Friday, May 31, 2013

Dog at speed

Sideshow boxers, 1900's

Banyon tree


Thursday, May 30, 2013

Space photography

Red army

1990 painted steel private collection.  Orginally commissioned for the Gateshead National Garden Festival.  Now at Kentuck Knob, Chalk Hill, Pennsylvania USA.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Mount Everest

It was May 29, 1953 that Edmund Hillary and his climbing partner, Tenzing Norgay, were the first to reach the summit of the highest peak in the world.  Hillary took the photo with a Kodak Retina camera using Kodachrome film.  Hillary is said to have refused a photograph when Tenzing offered to return the favor.

Bovine beauty

Bluegrass Sergeants Snow Queen is being "prettied up" in while standing on the Millenium Bridge in London.  She was crowned the Cow of the Year in the Collective Dairy's 2013 beauty competition.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day

 Remember those who make the party possible

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Monday, May 20, 2013

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Creative taxidermy

                                          click on the image to enlarge it

A friend sent the image to me. This was at a flea market in Springfield, Ohio.  How cool is that ??

Hybrid electric flying car

You will have to wait a couple of years, but apparently this hybrid electric flying car (TF-X) is nearing production.  Watch a concept video here

They already have a more "conventional flying car" on the market.  Watch a video of the Transition here.

Visit the company's website for addtional information:

Friday, May 17, 2013

Grumpy primate

Waiting for dinner at the Zagreb Zoo in Croatia.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Dubai timelapse


I don't consider myself a big fan of time lapse video, but it sure is a good way to give an overview in just a few minutes.

Salt pools

Salt mine pools at the Maras mines near Cuzco, Peru

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Brooklyn Supreme

Billed as "The World's Largest Horse" Brooklyn Supreme stood 19.2 hands high and weighed 3200 pounds.  He was foaled in 1928.  He measured ten feet two inches around at the girth and each of his shoes was formed from a piece of iron thirty inches long.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

An uplifting story from Galveston, Texas

In the Great Storm of 1900 St. Patrick's Catholic Church was heavily damaged.  The tower collapsed and the interior was ruined.  After the repairs were made they raised the entire building five feet.  One hundred men used seven hundred jack screws for thirty five days.  They raised the building one half inch at a time.  Once the correct height was obtained they poured a new concrete foundation to support the structure.  This was part of a huge project to raise the city to protect it from future hurricanes.  Some buildings were raised seventeen feet.

NPR's Science Friday recently talked about actions like this to protect some coastal areas from future damaging storms and surges.  You can listen to the broadcast of that particular show once you access Science Friday's site.

Fort Moore Hill High School

Moving buildings was a lot more common in times past.  In 1886, they moved Fort Moore High School (Los Angeles).   They raised the building and used roller, horses and human labor to inch their way towards its new location. After moving it several blocks the contractor decided it was an impossible task.  They lowered the building and used it as an elementary school.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Vertical garden

Patrick Blanc is a gardener whose works include the vertical plane.  This installation is in Madrid.  See additional works here.

Messerschmitt KR200

The KR200 was also known as the Kabinenroller (Cabin Scooter).

Messerschmitt was prohibited from producing aircraft for a time after World War II.  In 1955 they produced the Kabinenroller, but by 1956 they once again began to produce aircraft and lost interest in microcars.

Friday, May 10, 2013

All aboard

People in Dhaka, Bangladesh hoping to get home before the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha (from October 2012)

Framed II

The Smiler

The world's first 14 looped rollercoaster is opening May 18th at the Alton Towers Resort in Staffordshire, England.  It's called The Smiler and it sets a Guinness World Record for the most inversions on a coaster ride.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Time marches on

Attempts to reach the owner of this car in Taiyuan, China came up empty for over ten days.  The former parking lot and nearby buildings were taken out as part of a street widening project.  The workers were finally given the go ahead to continue with their work... around the car.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Ali revisited

About a month ago I made a post about Ali, the gentleman in Berlin that was the subject of Zoe Spawton's blog What Ali Wore  They continue to get together and he continues to impress us.

World population

Tuesday, May 7, 2013


Ashoor Mohammad is waiting for customers near Kabul Afghanistan.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Cut from the rock

This Orthodox Christian church in Lalibela, Ethiopia was cut from solid rock

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Thursday, May 2, 2013


This is only a drill...

Apparently this is a photo from a training drill on escaped animal capture at an Asian zoo.

Table for one

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Swiss Architecture

Swiss architect Mario Botta's design is know as Berg Oase and is an extension of the Luxurious Tschuggen Grand Hotel.  The hotel is a wellness center and spa.  It is located at the base of the mountains in Arosa, Switzerland