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Abandoned storefront, Mto wa Mbu, Tanzania

Mto wa Mbu is a village of about 18,000 residents in Tanzania. It is a diverse town, with people from 120 different tribes living and working there. This building was on a backstreet we walked on during our tour of part of the village. The design is typical of  many storefronts we saw while driving through both urban and rural areas of Kenya and Tanzania.

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Outside Inside

Decaying building, Aveiro Portugal

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WPC: Tour Guide

Washington, D.C. Monuments and Buildings

While I actually live just across the Potomac River from the US capital,  Washington, D.C. is where I take my visitors. There is so much to do see and most of it is free. These are a few of my favorite places.

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Old Cairo

The abulation hall and minaret of the Ahmed ibn Tulin mosque, built in 867. The external circular stairway on the minaret is unique.


Is A Stone By Any Other Name Still A Rock?

When I was considering photos for Frank’s challenge this week, I contemplated the age-old question: What is the difference between a rock and a stone? “What?” you say with mild skepticism, “Can such a question really worth consideration?” Yes, it turns out, it can. I provide for your consideration two answers to the question at hand from GeologyWriter.Com (the post is worth a read):

 In his wonderful book, Stone by Stone, Robert Thorson writes “Rock is raw material in situ. Stone usually connotes either human handling or human use, although it can also be used to describe naturally produced fragments of rock larger than a cobble.”

I turned to one of my favorite books, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), to get the fine opinion of its worthy editors. The first definition for rock is “A large rugged mass of hard mineral material or stone.” Its first use comes from Old English, dated at 950-1100. The OED defines stone as “A piece of rock or hard mineral substance of a small or moderate size,” first used in 825.

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Color Your World 2017: Spring Green

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Deteriorating building detail, Havana, Cuba

Deteriorating building detail, Havana, Cuba

Jennifer’s 2017 Color Your World Challenge: Spring Green

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