This is the first time I’ve posted someone else’s picture on carpathianadventure.com but I felt it had to be done. This picture, created by Aik Art of DeviantArt, is one of the most powerful and self-encompassing images I’ve come across. It truly shows the essence of Zen. I find myself just staring at it forContinue reading “The Essence of Zazen”
I’ve just returned from a week long family trip to Croatia. It was a long drive through Slovakia, Hungary and then all of Croatia but it was worth it. We rented the same house on the sea that we had last year and did much of the same aquatic activities. This time I took withContinue reading “Snorkelling in Croatia with a Dazzne P2”
I see a lot of bats flying around in the day time. Until fairly recently, in the towns they roosted in the gaps in the side walls of the ubiquitous socialist apartment blocks. However, there has been a flurry of energy-saving reconstruction, mostly polystyrene blocks placed over the walls and then plastered over. This hasContinue reading “Dead Bat”
Plum tree starts to bloom An explosion of bright white Shame the petals moult
Still the grass and bushes are bleak, with the remains of bird-eaten berries decaying on the twigs. The blue skies have gone and the overcast has returned, making it feel more like late Autumn again – especially following the snow shower last Sunday. I really hope Spring kicks in proper at some point.
Today I witnessed a bizarre scene in the proximity of some container bins. A discarded doll was apparently being guarded by a feral cat, which hissed at passersby. Whether the cat had claimed the doll as a potential food source or something more sympathetic, I couldn’t tell.
A new toy, and almost mint condition! This is a Czechoslovakian Meopta Admira A8GO 8mm wind-up movie camera from 1965. It was found in a store cupboard and now has a new home. I just need to get some spools, 8mm movie roll and a projector. And then a complex video transfer device so IContinue reading “Meopta Admira A8GO 8mm camera”
The world has become white. Snow covers everything and the temperature never reaches above freezing. Water has become ice. There is no boundary between the sky and the Earth; the vista is monochrome. Each step taken is a precarious one as we must relearn how to walk. Winter is cool 🙂
Last night, New Year’s Eve (or Silvester as they call it locally) was beyond cold. The thermometer broke so I’ve no idea just how cold it got but in the morning it was minus 17 Centigrade. We spent several hours preparing wood from old planks and beech and oak logs, then made sure both theContinue reading “New Year in the Carpathians”
This is the old Soviet copy of a Leica with an Industar 61 LD lens. It was my wife’s father’s and under Socialism it was a bit of a luxury item. I really would like to do a series of photos with it to capture that vintage look. There’s something about the feel, weight andContinue reading “Ukrainian Rangefinder FED 5 (1981)”