Emerging From Stone.

Unfinished, Florence.

Like so much, the shape emerges taking form. An idea from Michelangelo, the idea is there, the skill, in a room with the David. To see what can be achieved.

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A Little Bit of London

Just popping in to see how the world is turning. I thought I’d throw in some images from a recent trip to london. We went there to see a play called The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Based on the book by Neil Gaiman, it was a stunning show, highly recommended. Being run at the Duke of York Theatre.

The trip was a great short break, I also visited the Cartoon Museum, and the display by Magnum photo’s at the Saatchi Gallery called America in Crisis. Both also worth the trip.

I always enjoy a stroll around London. Normally I’d pick an area to explore but this time we spread ourselves around a bit more.

Stay safe out there, things can change so quickly. But remember to enjoy the small things on the way.

Audience

Watching the audience, live music in Camden, London. Before lockdown when we enjoyed the proximity of people and music made us closer. Part of a set from my travels as an engineer, spending time away from home on a regular basis. Finding things to see and do in strange places. The camera had to work hard in this setting, but I love the result, digital grain and a softness I love, but with enough detail to keep the sense of what is going on.

Меча глава – Mecha Glava. Bulgaria

Wooded trails and snowy hills.
Wooded trails and snowy hills.

Mecha Glava, a prominence on the North side of the Rila Mountains, at the foot of Musala. A trail through the woods with fleeting glimpses of the plains below and the mountains of Romania in the distance.

Light in the trees.
Light in the trees.

Low Cloud.
Low Cloud.

Looking South.
Looking South.

Watch Tower or Hunters Hide?
Watch Tower or Hunters Hide?

Seed Pods.
Seed Pods.

Ski Jump Tower.
Ski Jump Tower.

Chair Lifts, out of operation.
Chair Lifts, out of operation.

Back to Borovets.
Back to Borovets.

At the edge of town there is a paddock, where some wilder looking groups sell horse and pony treks to the tourist families. This walk to Mecha Glava I got from them, whether it was the “Butch” I spoke with or not, they were friendly and helpful and welcomed me back as I returned on the footpath through their camp. Another good day in the hills and among the trees around Borovets.

Mount Musala, Bulgaria.

Mount Musala from the Yastrebets Ski Station.
Mount Musala from the Yastrebets Ski Station.

One of my targets for this trip to Borovets was to climb Mount Musala, the highest peak in the country. I did as much research as I could from the UK over the internet, and it seemed achievable even for an amateur like myself. I’ve been on trips in winter before so I am not completely unskilled, I just don’t get to use those skills often enough. The forecast for the week was better early, so I headed out on Tuesday, which proved to be the best day of the week, windy but bright and with high broken cloud. In the end, it proved a challenge but with a bit of perseverance I made it to the top. I got the Gondola to the Yastrebets station and walked from there, a round trip of 6 hours, the return slower by the heat causing the snow to become soft and making the going slow as I sank deeply every few steps. All worth it in the end, with the experience and the pictures being for me great things.

Across the valley.
Across the valley.

Leaving the ski area and heading for the mountain.
Leaving the ski area and heading for the mountain.

A view of the Musala Hut, at the head of the valley.
A view of the Musala Hut, at the head of the valley.

A warm-up slope, Musala Summit in the background.
A warm-up slope, Musala Summit in the background.

Looking back down the valley.
Looking back down the valley.

At the foot of the final ridge next to the Chalet Ledenoto Ezero.  You can see the marker posts showing the way, very useful.
At the foot of the final ridge next to the Chalet Ledenoto Ezero. You can see the marker posts showing the way, very useful.

Chalet Ledenoto Ezero
Chalet Ledenoto Ezero

On the way up.  A View.
On the way up. A View.

First sight of the Rila Mountain range South of Musala.
First sight of the Rila Mountain range South of Musala.

On the Summit, 2925m.
On the Summit, 2925m.

Summit Met Station.
Summit Met Station.

Looking back to the summit.
Looking back to the summit.

Hard work but well worth the trip. I’d like to go back in summer and do a longer trek through and around the Rila range. A friendly place, with fantastic views.