Ba Gui Agricultural Research Garden, Nanning, China

Ba Gui Agricultural Research Garden, Nanning

Today’s Pic du Jour, the 193rd (!) straight, provides a brief throwback to a late 2010 visit to the Ba Gui Agricultural Research Garden in Nanning, China, quite likely one of the biggest cities you’ve never heard of*. The city of 6.6 million is the capital of the Guangxi Zhuang …

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Water pollution mural, Punta Arenas, Chile

Gone Fishin’

Actually, I haven’t. And I bet this guy wishes he hadn’t either. Today’s Pic du Jour, the 192nd (!) straight, is of a mural I spotted between the fabled municipal cemetery and hippodrome in Punta Arenas, Chile during my six-month overland trip across South America last year. I had a …

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Cityscape 2, Quito, Ecuador. May 2013

Cityscapes – Quito, Ecuador | Stock Image Gallery 3

Flanked by snow-capped volcanic peaks and sprawled across the Guayllabamba River valley in the country’s northern highlands, few of the world’s capitals can claim as beautiful a setting as Quito, the Ecuadoran capital. Its historical center, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, is described as one of the largest and …

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Sidewalk breakfast, Hanoi, Vietnam

Breakfast With a Smile, Hanoi

The vivid memory of this woman’s smile greeted me when I woke up this morning. I have no idea what provoked it but I didn’t fight it. There are worse images that can clutter a mind when one starts the day. The recollection left me no choice but to hunt …

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Street vendors, Calle Pedro Fermin Cevallos, Quito, Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador – Street Scenes | Stock Image Gallery 2

Flanked by snow-capped volcanic peaks and sprawled across the Guayllabamba River valley in the country’s northern highlands, few of the world’s capitals can claim as beautiful a setting as Quito, the Ecuadoran capital. Its historical center, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, is described as one of the largest and …

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Mannequin, Stockholm

Mannequin Monday 8

Mannequin Monday heads to northern Europe this week and lands in Stockholm, Sweden’s Old Town, or Gamla Stan, where I spotted this hipster, a reminder of how brutal Scandinavian winters can be. Summers, too, apparently. If you’re new to this weekly series, you can and should catch up here. Enjoy …

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Fruit stand, Medellin, Colombia

Fruit Stand, Medellin

Colombia produced 7.98 million metric tons of fruit in 2010, a near three-fold increase since 1970. Some 50kg is represented on this street vendor’s stand in Medellin. Today’s Pic du Jour, the 189th (!) straight, was snapped on 05-June-2013. Please click on the image to see the full uncropped version. …

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Heathen Maiden, Vršič Pass, Slovenia

The Legend of the Heathen Maiden

This is Ajdovska deklica, or the Heathen Maiden, whose forlorn visage hangs permanently on the sheer rock face of the 2,547m (8,356 ft) high Prisojnik, a mountain that forms part of the eastern wall of Slovenia’s Vršič pass. It’s a natural formation caused by rock fractures that rests at the …

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Juvenile magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) near Puerto Pizarro, Peru

Juvenile Magnificent Frigatebird

I’ve posted images of these birds a few times before, but never featured a juvenile, like the one above snapped near Puerto Pizarro, Peru. You’re welcome. As seabirds with the longest wingspan in proportion to weight of all birds, they are nothing short of magnificent. Check out a 16-image gallery …

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Ecuadoran Espumillas

Ecuadoran Espumillas

Today’s Pic du Jour, the 186th straight (!), is a colorful swirl of light, crispy sweetness. It’s a lot like meringue, melts in your mouth and is a favorite street dessert in most Ecuadoran cities. Please click on the image to see the full uncropped version. All images © Bob …

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