Reflecting On A Siberian Summer Flood
It is that time of year again. Summer. When it rains in some parts of the world and others suffer from drought. Splish, Splosh. Crisp, Crush.
Now take Siberia. If you think harsh and polar, think again in the temperate season. The winters may be biting cold but the summers can be fresh and actually palatable. Green and lush even. Tropical almost. Well, that is a stretch. It is Siberia, after all.
Between pours, camera toting folks get out and catch opportunities that are not around on bleachy, washed out sunny days. Those photographers who are not already out in the rain, that is. But, sometimes it rains and it rains, and it rains and rains, so, mindful of possible flood conditions, let us start plodding around in the streets where unique timber architecture abounds.
Reflections of unique wooden houses built a century ago when Siberia was the land of towering trees and limbering forests make a good starting point. You might slip on your galoshes and don a waterproof cape and brolly, just in case. Keep that camera lens dry and the body safe, the water is not just falling from the skies. Many the over-exuberant shutterbug has been dismayed losing equipment momentarily into the flood waters. Work the low perspective and keep your equipment above water.
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Houseboat Perspective Kerala Southwest India, Part 2
A cruise in southwest India? Kerala, Alleppey, Appaluza, Malabar. Pepper, rubber, spices. Beaches and backwaters. Brackish canals and estuaries. A houseboat perspective is what you need to see this area as a local.
Most people come to this region for the Ayurvedic tourism and boating. Boating? Yes, cruising the waters, kicking back the Kingfisher beers, wallowing in the subtropical warmth, taking in the coconut palms and the candy coloured saris and the rice barges and the swollen paddies and the weathered fishermen. That is what The Venice of India is all about. Get the houseboat perspective and you can take it in on all sides from the open water.
Take a moment to observe life as people go about their daily business of laundry, bathing, transporting, walking, paddling, playing and living.
Monochrome or Kodachrome, no matter how you view it, the houseboat is a good way to travel in Kerala.
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British Columbia Rainforest Walk
Almost any day a walk can invigorate the soul, so what makes this British Columbia rainforest so special?
In the autumn the sprinkling of big leaf maples among the firs and ferns makes a sauntering stroll particularly magical. No matter if your jaunt is interceded by precipitation. The protective canopy keeps the ambiance fresh without overwhelming. Thankfully, the rainforest is known better for it’s dampening effect than its bracing downpour. Around every corner are enchanting surprises, leaf strewn pathways, inukshuks, peek a boo falls, artifacts from the coal mining era and always moss laden logs in various stages of decomposition. Fungi make a home in the ones lying prone on the forest surface and it isn’t unusual to find ferns sprouting from mossy branches still hanging on to the mother tree. It is the stillness that is haunting. If you come without noise props you can hear the forest sing of peace in the land, quietly absorbing your cares away.
With that much power, a rainforest walk can be more tempting than a cinnamon bun. However, you may feel you deserve one at a local bakery after your mental and physical workout. For bakeries in Ladysmith near Holland Creek (where these photos were taken) check out Old Town Bakery or In The Bean Time to quell the appetite you worked up on the rainforest trail.
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