A Nibbling Donkey in Oberammergau, Germany

The sign declared, Bitte Esel nicht füttern. And since I was in Germany, a land famously known for its rules, I was even more sure to obey. Even though visitors to the Christmas Market in Oberammergau, Germany were asked not to feed the photogenic donkeys (to keep the live Christmas props from developing upset stomachs), rubbing ofContinue reading “A Nibbling Donkey in Oberammergau, Germany”

San Francisco’s Most Blubbery & Boisterous Residents: The Sea Lions of Pier 39

They occupy prime San Francisco real estate overlooking Alcatraz and the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges. But the lackadaisical California sea lions of Pier 39 don’t seem to be entranced by the sweeping vistas in their neighborhood. Instead, the boisterous mammals pass their days by barking, pushing their neighbors off the dock (to maximize loungingContinue reading “San Francisco’s Most Blubbery & Boisterous Residents: The Sea Lions of Pier 39”

Photo du Jour: An Elephant and His Mahout – Amber Fort, Jaipur, India

Responding to a command from his mahout, while ascending the walkway leading to Fort Amer, an elephant pauses. When I visited the Amber fortress, which was built in the 1590s, I opted to make my approach on foot. Nevertheless, I found the sight of a caravan of elephants to be a timeless one.

The “Laughing” Wild Horse in Nevada

I grew up in a part of the United States that’s very different from the high desert of Nevada. As a result, it’s been a joy to get to know the flora and the fauna unique to the rugged American West. From geckos, coyotes, and snakes, to sagebrush, tumbleweed and saffron-colored rabbit brush, I’ve emitted manyContinue reading “The “Laughing” Wild Horse in Nevada”

A Monkey Tethered to a Bomb Shell in Rural Laos

Throughout Asia during these past few months, we had the opportunity to gleefully observe monkeys outside of customary zoo environments. Some monkeys gracefully walked on power lines as if they were tightrope artists; others stole human goodies from garbage cans at outdoor establishments. The luckiest ones lived in areas that blended a natural with anContinue reading “A Monkey Tethered to a Bomb Shell in Rural Laos”

Monkey Business at Elephanta Island

Perhaps I should seek employment as a surveillance photographer for I found it extremely amusing catching the mischievous primates on film in Bali, Cambodia and India. This cheeky monkey was spotted on Elephanta Island. To get there, we had to take a 50-minute boat ride from India Gate in Mumbai / Bombay.

Photo du Jour: A Canine Convention on a Vietnamese Balcony

Hoi An, Vietnam’s Old Town is characterized by buildings painted in a creamy yellow hue, colorful lanterns, and moss-covered walls and balusters. Another ubiquitous detail are Vietnamese watchdogs. Some canines are calm and seemingly immune to the flurry of never-ending activity, whereas others — like the quartet featured here — can’t refrain from barking atContinue reading “Photo du Jour: A Canine Convention on a Vietnamese Balcony”