Friday, March 6, 2015

The Rock, Gibraltar

Whether you approach by land, sea, or air, the Rock of Gibraltar dominates all vistas. It's geology is ordinary: simply limestone. Its geography extraordinary: simply spellbinding. [2015]

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Bath, England, UK

Deindustrialization has its upside as well as its downside. During the industrial era, rivers were crucial to most manufacturing operations. Now that manufacturing has been off-shored and tech-shored, river corridors have been turned back to the people. Even the canal boats look distinctly recreational. [2015]

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Bath, England, UK

In the 1960s, everyone thought troll dolls were going to take over the world, and they did for a while. Now, they seem content to be just a small part of the 20th century nostalgia boom, on sale in Bath's old train station. Can you put a pin in the place where troll dolls were given life by a woodcutter as a birthday present for his daughter? [2015]

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Bristol, England, UK

While the patient swans are waiting for some throw-me-downs, the kleptoparasite seagulls are steeling food from the grip of indulgency  (see the flutter above his hand?), and the scavenger pigeons are cleaning up the mess. [2015]

Monday, March 2, 2015

Bristol, England, UK

A cold February day brings out a solitary fisherman. Here he is, trying to reel in supper from the Bathurst Basin between the floating harbour and the river. [2015]

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Cardiff, Wales, UK

Flowers can be depended upon to brighten up any landscape. These giant daffodils are pole sculptures, a not-so-subtle reminder that you are in Wales and that St. David's Day is today. The daffodil is Wales' national flower and David is the saint who Christianized the Welsh. [2015]

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Cardiff, Wales, UK

What is the capital of Wales? Cardiff. What was the capital of Wales sixty years ago? London. In 1955, Cardiff became the official capital of Wales, but it was a capital in name only. The country had no government! In fact, it took until 1997, for the people of Wales to create a National Assembly of their own, now in a new building on the old Cardiff docks. [2015]