Wednesday, March 4, 2015

I am the Walrus

'I am the Walrus' was one of my favourite Beatles song that was once on hit charts in the 60s. And when I visited the Dolfinarium in the city of Harderwijk, Netherlands last September, seeing the huge walrus reminded me once again of the song and while I watch the show, I also slowly sang the song along. It was as if I was sitting and watching the show in the late 60s.

Before I share the photos of the walrus show, let me share a few photos of my family - I wish I could be seen singing the song!!

Here in under are some of the photos I shot watch the walrus show and singing the song: I am the Walrus:

Here are some more:

The mention of the walrus show would be incomplete unless I also share a video that made while watching the show and singing the song: I am the Walrus:-

I have also shared these photos and written a detailed post in my blog JahoJalal

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Shooting GIF format photos

Although I am not a professional photographer, but my hobby of shooting difficult things is always on my mind and am looking forward to trying out new things. Awhile ago, while analyzing various mode of the camera of my Galaxy S4 smartphone, I came across a feature of Animated Photos. And hence started my taking photos in Gif format.

The gif photo above was taken by me from withing my car while I waited for my wife to shop in a nearby shopping centre. The falling droplets of rain prompted me to shoot an animated photo and it came out to be as can be seen above.

And just today while it was still raining, I captured rain falling on the leaves of the bamboo plant , as can be seen above, right next to my main entrance of the house. 

This is the third gif photo taken by me. My first attempt was sometime back when I was drinking tea and the lights went out. In the light of an LED torch, I could see steam oozing out of the hot tea cup and I made shot the moment in animated format. It came out something like this:

Do you try out different things with your camera? Well I am sure everyone does. Do share your experiences for others to learn.

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

White Swedish Shepherd

Recently, while strolling and window shopping in the log bazaar of Kiel, Germany, I came across a pet lover who was walking with a majestic White Shepherd dog. I thought it was a white German Shepherd and requested the owner for a photo of the white fur dog.

However, to my amazement, she told me that it was not a German Shepherd but was a Swedish Shepherd.  That was an addition to my knowledge about the shepherd dogs as I always thought that these were a German species.
However, upon searching more about the white shepherd, I cam to know that Swedish species also comes from the same species of the white German Shepherds.

The white shepherds, unlike their black and brown 'traditional' German Shepherds are very peaceful in nature and are not considered to be good watchdogs as they are not very aggressive to 'combat' aliens and thieves. In fact, White Shepherds need a great deal of early socialization to build a confident attitude toward strangers and strange situations.

While trying to know more about these white fur shepherds, I came to know that there are also Swiss and American White Shepherds too. Do you own a White Shepherd? If so please share with us its characteristics and behaviour that made you to have a White German/Swedish Shepherd.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Our maiden Tulip crop taking roots

Tulips are one of the most awesome, colourful and unique flowers of the world. Netherlands is famous for its tulip field that stretch in miles and fascinate the onlookers and flower lovers from across the globe.

I was recently in Holland visiting a friend after 43 years and there my wife, whose hobbies besides balking and cooking also include gardening, asked my friend about tulips and their seasons. We were told that tulips bloom in Holland in April and May. This was some sad news for us as we were not to be there due to three months visit-visa restrictions.

But when we visited Amsterdam, we saw tulip bulbs on sale and we instantly bought half a dozen packets to plant these once we reach back home. And rightly so, the first thing that my wife did was to sow tulip bulbs in the beds and the pots.

And now that spring is already knocking at our doorstep, we are delighted to see our maiden crop of tulips straight from Holland taking roots and sprouting. Here in under are a few photos that I just shot and thought of sharing with my readers.

Hopefully, in a few weeks time, we shall have these tulips in full bloom and I shall then share the fully-bloomed maiden crop of tulips - straight from home of tulips.

Also read my post on the wonderful and colourful flower festival of Netherlands which takes place in September each year

[Photo Tulip fields courtesy: Pixabay]

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A visit to the once most dreaded Berlin Wall

The year 2014 celebrated the 25th year of the demolition of the once most dreaded Berlin Wall that divided the present day Germany into West and East Germanys for decades. Although I was a month in advance visiting Berlin and the Berlin Wall in October 2014, but I could feel the echoes of gunfire and cries of the fallen who tried to scale the war to jump over the other side for freedom.

Herein under are some of the photos that I took while visiting the remains fo the Berlin from both sides - something was not possible before the wall finally crumbled under the pressure of freedom seekers and came down in November 1989.

The photos below show some of the many who died seeking for freedom. These are placed in an open museum on the Easter side of the wall for they fell there and could not cross over. But it was because of their heroic efforts that the wall dividing one people finally came down and today Germany as one nations breathes in the fresh air of freedom.

 My son (above) and myself near the Glory Hole in the wall that still reminds the struggle for freedom

Read more about it at JahoJalal

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Most unsafe countries for Women Travelers

Travelling as a world's most liked hobby has always been fun. I love travelling too and have recently returned after travelling to a number of Schengen countries. But I am a ma.

Unfortunately, for women travelers, specially when travelling alone, the world out there is not really safe. A recent survey in the Daily Mail shows that women should be very careful when travelling alone to following destinations:

  1. India
  2. Brazil
  3. Turkey
  4. Thailand
  5. Egypt
  6. Colombia
  7. South Africa
  8. Morocco
  9. Mexico
  10. Kenya

Wonder why India tops the list? Well a recently, a number of female travelers to land of Taj Mahal have been raped. The report says that there is a sexual assault every twenty minute. According to India's National Crime Record Bureau crimes against women have increased by 7.1 per cent since 2010.

Watch the video below for tips for women travelling alone to these destinations:

So check it out with your tour operators where you are going and how can you be safe while travelling in unsafe countries by following the tips in the video above.

Read more at Daily Mail for caution about other countries

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Photo Travelogue - Schengen Countries

I recently went around some of the Schengen countries with my base at Kiel Germany. I had gone to Kiel where my son is studying at the Kiel University of Applied Sciences. Since in those days he was on vacation, we had time to travel to some of the neighbouring Schengen countries that included Netherlands, France, Belgium, Switzerland and Italy.

Photography and travelling being my main hobbies, I took a lot of photos while travelling and shall be sharing my photographic trove  in my up coming posts.

Herein under are some of the selected photos of all the countries I visited.

Here are some more:

These are just photos - you may read detailed account of my travel at my blog JahoJalal

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