Life || Photo A Day #4

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Another week down! Only 47 more to go!

Happy Friday! This week seems to have passed by without me even realising it. I’m telling you, it was Tuesday yesterday. But, no worries, we’re still basking in some gorgeous winter sunshine most days and after I finish work this evening I have a four day weekend. We’re still trying to decide what we are going to do, mostly we are waiting on the weather to decide its course of action and we’ll go from there. But, four days, that’s plenty of time to get up to some bits, maybe a museum visit, or maybe a hike. Or both.

January 22nd

life as unusuals life in photos photo a day week 4 cruelty free vegan haul

I worked from home on Friday so I could wait in for our BigGreenSmile delivery. It’s my go to online shop for cruelty free and vegan goods. I was fresh out of photo ideas, so I thought I’d show you what we bought. I like to buy everything at once, so I can get the free shipping and don’t have to worry about going to the shops too often.

January 23rd

life as unusuals life in photos photo a day week 4 anderlecht belgium duck sculpture

I don’t really know how to explain this photo. I tried to look it up on the internet, thinking there was some kind of reasoning behind a sculpture of a line of ducks with their heads up each others’ arses. There wasn’t.

January 24th

life as unusuals life in photos photo a day week 4 vegan stir fry

That sad realisation that your Sunday photo idea is ruined if you have the same dinner every week.

Also this time we were too lazy to make noodles, so we cooked up some spaghetti instead. Pasta with stir fry, sometimes that’s how we roll.

January 25th

life as unusuals life in photos photo a day week 4 blue winter skies

Back to work after a nice weekend. I love that it’s getting lighter in the evenings, light enough that I can get out of work and the sky is still a gorgeous icy blue.

January 26th

life as unusuals life in photos photo a day week 4 pigeon

Pete wasn’t around yesterday, I suspect he was out enjoying all the sunshine, but he’s back today, quietly contemplating his next steps in life and feeling very body positive after a bit of yoga over lunch.

January 27th

life as unusuals life in photos photo a day week 4 raindrops on window

Rainy days here in Belgium. Can’t complain though, the weather has been nothing short of gorgeous for about two weeks (snow included, obviously), so a bit of rain is alright.

Here I have attempted to express the weather in an artistic raindrop photo. What you can’t see is Kris waving his hands about trying to block the light in our apartment block from reflecting in the window. What else are boyfriends for.

January 28th

life as unusuals life in photos photo a day week 4 leuven at night

On our way home from work we decided to stop off at the bike shop and have a little browse. Short story short, the bikes are far too expensive for us to even consider buying–I’m talking €5,000 for a single bike. Clearly, this isn’t the bike shop for us. But, it did give me a chance to snap a photo of all the buildings on the train line all lit up.

That’s it, another week of photo bites the dust. I said I was going to try a themed week, but I forgot I actually said that. Anything and everything is more fun. 

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USA || American Museum of Natural History, New York City

What. A. Museum.

As dinosaur lovers, we had to take a trip to the American Museum of Natural History whilst we were in New York City. It was one of the first plans we made for our trip and we even considered making in a two-day thing, but after paying $22 each for entry, we just walked faster instead. The museum was good, but not good enough to make me shell out twice for entry.

This museum had the most extensive collection of large animals that I’ve ever seen, including animals that we have never seen before, and we’ve been to a few of these museums. Not only that, but the animals were set up in gorgeous exhibits, with painted walls, the animals arranged into a fitting scene to match and then all the little features to make the whole thing come together. It was like looking at a work of art and not a museum exhibit. Most of the time we spent there went to looking at these exhibits and enjoying all the little details of each exhibit.

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It was pretty tough to narrow down–pfft, who am I kidding, I didn’t narrow down the photos, I put them all in this post because you just have to see how amazing the exhibits were.

Even better–that’s right, it got better than amazing– there was plenty of room to move about the halls so you could take your time to enjoy things without getting in too many peoples’ ways or being shoved that often. It’s pretty much impossible to avoid a good ol’ shove in a museum but I was definitely impressed by how few times this seemed to happen. Despite there being every single child on the planet there on the day we went–I’m not joking, at least three school buses emptied of children as we approached the entrance–we hardly ever had to elbow a ten-year-old out of the way. The dinosaur exhibits were the exception, they were heaving with people, but that was more to do with the crowd and by the time we’d got to that part it was in the middle of the afternoon.

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I’m just going to nerd-up and admit it, but my favourite exhibit was the biodiversity one. Not so much for the education, but it was so well displayed that you couldn’t fail to be interested in it. With little glass bacteria at the start to a school of fish hanging over head–there was a giant squid floating on the ceiling somewhere too–it displayed so elegantly the intricate relationship of all life on the planet. Removes nerd helmet. 

Oh and following the biodiversity exhibit was a life-sized model of a blue whale. A blue whale. Ever since I was a kid and read somewhere that a blue whale was bigger than a bus, I have wanted to see one (I still dream of seeing one in the wild) but seeing this life-size model, that made my soul squeal in delight.

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I didn’t enjoy the dinosaurs as much as the animals, but it’s hard to enjoy something that you can only see through the armpit of a very tall man. In hindsight, we should have made our way to the dinosaur exhibit as soon as we arrived and hoped that no one else had the same idea. But we didn’t. You live and you learn. Still, it was hard not to be impressed by the huge collection of original skeletons they had here.

Seriously. What. A. Museum.

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In the end we spent around six hours at the museum, and we didn’t see everything. But, we saw enough to get our monies worth, which is always important. Have you ever been to the American Museum of Natural History?

The Details

American Museum of Natural History

Address: Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192

How To Get There: Easily reached by the subway. Take lines B/C to 81st Street Museum of Natural History.

Opening Times: 10am-5:45pm daily, except some holidays

Tickets: General admission $22

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Photo Snapshots || Wintertime In Leuven

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Did I tell you have much I love snow?! Did I also tell you how much I love the Dutch word for snow: sneeuw. It’s a funny word. So is winklewagon, but I’m focussing on snow today.

I guess I mentioned it a few times.

We had our first snow of the winter last weekend and for once, it hadn’t all melted away before I got a chance to enjoy it and take some photographs on the weekend. Damn this real-job nonsense, spoiling all my fun.

This year, I would really like to practice my photography more and really get into making the photographs into something. I don’t really know what I mean by that, but I want to get to grips with editing and (hopefully) turning my everyday shots into something more. Again, what this something more is, I don’t know. But I want it.

I don’t plan to do this for my everyday shots from day trips and what not, but I want to make some time this year to go out to specifically take photographs. My idea being that I can spend more time trying different things out, I can take my tripod with me, maybe another lens and I can faff about to heart’s content. Mostly, I just want to play around with my camera without the extra doing-stuff-ness like day tripping or errand running.

The snow was a perfect start. I really like the photos of the seagulls, I was messing about in Photoshop trying to make them a bit more eye-catching and pop more in the picture, I like how they turned out. The one of the children playing, I don’t like that one too much, it’s a bit too hazy I think. And, it has people in, but I want to try new things out this year, one of which is photos of people. Secretly, from really far away whilst I zoom in. But it’s a start.

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Don’t suppose you know where I can some of this something more from, do you?

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