It's dear old Paolo Sarpi, a famous Venetian known for his battles with the Roman Catholic church. They even tried to assassinate him, but he was a tough dude. Now he's got his own statue to commemorate his life in one of the lovely little squares in Venice. Photo taken in February 2004.
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Even our four-legged friends like to get into the carnival spirit in Venice. I'm not really sure how much dogs enjoy wearing these costumes, but he sure is cute! Photo taken in February 2004.
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24 February 2012
These are two traditional costumes that come from the Commedia dell'arte tradition in Italy. The man on the left represents Il Capitano while the one on the right represents Dottore della Peste. There were many representations of these two in Venice, but this pair was one of the few which agreed to pose for me. Photo taken in February 2004.
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Here's an overview of the Crystal Bridge. You can see the bougainvillea growing down by those railings. In my opinion, it's one of Oklahoma City's best attractions. I took my MiL to visit when she came to town in December 2011.
Confidential to my Dad: Happy Birthday!!!
Confidential to my Dad: Happy Birthday!!!
14 February 2012
13 February 2012
My holiday cruise had to come to an end at some time. It was great fun though and a nice break from cold Canada. The man working out on the tarmac waved to me after I got this shot at the Houston Hobby airport. Photo taken in December 2011.
12 February 2012
I found this selection of water fountains inside the Houston Hobby airport. I think it's great they have tried to accommodate people of all sizes! Plus you've got a bonus reflection of the sports bar across the way! Photo taken in December 2011. For more reflections, visit Weekend Reflections.
11 February 2012
I have mixed feelings about these "swim with the dolphins" programs that are popping up all over Mexico. While I can certainly understand people would love to frolic with these graceful and playful pals, how would you feel if you had to perform for your breakfast, lunch and dinner? I also question the training of the people running these programs. A debate for the ages... Photo taken in December 2011. If you'd like to see more animals, check out Camera Critters.
10 February 2012
From the Mayan ruins to the
inauthentic Mexican village. I don't care much for these places, but I have to admit that swim-up bar did look inviting on this hot, sunny day. Photo taken in December 2011. If you like skies, take a look at Skywatch.
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The Mayans were very sensitive to the cardinal directions. Their temples and pyramids were always built so that each side was facing a certain direction. This was the north side and as these stones are quite old, I was surprised they didn't have more moss. Photo taken in December 2011.
Here's a look at the sacrificial altar of this Mayan site. Our guide explained that only the best citizens were chosen for sacrifice - those who would be considered today as the business, spiritual and intellectual leaders of the community. I guess this is one of the reasons their civilization did not survive. Photo taken in December 2011.
04 February 2012
Here's a look at one of the main pyramid temples at the Chacchoben site in Mexico. Our guide said this pyramid has actually been rebuilt and restored. It was only around five feet tall or so when it was originally excavated. Most of the other ruins however have not been rebuilt as modern archeologists believe it's better to leave ruins in ruins. Photo taken in December 2011.
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I saved my best animal shot for last. This is Olly the ocelot, I'm not sure how he turned up at the zoo - sometimes people think exotic animals make good pets and then realize they don't. But the many caretakers and staff try to keep the surroundings as natural as possible. Photo taken in December 2011.
I hope you have enjoyed this series on the animals of Belize. Tomorrow we're on to something new!