Life Through The Lens – Part II – December 19 Image

Since jet lag is still causing me to get very few hours of sleep, I was up early this morning. I headed down to the old piers near Grimsby, Ontario. There was lots of cloud in the sky, but sunrise was not as dramatic as I was hoping. However there was a bit of a wind so I had some nice long exposures of the waves.

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Life Though The Lens – Part II – December 18 Image

I had an appointment down in Niagara Falls this morning and after I finished up I drove back along the Niagara Parkway a short distance. This shot is the front of the historic McFarland House, which is one of the oldest surviving structures in the Niagara District. It was built in 1800 and used as a hospital during the war of 1812.

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Best of 2014

To all my followers I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! All the best for 2015! Please be safe and have fun! :)

Here is my gift to you…My best images of 2014

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Life Through The Lens – Part II – December 16 Image

I am home now after a very long day of travel. Now to get rid of this cold, get over jet lag and get some Christmas shopping done!

This shot is from the night before I left. My new friends took me up to the top of Jakarta’s highest building. On the rooftop they have a bar up there and great views. All I had was my iPhone but I am not at all unhappy with the image!

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Life Through The Lens – Part II – December 15 Image(s)

Today is my last day in Indonesia. I have an early flight out in the morning to Hong Kong, a quick stop, and then 15 hours to Toronto. I have enjoyed my time here, and found Indonesia to be a fascinating and eye opening country. The people are very friendly and accommodating. The heat, humidity and crazy amounts of traffic would keep me from living here, but it was certainly an interesting and enjoyable trip.

This shot is from Bogor, a suburb city of Jakarta. The customer I was visiting was located here and after finishing work this afternoon, my guide took me on a short trip to one of the 2 presidential palaces. The president of Indonesia spends more time at the palace in Jakarta than at this one. There are hundreds of deer on the grounds of this palace. Apparently one of the previous presidents had a fond liking for deer and had many of them brought in to roam the grounds of the palace. They are quite an attraction and many children love to feed them grass. 

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Life Through The Lens – Part II – December 14 Image

This morning I spent a couple of hours in the older section of Jakarta, Indonesia. One of the areas I wandered through was this large square. There was lots going on, with some live music, colorful costumes and all kinds of stuff for kids. Near the stage where the music was this older man was talking to his grandson and explaining to him about the music and the traditions behind it.

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Life Through The Lens – Part II – December 13 Image

Well my trip to Jakarta, Indonesia has been extended by a couple of days as my customer here, being unorganized and all, needed me to stay until Tuesday. This shot is from a street corner on our way into the plant this morning. Our drive home, on a Saturday, took just over 3 hours to cover 10 kilometers! And to top it off we went for dinner less than 1 kilometer from my hotel and it took us over 2 hours to exit the parking garage! Traffic jams in Jakarta are certainly horrendous.

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Life Through The Lens – Part II – December 12 Image

The traffic jams in Jakarta are apparently quite famous!  I can see why after spending just over an hour this evening trying to get about 2 kilometers! This morning while stuck in traffic I saw this fellow standing out in traffic selling newspapers. It is pretty common on many of the city streets to see just about everything being sold! This reminds me of Mexico City. Although there are very stark differences between Mexico City and Jakarta. The roads in Mexico City are falling apart while in Jakarta seem to be very well maintained. As well there is very little graffiti compared to Mexico City and very little garbage strewn about.

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