In February of this year, we toured the sights of Badami in the Indian state of Karnataka. Our hotel nearby featured a nice balcony for recovering from a day spent walking in the hot sun. As we sat admiring the golden hour before sunset, we became aware of a goat herd, complete with two herders and a busy small black dog, making its way home for the night.
Goat Herd at Badami
This photo was taken on February 16, 2019. Specs are:
The Hutchison Ports Freeport Container Port (FCP), located in Freeport on Grand Bahama Island, is “a major hub for worldwide transshipment of containerised cargo.” It has the capacity to handle 1.5 million TEUs per year. (A TEU, or Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit, is 20 feet long and 8 feet tall.) The capacity of a very large container ship can exceed 14,000 TEUs.
The photo below was taken from the Carnival Pride as it was docked in the Freeport Bahamas Cruise Port in Lucayan Harbour. The containers in this end-on view are but a small percentage of all the containers in port that day.
Freeport Container Port
This photo was taken on December 28, 2012. Specs are:
Canon PowerShot SX40HS, ISO 100, f/5.0, 1/200 sec, 74 mm.
In a visit last year to the Smithsonian American Art Museum Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C., we were fortunate enough to view and interact with the FoldHaus Art Collective’s Shrumen Lumen. Lit with embedded LEDs, the cluster of mushrooms (“shrooms”) towered over visitors. When a visitor stepped on a pad at the foot of a mushroom, that mushroom would open and spread upward while changing colors. The photo below was taken from directly beneath one mushroom after stepping on the interactive pad. The blue triangles are part of the mushroom stem, while the red is the interior of the cap.
As we traveled near Galle along the coast of the Indian Ocean in the south of Sri Lanka, we came across these stilt fishermen. The practice of erecting stilts for fishing was born of necessity during World War II, but came to the world’s attention only after Steve McCurry’s iconic photographs in 1995. The growing interest of other photographers soon educated the fishermen in the lucrative occupation of posing for money. The actual fishing occurs at dawn and dusk when schools of fish are present. Tourists like us drive by at all times of the day. To get maximum profit from their stilts, the fishermen can either (a) pose for tourists on their own stilts, (b) rent their stilts to other locals to pose as fishermen for tourists, or (c) charge tourists to sit on their stilts. We didn’t see any fish being caught. We got our pictures and we paid a fee. Having seen photos of the devastation caused by the 2004 tsunami, which still affects their livelihood, we do not fault the stilt fishermen.
This photo was taken on February 18, 2018. Specs are:
The Elevador de Santa Justa in Lisbon, Portugal, carries passengers (mostly tourists) from the Baixa district below to the Bairro Alto district above. The observation deck on top of the elevator gives excellent views of the Baixa district as well as the line of tourists queuing to enter the elevator. From 45 meters up, the people in the queue seem to copy the pattern in the tile beside them.
Yesterday we found something unexpected in our back yard: a feather that, until yesterday, had soared through “our” woods on the wings or tail of a barred owl. We were not surprised that there are barred owls near us, because we have seen a pair in the early mornings staring back at us (swiveling heads with piercing eyes) and we have heard them whoo-whooing in the dusky evenings (“Who cooks for you?”). We were surprised at the size and condition of the feather. This morning the feather was gone.
Anyone who has visited the East Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. has seen and admired Alexander Calder’s huge mobile (85-foot wingspan, 920 pounds) hanging in the Central Court. However, one of our favorite rooms in Tower 2 contains several smaller sculptures by Calder: of these, arguably the cutest is the standing mobile Rat (even more so than Cow). Rat was created in 1948 of sheet metal, lead, wire, and paint, and its dimensions are 8 5/8 x 15 x 8 in. (21.9 x 38.1 x 20.3 cm.). It was last sold on November 16, 2016 by Christie’s of New York for $943,500.