From History

Why Newfoundland?


“It’s the place where land, water and sky embrace like old friends”. -Newfoundland Saying Why indeed? At the beginning of 2012 I began looking for a destination for my next photo safari, after being in Africa the previous year I must confess it was quite challenging to find a place that I really wanted to…

Catalan Modernisme: In Search of a National Architecture


“The straight line belongs to man, the curved line belongs to God” -Antoni Gaudí Since the very beginning, even before the actual word was coined, architecture has been influenced by nature. Whether leveraging existing resources like caves to protect ourselves from the elements, to using the universal laws of physics that govern everything in this…

To Philadelphia with Love


“Let every man or woman here, if you never hear me again, remember this,that if you wish to be great at all, you must begin where you are and with what you are. He who would be great anywhere must first be great in his own Philadelphia.” -Russel H. Conwell 1843-1925 Many years ago I…

Gyeong-bokgung, Reminder of a Great Heritage


The wonderful thing about Korean Architecture is that without obliterating its own principles of geomancy – the art of placing or arranging buildings or other sites auspiciously, based on geomagnetism- it reflects the strong influence of the cultures, religions and nations that once controlled the region. On my previous post, we saw how Koreans adapted…

Seoul, what a Great Surprise!


“One who lives in accordance with nature does not go against the way of things. He moves in harmony with the present moment always knowing the truth of just what to do” -From the Tao Te Ching (the Book of the Way) by Lao Tzu 600-531 B.C. This trip to Seoul, South Korea, was particularly…

Once in a Blue Moon…


When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -John Muir For the first time I can really say once in a blue moon and really mean what I’m saying…Like many around the world I always thought that blue moon literally meant blue or a…

In Harmony with Nature


“There are ancient secrets and lessons hidden in nature. If you seek for guidance, you will discover the truth” –Bobby Lake-Thom Every time I hear someone complain or bash the National Museum of the American Indian I get upset, and frankly it makes me sad. Some of the reasons I’ve heard for the dislike are:…

Preserving the Unpreserved


“I am I, plus my surroundings, and if I do not preserve the latter, I do not preserve myself.” –José Ortega y Gasset, 1883-1955, Meditaciones del Quijote (1914)           I have always viewed photography as a way to preserve or immortalize moments, gestures, people, situations, buildings, our way of living and…

I’m blogging because…


I’m a photographer (among other things) and the main reason I became one, more than 30 years ago, is my love for nature and wildlife, also the reason I became a biologist. As we all know we plan our lives and many times we get sidetracked by destiny, well in all these past years, besides being a photographer, I’ve been a scientist, a history teacher, a journalist, TV producer, and PR professional, and ironically I have taken more pictures of places, cities, buildings and people than nature…it is just the way things happen. In the last couple of years I’ve…