Readers’ wildlife photos

I importune you again to send in your wildlife photos. I have a decent backlog, but remember that it depletes at the rate of seven posts per week.

Today we are again counting “street photography” (one of my favorite genres of photos) as “wildlife photography.” And Joe Routon contributes some lovely photos. His comments are indented.

Here are men in Morocco having a serious discussion.

If I see a person who has an interesting face, I’ll ask if I can take a “street portrait.” Here’s one from India.
This was in France. I was immediately attracted to the colorful sheets, so this one is in color.
One of my street photos during a demonstration. It’s hard to tell if the child’s ears are being blasted or if he’s intently feeling the emotion and the message of the moment. His hands seem to be signaling “Hold it down! Hold it down!”
Young love in Prague.
A baby-carrier in Myanmar.

Jerry, this is one that you’ll appreciate, but you probably won’t want to include it. [JAC: Of course I included it!] I shot it during the National Democratic Convention in Philadelphia. A group from “the most obnoxious and rabid hate group in America,” Westboro Baptist Church, from Topeka, Kansas, was on hand to demonstrate and create havoc. They’re the ones who spew hatred—their web site is “God Hates Fags,” and they regularly disrupt military funerals and other solemn, meaningful events.

So, while they were preaching vitriolic venom over their loudspeakers, others were giving them a hard time. Notice the sign that one person was holding in front of them, “I love sinning,” and over on the left side is a guy with a green trombone blaring out, completely obliterating the poisonous, bitter “preaching.” It was very entertaining.



  1. Posted October 8, 2020 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    Wonderful snaps

  2. Patrick
    Posted October 8, 2020 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    Your street photos are fantastic. The bearded man in India has amazing character in his face.

  3. rickflick
    Posted October 8, 2020 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    Great shots. Deep human interest.

  4. Teresa A Carson
    Posted October 8, 2020 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    As someone who lives near Topeka and has seen the folks from the Westoboro Baptist church many times over the past 24 years, I’m happy to report their influence has decreased significantly. Many members of the family have defected, and one of them is now a lawyer who actively works against the church. They would come regularly to Lawrence to picket, among other events, operas, gay pride parades and Al Franken’s speech (Franken spoke to them outside before his presentation to find out why he was being picketed with “God Hates Fags” signs). For years, they flooded government fax machines with their diatribes (this was at their peak some time ago). At this point, their following is minimal and likely consists of just a few members of the family that started all the fuss in the first place. Nonetheless, those are all lovely photos!

  5. uommibatto
    Posted October 8, 2020 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Nice photos.

    Let’s remember that the Westboro Baptist Church’s M.O. is to stage outrageous protests, and then sue if their civil rights have been infringed upon. They’ve done this many times. When they came to our community to protest some LGBTQ club at our local high school, they were mostly ignored, and that was the end of that.

  6. Posted October 8, 2020 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    Those are marvelous! That last one made me ‘lol’.

    • Joe Routon
      Posted October 9, 2020 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

      Thank you, Mark! I’m very impressed with your photos on Flickr!

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