August Birthdays

August is birthday month at Kongo’s house.  In this monkey troop if your birthday isn’t in August, well it just doesn’t count.  Of course that’s not completely true but with birthdays on the 11th, 18th, 22nd, and 25th there is a lot of celebrating to do.  Kongo and his two sons are all a week apart and the newest granddaughter, Persephone, jumped into the August club three years ago.  Whenever possible, and this is most years, the family all gathers to have one giant celebration sometime in August.  We did it yesterday! Naturally the three year old took center stage…

Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Height

This week’s travel theme is height.  Fortunately, Kongo was atop New York’s Top of the Rock yesterday evening and he took this three-frame panorama of Manhattan looking south shortly before sunset.  The Empire State Building is left-center with Freedom Plaza and downtown in the background.  The Hudson River is on the right.  See more height images at Ailsa’s Where’s My Backpack. Travel safe.  Have fun.

The Green Flash or Weird Things Happen on Photo Shoots

Clever monkeys will quickly observe that the sunset above is NOT a green flash.  Kongo went in search of this elusive phenomena last evening at the Sunset Cliffs overlook in San Diego.  It was a perfect evening for a green flash.  Dry air, clear horizon, and so forth — all the elements necessary to spot the green flash.  Alas is was not to be and Kongo wasn’t the only one looking for the green flash last night.  There were other weird things about this  photo shoot which just goes to show you that monkey photographers have to be ready for anything.

Palomar Mountain

Kongo visited Palomar Mountain yesterday, which is about an hour’s drive from his home in San Diego.  The panorama above, made from three images, is a view of Lake Henshaw and the Santa Ysabel Valley taken from a scenic overlook on the way up the mountain on the eastern road approach.  The small island in the lake is … Monkey Island!  

Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Big

  This week Ailsa’s Travel Theme is BIG.  After reading the challenge this image of a large butte rising from a canyon floor at the Ghost Ranch near Abiquiu, New Mexico came to mind.  Kongo visited the Ghost Ranch as part of National Geographic Photo Expedition Workshop in July.  See more BIG images at Ailsa’s Where’s My Backpack. Related articles NatGeo Photo Workshop: A Review (travel-monkey.me) In Search of Georgia O’Keeffe (travel-monkey.me)