It’s finally looking as though cold weeks are in the past and the season is moving into warm, sunny days. That means pulling my bike out more often is back on my list of things to do and I’m excited for it. Hard to deny that riding a bike is among life’s simple pleasures that one should not miss out on whenever possible. To get into the mood I found this photo taken in Kyoto, a city where bikes were a common site for travel around town. Heres to the simple things.
Among those close to me it’s no secret that I have a bit of a sweet tooth. While traveling I search the farthest corners of any new grocery store for unknown and untried sweets, sodas, and food. I love discovering new tastes I have never tried before.
While traveling in Japan there was, of course, an ample supply of new things to try and while I was fairly restrained overall I came across a few things that I really enjoyed. Among them were the dozens of tiny “vitamin” drinks in glass bottles, various kinds of mochi, and these tasty little sugar candies called Konpeito. While they are apparently Portuguese in origin they seem to be a staple among foods unique to Japan and were most often found in tiny local shops around Kyoto. The taste reminds me of rock candy common in the US, simple, and gently sweet.
I bought this little glass bottle of them before we left with the intention of snapping a photo and sharing it here as a desktop and I am finally getting around to it now. Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the new desktop!
Spring is doing its best to push winter aside around here. While it is still chilly out the sun is starting to take hold of most days which is giving me some much needed energy among an increasingly busy work schedule. Over the past couple of weeks I have tried to sneak in a few photos of spring springing and I thought I would take a few minutes today to share a couple of them with you guys.
Thanks for hanging in there while things are slow around here, I still have a few things brewing and am still chipping away at them as I am able. Enjoy the blooming new wallpapers and for those of you also starting to see spring take shape, enjoy the sun!
Welcome back! I decided to take a short hiatus from 50ft so I could focus time on another project I have been helping with locally but I hope to pick things up from where I left off and get a few new posts out the door in the coming weeks. I’m kicking things off with another shot from Seoul, still plenty of them kicking around in my archives to share. Another simple one, nothing poetic, I just love these low watt lightbulbs with the filaments showing through delicately. Enjoy!
Here is a “classic” style shot for you guys, shallow and full of direct sunlight. This was made back in Seoul while YoungDoo was showing me around her old university one chilly afternoon. We came across a few pine trees along a lake which were trimmed in layers and after noticing the sun shining through between branches I decided to take advantage of the late afternoon sunlight. A simple shot, sure, but one I thought some of you would enjoy as a desktop.
It’s no secret, you guys love typewriters. Previously shared typewriter images here have often been among the most popular posts on the site. While in Korea we ate at a restaurant filled with vintage items used to decorate the space. Our table placed us right next to a nice old typewriter with Korean characters and a house plant so of course I took advantage and made a few photos while sitting there before we ate. The soft light and muted colors gave the images a nice tone. Download links can be found below, enjoy!
This morning I dug out four or five old hard drives I had in storage and after finding the right adaptors and power supplies I managed to mount all but one of them which I knew had problems long ago. I spent a couple hours too many today searching through these old digital time capsules full of old photographs, designs, and music.
Among the files was a photo of mine taken back in 2007. I remember the moment well because it was so unexpected and never repeated itself. I was off exploring my usual spots out at my favorite lake nearby and while sitting by the shore a large swan slowly drifted by in the water. One which I had never seen out there before and never saw again after. The light was moody that day and this one photo I managed to grab of that unexpected moment ended up being one of my old favorites.
After a few little tweaks I decided to share it here today. While spring is not quite here yet, something about this photo makes me feel like it’s not far off. The title is from back when I had originally posted it to Flickr long ago. The usual set of wallpaper links can be found below, enjoy!
One afternoon in Korea we set off to find an old abandoned salt storage building near the coast located on a salt flat near Incheon, part of a larger area near the ocean called a Mudflat. The large, flat plot of land seems to be preserved today mostly as a park and bird reserve. Long meandering trails lead throughout the park and offered us a nice place to wander one cold, overcast winter day.
While the building we set out to find and photograph had since collapsed we did enjoy exploring the area, a high point of which was this set of three windmills somewhat randomly sitting out in the middle of the field. I never did figure out what purpose they served, if any, but they sure were fun to shoot! Lucky for us the dreary weather and obscure location kept the reserve more or less void of any other people outside of a few hikers and locals walking their dogs, a rare site in Korea where most places of interest are flooded with visitors on weekends.
I took more photos of these mystery windmills than I would care to admit, on a few different cameras, but really I couldn’t help myself. I love coming across odd landscapes serendipitously and wish I could more often. I have cropped a couple of them down for you guys to enjoy as wallpapers, you can find links below.
While the rest of the world I know back west anxiously gathers their wits in preparation for Christmas, I walk through the streets of a country where it feels more like a novelty, an afterthought, a coincidence. This has given me new point of view on the holiday as I usually know it. I have no tree in my living room, no presents to wrap, no frustration over having enough spare money around for gift giving or who I may forget in that process.
This is not to say I have no Christmas spirit. I love this time of year and the calmness it brings to family and community. I love the way it puts life on pause while we all take a collective sigh of relief, if not just for one day. Being away from the U.S. has given me a refocused perspective on what is so great about this time of year.
Holiday junk email is the only faint reminder of the madness and pressure of holidays back home. Suddenly, in unison anyone and everyone with something to sell is barking all at once and its noisy, even from across an ocean. The games big retailers play with consumers get more and more pushy year over year and distancing myself from that has been refreshing.
Personal observation aside, I hope you guys have a fantastic holiday this year, may it be joyful and give you a break from any stress you may or may have found yourself in leading up to it. It can be easy to get lost in the noise of Christmas giving but don’t forget that is not all there is to it. I will leave you with a last minute wallpaper, I finally came across something fun to shoot for the season, better late than not at all eh?
I found this cheap toy hiding in a tiny shop full of novelty trinkets both vintage and new from Korea. It has a multi color LED glow when you turn it on but I like the unusual look of albino Santa on his own so I decided to use sunlight to illuminate him instead. I photographed him in the entrance of a beautiful hotel we stayed in while traveling this past weekend.
I have more for you guys before this year is gone so I will see you again soon but for now, I wish everyone a joyful week!
BONUS: A lot of you already have it but here is a link to a Christmas themed 50ft Radio mix I made a couple years ago. I wanted to make a new one this year but ran out of time to put one together.