Category Archives: Travel

Scenes on Sunday ~ Turkey

When a man is weary of sunshine and the sea, he is weary of life.

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I a little while I’m going on my first vacation of the year, to Olu Deniz in Turkey.  I was there last year, and wasn’t brave enough to go parasailing ~ I’ll be doing that exciting activity this year.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the hotel has only about 20 rooms, but the pool area is really nice

 

Wilderness Remembered

The Earth has music, for those who listen.  ~  Shakespeare

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haunting music of the wind

drifts over the wilderness

the only roof, the stars

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalknet

 

the desert is bleak and beautiful

a fine place for outdoors living

not as comfortable as a patio

wilderness imagination

The clearest way into the Universe is through the wilderness mountains.

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leave the city of your comfort

travel into the wilderness of intuition

walk upon the hot virgin dirt

and let free your deepest imagination

no more pain degradation hurt

and your soul is one with all creation

deep in the lonely barren desert

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

go, boldly go

toward the mountains of the moon

Scenes on Sunday ~ Zion Canyon

Where history deepens one’s appreciation of the canyon’s beauty.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

You could walk out of Zion Canyon

but I wouldn’t like to try it.

Snowy Lake Tahoe

This is a cool picture of Lake Tahoe by Rhapsody.

I have a friend who wants me to take her to Lake Tahoe, not if it’s snowing I won’t.   Give me a little sunshine and it will be a great road trip.

Rhapsody Bohème

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Scenes on Sunday ~ Georgia O’Keeffe

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.  ~  Thomas Merton

I once spent a very long day visiting the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  It was damn cold and snowing.  Visiting an art collection was not something I would ever have thought I would want to do ~ but then I never thought I’d ever be in New Mexico.

However, the paintings were interesting ~ mostly they looked like weirdly abstract renditions of female nether regions.  I’m not the first person to have thought that.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Generally speaking,

I like inner vaginas, they have less to say.

~ Robert Black

Bad Weather

there is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather

Snow in New Mexico

As far as I’m concerned the weather here is bad today ~ gale force winds and driving rain, courtesy of an Atlantic storm sweeping in from the south-south-west.  Some fool decided that severe storms here should have names, and this one is called Erik ~ pathetic.  Hurricanes should have names, minor storms over the British Isles shouldn’t.  (Actually it’s Met Éireann, the Irish Meteorological Office which names storms here ~pathetic.)

For all of history, today, and into the foreseeable future mankind’s activities have been /are / will be dependent upon the weather.  Agriculture relies on the right kind of weather at the right time, travel can be disrupted due to high winds rain, and snow, and power consumption rises if the weather is too hot or too cold.

Right now 70 million Americans across the Midwest are bracing themselves for dangerous storms bringing high winds, cold, rain, hail, and the possibility of a tornado or two.  Now that’s really bad weather.  But then America does have extremes of climate.

Weather refers to what’s going on in the atmosphere at a particular place, over a short period of time; temperature, humidity, wind, rain / snow, clouds, visibility…..  Climate is the long-term weather pattern over a large area over many, many years ~ long enough to generate meaningful statistical data ~ say a hundred years or more.

Which is why all this brouhaha over catastrophic anthropogenic climate change is just so much crap.  If global temperatures show a significant warming over the next 30 years or so, then maybe there may be something to it ~ or more likely it’s still just changes in long-term weather patterns driven by the usual suspects.

Our weather is created by the sun, and sometimes catastrophically modified by rare events such as a very major volcanic eruption, (Krakatoa), or a comet / meteorite hitting the surface of the earth, (whatever killed off the dinosaurs).  Occasionally local weather can be catastrophically changed by the actions of man; the Great London Smogs for example, but those events are rare and temporary.

Some say that man is killing the planet.  And that we need to stop using cars, aeroplanes, electricity, living in houses, and definitely stop eating meat.  All I know is that every now and again Chicken Little runs around screaming that the sky is falling.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

snow on the high plains isn’t so very rare

 

Scenes on Sunday ~ 2019 Travels

These are the places I will be visiting this coming year.

California ~ perhaps take a road trip.

Lanzerote

Olu Deniz in Turkey

Crete

Malta

London ~ again

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

the issue is,

finding a travelling companion

Scenes on Sunday ~ Favourite Pictures 2018

These are among my pictures I like most of all.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

taken by the girl riding shotgun

Unrealistic Standards

I like American women.  They do things that French women never do ~ like showering.

It occurs to me that my expectations are usually way off what is likely to happen, my manners and mores are ridiculously old-fashioned, and my standards are way too high for any girl to reasonably meet.  Does that make me wrong, or stupid, or just English?

Being an older English guy isn’t always a bed of roses.  And being a cool English guy in the USA can make one realise why England and America are two countries separated by a common language.  More than half the time American woman have no idea what the fuck hell I’m talking about.

On the other hand, dating an American woman is so much better than dating a Parisienne girl.  Body odour and the smell of cigarette smoke tend to follow them around like a personal raincloud.

I love American women.  Just not necessarily in New York.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the circle line is cool too

 

 

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