Readers’ wildlife photos

Please send in your wildlife photos, which can include, as they do today, street photography (landscapes are also acceptable). Today’s batch of people photos comes from biologist Joe Dickinson, whose notes are indented:

This is a street musician in Bergen, Norway.

Another musician, this one from a pub in Cliffden, Ireland.  We love the Irish tradition of musicians going to the local pub on a Saturday evening and jamming with whoever shows up.  “Do you know tune X?”  “I think so, hum a few bars. OK, got it. What key?”

This is one of the very life-like Egyptian funerary portraits on display in the British Museum.

This young lady in Nara, Japan was very proud of her fine geisha outfit.  My notes say it was her seventh birthday.  Every kid we encountered in Japan flashed the V.

This shot of a colleague in Biology at the University of Utah was captured at a party celebrating the end of my term as Department Chair.  The caption was added by other colleagues.

This mandrill was just too handsome to leave out.  Don’t be concerned with what his left hand was doing

This young lady at a school we visited near Victoria Falls was very happy with a simple gift someone had brought along.  We had been instructed to bring school supplies but this was a much bigger hit.

Also near Victoria Falls, it was notable that rather young kids were charged with the care of younger siblings.

Reputedly the oldest man in this village, this gentleman turned out to be exactly my age.

This and the following are aboriginal women selling crafts at an outdoor market in the Australian Outback.  The colorful sticks the first woman is holding, used to beat out a rhythm for dancing or chanting, now reside in an alcove in our living room.

Finally, my granddaughter making the most of a root beer at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

23 Comments

  1. Posted October 27, 2020 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    Cool photos, thanks for sharing these.

  2. sven
    Posted October 27, 2020 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    I may be daft, but somehow I cannot find a link or an e-mail adrdress where to send my contribution to.

  3. Posted October 27, 2020 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    A great set!
    Ah, the “PetCo” frisbee. Those are rather good frisbees to be had at about $1 each. We go thru several a year, and have a stack of them, all well loved and chewed by the d*g.

  4. sgo
    Posted October 27, 2020 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    Nice photos. I especially like the “It was due yesterday?” caption.

    As for the picture of the girl in Nara, that isn’t a geisha outfit. If she indeed was 7, it was probably for the “Shichi-Go-San” ceremony, where they dress up in kimono. See here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shichi-Go-San .

  5. Ken Kukec
    Posted October 27, 2020 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    Finally, my granddaughter making the most of a root beer at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

    That photo’s got eventual heartbreak for some poor young fellas written all over it, Joe. 🙂

  6. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted October 27, 2020 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    Don’t be concerned with what his left hand was doing

    Filling out an application form for a recently opened journalism post at (I may have this bit wrong) the New York Times?

    Reputedly the oldest man in this village, this gentleman turned out to be exactly my age.

    That probably says much more about global health and nutrition inequality than it does about Joe. Ditto for the kids looking after kids picture. Around Victoria Falls – the borderland between South Africa and Zimbabwe (or is it Zambia? – I’d have to check. But it doesn’t change my point.) was one of the burn zones for AIDS through the last 2-3 decades, leaving a lot of young families without parents. We were seeing refugees a thousand miles and a war zone away on the Swahili Coast all the time.

    • Derek Freyberg
      Posted October 27, 2020 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

      Victoria Falls is on the Zambia-Zimbabwe border, FWIW. I remember my daughter sending back photos from a trip in southern Africa in 2008 (including a photo with some lion cubs), and bringing back a gazillion Zimbabwe dollar note as a souvenir.

  7. Posted October 27, 2020 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the wonderful, vicarious walkabout, Joe. I loved every one of these photos, and would like to see more of the kimono if you have a full length shot.

    It’s very saddening to see the young and old alike, just scraping by in the village and market.

    My household loves root beer too. Your grandaughter’s shades are rockin’!

  8. John Conoboy
    Posted October 27, 2020 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    Great photos, Joe. Prior to covid, I would participate in about 8 Irish sessions a month. In addition to playing tunes, we often tell jokes about bodhran players.

  9. James
    Posted October 27, 2020 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    And I’m guessing that the image of the oldest man in the village must be 92 also, right?

  10. Mark R.
    Posted October 27, 2020 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    These were a delight. Loved the Mandrill…don’t think I’ve seen one of those on RWP. I’ve spent many memorable Summer days at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. The Giant Dipper was the first rollercoaster I experienced, and I loved it.

  11. Nicolaas Stempels
    Posted October 27, 2020 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    The ‘Egyptian’ portrait looks suspiciously Greco-Roman (or even Byzantine) to me. If Egyptian, it must be from the Hellenistic period.

    As sgo pointed out, that is not a geisha outfit.

    Be careful with thinking that it is older siblings taking care of their younger ones in the Southern parts of Africa. All too often it turned out that the girl carrying their sibling was actually a young mother carrying their child. (No, I do not think so in the photo shown, the girl really looks pre-puberal, but I have been surprised/mistaken on several occasions).

    • Nicolaas Stempels
      Posted October 27, 2020 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

      Lovely photos, btw.

      • Nicolaas Stempels
        Posted October 27, 2020 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

        the ‘frisbee’ one is of award-winning quality (immo).

    • Doug
      Posted October 27, 2020 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

      The mummy portraits were an innovation in the Roman era of Egyptian history. They were painted on boards and placed over the face of the mummy, held in place by the wrappings.

    • Joe Dickinson
      Posted October 27, 2020 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

      Yes, the portrait is definitely from the Ptolemaic period, i.e., after Alexander the Great.

  12. Hempenstein
    Posted October 27, 2020 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    Great shot of Toto! I just mentioned cone snail toxins in a comment here a day or so ago. But your term as Dept Chair must have ended some time ago.

    • Hempenstein
      Posted October 27, 2020 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

      Also, is that Jeff Lawrence behind him?

    • Joe Dickinson
      Posted October 27, 2020 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

      Yes, I was Department Chair from 1985-1989, retired in 2002. Yes, I’m old.

      • Hempenstein
        Posted October 28, 2020 at 8:52 am | Permalink

        We’re all getting older. I retired in 2012. You may or may not know that Jeff Lawrence is now Chair of Biol Sci @ U Pittsburgh now, tho.

      • Hempenstein
        Posted October 29, 2020 at 10:40 am | Permalink

        Also, if you go back to the post about predicting the Nobel prizewinners, you’ll see that I mentioned my hope that Toto would win for Chemistry or Physiology/Medicine. I’ve advanced that wish more than just in an obscure post here, too. Individuals can’t nominate people for a Nobel Prize, but more than once I’ve mentioned this to my postdoctoral mentor, who sits on both of these Nobel Committees.

        Of course all deliberations of the Nobel committees, and even who has been nominated, is strictly secret and so he never comments on my hopes, but still I figure it’s worth mentioning. (Also, how, at age 77, it’s possible for him to be on the Phys/Med committee, whose mandatory retirement age is 70, is another story.)

  13. Posted October 28, 2020 at 2:27 am | Permalink

    wow. You sure get around!
    Great photos – thanks.

    D.A., NYC


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