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Sep 16, 2007

The Moon from the Southern Hemisphere  

San Pedro is bustling with tour agencies hawking their services, offering guided trips to salt flats, geysers, flamingo reserves and mountain peaks. One of the more unique offerings is a night time tour of the skies, led by french astronomer Alain Maury and his wife Alejandra. Their home and laboratory in the desert is surrounded by telescopes through which visitors can take a close up look at the moon, planets, and instellar phenomena. Northern Chile is the site of numerous observatories, including the world’s largest, because of the clear sky, minimal interference and high altitude. I took this photo through […]

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Travels
Sep 16, 2007

Valle de la Muerte  

A few kilometers from the Valle de la Luna is the Valle de la Muerte (Valley of Death). A trail winds its way between steep cliffs and strange rock formations. Halfway through the trail opens to an enormous sand dune, which attracts a handful of sandboarders. Otherwise the trail is usually empty and eerily silent, particularly in the late afternoon when the rocks turn colors and odd shadows appear and then fade away. A good pair of sunglasses is a necessity in this environment, even in winter, due to the clear skies and the sun’s intensity at higher altitudes.Valle de […]

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Sep 16, 2007

Atacama Desert  

                      The Atacama desert is the driest place on the planet. Hemmed in by the Andes to the east and coastal mountains to the west, some parts of the region have never recorded a single drop of rain. Spanish explorers referred to it as the “despoblado de Atacama,” suggesting it was uninhabitable. Charles Darwin described it simply as “a complete and utter desert” in the Voyage of the Beagle. Traversing the landscape, he reported, “I saw only one other vegetable production, and that was a most minute yellow lichen, growing […]

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Travels
Sep 16, 2007

Santiago, Chile  

View from the Cerro Santa Lucia | GPS Map After flying in to Santiago airport, I spent a couple of days in the city collecting some in-country travel information (the Turistel road guide was indispensible for driving) and other useful items (a SIM card for my cell phone that gave me a Chilean number). I stayed at the Hotel Foresta in Santiago, which faces the Cerro Santa Lucia, a park built on a steep hill capped with a tower providing magnificent views of the city and surrounding landscape. While there are higher scenic viewpoints around the city, I found this […]

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Travels
Apr 29, 2007

Walt Disney Concert Hall LA  

The Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown LA is one of my all time favorite buildings. I’ve been there a few times before, but it’s always fascinating to wander around the outside of the building, especially just before sunset as the metal reflect the changing light and color in the sky.

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Events
Jan 27, 2007

Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 11:34 PM  

My work will be featured in the next show at Nevin Kelly Gallery on U street — Double Vision: The Photographic Work of Yanina Manolova and Mark Parascandola. The opening reception will be Thursday, February 15, from 6 – 9 pm.

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Jan 21, 2007

Fraser Gallery  

My photograph Cabo de Gata was accepted for the Fraser Gallery 6th Annual International Photography Competition. The show will be up from February 9 – March 3, 2007 with an opening reception and awards ceremony on Friday February 9 from 6 to 9 pm. The scene is from the Cabo de Gata natural park in Almeria, Spain.

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It was 40 Years Ago Today …  

1966 was a tumultuous year for the Beatles. They had endured the kicks and punches of angry mobs during their disastrous visit to the Philippines and the outcry over John’s offhanded “more popular than Jesus” remark. It was the year the group renounced performing live after more than four years of relentless touring around the world. George made his first trip to India, Paul bought a manor house and traveled to East Africa, and John decided to have a try at acting. Lennon had been given the role of Private Gripweed in Richard Lester’s black comedy How I Won the […]

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Cortijo Del Fraile  

Federico Garcia Lorca’s Blood Wedding was inspired by a true story that appeared in a Spanish newspaper in 1928. A bride-to-be ran off with another man (her cousin) the night before the wedding, but the groom’s brother discovered the couple and shot and killed the lover. The bride-to-be lived on a farm called El Fraile. Over 75 years later, the ruins of the farm remain in the remote countryside of Nijar in Almeria, accessible only by a poorly marked, unpaved road. These images show part of the chapel building on the property.

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