In February of this year, we visited the four cave temples in Badami, in the Indian state of Karnataka. As we climbed to the site, we exchanged looks with this wistful monkey. We each kept our distance.
This photo was taken on February 15, 2019. Specs are:
In Budapest, Hungary, in the pavement a hundred yards or so from the Parliament building, a set of stairs lead to an underground museum called, precisely,
In memoriam 1956. October 25. Memorial and Exhibition
This museum captures the events of October 25, 1956, when the Hungarian State Security Police massacred Hungarian citizens in the square in front of the Parliament building. A student revolt led to the collapse of the government. However, Soviet troops invaded Hungary on November 4, and by January 1957, the Soviet Union controlled Hungary. After 33 years, the Republic of Hungary was declared on October 23, 1989, and the story of the Revolution could be told.
The photo below is of the outside of the barrier wall adjacent to the stair steps down to the memorial.
Budapest 25 October 1956
This photo was taken on April 21, 2019. Specs are:
In April we attended the Van Gogh Starry Night exhibit at the ATELIER DES LUMIÈRES PARIS. Viewers are immersed in moving images taken from Van Gogh’s works. Here is the silhouette of a tall man walking in front of “Self-Portrait” (1889) as the projected image moves on the wall. Van Gogh appears to be exchanging glances with the man as they pass each other.
We were in Ocean City, Maryland, to celebrate the life of the son of dear friends. Afterwards, we drove five minutes from our hotel to the boardwalk on the Atlantic Ocean. Here are a few of the pictures we took as we walked the boardwalk.
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge (“William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial (Bay) Bridge”) crosses the Chesapeake Bay to connect Maryland’s rural Eastern Shore with the urban Western Shore. With a shore-to-shore length of over four miles and a vertical clearance of 186 feet, this dual-span toll bridge provides a unique view of the beautiful Chesapeake. The eastern (original) span is a two-lane roadway, while the newer western span has three lanes, with one lane reversing direction during heavy eastbound traffic. The traffic capacity is 1500 vehicles per hour for each of the five lanes. The actual traffic volume for the entire year of 2017 was 27.2 million vehicles. The bridge is used heavily by residents of the metropolitan areas of Baltimore, Annapolis, and Washington, D.C., who create a huge demand during the summer: eastbound on Fridays to the beaches of the Eastern Shore and westbound back home on Sunday.
According to one source, this bridge has been ranked as the third scariest bridge in the U.S. to drive and the 10th scariest in the world. There are no shoulders or pull-offs on the bridge, and no stopping. An accident or a driver too afraid to continue (e.g., with a fear of heights) can snarl traffic for hours. For a fee ($35 during business hours, addition fees at other times), a 24/7 Bay Bridge drive-over service can provide a driver to get your car across the bridge while you try to relax as a passenger.
The photo below was taken from the middle lane of the westbound span. The left-most lane changes direction during heavy eastbound demand.
Obey Lane Signals
This photo was taken on September 5, 2019. Specs are:
In November 2014, we visited the ancient city of Varanasi in the northern India state of Uttar Pradesh. We went out in a rowboat on the Ganges River early one morning to experience the sunrise, as Hindu pilgrims have done for centuries. We gazed east, while just to our west, the never-ending funeral pyres burned on the shore. The photo contrasts the texture of the worn paint on the boat with the smooth rippled surface of the water. The solid darkness of the water is broken by striations of sunlight reflected on the ripples created by the oar.
The Ganges at Sunrise
This photo was taken on November 19, 2014. Specs are: