Peace and Quiet

Sail Away

Sunset on the Nile, Luxor, Egypt

One of the things that surprised me most in Egypt was how quiet the Nile River is. Few if any motors or engines, puffed sails, and the countryside passing by while sailing. This shot was taken from my balcony of our small cruise ship while we were docked at Luxor. When I need to go to a calm place, I think about the river.

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Old and New in the Animal Kingdom

Circle of Life, Hippo Style

Mother and baby hippo,Talek River, Masi Mara, Kenya

Mother hippo and calf resting on the banks of the Talek River in the Masi Mara National Reserve, Kenya. We stayed at Fig Tree Camp on the opposite bank of the Talek. This was the sight that greeted us when we arrived.

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Indian Ocean Blue

How to Catch a Fish

Sunset with fish pens and fishermen, Mangapwani Beach, Zanzibar, Tanzania

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Look Up

Sé Velha

Transept Dome, Coimbra, Portugal

Sé Velha, or the Old Cathedral, is a Romanesque church dating to the late 12th and early 13th centuries when Coimbra was still the capital of Portugal.  Instead of a dome,  a Romanesque lantern-tower surmounts the transept crossing. The tower windows are one of the main sources of natural light in the cathedral.  Sé Velha is the only Portuguese cathedral built during the Reconquista era which has survived relatively intact.

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Mean and Green

Euphoric Euphorbia

A type of Euphorbia, Fullerton Arboretum, Cal State Fullerton and the City of Fullerton, California

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Animals in Nature, With a Twist

Variations on a Theme: Fiberglass Zoo

Fiberglass animal molds in mold yard, FAST (Fiberglass Animals, Shapes & Trademarks), Sparta, Wisconsin. The molds were used for roadside attractions, advertising, displays, playground and pool equipment, etc.

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