Pot-pourri cinquante-deux

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Mary Poppins? Bogotá, 2018.

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You sweet thing you… San Francico, 2016. (Some of you may remember my fondness for Lichtenstein’s art…)

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Amazon forest, 2006. Bradypus. Paresseux in French, sloth in English. This one took over half an hour to cross on the next tree. Slooooow.

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We need war… Mexico City. 2018. Fingers crossed.

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London 2016. Rumour has it that Ms. May(be) is considering selling the bridges to the Saudis to pay for Brexit.

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Olmec head, (around 900 BC) Villahermosa, south-east Mexico, 1992. Those heads weigh between 6 and 20 tons. Archeologists are puzzled at how the stones were brought from miles and miles away.

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Bruges, Belgium, 2000. A rare moment without rain that day.

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Coatimundi, Tabasco, 1992. Those little buggers, distant cousins of the raccoons, form large packs of very smart and slightly aggressive animals, foraging in the garbage near the archeological sites. Anything in a plastic bag is assumed to be food. Very sharp teeth.

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French couple, 9th century. Drawing by my mother, Renée.

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Sete quedas, “Seven (water) falls. South of Brazil, near Iguaçu. The entire site was a succession of one waterfall after the other, connected by suspended bridges. Nothing is left: the entire area was flooded by a dam built on the Paraná river. (Yours truly, with my post-Woodstock haircut)

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Hyena, Maasaï Mara reserve. Kenya, 1989.

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Cyprus, 1967. The Greek statue’s face has been carved out by the Turk invaders, in 1571.

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Little flea. Mexico, 2018. (c)ourtesy Gini.

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Calvary in Normandy, c.1970. Such crosses were common features in the countryside from Brittany to Normandy. Some very old. I suspect this one to be 17th century. The village church was a Gothic affair dating back to the 14th century.

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Hippos on the Nile, Murchison Falls, Uganda, 1969.

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Dolce & Gabbana, Mexico city, 2018. Or was it Venice? Spectacular outfits, but who would actually go out on the street dressed like that. Maybe those young girls below would?

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Tchad, Africa, c.2010. At a vaccination campaign led by Médecins sans frontières. (c)ourtesy C. Heurtebise.

Have a smiling week. (Scotty: beam everybody back home safely, please)

 

63 thoughts on “Pot-pourri cinquante-deux

  1. pretty animals and I would not wear that out in public, but I’m sure it costs a pretty penny none the less. My clothing store that I work at does Not sell anything like that thank heavens 🙂 Nice work here again Brian and love the woodstock haircut of course 🙂

  2. I’ve always had somewhat of an idea that you might’ve had somehow a trait of “The Dude” Lebowski and that Iguaçu photo is proving me (sort of) right! Yeah! BTW, loved the rumour that Mrs May is considering selling off the bridges… but hey, it’s all going to be great once they’re out, they’ll have freedom and (Made in France) blue passports!

    • I hade to look Lebowski up. Hadn’t seen it. Don’t forget the sideburns à la Easy Rider.
      And yes old chap, they will have Frog passports! (maniac laughter!)
      Ciao, ciao

  3. Would love to see a hippo or a hyena in the wild. Love the hippy look. 😉 I once saw a wonderful Olmec head exhibit at the De Young in SF. I’ve never seen on the in the wild though. It is so amazing to think early people managed such a colossal feet of moving such a heavy item yet it was done time and time again. Egypt, Easter island, Celtic Stone Circles, etc.

    • Waaaay back. 🙂 I’m sure you wore tie-dye t-shirts?
      And yes, the girls look happy. The photographer is very good at people. Now this was a vaccination campaign against meningitis, daughter #1 took a break between two residencies and went to Africa with Doctors without borders. The point is that all the women and children put on their very best clothes and jewelry to mark the vaccination as a very special event. 🙂

  4. Green-eyed kitty is my favorite, of course 🙂
    Faceless statues remind me of the Russian revolution 1917, and some others – like Ireland 2016. Humans usually tend to destroy cultural objects among everything else when they take over. Does it bring peace and happiness? Never.

    • Merci chère amie. I think you just summed up the pot-pourri concept: hippos and Dolce & Gabana. 😉
      Hope you are finding your bearings. I’m enjoying Paris. Home is always good. At least for a short while. 😉
      Bz

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