Tag Archives: Dresden

Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand

Considering this challenge, I thought of photos and places that have made me think ”WOW!” and also that I have not used recently. I chose to post this gallery of photos from Dresden Germany. Dresden was the place that most made me say “wow” this year. It was a last minute addition to my itinerary and its beauty really caught me off guard.

Fountain Girls

Fountain Girls

Fountain Girls

This has turned out to be one of my favorite shots from my brief visit to Dresden earlier this year. I really wanted a good shot of this fountain but these two girls kept paying in it, splashing one another. Rather than bemoan their presence, I decided to make the photos about them and include the fountain. It has such a playful quality to it.

Journey to Poland

Chocoffee: Wroclaw Poland

Chocoffee: Wroclaw Poland

This spring I spent almost two weeks in Poland. Part of my family emigrated from Poland, and I’d never really been in touch with my “Polish roots” as compared to the Irish side of my family. A friend, who I had met online, invited me to visit her and her parents in Wrocław Poland. It was a great experience. I learned some of the Polish language to be able to converse with her parents and with her help contacted someone in one of the towns in which my family had once lived. It was a very powerful and emotional evening, seeing the places my family lived and having the parish priest interpret their archival records regarding my family from Latin to Polish and later to English.

In addition, we visited Krakow, Gdansk and the castle at Malbork. To prepare for the trip, I had taken a photography class back to learn to better use the Canon dSLR, I’d purchased. I brought a small tripod with me to experiment with night time photography. We both enjoyed it so much and had such fun with it, that I ended up purchasing a full sized tripod during my trip. This led to us having some very late nights getting photographs. In addition to Poland, we also visit Prague in the Czech Republic and Dresden Germany.

I hope you enjoy a sampling of these photographs.