Favorite photos from four continents

As I was looking for images to illustrate a story I was about to publish, I noticed that I have taken some images that might not fit well in a specific story, but just appeal to me. I take a plethora of pictures. I claim no technical skill and wouldn’t know an f-stop from an f-bomb, but I do know that if I shoot 100-200 pictures, one or two might not be awful. Here are a few of my happy accidents and a few words about how they came about.

I was in Lake Charles, Louisiana, for Contraband Days, when we stopped at Steamboat Bill’s for lunch. The owner took me around back to see the crawfish cooking. They tasted every bit as good as they look. Maybe just a l'il bit better.

Crawfish cooking in the pot

Crawfish cooking in the pot at Steamboat Bill's in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Crawfish cooking in the pot at Steamboat Bill's in Lake Charles, Louisiana. | Source

MREs (My crawfish are Ready to Eat)

Oh, yeah. This is how they looked--briefly--when they got to the table. Oh, my oh, my, did they treat my tastebuds fine.
Oh, yeah. This is how they looked--briefly--when they got to the table. Oh, my oh, my, did they treat my tastebuds fine. | Source

One of my favorite places to be in May is St. Tropez. The weather is mild, the light is just what drew artists here more than a century ago, and tourists are scarcer than clams' teeth.

I was walking uphill from the harbor when I noticed the way the light and shadows played with the color of the church of Notre Dame de l'Assomption, from which Tropezians take the bust of St. Torpes during their annual celebration of Les Bravades. The three-day event includes carrying the bust through the streets on a sedan chair carried by four Pisans in scarlet, and honoring the town;s patron saint with flag ceremonies and musket fire.

They know something down in St. Tropez

The church of Notre Dame de l'Assomption in st. Tropez, France
The church of Notre Dame de l'Assomption in st. Tropez, France | Source

Drumming up support for a cause

At several points during Les Bravades, the pipers, drummers and muskateers stop for refreshments. Here, the drummers had set their instuments on a table while they enjoyed a brief respite fro all that marching and drumming.

Drums are set on a table while their owners enjoy refreshment.
Drums are set on a table while their owners enjoy refreshment. | Source

We'll always have --- Skhirat

We were driving from Rabat to Casablanca when we stopped in Skhirat, not far from the capital city. The king maintains a place there, but when we visited L'Amphititre Palace, a resort hotel next door, I was taken by the cool blue of the ocean and the shimmering white walls of the resort.

Knights in white palaces?

L'Amphitire Palace in Skhirat, Morocco.
L'Amphitire Palace in Skhirat, Morocco. | Source

Come with me to the casbah

Well, ever since Pepé Le Pew enticed me when I was a child, I have wanted to see the casbah (or kasbah). I didn't know that it meant fortress. I find the cool blue and white walls of the Kasbah of the Udayas in Rabat to be one of the most beautiful sites in Morocco.

 Kasbah of the Udayas in Rabat, Morocco
Kasbah of the Udayas in Rabat, Morocco | Source

Care for a little Danish?

I find Copenhagen to be a beautiful city. This view from the top of the 16th century Round Tower provides a good example.

Paging Rapunzel....

Copenhagen, Denmark, as it looks from the roof of the Round Tower
Copenhagen, Denmark, as it looks from the roof of the Round Tower | Source

Sitting in the morning sun

The same colors are reflected in a more typical shot of Copenhagen, Nyhaven, where we dined on more herring that anyone really desreves...and aquavit to match.

Skol!

If this is the new harbor....

Nyhaven docks, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Nyhaven docks, Copenhagen, Denmark. | Source

No vampires

We spent a week horseback riding in western island. WHen we were riding from Donegal Riding Stables, we went for a walk on Donegal Bay at twilight. The sun set.

Donegal Bay

It was early evening and we took a walk at sunset on th beach in the Bay of Donegal
It was early evening and we took a walk at sunset on th beach in the Bay of Donegal | Source

Sheephaven Bay

When we were in Dunfanaghy (probably the most wonderful village in Ireland) we stayed at the family owned Arnold Hotel. I know what the reputation of Irish food is, so imagine my delight at evening meals that were among the best I have enjoyed anywhere in the world.

As we went for a ride (stables are behind the hotel) through the estuary and up a hill, we saw several rainbows simultaneously out over the North Sea. This is one I liked.


Sheephaven Bay
Sheephaven Bay | Source

What the Mahal?

When I took this picture, everone was looking the other way, but I liked the silhouette, the lighted cupola, the moon....

Above the gate to the Taj Mahal
Above the gate to the Taj Mahal | Source

Not the singer

Maybe cliche, but while I was shooting the wall around the Taj Mahal, everyone else seemed to be taking a picture of this.  I mean, it's nice, but, oh, that wall!
Maybe cliche, but while I was shooting the wall around the Taj Mahal, everyone else seemed to be taking a picture of this. I mean, it's nice, but, oh, that wall! | Source

For now

Well, those are a few of my favorite pictures. I hope to put up some more in a few days. I'd love to hear which ones you like...assuming that...you know.

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