assembling. Anyway, here are some photos from my new place. Catch you around in 2015!
Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
Before I forget, happy new year to everyone for 5 days ago. Hopefully you’ve all recovered somewhat. I figured I’d ring in the new year with a classy photo, and we all know that black and white = instant class :D
All kidding aside, I’m a little annoyed at that blasted window frame in the background, but oh well.
Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
I think I find it more amusing that I should that there’s a lizard doing what looks like a Cobra pose… Anyway, I have a somewhat funny story about these guys. This is an Australian Water Dragon, an adorable and harmless creature that is really quite shy and likes to sunbake. It is clearly NOT a Komodo dragon, the metres-long predator that could probably eat me if I encountered it. I actually spent lots of years thinking these were Komodo dragons…. I should explain that I didn’t think that these guys would eat me, I just clearly had no idea what a Komodo dragon really was.
Moving on. I find it interesting that different types of Water Dragons seem to run differently. Some run on all fours, but I’ve seen some hilariously hitch up on their hind legs and sprint off in that manner. It’s adorable, even when they charge at you (the one above did, right after I took the photo).
PS: Merry Christmas all!
Olympus 14-42mm at 21mm
The photo challenge this week is about the colour yellow, and it immediately made me think of this photo. Technically, the actual challenge page says to post something about what the colour yellow means to you. One thing you need to know about me, dear reader, is that I have always been such a city slicker. Me and nature mix about as well as water and oil, I’ve always thought. In saying that, I do live in Australia, so my friends dragged me out to go camping recently and I must say that it’s quite enjoyable. The feeling of having walked several kilometres and then coming across the scene above is pretty glorious. You turn a bend and suddenly the trees open up, a breeze comes through, and you see sunlight streaming through the branches in front of you. The sun’s still beating down on your head, but you don’t mind so much because you’ve been enclosed by canopies for the last few hours.
I think I might like nature.