Castle Top

It was a beautiful day when we arrived at Dover Castle. This is exactly what you expect from a medieval castle. Full of history, Dover Castle, situated on a cliff top overlooking the English Channel, was first built so all visitors would know the might and power of the King.
  

Full of history, Dover Castle, situated on a cliff top overlooking the English Channel, was first built so all visitors would know the might and power of the King. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

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First Night in Paris

It had been a long travel day as we made our way from Dover, England, to Paris, France via the ferry, then travel by coach (a nice bus). We hit Paris around rush hour so it took longer than usual.

After a bite to eat, we took the tube to emerge in the old section of Paris by the Thames River. Our first view was upon the Tribunal of Commerce of Paris to the left and the Supreme Court of France to the right (I don’t recall every building we walked past so I’m hoping Google Maps is correct. If not, please let me know!)

There isn’t a bad view as you travel along the Seine River and at night, the lights bring out the romance that Paris is known for.

After a bite to eat, we took the tube to emerge in the old section of Paris by the Thames River. Our first view was upon the Tribunal of Commerce of Paris to the left and the Supreme Court of France to the right. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 
 

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Arms of the Dominion

The Royal Coat of Arms, also know as the Arms of the Dominion, adorn the front gate of Buckingham Palace.

The Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom is the official coat of arms of the British monarch. The Queen uses it in her official capacity as monarch. The Royal Arms vary slightly with other memebers of the Royal Family and British government.

These Royal Coat of Arms are on the front gate of Buckingham Palace and are quite large.
  

The Royal Coat of Arms, also know as the Arms of the Dominion, adorns the front gate of Buckingham Palace. The Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom is the official coat of arms of the British monarch. The Queen uses it in her official capacity as monarch. The Royal Arms vary slightly with other memebers of the Royal Family and British government. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

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Ball Field Sunset

So I’m driving home from an after-work meeting and notice that there might be a pretty sunset. We don’t get a lot of these during the summer, so I thought I might try to catch this one. The light was fading fast and the only place to pull over was behind a middle school in their faculty parking lot. Their trash dumpsters just wouldn’t work for a good foreground, so I hurried to the other corner by the ball fiield backstop. Of course, I didn’t have my DSLR, but I did have the iPhone. Beggars can’t be choosey. 
  

So I'm driving home from an after-work meeting and notice that there might be a pretty sunset. We don't get a lot of these during the summer, so I thought I might try to catch this one. The light was fading fast and the only place to pull over was behind a middle school in their faculty parking lot. Their trash dumpsters just wouldn't work for a good foreground, so I hurried to the other corner by the ball fiield backstop. Of course, I didn't have my DSLR, but I did have the iPhone. Beggars can't be choosey. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

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Dover’s Church of St. Mary in Castro

St Mary de Castro is a church in the grounds of Dover Castle, Kent, south-east England. It is a heavily restored Saxon structure, built next to a Roman lighthouse which became the church bell-tower. St Mary is still a thriving church serving the Army and local population, and is the church of the Dover Garrison.

The plaque on the outside this little cathedral reads:

Church of St. Mary-in-Castro
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It was in ruins by 1720, and restored as the Garrison Church in 1826 by Sir George Gilbert Scott.

This little church might hold a hundred or more people, but it’s size is what makes it so quaint. Though not as majestic as some of the larger cathedral’s you find in Europe, you can still appreciate it’s simple beauty.

Imagine crossing the drawbridge of a real castle just to go to church. I’m pretty sure there’s a back entrance closer to a parking lot, but it’s still quite a walk. But that’s okay. People in Europe walk a lot more than Americans. Maybe we should follow their example.
  

St. Mary de Castro is a thriving little church in Dover Castle serving the Army and local population, and is the church of the Dover Garrison. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

The Bullpen

Baseball. It’s a hurry-up-and-wait game. You sit in the dugout until it’s your turn to bat. You stand around in the outfield until the ball comes your way. And if you’re a relief pitcher, the bullpen is where you wait until called upon. It might be games before you get a chance to play and when you do, you know the stakes are high. 

This bullpen is just past right field at Constellation Field where our hometeam “Skeeters” play ball.

If you're a relief pitcher, the bullpen is where you wait until called upon.This bullpen is just past right field at Constellation Field where our hometeam

 

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Bright and Yellow

I recently read an article describing the different levels of a photographer’s progress from novice to pro. One of the lower steps, just after a beginning level, mentioned flowers as being an easy subject to shoot.  Granted, flowers are not extremely difficult to shoot, as long as you have good light and the flower isn’t blowing with the wind. Hibiscus flowers are large, so that makes it even easier.

So why shoot them? Simple. They’re pretty. When you pass by a hibiscus plant in bloom, you can’t help but stop and stare. Their colors are great and the details are easy to see. I’ve posted a few of these before, but not in yellow, so now I can mark that color off my list. 

But when you notice that the stybus is sharp and that it was shot with an iPhone, it makes it that much nicer.
  

Hibiscus flowers are just pretty. When you pass by a hibiscus plant in bloom, you can't help but stop and stare. Their colors are great and the details are easy to see. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

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