Monthly Archives: March 2014

Travel Theme: Statues

By Vladimir Brezina

Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge this week is Statues.

I note the plural: Statues. So, here in one photo are hundreds of statues (click on the photo to see them more clearly), each helping to safeguard the city, on this day against surf of an unprecedented size

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San Juan, Puerto Rico, March 2008.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life, Take Two

By Vladimir Brezina

This week’s Photo Challenge is Street Life.

My first response was busy. This one is all leisure—

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Cromer, Norfolk, England.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life

By Vladimir Brezina

This week’s Photo Challenge is Street Life.

New York City: Descending into the subway—

Descending into the subway

Another, more leisurely response is here.

Everglades Challenge, the Days Before: Preparation and Gear Check

By Johna Till Johnson
Photos by Vladimir Brezina

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Our preparation for the WaterTribe Everglades Challenge actually started more than a year before the event itself—in January 2013, when we decided that this time for sure, we were going to participate in EC 2014.

But it kicked up considerably following our Everglades Shakedown trip in December 2013. After that trip, we put together a detailed timeline covering everything from gym training to logistics to food and gear purchases—and more or less stuck to it. As we’ll detail later in “Reflections: What Worked, What Didn’t,” I started a serious lifting and high intensity workout routine in January, and tapered down in the weeks approaching the EC. And we found that dropping alcohol and coffee in the weeks before the EC—along with getting plenty of sleep—made a difference in our stamina and responses to hypothermia.

Meanwhile, we made lists and checked them off… purchased equipment… made hotel and plane reservations… got our SPOTs and PLBs, registered, and tested them… And of course, did training paddles when we could, though the Polar Vortex kept us from doing more than two moderately long trips in NYC.

But Murphy’s Law has a way of stepping in, and due to some work challenges I was concerned that at the last minute, I might need to cancel, despite all the planning. It wasn’t until the Friday, a week before the event, that we were sure we could make it.

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Travel Theme: Pink, Take Two

By Vladimir Brezina

Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge this week is Pink.

There’s one week in the year, coming up soon, when NYC’s parks are awash in pink. And looking further ahead, here’s another classic NYC event in which pink is surely the ruling color—

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It’s the Coney Island Mermaid Parade! The story and photos from last year are here.

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You can bet we’ll do our best to be there again this year! This year on Saturday, June 21st, at 1 PM.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

By Vladimir Brezina

This week’s Photo Challenge is Reflections. Perfect! As a photographer, I am irresistibly drawn to reflections of all kinds…

Two-fold reflection—

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Endless reflection—

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Deep reflection—

Deep reflection

Distorted reflection—

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Glassy reflection—

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Travel Theme: Pink

By Vladimir Brezina

Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge this week is Pink.

In NYC’s Central Park not so long ago, pink was an artificial color.

Pink in Winter

But very soon now, it will grow on every tree—

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These photos were taken in April 2013. Hopefully, a preview of coming attractions!

Another classic NYC event, later on in June, at which pink is surely the ruling color is here.