That’s Where Increased Life Expectancy Was Born

Or with the Oxford group… depends on who you ask!

Due to power failure, I had to walk along Praed St from Edgware Road to Paddington Station and, along the way, this little gem of a place can be seen.

Sir Alexandre Fleming is the person mostly known for the discovery of penicillin,  but the debate that comes with it can be long…. very very long, so I will let you look it up at your own leisure.

Beauty right in your backyard… Literally!

There are several ways to see the same thing… if someone visited my house and saw my backyard, they would see it as a horrible mess that hasn’t been properly looked after, the way I see it, if you constantly don’t allow something to flourish, you will never see its true beauty!

Cloudy skies over the University of Reading – UK

I like a nice day like anyone else, but there is nothing like a sky with just the right amount of clouds during sunrise/sunset. Every colour of the visible spectrum fighting for its reflection to be seen… it is just beautiful! I will start to post some cloud photos, I love it!

Litomerice – Czech Republic

On the way back from Terezin Concentration Camp, we accidentally missed the ONLY bus back to Prague… it was quite frustrating and had no idea how to make it back to the city. So we looked at the map and saw the town of Litomerice a few km away. In the grim possibility that we would have to sleep at a park bench or something, we chanced and walked there. Good news is that there was a big train station, but we would have to change stations halfway through it and wait for a couple of hour for the train to Prague. Ah well, there is nothing that we could do really… except take out the camera for some glamour shots! I had a Canon EOS 350 (analogic), but in the interest of saving my role of films, I took out my Sony W55. Some semi automatic cameras are hard to handle sometimes, so I decided to take a photo of me with the background (programmed, because my friends were really annoyed that we missed the bus). The station was really well lit and the background was really dark, with only a full moon illuminating it. Of course, the exposure was long and I moved, but the effect was amazing! So I took several of those photos, together with my friends. The lights of the station provided enough clarity not to need a flash. I think we took about 100 “ghost” pictures… most of them came out really bad, but some were really cool! The picture below is my favourite… really well timed, because it was timed and taken with 15 seconds exposure. If I stood at the same spot longer than any other, it would ruin the photo. I like this one!

Rio Pratinha – Chapada Diamantina

In 2007, I visited the town of Lencois and took some amazing shots. I loved the place and this place in particular, the Pratinha River. The crystal clear river flows under the rocks to the other side (See the other side of the river here.) At around 2:30pm, the sun shines directly on the water of the river, through the narrow gap between the rocks and the river glows blue. It is amazing but lasts too briefly!