I have no idea who these two people are. But they were there, just at the right time. And they were far too occupied with watching the world go by to bother whether I was infringing on their privacy by taking a photograph of them. The cruise companies all seem to have pictures of slim young things on the brochures advertising their holidays - but somehow this sums up what cruise holidays are all about. Relaxing and watching the world slowly drift by.
Thursday, 25 February 2010
Still in Costa Rica, still exploring those coastal river estuaries looking for wildlife. We saw many different types of birds including some which, we we assured, were quite rare. But I was too busy looking to take up the camera and therefore you will have to believe me and look at this general picture of the mangrove forests instead.
Wednesday, 24 February 2010
In Nicaragua we saw wonderfully carved and decorated wooden crocodiles. 24 hours later, in Costa Rica, we saw some more crocodiles, but these were not made of wood. This one is actually a small baby, but later that day we met his (or her) father. We were watching from the safety of a boat, making its way up one of the rivers near the Pacific coast.
Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Monday, 22 February 2010
This picture was taken from the other side of the Bar featured in the last post. You can see the attractions it had to offer. Together with the hot sun and the massive crashing waves, it provided one of the great memorable moments of the holiday.
Saturday, 20 February 2010
Still in San Juan Del Sur, there were a series of bars adjacent to a wonderfully sandy beach. The contrast between the cool darkness of the bar and the intense heat of the wave-pounded beach where was extreme. Any sensible people would have ordered a cold beer in the bar. But it was January and less than a week before we had left the snow and ice behind us in Yorkshire. We headed for the sea.
Friday, 19 February 2010
Don't ask me to explain why I took this shot or why I like it. I just do. I suppose it is something to do with the contrasts : contrasts of line direction, contrasts of colour, contrasts of shadow. There again that might have nothing to do with it. Best just not asking.
Thursday, 18 February 2010
Wednesday, 17 February 2010
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
Sometimes the photographs I finish up liking the best are ones which, when I took them, seemed nothing at all. It is proof that photography is - or at least should be - a two stage process : the framing in the viewfinder and the framing on the enlarger baseboard (or, in these days, framing in Photoshop). There is something in this shot about the inter-relationship between movement and stillness, object and shadow, that I just like.
Monday, 15 February 2010
Holidays are about more than just places. Much of the pleasure is in the company you keep. So here we all are, like so many other Yorkshire trippers, paddling in the sea. But this is Acapulco not Blackpool and the sea is the Pacific not the Irish Sea. (With thanks to the anonymous passing lady who volunteered to take this picture of all of us).
Sunday, 14 February 2010
I am taken a break from the series of holiday pictures to post a special one for Valentine's Day. The picture of me and Isobel (the GLW and the only valentine I have ever had) was taken in 1989 when she was pregnant with our son Alexander. We were taking a short break in London and it is one of the relatively few pictures of us together as I am normally on the other side of the lens. Happy Valentine's Day love.
Saturday, 13 February 2010
Friday, 12 February 2010
Thursday, 11 February 2010
In addition to the colourful bars - and no John I never made it to the Frog Bar - the buses of Acapulco are a delight to behold. Each bus seems to have a name which is displayed far more prominently that the destination. Mind you, I dread to think where the Apocalipsis is heading for!
Wednesday, 10 February 2010
We were on an excursion in Acapulco. The coach stopped at a "famous viewpoint" which had wonderful vistas of Acapulco Bay. These were all very well but a bit "blue sea, yellow sand, blue sky" type of thing. When I turned the camera through an angle of 90 degrees there was a much more colourful vista on offer. I am going to turn this into a jig-saw puzzle, it would be perfect for the job.
Tuesday, 9 February 2010
Monday, 8 February 2010
We got back from holiday on Saturday and returned to a land of rain, mists, snow and ice. I shall attempt to ignore the British climate for the rest of February by featuring just a few of the 700+ photographs I took whilst away. I know that other people's holiday snaps can be a little - what shall I say - "trying", but don't worry, there are only 21 days left in February. Today's picture was taken at the very beginning of the holiday, when we were in Acapulco, Mexico.