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I was always meant to be a cowboy…

I think we all have a secret (American) dream – freedom, escape, leaving it all behind – all that sort of stuff. When I was a kid I loved a good Western. So when I got the chance I had to live the dream, jump on my horse and ride into the sunset. Heady stuff, yihaaaaa!

Me and my steed...

Me and my steed…

 

Bloody hell, look at the view!

Bloody hell, look at the view!

OK, so I only got a 3 hour ride along the rim, but me and trusty Trigger enjoyed the ride. Actually I got the impression that I enjoyed it, Trigger had seen it all before and was bored witless…

Dawn at the rim

Dawn at the rim

Dawn looking the other way

Dawn looking the other way

Colorado river, looking upstream

Colorado river, looking upstream

Even the clouds are just awesome (there's that word again...)

Cloud patterns in the canyon

 

This landscape is a landscape of dreams. Could’ve stayed there for ever, but that is never possible so for a couple of days I indulged my dream. One day I want to go back and instead of Trigger I want to ride the river. Might need a waterproof camera for that one. In the meantime, Trig and I ride into the sunset, in my mind anyway….

Hi Ho Silver Away!

Hi Ho Silver, Away!

 

 


The view from my window…

Dawn view

Dawn view

There’s nothing like a good view to revitalise the spirits, and this was our Croatian view for the 2 week summer vac. Slow down, breathe deeply, relax, leave the city behind…

Breakfast lunch and dinner

Breakfast lunch and dinner

Given that I am a Brit living in Britain, eating outside is not the norm. So this is just bliss. Just add bread, cheese, tomato salad, and a glass of wine.

A spot for lazing

A spot for lazing

And when it gets too hot, cool off.

And when it gets too hot, cool off.

An olive tree means hot weather. It’s become a symbol of holiday destinations and holiday mood.

This one's a youngster

This one’s a youngster

If we tire of the pool we just head down to the beach for a dip there (and ice cream, maybe a beer…) Watch the boats come in.

This much colour must scare the fish off...!

This much colour must scare the fish off…!

The day ends, as it must, with a sunset. But on holiday they always seem so glorious!

Sunset in Cavtat

Sunset in Cavtat

 

Lastly the moonrise, and a whole new seascape view opens up before us. Not bad for a view from our window…

Final view before sleep

Final view before sleep


Turkey – photographs from paradise…

What does paradise mean to you?

Beach Feet

For me, I love a mix of beach, culture, wine/beer (depending on how hot it is), fun for the kids, and a bit of excitement thrown in. All of these are readily available in Turkey. For Mrs Peck you need to add shopping, so that’s where we should start – in the market…

Kemal Ataturk welcoming us to the bazaar!

Must be a bargain here somewhere…

But enough of that! What about the culture, the history, the sights and the sites & the stories? Let’s start with the high-brow. Every evening we were plunged into Turkish delight, and I must admit – I really enjoyed it!

an ancient dance

Immy, not one to pass up a chance to show off, thought she could do better:

Dancer!!!

Once the evening culture had been fully appreciated, it was time to get up very early morning to beat the crowds to the classic culture. Ephesus, truly astounding, one of the Wonders of the Ancient World. Well, the Temple of Artemis to be precise. That’s crumbled, but no problem – there is still much to wonder at.

it’s HUGE!!!

I asked everyone what sort of Greek/Turk they would want to be. To my surprise, everyone said philosopher. So I got everyone to pose. I show these pix, not because of any artistic merit, but simply because it shows up the vanity of family and friends. Here goes:

Aha! Charles, The Thinker…

Immy. Started thinking, ended up dancing, again.

Mark – no thinking cap, thinking sunglasses!

Matthew – cut the bull, I’m a gladiator!

And me? Well, I’m an actor by heart. So I got into the, still fully functioning, theatre, and gave some impromptu Shakespeare (“Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears….”) much to the surprise of the Japanese tourists who had just arrived from the cruise ship…

This place is awesome, (in the correct sense of the word)

What a beautiful place! We were there in May, and the poppies were out. Colour and scent everywhere.

On the road, next to our hosts’ villa.

Can’t beat an olive tree for character.

So thank you to our good friends, the Aldersons, for inviting us to come over. And thank you to Turkey for being lovely, inviting, generous and exciting. Not a bad mix for Paradise…

Dusk at the beach

(And I haven’t even got to the sky-diving, safari water gun shoot out, steak eating competition, or Zeus’s cave…! A later blog, no doubt…)


Possibly the best beach in the world….

Just before sunrise...

I guess the definition of a great beach is different for everyone. Personally I love beaches that are big, windswept, and preferably empty of people. And that’s what I got here at Holkham beach in Norfolk, although to be honest I had to get up at 5am to make sure no-one else would be around…

Sun rising

This is the view in-land. Swivel the camera around on the tripod and then the beach itself is revealed. And a beauty it is too:

Empty, gorgeous.

Now, getting up this early isn’t easy. Especially if you have to stay some way away from the location you want to photograph. I tease Mrs P that we should really invest in a VW camper van and just overnight as close to the ¬†photographic area as possible. The idea gets short-shrift. A certain level of luxury is a Mrs P prerequisite, and camping is never going to cut it… (Click here for previous misadventures under canvas)

Look at all that space!

Right in the far distance someone is strolling into my shot...

And if it does get a bit crowded (at its most there were maybe 4 people on this beach at any one time…), then the photographer can switch from vista to close ups:

Shapes in the sand made by wind whipped grass

Sand and Sky

Late afternoon glow

And then all returns to emptiness as dusk approaches. Not a person around to witness the glorious colour show. Majestic!

Just after Sunset