I can’t speak Chinese, and I certainly can’t speak the Chinese dialect these ladies speak. I sure wonder what they talk about, though. Donal Trump maybe?
I couldn’t believe how many old castles there were in Ireland…they seemed to be everywhere, and they are OLD…like leftover from the 600’s….just standing there in ruins and neglected. Seemed like every town had their version of an old castle. Sure would be great to be a kid growing up in Ireland, and playing around these old ruins.
Jenny….if you are reading this, this one is for you….!! Ha!!
Let me explain. We had a great friend, Jamie Wellington, a New Zealand bloke, a serious Rugby fan, who back in 2001 organized a trip for just “us guys”…no kids, and no wives…to Lake Toba in Northern Sumatra. It was a trip full of jokes, laughter, water skiing, trekking, rafting, Orangutangs, good music, relaxing, and lots and lots of BEER…
We had such a great time, that Jamie declared we make this a yearly trip….same group of guys but a different location every year. We all agreed, and Jamie couldn’t wait to start planning the next trip.
The next year, Jamie went to Bali for a big Rugby tournament. I remember the day he left so vividly. He excitedly waved good-bye and told everyone to have a great weekend, as he walked out of our office door to catch his flight to Bali.
That was last time I ever saw Jamie. The night he arrived in Bali, he made a last minute decision to go out for a beer with his rugby friends. He was walking into the pub when the Bali Terrorists set their bombs off. He was killed instantly. The date, October 12, 2002. A tragic day, and a day I (we) will never forget.
In Jamie’s memory, we have made a trip somewhere every year since. Counting our trip with Jamie, we have been on 14 trips together. Some of the members of our group are now living in different parts of the world…four of us are still in Jakarta, one in China, one in Switzerland, and one in the States. Our last trip was in Iceland two summers ago. Since we are getting more and more spread out, and because our families are getting older, it is getting more and more difficult to get together for another trip…but we are determined to keep the tradition and Jamie’s memory alive. We missed our first trip last year, but are planning a new trip this summer…location yet to be determined.
So…HERE’S TO JAMIE !! May the “Jamie Trip” last a lifetime….!!
The above photo was in Iceland…we were missing our good friend, Rob, who was stuck in China…
We were missing another of our members in Guatemala for JT 13…Scott was stuck in Switzerland…
I am not sure why bludomain can NOT remind me to update my domain name every year, and not sure why I can pay for multiple years. Yes, it is my responsibility to remind myself to pay for my domain name each year (15 bucks), but that date is January 11th, and I am just getting back from vacation, and it’s the start of the new year, and is just not in my mind…
Every year for the past three years, one of my faithful readers (usually Kes Klare…thanks, Kes) sends me an email telling me my site is down.
I then contact bludomain, and go through the three day process of getting my site back up on-line. Arggggh.
I one of the judges for the 2015 Raja Ampat Kapolda Cup. All photos were wide-angle. The field was narrowed down to around 150 photos, and we judges had to narrow down those to 20. I am now in the process of narrowing those 20 down to the top 6. I’m telling you…it is NOT easy. So many of these photos could be the grand prize winner! Some extraordinary photos!! Once the contest is over, I will post a few of the photos, and you will understand what I mean.
This process certainly earns the respect of judges from around the world that have to do this all the time, and others have thousands of images to go through. Not sure how they do it. A very tough job.
I just upgraded to ProPhoto 5. There are some nice new features. Most are in the background that you can’t see, but one feature is infinite scrolling. You no longer have to click on “previous posts”. You can now just keep scrolling forever.
I have also added some “temporary” buttons at the bottom of each post for pinterest, facebook, and twitter. But the icons are really ugly and don’t really match my site. I am in search of some new buttons, and will install those when I find some that I like…you can use the ugly ones in the meantime if you want to pin a photo or share on facebook or twitter.
The main reason I upgraded to version 5, however, is the ability to sell my prints directly on this website. I have not installed this feature yet, but will soon. Once installed, you can go to a gallery (that I have to set up), and purchase a print. I am excited for this new feature. This will make things much easier than it is now to purchase a print.
I was going through my Iceland photos, and found this one. I don’t think I have published this one before. It was one of the two days we actually had some sunshine while in Iceland. Amazing how the colors come out when the sun is shining….