Water Buffalo Photo Bomb

"I was trying to act somber Charlie! Thanks a lot!"



The Chicken or the Egg?

Which came first?



Half Full / Half Empty

Which glass are you?



Brugge Belfry

The Brugge belfry ringing bells, circular view, and precarious decend



Here's a fun thing to do:


Take a Mylar balloon filled with helium. Take a book of matches and tie it on the end of the ribbon. If the balloon hits the ceiling, tie another book of matches with the first one. (This has never happened to me but just in case.) The apparatus should drift ot the floor.

Hold the balloon by the matches and take them out of the book one by one until the balloon stablizes. Until it just floats. It's best to do this standing so it starts out with some elevation. Once it's stabilized let it go.

If you have air conditioning the balloon will drift along it's current wherever it can go in your domicile. It should last a few days until the helium starts escaping. When the balloon starts "sinking" just tear another match off. I had one go on for two weeks!



Amsterdam Canal Ride

A leisurely ride on the waters of the Canals of Amsterdam



Cicada Life

The life and times of the Cicada insect of the Southwest.



Cardiff Hallway

Take a lengthy stroll down a castles corridor.



Edam Kaas Markt

The way it was before the internet and Amazon!



A Giant Fish &/r Lizard ?

Interesting find through satellite.



Double Decker

A virtual ride through the streets of London



A World Favorite Statue!


It was designed by Heieronmous Duquenoy the Elder of The Netherlands

and put in place in 1618 or 1619.


(Since then there were many stolen. The one here was put up in 1965)


It's been a fixture in Brussels for almost FOUR HUNDRED years!

(As I touch my pinky to the corner of my mouth.)


In Dutch his name is "Manneken Pis"..."Little Man Pee"

In French he's known as "Petit Julien"..."Little Julien"


There are several legends behind this statue, but the most famous is the one about Duke Godfey III of Leuvan. In 1142, the troops of this two-year-old lord were battling against the troops of the Berthouts, the lords of Grimbergin, in Ransbeke (now Neder-Over-Heembeek. The troops put the infant lord in a basket and hung the basket in a tree to encourage them. From there, the boy urinated on the troops of the Berthouts, who eventually lost the battle.

Another legend states that in the 14th century, Brussels was under siege by a foreign power. The city had held its ground for some time, so the attackers conceived of a plan to place explosive charges at the city walls. A little boy named Julianske happened to be spying on them as they were preparing. He urinated on the burning fuse and thus saved the city. There was at the time (middle of the 15th century, perhaps as early as 1388) a similar statue made of stone. The statue was stolen several times.

Another story (told often to tourists) tells of a wealthy merchant who, during a visit to the city with his family, had his beloved young son go missing. The merchant hastily formed a search party that scoured all corners of the city until the boy was found happily urinating in a small garden. The merchant, as a gift of gratitude to the locals who helped out during the search, had the fountain built.

Another legend was that a small boy went missing from his mother when shopping in the centre of the city. The woman, panic-stricken by the loss of her child, called upon everyone she came across, including the mayor of the city. A citywide search began and when at last the child was found, he was urinating on the corner of a small street. The story was passed down over time and the statue erected as a tribute to the well-known legend.

Another legend tells of the young boy who was awoken by a fire and was able to put out the fire with his urine, in the end this helped stop the king's castle from burning down.

Willsher, Kim (6 August 2015). "Fake Pisstake?" Scientists reexamine Belgium's Celebrated Manneken Pis." The Guardian. Retrieved 7 June 2017.         via Wikipedia



Motion in the Ocean

Sealife in it's rhythm



Lu'au in Lihu'e

This is a stage show depicting the story of one culture ending in Tahiti

and moving to a new beginning in Hawai'i.




Chaco Canyon, New Mexico

Ancient Pueblo ruins from AD 900 - 1150



Magnificent Monsoon

"It's a DRY heat!"








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