Photos and text by Karl Merton Ferron
The Baltimore Sun
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.
Ultra Orthodox Jews donned costumes and drank wine on March 13, 2017 in Jerusalem, Israel to celebrate the Purim holiday, commemorating the deliverance of the Jewish people from a plot to exterminate them in the ancient Persian empire 2,500 years ago, as described in the Book of Esther.
A new Amazon series, “Z: The Beginning of Everything,” relives the life of Zelda Fitzgerald, famed flapper and wife of F. Scott. Should it get a second season, the show will likely make a trip to Baltimore, where Fitzgerald underwent psychiatric treatment and also wrote a novel.