Sunday, October 23, 2011

Last day in London

Our trip is drawing to a close. It's been a lot of fun to be part of the Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards and to be recognized. We started our day (after Coffee, but that's a given) by taking the tube to the Museum to see the display now that it's open to the public. It was a totally different experience to see the display with large crowds as opposed to the insulated viewing with other photographers and the press.

London Last Day (2 of 5)
You can see how the images are backlit, and the room is pretty dark to give the images maximum impact

London Last Day (1 of 5)
We were surprised to see that the image was 1 of 4 available in convenient posters to go!

London Last Day (4 of 5)
On the way to the underground, we had to admire Proper Hamburgers, in honor of Jennifer's sister, Stephanie

London Last Day (3 of 5)
Then we were careful to mind the gap on the way to dinner

London Last Day (5 of 5)
Finally, our day ended with Spanish Tapas in Notting Hill, with the most delicious asparagus (and some yummy Spanish wine).

Saturday, October 22, 2011

London Update

As our week in London winds down, we were excited to revisit the Portobello market on it's busiest day. The difference from Tuesday was remarkable - totally different experience.

Portobello (4 of 5)
Our flat is in a quiet neighborhood....

Portobello (3 of 5)
Where, if you don't follow proper trash guidelines, it transforms into an "Environmental Crime Scene!"

Portobello (5 of 5)
As we mentioned, it's a quiet neighborhood, so drive slowly

Portobello (1 of 5)
Fun to see the big pans of Paella with the steam rising out of them

Portobello (2 of 5)
Enjoyed the street performers, single flipper and all

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Portobello Road

First full day in London - we are staying in a quiet residential area on the edge of Notting Hill. We took a walk along Portobello Road, enjoying the sights, sounds, and smells of the market atmosphere, even on a down day for the vendors.

This antique typewriter caught my eye....

Portobello Road Typewriter

Monday, October 17, 2011

Iceland Moss

We are now in London, for the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year award activities (hint: preview will tell you why we are here Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards)

We flew through Iceland, and spend a night working through jetlag at the Blue Lagoon hotel. We had a wonderful time, and if you are going to be in 50 mph winds at 38 degrees, what better way than in hot volcanic seawater!

This was the view from our room. The hotel is out in the middle of an old volcanic bed, that has been covered in the most beautiful deep green moss.


Look forward to some posts later in the week from London!

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