Mother Nature Saddles Up

Museo of Amber Zona Colonia, Santo Domingo

Pat reminds me to dig deeper on amber, highly valued by Kings and royalty way way back when we had Kings and royalty. Tunneling deeper, I start walking to the Museum of Ambar at 454 Calle Arzobismo Merino Street in the Zona Colonia. It is roughly four blocks from the...

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Jardin Botanico Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

A ten minute taxi ride to the north of the Zona Colonia is the National Botanical Gardens of the Dominican Republic.   The gardens are huge and I trade narrow sidewalks to walk freely in a wide open space. This Sunday there is a long wavy line at the...

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Fishing by the Napolitano Casino Fishermen rise early

Before seven in the morning, a kid passes me on a bicycle, waves at another man on a bicycle going the other way past us, carrying a five gallon plastic bucket on his handlebars and a fishing pole home with breakfast. When the kid makes a left towards the water, a...

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Afternoon rain Zona Colonia Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

It rains in the Caribbean. This rain storm has blown in in early afternoon and sends me under a roof overhang on one of the streets in the ": Old City. " Bringing an umbrella is one of those suggested things to do when packing for a trip, carrying the umbrella on your...

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Mama Juana Mixology

When I remark that I have a cold, Yuri asks if I want some " Mama Juana? " " I don't want marijuana, " I answer. " No, " she laughs, " Mama Juana. It is a local drink, good for colds. " Berluis shows me a jug which looks like it is filled with bark off a tree, which,...

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Porthole Landing in the Dominican Republic

Visibility is restricted on airplanes. Unless you have a window seat and are inclined to gaze out a small porthole, it is easy to forget you are thousands of feet in the air inside a fancied up tin can that runs on computers, run by software written by a geek...

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Tumbling Tumbleweed/Albuquerque-Video looking for home

From Wikepedia- " A tumbleweed is a structural part of the above-ground anatomy of a number of species of plants, a diaspore, that once it is mature and dry, detaches from its root or stem, and tumbles away in the wind...." "Tumbleweeds" is also a Roy Rodgers cowboy...

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Snow Day Albuquerque Foothills, December 2018

There are four seasons in Albuquerque. We are dry and hot in the summer, cooler and dry in the fall, cold and dry in the winter,  windy and warm and dry in the spring. We are high desert and only get ten inches of rain a year, if lucky.  Last night's snow...

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The Bench Sunrise Palo Duro Canyon, Texas

  Palo Duro canyon isn't far from Amarillo. If you head east from Amarillo you hit the Texas Palo Duro State Park where you can drive down into the canyon and access its visitor center and exhibits. On road cuts in the canyon below Alan's home we have found...

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Oil Rig, Nebraska Black Gold

Snow blew in yesterday and is falling earthward softly. Big sloppy soft flakes hit a diesel power plant that runs all the rig lights and equipment, touch hot metal and turn to water on contact. Snow covers the roof of the mud logger's SUV and dark mid west prairie mud...

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Earth Our Planet

Earth is the third planet from the Sun and the only astronomical object known to harbor life. Radiometric dating and other evidence say the planet was formed some 4.5 billion years ago. The world population is currently 7.53 billion people. give or take a few million....

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