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Old Slides – Cairo, Egypt

I’m going through and editing, scanning and tossing old slides.

People piling into a Public Bus, Thrir Square,  Cairo, Egypt, Africa

This is the bus that we (wife #2 and I) took into downtown Cairo, Egypt from the airport. We were trying to save money and didn’t take a cab.

I can still remember the ride. The guys (no women on the bus) were very nice and made room for us and helped with our luggage as well. Some of them tried to converse with us in English I don’t know if we would have made it off the bus without their kind assistance. 1983. I’m not sure what it would be like now.

Two Different Birds Deliver a Lesson for Me and Others

A couple of weeks ago, an Anna’s Hummingbird showed up at the feeder at a friend’s house in Edgemont Highlands. This bird is common in “open-wooded or shrubby areas and mountain meadows along the Pacific coast from British Columbia to Arizona.” (Wikipedia) The only other reported sighting of an Anna’s in my area was in 1970! On Monday evening, I was able to photograph the bird even though the light was low.

Anna's Hummingbird, Calypte anna, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
Anna’s Hummingbird, Calypte anna, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
Anna's Hummingbird, Calypte anna, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
Anna’s Hummingbird, Calypte anna, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America

Anna's Hummingbird, Calypte anna, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America

Anna's Hummingbird, Calypte anna, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America

 

Two days after I photographed the Anna’s and just after we’d finished a bird walk, a birder called me to say she had found a Chestnut-sided Warbler. This bird breeds in eastern North America and in southern Canada westwards to the Canadian Prairies. There had only been two other reported sighting of a Chestnut-sided Warbler in La Plata County until this one. I drove and then hiked to where Susan was still monitoring the bird. Eventually, it showed up again and I was able to get some good photos in good light. It really pays to keep a camera in a daypack.

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Chestnut-sided Warble, Setophaga pensylvanica, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
Chestnut-sided Warbler 4087W1C
Chestnut-sided Warble, Setophaga pensylvanica, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
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Chestnut-sided Warble, Setophaga pensylvanica, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America

What is interesting is that those two very rare birds to our area – one from the West Coast and the other from the eastern US – showed up within a few days of each other. Why? Could it be global climate change?

Whatever the reason, I love these two birds and feel a kinship with them. Whether they know it or not, they are explorers and pioneers. Seekers. Risk-takers. Perhaps lonely – and maybe because of it – they are adventuresome. They are willing to strike out from what is normal and explore new territories and distant horizons. We could all stand to learn to live a bit more like these beautiful birds.

Our trip to New York City in June

42nd Street from Tudor City

Here are a few cell phone photos from our recent trip to NYC.  Marilyn sings with the Durango Choral Society and they along with the Artistic Director, Dr. Linda Mack Berven were asked to perform at Carnegie Hall with Linda as the conductor. We were there for six days and five nights.

 

 

 

 

One day we took a walk on the High Line Trail which has lots of native plants growing along the way.

Even though we rode the subways a lot we never encountered a rat except for this one.

Inflatable Rat Near Hudson Yards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We visited the 9/11 Memorial Museum. It was very powerful. If you decide to go, I would recommend that you spend at least two hours in it. This photo was taken at the outside memorial.

Oculus at the rebuilt World Trade Center site
LInda conducting rehearsal at Carnegie Hall
Tom Miller and Marilyn Outside Carnegie Hall after the concert.
Marilyn and Tom Miller at Carnegie Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Times Square – can you find Marilyn?

Time’s Square

Near the United Nations Building

Here are some images from the 416 Fire which started on June 1, 2018 and was finally 100% contained onJuly 31, 2018

I’ve got to figure out how to make these images larger for viewing. The first photo is so dramatic when viewed larger.  There should be some way that one can click on the image to make it bigger.

416 Wildfire, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America

416 Wildfire, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
416 Wildfire, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
416 Fire, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
416 Fire, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
416 Fire, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
416 Fire, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
416 Fire, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
416 Fire, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
416 Fire, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
416 Fire, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
416 Wildfire, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
416 Wildfire, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
416 Wildfire, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
416 Wildfire, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
416 Wildfire, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
416 Wildfire, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
416 Wildfire, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America
416 Wildfire, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America

Wildebeest Crossing

We saw hundreds of thousands of wildebeests and many thousands of them crossing the Mara River and I’ve got dozen of images.  Everyone always asks about crocodiles getting a wildebeests so I’ve included one image.

Wildebeest Migration, Connochaetes taurinus, Masai Mara, Kenya, Africa
Wildebeest Migration, Connochaetes taurinus, Masai Mara, Kenya, Africa

The sight of the large herds stretching from horizon to horizon is awe inspiring and one of the most dramatic wildlife life spectacles on the planet, but unfortunately the Mara is being ruined by the encroachment of livestock grazing and the poisoning of wildlife by the locals.

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Crocodile catching a Wildebeest, Mara River, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, Africa

Four out of seven vulture species found in Kenya are Critically Endangered, while one is Endangered. These birds face a number of threats but the major is poisoning, which accounts to over 60% of their deaths. Over a recent stretch of 2 weeks guides have recorded over 30 vulture deaths.