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Jul 26, 2010

Worlwide Photo Walk in Lewes

This past Saturday, I was in Lewes to attend the Worldwide Photo Walk. Photographer Judy Rolfe has done a great job organizing the walk in Lewes; THANK YOU JUDY. About a 50 nice and a friendly bunch strolled in the streets of historic Lewes and took photos despite the exhausting heat. I, personally, was to exhausted by the heat that I could not really focus on too much other than getting a cold beverage or finding a shaded spot. I had my tri-pod with me but again did not even feel like setting it up until I went to the beach and got in the ocean to cool off. The heat slowed me down in so many ways and made me consume excess amount of liquids and eat ice-cream twice which is pretty much unheard of. During the walk one of the places we visited was the Farmers Market which I absolutely loved. I long for that kind of market in our area. It reminded me of my childhood. I used to go to a farmers market just like that with my mom and dad on Saturdays when I was a little kid. At the Lewes Historic Society Farmers Market, one stand had all sorts of good hearty bread smelled heavenly; one stand had yummy homemade ice-cream that I could not resist trying; one stand had this different types of delish melons; one stand had lavenders and lavender products and the lady gave me directions to their farm so that I could go to capture the butterflies and on the way there I discovered another dairy farm and had more ice-cream. Especially one of the flavors, orange-pineapple was to die for. We had quite a delish lunch at a restaurant called Beach House. After the lunch, I drove down to Rehoboth to go to the Northshore/Cape Henlopen Park to see the two WW II towers by the ocean. Too bad that certain section of the area was closed and that prevented me to get close to the towers and explore the possibilities of capturing them from different angles. I will go there during off season and try this again. I also went to the fishing pier also located in the park. I have done a lot and visited a lot in the area on that steaming hot day, even chased the butterflies at the Lavender Fields; however, because of the heat I just could not perform that well plus the sunlight was way too bright, I barely slowed the shutter with 8x ND filter down by the beach. On the way back home, I managed to stop by at couple of outlet stores and did a little shopping too :) Photography, good food, good company, being by the ocean side + shopping... Despite the fact that the weather was not cooperating that much, I still call this a my kind of day. Lewes is a little historic gem and I will definitely go there again on a much cooler day to explore what I could not on Saturday. Until then I hope you enjoy my photo walk + after photos... The photos below are just the few that selected to upload on this page. You may clik on the above string of photos to see the entire collection via Picasa Web Albums.

Jul 22, 2010

A bird or a leaf or?

It can be anything you want it to be; it will be what you see ;) You know what they say: "We do not see things the way they are, we see them the way we are". It actually is a leaf but I see a bird there so it is a bird ;)

You never know you might run into unless you get out there and experience it

I was at Glasgow Park this evening close to dusk time, taking a casual stroll with my camera to see what was out there and I ran into these dragon flies. I also ran into a lovely young girl who wants to get into photography. She was inquiring about cameras. We chit chatted a bit; well you know me and how much I like to talk especially about a photography so a bit may be a bit understatement :) LOL :). I wish her the best of light with her new passion.

Jul 21, 2010

Gibraltar Gardens

I stopped by at Gibraltar Gardens today after work to see what was blooming and came across with couple of pleasant surprises in addition to the blooming waterlilies. The more colorful butterfly did not stop moving, not one second, it was quite hard to capture it. Its wings were on constant move.

Jul 17, 2010

Friday Happy Hour @ Gilpin Falls

I was at Gilpin Falls yesterday and what an extreme photography adventure that was. I heard stories about photographers breaking lenses, tri-pods, filters etc. there. I knew it was a dangerous place to be so I did not want to take the chance to go there alone. Well actually I went there the other day just to find out exactly where it was located and explore the area and see how dangerous it was to be there and then I decided not to take the chance to be there by myself. Fair Hill Nature Photography Meet Up Group assistant organizer Parsh Mehta was so kind and nice enough to offer to accompany me there. He has been there and he is one of the Gilpin Falls Photo Walk survivors so his guidance was crucial. THANK YOU Parsh for beeing there. The Falls is a big long stream with many cascades running down the hill; it is absolutely gorgeous. At the top, there is a beautiful covered bridge. We carefully carried ourselves and the equipment down the stream and stopped to take photos on the way; hopped from one rock/boulder to another; looked for flat boulders so that we could actually stand up and set up our tri-pods on. On the way back we struggled a bit to find the path we came down; the area is so wild that there is not even an apparent path way. There is poison ivy, plants with thorns, etc. We finally made it out at dusk time. I survived Gilpin Falls with nothing broken; with access sweat, dehydration, a red face, bunch of thorns stuck on my face and my arms, out of breath but at the end I can not tell you how happy and content I was. This is what I call a Friday Happy Hour! :) I definitely want to go back there again. Even though I got familiar with the place I still would like to have a company with me. If any of you would like to explore Gilpin Falls let me know :)