I really don't know why this guy is suspended from the ceiling - or if it is a guy, or if he's real. I only remember that we were visiting my cousin, and since his kids were in the science fair being held at MIT, we met them all there. This was the expansive lobby we walked through to get to the science fair. Oddly, I have no recollection of what this bizarre scene was about!
This is a more typical view of the church I gave a glimpse of in this post. It was a delight to stumble across this Gothic relic (actually much used, but looking like a relic) after passing through streets of more modern shops and famous big buildings.
La Amisad International Park is a World Heritage site, home to critiacally-endangered wildlife (including Baird's tapirs) and situated on the boundary between Costa Rica and Panama. We visited the Panamanian side and took an easy hiking trail through the magnificent rainforest. Animals were scarce here, but majestic and fascinating plants flavored our visit.
This odd and interesting stone sculpture can be found at Union Station in Portland. It doesn't really have a lamp sticking out of the top, but I couldn't find a good angle from this side.
It looks more integrated from this side. I don't know what the building is on the other side of the intersection, but the stonework, arches and trees make a nice backdrop. I like it, and I won't say what I think it looks like. I wonder if that's what was intended? (Aha! It was meant to be a cairn, so says the sculptor.)
After posting another photo of Portland two days ago and two of Gaeta, Italy here and here, I thought I might try some theme weeks on Tapirgal's Daily and see what happens. I don't know that they will really be weeks, but I think I'll post a few more pix of Portland over the next few days to give more than just one random image at a time. What do you think?
We stopped in Gaeta, simply a promontory on the map, because we wanted to stretch our legs and we were hungry. As it turned out, we could hardly have chosen a more picturesque place. Above, you get a better view of the harbor. Below is a better exposure of the monument. Giovanni Cabota is known to the English-speaking world as John Cabot, and Gaeta is one of the two places that may have been his birthplace. The other candidate is Castiglione Chiavarese.
I've just been talking to someone who took Segway tours in Paris and other cities in Europe this summer. He said that in Italy, they didn't take tours, but you could rent Segways in many towns. This may be fun when your feet get tired. I'd love to try it! I'm clearly behind the times, because this photo was taken in 2005. I've never been on one. Have you?
This is the railroad bed, site of two earlier posts (here) and (here) with the train. I love this wild landscape, I love trains, and there's a scenic river down the grade where people sometimes think they're going to catch a fish or two.
I got a nice close-up view of the bucolic scenery along I-5 when I had to walk to get a gas can while my passenger was hitching to the airport. Francisca may remember this. I was so embarrassed, but it was a pleasant walk on a sunny winter day. I'm glad it wasn't pouring rain, and a Good Samaritan not only got her there on time, but came back to make sure I was OK!
Looking more like something designed by Louis Sullivan for construction in Chicago, this imposing Romanesque building cannot help but catch one's attention as they pass by. When I looked it up online, I found Stan Rule's blog, which in turn links to a PDF file about the building's history. (Gotta love the Web, yes?) You might also enjoy Port Townsend Daily Photo.
This mosaic of mama humpback and her baby added a lot to the poolside effect for me. I didn't go in the pool, so this is as close as I got. I spent my time chasing fish with a camera in the ocean instead.
As Lee and I were driving to Starbucks, this gorgeous vision caught both of us by surprise. I drove around the block and walked alongside the house to various angles. This shot is the only one that even marginally captures the glowing brilliance of this yellow house in the glow of the golden leaves. At times like this you want to just ditch the camera and bathe yourself in the awesome perfection of the moment. There was even a comfy fall cat sitting on the porch wall.
As the title says, I love eels, and fire eels are among my favorite. I think of this species as small, because most of my experience with them has been in smaller home or pet store fish tanks. These two were probably between 12 and 18 inches long when I saw them at the Shedd Aquarium (maybe longer, it's hard to remember), but I've just learned that 3 feet is not an unusual size for a fire eel if your tank is big enough. The Aquatic Community web site says fire eels can be found in "floods and streams in India, Borneo, Malaysia, Sumatra, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Burma (Myanmar). The Fire eel has an elongated body that can reach a length of 100 centimeters (40 inches) in the wild." The ones in fish tanks tend to be shy and they don't bite. I wonder about the big ones. . . .
It seems to me that zoos have become more and more eclectic over the years, and some of the fascinating things you find there are not only about animals in cages. Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle has this memorial to one of the world's most incredible and best-remembered guitar artists on an aggregate rock near some bird exhibits. Jimi Hendrix was born in Seattle. There's also a famous memorial to him there that I haven't visited.
I took this photo within the same minute as the picture above, so it has to be here, but I can't remember now exactly where the star is located. I seem to remember that the reason I didn't photograph it so it could be seen in situ is that the girl in pink pants may be sitting on it. I think it's nice that this memorial is integrated with the play and viewing area. You come upon it completely by accident, and think, "Oh yeah, Jimi Hendrix! Cool."
I always like taking pictures of this mountain, and it's a challenge from a moving car. It pops into view for just a second or two and then it's gone. It pops up above the trees again and is gone again. You never get a protracted view with a good camera angle. So, if you don't stop, you often don't get the photo. Since this is the route we usually take between Astoria and Bend, it's a view I've seen many, many times. It's easy to forget to stop and enjoy it. This view is facing approximately east - going from Astoria/Portland over the pass and into the high desert. Early October is often the time with the least snow and the smallest glaciers. Already this year (2010; note that the photo is 2004) it's dumped snow at least once or twice, changing the face of the mountain, getting ready for winter and all those who come to play in the snow (ski, snowboard, hang out at the lodge). Click on the Mt. Hood link below for more pictures of this inactive volcano.
I don't know if it would be easier to learn in a school like this, but I'll bet it would be a more inspirational way to start the day than the ugly Bauhaus-looking school I attended in Southern California. I think I would imagine that it was a museum with all kinds of esoteric information inside rather than the characterless and forbidding facade of my school that made me want to run away and retrieve my sense of self.
I'm convinced that these modern-looking benches were made just to confuse people like me. Alternating with the ones that look like rolltop desks (above) are flat benches like the ones below. The curved benches were obviously quite wet, or I would have tried them to see if they're comfortable. Any clues?
We had driven outside of Bend into the mountains, but I don't remember the name of this nearly-pristine location. The air was crisp and clear and whistled gently through the trees as it can only in forested meadows betweent the high peaks.
Usually it's nice when the fish cooperates and gives you a fish-like profile, but in this photo I was happy get some of the brilliant blue spots and the flowerlike tail.
By the way, for any of you who enjoyed my "On the Pavement" blog, I merged it with "Tapirgal's Daily Image" last night. All of the photos and comments are here. I'll be including "pavement" photos among the other posts.