Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA

The Walnut Street Bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places in '71, and tropical storm Agnes took it out of commission in '72. Young folks learning to drive either loved the bridge or hated it. The metal grate that was its floor presaged Paul Simon's 'Slip Slidin' Away.' Today, only half the bridge is left, and it's a pedestrian crossing. [2014]

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA

Exactly two hundred years ago, the first bridge to arch its way across the wide Susquehanna at Harrisburg began construction. It was a covered bridge and it lasted four score and two years until a flood took it out. The Camelback was an engineering wonder of its day: the river here is almost a mile wide with an island in the middle. [2014]

Monday, November 24, 2014

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA

Harrisburg is capital of the state and the river-crossing capital of the Susquehanna. Before roads and rails used bridges to cross from east shore to west shore, ferries did the job. All pointed west, just like the arrowheads formed by the rising sun peaking through the arches of the old Cumberland Valley Railroad Bridge. [2014]

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Ault, Colorado, USA

With apologies to the hymnist (recognize the tune?) and to the gospel of Matthew:
Surely the presence of the Bison’s in this place.
I can feel his mighty power and his grace.
I can hear the thud of Bison hooves,
I feel his breath upon my face.
Surely the presence of the Bison’s in this place. [2013]

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Jerusalem, Israel

Food has a future, but it also has a past. The link between the two is nowhere more vivid than along Jerusalem's Cardo where an Israeli boy steps into a mural to accept a pomegranate from a young counterpart who walked the same street over two millennia ago. [2010]

Friday, November 21, 2014

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Is the future of food organic? It's doubtful. If we stop using chemicals and biotechnologies, our farms will simply produce less. Then, how will we feed the world's 7 billion inhabitants? [2011]

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Kaoshiung, Taiwan

It's not easy being green. Anything green hasn't yet ripened, right? It's not easy being warty, either. specially when you are supposed to be an edible fruit. These bitter melons haven't ripened and are supposed to be warty. Sliced, they are popular in salads. [2011]