pandas through the seasons

Writing yesterday’s post and including the two quick shots I snapped on Monday’s commute reminded me how much fun I had taking ‘panda shots‘ all throughout summer and fall. I haven’t really taken any this winter because the view has been dismal; I’m wearing the same puffy black down coat and black boots almost every time I’m out there. At least my red gloves gave things a punch of color. I do love how panda shots capture from a subject’s limited perspective a few key elements about the bike ride that still convey so much about place, time, season, and mood. Here’s a look back at some pandas taken throughout this past half a year of (almost) daily commutes….



Rainy day commute

Roadbikin' in heels

Boots and Socks Weather

Flowers on my Legs

Betty Foy Panda

Primary Colors Panda

Red glove panda

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26 Responses to pandas through the seasons

  1. Kara says:

    I am so jealous of your awesome panda super powers. I am not so confident cycling one-handed.

    • simplybike says:

      Kara – it takes much practice (on car free streets) and many outtakes! :)

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  2. Awww, cute! I miss your old Electra. Do you ever miss it?

    • simplybike says:

      Yes, I do! I had to give it up in exchange for the vintage Raleighs, which I really really wanted at the time. It was hard to sell it then, I was sad letting it go, but it went to a really good home. I do miss it seeing the pictures though, and I miss what it represents: summer, that big wicker basket with my picnic blanket and books, leisurely rides… sigh….

  3. Julie P. H. says:

    These retrospectives to good weather are making my heart hurt. We are having a Thunder & Lightning Snow Storm in NYC tonight. This might be my first week with zero bicycle commutes since last April.

    • simplybike says:

      I feel your pain! It’s been so depressing not being able to ride, this week I realized how much I love it since being back on my bike. Hang in there!

    • Harry says:

      earlier, I dont want to be drawn into this dirty fight.Innocent people here I meant are AIDS afceetfd people. Many young kids are afceetfd by aids. That particular sentence, “should be isolated like AIDS patient” brought those kids to my mind. Thats the only reason I replied in this thread.Ya, sure, We will meet in SG. I have a plan to go there, but not immediately. May be in six to 12 months. I really miss SG here. But life is like this – “trade off”, get some & lose some. But I (or we) so greedy to have all the goods only.*cheers*Nambi

  4. love those seasonal changes from the bikes, to shoes, to the wardrobe, to even the lighting of the photo. love this post!

  5. Kate says:

    I love all these shots! I find myself wishing I had a point & shoot camera so I could try some myself. Not sure I could successfully hoist the big DSLR up there while riding!

  6. Dottie says:

    You take the best pandas – these are all so great and I was happy to see Betty Foy in there. :)

  7. Mandy says:

    Your pandas are so uniform and beautifully composed! How do you do it? I’ve never had much trouble cycling one-handed but put a camera in that spare hand and I immediately get shots of the pavement, sky, and/or up my nose. Do you have any particular way you hold or aim it?

    • simplybike says:

      Mandy, it’s really a matter of lots of practie and a lot of outtakes. But once I practiced by holding my hand out at various angles, I realized which hand positions work best and kept going for those angles. Over time you get a better sense of how you should aim your camera and hold your hand. But really, lots and lots of outtakes in the process. That’s why a digital camera is great for this (you wouldn’t want to be wasting film).

      Good luck with those!

      • Mandy says:

        Trial and error, that good old standby. I’m reinspired by your shots to try again (and again, and again), so here’s goes nothing! Thanks for your help.

  8. LC says:

    lovely set of pics! Panda shots are so unique at conveying the mood and carefree qualities of cycling aren’t they? Happy Cycling!! xoxo

  9. Sr. Helga says:

    beautiful pics. Winter in South Texas is very mild. Right now it is 66F

  10. Just discovered your blog today, it’s lovely! Your panda shots are amazing, did you take those with just a standard point-and-shoot?

    • simplybike says:

      Hi, Avocado Dispatches! Welcome to the blog!

      Yes, just a standart point and shoot Canon camera. I wrap the camera strap around my wrist to make sure it stays in place in case I loose my hold on it and then just hold it out with one hand and take a few shots.

  11. SM says:

    S, I agree with all, you take the best panda shots! I especially love the one with the red tights and a hint of your blue jacket showing through. There’s something so spider-womanesque and cool about it.

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  13. Lisa Marie says:

    Cute! But where did you get those sandals in the first picture? :D

  14. cb says:

    these are such awesome pictures! i should do this! i love that green raleigh! such a great color too!


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