Friday Mystery Photo

I waited around there for about ten minutes, waiting on that punk to get off the bench and go somewhere else. He was seating there staring at all the tourists taking photos of this little pond and had no intention to move. I could mask him out in post processing, but I don’t really like to do a lot of that type of post processing work, so I took the shot while those little ducky’s were near by and moved on. There were about 3-4 people behind me waiting to get their photo taken, it was nice and idyllic.

Happy Friday everyone! What is the name of the garden where I took this photo?

Weekend update: Veronica Grassi got it right, it is Luxembourg Garden in Paris. If I would turn around I’d see the Luxembourg Palace. Thanks all for stopping by!

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Right now it is around 75-80F, in about three hours it will be above 100F. Perfect day to spend some time in nice cool water.

Of course, I’m not anywhere near there. Bummer.

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Maybe about 10-15 seconds left and then it will be gone.

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Pentagon City Ice Ring

Its been a few month since I have been to the Pentagon City. Last time I was there, the entire middle part of the Fashion Center was under construction. So last night as I made my way there to find some food, it was a nice surprise to see finished ice skating ring. I might have to come back and see if they rent good quality skates and maybe hit some ice for a few spins and runs.

btw, guess what camera was used to take this photo? not any fancy DSLR, just my Nokia 1020 phone. Over weekend I installed latest updates and now it supports taking photos in RAW format. Now on top of the 42MPx censor it gives me the full power of the RAW image. I took this photo handheld and was very happy with what I saw later on my computer. To see all the details all you have to do is click on it to see in large.

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Hike to Mount Si

Last summer I spent some time in Redmond Washington. While I have been to Seattle a few times and took a few photos in the city, this time I wanted to check out some hikes to the east of Redmond. Someone suggested to me the hike to Mount Si, so one day right after work I headed straight to the trail head of this hike, it is only about 45 or so minutes drive from the Redmond town center. I wanted to get up all the way to the pick before sunset. 

Most of the hike is not very exciting, you hike like forever, up and up, no views at all. One portion of the hike was facing the west side and had some sun rays coming through. If you ever been to the forest like this and have seen the sun coming through and lighting up the branches, you know how mesmerizing it is. So I took this shot and continued on this four mile hike up the mountain.

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