Every year, during the salmon migration the Japanese hold a festival. During the festival you can race salmon or jump in and catch salmon from a cement catchment area with your hands. There are prizes for the largest, the golden thread salmon, and many other titles. Prizes range from laundry soap powder to beer. Fun is had by all!
A day trip from Xian, China is the site of the famous Terra Cotta Warriors. It’s amazing how you can tell it’s a tourist spot with all the vendors outside of the ticket booths. Inside the complex there are three pavilions filled with trenches. In some of the trenches there still stands some of the warriors, but many of them have been moved to showcases or museums. The idea that an emperor would have a full terra cotta army made is what makes this site so magical. I enjoyed looking at the different weapons, the carts, and even [...]
Hiking through the islands of the Galapagos, there are plenty of boobies. The blue-footed booby is the most famous, but I think the red-footed booby, shown here, is just as gorgeous. Who wouldn’t want a shiny pair of red shoes like this gal?
There’s something both eerie and spectacular about a tree with no leaves on it. Here a bird has started building its nest where it will eventually be protected. I’m not usually a fan of coloring an image, but I think it works with this one. What do you think?
Walking along the sea barrier in Nessebar, Bulgaria, we came across this gentlemen meticulously drying out his tiny startfish. Even though I think it rather cruel to catch and dry these gorgeous little creatures, it begs the question, “what was he going to do with them?” Was it for sale “as is”, to put on jewelry or wooden boxes, or were they destined to catch a ride to China where someone will skewer them and eat them?
Northern Cyprus is a very picturesque place, and we visited St. Barnabas on a clear, hot day. In the courtyard one of the caretakers offered us some fresh figs from the tree, and explained the difference between white and black figs. The monastery itself, was in mediocre repair, without many religious icons, but still peaceful and colorful.
Doesn’t this look delicious? One of the types of foods I love most living in Turkey is all the baked ceramic dishes. I was surprised to find trout as one of them, but then I went to a small town and they had trout and cheese. I’m telling you, for me there is nothing better than baked anything with cheese. This photo was taken in the Ilhara Valley part of Cappadocia.
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