photo of the month -> August 2013
August - it is hard to choose since it was rich on travels - and photos. We've been visiting my family in Slovakia, then spent a few days in the nearby mountains, then traveled back to NYC, and not even three weeks later, spent a weekend in Adirondacks. The first two pictures are from Slovakia, the latter one from Adirondacks. It was very hard to choose, and there were a few more photo events but - that's the point of having a flickr account.

photo of the month -> July 2013
The first month in more than 2 years we spent without Stanko who enjoyed his summer with the grandparents. So we packed our backpacking equipment (and the guitar) and went off to Catskills. The picture is nothing special but I like that it looks so unstaged and all protagonists are at their natural selves. The other is from our Sunday afternoon exploration of Ditmas Park, Brooklyn.

photo of the month -> April 2013
The spring really started in April and so we could start the hiking season - the first real hiking season for Stanko. Our second trip led us to Massachusetts' Berkshire hills, lake Taghkanic, and Bash Bish Falls. These are from our walk around lake Taghkanic.

photo of the month -> May 2013
Each year on the Memorial weekend, we try to spend a few days in nature. The last year it was Adirondacks, this year we decided to explore West Virginia (and Maryland). Our trip was fantastic, completed with a day spent on Delfest music festival in Cumberland, MD. However, on the way back our car's transmission broke, again in Maryland, hence our weekend was one day longer than intended. The pictures are from Canaan Valley Wildlife Refuge (the first one), and Blackwater Falls State Park (the other two).

photo of the month -> June 2013
So, my brother is now married. He wanted me to document his wedding but we barely made it there in time. The wedding was held in Trutnov, about two hours of driving from Prague. As usual, we left the house of Michal's parents too late, Stanko got car-sick in the switchbacks and vomited all over the rented car, and we arrived about 5 minutes after the ceremony was supposed to start. Fortunately, they postponed it a bit. On the way from Prague to NYC, we stopped over for a weekend in Helsinki. The third picture is from Suomenlinna, the island-located fortress which is one of the best known Helsinki attractions.

photo of the month -> February 2013
So we've been sick for almost the entire month, passing germs from one to another. The only notable trip outside the city was to Pocono Mountains and historic mining town Jim Thorpe in Pennsylvania. The outtake however is a minimalistic and almost mono-chromatic still life picture from one February morning at home, even though the composition is not perfect. The vase comes from Monument Valley. The leaves from Prospect Park in Brooklyn, found some time in November. So it's a perfect marriage of the East and the West. The other one is the photo of our little friend Nathan having brunch in the restaurant across the street from where we live. It's the light in his blonde hair that I like.

photo of the month -> March 2013
Our ski trip, originally planned for February (but we were sick) finally happened. There was quite a lot of snow but perfect spring weather in Killington, Vermont. We all had a lot of fun. A week after Stanko celebrated his second birthday, but the weather that day wasn't quite photogenic - very grey and slushy. It wasn't until two weeks later when he could finally try his new scooter outside - and he's really quite good with it, given his age. Finally, there was Easter with painted eggs and Michal's outstanding marmor cake.

photo of the month -> January 2013
We bought a car. It was Michal's idea, inspired by an ad for a (relatively) cheap parking place. So now we are the proud owners of a dark blue BMW 3 Series from 2006. Our first drive lead us to Manhasset, Plandome, and Port Washington in the north of Long Island. Sun setting behind the frozen sea in Plandome.

photo of the month -> December 2012
Me or Stanko were sick for about half of the month, so nothing special this time. An experiment with color film and a yellow filter. From the trip to Téryho chata in Tatra mountains with friends.

photo of the month -> November 2012
A day in the life. After Sandy.