People’s Climate March

On April 29, 2017, we and 199,998 other people took a leisurely stroll past the Capitol Building and up Pennsylvania Avenue in 93 degree heat. Luckily, we had large posters to shade us from the intense sun. It was the People’s Climate March. There were chants and drums playing as well as appearances by a few celebrities that we didn’t see.  Here are pictures that capture some of the moments.

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All pictures were taken with an Olympus TG-4.

Mission Accomplished – Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: April 30, 2017

This is our entry in Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: April 30, 2017.

This sign was spotted in the men’s room in the Art in Paradise Museum, a fantastic 3-D art museum in Chiang Mai, Thailand. (There was no one else in the room at the time.) Was it art, or just lost in translation?

Mission Accomplished

This photo was taken on February 4, 2017. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 200, f/2.0, 1/40 sec, 4.5 mm

Hung up to dry in Old Havana

At the corner of Amargura and San Ignacio in Old Havana, Cuba, is a health food store called Mercado Bethania. We didn’t go there. We stood on the corner to take a photo of the building across the street, because someone had hung their laundry on a second-story balcony to dry. The colors of the laundry items echo the colors of the window frames – blues and white – with just enough red accents for interest. The next time you are in Old Havana, take your eyes off the vintage cars and look up – to find ordinary everyday life.

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Laundry Day in Old Havana


This photo was taken on May 10, 2016. Stats are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 100, f/8, 1/160 sec, 4.5 mm

Σήραγγα Καλογερικού – Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – April 28, 2017

This is our entry in Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – April 28, 2017.

This photo was taken in Greece, on the Tripoleos Kalamatas/E65 highway, as we drove from Náfplio to Olympia on the Peloponnese peninsula. This is the Σήραγγα Καλογερικού (Kalogeriko Tunnel), which is 750 meters long under an imposing hill. As we drove up, we saw that our side of the tunnel was closed, with arrows directing us to shift to a lane on the left side.  Luckily, arrow signs are universal, so which way to go wasn’t all Greek to us.

Σήραγγα Καλογερικού (Kalogeriko Tunnel)

This photo was taken on September 26, 2016. Specs are:

Olympus Tough TG-4, ISO 100, f/4.9, 1/200 sec, 18 mm

An Over-the-Top Quote – Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Letters Q or R

This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Letters Q or R.

Last Sunday we visited the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia. The circular Leatherneck Gallery is the first exhibit space seen after entering. Around the top of this gallery, directly below the windows (that rise to the iconic Iwo Jima stainless steel spire seen from miles away) are famous quotes from the long history of the Marines. This is one of the quotes, attributed to First Sergeant Dan Daly as he led his company “over the top” of earthworks in charging the Germans during the Battle of Belleau Wood in World War I.  For his service in this battle, he received the Navy Cross. Daniel Joseph “Dan” Daly (1873 – 1937), who also received the Medal of Honor twice, for two separate conflicts, rose to the rank of Sergeant Major.

If the Marine Corps Museum could be distilled into a single quote, this would be that quote.

Do you want to live forever?

This photo was taken on April 23, 2017. Specs are:

Olympus Tough TG-4, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/200 sec, 13.47 mm

For more photos from this museum, see our earlier post National Museum of the Marine Corps.

Chinese New Year in Chiang Mai

This is our entry in Lost in Translation’s Thursday’s Special: Section.

Walking down a popular tourist street in Chiang Mai, Thailand, this February, we found ourselves underneath beautiful red fans and lanterns. We had walked this street before in a previous year, but this display was especially beautiful. It was most likely refreshed for the three-day Chinese New Year celebration, which had ended just three days earlier.  The image was cropped in camera.

Chinese New Year

This photo was taken on February 3, 2017. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 400, f/6.3, 1/160 sec 27 mm

Sulamani Temple – 52 Weeks Photo Challenge:Week 31 – Empty Space

This is our entry in 52 WEEKS PHOTO CHALLENGE:WEEK 31 – EMPTY SPACE.

The two-story Sulamani Temple is a popular Buddhist temple located in Minnanthu, a village southwest of Bagan, Myanmar. Built in 1183 and damaged in the 1975 earthquake, it was rebuilt in 1994. Inside, visitors can find frescoes on the walls and Buddha statues. For a few minutes while we visited, the corridor pictured below was empty. We can imagine that many religious ceremonies must have happened in this hallway over the centuries.

Sulamani Temple

This photo was taken on February 9, 2017.  Specs are:

Olympus Tough TG-4, ISO 800, f/2.0, 1/30 sec, 4.5 mm