I ended up being pretty lucky in the flights I got before I quit. For a good two months I went wonderful places - it still wasn't enough to make me happy with my job. I was THRILLED with the destinations but not so much with the actual working part of it.

The month before I quit I did two separate trips to Venice. Well... technically Aviano which is an hour away from Venice but thankfully Europe has embraced this magical traveling machine called a train. We went into Venice three times. I took way too many photos.

Book Store Cat

Venice pictures below the cut. VERY image heavy )
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I had a... hellish trip a few weeks ago. Granted, I got to spend an extra day in Venice so I shouldn't complain but by the time the trip was over and I got to the hotel I'd been up for over 30 hours. Never fun.

Thankfully we ended up in Tampa, Florida. Tampa... where my darling [livejournal.com profile] caithream lives and thankfully she was fine with me spending the next day and a half with her. Tampa is actually... REALLY pretty and I got so many great pictures.


Pretty Pretty Pictures Below the Cut )
Wow. It's been awhile since I posted.

I'd blame work but it's not been terribly busy. Instead I've been hanging about twiddling my thumbs on reserve and slowly going crazy. I've not been home to Houston in about... five months so my headspace right now isn't terribly good. When you spend that long going from bunk bed to couch to hotel room... lets just say I wouldn't advise it.

I'm leaving for Frankfurt (ugh. Again) today and thought I'd dig my head out of the sand long enough to post some pretty pictures.

Tooling around London on my second day there was basically all about knocking out the super touristy things: The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey... All the iconic stuff.

Yay pictures of things in London I've always seen on TV! )
After five years of almost constant travel all over the globe, I finally made it to London!

Granted, I never would have gone if David Tennant hadn't decided that he wanted to do Much Ado About Nothing with Catherine Tate and while that wasn't my entire reason for going, it sure was the catalyst.

I am completely indebted to [livejournal.com profile] shinyopals who didn't seem to mind when a loud Texan took up residence on her floor. I don't think I could have pulled off this London excursion without her.

Hi Ho London Below )

Much Ado About Nothing with David Tennant and Catherine Tate )

I may have taken WAY too many photos. AKA Warning: Image Heavy! )
The empty field near the hotel we stay at in Leipzig Germany was mowed the other day and I couldn't figure out why they were suddenly concerned with how it looks.

Turns out the Circus was in town.

I am NEVER going to this circus )
My Canon Rebel XTI finally crapped out on me. I went to the Bronx Zoo a few days ago and took over a thousand photos. I'm going to be lucky if even 25% of them are worth keeping. It's been coming on for awhile... photos have been getting grainier and grainer and blur has started creeping in. I've been taking pictures with a DSLR for almost five years now. I know how to take a picture and when you compare the settings I took the picture at to the picture itself... something was definitely wrong.

Wrong to the point that looking at my photos was an extremely depressing experience that made me question my ability as a photographer.

The thought of going to London next month with a camera that MIGHT take a good picture was a bit of a let down as well. This all culminated in Kingston, Jamaica as I frantically skyped with my mother and [livejournal.com profile] raelala and pretty much unburdened myself on them (I apparently had repressed camera woes).

My mom, being the amazing wonderful person she is, agreed to loan me the money to buy a new camera (and by loan, I have to pay her back. Ah adulthood...)


I've not actually taken any pictures with it yet... the battery is charging but it's amazing and wonderful and beautiful!

Since I don't have any photos from the new camera to bombard you with... I'm posting some of the last photos I took with the Rebel (barring the Bronx Zoo photos because I'm having some ISSUES with those)

I have no excuse for this picspam really. They're just photos of my room at my parent's place in Texas because I cleaned it and OMG I MUST COMMEMORATE IT'S CLEANLINESS WITH PHOTOS.

Plus... I find it fascinating to see where people live. I can't be the only one )

All my photo plans in Maui were completely ruined when I ended up sick in Oahu - Waikiki specifically. I've been there... more times than I can count and found that it wasn't a bad place to be sick in, especially when you're familiar with the area. I spent four days laid up in a hotel room and finally managed, on the last day, to get out of the room and take a stroll with my camera. I only spent about two hours at the beach - enough time to enjoy the sunset before heading back to the room to crash.

As annoying as I find Waikiki, it has been a good source of photos and I did get a few good ones. Silver linings right?

Photos from my one excursion along the beach )
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Beach House

I held these photos back from my picspam yesterday, mainly because I think that particular picspam would have become just a tad too long. A few months ago I added Ghost Town to the list of abandoned places I've broken into. It's a town in Connecticut that was abandoned in the mid-90's when the bridge connecting the peninsula to the mainland burnt. The only way to get to the town is a narrow strip of land barely big enough for a road. The houses are set to be razed as the peninsula is being turned into some sort of bird sanctuary. Thankfully we managed to see the place before it all disappears. We only managed to cover a fraction of it. There's so much there but as most people discover soon after picking up a camera - you're limited by the available light and when the sun started going down it was time to leave.

Pleasure Beach Photos )
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For the longest time I've had a huge backlog of unedited photos just sitting on my computer. I finally, after many years, finished editing and uploading them. I consider this something of a miracle. They span from 2007 - 2010 with the majority from this last year. I got kinda... lazy in my editing towards the end of the year.

It's strange not having photos to edit. There are times I stare blankly at my computer at a loss for what to do now that I don't have the photos living there.

Massive Picspam below the cut covering a variety of places. )
At Rest

Two and a half years later I have FINALLY uploaded all of my photos from The Netherlands. I feel I didn't do the country justice and would desperately love to go back and reshoot. Granted, I feel this way about many of the places I visit.

Still. I'm happy these photos are done and no longer being neglected on my harddrive.
elleflies: (Photography: Camera Click)
I took just as many photos in 2010 as I have in years previous. Every month I had a camera in hand and was shooting away. I wasn't nearly as proficient at editing and uploading my photos so this post is by no means a concise list. A few months aren't even represented because they're still sitting on my harddrive waiting for me to go through them.

Still, 2010 was a good year even though I felt like I didn't go as many places as I would have liked. In fact, I think I spent more time taking photos in the United States than I did overseas.

This post is extremely image heavy. Consider yourselves warned

2010: A Year In Photos )
Christmas Lights

I wanted to write tonight but after working every day since the 1st (I'm not counting layovers as 'being off') I'm too exhausted to think.

Pictures will just have to speak for me.
elleflies: (Photography: Camera Click)
The Lake

I wandered about New York City the other day with [livejournal.com profile] raelala and since I like how the pictures came out...

New York Autumn prettiness under the cut )
elleflies: (Photography: Camera Click)

I haven't done a picspam of my own photos in... awhile. These photos are from 2008. It's taken my THAT LONG to get them edited. They're photos of abandoned farms and cow sheds from the town I live in in Texas. The area used to be a lot more rural then it is now, sadly the suburbs have made it out that way and so much of this will soon be turned into cookie cutter housing.

Rural Texas Exploration Photos )

It's back to Germany for me and amazingly enough Lufthansa is so full I couldn't change my seat when I check in last night. I will be crossing the Atlantic in a middle seat. *sobs*

On the upside I did see How to Train Your Dragon last night.

Sprouting Adipose

[livejournal.com profile] shinyopals asked for more harassment of the kitteh pics and I am delivering...

There is a harassed cat under this cut )
Cats Vs. Dogs

She's not quite figured this new dog out...

Oh Woe

Aug. 4th, 2009 10:49 pm
I did not sleep at all last night. I intended too, I laid down and as soon as I was about to drift off one of my roommates walked in and flipped on the lights. Which was horribly rude as there were two people in the room sleeping and she knew we were in there. This is why I use a flashlight to get around the room when it's late and people are sleeping. So yeah, no sleep due to the roommate and then reporting in to work at 4:25 in the morning in order to fly to Dallas. Great fun was had by all.

I took a nap this afternoon and when my clock went off I woke up absolutely convinced that I had to get ready for work and I'd slept throughout the entire night when in reality it was 4pm and we don't show up for work till 2 pm tomorrow.

To top things off there's a Supervisor on my flight, which means I can't read any books during the hours and hours of down time we have crossing the Atlantic. I figured I'd tool around in my notebook a bit or maybe draw something but one of my coworkers informed me that this particular Supervisor once wrote her up for doing Sudoku in her spare time on the flight. Which means US Weekly and InStyle here I come. I can already feel my brains dribbling out my ears.

And just because we stumbled across this the other day and were amused by it:
If wishes were horses...

This is not the first time I have heard that particular wish expressed by New Yorkers (especially when talking about the Times Square area...)

Went back to the Brazos Bend State Park today. Alas, we did not see as many Gators as last time. Possibly because we were there at 5 pm and it was still OMG SO HOT. If I were a Gator I'd probably be hanging out somewhere cool and wet instead of scaring the crap out of tourists.

I also keep wanting to call them Crocs. I blame this on the time I spent in Australia at Crocosaurus Cove. I know they aren't Crocs, but for some reason that's the word that keepings coming out. Ooops.

Also, was watching BBC America and all the previews for Torchwood and Doctor Who were ruining my happy place of THE BAD THINGS DO NOT EXIST. I am an ostrich. I stick my head in the sand and ignore ignore ignore, having promos but in front of me ruins my whole ostrich shtick and makes me acknowledge certain things about my beloved show. These are things I do not want to acknowledge...
elleflies: (Photography: Camera Click)
The Cross

Just uploaded my Paris pics. I'm really not too terribly pleased with them. I keep reminding myself that we had only a few hours and I did the best I could with all the horribly tourist sights we visited. I shouldn't be hard on myself. But alas.

Anyways... Paris pics here



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