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Candid Photos I’ve Taken On Trips That Have Inspired, Surprised And Puzzled Me

March 13, 2013 • By

 

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Beautiful art figures from the First Nations People at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

I’ve noticed that one of the things that I tend to do while I travel is to snap photos for no good reason.  Usually, I am on a tour bus or casually walking along a city street that I decide to immortalize my surroundings by capturing random scenes through my camera lens.

It doesn’t have to be something massive or particularly significant; I’m usually moved to do so because of how I am feeling at the moment.  I’m usually overwhelmed by the people, a particular circumstance, an unusual building….something that captures my attention that compels me to document it.

Of course, those pictures usually turn out to be a blurry mess and sometimes in rarer moments, they become unforgettable treasures.  I decided to share a few with you dear reader in the hopes that you could appreciate the method to my madness: “Sometimes the best photos are the unplanned ones”.

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We were on a tour bus that departed Santiago, Chile, destined for Valparaiso and Vina del Mar. It was early in the day and I thought I was seeing things but took the pic anyway. It looked like a cardboard house sitting on the hillside with a distinctive Mondrian palette. I have no explanation for this. This is not…..I repeat….this is not photoshopped and I am glad that I was able to capture it as the tour bus whizzed by.

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Travel Photo Thursday – Unclaimed Baggage Center

February 1, 2012 • By

Unclaimed Baggage Center

There is a  rumor that a graphic novel prequel is finally in the works for the quarter of century old film, Labyrinth.  Furthermore, it is expected to be released in theaters near you later this year.   So, I thought it was apropos to post this as my weekly photo offering.

Hoggle is “a grumpy and obstinate dwarf ” who initially refuses to help a young girl named Sarah solve the labyrinth within thirteen hours in order to save her brother who has been taken away.  Little does Sarah know that he was actually sent to ‘befriend’ her by the Goblin King who took the child in the first place.

In actuality, his mission is to set up roadblocks to ensure her failure.  This little fellow was lost at an unnamed airport some years ago and for some reason never quite made it back to the Jim Henson Productions studio.

It seems finding the owner would have been a slam dunk, but here it sits in the entrance of the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama scaring everyone that passes by except this little one.

 


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If You Ever Wanted Know Where Your Lost Luggage Ends Up, It’s Scottsboro, Alabama!

June 26, 2011 • By

This is the second in a series of infrequent articles that will spotlight Hidden Treasures within a city that are usually overlooked by the locals….but they’re not the only ones. We will be searching for some of the best little known secrets from every city imaginable. Lean closer and tell me what’s special about yours…….

Peeking through the trees to check out Lake Guntersville.

Peeking through the trees to check out Lake Guntersville.

Mapquest says it’s a two hour forty five minute drive from my house and I think that they were right on the money. We woke up on a Saturday at 5 am to make our way to Scottsboro, Alabama so that we would get there right at 9 am.  I didn’t know that we would be going through so many two lane country roads, an interstate and a lot of four lane highways, but we did. I guess the drive always seems longer if you’ve never been there and is always shorter on the way back because all you’d have to do is work your way backwards. The drive was as beautiful as it was long. We got to see landscapes untouched by human hands. There were fields of crops, houses were spaced acres in between, and we saw every type of animal you’d expect to see in the country: Goats, cows, donkeys and even alpacas! I had no idea that this road would turn out to be the site of the “Trail of Tears”.

The Trail of Tears is the pathway that native Americans were forced to take after the US Government stole their land. Many died of disease and exposure along the way.

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