1. Niagara Falls Niagara, NY October 2014

  2. Shelter on a Rainy Day (Louisiana State Museum) Baton Rouge, LA August 2014

  3. newyorker:

    The Borowitz Report: Female G.O.P. Senators Propose Earning Seventy-one Per Cent As Much As Male Colleagues

    “After voting down paycheck equity for women across America, the female Republican senators realized that they themselves were ‘burdened by the tyranny of equal pay’ in the U.S. Senate.”

    Photograph by Andrew Burton/Getty

    You cannot keep someone in a hole without getting down in that hole yourself! The only solution to injustice and inequality is JUSTICE and FAIRNESS for ALL.
  4. Leviathan Baton Rouge, LA August 2014

    image via donald woods
    image via steve biko foundation


    "Black man, you are on your own" - Steve Biko (18 December 1946 – 12 September 1977).

    September 12th, marks the day South Africa anti-Apartheid activist and Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko was killed in police custody in Pretoria. Biko had been arrested a month earlier in Port Elizabeth where he had been detained and tortured, resulting in him falling into a coma.

    Nearly dead and suffering a serious and untreated head injury, Biko was transported to Pretoria by car and died shortly after his arrival at the prison there. Police at the time would claim and broadcast to the world that Biko died due to a hunger strike but an autopsy and photographs taken of Biko postmortem, exposed with the help of journalists Donald Woods and Helen Zille, revealed that he had died as a result of the injuries he sustained whilst in police custody.

    Today, nearly 40 years after his death at age 30, we remember a man that fought for an end to the brutality he and countless others suffered and still do today. The fight is far from over.

    A luta continua!

  6. Zora Trip #I

    On Saturday I took my first Zora Trip. I came up with this term in honor of the writer and cultural anthropologist Zora Neal Hurston. Like Hurston, I love venturing to new places and observing the people, their ways and customs. Even if it’s just going to the nearest town and hanging out for a few hours, if its new territory - I’m going! So I packed up my camera, a few bottles of water, and an umbrella (it rained all day) and headed down I-45 to Baton Rouge for my first official Zora Trip. My visit consisted of a great self-guided tour of the Louisiana State Museum and Historic Spanish Town, a historic neighborhood that sits adjacent to the state capitol complex. Next time I’ll stick true to Zora Neal Hurston fashion and wear a fly hat!

  7. Briarwood Nature Preserve    Saline, Louisiana    August 2014

    Monday I had the pleasure of visiting Briarwood Nature Preserve. I was given a personal tour by preserve manager Richard Johnson. Mr. Johnson grew up at the preserve and returned after retirement. He and his wife joined Richard’s parents as conservationists and grounds-keepers. They have their work cut out for them, but their hard work has led to the preservation of many species of plants and trees that would otherwise be extinct.

    Briarwood is the home of Caroline Dormon, the first female employee of the US Dept. of Forestry, and a pioneer in the field of forestry. Dormon was also a cultural anthropologist, educator, and gifted artist. She developed educational curriculums to teach arboreal studies to grade school children and authored many books on plants (most of which she illustrated herself).

    Briarwood is off the beaten path, but certainly worth visiting. The site contains a trail that was one of the continents’ first “interstates.” This trail was the travel route for Native American tribes, buffalo and eventually Spanish explorers traveling northward from Mexico.

  8. lecoil:

    Duke Ellington - The Afro-Eurasian Eclipse

    (via all posters)