Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Bang Plee, Thailand

Let's call them genius loci. Translated (from Latin), that means 'spirits of place.' These spirits do seem to have a glow about them: in part because they're gilded and in part because they are street lights. But one appears to be a broken spirit. Which one? [2016]

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

What's the tree of life in coastal regions of the tropics? The coconut palm. It provides food, water, oil, fiber, and building materials. Today, you can add to the list coconut honey, wine, vinegar, sports drinks, geotextiles, fiber board, erosion-control mats, rubberized car mats, and biodiesel additives. [2016]

Monday, April 23, 2018

Havana, Cuba

Cuba installed a new President last week. No, it wasn't this guy. But, it might as well have been: 'cause Raoul is still on the scene and remains head of the Cuban Communist Party. Will the time ever come when Cuba is Castro-free? As for this companero and his tat, it looks like he would have been a revolutionary had he been around in the 1950s. [2014]

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico

What is the population of planet Earth? Did you answer 7.6 billion? You should have asked for clarification. Earth is inhabited by more than one species, not just humans. The question might have meant: What is the sea lion population of planet Earth? Today is Earth Day, so let's try not to be so egocentric! Share your home with other species. [2016]

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Look up! It's International Astronomy Day. Clouds permitting, the least you can do is find the North Star (unless your're somewhere down under)! So, why would an international observatory be located in the Canary Islands? Just look at those blue skies and how far you are from any light pollution. Plus, you're 8,000 feet above sea level (less atmosphere). [2017]

Friday, April 20, 2018

Choudrant, Louisiana, USA

There's a new bridge in town, a new covered bridge. It's for pedestrians only, and it's already become a place for at least one youngling to get away from the world and contemplate his future. He's made the space his own. [2018]

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Crossett, Arkansas, USA

An empty lot on Main Street now provides a quasi-permanent place for a trendy (though folksy) food truck. Big Daddy flips the burgers as customers assemble outside for a business meeting over lunch. "The food is wonderful and so are the owners": so says a post on Facebook. [2018]