Venice Photos

Venice: From RialtoFinally, I got around to uploading a few of the photos from Venice. I have many more that I need to try to find some time to sort through and upload, but these will give you a taste of the island of San Marco.

You can see them all in the new Venice 2008 set I’ve created (and as I upload more they’ll also be added to this set).

The photo to the right is of the Grand Canal, taken from beside the Rialto bridge.

Climbing Frog!

Climbing Frog!These guys are relative newcomers to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, living downstairs from the Outer Bay exhibit along with the fresh water otters, the Asian Vine Snakes and a few other animals.

Next time I go I must take the tripod though for these guys as they stay perfectly still, making them a perfect model for a lower ISO setting (these were taken hand held at ISO 1600 to cope with the low light level).

Blue, So Blue

JellySometimes hard to believe that these jellyfish are real. They look so alien, especially against that very blue background. This is not of the clichéd orange ones from the large tank, but one of the less photographed ones in the smaller exhibits before you reach the jelly fish wall.

I will have some more photos uploaded soon from the more artistic jellyfish exhibit downstairs in the outer bay side of the Monterey Bay Aquarium too, which is soon to be closed to make space for something new. Many of those creatures are even more surreal than this one.

Blue Tail

Blue TailWhile hiking back down the valley view trail in Big Sur during our camping trip a few weeks back, we spotted this little lizard with a very blue tail! It’s not exactly going to help keep him hidden among the leaves and twigs, so I wonder why it is blue? A warning perhaps that he’s not tasty…

Still, he sat still long enough for a couple of photos which makes a change!

Sleeping Sea Otter

Sea OtterFinally catching up on uploading some of my recent photos to Flickr. Up so far are 40 shots from our camping trip to Big Sur (before the fires started), and a few of the shots from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, including these close up shots of the sea otters sleeping on the surface of their tank.

Carmel Bubbling

FountainI finally uploaded some of the photos from the Carmel portion of my trip to Big Sur, Monterey and Carmel a month or so ago. They’re now in my Flickr stream, including a couple of shots of this strange bubbling water feature I found while looking for a place to eat.

You can also so see a few shots of the sunset over the ocean, taken from down at the end of Ocean Avenue, on the beach.

Alien Landscape

Alien LandscapeIn fact, not a landscape at all. These are jelly fish, which all sit together in what might be called upside down (relative to the orientation of other species) on the sea bed.

These ones were photographed in one of the hemispherical tanks that are part of the Jellies as Art exhibition at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Tree FrogsUploaded some photos from my visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium a few weeks back (heading home from Big Sur). The frogs were something I hadn’t seen there before. In the Flickr stream though you’ll find some jellyfish photos. What visit to the Monterey aquarium would be complete without the clichéd orange and blue jellyfish? But there are also some other types from the Jellies as art exhibition area that you might not have seen.

Oh, and don’t miss the otter photos.

Schmap iPhone Guides

Alexander & BaldwinTried to blog about this a couple of days ago, but that was when Flickr was having problems, and blog posting seemed to be one of the things that wasn’t working!

Schmap have now launched a version of their online city/region guides formatted for the iPhone. This is a very handy tool since you can access it over the iPhone’s cellular connection while you’re actually traveling (I don’t normally carry my laptop around when on vacation, but I do take my mobile phone with me).

No special URL needed (though I’d like it if one was available); the site will automatically give you the iPhone version when you visit from Mobile Safari.

Got Power?

Got Power?As seems to be the case in many airports these days, there is Wi-Fi coverage all over the lounge area in Terminal 3 at London’s Heathrow, but you’d better make sure you have a full charge on your batteries if you plan to use it as even at the dedicated BT and T-Mobile hotspot ‘zones’ the power sockets have no juice.

And forget finding sockets anywhere in the main waiting areas – there’s none to be found (they’re all hidden under special covers in the floor). I have to wonder what the point of providing the Wi-Fi is if they don’t also provide the power for the laptops.

Still, it did work well for a quick connection from my N95 earlier – I connected to the BT Openzone, fired up Truphone and made some free international calls to let people know I’d arrived safely!