Hand Made

Knife Sharpening A Datoga tribesman puts a fine edge on his hand made knife. He shaped the blade from scrap metal and gave it a rough sharpening. Then he heated the metal over a wooden fire, stoked red hot by hand made bellows. When the blade was red hot, he doused it with water to … Continue reading Hand Made

4147 1/2

Crazy Address Addresses with "1/2" added to the house number are not uncommon in the old parts of large cities. Why? During the Depression, people decided to rent out half their house to make ends meet, so they divided their house into two "residences" and "1/2" was added to distinguish the two. But, this picture … Continue reading 4147 1/2

Memorial Day

Sarasota National Cemetery The first Memorial Day (called Decoration Day) was in 1868 at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate the sacrifices made by both sides of the Civil War. Over 620,000 men gave their life for what they believed in, a number too large to comprehend. Memorial Day became an official national holiday over 100 … Continue reading Memorial Day

Circle of Life

Vulture on Zebra Carcass While on safari in Tanzania, the scenes and songs from the movie, "Lion King" often popped into my head. But none more than the lyrics of "The Circle of Life". Some say eat or be eaten Some say live and let live But all are agreed as they join the stampede … Continue reading Circle of Life

Darn It!

Ooops This will be a summer to remember; COVID-19 has turned everything upside down. Things we took for granted have been closed, cancelled or removed -- even little league baseball. Parks are closed, social distancing prevents players from practicing, and games aren't scheduled to start until June 18th. Even if games are played a whole … Continue reading Darn It!

Choo

Priority One Choo is the Swahili word for “toilet”, one of the first words learned by Western visitors. This photo was taken at a Mosaic primary school near Moshi, Tanzania. It is a woman’s toilet, possibly named “Lucy”. The second line on the sign translates to “Take Care of the Toilet”, and the third line, … Continue reading Choo

Awaiting the Master

Loyal Companions Two Red Heelers, Australian cattle dogs, patiently await the return of their master. This scene appears to be shaping up as a "red letter day" on the master's calendar. Three favorites coming together at the same time: fishing, beer and loyal companions. Thought for the Day: Loyalty means nothing unless it has at … Continue reading Awaiting the Master

Marabou Stork

Marabou Stork Storks enjoyed a favorable connotation when I was a kid. The myth about the stork delivering babies was known world wide, and illustrations always presented them pleasantly; i.e. happy, friendly, trustworthy, reliable, etc. That reputation was shattered when I met the Marabou Stork in its natural habitat -- the local garbage dump in … Continue reading Marabou Stork

Lost Dog

Hmmm, Now What? This pooch is a little too curious for its own good. Now I see why dogs/pets are not allowed in National Parks. Actually, this is a composite of two separate photos: 1) my Westie looking off the edge of a boat dock, and 2) view from Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park. … Continue reading Lost Dog

Chagga Banana

Chagga Banana The predominant tribe around Mount Kilimanjaro in northern Tanzania is the Chagga. Except for a few Maasai, most of the people I met with during my two week visit were Chagga. One of the highlights of the trip was a dinner hosted by the Bishop of the Northern Diocese, Dr. Frederick Shoo, an … Continue reading Chagga Banana

Fashion Trend

Virus Masks The world is learning to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Closed schools, libraries, bars, restaurants, movies, public parks, and cancelled activities that draw crowds; e.g. sporting events, concerts, weddings, funerals, etc. have become the norm. Wearing masks in public places is becoming more common. We only leave our house once a week, but … Continue reading Fashion Trend

April Snow

Frosted Leaf Just when I thought we had seen the "last gasp" of Ole Man Winter, we get five inches of heavy wet snow. The flower beds had been cleaned of mulch and winter debris, flowers blooming, trees were leafing out, the grass was emerald green and recently mowed, and spring vegetables had been seeded … Continue reading April Snow

Grain Dryer

Drying Millet Tanzanians are very resourceful and maximize whatever is available to make a living. Abundant sunshine, except for the rainy season, is used to dry grain spread out on tarps. The wet grain is continually turned over to complete the drying process. Later, grain will be collected and "poured" from one container to the … Continue reading Grain Dryer

Easter, 2020

Easter Church Service The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc around the world and the Easter holiday was no exception. Our local church in Nebraska has been closed for almost a month, providing services on-line. They even tried drive-by communion one Sunday, but have since resorted to "self-serve" communion at home during the streamed services. We … Continue reading Easter, 2020

The Masters

2010 Masters - "Look what I found" The opening round of the 2020 Masters Golf Tournament was scheduled for today, April 9, 2020, but was postponed due to the coronavirus, COVID-19. It has been rescheduled for early November. I was fortunate to attend the Wednesday par 3 tournament in 2010, where the players are allowed … Continue reading The Masters

Hops

Maasai Jump Dance The Maasai tribe met us outside their compound. The drums were loud, the women were dancing and chanting with an occasional high-pitched scream, and the men were hopping around like kangaroos. From a standing position the men would launch themselves high in the air and dramatically land flat footed like they were … Continue reading Hops

Endless Plain

Serengeti Plain The Serengeti Plain in Northern Tanzania covers 12,000 square miles, about the size of the state of Maryland. Travel photos and movies showing African landscape typically depict a savannah, which is a mosaic of woodland and grassland, scattered with the iconic flat-topped Acacia (umbrella tree). About one-third of the Serengeti is grassland like … Continue reading Endless Plain

Quarantine

Quarantine!? - Now What? The coronavirus that started in Wuhan, China in December, 2019 is causing major disruptions around the world. It spread rapidly to Italy and Iran, and the WHO declared it a worldwide pandemic on March 11, 2020. Two weeks later there were half a million cases world wide, with the epicenter being … Continue reading Quarantine

Wildebeest Feast

Cheetah and Cubs A four-month old cub stands watch as Mom and sibling enjoy the rump of a freshly killed wildebeest. This was observed by over a dozen safari trucks parked in a semi-circle about 30 yards away. Safari drivers share information about major animal sightings, and cooperate in "circling the wagons" to provide good … Continue reading Wildebeest Feast