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Saturday, 28 February 2009

Ushguli, Svaneti, Georgia

Textural contrasts

Some of my youngest English group putting together 3-letter words and pictures, racing the other half of the class

Partially snow-covered cave on the bank of the river

Friday, 27 February 2009

Ushguli, Svaneti, Georgia

NB The calm appearance of these posts every morning (my time) belies the struggles Ushguli's having with its electricity in winter.  I post batches with future dates whenever there's power.  More on the details of this soon.

... Couldn't believe it, she was still sitting there on his back when I returned with my camera, hoping against hope!

Fence zen

Icicles' delicate gravity-defying superstrength

Thursday, 26 February 2009

New Letterhead!

I changed the letterhead as soon as this was ready.  I'd been waiting for the sky to have just the right amount of cloud - none = boring; too much = , well, too much.  Took a few hours' PhotoShopping to get it from 11 digital frames, shot from my secret location, to one panorama, then add text and tweak it.  The original is over 80 MPixels in size, and likely the first 360-degree panorama ever taken of Ushguli.  Here (in this post, above) is a larger version if you want to save it - click once on it and you can.

Ushguli, Svaneti, Georgia

View down to Chazhashi and Murqmeli hamlets from the main church of the former

Icicles from the roof of the same church

Snow doing its thing, persuaded by wind and sun

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Smoke&Mirrors, Ushguli, Svaneti, Georgia

... something completely different.

I had noticed the steam rising from coffee, tea or soup catching the backlighting of the morning sun, and decided to try capturing it.   These are some of the  more than 200 results - not very sharp, but interesting in themselves.  Then I went wild and copied the images on top of themselves in PhotoShop, reflecting them into all four 90-degree symmetries.  Suddenly they took on whole new lives. Here are 2 pairs, the original and its symmetrical version.

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Ushguli, Svaneti, Georgia

Local goats and tower

View down from near my hosts' house

Tower catching the sun

Lock of the inner door of St Barbara's Church, lowest of Ushguli's 7 churches

Monday, 23 February 2009

Ushguli, Svaneti, Georgia

More from Feb. 12's busy shooting.

Old snow - so much more interesting after the wind and sun have got hold of it for a few days

Queen Tamar's Summer (upper left) and Winter Tower complexes (right) and some more nicely windswept old snow

View down the village from the entrance way of the church at Chazhashi hamlet

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Ushguli, Svaneti, Georgia

All in a day's work, February 12 in this case.

This scene, all too familiar to me as a resident of Ushguli, needs something new and dramatic to complete it.  Is Shkhara, Georgia's highest mountain, visible? (Below the main cloud at left.  Lamaria, at right, only looks bigger because it's much closer; Shkhara is 7 km  (c. 5 miles) away in the distance, air clear as a bell.)  Does the sky have something interesting about it?  (Cloud in the perfect position.)  We know that those are houses; but how about a person walking through the scene to give perfect scale to everything?  (There she is, one of my colleagues at the school, bottom right.)  Right place, right time, take the shot!

Me after a hard slog through snow up to mid-thigh deep, all for photos' sake

Abstract snowscape

Cracked paint, chaos obeying rules