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Jellyfishes: Terrifying Beauties


“From nearly microscopic tinkerbells to golden giants whose bells loom larger than beach umbrellas, you couldn’t dream up more exotic jellies than already exists” -Nora Danes, Jellies Living Art And terrifying they are, particularly if you happen to be swimming in the ocean and finding one or more pulsating their way in the water right…

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…

There is Always a Dog…


“Of all the animals, surely the dog is the only one that really shares our life, helps in our work, and has a place in our recreation. It is the only one that becomes so fond of us that sometimes it cannot go on living after its master dies” -Fernand Mercy   As I mentioned…

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…

Gorillas, The Gentle Giants


“When you realize the value of all life, you dwell less on what is past and concentrate on the preservation of the future.” -Dian Fossey         I find very interesting that some of the biggest animals on earth are also the kindest; whales, giraffes, elephants -when not in a bad mood- and…

Goodbye Rokan


This is just a note to remember Rokan, the oldest tiger at the Smithsonian National Zoo. Just learned that he died a couple of days ago. I feel very lucky for having had the opportunity to take so many great pictures of him back in March of this year. He was so happy with the…

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…