Pattern Recognition

by Dhamaka

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"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results"........ Albert Einstein

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"When you're standing on a comfortable rug, you have to expect it to be pulled from under your feet sometimes"
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This is my personal blog, not a venue for saleable images. In fact, because it's here that I share things that are important to me with the members of the moblog community, photo quality's not my priority. Events, occasions, achievements, thoughts, trips and experiments - you'll find them all here. Contact me for the development version of my photo portfolio, for a selection of saleable images or visit my dance photography blog or my website for cuttings. And remember that all photos remain my copyright unless I've specifically said otherwise.

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"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle I no longer despair for the future of the human race"
........ H G Wells

"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better"
........ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Luck favours the prepared mind"
........ Louis Pasteur

"Never to get lost is not to live, not to know how to get lost brings you to destruction, and somewhere in the terra incognita in between lies a life of discovery."
........ Rebecca Solnit

"Give, give, give -- what is the point of having experience, knowledge or talent if I don't give it away? Of having stories if I don't tell them to others? Of having wealth if I don't share it? I don't intend to be cremated with any of it! It is in giving that I connect with others, with the world and with the divine."
........ Isabel Allende

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs - ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
........ Harold Thurman Whitman

"The real voyage of discovery consists not of seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes...."
........ Marcel Proust

"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.. you have no such accurate remembrance of a country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle...."
........ Ernest Hemingway

"Ambition leads me not only father than any other man has been before me, but as far as I think it is possible for man to go."
........ James Cook

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........ John Muir

"The bicycle is the most civilised conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart."
........ Iris Murdoch

"Photography for me is not looking, it's feeling. If you can't feel what you're looking at, then you're never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your picture...."
........ Don McCullin

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Hertford Union Canal

I went on a canal boat holiday with rare aquatic badger (and someone else, to make it sound less like a terrible gay cruise) once and it was great great fun.

15th Feb 2006, 21:40

And cool second picture and bird in first picture (what sort of bird is that - my bird knowledge is pretty rubbish!!)

15th Feb 2006, 21:42

FilbertFox says:

So WT the rumour about you and RAB are true. Is Dhamaka's moblog the best place for an 'outing'?

Damn fine shots the way!

15th Feb 2006, 21:53

The rumour? The rumour? There's only one!

How disappointing.

15th Feb 2006, 22:04

FilbertFox says:

there are many rumours - but so far this is the only one that has been confirmed on moblog.

15th Feb 2006, 22:32

hi guys!

Thank you for the compliments and the 'interesting' rumours..

The canals (hertford union and regents) are some of my fave bits of london and a great place to cycle (unless like today the wind's against you both ways in which case avoiding little old ladies and dogs can be a bit of a challenge). The geese were taken around 11ish today and the heron about 2:30ish. If you were to go there between 7 and 9:30 of a morning or 4:30 to 7 in the evening on a weekday or any time in nice weather on the weekend you wouldn't think it was a secret at all! Then you can't move for pedestrians, mad cyclists, kids and dogs..

I've shots of bits of it earlier in my blog because I love the place.

WT it's a heron - bird mascot of The Hague (useless fact of the day)

15th Feb 2006, 23:29

Twiglet says:

I love Herons, my favourite British bird.

16th Feb 2006, 08:12

FilbertFox says:

it looks remarkably rural, where abouts in london is it?

16th Feb 2006, 10:18

They are great Twiglet, aren't they. This one let me get so close - on my bike too!

FF - the top picture is the hertford union canal. It's about a mile between the Lee Navigation (best access is just after the petrol station when you turn off the motorway bit of the A12 to get to Hommerton Hospital.

The second picture is the Regent's Canal (part of the Grand Union Canal) and goes from somewhere near Limehouse in the Docklands to Islington (best access in Islington through Colebrook Row), then underground through Camden Lock and to Little Venice in Paddington. This one has loads of access points.

you can get free sustrans maps from tfl that show it (badly)

17th Feb 2006, 08:30