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Quiet Motorway

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I took this shot whilst on a long trek with the dog. I did have a fiddle with it in Photoshop as the original was shot with my awful camera phone. It was extensively grey and washed out.

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May 12, 2009 at 3:44 pm

Best Beer in the world?

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I found this image on my Mac whilst having a randon hunt through some old files. I thought it was already on the blog, but I was mistaken.

This shot was taken after a great day ridin’ the slopes in Chamonix in March. There is not a lot that comes close to that first well earned beer at the end of a perfect day on the slopes, shared with your best mates. That truly tired, satisfied feeling with the low sun falling on your face is pure nirvana. Yes, it may have cost an extortionate €8, but f*ck me, it was worth it. Actually it was worth getting another round or two in.

Beer was shared with Spider, G and joining us later was Mike & Dave. It’s one of those moments that will never be forgotten.

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May 3, 2009 at 1:10 am

Old Barn

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This derelict old barn is part of a sprawling farm that I regularly pass when walking the dog. I love the patina of old wood that has been subjected to age. Sun-bleached, weathered and with that depth of texture from the naturally aged tannins just looks beautiful.

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April 25, 2009 at 8:03 pm

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Bluebells

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I took Blue for yet another 6 mile-er today, in a vain attempt to burn off some of his energy. Walking past a copse I spotted a carpet of bluebells. Blue wasn’t too bothered though, he was more interested in eating soil and chewing his stick.

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April 25, 2009 at 7:18 pm

Time Lapse Perfection

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Bathtub IV from Keith Loutit on Vimeo

This time lapse video by Keith Loutit is absolutely stunning. Instead of waffling on about the awesomeness of it… just watch the film.

This film is 100% ‘real’, but there are some new techniques for me here, such as using time lapse to create the illusion of forward movement for the helicopter ocean scenes.

Keith Loutit

Keith Loutit’s Vimeo Site

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April 7, 2009 at 11:12 am

350z

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Whilst in San Diego, the hire car was upgraded for free to a Nissan 350z. I’ve driven a few sports cars, so was excited to give the Z a go. Unfortunately, it came without Sat Nav. This reined in any fun I could really have, as it was the first time I’d ever driven in the US. I spent all my time concentrating on where I was going, instead of opening up the glorious V6. Yes, the ‘box was an auto, but the engine had a lovely howl to it.

I took this shot in the hotel car park, it came out much better than I thought. You can really appreciate the lines of the car. I know it’s not to everyones taste, but I thought it was a nice bit of kit.

I was quite surprised as to how snug it was inside. I expected it to be more of a roomy cruiser. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, in fact it’s something I quite like.

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April 4, 2009 at 11:27 am

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Solana Beach, California

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Evening sun at Solana Beach, California.

I’m lucky enough to be out in San Diego on a business trip. An after work trip to see a friends house on Solana Beach presented this beautiful view looking out at the Pacific Ocean. A break in the cloud allowed the early evening sun to dance across the horizon.
Please excuse the quality, all I had was my mobile phone camera.

It’s a truly stunning spot, and I’m extremely jealous of my friends who live in a beautiful place right on the cliff top.

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Soft Sandstone Cliffs

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View from the clifftop

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March 11, 2009 at 10:46 pm

Domain de Balme / Chamonix, France

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View from the top of the Tête de Balme chairlift, 2270m.

The first full day riding in the Balme region of Chamonix produced a stunning view from the top of the Tête de Balme chairlift.

The morning was hindered by low cloud and flat light conditions, but by early afternoon the cloud began to lift and produced an amazing view across the valley. The last remnants of the cloud hung motionless with the sunlight streaming through, producing aqua blue horizontal streams of light across the valley. Skiers and boarders dismounting the chairlift gathered to see this wonderful scene.

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March 1, 2009 at 11:28 am

Frost+Fiat Coupé/Wiper

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Yes, love ’em or hate ’em, I was once the proud owner of a truly Italian Fiat Coupé.
I loved the car… and hated it, I think this is standard for any Italian manufactured automobile.

This is a shot taken after a cold night produced a sharp snap frost. It is the rear wiper arm, looking down towards the boot lid.

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February 19, 2009 at 10:29 pm

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Dances with Huskies

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Hunters at play

On a cold late October day in 2007, German photographer Nobert Rosing and Husky manager Brian Ladoon were together taking some sunset photos of Ladoon’s large pack of Huskies by Hudson Bay near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada.

Out of the dull greyness emerged a fully grown wild male polar bear, guessed to weigh around 1200 lbs that had probably not eaten in four months. Cut off from its usual seal based diet by the thin sea ice, it was heading for a tethered Husky.

Rosing and Ladoon were certain that the Husky would be killed instantly.

But, as the bear approached, the Husky was in a crouched position with his rump in the air with its tail wagging, mouth open but not bearing its teeth. The bear had its ears back and fur flat. What happened next was extraordinary…

They engaged in a long bout of gentle play.

The polar bear returned every night that week to play with the Huskies.

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I know this story isn’t breaking news and happened in 2007, but I was amazed by what happened.
Apparently this sort of play behaviour has been seen elsewhere, between wolves and Brown (or Grizzly) bears in the USA.

Photographer: Norbet Rosing
Born in northern Germany in 1953, Norbert Rosing is a passionate nature and wildlife photographer with special dedication to the Arctic, North American landscapes, and the national parks of Germany.

In 1980, Rosing published his first photograph in a German photo magazine. Since then he has traveled extensively to the Canadian Arctic, to the landscapes of the U.S. Southwest, and to the romantic landscapes of Germany’s national parks and Africa’s savannas.
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Further Reading

Norbert Rosing’s Website

Audio Slideshow of the event

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February 17, 2009 at 1:33 pm