Walking Tour of Bucharest

Enjoy this walking tour of Bucharest, with lots of photos. The author says it’s “a city of the grandiose, filled with the humble.”

This photo is the palace built by/for Nicolae Ceausescu, begun in 1983. It now serves as the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest. Here are more photos from Romania via EarthPhotos.com.

What does the sun do at the Pole !?

A short time-lapse of nearly five days, March 08-13, 2017 in the Antarctic.

Submissive, Self-oppressive Nonsense

That’s how Timothy Snyder describes the American attitude toward air travel. It appears Mr. Snyder was not pleased with his recent experience with Delta Airlines. Read about it here.

(Note: This post sent me to EarthPhotos.com to retrieve the photo of the Delta jets up there, taken at Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson airport. In the EP Transport Gallery, there are 1058 photos of all sorts of different ways of getting around, from all over the world. Check it out, you might enjoy it. You can set up a slide show from the Transport Gallery main page by clicking where the arrow points, as below.)

 

Turkmenistan Trove

RFERL has a collection of sixteen color photos taken in Turkmenistan by a Russian photographer named Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky between 1906 and 1911. Above is a screen shot of one of them.

New Stock Photos

I did a little stock photography while on a trip to New York and Washington this week. Self explanatory, I think.

Next week I’ll post my latest column, then we’re off for five weeks at our tiny little mökki in Finland, after missing our usual summer visit in 2020 because of the pandemic. Travel prospects from outside Schengen are still a little tender, but we feel good about it.

Here, some of this week’s photos.

100+ Year Old Color Photos from Georgia

Here is a link to a collection of color photos from (I believe) 1912, taken in the Republic of Georgia. It seems that a photographer named Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky “perfected a complex early method of color photography that required three separate images of each scene to be shot, with color filters placed over the lens. When the three black-and-white photos were sandwiched together and had red, green, and blue light shone through them, a color image could be projected.”

They’re from an article at the RFERL.org website. Here’s one of the photos:

See also a few more up-to-date photos in the Georgia Gallery at EarthPhotos.com, taken on my visit in 2006.

Ethiopia Photos

I’ve been reading about the two year old Chinese-built Addis-Djibouti train line lately. It’s a train journey we’d hoped to make this past spring before the virus intervened, and I’m hopeful we can come back and fill in that trip later. 

Although northern Ethiopia is going through a terrible period just now, it’s such a photogenic country, I really recommend it to anyone with a camera and a sense of adventure. Warm people, good food, exotic everywhere you look, what’s not to like?

Here’s Addis Ababa a few years ago. More Addis photos in the Ethiopia Gallery at EarthPhotos.com.

Street Photography in Soviet Kyiv

Here is a nice photo essay from the late Ukrainian photographer Oleksandr Ranchukov. This photo is a screen grab from the essay.

Faroe Islands Photo Essay

Spend five minutes – or an hour – with this fabulous photo essay about one of my favorite places, the Faroe Islands. Really nicely done.

Sky Photography from Miguel Claro

I commend to you the work of Miguel Claro, Portuguese photographer. Here’s a screen grab of some of his work. Click through to his site.