Friday Photo Quiz 2

Win free stuff, once a week this summer. Every Friday I’ll put up a random photo from one of the 120 countries on EarthPhotos.com, and you play sleuth. Where on earth can it be?

Leave your best guess as a comment. I won’t publish the comments so no one can give away the answer.

I’ll put all the correct answers into a hat, draw one, and the winner of the drawing will win a copy of the audiobook version of my book Common Sense and Whiskey.

New photo every Friday, drawing the next Thursday, winners notified by email Friday.

Good luck. Have fun.

So, take a look at this week’s photo. What country is this?

Animals with Personality

I’ve been reading lately about the prevalence of traits we think of as human traits in animals. The idea of animal “personality” is problematic by anthropomorphic definition. But still. Here are a few creatures we’ve met down through the years. For me, it’s hard to imagine them not having personalities.

Click them for bigger versions at EarthPhotos.com.









Friday Photo Quiz, Thursday Edition

Let’s have a little fun. Are you game to test your geographic knowledge? Fridays through the summer I’ll put up a random photo from one of the 120 countries on EarthPhotos.com. For starters we’ll do this first one a day early. You play sleuth. Where on earth can this be?

Leave your best guess as a comment. I won’t publish the comments so no one can give away the answer.

I’ll put all the correct answers into a hat, draw one, and the winner of the drawing will win a copy of the audiobook version of my book Common Sense and Whiskey. Free stuff, once a week.

New photo every Friday, drawing the next Thursday, winners notified by email Friday.

Good luck. Have fun.

So, game time: from what country do you guess this first photo comes?

More Vintage Moscow

The other day I shared a fascinating color photo essay at RFERL.com, from Moscow in the 1950s. It prompted me to seek out what photos I could find from my 1986 trip there. Here are three.

First, opposite the Kremlin, across Red Square, was the cavernous government-owned GUM department store (Глáвный универсáльный магазѝн), translated as “Main Universal Store:”

I stayed that trip at the massive Moscow Hotel (Гостиница Москва) just outside Red Square on Manezh Square. Here are the amenities on the desk in my room, circa summer 1986:

And here is the view from that room onto Red Square:

http://www.earthphotos.com/Countries/Russia/i-sHCjdqB/X3

Over Under

On the occasion of publishing my new book about the Arctic and far north Atlantic (Out in the Cold, cover, left), here’s equal time for the southern hemisphere, a few favorite shots from Australia, each of which you can enlarge by clicking on the photo. Many more in the Australia Gallery at EarthPhotos.com.

 

A detail of the Sydney Opera House.

The Katherine Gorge, south of Darwin.

Sydney.

Sunset on Cable Beach, Broome.

Watson’s Bay, New South Wales