The Streets and Alleys of Baltic (7)

I will be doing a series on streets and alleys of the Baltic countries.

I have been to all the Baltic capitals which includes visiting of some of the UNESCO Heritage sites like Vilinus, Riga, Tallin etc.

What I found most interesting are the alleys and the streets which all have their own characteristics.Baltic Capitals 15-Aug-09 034

I am not able to tell you exactly where those alleys and streets are; in my simple mind, they are my memorable parts of the Baltic.

I like the cobblestones, the quaint street, the colored walls on both sides of the alleys, the cafes along or encroached onto the roads, the crude masonry wall facing and last, but not the least, the friendly people.

They leave an undeletable part in my memory!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Walls ( Lithuania)

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Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics.

This is the book I once studied for Statistics.

But have you heard – Lies, Damn Lies and Photography??

Do you believe all the news shown on the TV?

It is quite difficult to know whether the news is real even if it is shown on the TV.DSC_0074

We are just conditioned to see what people show us, which could be an extract, a part of the real situation or a biased view.DSC_0082

Why are I saying all these – these three photos taken in the Baltic may be taken to mean that the Baltic are relatively backward countries.

Photographers like unusual but interesting views.Baltic Capitals  15-Aug-09 053

It is my intention to show the more rustic side of Baltic. In fact, what I am trying to say is that the Baltic is an interesting place to go!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity (at the Baltic’s Waterways)

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Serenity is everywhere. Basically, you will find it when your heart is prepared for it.

Here are a couple of pictures taken earlier in the Baltic.

Don’t ask where exactly those pictures are taken, as I have mixed up in my mind (and also in my archive as they are all scrambled together) as to their whereabouts.DSC_0142

Serenity is rowing on a calm waterway with your friend beside you.DSC_0253

On the other picture, it was taken in a waterway within a garden.

The composition looks simple but it looks so peaceful.

Please enjoy ūüôā

Haunted Hill of Crosses

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This must be one of the most Haunted Places of the World:DSC_0258

The Hill of Crosses¬† is a site of pilgrimage about 12 km north of the city of ҆iauliai, in northern Lithuania. The precise origin of the practice of leaving crosses on the hill is uncertain, but it is believed that the first crosses were placed on the former Jurgaińćiai or Domantai hill fort after the 1831 Uprising.Over the centuries, not only crosses, but giant crucifixes, carvings of Lithuanian patriots, statues of the Virgin Mary and thousands of tiny effigies and rosaries have been brought here by Catholic pilgrims. The exact number of crosses is unknown, but estimates put it at about 55,000 in 1990 and 100,000 in 2006.

To be honest, I didn’t feel very pleasant when I walked over the hill from one end to the other and back.

Nevertheless, I am happy to share this image which maybe the best picture  took over there.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular (Baltic)

This weeks’ WPC Challenge of the Daily Post is Angular.

This photo was taken in the Baltic, possibly in the city of Riga.DSC_0192A

It is angular not matter how you look at it – angular roofs and window apexes.

I like the color and composition too.

Please enjoy!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Between (Houses)

I feel I should continue on with last week’s WPC of Between.

After my last two posts of Between (Columns) and Between (Walls), it is just natural that I should also post on Between (Houses).

On our trip to the Baltics, one of my favorite themes of photography was to photograph houses.

I like the colors of the houses and the quiet cobble stone alleys.DSC_0140

Here is my favorite picture taken in a quiet alley.

The picture will be a lot less interesting if not for presence of the cat on the street.

I have an almost exactly similar photo without a cat . I can appreciate what a difference a cat (for many, it is a beloved pet) makes to the picture!

So, this concludes my series.

Open Fields in Black and White

I like wide open spaces.

Especially those with white cloud, blue sky and wide open fields.DSC_0265

The picture here  was taken while travelling in the Baltic.

This is my ideal kind of picture for wide open fields . . . . . . . . . .

this is just so idyllic!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Between

This week’s Photo Challenge is Between.

As we walked into this palace in the Baltics, I thought I should take a picture of the entrance.

It would be interesting if I took a picture of the entrance with the palace in between.DSC_0209

However, the direction of the sunlight wasn’t right – I would be photographing against the sun and the image of the palace would come out dark.

So, once entered into the courtyard, I turned myself back and took this photo.

I am glad that the sunlight has revealed some very  fine details of the gate, the columns and the lions mounted on the top.

Instead of the palace, I still have an attractive building between the gates.

As someone who takes travel photos, I well know that the sunlight may change by the second . . . . . .¬† . . . if we don’t take a picture at the moment, that moment may lost forever . . . . . . . . .¬† the sun would have moved and we may no longer pass this way!

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: (Looking Up in a ) Room

When you stepped into this room, the only natural direction of sight is UP!

That’s what I did when I entered this palace room in the Baltics.

Once I lifted my head and looked at the roof, I just couldn’t take my eyes¬†off the roof again.DSC_0212

You may say that there are roofs in other palaces, like the Versailles, are more brilliant.

But this roof is small and low enough that you can focus and take a good look at the details.

The chandeliers, the painting on the roof and the gold colors are just unforgettable!