13 October 2012

Things I Hope to be Able to Read

The Historian and I boldly ignored State Department warnings about travel to Egypt following the 25 January Revolution - their part in the Arab Spring, which deposed longtime leader Hosni Mubarak.  

Because I'm rather more interested in the regular people than the carefully messaged tourist stuff, I was in heaven with all of the graffiti we found in the country by people who were celebrating their newly rediscovered collective strength.  It was an amazing time to be there.

I've chosen photos with a dual purpose - to show some of the more powerful expressions we saw, and secondarily, because I'm taking Arabic and mentioned to my professor I'd love to be able to actually read these for myself someday.   So some are for him to see if he would like to use in class.  They are therefore not organized by place but rather by type.

Photos after the jump, as there are a lot of them!

01 October 2012

Pics From My Car: Joshua Tree & Palm Springs

One of the things The Historian and I try to do is "play tourist" as much as possible wherever we are.  So in 2005, we took a long weekend in Joshua Tree National Park, and came back to LA via Palm Springs.  What follows are a few photos from the trip.

The gate of our B&B - I could get used to waking up to this view every morning!

Roughley Manor

One of the hiking paths.

In flight over Coachella Valley.

Kind of hard to tell, but there are motorcycles on the left and a coyote doing his evening commute on the right.

Coyotes don't care.  Its happy hour.

My new favorite species of dandelion - the desert dandelion.  Unlike your usual lawn variety, these had a sweet buttery scent.

The San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm, near Palm Springs.