Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Here's why you go to Mexico's Caribbean coast: to learn how to scuba dive. For the tropics, though, it seems like they're overdressed. Guess that's just part of the sport. Scuba: That stands for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. [2015]

Monday, July 27, 2015

Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

The Alice does have a spring, but climatically, it's in the middle of one of the world's great deserts. Gold drew the first European inhabitants to Alice Springs, but getting there was another problem. Long distance transport was initially accomplished by camels. Today, air travel is the preferred means of overcoming the friction of distance. [1988]

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Bran, Romania

Geraniums do well in window boxes as well as everywhere else. They are even more popular in Europe than in North America. The flowers always rise to the occasion by standing above their photocellur foliage that bring them food. [2014]

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Karkamish, Turkey

Turkey is making sure that Syrian refugee children at the Karkamish Refugee camp have the opportunity to complete their schooling. After that, they can count on nothing. Their country is gone, perhaps forever. For now, they have no citizenship. And, any dreams they have must be kept to themselves. Unrealistic say their elders. [2014]

Friday, July 24, 2015

Karkamish, Turkey

At the Karkamish refugee camp, most of the residents are women and children who have fled the unclassifiable horrors that are taking place in Syria. The men are back home, presumably fighting for a cause, or in a city somewhere else trying to make money. [2014]

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Karkamish, Turkey

As of the end of 2014, there were 60 million refugees in the world. They have fled their home home countries looking for safety elsewhere. The U.N. refugee camp at Karkamish was built on the Turkish border to house Syrian refugees. Let's hope this camp is temporary, as is always intended by the U.N. [2014]

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Gaziantep, Turkey

There are now more than 4 million refugees from Syria. Here are two of them. They now live on the streets of Gaziantep. A few miles to the south is the Syrian border, which is no longer the Syrian border. It is the frontier between Turkey and "the Islamic State," the frontier between freedom and persecution, and perhaps the frontier between life and death. [2014]