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…
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
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.
Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 f/2.5 1/6400 sec ISO 200
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).
I actually really enjoy taking photos of architecture and playing around with strong lines. Unfortunately I live in Brisbane, where interesting buildings aren’t nearly as prevalent as I would like. I suppose that it just means I have to be a little more creative in finding interesting perspectives of the structures around me.
So if you’re around Brisbane and you see a weirdo looking up a lot, that might be me.
Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 f/1.8 1-320 sec ISO 200
This was one of those setups that looked stunning in person, but I was convinced that I wouldn’t be able to take a good photo. I took a bunch and this was the best of them – I like to think that it turned out okay.
As an aside, lanterns seem to be the go-to “thing” that Brisbane likes to bust out every time there’s some sort of nighttime cultural event going on. To be fair, this setup did look a lot better than most.
I think I am a bit more amused by the exclamation mark on the pole in the picture than I really should be. It just seems so unnecessary, because now I can’t help but feel like the pole is yelling at me, “PEDESTRIANS! PEDESTRIANS ON YOUR LEFT!!!!”
The funniest part is that I was standing on the edge of the path when I took this, with a river on my right, so the pedestrians can only be on the left of that pole. It’s just water on the right.
PS: I now have the Red Hot Chili Peppers stuck in my head, which I guess isn’t a bad thing.
Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 f/1.7 1/600 sec ISO 100
Before anyone accuses me of being incredibly stupid in taking this photo, I’d just like to point out that the trams were still under construction and weren’t at all functional when I took this photo. There is no way I’d stop right in the middle of a set of active tram tracks to take a photo, even if it is potentially an amazing snap. Anyway, I thought it was a rather great coincidence that the tracks bisect the “Tram Only” sign so that it says “to”, considering that the vehicle will obviously be constantly on-the-go. Actually, the middle section spells out RAIN. TO RAIN? Kind of just sounds like “train”, actually.
Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 f/1.7 1/8000 sec ISO 125
We recently took Phillip on a bit of a mini-adventure. Well, to be fair, Tiff was the one that decided, given that she said: “I don’t think Phillip is getting enough intellectual stimulation”. Now, although golden retrievers are generally known to be fairly lazy, I think Phillip takes it to a whole new level. He likes to lie on his side pretty much all day and you can literally push him along the ground without him reacting.
So! We walked him down to the nearest playground (yes, human playground). There’s something you need to know about him, though. He is a very, very curious dog, so it’s pretty much impossible for him to walk in a straight line. His walking path is basically about as straight as a drunken ant… not that I’ve ever really seen a drunken ant, but I imagine it wouldn’t really walk straight. So here he is, stopping to sniff at something for about the 200th time this walk.