Photos and text by Kenneth K. Lam
The Baltimore Sun
Dutch couple Edwin Koeman, and Nitsuje Wolanios planted 250,000 tulips of 183 different varieties in a field outside Milan. The field opened March 28 and will remain open for three or four weeks, depending on the blooming time of the tulips.
More than 50,000 people have been displaced by flood water in the region of Piura in northern Peru and hundreds of houses have been flooded. Many local residents are being taken to shelters set up by the government, while others refuse to leave their land and prefer to stay on high ground in their communities.
Confrontations between elephants and humans can quickly turn violent in Sumatra, where competition for space has intensified as the island forests have been rapidly cleared for timber and farming. Nearly 70 percent of the Sumatran elephants’ habitat has been destroyed in a single generation, says conservation group WWF, driving them into ever-closer contact with humans.
“I think objects are more interesting if you can’t solve them, if you don’t know what they are,” said Baltimore artist Chris Bathgate, whose work is on display at the Baltimore Museum of Industry through March 2018.
Arabian Oryx are seen at the Arabian Oryx Sanctuary in Um al-Zamool, near the United Arab Emirates’ border with Saudi Arabia on March 23, 2017. The sanctuary stretches over an estimated area of 8,900 square kilometers and currently hosts nearly 155 of the species, which were reintroduced into the its natural habitat in the UAE in a five-year conservation plan launched by UAE’s late ruler Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, after fears of their extinction.
Experts at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York just spent 16 years sprucing up its super-size wall hangings with a labor-intensive process that uses dental probes, tweezers and other tools. Now the historic house of worship is inviting the public to enjoy the fruits of its labors. An exhibit called “The Barberini Tapestries, Scenes from the Life of Christ” runs through June 25.
The Persian New Year is an ancient Zoroastrian tradition celebrated by Iranians and Kurds which coincides with the vernal (spring) equinox and is calculated by the solar calendar.
The man who (maybe) invented tiramisu is retiring. Now, a former legal secretary has one more week to master the recipes he’s spent his life perfecting.