Tuesday 30 April 2024

Z is for ze end


Well, it's time to zip it up after posting a zillion photos...

Zebra crossing, Sarat Bose Road, Kolkata, India.

Zebra crossing, near Natural History Museum, Raleigh, NC.

Zebra crossing, P&G Plaza, Cincinnati, OH.

Zebra crossing, Dealey Plaza/Elm Street, Dallas, TX. 

Zebra crossing, Constitution Ave, Washington DC. 

Zebra crossing, Victoria Parade, Suva, Fiji. 

Zebra, crossing. Masai Mara, Kenya. 

Zebra not crossing. Sheep crossing. St Catherine, Sinai, Egypt.

Well, that's it. Another April, another A-Z, muddled through somehow. Hope you enjoyed the pictures.  Big fat thank yous to all those who visited and encouraged. 

For the last few days, my eye has been super sore. And closed for the most part. Back as soon as this never ending rubbish is sorted, hopefully sooner rather than later.

A very happy May to all!

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Monday 29 April 2024



Y day and so close yet so far, yikes! It's turned out to be a total yorker, if you know what I mean. Didn't expect Y to be so difficult, but there it is... 

The old, original York, UK. Incidentally, a yorker is not a resident of
York but a cricket delivery, one of the toughest balls to bat.

Newer, new York, USA.

Darb al Asfar - translates to Yellow Alley, Egypt.

That's a dessert called Bali Breakfast, made of mango and whipped coconut
milk, not an egg. The 'yolk' was runny just like the real thing though.
Cuca, Jimbaran, Bali. 

Private yachts at Denarau, Fiji. 

Fall leaves in a lucky shade of yellow! Texas.

That's about all I could scrape together for today. Funny how what you think will be easy turns out quite different, while the expected difficult ones don't create as much of a problem. C'est la vie.  

Thank you to all those who've read and supported me through this erratic version of A-Z. Hopefully, I can be back for the finale. 

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Sunday 28 April 2024



I shall Xploit the following photos to Xtricate myself from the predicament that is X...

Needs no captions, right? At the NC Museum of History, Raleigh

Is this an Xample of obsessive memorialisation?

Beyond weird....

Spot the X - how many do you see? NC Museum of Art, Raleigh

The label on the installation...in case you wanted the Xplanation...

More Xs spotted...Mirror Image by Maud Gatewood

The detailed label. NC Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC.

Some Xtra large Xs among the stripped branches. East Fork State Park, OH

Bowl with X. Indigenous American art. Dallas Art Museum, TX.

That's all for X, and boy, am I glad that's over! Hope you've enjoyed the photos. Just a couple more left now, thank goodness. Happy end days of the challenge to you if you're A-Zing! And happy cusp season if you're not!

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Saturday 27 April 2024



From the age of 16 onwards, that's when my father gave me a point-n-shoot Kodak, wherever I've gone in the world, the one thing that's gone with me is a camera. From Washington DC to Wailoaloa, Fiji. From Wikala al Ghuri in Cairo to the White river and to Wadi Rum. 

Mashrabiya window in Wikala al Ghuri, Cairo.
For the privacy of women.

Plaque on the medieval wall of Bath, UK.

White river on a gorgeous, early winter day. Carmel, IN.

Humayun's tomb, Delhi.

Old wooden windows from the 1920s/30s, Kolkata. 

Wading hamercop, they live in a wide variety of wetlands in Africa and
Arabia. Masai Mara, Kenya.

Stained glass window, Bath Abbey, Bath.

West Potomac Park, Washington DC.

Weeping willow, Kew Gardens, Greater London, UK

Watching the lights recede, Singapore.

4WD in Wadi Rum, Jordan. 

I'm ending with a video - of wave watching on Wailoaloa beach, Fiji. The tide was coming in. I went for long walks on this beach sometimes as it was the closest to Denarau, where we lived while we were there.  One of my friends on viewing the clip, commented, 'It's sounds like the earth is breathing.' Wow! Did she nail it or what?

That's all for W for windows, waves, winter and water. Hope you've enjoyed the photos. Happy A-Zing! - if you're participating, we're well into the last week now! And happy cusp season to you, if you're not! 

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Friday 26 April 2024



I keep using the URL to put in the badge above but I'm unaware about what the letters actually signify. I shall get off this post and directly find out. 

Here are the photos for today - U is for umbrella and V is for visitor, which is what my role is in all photographs posted here, though I am not visible in them. That's because I'm behind the camera, eyes glued to  the viewfinder.

Umbrellas at the White House. Washington DC.

Umbrella climbing up at the Jefferson Memorial, DC.

Umbrellas at the Lincoln Memorial

More umbrellas going down the steps.

At home drying on the landing. Kolkata, India.

On the way to Abby Falls, Karnataka, India.

Batasia Loop, Darjeeling, India.

Pineapple seller. Near Coronation Bridge, India.

Namdroling Golden Temple, Mysuru, India.

Darbhanga Ghat, Varanasi, India.

The Great Banyan at the Botanical Gardens, Howrah, India.

In case you were wondering - an umbrella is an umbrella and not a parasol when it's made from a waterproof material. An umbrella can be used as a parasol, and it is often used so in India. But a parasol can't be used as an umbrella - it will not protect against rain. Now you know which to carry when.  

That's all for today. Hope you've enjoyed the photos. Happy A-Zing! - if you're participating, in the home stretch now! And happy cusp season to you, if you're not! 

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