Pictures Of The Week: Holiday Menu

Christmas is just a few days away; yeah! For me, this past week was a crunch, combining research and project prep with getting ready for Christmas travels, and stretching my photographic muscles for the Prague project I’m working on. The result is a bit less shooting than I had hoped, but I’ve still created a short photographic holiday menu for your pleasure. Enjoy!

Frosty Delight

The week started with a cold open. Monday, December 18, 2017. We had just gotten the first light dustings here in Prague over the weekend. With temperatures below freezing, I ventured back to Petřiny (and neighboring areas). There were still some areas to cover to complete my picture of this part of town, because I had to realize that my original plan — to cover the entire area in one go — wasn’t practical.

There was a park I wanted to visit. It is just a bit north of the bits of Petřiny I had cleared last week. It’s actually just a few hundred yards from the transportation hub I’ve got to use when going to the airport. And because I had always wanted to take a look beyond the bus depot, I started my morning right there.

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It was a quiet neighborhood. Some nice architecture, some abandoned houses. The trash-filled front yard that hid in plain sight behind the gate (second image) was the biggest surprise. I have different angles. But you’ve got to wait for the project to see those.

Back on the main road, I passed Cube, an office center one can’t miss. Not that I’d be a huge fan of this pragmatic architecture, but I felt reminded on my college days. The Ruhr-University in Bochum, Germany, was designed very similarly. And the early morning sun was adding a nice warm shimmer to the cold concrete mass. Could be something for the final project. Who knows.

Click on any of the images to see them bigger and get additional caption information.

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The park wasn’t far from here. I noticed that I had found a real gem from the street. The sun was gaining more and more ground against the thick clouds, adding definition to the winter foliage that covered the hills surrounding what I believe to be Vodní nádrž Džbán, a dam formed by the river Litovický potok. The light was magnificent. So I ventured down the slippery slope of steps. I found the frozen reservoir surrounded by hills, great light, and a lonely footpath — another candidate for a middle of the road shot.

I keep the best image of this landscape for the project, but the following should hopefully make you hungry for more. So much for the starter to our visual holiday menu.

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Colorful Eye Candy

I had planned to photograph the Christmas markets, or Christmas-y Old Town in general, but never really got to it. And this week, weather didn’t play ball when I wanted it to. Anyway, I got there in the end. It had to be after dark. Without further ado, here’s the main course of our holiday menu. Click on an image to see it larger and read the caption. Enjoy.

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Suburb With A Side Of Swede

I hadn’t been to a certain Swedish furniture store since completing my apartment. But for this project, I wanted to. Walking the streets of Černý Most on my trips to IKEA back in the summer/fall, I got curious. It looked so different. Way out of the city (the terminal station of one of the three metro lines, actually), the atmosphere changed dramatically. No tourists. No historic architecture. Quiet streets with signs of life in their own respect. It takes me 40 minutes or so to get there, so it takes a bit of planning to get there when there’s light that’s passable this time of year.

I hope you find something interesting in this quick look at a part of Prague that no tourist is likely to see. More to come. And as always, click for a larger view and captions.

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Cheers, I’ll Take The Metro

Prague is best discovered with your feet and the efficient and extremely affordable public transportation system. Three metro lines cover most of the area. And where the metro doesn’t go, the tram does; with the added benefit that you can see your environment.

I had planned to finish this visual Prague holiday menu with some impressions of metro, tram, and traveling in the golden city. But the fast approaching travel day crossed my plans. Those images are coming. In the new year. Until then, cheers and: Merry Christmas!

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