Well. My how things can change in the space of a day, or night as it happened.
Skipping over the second half of my Philippine experience, in the end I had to come north for more ship work. Left Manila after a great last night with good friends, flew back to Chennai India to pick up my body bag of gear, and hopped on a night plane to London.
It was rather surreal as we dipped below the clouds on the landing approach... it looked rather like we were flying into a diorama set, a museum exhibit with AstroTurf and plastic houses set up for a game of Monopoly... Everything so tidy, clean lines, big blocks of similar simple colors (green grass, brown / brick houses, grey asphalt)... was there any life? It was hard to tell, everything went in the same lines same flow, nothing standing out except the absence of things standing out.
And then I got off the plane at Heathrow and was reminded there most certainly was life in this new land ;)
This began my UK season, exploring the western coastlines from Portsmouth around the toe of England, pinballing back and forth between Ireland and England, up to Scotland's Outer Hebrides islands where we experienced (among other things) gardens, sea birds, seals, seaweed, and the outer island culture of peat cutting, blackhouses, and Harris Tweed to name a few regional icons.
Just a smattering of images from several trips... I'm in the "get it out there" mode, while wifi and a few remaining minutes of freedom on a turnaround day are still in my grasp... captions, explanations, and more images to come!