Friday, 6 December, 2013
It’s one thing to go on a safari through Kenya and Tanzania expecting to see the likes of lions, cheetahs, and leopards, but another to actually see said creatures… they can be quite elusive as it turns out.
Not to worry, not too much anyway, US photographer Essdras M Suarez was however fortunate enough to encounter some of these cats, plus some of area’s other animals, and some African vistas, during a recent visit to the region.
Africa, nature, photography, travel
Tuesday, 19 November, 2013
Ben Saunders and Tarka L’Herpiniere are presently attempting to retrace the exact same steps taken by British explorer Robert Falcon Scott, during his 1912 expedition to the South Pole, and are recording their progress as they go along, by way of an expedition blog.
What’s almost as intriguing as the journey itself though is the fact that people following the latter day team’s progress across the Antarctic ice are able to read and comment on their exploits, even though they may be up to half a world away, surely something Scott and his contemporaries could never have envisaged.
Antarctica, history, travel
Monday, 18 November, 2013
A bittersweet love letter to the London suburbs… the divide between those residing in the – apparently – highly desirable inner suburbs of a large metropolitan centre, and those living outside this region, is probably just as stark in any big city:
Dacre’s enemies seem to regard anyone who lives beyond Zone 3 as a kind of modern Superdry hillbilly. To them, suburbanites are unfortunate obstacles standing on the wrong side of northern line escalators as they drunkenly make their way home from O2 Arena shows. They’re the people who go on street art tours and eat at Harry Ramsden’s, shepherded in and out of the urban nucleus on high-speed train routes and in pink hen do limousines, making a nuisance of themselves in Leicester Square chain pubs. By and large, they aren’t a species that our filmmakers, novelists and lifestyle bloggers have much interest in romanticising. Sure, they’ll sentimentalise the simple country folk, with their earthy ethics, good jackets and strong cheese, but the ‘burbanites are left to dwell in obscurity with their Sky Sports packages and Micky Flanagan DVDs. Possibly it’s because they despise them, possibly it’s because they fear them, but most likely it’s because they used to be them.
London, suburbs, travel
Thursday, 7 November, 2013
Traffic jams intrigue me, not the ones with some discernible cause, say road works or an accident, but more the apparently random build-ups of vehicles along a stretch of road, especially freeways, that seem to crop up without rhyme or reason.
These, I learn, are actually referred to as “traffic flow instabilities”, and there may be a way to deal with them through the use of algorithms.
Traffic flow instabilities arise, Horn explains, because variations in velocity are magnified as they pass through a lane of traffic. “Suppose that you introduce a perturbation by just braking really hard for a moment, then that will propagate upstream and increase in amplitude as it goes away from you,” Horn says. “It’s kind of a chaotic system. It has positive feedback, and some little perturbation can get it going.”
(Photo by epSos.de)
algorithms, driving, road safety, travel
Friday, 1 November, 2013
People have been sending all sorts of objects into space via weather balloons in recent times, so it seems entirely logical they would eventually send people into space, or the upper part of the atmosphere, by way of a balloon, hopefully something bigger than a weather balloon though.
World View’s “Experience” voyage promises a “gentle” 90-minute ride to an altitude of approximately 19 miles (30km), where passengers in the “luxuriously appointed space-qualified capsule” will be able to gaze upon “the curvature of the Earth with their own eyes,” according to the company. Passengers will remain at that height for two to six hours before floating back to solid ground, which is said to take between 20 and 40 minutes.
space exploration, space travel, travel
Wednesday, 30 October, 2013
Newcastle, NSW, based yachtsman Ivan Macfadyen recently sailed from his home on Australia’s east coast to Osaka, Japan, repeating a journey he made ten years earlier. His latest voyage however was markedly different from the previous though, starkly so, to be precise:
Exactly 10 years before, when Newcastle yachtsman Ivan Macfadyen had sailed exactly the same course from Melbourne to Osaka, all he’d had to do to catch a fish from the ocean between Brisbane and Japan was throw out a baited line. “There was not one of the 28 days on that portion of the trip when we didn’t catch a good-sized fish to cook up and eat with some rice,” Macfadyen recalled. But this time, on that whole long leg of sea journey, the total catch was two. No fish. No birds. Hardly a sign of life at all.
environment, nature, travel
Tuesday, 29 October, 2013
Parallel parking, properly that is, is a not an art, or a skill, it’s simply a matter of following the instructions for doing so, properly:
I discovered this one day when, in the pre-enlightened state of “oh, I can’t parallel park very well” I decided one day that maybe I would just try doing exactly (literally) what the directions said, and found to my surprise that I parked absolutely perfectly. And I happened to be driving a rented minivan. After that day, I instantly became able to parallel park, having realized that parallel parking is not a “skill” that you “learn” (you don’t get better by “practicing”), all it is is doing exactly what the directions you originally learned said to do. It does not require judgment developed from practice, merely the mental fortitude to really follow the instructions and not deviate at all.
parking, road safety, travel
Thursday, 24 October, 2013
New York City’s Chelsea Hotel is not quite your usual hotel. While you might spend a few nights at a hotel or motel, guests at the Chelsea, that have included Dylan Thomas, Arthur C. Clarke, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jane Fonda, Russell Brand, and even survivors of the Titanic, can end up, in some cases, staying for decades.
For these sorts of reasons, a stay there ought to be on the itinerary of anyone visiting New York City. If you can’t secure a reservation however, maybe this photo collection, of some of the iconic hotel’s rooms, will suffice instead.
New York City, photography, travel
Monday, 21 October, 2013
A selection of photos taken by Chris McCandless, a US university graduate who, at age 24, gave away his life savings and went to live in the Alaskan wilderness, in the early 1990s.
McCandless’ life and travels were the subject a film, Into the Wild, directed by US actor Sean Penn, in 2007.
Chris McCandless, photography, Sean Penn, travel
Friday, 18 October, 2013
Through a tilt-shift style approach to his work, Italian photographer Olivo Barbieri offers us another way of looking at well known cities, and their landmarks.
While his renderings of places like New York City, Montreal, and Shanghai, are compelling, the picture of the Colosseum in Rome especially stands out… maybe it’s because I’ve not seen the structure photographed from such an angle before.
photography, Rome, travel