|Regents Park, winter & spring
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
It was sunny and breezy last Tuesday afternoon, so I walked to Regents Park and took a bunch of pictures with my digital. For contrast, I've posted some Lomo photos from a roll that I'd forgotten about. I took them in early January. It was cold enough that I had to stash my camera in my sleeve in order to advance the film - the Lomo is completely mechanical.
Marco and I went to Warwick Castle, which is kind of like the English version of Disneyland, yesterday, and I took many pictures. As with Disneyland, I'm glad I went once but I probably wouldn't go back except to attend one of their feasts in costume. It seems to be largely a destination for English families on holiday, although the Americans we saw were making their presences known. Why must the least desirable examples of a culture always be its loudest representatives?
2005-03-26 14:44 (UTC)
oo,, the birch bark reminds me of an ellyfont!
Have you ever pet an elephant? I always wondered what they'd feel like. I expect them to be dusty and leathery, but then again, snakes look like they'll be slimy and instead they're cool and dry.
I always forget that there are a lot of people out there who have no understanding of how loudly they're speaking and how annoying they are to those around them. In restaurants, I find if I'm sitting next to a bunch of loudmouths, it stresses me out and I just want to leave. As for it mostly being americans, I don't think most of us are taught manners past don't slobber on yourself and don't pull down your pants at the table. And even then, some of us can't manage that. I see a noisy child or a child that has to sedated with a dvd player at the table and I long for nuns with rulers. When I was in France, riding the Metro, this couple from Florida was wondering aloud, quite loudly, about which stop they needed to get off. They had these horrible Brooklyn accents and they kept saying the same thing over and over, like they only had 12 second memories. Rather than let them be mugged, I pointed out the stop they needed, and the woman kept repeating over and over to her husband. I think people like this just like to hear themselves talk. Hey! I think I've stumbled on a new form of passive torture!
Hehe. I feel like most of the children I see here are very well-behaved and largely independent. If they're not well-behaved, they're still independent. It's funny how much Americans coddle their children. I see kids here, pretty young ones, like 8-10 years old, getting themselves to and from school on the public bus system by themselves. Sometimes they're noisy, but only if they're in large groups. It's just so funny how helpless a lot of American kids seem to be. Some of them never grow out of it, apparently.
I have always loved the line in "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" about the possibility that if people stopped talking, their brains might start working. I think about it often.
I am still completely enamored with the lomo. Mrrrrrrrrr. I will have one. I only hope my images turn out half as good as yours have.
There are daffodils and crocuses getting ready to bloom in my yard. The crocuses have started to flower but the irregular clusters of leaves in completely random places are the only things tattling on the daffodils right now. I can hardly wait for them to bloom.
I like the effect of the auto-balanced sky. That looks really cool, actually.
And I agree with you, in general principle, on wild areas vs. manicured ones. Behind where my parents live, there's a wooded area with these huge limestone deposits that I used to climb around when I was a kid. Later, I used to climb around them and take pictures. I may still have some floating around. If I don't, I'll have to acquire more during my next trip home.
I recommend signing up for the Lomography newsletter (official Lomo site
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