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Photos of the day: Glacial melting

Friday, September 7, 2012

Did you know that Colombia has not one, not two, but 7 – SEVEN – glaciers??  Another surprise from Colombia. We visited one on a fun day tour from Manizales, and it was amazing to go from the lush green coffee region to a barren, moon-like world at 4800 meters – that’s 15,748 feet – in just a couple of hours.  Above is a mossy patch fed by melting glacial ice. We stopped to take a drink of the pure, ancient water, whose source is the glacier below.

Photo of the day: Penguin forest

Thursday, September 6, 2012

When you picture penguins, do you picture beaches, rocks, and icy shores?  Yea, me too. But here they are in Simon’s Town, South Africa, where they like to roost and chill out in a forest near Boulder’s Beach.

Photo of the day: Malibu beachfront property

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Just over a year ago, a friend organized a group beach camping trip in northern Malibu for her birthday.  I couldn’t believe it took 7 years of living in LA for one of our friends to have this brilliant plan and execute it.  We talked and played games around a bonfire late into the night, and awoke to seals playing in the waters just offshore.  Who’s going to set it up this year?

Photo of the day: Cambodian custodian

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

One thing that struck me about the world famous Angkor Wat is that much of it is still a living, breathing temple.  Little nooks and alcoves and platforms tucked deep in center chambers, or in between trees, or on tops of the structures, are actively used by locals and pilgrims as sacred sites, with freshly lit incense, offerings and bright cloth wrappings given to their Buddhas.  Here a caretaker sweeps the ground near one of the outdoor Buddhas, this one in better condition than many.

Angkor Wat was crowded when we visited around the Christmas holiday, but worth the trip, immense, unbelievable, ancient, but still alive.

Photo of the day: Bulldozer crossing

Thursday, August 16, 2012

I had to share this photo more for comedic value than for compositional beauty or greatness.  We stayed at a gorgeous coffee plantation in Colombia’s Zona Cafeteria, and decided to take a walk on the grounds.  In order to get anywhere we had to cross a river which was deceptively deep and fast-running.  One way, we decided to forge through it, but on the return we came across this manned bulldozer moving dirt around near the river.  He offered to drive us the few meters across the water, which was awesome for so many reasons, not least of which that we got to add “bulldozer” to our list of methods of transport taken on the world trip.

What this picture doesn’t tell you is how beautiful this area of Colombia is, and how delicious the coffee tastes, and how crazy our accommodations were that night (guesthouse + pool + all the coffee we could drink, all to ourselves, no staff or anyone?!).  Tales for another post!

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