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#505722 - Sun Jan 17 2010 12:59 AM Re: Photo-a-day January
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Just up the road from me, by the bridge, there has sprung up a small impromptu Sunday market, with fruits and veggies for sale, a craft booth, and an outdoor restaurant with a barbeque and a sound system playing cumbia and salsa music. All very jolly.


I had the kebabs, a corn pancake, an empanada and rice pudding, all of which was yummy delicious. I probably will try the corn, the chayote stew and the coconuts cakes next time I go.
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#505723 - Sun Jan 17 2010 03:39 PM Re: Photo-a-day January
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The only people still wandering around from then used to be the teachers, but they're all retired now as you'd expect.

This is Putney Heath, and not a trace of snow.

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#505724 - Sun Jan 17 2010 08:59 PM Re: Photo-a-day January
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I went trekking to a nearby city for the weekend. Here's a photo taken on the way down.

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#505725 - Sun Jan 17 2010 11:50 PM Re: Photo-a-day January
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Stunning view, zorba, well worth the climb, I'm sure.

This fellow showed up at the market with a snake in a sack. It is a boa constrictor, about 1.5 metres long (5ft)

He soon had a crowd around him, wanting to see and pet the snake. I've never petted a boa constrictor, and hope to keep it that way.
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#505726 - Mon Jan 18 2010 09:51 AM Re: Photo-a-day January
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I feel the same way about the boa, Mags.

The entrance to one of the temples on the way to Nashik.

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#505727 - Mon Jan 18 2010 04:21 PM Re: Photo-a-day January
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As snakes go boa constrictors are quite harmless and make popular pets, I used to go and see them in my local aquarium shop. And unlike spiders they can't chase you round the room.

This is the A3 as it goes through Coombe.

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#505728 - Mon Jan 18 2010 11:37 PM Re: Photo-a-day January
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Early morning dew on tendril
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#505729 - Tue Jan 19 2010 01:17 PM Re: Photo-a-day January
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This is my friend's new Boston Terrier, Sky, and the first time I'd met her.

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#505730 - Wed Jan 20 2010 01:19 PM Re: Photo-a-day January
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Where is everybody? Another local landmark, this used to be the Ionic cinema in Golders Green, one of three, now the nearest one is a few miles away. There were also three more in Hendon down the road, none there either.

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#505731 - Wed Jan 20 2010 08:55 PM Re: Photo-a-day January
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Great shots, Mags and Satguru.

Another view of the temple.

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#505732 - Wed Jan 20 2010 11:00 PM Re: Photo-a-day January
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Love the dew, the doggie and the temple!

Here's what the river looked like on Tuesday when I was walking by it.


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#505733 - Thu Jan 21 2010 12:06 AM Re: Photo-a-day January
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Wow, that river looks awfully cold, Liz. Is that broken up ice? Awww, Sky is a cutie!

No disrespect intended, zorba_scank, your photo of the temple entrance reminded me of this one of the boardwalk entrance to the Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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#505734 - Thu Jan 21 2010 12:26 AM Re: Photo-a-day January
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That is indeed broken up ice It has been quite mild (relatively speaking) for the last little while, that's why it is broken up.

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#505735 - Thu Jan 21 2010 12:12 PM Re: Photo-a-day January
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We stayed in this lovely hotel in Canberra last December. This is the view from just outside the door of our room looking down into the atrium. I wish I could get my garden to look like this. The plants are all real.
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#505736 - Thu Jan 21 2010 12:13 PM Re: Photo-a-day January
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Thanks zorba, I will have to apologise for the focus but can't always get it 100%

Here are some interesting houses I just discovered in Stanmore, which has more of these from the 60s and 70s than just about anywhere else I know.

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#505737 - Thu Jan 21 2010 01:05 PM Re: Photo-a-day January
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Another of the photos from my trip to Italy. This was taken at a waterfall, a couple of miles from the hotel. Sadly, most of the pictures I took there didn't come out as well as I'd hoped but this one isn't too bad. (It's only looking at it now that I can see what appears to be face in the rock. To me it looks like a bat. Can anyone else see it & provide a better idea of what it looks like?)

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#505738 - Thu Jan 21 2010 08:40 PM Re: Photo-a-day January
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Looks like a bat to me too, Martin. The entrance looks quite grand, ClaraSue.

The Pandavleni Buddhist caves that were carved between the 1st century BC and the 2nd century AD.

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#505739 - Thu Jan 21 2010 10:36 PM Re: Photo-a-day January
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I think it's a long beaked bird, with a 'bump' on it's nose...
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#505740 - Thu Jan 21 2010 10:39 PM Re: Photo-a-day January
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The tables look like flowers with (chairs) petals! Great photo!
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#505741 - Thu Jan 21 2010 11:42 PM Re: Photo-a-day January
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These birds were taking advantage of a sunny day today! I did too, and went for a long walk by the river.


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#505742 - Fri Jan 22 2010 11:15 AM Re: Photo-a-day January
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Some lovely photos have been posted while I've been away. Here is one of the beach near where my sister lives (that's where I've been).


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#505743 - Fri Jan 22 2010 07:52 PM Re: Photo-a-day January
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This is one of the few pale roads around now, in Stanmore, many out on the edges of town used to be like this but gradually more and more are being tarmaced over. Some also had bitumen sealing the blocks so had black stripes but this didn't have them.

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#505744 - Sat Jan 23 2010 01:08 AM Re: Photo-a-day January
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Martin: I've never been willing to take a Rorschach test (am afraid of being locked up in a padded cell lol), so if you say it's a bat, that's ok by me : )

Zorba: you are SO lucky to have so many fascinating things to take pictures of! Where I live, January just means a whole bunch of white stuff nobody wants to shovel or drive in.

I COULD post pictures of snow day after day, but MadMags reminded me of this experience... "Jake and a Snake"...



Pretty fella. A gold Ball Python (sometimes called a "Royal" python). Smooth (absolutely NOT slimy), warm (as he'd been in the sun) and a perfect gentleman (heavier than I thought he'd be though!)

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#505745 - Sat Jan 23 2010 08:43 AM Re: Photo-a-day January
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Thanks, Jake. I never realised others would find these sights interesting until I joined this forum. And I do admire you for carrying that guy. Nothing would make me get close to it.

Another photo of the caves, there were 24 in all. The view of the city from the top was beautiful too.

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#505746 - Sat Jan 23 2010 07:03 PM Re: Photo-a-day January
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While we are on the subject ...

this is Maynooth on our recent behind-the-scenes zoo tour. Unfortunately, I don't remember what type of snake this is.

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