in words, sights and sounds

Posts from the The Canary’s Monthly Round-up Category

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Dear friends of the Canary!

The fantastic, rewarding, horrible, annoying, wonderful and adventurous 2013 is basically over and the Canary is itching to dive into new yellow adventures in 2014!

Thank you, guys, for having been a real enrichment to my avian existence, and all the best for 2014! It’s been a pleasure interacting with you. Way to go!

Here’s an overview of what’s been cooking on observations of a canary, since its birth in June 2013.

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Dear friends of the Canary

Wow. I have just realized that it is the 1st of December today. Time definitely flies. I barely got used to the idea that it was November and now this: the year is basically over and so are 6 months of blogging on WordPress. Let me tell you, honored friends of the Canary, it’s been an entirely positive experience sharing my observations with an amazingly diverse blogging community, and I almost feel I have made some real ‘virtual’ friends out there. All an illusion, an artificial world that has nothing to do with reality? Nah, not entirely. It’s a sphere in between, which continues to be fun to explore. I seriously enjoy your feedback and our exchanges. So thanks for this.

The Canary will switch continents tomorrow and, then, provide you with what I hope to be interesting winter observations from Berlin.

Here’s an overview of what’s been cooking in November (click here for more observations-of-the-canary):

Have a lovely Sunday, y’all.

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Dear friends of the Canary!

Another month of street shots has passed and the Canary is getting ready to leave its Manhattan-based nest again, headed for greener pastures. The Canary (as well as the woman behind the bird) is flying to Africa early next month.

Time to migrate

Time flies. The summer in the city is clearly over, and it’s getting cold outside. Nevertheless, leaving NY’s never easy although the summer south of the equator makes it a little less difficult to pack our bags again.

Thank you!

Thanks so much for your continued and –  in other cases –  newly-found interest in the Canary’s observations. It’s always rewarding and helpful to receive your feedback, and lots of fun to follow your blogs.

For those of you who missed the Canary’s October observations, here’s a little selection of what’s been going on:

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Dear Friends of the Canary!

It’s been quite a month and I am not too unhappy that it’s over. Here’s to a golden October and a relaxing home leave in New York City! Needless to say, I will continue to share my observations with you – this time from across the pond.

Last but not least: many, many thanks for sharing your thoughts with me this past month – and a special thanks to those of you who checked on me in the aftermath of the recent terrorist attack in Nairobi. Your concern really touched me.

For those of you who might have missed the Canary’s September observations, here is a little selection:

For more, please have a look at the archives. Have a good week!

Dearest friends & followers of the Canary!

Thanks for your continuous interest in this little blog – it’s been lots of fun interacting with you, and your feedback remains invaluable. Mille grazie for your support!

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I hope you are having an enjoyable Sunday. To be honest, I have totally missed that it’s already September and, therefore, it’s high time for… my monthly round-up for those of you who either missed some of the Canary’s August observations or do enjoy a little review of what’s been cooking.

There have been plenty of photographs, including impressions from the UAE, Kenya and New York …sometimes with and sometimes without words. Here are a few…

If you are interested in some of the Canary’s observations in words and sounds, have a look at the following posts of mine:

Pet Nursery for Sale

Fish ‘n’ Business

German Can Sound Tender – Deutsch kann sanft klingen

Not a cheesy love song

You’re the cream in my coffee


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My brain’s pleasure center

What a month July was! Thanks for your interest in my blog – your ‘likes’ and ‘follows’ have been and continue to be very rewarding. These little ‘like’ stars and ‘follow’ pluses, popping up on my screen, are clearly having an effect on my brain’s reward and pleasure center. Sort of like eating chocolate does. So THANK YOU for these virtual treats and your nice comments on my posts. They are much appreciated.

Given the ephemerality of posts and the plethora of interesting blogs out there, it is simply impossible to (attentively) follow as many blogs as I would like to: you might feel the same. This is one reason why I have decided to post The Canary’s Monthly Round-Up, towards the end of each month, including some of the content you might have missed. Yeah, I am one day late but the purpose remains the same.

Already seen this? There are great alternatives

For those of you who have already seen the below, kindly ignore this post and check out some of the great blogs I have nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award.

Observations in Sights

If you are interested in my photographs but have no time and energy to go through my archives, have a peek at the gallery below.

Observations in Words

And, yes of course, the Canary is (semi-) literate as well. ChurbChurp …  CHIRP !! Here are some of the Bird’s July observations in words:

Early-Bird People Watching, Dog walkers and their furry clients, Odd jobs: Being an Extra in a Soap and Remember when the birds had the flu?

So, my friends, I’ll be headed to the Gulf tomorrow and continue posting from there – alf layla wa-layla style (for non-Arabic speakers: ‘a thousand and one nights’ style) and at a slightly decreased pace.

So long!

First of all: thanks for following me and checking in on a regular basis. This is great and so much fun, particularly, as I am still a fledgling in the blogosphere with just a month of daily chirps and observations in words, sights and sounds.

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It’s been fun to check out your creative and inspiring blogs. I am hooked. Plus, I am learning.

When I posted Remember when the birds had the flu? this morning, I have realized that the half-life period of a post is, indeed, incredibly short. I mean, this is only my 41st post and even I can hardly remember what I posted a few weeks back.

In a nutshell

Let’s face it, as soon as contents are moved into the archives they become invisible as there is simply too much interesting incoming stuff out there.

So here’s the deal: I am going to post The Canary’s Monthly Round-Up for those of you who don’t follow me regularly, including the most popular posts from the past month. Given that June was the birth month of this blog, popularity is probably somewhat of a misnomer;)

What you might have missed in June

I started out this little blog project of mine with a few Coney Island Sights from April this year on one of the first warm days in New York, and Not a pretty sight at Bangkok’s Siam Square. Have you ever heard about shark-finning? That’s what the latter is about.

If you are interested in portrait/people photography, have a look at Random shots of people – Bangkok and let me know if you like them. I have only recently developed an interest in taking photographs and your opinion is highly appreciated. You might also enjoy a short clip on my Wild rickshaw ride thru the Big Mango –  I am telling you, these Thai rickshaw guys are serious racing drivers.

More sights

Do you love Street Art as much as I do? Well, if so, check out my Street Art pictures here, here, here and here. New York City fans will like Off the High Line – before sunset at Manhattan’s lower west side – I find the area to be an ideal hunting ground for interesting shots. There are more New York related photographs in Concrete & Glass, Steel & Iron, Light & Shadow and Scenes of NYC life (one of my personal favourites!).

For those of you who can see the interesting (and even pretty) in the slightly darker as well, there is: Hello drabness – the NYC without the glitter.

Observations in words

But, hey, this is not exclusively a photo blog, the Canary observes in writing as well. Here are a few written observations, published in June:

And there are sounds…

To be honest, I have so far only shared a couple of songs that I personally like a lot: Born in Xixax and Bonnie and Clyde. But there will be many more sounds to come (and not only in the form of music!). So stay tuned!