Same same but different…

Same pictures from yesterday, now in color instead of b/w. Some images can improve if you select b/w, while others don’t. It also depends on you skills, mine are quite limited.This looks almost the same. It was a grey day and not much color, but still different from the one yesterday.In my opinion this one is much better in color. Color means joy which is enhanced by the woman’s smile.This picture looks completely different in color. It was taken in California year 2014 and I never used it and then forgot it. Here we did a stop along the Pacific Coast Highway where the views are amazing.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge

Here`s my entry for this week Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge. Just for fun 🙂 This week it’s about distance. At a distance, you would barely notice the little bird.At a distance, you can focus on what you want.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge / In the Distance.

Bye Bye Kuching…

Riverbank Suite, Hilton, Sarawak State Legislative Assembly and Kuching City Mosque. Not exactly in that order 😉

Goodbye to all the amazing people we meet in the market and on the streets.

Symbols, Culture and traditions.Kuching, a city in harmony, as written.

I almost forgot the amazing animals! Proboscis and OrangUtans are only found in Borneo, and there are lots of different kinds of birds. The rainforest in Sarawak is unique, these pics are from my last visit in Borneo.Hopefully our flowers look the same as when we left Malta five weeks ago.I’m not worried I just hope everything will go well. I’m looking forward to come back home to Malta. Then, after a week fly to Sweden and pick up our new family member Fanny, it will be fun and quite exiting!

Flower(s) of the day – In Red only

 

Today I choose red flowers. The only one I know the name of is my favorite, the bougainvillea.This is a picture from Malta taken in October last year. One day left and I’m home again.

Cee’s Photography

Kuching Food Market

There are always something going on here in Kuching. This is from the Open Food Market in China town. Carpenter Street was closed for traffic and instead of cars there were hustle and bustle of a completely different kind. As usual you must click on the pics in the gallery to see them in larger  format.Here you can buy cotton candy and get a smile for free.

Some kept a quite high level of hygiene.Cooperation between mother and daughter.
Paella, at least enough for more than one.

I felt it quite difficult to take pictures in the twilight mixed with fluorescent lamps so the images are not the best but still I want to share at least a part of this event and hope you enjoy.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge

This is a great fun and for me a completely new challenge. To convert from color and use only black and white.An indoor garage here in Kuching with the shadow of a man walking from the entrance.

This is a spiral staircase inside a very old mill completely made of stone in a small town in Malta. This image was taken inside a train in Singapore. This photo is not exactly the same as the one above. Just a small difference in light and contrast but I know that even a small difference can mean a lot and that’s
what I’ll try to learn in Cee’s weekly Black & White Photo Challenge.

CB&W: Indoor Walkways, Hallways, Elevators etc..

Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale

For this week’s challenge, we’ll make use of sizing, placement, and scale in our photos.
Here you can choose in which scale you want to watch the view of Spinola Bay in Saint Julian’s, Malta. The aircraft flying over Manoel Island in Malta looks more like a black spot. While we stand on the ground, hundreds of people are sitting inside that black spot watching the view, seen in a completely different scale.

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge / Scale, Theme by Erica V.

CFFC Letter H – Happy

This happy bridal couple were photographed by a professional photographer along the Sarawak river here in Kuching. Happily, I always carry my camera with me and couldn’t resist taking some pictures myself.Happiness for me, among many other things, is to live on the small island of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea. Where it never gets too cold and you never see snow. Pure happiness at Valletta Carnival in Malta February 2016.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge / Letter H – Topic for this week is Happy

 

 

WPC – Pedestrian 2

A pedestrian on the new bridge here in Kuching. It’s not open to the public yet, what we see as a silhouette is a worker. I don’t think the bridge will open before we leave and fly back home to Malta. Just over a week left.
Pedestrians in another part of the world. An early morning walk in the old town of Stockholm, Sweden. I always try to spend some time in this part of Stockholm when I visit my hometown. Soon I’ll be there.

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge / Pedestrian Theme by Krista Stevens

WPC – Pedestrian

The Golden Anniversary Pedestrian Bridge Project at the Kuching Waterfront
is almost completed.

It lights up in different colors at night, is very curvy, which makes it much longer to walk from one end to the other and the pillars are shaped like a Hornbill. Kuching is located in Sarawak and is called ”Land of the Hornbills”. I really do looking forward to be a pedestrian on that bridge when it´s completed.

WordPress Weekly Photo ChallengePedestrian Theme by Krista Stevens

Fotografi – Haiku

Flatbed, covered heads
Ride on by, spirits are high
Salty like sardines
Kalaw, MyanmarStories in the shack
Men in turbans and slippers
Parted lips, shared tale
Gulmarg, Kashmir, India–Swinging shepherd´s staff
Never too young to lead herd
Hooves follow footstep
Kalaw, Myanmar–

Det här inlägget är skapat med Kristallina i åtanke eftersom jag tror mig veta att hon uppskattar kombinationen Fotografi/Hauki väldigt mycket 🙂 🙂 …och jag har ganska så många bilder från utställningen här i Kuching. Förhoppningsvis är det fler som uppskattar kombinationen.

Känns lite ovanligt att fotografera och lägga ut vad någon annan fotograferat, utan att nämna fotografens namn, som jag faktiskt inte lyckats hitta, men de här inläggen blir undantag.

It feels a bit unusual to photograph and post what someone else have photographed, without mentioning the photographers name, which I actually couldn’t find, but these posts are exceptions. Hopefully, you enjoy the combination of Photography & Haiku from the Art & Culture Exhibition, which is now taking place along the Sarawak river here in Kuching.

WPC – Windows 2

Yesterday, when I went out for a walk with my camera, I thought about what really gives a city its character. How much can windows and architecture tell about a city. These are all from Kuching in Borneo, Malaysia. Sarawak has it all – diversity, nature and adventure, also called ”The Land of Hornbills”.

This is my second entry in this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge. You’ll find my last post here.

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge  / Windows

Bubbles and Joy

Sometimes, the image quality itself is not the most important.

Sometimes, it’s enough that the pictures can bring some joy. Hopefully you enjoy!
Click on an image to enlarge

Pics & Haiku

Sweat plays with boy´s hair
Pink and purple splatters skin
Hand up high says hi
–Kolkata India–Salt pepper and sun
wrinkled cloth on wrinkled skin
solar powered eyes
–Tinsukia India–

 

Kuching Sunday Market

Visiting the market here in Kuching/Sarawak is a true colorful experience.

It’s called Sunday market but is also open on Saturdays. Click on an image to enlarge. 
That’s all for today from Kuching. Hope you enjoy!

Windows, windows…

Windows and reflections in Kuching, Sarawak.Windows in Kuala Lumpur.Windows and reflections in Kuching, Sarawak.

In my next post I will choose some more traditional windows.

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge  / Windows

Kuching Photo exhibition part 2

Here are some more images from the ongoing Photo exhibition along the Sarawak River here in Kuching. Hope you enjoy.

These are from Sarawak, the land of diversity. You have to click on the images to read the haikun.

Mahogany soft – Dark brown eyes, lit from within – She knows a secret
Tinsukia, India.”Hooded eyes, tanned skin – Wearing a hat and a grin – Camera ready”
Kota Gede, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

”Art needles her face – Heritage patterned in inc – A walking vision” 
Mrauk – U, Myanmar.”Joy should be simple – Like a dip in the river – Emerging reborn”
Inle Lake, Myanmar.

Kuching Photo exhibition

Yesterday, when I went out for a walk, there was a photo exhibition along the Sarawak River. I became so enthusiastic to photograph the amazing pictures and totally forgot to even think about setting my own camera, it was very close to the sunset. Anyway, I took some pictures that I would like to share.To each picture there was a short text, but I mixed it up. Today when I go out I’ll try to be more organized. These are just a few of many photographs along the river, which shows people from different cultures in Asia. More to come…

Sunday Mix from Kuching

Kuching is divided by the Sarawak River where locals often catch fish and shellfish. There are plenty of fish in the river and fishing boats leave the nearby harbor early mornings so you can buy fresh fish in the local market.
The Sarawak River is listed as a location of the Crocodile Removal Zones, whereby the presence of crocodiles in this area pose serious human/crocodile conflicts. In July a 2.5 meter long Sarawak crocodile meet its end. This one was luckily behind bars at a rehabilitation center when I took the picture.Getting from one side to the other is easy with small primitive boats. It takes a few minutes and cost 50 cent. A footbridge will be finished at the end of the year. That´s great for me who love long brisk walks.Sunday stroll. Having a dog as a pet isn’t common here in Kuching because of the Muslims. For some reason, they don’t like dogs. In my thoughts I can see my funny little Fanny horsing around among the dismayed Muslims 😉 ..with all due respect!

Leaf and Greenery

In Borneo, where I am now, there are no specific seasons. There’s the ”Landas” the rainy season but it always rains in the tropics, more or less. Compared to Sweden where the differences between the seasons are much more distinct, spring, summer, fall and winter. Also in Malta but not as clear as in northern part of Europe.
Tropical rainforest, layered of compact greenery.Hiking in the forest where the ground are layered of withered leaf. The leaf only change color when they fall off. Not like in Sweden where they fall off after changing color. That can be a real beautiful magnificence! ……In Malta, where I live, there’s almost no forest left...
Layered and twisted texture, as the seasons, depending on where in the world you are.

This is my second contribution for this week’s Daily Post WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.
Just for fun!

WPCLayered

WPC – Layered

In this weeks WordPress Photo Challenge we will focus on the interplay of depth, density and texture. Immediately I got some pictures in my mind that I then found in my archive.Depth, density and texture…

Water is layered by surface, density, space, transparency and texture. Water is also a homogeneous volume, but this is my interpretation of this week’s challenge, even though my thoughts are totally wrong in reality. This is not a race, it’s just for fun 😉

Weekly Photo ChallengeLayered

 

In the Blue

Today…

my pictures…Today, my pictures speak for themselves.This little sweetie grows fast. Fanny is now nine weeks old and I really hope she will fit into the cage during the flight between Sweden-Malta when she’s fifteen weeks! Of course she will.

Malta Pride 2017 Valletta

So much color and so much joy!Lots of people gathered at Republic Street in Valletta yesterday to celebrate Love, Life and Diversity.Joy, always so much better when you are together.Nice guys!

Friday’s thoughts from Malta

Today we had the first rainy day for several months here in Malta. It´s September, not much to say about that. Summer is over but still, 26 degrees.On this tiny island in the Mediterranean the weather can change quickly.  Goes out on the terrace and sweeps the floor. It turned out to be a colorful little bunch.

The one to the left is our puppy and to the right her sibling. Unfortunately, I still haven´t got a nice photo of our little dog from the breeder in Sweden, but she´s now eight weeks old and called Fanny. When she´s fifteen weeks we can take here home to Malta, that means in the end of October. Wish you all a lovely weekend!

Weekly Photo Challenge – Waiting

Photographing insects with macro often means waiting for the perfect moment.
Click on a circle to enlarge if you like to see the whole image.Most waves them away while I chase them with my camera, waiting…Worth waiting for.

Weekly Photo Challenge / Waiting

Prickly Pear Cactus

The Prickly Pear Cactus plant produces a delicious fruit in September here in Malta.

They grow wild in the countryside and you can pick freely as many as you like. But watch out, they have a lots of thorns. You can also buy them at a green grocery for 45 cents each, then you get them without thorns. The fruit is edible, not too sweet but moist with a flavor similar to honeydew melon.A tasty fruit here in Malta and when you find them, you know it´s fall. 

Mediterranean Snails

In the distance, it looks like small white flowers growing on the dry branches. But, if you look closely, you’ll notice that there are small shells, it’s the Mediterranean snail.I saw thousands of them! I just don’t understand why they are attracted to the dry plants. I read it’s a well-known agricultural pest in many parts of the world and that they are edible. Interesting and very special.

Weekend pics from Malta

Click on an image to enlarge. To each image there’s a short text.Faith, a necessity whatever it is based on. Faith in the Mediterranean when the sea is calm. Or rent a bike. When I moved here seventeen years ago there were no bikes on the streets.And absolutely no apps either.

These are just a very few pics from another lovely weekend here sunny in Malta, where I chose the theme blue. More to come…

WPC Structure

Even an ordinary flower..…has an exciting structure.As well as shown in this close-up of a hibiscus.Structure of a feather. This one is actually not larger than a little finger nail.A completely different but still, a kind of structure. A construction, a creation.

My husband’s secret project. It’s not really done yet… Look at the wings on this little beetle! We easily shoo them away and forget to watch closely.

The last picture is from my archive while the others were taken today.

Weekly Photo Challenge / Structure

Kort och blandat

Som så ofta några blombilder och en insekt. Klicka för att förstora, till varje bild finns en kort text.Fann den här bilden i arkivet från Sandhamn i Stockholms skärgård. Vilken idyll! Sverige när det är som bäst!Med huvudstaden Valletta i bakgrunden, en idyll i sig med värmen och medelhavet så tätt inpå. Mer än så blev det inte idag. Har badat, det är fortfarande 30+ på dagarna och livet går sin gilla gång här på Malta..Avslutningsvis, Lek i tvättstugan. Nej, jag har inte sysselsättningsproblem eller brist på motiv, det är värmen.. 😉

WPC Corner II from Malta

My second contribution to this week’s wordpress theme. It’s about Corners, Angles and Intersections Corners and Angles.Angles and Intersections in the sky. An airplane easily takes us from one place to another. Crisscross…Weekly Photo Challenge
Corner

Macro / Bevingat / Winged

Hope you don’t get tired of my winged little ones.

They are busy buzzing among our flowers.They look almost the same.It’s not the same images but could be the same insects that I photographed.
Hope you enjoy
😀
Click on an images to enlarge

WPC Corner

I choose something simple for this week’s theme. Simplicity in corners, angles and crossings. Guess I’m going to post something more sophisticated during the week. This is a fun photo challenge, for Word Pressers. 😉

Weekly Photo Challenge
Corner

Everyday life in Malta

Några bilder från vardagen här på Malta. Klicka gärna på en bild för att förstora.
Utmed den breda havspromenaden vid Tower Road finns det många sätt att ta sig fram. Nere vid The Strand i Sliema är turisterna många liksom de som vill sälja utfärder.Tower Road sträcker sig flera kilometer från Spinola Bay i San Giljan till Tigne och Qui si sana i Sliema. Perfekt för den som vill promenera, motionera eller bara flanera. 🙂

ValpNytt och lite annat

Vår valp är den undre på bild ett och längst till höger på bild två. Innan vi kan ta den till Malta måste hon vara femton veckor gammal, vaccinerad, chipad och få Eu-pass. Det betyder att vi inte kan hämta vår fyrfota familjemedlem förrän i slutet av oktober. Känns som en evighet men är något stort att se fram emot.

Har aldrig haft hund så det finns mycket att förbereda och framför allt, att LÄRA. Att en valp behöver mycket träning har jag förstått och att det måste skapas ett ömsesidigt förtroende för att vår nya familjemedlem ska trivas i sitt nya hem. Att resa får vi lägga på hyllan för en ganska så lång tid framöver, men det är det värt. Här syns våra chiliväxter som ser precis likadana ut idag som när vi planterade dem för drygt en månad sen. Färgstarka och fina.

Vår blommor växer och frodas och jag duschar dem varje dag för regnat har det inte gjort på flera månader nu. I september kommer de första dropparna efter sommarens långa hetta. Nästan så man längtar…Nej, två månader kommer säkerligen liksom sommaren att gå i en rasande fart, vi är ju redan i slutet av augusti. Två månader kvar tills vi åker till Sverige för att hämta vår valp, sen blir tillvaron här hemma en annan 🙂

Sista bilden har inget med texten att göra men fick hänga med ändå. Fören på en typisk liten båt här på Malta. Det stilla vattnet kan ju på sätt och vis representera ”lugnet före stormen”. Haha..vem vet vad som väntar 😉