I've also raised some of my other passions, like writing, and my family.
Today I've been inspired to add another of my favourite subjects into the repertoire of Freshly Ground topics of conversation: Photography.
I can think of no better way to kick this off than by drawing your attention to the National Geographic International Photography Contest. The winners are pretty good, but I browsed through the wallpapers offered by NG as downloads and found some images I thought were even more stunning.
Here are a few of my favourites. The captions are written by the photographer or NG, not me. There are dozens more of these dramatic and enduring images available for free download at the link above.
Note: The images may appear truncated. Click each image for the full panoramic impact.
This was taken around 6 a.m. on the drive from Delhi to Agra. The people looked like ghosts as they came out of their field tents to commence their daily walk along the highway to their jobs in the next town.
The Pantheon in Rome, Italy is a dramatic symbol of permanence after a summer lightning storm.
After a long day of meetings, I made it up to the peak just before dusk to shoot the glittering city of Hong Kong, China, just before it plunged into night.
Erosion causes the death of these live oak and pine trees that scatter the beaches at the south end of Jekyll Island, Georgia, United States.
I'll find opportunites to put up more photos over the coming months, both off the net (with full credit to the creators) and those of my own and friends.