November 23, 2015


When I woke up on Sunday morning, the light felt different. I was wondering what was going on but as soon as I got up, I knew the answer. Everything behind the windows was covered with snow and its fresh white colour dominated surroundings of our house. Our garden, neighbours' garden, our yard... I loved the occasional colourful contrast like in the following photo. Our neighbours across the road are building a new house and its unfinished condition looked wonderful against the snow.

As soon as I saw it, I grabbed my camera, opened our kitchen window and took a few photos. I took some also from our dormer window in another direction and later I was so glad I did because a few hours later the scenery changed as some snow melted. You can see the change in the following photos.

November 18, 2015

Thoughts on learning strategies

When you are learning something new, what's your strategy? Do you mainly gather pieces of information, go through them quickly and then keep them in your laptop or (note)books for future reference or do you try and use them until you master them?

November 01, 2015

Autumnal photo walk and its surprises

With its changing colours and soft light, autumn is such a special season and so many photographers speak about how eager they are not to miss out on taking some autumnal photos. That made me realize that I wouldn't want to miss out on taking them either and asked my dear husband to go on a photo walk with me. I even had an idea in my mind where I'd like to go as a few months ago I noticed that in a near town a new educational trail "Living memories of Lužany landscape" was opened and it seemed a good destination for a Sunday morning walk.

The trail is nine kilometres long and with my photo activities it took us about three hours to get from the start to the finish. We didn't like the whole trail but there are some nice places along it and certainly some photo opportunities. I took quite a few documentary captures but today I would like to share rather the atmosphere of the walk than the statues and buildings we saw.

October 20, 2015

Back up your data

Do you make a backup of any work you do on your computer?
Do you back up your data in such a way that you can't easily lose them?
Or do you just postpone and avoid that thinking it can wait until you have time for it?

Back up, Back Up, BACK UP!

Undoubtedly you've heard that priceless piece of advice many times and I would love to know how seriously you take it. I heard several stories of people I knew who were let down by their computer and lost all their data because they made no backup. No at all. And a while ago my colleague told me that she lost her old photographs because she had them backed up but first her computer crashed and then her external disk with the backup failed and nothing was left…

October 11, 2015

Along the path of blogging

The other day I read in Barb's blog about her starting a new Blogging Bits and Bytes series aimed at motivating and inspiring others on their blogging journey. Reading the first newsletter of the series and Barb's relating post made me ponder over the past, presence and future of my blogging. Coincidentally, I've just finished backing up all my posts in my current blogs, which took me through the years and posts, which was very enlightening. I haven't been much satisfied with this blog of mine lately and I've been thinking about how to change that so I've subscribed to the series' newsletter and I'm looking forward to the inspiration.

There was a post prompt in the first newsletter: "Write a post about when you started blogging. Include the story behind how you chose the name for your blog." Here I am to fulfil it.

September 20, 2015

SOOS abstraction

Do you wonder what I'm getting at with the title of this post? I hope so... Read on and you will see.

Photos presented in this post were taken at and inspired by SOOS, a national nature reserve that is situated just a few kilometres from Františkovy Lázně, the spa I wrote about in my last post. SOOS is a peat bog and fenland area that was declared the reserve in 1964.

September 07, 2015

Františkovy Lázně

About 15 years ago we spent our holiday in the spa Františkovy Lázně which lies in Western Bohemia near the border with Germany. We were accommodated in a cabin in a camp called "Amerika", which is situated at the outskirts of the town, and made trips in the town's surroundings both in Bohemia and Germany. We liked that holiday and this year we decided to return to that camp for a few days and revisit some of the places, starting with the spa itself.  It's a small town but it's quite impressive.

August 09, 2015

Technical and musical Vítkovice Ironworks

My husband comes from Ostrava so from time to time we go there to visit his mom and the rest of his family and often we also choose a particular place to visit. Last autumn he suggested we could have a look at the reactivated area of former ironworks and as I work in a company producing steel and steel/cast iron products, it seemed interesting enough to me to agree to that plan.

I didn't regret at all as the area is enormously interesting, fascinating. We even took a guided tour that provided additional information and enabled us access to some parts that are not freely accessible.

July 10, 2015

Weekend of open gardens – Part 3 – Meditation garden

The third garden which we visited in Pilsen within the Weekend of open gardens was the "Memorial to victims of evil" also known as a "Meditation garden" or the "Hruška's garden".

June 23, 2015

Weekend of open gardens – Part 2 – Arboretum Sofronka

Within the Weekend of open gardens which I mentioned in my previous post we also visited Arboretum Sofronka and I would like to introduce it to you now. All the following photos were taken in the arboretum.

Arboretum Sofronka which is situated in Pilsen was established in 1956 as a workplace of Research institute of forest management and hunting with the intention of doing research into pine tree breeding. In 2009 the workplace was cancelled and the arboretum was taken over by the city Pilsen.