Upon setting foot in Auckland, I was somewhat intimidated, for I have been away from larger cities and crowds for awhile. This bustling city is where 1/3 of New Zealand ‘s population crowds together resides. It is also one of the most popular gateways to the North Island. Due to its liveliness and thriving trade, people often have the misconception that Auckland is the capital of New Zealand. (In case you too are mistaken, it is not.)
I did not have an exact destination in mind. Instead, I allowed my curiosity to lead me. Symbols of interest called to me and I followed. My aimless free-minded trail led me to art galleries, interesting alley, a windy harbour and roads that are graced with intriguing wall art.
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This was taken on a Nikon V1 in Centennial, CO on the Baby’s first birthday this past November, just last week at the time of this writing.
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I met my good friend Geoff in Guayaquil after leaving Baños, and since then have continued to have a blast on this magnificent country.
After spending a night at Philippe’s in Guayaquil, Geoff and I split a taxi with two girls to Montañita. We got there on the right or wrong day depending on your taste. It was Saturday and there was a big party/rave from 2pm to 8am. We checked into the first hotel we came across for $35. Two beds and private bath. Ate some delicious seafood and Calzones y Mas, one my favorite places in Montañita. Not too long after this did we go to this crazy party… Long story short I went to sleep at 6am.
The next morning we ate some fresh fruit and took a bus up to Santa Marianita. This is a tiny fishing town near the large coastal city of Manta. We stayed at Hotel Marianita, one of three places to stay in town. It was perfect. Geoff and I had a private cabana with four beds, directv, breakfast, etc for $65 a night. I HIGHLY recommend this place. It’s super quiet, right in the beach, and the owners are wonderful. If tranquility is what you seek (I definitely did after another day in Montañita), this is a great place to be. Miles of beach to yourself… And lots of kiteboarding.
Nice shot, wish we were there right now!
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A nocturnal mystery – 3 – Probably kids…
To be continued…
Jan the Stripman
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Last weekend I was in Byron with my awesome friends Claire and Sally. We stayed about ten minutes walk through the bush from an amazing place called Tallow Beach. We headed down there at sunset, and pretty much had the whole beach to ourselves. The sand was warm and soft, and the light was perfect for taking a few photos.
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This picture was taken from our tent while we were viewing the mighty peaks, contemplating on things and enjoying each other’s company. Fantastic place made even better!
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Gregory Crewdson’s photographs usually take place in small town America, but are dramatic and cinematic. They feature often disturbing, surreal events. The photographs are shot using a large crew and are elaborately staged and lighted. He has cited the films Vertigo, The Night of the Hunter, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Blue Velvet, and Safe as having influenced his style, as well as the painter Edward Hopper and photographer Diane Arbus.
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Elephants are much loved in Thailand and riding one is a unique experience. You’ll get the chance to be the mahout when he gets off & invites you to slide down on the elephant’s neck! Don’t panic. He can control the elephant from the ground just as well.
Finally! What I’ve been waiting for all day! For the three of us, we had two elephants for our ride through the jungle. It was a bit wobbly, but really fun! Our elephant’s name was Fonda (see first picture), and if you say her name loud enough she will respond! The other elephant really liked to eat and was always stopping to eat. My friend actually got to sit on the neck of the elephant! Totally wish I got to do that!
Even though we were exhausted from all the elephant excitement, we hit up Khaosan Road. This is known as the hostel street, where all the backpackers come to stay and party! We came to have our feet be eaten by fishes, literally! This is known as a Fish Spa, where the fish eats the dead skin off your feet! After the initial shock of being tickled, it was quite enjoyable. A great way to end the day!
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I am an author, poet and artist, author of award winning memoir, with my twin sister, a psychiatrist, DIVIDED MINDS: Twin Sisters and Their Journey Through Schizophrenia (St Martins Press, 2005 ) also I wrote WE MAD CLIMB SHAKY LADDERS, poems (CavanKerry Press, 2009) with introduction by Mary B O’Malley MD PhD.
Wow, some very heavy emotions in a few of those.
Some rehearsal shots I took for choreographer Catherine Young for her piece in development “Woman Stood Regardless”.
The piece will premiere in Dublin at Project Arts Centre (upstairs) Apr 4th & 5th 2014, then on to Cork (Firkin Crane) Apr 6th and Kerry (Siamsa Tire) Apr 11, so save the dates!
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Nice shot, lots of energy in that!
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