Interspecies Water Fountain

In Varketili (Tbilisi suburb) the water fountain is for everyone not just homo sapiens.

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thirsty hound
horse
horses at the fountain
child
human child helped to drink
sparrow
even a thirsty sparrow stops by the fountain

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rise/Set

This week’s photo challenge is Rise/Set (Click on the link for other interpretations of the theme).

I take far more photos of sunsets than sunrises, as I usually get up after the sun has risen.

Sunsets over water are particularly magical. The Georgian coastline faces west over the Black Sea where the sun sets.

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Sunset over the Black Sea

Sometimes when I am travelling I will see a sunrise. Here is the sunrise at Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport, taken through a plane window.

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Sunrise, Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport

Sunsets can make the drabbest of urban landscapes a touch magical.

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Varketili Sunset

Weekly Photo Challenge: 2017 Favourites

This week’s challenge is 2017 Favourites

The challenge calls on us “To celebrate the end of the year, share the most meaningful photo you’ve taken in 2017.”

I don’t know how many photos I’ve taken this year, somewhere in excess of 20 000 but here are five of my favourites.

The first I call “Gas Station at Night” taken in Varketili in February, this reminds me of Edward Hopper’s oeuvre. He painted gas stations and he painted many night scenes.

Gas Station at Night
Gas Station at Night

My second is “Pine Needles in the Rain“, at the beginning of the hiking season (early June) we went camping in  Dariali Gorge and it rained heavily.

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Pine Needles in the Rain

The third is a slightly humorous shot entitled “Please Die”, I often take photos of people using their phones for selfies, the digital generation. After I took the shot I noticed the graffiti saying “please die”, which seemed appropriate for the expression on the man’s face, which we might relate to his girlfriend taking innumerable selfies.

Please Die
Please die

I have another blog about collecting diecast model cars (especially Matchbox and Hot Wheels) diecast blog. I have taken to habitually carrying around a model from my collection in a pocket, to grab potential photo opportunities. Here is a photograph of a Matchbox VW Karmann Ghia Convertible, taken at the graveyard where my father-in-law is buried on the outskirts of Tbilisi.

1969 VW Karmann Ghia Convertible MBX
1969 VW Karmann Ghia Convertible (Matchbox)

And I’ll finish with my grandchildren eating bananas….

banana kids
banana kids