People; People Everywhere

Bruges, Belgium
{Copyright 2019 Andy Richards}

I know. Its a song (by Brother Love). But the thought often comes to mind these days, when we are traveling the world. Probably because we don’t often go to “out-of-the-way” places. We go to known attractions. And world tourism – at least before the pandemic – was at an all-time high. In fact, some of the most sought after destinations (like Venice and Santorini) are (or were) actively seeking ways to limit tourism on their islands. Understandably. Cruise ships and masses of people are taxing the infrastructures and the shear beauty of places like this. I have read, anecdotally, that the canals of Venice have actually cleared up, with the lack of visitors during the pandemic. It is a bit of a dilemma for me. I see places and I want to go there and photograph. And as such, I am perhaps adding to the problem.

There are some places that are still crowded, but perhaps less so. One of them seemed to be Bruges, Belgium when we were there, although my shot of the tourboat might suggest otherwise 🙂 . After visiting busy places like Paris, London, Dublin and Amsterdam, it was a nice change to wonder the comparatively quiet streets of Bruges, and to sample some local beer, chocolate and wines.

Looking for a Lifeboat

Lifeboat aboard Princess Cruise Ship
Copyright Andy Richards 2013

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t seems like ages ago, but this was taken on the lifeboat deck of our first ever Mediterranean Cruise, aboard a Princess Cruise Ship. As I post this, I have just learned (not surprisingly) that our scheduled, “Canary Islands” cruise has been cancelled. Disappointed, but certainly not shocked, I cannot wait until things get back to some semblance of “normal” and we are able to travel again. In the meantime, I will have the memories through photographs.

Perspectives

Golden Gate
San Francisco, CA
Copyright Andy Richards 2014

I have traveled to San Fran a few times over the years. I find the city a great photo op – almost everywhere. It includes two of the most picturesque bridges I have ever photographed. You cant go there without at least a trip across the Goden Gate. It is one of those “monuments” to the city that can be seen – and photographed – from numerous points around the area. This one was take while visiting a different subject to shoot, and presents a little different perspective than all my other shots of this bridge.

 

Cold as Ice

Ice On Tree Branches
[Copyright Andy Richards 2006]
This is an image I took after a freezing rain during winter, 2006. I don’t remember where I was, but I know it was in Michigan in March. Yes, that is definitely still winter in Michigan 🙂 .

I have always been intrigued by the look of rain that has frozen and stuck to branches, and the light being reflected from it and through it.

Only recently, did I feel that I had the software and skills to process the image the way I saw it in my “minds-eye.” You may still think I don’t have those skills :-).

This image has never been posted anywhere before. I hope you like it.

Stay Safe