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Tuesday, 22-May-2007 14:21 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Fried Eggs

Fried Eggs
Okay, this is not a typical entry from me. This is me in a more sarcastic mood. Fried Eggs. My vision of the human race.

I was chatting with a colleague and, a good friend of mine one evening and, I suddenly got this vision of fried eggs. Rather, the whole human race turning into fried eggs. He was a little disgusted with me when I said this.

My logic? I had just returned from a travel to some place, which was hotter than it should have been. I was criticizing the human race for the pollution and the general muck that we create in the world. We dominate the world but, we screw it up completely.

So, my vision? One day, our brains would start popping out of our heads and fry, like fried eggs. However, in this picture, it looks more like a human face, with the yolks for eyes.

Pretty disgusting, yeah? But, we'd better watch out!

Monday, 14-May-2007 14:23 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Burning Bright

Burning Bright
THE TYGER (from Songs Of Experience)
By William Blake
Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare sieze the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art.
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And watered heaven with their tears,
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?


I can't add more. The eye of the tiger burns bright....

Wednesday, 9-May-2007 08:28 Email | Share | | Bookmark
A Touristy Trip To Harbin - 3

Drinking Ice
A Roll In The Snow
Next To A Tree
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This will be the "last" of the touristy Harbin set. We'd gone to see the Siberian tigers. The DongBei Hu (EastNorth Tigers in a literal translation).

All these shots were taken with my Nikon Coolpix S10. This is a great camera for undercover photography, because of the swivel lens. It also has a good zoom, upto 300 mm (in the 35 mm equivalent). And, it allowed me to stick the camera into the cage for some of the shots. The top 3 were taken from the moving bus. The bottom three, were taken through the cage. The close up of the tiger's head was taken when I stuck the lens into the cage, through the wiring. I had to be a bit careful, as one of the blokes was not too happy and, was swiping at us with it's paws, as you can see from one of the pictures.

This lot of tigers is not very well cared for. They were a slightly sorry looking lot, with little scabs and all that. Yet, with all that, they are magnificent creatures. You feel the majesty of these cats in their stride and, in the way they generally relax.

Tyger, tyger burning bright, as the dead poet said...

(Sorry Mark, did not mean to follow you so soon, with the tiger shots)

Wednesday, 25-Apr-2007 11:20 Email | Share | | Bookmark
A Touristy Trip To Harbin - 2

House. Early Afternoon Sun
The Old Man
A Native American Indian?
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It's been a long time since I updated the page. And so, these are a little out of date. The weather has turned warmer. It's nice. The sky is blue and, the weather temperate!
In Harbin, the sky was blue. The weather was cold...

Anyway, here are some snow sculptures. The houses are as big as actual houses. The man's head and the Native American Indian are about 100 feet high.

One shot of a house was taken early in the afternoon, when the sky colour was cooler. Two were taken when the sun was setting. You'll see the golden tint on the snow wall of the house.

One shot is that of Harbin town glistening in the evening sun. There's a model of the wonderful Sophia church.

Oh, look at the shot of Harbin town. Do you see the bridge? Now, look at it again at night in the last shot. This was a hand held shot. I had gone for a post dinner walk with my daughter when I decided to take that shot.

The next update will be on the 8th May.

Tuesday, 10-Apr-2007 13:45 Email | Share | | Bookmark
A Touristy Trip To Harbin - 1

At The Entrance
The Buddha
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This is the first of a short series of our trip to Harbin in February this year. This year we had a warm winter. Harbin or, Ha 'er Bin as it is properly spelled, is in the North East Part of China or, 东北区, as they say in China!! Literally translated as East-North Area.

It's best known for the annual ice festival. They carve up huge blocks of ice and snow into various shapes. The ice blocks sometimes have lights frozen inside and, the lights work. The snow blocks are lit externally. The ice town and, the snow town are separate areas.

So, this is the ice town. This winter was warm. Normally, it should be - 15 degrees Centigrade day time and, - 30 at night, This year, was - 5 and - 15!! Warm.

Therefore, the young dancing queen did'nt seem to feel cold at all. She was, along with her mates, dancing in a thin jacket and, wearing a thin pair of gloves. Anyone fancy a dance with her - outside - if it is -30 degrees centigrade??

And, oh yeah! Commerce and advertising rules. You see Michelin somewhere?

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