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Laqlouq Snow Walk

June 15th, 2011

Summer seems to have come upon us quite heavily here in Abu Dhabi. Got me thinking about the cooler times, such as earlier this year in Lebanon, where I had the chance to go on a snow walk for the first time.

The weather was starting to warm up earlier than expected and the mountain snow was turning a little slushy around noon, making skiing an unattractive proposition.

We went to a place known as Laqlouq, in Lebanon. We got there early in the afternoon, parked the car by the side of the road, put on the snowshoes and took off up the slope.

Below are a few pictures from that wonderful day.

The snows were already beginning to melt. And to melt quite fast. Just a few short weeks before, the entire mountain side was covered with snow, but the rocks were starting to reach out to the skies again…

As were some of the thorny wild flowers…

We were aiming to get to the cross at the top of the mountain. Unfortunately, just meters from the top, I dropped my glasses! Had to watch them ski their way down the steeper slope of the  mountainside.

We headed down after them, and I ended up falling and sliding down a good distance myself. Got snow all over my lens… Halfway down we met two dogs, German shepherds, who eneded up following and playing with us all the way back to the car.

The light was fading fast as we headed back down to Beirut. The clouds hung low over the mountains, bringing fog as the air cooled and making for a spectacular sunset.

More coming soon!

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The Norman Coast in Winter

October 12th, 2010

Earlier this year I spent a day in the seaside resort town of Deauville, in France. I got the chance to visit the place a little, and spent a short time on Deauville’s famous beach – which, owing to the time of year and the weather, was largely deserted.

It was cold, with a biting wind that threatened to sweep my little cousins off their feet. Dark clouds roiled above, constantly threatening to unleash a torrential downpour. And, in point of fact, the heavens did open up hard a number of times during the course of the day, for periods ranging anywhere from a few minutes to a good few hours.

My cousins, about to be carried away by the wind.

The deserted public changing rooms.

The view onto the English Channel (aka “La Manche”).

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The Lone Oak

September 18th, 2010

Not far from my uncle’s farm in Normandy, France, lies a wide open field, at the far end of which lies a splendid forest, dark and deep. I would occasionally go for a walk in the forest – and on one occasion a mushroom hunt with the family.

On the way there and back I would pass a lone oak, standing resilient, proud and strong in the middle of the field.

I was inexorably and inexplicably drawn to that oak. So one rainy, overcast day I grabbed my gear and squelched my muddy way to the field to snap a frame or two.

Here is one of the results.

This is likely to be the last post for a week or so as I’ll be travelling and with limited access to the ‘net.

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An Island Sunset

September 14th, 2010

Last weekend an escape to one of the beautiful untouched island beaches was organised by some friends and I.

We spent the best part of the afternoon and evening relaxing on the beach and swimming in the clear emerald waters. And chatted away as the sun set a few degrees off the main island of Abu Dhabi some distance away.

We’ve been blessed here over the past few weeks. We’ve had some truly amazing sunsets. I had the chance to enjoy a few over the holy month of Ramadan as most every day at that time I was driving up or down the Corniche heading to some iftar or other.

But this time I had the chance to sit back, relax and give my attention to the sky. The typically cloudless Abu Dhabi sky was filled with a mix of wide streaks and thin wisps of clouds that shifted and changed during the period from sunset to twilight to dusk. And the dying sun’s rays hit them in such a way as to throw the dome of the sky into a riot of ever-changing vibrant oranges and deep reds.

Naturally, I ended up snapping off a few frames.

Here are a few of the results.

To camera left you can see the Abu Dhabi city skyline in the distance. I loved the gradual change of colour from deep orange to an arc of magenta to deep blue as you look away from the sun towards the top of the frame.

I waded waist-deep in the water to make this frame.

What’s a beach without beach sports? Supersportsman Alex catches a frisbee with the tips of his fingers.

That little speck in the water left of the center of the frame is not a dust spot. It’s one of my friends enjoying the water.

The new moon graced us with its company and its Cheshire Cat smile.

There’s nothing quite like being in the water as it changes colour to reflect the sky at dusk.

This is one of my favourite pictures from that series. It says it all, really. And yep, I was waist-deep in water for this one too.

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The Juignettes Church

September 12th, 2010

I was in the car, passing this church in Juignettes in Normandy, France, when the sun came out from behind a cloud.

I had to stop and make a picture.

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Looking Out at the Rain

December 20th, 2009

The night of my arrival in Beirut I was greeted with violent thunderstorms. So violent were they that, on landing, the plane shuddered and shook a bit more than most passengers were comfortable with.

The day after was no different.

I love looking out at the rain from the cosiness of my warm, dry, armchair.

The Rain (D700, Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 @ 105mm, f11, ISO 200, 1/320sec)

The heavy rain slows everything down, and allows you time to rediscover things at home, like books.

A Passion for Books (D700, Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 @ 105mm, f3.2, ISO 200, 1/100sec)

Of course, every so often, the showers would stop for a moment or two, allowing a furtive burst of sunlight to pass through a break in the cloud cover, before the black clouds would regroup and double their efforts at drowning the world.

A Break In the Cloud (D700, Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 @ 105mm, f2.8, ISO 200, 1/200sec)

And yes, the colours  in the picture above above are as is – untreated.

More pictures coming soon.

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