Photo 101: Landscape

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Photo 101 editors finally realised that subjects like swarm, architecture or street might be hard to find for those less fortunate of us who inhabit what is practically wilderness. I’m glad that I don’t have to go out today and risk being devoured by wolves while searching for swarms of something, here probably flies. As I noticedΒ that my civilised readers find my snaps of archaic Czech Railways cute, I present two more exhibits for today’s prompt landscape.

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Mara Eastern

I'm a sardonic blogger, snapper, scribbler and rhymer; a virtual space invader who indulges in cheerful negativism, morbid self-deprecation and bleak humour.

52 thoughts on “Photo 101: Landscape”

    1. The best train ride I ever, ever had was from Prague to Budapest. The man at the station in Prague scared the beejeebies out of me, but that said, it was heaven! As I was standing on the platform, where the man told me to stay and not move, they brought a special car from another track and hooked to the front of the train. I rode first class in a private compartment and I was the only one on it! It was just like the Orient Express, or what I imagined it would be! The compartment had thick red velvet seating with a smooth shiny (to the point of glistening) wood table. There was even food service brought by a man who looked like a Victorian butler. When I got to Budapest a man was waiting for me as the train slowed and stopped at the platform. He took my bags and off we went! I often wondered if they mistook me for someone else. Thanks for bringing back this memory for me with your post!

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      1. Oh my dear, seriously?! Are you sure you weren’t on the Orient Express actually? That sounds so surreal… and so beautiful! Well, I’m afraid this is not one’s ordinary experience of trains in these parts. Thank you for sharing this excellent story, I’m so impressed that I’m going to take as many rides from Prague as possible, hoping they’ll confuse me with someone important too! Or, maybe, you ARE someone important and they knew it πŸ˜‰

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    1. Well, I was kidding with the wolves. I’m no Red Riding Hood, though maybe I am because red is my favourite colour. Now I actually feel like grabbing out granddad’s shotgun and going out in search of wolves…

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  1. For a moment,I got scared ! and you are right,one just can’t go out everyday and hunt for pics and not everything is found in a single place ! Very different landscape ! I loved it,so many tracks,colorful trees πŸ™‚

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    1. Please don’t be scared, we don’t really have wolves here, just a bear or two and boars. Kidding again πŸ˜‰ Only when one should accidentally end up in these parts, areas in my and neighbouring countries where these live are sufficiently far away. We have other dangers here, though. Such as Czech Railways. I’m pleased as a Punch that you like the pictures πŸ˜‰ !

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  2. Wow you got in there early. I love your ramshackle trains though as you say not fun to travel on. There’s a red hue on this that really works well like red sand or is it rust lol xx

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    1. Heh, yep, I got the post up early because I was up late πŸ˜‰ Awe, that’s cool that you actually noticed the hue! I manipulated it deliberately to make it a bit redder because I wanted to emphasise the autumn colour of the leaves and the rusty feel of the photo. So you nailed it!

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          1. No, you’re surely not as shortsighted as I. I have troubles finding the bathroom in the morning without knocking over things and banging my head on something. We live in a loft flat, on my defense, so there’s a lot of to potentially bang one’s head on…

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        1. Poor dear with stiff ankles… I’d hate it if I couldn’t wear nice shoes and had to stick with orthopedic ones and such 😦 Though I realise that this would be the least of your problems.

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  3. A very early start today! Love these and I am sure there are wolves lurking around those tracks somewhere…and possibly flies too…pictures of railway tracks always give me wanderlust…. πŸ˜‰

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    1. An early bird catches the worm, they say. And I disagree. Anyway, I was up late because I was writing my paper and then suddenly I noticed that I wasn’t writing my paper but was blogging instead. Awkward. Wanderlust? I don’t think I ever got this disease. πŸ˜‰

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        1. I noticed you were so desperately bored that you chose to spend your time by browsing my dusty archives… I was both flattered and somewhat feared what awful long-forgotten posts you’d discover!

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          1. If you intend to endure more of my posts, then you’re absolutely welcome to it. In case you wonder, I’m trying and so far succeeding in keeping a regular posting schedule. The stories come on Sunday. The one I had scheduled for this Sunday is short and particularly boring though.

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          2. Yet again, I was writing my paper and then I found myself blogging… But the darn paper is more or less done, now it’s ready for editing and finetuning. Hope I won’t get distracted tonight πŸ˜›

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    1. You like freights? Good to know! I might as well try to get some more freight photos for you πŸ™‚ We have freight trains around, but getting them in a picture is somewhat incidental unless one wants to sit at the railroad and wait for one. I’m not particularly inclined this way, I admit…

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          1. Haha, I was just kidding, of course, circumstances so conspired that I saw the task as soon as it appeared and was working on my trains at the moment: so instead of publishing them later as I planned, I put them up right away πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much! Maybe “industrial” wasn’t the most fitting description on my part, but hopefully the idea that there’s some nature and some man-made structures got across πŸ˜‰ Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Really love this one. So this is what a train station in the village looks like 😍 the number of tracks on it makes it look very busy.
    From the sounds of it, not very nice to sit in but definitely makes for a wonderful picture!

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    1. Yes, now I’m exposed, this is indeed the train station in my village, though seen from other than my usual angle. I climbed a disused bridge to shoot this. Apparently I was trespassing. Of course, there was no one to tell me off because generally there is just no one around πŸ˜‰ Not, it is no way nice to use Czech Railways, but there is some rugged picturesqueness about it, it seems… Thank you for pointing it out for me!

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      1. A beginning to your ExposΓ© πŸ˜‰
        Re climbing… wow! that sounds dangerous. Don’t think I’d ever go that far. You may have escaped the wolves but not yourself! haha. Glad no harm came of it :p

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        1. That’s nice that you’re worried about me… You don’t need to be, though, my feat wasn’t actually any more dangerous than taking the Czech Railways trains for a commute… No harm was done! Not to me and not to the wolves either πŸ˜‰

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