Monday, February 18, 2013

2012 in Five Movements

2012. The year through a symphony of kinetic snapshots in five movements. 1. Dragon boat race on the Potomac - GO!!!!! 2. Arlington County carnival. 3. A brief interlude on the Potomac down in Alexandria. 4. The Clarendon street fest featuring a spinning class to flog health club memberships (it was better than milling crowds). 5. The Marine Corps Marathon après fini mob in Rosslyn.

Sunday, January 06, 2013

2012 and Camera

2012 as it unfolded before my camera. There are odd shots, artsy shots,  slice-of-life shots, shots that happened to catch my fancy and multiple shots of some local events (with all these shots, it’s lucky this isn’t a drinking game). The local events: Dragon boat race on the Potomac,  Civil war re-enactor weirdos in Arlington, Rosslyn Jazz Fest, Arlington Carny Fair, Glen Echo art decco, Clarendon Street Fest, Marine Corps Marathon après fini crowds and some storms and damage. The musical accompaniment is Megamix by Jean Michel Jarre.

Friday, October 12, 2012

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Europa 1977

This was the trip that started it all. Airfares had dropped bringing Europe into reach. A chance to see a bit of the world before settling down - little did I know that I’d see something better. Armed with a rail pass, I rolled between London, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Oslo, Bergen, Paris, Rome, Munich, Salzburg, Luxembourg and Zurich. Included was a cruise down the Rhine. I don’t know which was worse. Castle after castle under grey skies or the awful elevator music blasted on the boat. As sparingly as I was taking photos, for some reason I went snap-happy overlooking Bergen, Norway (so you’d better enjoy the view). My cheap pocket camera broke in Austria and Switzerland, so those images reside in my memory for you mindreaders out there. As all roads lead to Rome, guess where this show ends. The musical accompaniment is Tutta Va Bene by Camille Bazbaz.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Chain Bridge Water Main Burst

Film of the great water main burst under Chain Bridge (12 mar 2006) has been found swept up on an Icelandic beach. Cinematographer, Luigi Cafeteria is still missing, with his whereabouts under investigation. WARNING: Graphic footage may be too intense for hydrophobes. Peter Jackson eat your heart out.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Conquering the Cape Peninsula

Venturing south from Cape Town, we were the first people to set foot on the Cape Peninsula in ages. Three seconds to be exact. The first stop was Hout Bay. I hopped a boat to Duiker Island. There, cape fur seals in solidarity with the Occupy Movement have occupied the island (right on, comrades). Then to Simon Town and Boulder Beach. Here a colony of penguins have claimed the continent as part of Greater Antarctica. Carrying on, on clunky bikes we rode a few kilometers through landscape like the Scottish moors (och aye, and not a piper to be heard... nor Mel screaming) to Buffelsfontein for eating. Finally to the Cape of Good Hope, The southwestern tip of Africa. The Atlantic and Indian Oceans really meet further east at Cape Agulhas. But if you can’t make it there, you can pretend you saw the oceans kiss. The musical accompaniment is Lighthouse by The Waifs.

Monday, February 06, 2012

Occupy DC - Freedom Plaza

The economic justice, anti-war, anti-corporate capitalism, pro-democracy demonstration in Freedom Plaza, Washington DC. A lot of tents, but not many occupiers. They were even outnumbered by the lunch hour curious. The muscial accompaniment is Little By Little by UB40.

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Game Viewing, South Africa

We were dropped into the African wild to survive with only our bare hands, fleet feet, gnashing teeth, a jeep and a ranger. Twenty-four hours amongst the beasts. Of the eight that went in, only nine of us returned. The locale: Schotia Reserve and Addo Elephant National Park.The musical accompaniment is Sing Sing Sing (with a Swing) by Louis Prima.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Kleine Karoo and Stellenbosch, too

Dropped off at Die Top of the Swartberg pass, I was left to make my way back on bicycle for 54 harrowing kilometers through the Kleine Karoo. I passed farms and ostrich ranches (and camel rides?). At times pursued by ravenous herds of man-eating ostriches. Luckily, I arrived unscathed in the town of Oudtshoorn. Then we’re magically transported to Stellenbosch. Uni town and wine center. Strolled through the Village Museum for a gander at Dutch colonial life in the 17th and 18th centuries. Then I hired a dodgy bike to pedal the vineyards, but ventured only as far as I was willing to walk back - a real el crappo bike. The musical accompaniment is Get Some by Lykke Li and Concerto 2 - F Major of the Brandenburg Concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach, conducted by Helmuth Rilling.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Along the Garden Route, South Africa

South Africa’s southern coast. A trail known as the Garden Route. My journey begins in Hermanus, where right whales swim close to shore watching humans watching them. Then further along to Mossel Bay, with its aboriginal cave beneath the lighthouse occupied for thousands of years. Then the museum complex with its replica of the Bartolomeu Dias used by the Portugese in 15th century exploration of Africa. Wilderness with the cool name. And a crazy squatter, known as the Cave Man, homesteading in an abandoned railroad shed and his sea shell and driftwood art. On to Stormsriver to zip through the tree tops of the Tsitsitkamma forest. A confrontation with a troup of baboons. Finally finishing up in Post Elizabeth - and I was never seen, nor head from again. The musical accompaniment is Fever by Sarah Vaughn, remixed by Adam Freeland.