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Some signs from my trip in southern Africa that amused me for one reason or another

Victoria Falls, a.k.a. “The Smoke that Thunders.” March 2014.

Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe side). March 2014

Cape Town, South Africa; March 2014

Snaps from a Road Trip. July 2013.

Snaps from a Road Trip. Marfa, Texas. July 2013.

Snaps from a Road Trip. Joshua Tree National Park, Calif. July 2013.

It appears the Food Shark has seen better days. Indications from foodies, however, to the contrary.

Snaps from a Road Trip. Marfa, TX. July 2013.

Snaps from a Road Trip. Pinocchio in the Desert, Palm Springs, Calif. July 2013.

Snaps from a Road Trip. Palm Springs, Calif. July 2013.

Over the past two years, I have seen giant Marilyns in one of the coldest places I’ve ever been and one of the hottest.


A Bay of Actual Pigs

Major Cay is an uninhabited island in the Bahaman Exuma Cays. Uninhabited, that is, by people. On a pristine sandy beach on its northwest corner, there’s a colony of around 20 pigs who retrieve food from passing boats and bathe with tourists.

Beyond the opportunity to have your photo taken in a real-life New Yorker cartoon, this phenomenon is both visually stunning and zoologically confounding.

Various theories persist as to how the happy pigs found themselves living a life of tropical luxury.

Some say sailors left the animals there to breed and one day provide a source of food for inhabitants of the island, and they never came back. Others claim a shipwreck dumped them there on the rocks, or that the pigs were introduced by the Bahaman government as a tourist attraction. If the latter were true, it was a wise move — boat tours from the neighboring Fowl Clay and mainland Exuma run daily, and feeding the pigs is encouraged.

The level of mystery surrounding the swine’s origins is somewhat peculiar, since the pigs first appeared as recently as 2001.

Read more. [Image: Eric Cheng]

I want to go to there.

(Reblogged from theatlantic)

Amazing pics:

The 2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Top: A Black rhino and two plains zebra under an overcast sky on the plains of Laikipia, Kenya.

Center-left: A couple paddle out for a sunset surf in the coastal surfing town of Byron Bay, Australia. 

Center-right: Old Mursi woman by the huts of her village, Marenke, Omo valley, Ethiopia.

Bottom: “This was taken with my girlfriend while on a trip to see the wild ponies on Roger Mountain in Virginia.”

(Credit: © Robin Moore, Ming Nomchong, Jorge Fernandez, John Brasher/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

(Reblogged from theatlantic)
Most of us carry around in our hearts places we must visit. My list began with Wales — verdant, mystical, rimmed with cliffs, dotted with castle ruins. When I learned that Wales recently became the first country in the world with a formal footpath along its entire coastline — 870 miles of trails — I could no longer resist.
Dominique Browning, in today’s Travel section cover story

(Source: The New York Times)

Took a little trip to the PNW last weekend. Trusty Nikon wasn’t on hand, so I broke out the smart phone for some lo-res fun.