Meanwhile on the Planet

This photo is from Amboseli, a park in Kenya famous for elephants, that my wife and I got into a groove of visiting a few times a few years ago. This is one of my favorite pictures, two friends greeting one another, querying each other, displaying obvious good will, emotions like humans.

I commend to you the author Carl Safina whose insights about animal minds are essential. See my posts Do Animals Think? and Elephants Display Emotion Just Like You Do for links to his work.

Just now, we’re all up in ourselves here in the United States about the eclipse next Monday. Our country closes up over myopic media-driven obsessions, the eclipse for one thing and this week, for another, Trump/Charlottesville, topped today with a side of possibly Islam-tinged terror in Barcelona (cable channels can never leave ‘possibly Islamic-tinged’ alone). Sometimes it’s hard to hear from our mass media about much anything else in the world beyond our country.

Sad and evil things happen out there. From the African continent this week, where dedicated people are fighting the good fight on behalf of the non-human world,  here are two:

Leading elephant conservationist shot dead in Tanzania

Three wildlife rangers killed in attack by violent militia in DRC/

Friday Photo Quiz #12

First, the answer to last week’s quiz: That lazy little capital city nestled in the hills is Windhoek, capital of the beautiful southwestern African wcountry of Namibia. The other photo is from the “dead vlei,” part of the Sossusvlei desert area out by the coast. Here are more photos from Namibia, a lifetime must see destination. Photos from EarthPhotos.com.

We’ll be pausing the photo quizzes for a few weeks after today so that your author can head for a little rest and relaxation by the lake, then we’ll be back in early August with more photo quizzes up until the Labor Day holiday. This week, an easy quiz. For better or worse, this landmark remains square in the center of this country’s capital city, a former “gift” from the ruler of an adjacent land. Can you name the city? The country?

Leave your best guess as a comment. I’ll put all the correct answers into a hat, draw one, and the winner of the drawing gets a copy of the audiobook version of my book Common Sense and Whiskey. It may be that the winner must be in the USA for the Audible.com download code to work.

Win free stuff every Friday this summer. New photo every Friday, drawing the next Thursday, winner notified by email Friday. Good luck.

Now: What’s your guess in this week’s quiz? Go ahead, give it a try. Guesses accepted.

 

“This is a much bigger deal than you think!”

The American total eclipse is coming up fast, just over six weeks away. We’ll be trying to go four-for-four, watching from our vantage point in Georgia. Here is a nice, long piece here that tries to explain why eclipses are such a big deal to those who seek them out.

This video covers the period just before, during and just after totality at Svalbard during the March 2015 eclipse. If you’re in a hurry, skip to just before the two-minute mark to see the onset of totality.

Friday Photo Quiz #10

The answer to last week’s quiz: That was the handsome little capital of Finland, Helsinki, and I’m happy to say that before next month is out I’ll have the chance to enjoy two weeks of lazy, high summer making like a duck on the lake in Finland.

Now on to this week’s quiz. Because the answer may not be readily apparent, here are two photos for this week’s country, both from the greater capital area. Can you name the city? The country?

 

 

Leave your best guess as a comment. I’ll put all the correct answers into a hat, draw one, and the winner of the drawing gets a copy of the audiobook version of my book Common Sense and Whiskey. It may be that the winner must be in the USA for the Audible.com download code to work.

Win free stuff every Friday this summer. New photo every Friday, drawing the next Thursday, winner notified by email Friday. Good luck.

Now: What’s your guess in this week’s quiz? Go ahead, give it a try. Guesses accepted.