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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.
More from National Geographic


Further Reading

Norbert Rosing’s Website

Audio Slideshow of the event

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February 17, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Tjeerd Derkink | Royale T

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Melon Scenery by Tjeerd Derkink

Tjeerd Derkink is a photographer and designer. His work mainly revolves around skateboarding. He runs Royale T, which is his online presence for his design and photography.

The above photo is one of his older pics, but I love the composition. His work is pretty special, check out his FlickR page for more cracking shots.

This is an oldie. To create contrast, I decided to cast out every piece of skatepark. I also wanted to hide the identity of the skater. So no face, no park. Just an urban figure in nature.
– Tjeerd Derkink

Further info…

Royale T Website
Royale T Photo Blog
FlickR Photostream

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February 16, 2009 at 10:38 am

Conquering Coniston Water’s Fells

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After hiking our way up above Coniston Water in the Lake District, Andy climbed up onto a massive boulder to gain an advantage point.

Despite the ominous looking clouds seen here, it was a scorchingly hot and humid August day. The sunlight was dancing across the surrounding fells as it broke through the clouds.

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The full Coniston crew..
Guy, Mike, Me & Andy (L to R)

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The views we were rewarded with

Shots taken 2nd August 2008

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February 15, 2009 at 6:23 pm

Top of Cassons, Flims / Switzerland

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Spider & G at the top of the Cassons cable car, Flims, Switzerland.

The Cassons cable car isn’t particularly big, or popular, as there is a breathless steep 200m plus hike to the top of the ridge.
We stopped for a breather at the top to take in the spectacular view. At 2675m it’s not particularly high, but the way the mountains form there, it seemed like the highest I’d ever been. It was a perfect bluebird day with little wind. We were the only people there, which made it even more spellbinding.
It’s pretty remote and usually windswept, you can see the ridge itself is devoid of snow and strewn with loose rocks. There was a sign informing the few that made it up there about the local mountain goats that live in that area. We didn’t see any.

Someone, who shall remain nameless, had a slash over the side of the ridge. When I pointed out that was probably the highest open air slash he’d done, I was proudly told that I was wrong and that an open air wazzing incident had been had at something like 10,000 feet in Tibet!

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This is me enduring the hike up to the ridge.

The only way down is off piste. It looked like fresh deep powder, but it had a sun melted re-frozen crust on the top, so the going was tough. It was so hot, there was an issue with steamed up goggles if you stopped. It was a bit of a thigh burner, but well worth the excursion.

Flims/Laax Piste Map

Shots taken 29th December 2007

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February 15, 2009 at 2:54 pm

D.E.A.

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Dickster + crew

R, J, S, M & G… a few friends of mine, shooting the shit during a walk into Llangollen, North Wales.

Shot taken 15th November 2008

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February 14, 2009 at 11:22 pm

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Slick Photography

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A refuge hut on the Gherdecia piste, 1500m above the town of Canazei, Val Di Fassa, Italy. By FoxyMcSlick.

I stumbled upon FoxyMcSlick’s FlickR page through a random Google image search. I really like his photos. The above pic was taken in the Dolomites.
This is the story behind the pic…

I had an afternoon off from skiing and just walked the slopes in search of the stuff I’d been past without my camera. It turned into a 5 hour walk as it turns out that some of the ski lifts only let you on wearing skis, and most wouldn’t let you travel downhill (only the gondola style). Still, it was worth it.


If you like this pic, there are many more stunning examples on his FlickR page…

FoxyMcSlick’s photostream

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February 14, 2009 at 7:05 pm