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Hungary/Slovakia border

Hungary/Slovakia border

Another day, another cycling trip. This was a spot I found to pitch my tent in between a couple of fields where I was sheltered by trees.

In this photograph I am just inside the Slovakia border, and I stopped because the road network took a turn for the worst (suddenly got busy and complicated), and as I was so close to the Hungary border, and as it was getting late…and as it was really, really cold….I decided to call it a day and struggle through the complicated road network with a fresh head and renewed enthusiasm after a good nights sleep…

Anyway, needless to say I survived!!

Signpost at dusk, Czech Republic

Signpost at dusk, Czech Republic

Full moon, Czech Republic

Full moon, Czech Republic

These images were taken half hour apart from each other…

Taken in winter during a cycle touring trip. When I took the first, sunset image, I was desperately looking for a place to camp for the night. I was somewhere between Brno and Prague, and – especially during short winter days – I just keep cycling until dusk arrives and then I look for a placeto rest my weary head!

So, in the first, the signpost is on a narrow side road along which I found two fields separated by woodland. And in the second image, this is the first thing that I did after setting up my tent. I had no idea about the position of the moon, so this was a pleasant surprise.

From a processing point of view, the dusk/sunset image is just a tweak of the contrast/brightness slider, and the moon picture has been processed via Nik softwares HDR software, which helped to bring out some of that detail in the treeline that is set against the dark blue sky

I entered this for this weeks Photofriday challenge (link in footer) under the topic of ‘obsession’. Maybe that is a tenuous link, as I wouldn’t say that I am obsessive about anything….but I do love cycletouring….which is what I am doing here….without which, I’d have no photographs!

View towards Bala, Wales

View towards Bala, Wales

This is the view from a country road heading towards the town of Bala in Wales. Taken on the same trip as the Peak District photos, a few weeks apart from each other.

I was cycle touring and looking for a place to sleep…I was prompted to stop because of the wonderful views, and at the same time I spotted a pine forest to my right with a gravel road leading into it. When you are on a bike and you want to take photos, there is not the time to amble into a town, find a place to stay, and come back again to take some photos. And that is partly the fun and enjoyment of cycling, you can stop…take a load of photos, often in a place where you would never spend much time or even stop. Then when the sun is going down, just pitch a tent for a nights kip and amble into town the next morning….hell for some, I admit…but heaven for others!