Paul’s Photo Gallery

Teaching classes at UFV, participating in race events around the greater Puget Sound area and attending NAHBS and other organized events, I have the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life.  Sometimes an opportunity presents itself to capture those people and their creations on film.  And other times I simply get to play.  My photo gallery is a work in progress.  Enjoy!

 

January 2014 – Trip to Cuba

Cuba 2014.  We started in Matanzas, and cycled on inexpensive bicycles into Havana. From there, into the Vinales Valley (very beautiful), followed by a 9 hour bus ride to Trinidad (good food!).  With one day left, we bussed into Varadero, and hung out for a day waiting for our flight.

Paul

 

Beautiful little coast road heading west to Havana . . .

Paul Brodie, Flashback Fabrications, Trip to Cuba January 2014

Havana: we stayed in a Casa in the Central District, a couple of blocks from the ocean.

Paul Brodie, Flashback Fabrications, Trip to Cuba January 2014

On the Malacom in Havana.  The sign said no fishing, but it didn’t seem to matter..Paul Brodie, Flashback Fabrications, Trip to Cuba January 2014

Havana

Paul Brodie, Flashback Fabrications, Trip to Cuba January 2014

Sun going down over Havana . . .

Paul Brodie, Flashback Fabrications, Trip to Cuba January 2014

Havana

Paul Brodie, Flashback Fabrications, Trip to Cuba January 2014

Havana

Paul Brodie, Flashback Fabrications, Trip to Cuba January 2014

Some buildings really were just falling apart literally . . .

Paul Brodie, Flashback Fabrications, Trip to Cuba January 2014

It rained a little bit on our second day in Havana. It’s a fascinating city . . .

Paul Brodie, Flashback Fabrications, Trip to Cuba January 2014

Old car by the Fort. Most old cars had Russian 4 cylinder diesels in them . . .

Paul Brodie, Flashback Fabrications, Trip to Cuba January 2014

People still live in this building . . .

Paul Brodie, Flashback Fabrications, Trip to Cuba January 2014

Happy in Havana . . .

Paul Brodie, Flashback Fabrications, Trip to Cuba January 2014

Found an artist studio with a lot of talented people there . . .

Paul Brodie, Flashback Fabrications, Trip to Cuba January 2014

Che Guevara tributes are everywhere . . .

Paul Brodie, Flashback Fabrications, Trip to Cuba January 2014

Got invited to a Gig at a local birthday party for the two brothers. In the middle is Frank, lead singer and guitarist for the band. Such a talent!

Paul Brodie, Flashback Fabrications, Trip to Cuba January 2014

The hotel in Las Terrazas in a National Park. Very nice. We didn’t stay there . . .

Paul Brodie, Flashback Fabrications, Trip to Cuba January 2014

Hotel pool overlooking the view in Vinales. We didn’t stay here . . . we just went for the sunset.

Paul Brodie, Flashback Fabrications, Trip to Cuba January 2014

The view as the sun goes down over the valley . . .

Paul Brodie, Flashback Fabrications, Trip to Cuba January 2014

Another part of the valley just after sunrise.. probably the most beautiful part of Cuba . . .

Paul Brodie, Flashback Fabrications, Trip to Cuba January 2014

Vinales Valley

Paul Brodie, Flashback Fabrications, Trip to Cuba January 2014

More Vinales Valley

Paul Brodie, Flashback Fabrications, Trip to Cuba January 2014

Local farmer. Most people really do seem to be happy.  :)

Paul Brodie, Flashback Fabrications, Trip to Cuba January 2014

Tobacco growing in the fields

Paul Brodie, Flashback Fabrications, Trip to Cuba January 2014

Tobacco drying.. this man would also sell you cigars. For ten pesos (about $12) you get 8 cigars rolled up in a tobacco leaf.

Paul Brodie, Flashback Fabrications, Trip to Cuba January 2014

Huge rocks just rise straight up out of the farm ground . . .

Paul Brodie, Flashback Fabrications, Trip to Cuba January 2014

Oxen for turning the soil.. No tractors to be seen anywhere . . .

Paul Brodie, Flashback Fabrications, Trip to Cuba January 2014

A different part of the valley, and more oxen . . .

Paul Brodie, Flashback Fabrications, Trip to Cuba January 2014

So much in Cuba is completely worn out but still being used. There are hardly any stores with things for sale . . .

Paul Brodie, Flashback Fabrications, Trip to Cuba January 2014

Custom Harley at the hotel with the pool.. No idea who the owner was . . .

Paul Brodie, Flashback Fabrications, Trip to Cuba January 2014

Now we’re in Trinidad after a 9 hour bus ride . . .

Paul Brodie, Flashback Fabrications, Trip to Cuba January 2014

Very old city with lots of cobblestones.. Very good restaurants with some wonderful food . . . best food in Cuba we found.

Paul Brodie, Flashback Fabrications, Trip to Cuba January 2014

Sunset at Varadero Beach.. Our last night in Cuba . . .

Paul Brodie, Flashback Fabrications, Trip to Cuba January 2014

Pelican shot taken next morning with a standard lens. We could get very close.. Beautiful birds.

Paul Brodie, Flashback Fabrications, Trip to Cuba January 2014

We sold the bicycles we took with us, and now we’re in the cigar business  :)   Sorry, we’re sold out!   Next time . . .

Paul Brodie, Flashback Fabrications, Trip to Cuba January 2014

 

Hope you enjoyed these photos,

 

Paul

 

 

 

July 2013

I just discovered this little 29 second action video that was shot by Duncan at Seattle Raceway on June 17, 2012. Duncan (Seeley-Nourish) is leading the race and the video starts in Turn 8. When the lines on the pavement end, Duncan is entering Turn 9. That’s when Ruby (Excelsior) makes an inside pass, followed on the outside by Gary (Norton). Now Duncan has gone from first to third.

I overshoot the Bus Stop in my exuberance (not Ruby’s fault) and have to jump the curb. Now Gary leads, but Duncan opens up the throttle and reclaims the lead . . . Enjoy!

March / April – Maui 2013!

It had been years since I had a “real” holiday, so it was time. My Wonderful hosts in Maui were Dave and Robin Webster. They are truly bike nuts, and both are excellent riders. Their home is in Haiku, which is slightly inland. My Best Holiday. Thank you Dave and Robin!

 

At the top of Haleakala Volcano with the Monsters. Fun road, no cops for most of it.

Paul Brodie Maui 2013

 

Cycling into Paia on my single speed for coffee. I cycled almost every day. Lots of hill climbing! Not to forget the constant wind.

Paul Brodie Maui 2013

 

Someone’s house and yard in Paia. In Maui, while I was there, it rained almost every night, and then the sun came out in the AM… Perfect!

Paul Brodie Maui 2013

 

Shooting the windsurfers and kite boards. They filmed from a helicopter too. Several World Champions were there to get promo shots for their sponsors.

Paul Brodie Maui 2013

 

Dave’s custom “Made in Maui” Monocoque Norton. It also has a 90 degree crank. Sounds great! Dog Tesa in the background.

Paul Brodie Maui 2013

 

A friend’s property up the coast heading to Hana. The dogs are playing in front of a guest house nick-named the “Maxipad”. Very nice!

Paul Brodie Maui 2013

 

We got the Cobra going, but it was too small for me and the brakes weren’t 100%. But it sure sounded great and cornered well. :)

Paul Brodie Maui 2013

 

This is the freshwater swimming hole on the way to Hana. We swam underneath into complete darkness. Bit scary the first time.

Paul Brodie Maui 2013

 

Nice ocean shot at Keanae, on the way to Hana riding the Ducati Monsters. The road is never straight, and the bikes hardly ever out of 2nd gear. The wind really blows on this side!

Paul Brodie Maui 2013

The road has 620 curves and 59 bridges.

Aloha!

Paul

 

 

August 2012 – Paul riding in bicycle sidecar

Fionn is learning how to fix airplanes, and in his spare time he built this bicycle sidecar.  Thanks for the fun!

Paul Brodie in bicycle sidecare built by Fionn

Paul Brodie in bicycle sidecar built by Fionn. Better check that rear tire.

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