Thursday, August 15, 2019

Butterfly Wonderland Scottsdale 27 July 2019

The fine folks at Tempe Camera hosted a photographer's visit to Scottsdale's Butterfly Wonderland on 27 July 2019.  

I captured images this day with the Canon EOS R and Canon 100mm macro lens.  

It is HOT and HUMID in there.  The good news was there was relief in the air conditioned cafeteria just outside the butterfly area.

There were butterflies of course.  And female models (wood nymphs) and lovely flowers.  

In addition to the extreme humidity, sometimes the misters came on which meant time to clean the lens glass.  

Until My Next Adventure,

See You On Down the Road,

Jim Patterson

Here's a slideshow of all of my photos.... ENJOY!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Elbe Berlin to Prague July Aug 2019

This was a Viking cruise that was supposed to go down the Elbe River.  However, the water level of the Elbe went so far down they could not let the ship navigate safely.  Viking did the next best thing.  We actually spent nights on the Elbe in two Viking ships that were anchored and saw the rest of the sights by way of bus.  Also included were hotel stays in Berlin and Prague, Czech Republic.  It actually worked out pretty darn well!  I would have preferred the cruise, but Viking did another pretty clever thing.  They offered us 50% off on our next cruise.  Talk about golden handcuffs!!!

Berlin.  A big city and capital of Germany.  Filled with history, of course.  Being the first of our group to arrive, we went on a boat tour down the Spree River.  

They served beer and German food onboard this three hour tour.  YUMMMMY!!!

Berlin has an old church that was heavily bombed in World War II.  It still remains as a reminder.  

Hanging in a portion of that church is a charcoal painting done by a German prisoner of war of the Soviets.  

KaDeWa is a huge department store in Berlin.  It has absolutely everything in six-plus floors.  After taking a walk around this monstrous place, we ran into three fellows from the Netherlands.  

Leaving Berlin, we travel through the Potsdam area.  Remember the movie "Bridge of Spies?"  Here's the bridge. 

And the famous Brandenburg Gate.... 

And, the now very touristy CheckPoint Charlie...  

The old border between East and West Berlin is marked on the ground by a line of bricks two bricks wide.  Here's a spot near CheckPoint Charlie.  

Our guide who lived in East Berlin said when they turned 18 they went to a government office and registered to get a Trabant car.  Then they were told they could come back in 15 years to pick it up.  They were awful cars, but it's what communism had for them.  Now the Trabant is a collectors item.  

Potsdam is a suburb of Berlin.  When you mention Potsdam, most think of the Potsdam Conference at the end of World War II.  Stalin was the host as Potsdam was in their zone of influence.  

Note the big red star in the image above.  That's Stalin saying hello.

Before we leave Berlin, we went to the former East Berlin to visit the old Stasi headquarters.  The communists spied on EVERYBODY, as records showed after the downfall of the communist state.  The head of this nonsense was Erich Mielke.  Mielke was very particular as to how breakfast would be served to him, shown in the image below.  Kinda creepy, actually.  

Wittenburg, Germany is perhaps best known as Martin Luther's home.  In fact, they changed the name of Wittenberg by adding "Lutherstadt" in front of it.  This is the new reformed bible from Luther.

After walking up and down on cobblestone streets, it was time to have a beer.  

After visiting Lutherstadt Wittenberg, we hit Torgau.  Torgau is where American and Soviet troops linked up in April of 1945.  The image to the left shows what the Soviets left to commemorate the event.  Across the street is another monument to also remember the event.

Back to our ship in Wittenburg, and then in the morning leave for (eventually) Dresden.  Goodbye Wittenburg!

The next destination is Meissen and the famous porcelain factory.  

And then on to our next ship docked on the Elbe River in Dresden.  

On board in Dresden, we were visited by two ladies who were experts at lace making.  

That night featured German food!  So here I am posing with the chef.  

In Dresden we visited the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Museum.  By the way, if you didn't know, Europe is filled with museums, churches, clock towers, and town squares along with up and down cobblestone streets.  

Another stop in German, this time to the Saxony Switzerland National Park.  It's not in Switzerland.  It's called that because a few visiting Swiss artists thought it reminded them of Switzerland.  

Then on to our last stop, Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic.  The Charles Bridge was packed with tourists.  Another way to see it is from a boat ride along the Vltava River.  

We also visited the President's Palace.  Here are the friendly guards.  

Gee, I have time.  One final visit to a brewery!  

Until My Next Adventure,

See You On Down the Road!

Jim Patterson

... And here's a slideshow from my trip!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

June 2019 Photography

June 2019 saw me photograph the Orme School of Mayer Arizona where we did some animal and owner portraits along with some cowboy images. 

Then I went to San Diego where the West Coast School of Professional Photography holds a week long session.  This time, I was in premier portrait photographer Tony Corbell's class.  

The week concluded with two days in and around Shelter Island and La Jolla.  I took images of the Shelter Island Marina, La Jolla's Scripps Aquarium, and the coast around La Jolla.  

Until My Next Adventure,

See You On Down the Road!

Monday, May 13, 2019

Phoenix Botanical Garden May 2019

Armed with a Canon EOS R mirrorless and the RF 24-105mm lens, I visited the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden one early afternoon in May.  

One thing I wished I had done was bring my Tamron 70-200mm lens.  I felt I needed a bit more reach.  However, I was able to crop and get some keepers.  

They also had a butterfly display that was THICK with butterflies. Most of them moved around making it harder to photograph.  

My entire photography portfolio is on SmugMug.  And, here's my Instagram feed.

Until My Next Adventure,

See You On Down the Road!

Jim Patterson

Here's a slideshow of all of my photos.... ENJOY!

Then I came home and photographed flowers around the house with Tamron 100-400mm and Tamron 70-200mm lenses.

EOS R and Tamron 70-200mm Lens
EOS R and Tamron 100-400mm Lens