Kenyan and Tanzanian governments started a joint aerial count of elephants and other large mammals in the shared ecosystem of the Amboseli-West Kilimanjaro and Natron-Magadi landscape. The one-week exercise, which started Oct. 7 and costs $104,000 dollars, is a collaboration between the two countries and the Kenya Wildlife Service, Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute and the African Wildlife Foundation, among others.
Muslims make the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, India goes through dengue fever prevention, Ukrainian Fashion Week begins and more in today’s daily brief.
Pictures and text by Eduardo A. Encina
Ever since I was a kid, when I used to watch the Orioles play from the gold outfield bleachers of Memorial Stadium, I couldn’t get enough of baseball. I’d arrive early for batting practice and never left until the final out. Now as the Orioles beat writer for The Sun, I get to chance to travel the country – from the first days of spring training in February to the final out of the regular season – and cover the O’s. I understand that this job takes me places normally I wouldn’t be able to go, grants me access few have.
And as a reporter, you already take mental snapshots of everything you see. That’s a part of your job. My goal has been to take readers closer, and with the help of my handy iPhone, that’s become a lot easier than it was 25 years ago. So every time I’ve seen something interesting on the road, I’ve reached for my phone to take a quick photo to post on Twitter or Instagram. Some of these images are inside the ballpark, some are in the cities to which I travel. Some are of food (my colleague Dan Connolly ribs me for those).
Some might be quirky. Others might seem mundane, but they’re all snapshots of an attempt to show the reader what life is like covering the Orioles.
Baltimore photographer Lisa Dierolf Shires recently visited Cuba’s capital Havana on a photography trip in February. Shires and a fellow photographer friend did the research, practiced their Spanish and came up with a logistical plan. The duo made it to Cuba by way of Cancun – barely making their flight after they ran into complications in purchasing their tickets in Mexico. After converting Canadian dollars to Mexican pesos for flights at a terrible exchange rate and adapting to changes in original plans and funds, they focused their stay in the capital city. “The people were very patient with our Spanish and were very kind,” Shires said. “There was a separation between old and young on the contentment of the condition of the country.” The difference being that the younger generation was ready for change and access to information, she explained.
The Darkroom caught up with Shires who talked about Old Havana, its people, culture and daily life in a post-Fidel Castro Cuba.
The annual Blossom Kite Festival, held Saturday, March 30 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., was met with spring-like weather, but inconsistent winds. Thousands of people came out with their kites of all shapes, colors and sizes. Some came just to watch.
The Darkroom caught up with photographers Rob Brulinski and Rachel Younghans, who recently ended their first leg of their Freak Flag America tour.
In their latest installment, they talk about a female gun shop owner in Kansas, eating raw broccoli for dinner, casino campgrounds and a visit with activist Ray Hill on the day that Texas has carried out its 250th execution under Texas Governor Rick Perry. Their project across America is for an upcoming photo book about the more unique people who make up the United States.
Day-off? No plans? You might want to consider a daytrip to the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, PA.
Built entirely of concrete, the museum houses thousands of artifacts obtained by archaeologist and scholar Henry C. Mercer — from floor to ceiling and everything in between with boats to carriages and cigar advertisements, to guns and traps and vintage medical instruments.
Mercer believed that “the story of human progress and accomplishments was told by the tools and objects that people used,” according to the museum’s site. Among the 50,000 artifacts that can be seen, some of the oldest include a whale oil lamp that is over 2,000 years old and Native American implements that dates back to 6,000 – 8,000 B.C., the site also said.
UPDATE: 30 more images have been added from this year’s Day of the Dead celebrations from all over world.
In some households, November 1st is All Saints’ Day. In others, it’s the Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. Both focus on remembering those who have come before us but do so different ways. Where as All Saints’ Day is a Catholic tradition invoking a solemn and prayerful atmosphere, the Day of the Dead is a Mexican celebration filled with vibrant colors, decadent food and lively activities.
Seven states later and everything from Noah’s ark to a hillbilly zoo: Postcard from Freak Flag America
Be prepared to be jealous. Seriously.
From gator rentals to an isolated community of Swiss immigrants and being referred to as “fat-ass hunters,” local photographers Rob Brulinski and Rachel Younghans are on a roadtrip discovering what makes Americans… well uniquely American… for their upcoming book Freak Flag America.
Seven states later and 3,818+ miles driven, the duo shares a photo postcard dated Oct. 21 from the road.
The space shuttle Endeavour, mounted on the back of a 747, flew over several of California landmarks on it way to retirement at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.