Out in the Cold Audiobook Available Now

Get yourself a copy of this just-published audiobook, written and narrated by me. I am not the actor with the same name. Get it: On Audible. On Amazon.

Here are several written and spoken excerpts.

Get the written version of Out in the Cold on Amazon, here, and the audiobook versions of my other books here:

Common Sense and Whiskey on Audible.
Visiting Chernobyl on Audible.

Twenty Cities Quiz

Friday quiz time. Some of these cities are nice and easy to recognize, others are pretty much impossible. When you’ve made your guesses click at the bottom to see how you did. And please brag on yourself in the comments. The numbers correspond to the photo above them. Good luck.

 

11

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12

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13

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14

4.

 

01

5.

 

02

6.

 

03

7.

 

04

8.

 

15

9.

 

05

10.

 

06

11.

 

16

12.

 

07

13.

 

17

14.

 

08

15.

 

18

16.

 

19

17.

 

09

18.

 

20

19.

 

10

20.

Now if you’re ready, get the answers.
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Friday Photo #28 from Addis Ababa

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Here is my favorite photo from an eye-opening day in the Mercado in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. They call the Mercado the world’s greatest open air market and I am sure they are right. Click the photo to enlarge it. There are a few more photos from that day in the Ethiopia Gallery at EarthPhotos.com. Post production on this photo in Photoshop used High Dynamic Range and other techniques, and you can see a few hundred more HDR photos in the EarthPhotos HDR Gallery. And see all the Friday Photos.

Just a note: Next Friday we begin a week around Saimaa Lake in Finland – nearest town, Varkaus. Photos are sure to follow.

Windowless Airplane

Really intriguing. According to the Times of India, the British Centre for Process Innovation Limited

“will soon test a windowless plane that allows passengers to see what’s going on outside. The windows would be replaced by full-length screens allowing constant views of the sky and space outside. Passengers would be able to switch the view on and off according to their preference, identify prominent sights by tapping the screen or just surf the internet.”

Here’s a screen grab from CPI’s website:

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Watch the short promotional video:

Istanbul in Nine Admiring Photos

I say Istanbul is one of the world’s five greatest cities (In no particular order, Istanbul, Hong Kong, Paris, Sydney, San Fransisco). Yours?

With Turkey in a rough patch since the Gezi Park protests sixteen months ago, and now with its incipient and possibly defining grappling with the Kurdish question, and fearing its reluctant coming battles with ISIS, maybe it’s time for a few fan photos of Istanbul in the good old days.

Click them to make them bigger. And there are hundreds of photos from Turkey here, in the Turkey Gallery at EarthPhotos.com.

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Here is the fabled Golden Horn, with the Galata Tower across the way. The Bosphorus is out of the frame on the right, the Sea of Marmara behind the photo and the Black Sea at the end of the Bosphorus at two o’clock from here.

 

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Outside the Grand Bazaar. Through that gate and down in the bazaar, march in and get yourself thoroughly lost. Wander for half a day. I once asked around for the Afghan section and came away with three fine pakols, tailored to my head size, from a milliner from Kandahar.

 

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Again, the Galata Tower in the center back. Ferries like these ply the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus over to Asia, carrying commuters to work at dawn.

 

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The fabled Haydarpasha Train Station in Kadaköy, on the Asian side of the Bosphorus. On arrival from London via the Orient Express, from here well heeled tourists could travel on to Ankara, then Kars, then Baghdad and Teheran.

 

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Day labor at the break of dawn. Happening every day in the Grand Bazaar.

 

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The Blue Mosque.

 

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This is seven photos stitched into a 180 degree panorama. Each photo consists in turn of seven exposures combined into an HDR image. We are looking west into the Golden Horn at dawn, the Bosphorus Strait at our backs. See each end of the Galata Bridge on the far left and right.

 

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Here is the Ortakoy Mosque in a trendy part of town some way up the Bosphorus on the European shore, the bridge behind leading to Asia, on the far side.

 

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And Taksim Square, foreground. Gezi Park, a green space and the focus of the protests a couple of years ago, is just below and behind this vantage point. From here you can see past the Golden Horn and out into the Sea of Marmara. From this vantage point the Bosphorus, to the east, is just off to the left.

Our Big Beautiful Planet in 15 Water Landscapes

We’re bound for Eastern Europe to see what people there think about the emerging story in Ukraine. And to take some pictures. Watch for those here over the next several days.

We’ll leave you with these photos from EarthPhotos.com. Click any of them for an enlargement. Each enlargement takes you to that photo’s Country Gallery. To explore more photos from that country, mouse over the enlargement and click the big X in the upper right. Enjoy them.

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 Sunset across Lake Malawi from Likoma Island, Malawi.

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A catered beach in the Gulf of Thailand, southern Thailand.

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More from the Former Kingdom of Sikkim – Wednesday HDRs

YakManA Man and His Yak, Changu (Tsomgo) Lake, Sikkim, India.

GangtokCity01Gangtok, Sikkim, India.

TinyRestaurantTiny Restaurant, Gangtok, Sikkim, India.

OtherSideOfGangtokThe Other Side of Town, Gangtok, Sikkim, India.

RoadToChanguThe road to Changu (Tsomgo) Lake, Sikkim, India.

RopewayThe Ropeline, Gangtok, Sikkim, India.

Click ‘em to make ‘em bigger. These also appear in the India Gallery at EarthPhotos.com, and on Flickr.