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Mount Desert Island, Maine

Mount Desert Island, Maine

“Acadia National Park” is probably the more common way to identify the location of Mount Desert Island. It is not without reason, as the national park is a non-contiguous entity with several areas covering large portions of the island (and a couple of other islands as well). Not all of…

Lighthouses of Maine

Lighthouses of Maine

Lighthouses are among Maine’s best-known points of interest, and on our recent trip we specifically marked out a few for a visit. With just a couple of exceptions, they all turned out to be true highlights of the trip. Our first stop was the Portland Head Lighthouse. One of the…

Back from Maine

Back from Maine

In our days of closed borders, enforced quarantines, and mask-up regulations, road trips to manageable-distance destinations become the primary refuge to somebody starved for travel. Over the last few days, we took one such trip to the great state of Maine, which we never managed to visit in the past.…

Sunset watching

Sunset watching

Earlier this week we did what we usually only do only on vacation: made time to watch the sunset. We went to a place on the central Jersey coast called the Fisherman’s Cove, found a likely spot at the edge of the marina, and lingered enough to see the sun…

Memorable shots: Dubai

Memorable shots: Dubai

This favorite photograph is actually a shot that went rather wrong when it was taken. It is a picture of the lake adjoining the Dubai Mall, with Souk Al Bahar prominently shown on the left. The lower levels of Burj Khalifa skyscraper occupy part of the background on the right.…

A postcard from Yafo

A postcard from Yafo

This is one of the most recent entries on my list of favorite shots. I stood on this spot and took this shot only about 5 months ago. This is the port of Yafo (I prefer the Hebrew transliteration to the more commonly used name of Jaffa), a millennia-old settlement…

Memorable shots: Granada

Memorable shots: Granada

This is Iglesia de San Gil y Santa Ana that sits at the mouth of Carrer del Darro in Granada, Spain. A landmark shot of the kind that is frequently derided by landscape photography aesthetes, “Oh, look, it’s another church façade”. Except that in this case, the sunlit façade offers…

Песне ты не скажешь до свиданья

Песне ты не скажешь до свиданья

Это выступление не приближается к высотам, достигнутым на презентации Пилота и Стюардессы ровно 5 лет назад. Да и приняли мы на момент выступления уже достаточно, чтобы кое-где реально фальшивить. Тем не менее, оно заслуживает того, чтобы быть увековеченным в моём блог-пространстве. Тема вечеринки в свободной интерпретации: Расскажи соседям по купе…

A few more from Jordan

A few more from Jordan

My Jordan trip was organized by a company called Desert Eco Tours. They handled all logistics, transportation, and accommodations from the moment I approached the border crossing between Eilat and Aqaba until the moment I was crossing in reverse direction. At least a dozen different people facilitated different legs of…

Petra (WHS #150)

Petra (WHS #150)

The “New 7 Wonders of the World” campaign run by a private foundation in the beginning of this century may have been a popularity contest susceptible to vote manipulation, but only one or two of its final selections would ever be questioned as not entirely worthy of the designation. Petra…

Elsewhere in Israel

Elsewhere in Israel

A few locations that I stopped by or simply passed through on my recent tour of Israel did not result in a sufficient photographic output to merit separate blog entries. Nor could they be logically combined with other locations that I covered in a dozen-plus prior posts. This catch-all entry,…

Caesarea

Caesarea

Caesarea frequently features on the highlights-tour itineraries of Israel. It started as a seaside settlement during the Persian rule in the 6th century BCE, rose to prominence at the times of King Herod around year 6 BCE, continued to flourish through the Byzantine period, and then lost its significance after…