Travel photos

Cool photos here:

A group of young Samburu warriors touch a black rhino for the first time in their lives, at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, in northern Kenya.
Black rhinos are almost extinct in Kenya. This young calf had been orphaned when poachers killed its mother, and was hand-raised at Lewa. Most people in Kenya never get the opportunity to see the wildlife living around them, especially at such close quarters. Attention is often given to the effect of poaching on wildlife, but there is little focus on indigenous communities, who are on the frontline in the clash between poachers and armed game wardens.


What I learned today

The lecture was on staying well while traveling in third world countries, and what to do if one does get sick while traveling. There was discussion on malaria prophylaxis and avoiding mosquitoes, travelers diarrhea avoidance and treatment, HIV and other blood borne pathogens, immunizations one should get before travelling, and the meds and equipment one should bring along. After an hour long lecture,complete with slides of the terrible illnesses that may befall one while overseas, the speaker summed it up with one slide that said this:

Don’t get bit

Don’t eat s**t

Don’t do it

Bring your kit

Avoiding these fellows was in a different lecture…


More Santa Fe photos

There are a lot of churches in this town…no surprise, since Santa Fe was founded by missionaries.

Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi


Loretto Chapel


San Miguel mission, the oldest church building in the United States, built in 1610.


And, here is that crick they call the Santa Fe River.


Photos from Santa Fe

A photo dump from today. The weather is beautiful, warm but not hot,and always a breeze blowing. Thanks to thunderstorms last week, the Santa Fe River has water running in it; we wouldn’t call it a river at home, though, as Topey and Antoine creeks both have more water. This stream my granddaddy would probably call a “branch”. There are several museums, dozens of high end art galleries, a wide variety of restaurants, as well as tourist-y places. I am thoroughly enjoying both the conference and this unique town.

They have a beautiful Scottish Rite Temple here in Santa Fe. I was disappointed to see a “For Sale” sign in front of it.


The “skyline” of Santa Fe, with a thunderstorm building in the Sangre de Cristos.


Native American art market…a lot of jewelry, of course, but also some really amazing pottery.


KAW-LIGA was a wooden Indian standing by the door
He fell in love with an Indian maid over in the antique store…

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New Mexico Museum of Art

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Even the First Presbyterian Church looks authentic…although it kinda reminds me of the Taco Bell logo.


I thought I might have seen these two, but I could be mistaken…