Globetrotting: Near and Far

Parliament At Night

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Splash Of Spring Color

Tweet On a somewhat gloomy May Sunday, I decided I was in need of a taste of spring. So, I made the drive out to Longwood Gardens to gaze at the spring flowers. While the tulip gardens were the main attraction, there were all sorts of beautiful blooms on which to feast the eyes. A […]

April Cherry Blossoms

Tweet Every year I say I’m going to make it down to see the DC Cherry Blossom Festival and then something comes up with work and I miss it.  This year, I finally made it.  Saturday was overcast and rainy, so my friend Mia and I went shopping at Tysons II and lusted over Prada, […]

Venetian Architecture

Tweet For the last week, I’ve been wading through my pictures from my trip to Venice last October. I only processed a small portion when I came back before I got distracted by other projects. Below is a sampling of some of my favorite photos of the buildings and statues of Venice. The first is […]

Spring Blossoms

Tweet Mother nature gave us a beautiful first day of spring–sunny, blue skies, 72 degrees. The tree in my backyard has begun to flower and it’s absolutely gorgeous. Birds are flying about and the wind chimes are tinkling on the gentle breeze that floats in through my sliding door. Considering the wretched winter we had, […]

Snow Geraniums

Tweet We’re getting our first snow today and yet my geraniums are still in full bloom.  It just seems wrong. Tweet


Tweet On an overcast October day, I took a series of boats out to Burano, a small island in the North Lagoon.  Historically, Burano was an island known for its lace making and fishermen.  While there are fewer lace makers on Burano today, it’s still home to fishermen and artists who live in brightly colored […]

A Few Random Shots From Venice

Tweet There’s no real theme to the shots here, but just a few I liked. Gondola row: A canal near my hotel that seems to be a hotspot on the gondola run. One right after another all day long comes through there. The view from the Rialto Bridge of the Grand Canal: Tweet

Sunset Over Venice

Tweet Really beautiful sunset over Venice tonight: A small sunset series of Santa Maria Della Salute: Tweet

Acqua Alta

Tweet In addition to darkened skies, a new moon (and a full moon) brings Acqua Alta, or to non-Venetians, high tidal waters that under the right conditions can put a large chunk of Venice under water. Fortunately, the flooding today was minor by Acqua Alta standards, with tides topping out around 1.03 meters. Now, this […]

Rainforest In The Mountains

Tweet When up in the mountains of Pennsylvania, you don’t expect to stumble into a climate more commonly found in the rain forests of the Caribbean or Central America. But, as soon as we hit the hiking trails at Bushkill Falls, the pleasant 75 degree August day turned tropical, fed by the moisture from a […]

One More Watcher

Tweet One more Amur tiger kept a close eye on us at the zoo Monday. Tweet

The Watcher Becomes The Watched

Tweet Monday, my sister Sara and I took a trip to the zoo on one of her last days before leaving for the Peace Corps. Despite being a fairly warm and humid day, the animals didn’t disappoint. While some slumbered away in the summer heat, others let their personalities out on display. At times you […]

Butterfly Sancturary

Tweet Sara and I went up to the Bear Mountain Sanctuary in the Poconos yesterday. Tweet

Echoes of Furies Past

Tweet Most of us will never step onto a battlefield. We won’t know what it sounds like when artillery whines over head so close you can feel the wake ruffle your hair as it sails by. We’ll never know what it’s like peer across the confusion of a smoke enshrouded field to hunt for the […]

Monet’s Giverny

Tweet I was fortunate enough to have an extra day in Paris before I had to fly home from a work trip last month. So, I took a tour out to Giverny where Monet painted his water lily paintings. It was a holiday weekend in France and the highways leading out of Paris were clogged […]

Summer Lilies

Tweet Still working on my London and Paris pictures. But, in the mean time, some really pretty lilies started blooming in my garden today. Tweet

Views of Big Ben

Tweet Big Ben is one of the iconic institutions identified with London. It can be seen from many locations leading into Parliamentary Square. So, during my time here I tried to find some less common views of Big Ben on a couple of cloudy and hazy days in May. Tweet

Views From Underwater

Tweet Last weekend I took a trip down I-95 to for lunch with a friend and a trip to the National Aquarium in Baltimore. I hadn’t been in ages–not since the Sea Horse exhibition years ago. Despite being over run by ankle biters, it was still a lot of fun. Here are my favorite pictures […]

Falling into the Poconos

Tweet I drove back up into the Poconos this past weekend to the picturesque little town of Jim Thorpe for their Fall Festival and some leaf peeping. The little Leigh High Valley town, was originally two towns,Mauch Chunck (Indian for Bear Mountain) and Eastern Mauch Chunk. Both thrived and blossomed with the discovery of anthracite […]

Fall Flowers

Tweet I drove out to Solebury Orchards today by New Hope, PA to pick up some Honey Crisp apples and fresh cider. As chilly as the weather was yesterday (it was in the 60s all day), it was blazing hot today and hard to believe the first day of fall is tomorrow. Due to the […]


Tweet I wrapped up my vacation last week with a trip to the Philadelphia Zoo–the oldest in the country, dating back to 1874. I strolled through the 42-acre Victorian Gardens in an 85 degree heat that assured anyone who had been in doubt, that summer had finally arrived to Philadelphia after a chilly and wet […]

More INXS Photos

Tweet As promised, here are more photos from last weekend’s concert. It’s going to be slow trickle as I sort through the remaing ones. I took around 150 and a surprising number came out well. As usual click for the larger versions. Note, these are not size properly for RBL. You may want to resize […]

Running of the Bulls INXS Style

Tweet The late afternoon sun beat down on us while we stood in line at the Maryland State Fair waiting for the gates to open for the INXS concert. With 45 minutes to go, about 150 people were in the line ahead of us and the line behind us was growing longer by the minute. […]