Monday, May 25, 2015

Jerusalem, Israel

Cute and colorful: In fact, this minaret is far more colorful than the city itself. Its job is to bring the color of Muhammad, green, to the roofscape of old Jerusalem. Actually, its real job is to give the muezzin a place where he can issue the call to prayers five times a day. Think he could do that from the balcony you see here? [2010]

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Swansea, Wales, UK

For Methodists, it's Aldersgate Sunday, a commemoration of the day, in 1728, when John Wesley felt his heart 'strangely warmed' with the holy spirit. Here he is in Wales, preaching the gospel. It is part of the tradition of "open air evangelism" that would give the American landscape so many camp meetings in the 1800s. [2005]

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Marrakech, Morocco

For sale in Marrakech: ammonite fossils from 350 million years ago. This one is freshly scavenged from the High Atlas. It is waist high and waiting for a tourist to take it home. [2005]

Friday, May 22, 2015

Zagora, Morocco

Before there was the town of Zagora, there was Jebel Zagora. Wedged between the mount and the river Draa is the palmarie, where every square inch of space must be devoted to agricultural production. But, wait! Do you see the castle in the middle? It's a tourist hotel. [1989]

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Zagora, Morocco

Welcome to the palmarie, the floodplain of the Draa River in Morocco's pre-Sahara. The entire riverine oasis is devoted to the date, the staple crop of the arid lands of North Africa and beyond. Unlike other staples (like the potato), the date delivers its punch with sugars not starches. And, the palm itself gives you roofs, baskets, fuel, and fiber. [1989]

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tbilisi, Georgia

Site and situation are concepts used to understand the location of cities. They work for vendors, too. Her site is among the best: She's on one of the widest sidewalks in the city. Her situation is also advantageous: She's right in front of the bus stop. [2015]

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tbilisi, Georgia

Here's a firm that began in Massachusetts and now serves a global market. In its spread around the world, how has Dunkin' Donuts adapted to local markets? How has it tried to fit in with Georgian culture here in Tbilisi? [2015]