Thursday, August 22, 2013

My Exchange... in Panoramas!

Yes... it's been a while, I know. (Only a year, right?) I've been meaning to post something, but... I could never think of anything to talk about.

Well, I've finally come up with something to share.

Throughout my year in Estonia, I took pictures that were really meant to be panoramas. The problem was that I had no way to put those photos together on my computer... Until now. Unfortunately, the panorama-making program is good, but it's not that good, so there are a few panoramas with major "glitches in the Matrix". Therefore some scenery may look out of place and/or impossibly blended together.

I now present to you... in a somewhat chronological order... Random Panoramas from My Exchange:
(Click on the pictures to see larger versions.)

August 13, 2011: Taking a stroll around Lake Pühajärv on my first day in Estonia. (See related post here)
September 18, 2011: Lahemaa rahvuspark - "Lahemaa National Park" (See related post here)

Early December, 2011: The cold winter wonderland of Lapland, Finland. On the other side of the river is Sweden!

January 26, 2012: The field I walked across everyday to get to my second host home. I would first walk from my school to downtown, then take a bus to Lõunakeskus (a shopping mall), and finally end up here. (Related post)

March 24, 2012: The great iced-over river in St. Petersburg, Russia. (Related post)
May 27, 2012: The view from the shore of Lake Peipus, the lake that forms most of the Estonian-Russian border. (Related post)

June 10, 2012: Misty mountains in Grenoble, France, during Eurotour. (Related post)

June 11, 2012: Sisteron, France -- a quick stop on our way through France. (Related post)

June 12, 2012: A beautiful view in Monaco.

June 12, 2012: Another area of Monaco.

June 16, 2012: Alps in Bellamonte, Italy. (Related post

That seems to be a pretty good visual summary of my exchange... If I find some more panorama-worthy photos in my archives I'll dust them off and post them up.

In other news... I've been busy this summer. I spent two weeks on Martha's Vineyard, then one week in New York City, and two more on Long Island, NY, at my grandma's house. Now I'm home in New Hampshire, but soon I'll be heading back to Montreal, Canada for my next year of college. A few weekends ago I went zip-lining in Vermont, and last weekend I hiked part of Mt. Ascutney, also in Vermont. Here are a few pictures from that hike:

Maybe I'll just stand back here....

And, of course, I can't not share some recent macro shots from my backyard:

Before I end this gigantic post, I have one more thing to add: This year, an exchange student from Vermont (in my Rotary district) is living in Tartu and being hosted by the Tartu Hansa Club (She's lucky!). Her blog can be found here: Check it out!

I plan on making a post about Montreal and McGill when I'm back in the city in a few weeks... No promises, but I strongly intend to put something together.



  1. Beautiful photos. How did you find the country? I was doing a search simply because I heard the words "Estonian Angel" in Rodriguez song "Cause." I found found myself lost in many interesting facts about the county and how it has grown and become almost self-dependent. And then I found some other info...naturally. You know how it is when you sit down at the computer to do something and 2 hours later you realize you never got it done because you were chasing," Estonian Angels?" Cheers! Keep up the good photography.

    1. Hi Patty,
      Thank you for your kind words.
      "Estonian angels" is how I would describe the people too!
      Estonia was on the list of possible countries that I could have gone to for my exchange. I was able to pick five potential destinations from that list and Estonia happened to be one of them. By luck I was actually assigned to Estonia, and of course, I had a fantastic time. If you ever get a chance to visit the country, I would highly recommend it!
      Take care,

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  3. i like a background nice to visit and great walk :)

  4. i like your background image :)