Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Battambang, Cambodia

In American parlance, we might call it a 'farmers market,' but that doesn't fit the rest of the world. "Of course, it's a farmers market" would be the reaction. "Who else would be growing the food we eat?" Based on location, we might call this a central market. Vendors occupy a market hall in the middle of town and their displays sprawl out onto the streets. [2016]

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Istanbul, Turkey

The Burnt Column is one of the most important architectural remnants of Istanbul's Byzantine past. It was dedicated by Constantine the Great in 330 AD to mark the site of the Roman Empire's new capital, the New Rome, on the site of Byzantium. Today, it gives its name to a stop on the city's metro: Çemberlitaş. [2010]

Monday, June 26, 2017

Istanbul, Turkey

Even though it's Istanbul, it could be New York, London, or Paris. And, he could be Muslim, Christian, or Jew; liberal, conservative, or moderate; thinker, doer, or feeler; straight, gay, or bi. What preconceived notions do you bring to this scene? Could be that none of the above really matters. But, you'll never know until you say 'hello.' [2010]

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Istanbul, Turkey

It may be that our modern shopping malls had their origins in the covered bazaars of the Middle East. Istanbul's Spice Bazaar (a.k.a., Egyptian Bazaar) dates back to the 1660s. Many like to think of it, along with the city's Grand Bazaar, as the western terminus of the Silk Road. [2007]

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Plant City, Florida, USA

Fancy some alligator sausage? You came to the right place. Although it looks like that gator is about to eat that Angus, it is actually us humans who are about to eat both that gator and that Angus. As for alligator sausage: Of course, it tastes like chicken. [2014]

Friday, June 23, 2017

Cañon City, Colorado, USA

There was a time when Cañon City's unpaved roads were congested with horses. To keep their memory alive and underscore the city's spirit of place, one lone ghostly equine occupies a place of honor above the 'western wear' store. Actually, the fiberglass horse has become a trademark for such stores all across the country. [2005]

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Lubbock, Texas, USA

Downtown Lubbuck is a jungle. Look up, and you may see a gorilla on a nearby rooftop. What's he doing up there? Drawing attention to The Gorilla Law Firm. Should you not see him, it may be that he is out chasing ambulances. [2017]