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Bob Ramsak
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Attended Ohio University
Lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia
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I can’t ever say no to a thoughtful representation of Mother Earth.

This massive work rests just outside the artisan market near the center of the Bariloche, Argentina, the popular outdoor destination that forms the northern border of Patagonia.

If you so desire, you can view it larger here: http://www.pirancafe.com/2016/04/16/pachamama-the-earth-mother-in-bariloche/

#streetart #Bariloche #Argentina #EarthDay #pachamama
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A street shave in Nghia Lo, Vietnam. Have you ever had your beard trimmed on the street?

I followed this gentleman's lead and had my first street shave here, too. The water was cold and the breeze warm. And the headrest was much more comfortable than it looks.

Nghia Lo, Vietnam, 19 October 2010

You can see it larger here: http://www.pirancafe.com/2016/03/19/street-shave-nghia-lo-vietnam/

#Travelphotography #streetphotography #streetpics #Vietnam  
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Ever seen a vicuna?

They're very much at home in the Andean highlands of western Bolivia, in the desolate landscapes that make up the vast region between San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, and the Salar de Uyuni, the planet's largest salt flat.

Here's a 23-image gallery highlighting some of what you'll encounter on the second day of three-day visit to the area, one of the most sublimely beautiful spots on the planet. Check it out!

http://www.pirancafe.com/2016/04/01/bolivian-highland-landscapes-laguna-honda-hedionda-and-canapa/

#travelphotography #travel #Bolivia #photography  
Images and notes from the Laguna Honda, Laguna Hedionda and Laguna Canapa near Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni.
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Take a minute and check it out -- always a good selection. Cheers!
 
Landscape Photography Best of the Week!!!

Congratulations to all those great photographers whose photographs have been selected this week by the curators of  #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography !!

Do you want to be a part of this collection?  Share one of your best landscape photographs to the +Landscape Photography theme.  Add the names of some of the curators and get one of them to share your photo to the theme page!!  Each week we will share some of the profiles of those whose photos have been selected to be shared to the theme page!!  They’re picky so share only you’re very best!!  Good luck!!  Be sure to share and follow these great folks.  They’re the Best of the Week!

We have some wonderful new photographers this week!!  Congratulations on having your photographs selected for the +Landscape Photography page.  If you are receiving a notification, then at least one of your photographs was selected this week and featured on the +Landscape Photography page.  Please share the collection with your friends and circles!

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This is the Recoleta Convent and Church at the Plaza Pedro de Anzares in Sucre, Bolivia, one of the favorite hilltop hangouts in Bolivia's constitutional capital, just before sunset. Have any of you visited Sucre?

For more about this historical square and a few more sunset images, check out the post here: http://www.pirancafe.com/2016/03/26/plaza-pedro-de-anzares-sucre-bolivia-seven-sunset-shots/

#Sucre #Bolivia #travelphotography
#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins  +Dave Gaylord +Eric Drumm +Jeff Beddow +David D +Bill Wood +Tim Newton +Chandler L. Walker +Ronald Varley +Hamid Dastmalchi +Sylvia Ting +AJ Lim +Krzysztof Felczak
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Thank you +Cristiane Lima Scott !
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When I spotted this piece on Armenia Street in Beirut's Mar Mikhael district, I remarked to a colleague that it belonged in a gallery, even though it felt quite at home on a wall on a hip central Beirut street. Turns out that Jean-Marc Nahas’s work can be found in several galleries around the world, as well as in the collections of the British Museum and Bank Audi.

For the Jean-Marc Nahas-curious, a few more street pieces I found and a brief introduction is here:  

#streetart  
A brief introduction to prolific Beirut artist Jean-Marc Nahas.
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Today's music to wash dishes to.
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Today's Pic du Jour, the site's 823rd (!!) straight? A simple but important warning. :)

http://www.pirancafe.com/2016/04/05/there-are-some-strange-people/

#travel  
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An Afghan asylum seeker and his balloon at a demonstration in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

02-Apr-2016

You can view it larger here: http://www.pirancafe.com/2016/04/02/life-is-beautyful/

#Refugees #RefugeesWelcome #Ljubljana #Slovenia #migrants  
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There was no shortage of daysleepers in the central areas of Bogota.

The freedom, or ability, to plop down and sprawl out in large pockets of the city seemed perfectly acceptable. There were no authorities rousing people from their afternoon slumbers. No second glances by passers-by. Instead, these people, who I presume to be homeless, were simply part of the greater urban landscape. Quiet background noise. Which is what drew me to this scene.

The mural tells a story of lost jungles and forests, clear cut by the savage forces of short-term gain, forces that invariably displace people in the countryside and push them into cities, oftentimes leaving them in the streets. Broken. Or at the very least exhausted. Here the chainsaw is the story’s beginning and the sleeping man its end.

Bogota, Colombia, 25-July-2016

You can view it larger here: http://www.pirancafe.com/2016/03/30/chainsaws-and-daysleepers-near-the-intersection-of-street-photography-and-urban-art-iii/

#StreetArt #StreetPhotography #Bogota #Colombia  
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Colombia, the happiest country in the world, at least that´s the call of the news media. Great shot
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This is a view facing north from castle hill in Ljubljana, Slovenia's old town center towards the Kamnik Alps. On clear days the view puts a smile on my face every morning.

For those of you who missed it last week, here's an expanded version of a story I've been piecing together on how the Slovenian capital became the European Green Capital for 2016. What does that designation mean for its citizens? For its visitors? And what can other cities charting their paths towards environmental sustainability learn from this central European city of 280,000? Check it out and please share!

http://www.pirancafe.com/2016/03/23/how-ljubljana-became-2016-european-green-capital/

#Slovenia #travelphotography
#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins  +Dave Gaylord +Eric Drumm +Jeff Beddow +David D +Bill Wood +Tim Newton +Chandler L. Walker +Ronald Varley +Hamid Dastmalchi +Sylvia Ting +AJ Lim +Krzysztof Felczak
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Journalist, editor and photographer. Founder of PiranCafe.com.
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Reporting, copy editing, photography and blogging. Mediation. I'm a peace maker.
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I'm a reporter, editor, photographer and blogger with a lust for travel, art, culture and justice. I've visited 54 countries and counting.
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I'm a reporter, editor, photographer, blogger & roaming rambler with a lust for travel, art, culture and justice. I've visited 54 countries and counting.

Born in Slovenia (then Yugoslavia), I spent much of my life in the U.S. midwest before returning permanently to Slovenia in 2004.

I’m a long-time professional journalist with more than twenty-five years’ experience as a reporter, editor, copywriter and translator. I’ve reported and written extensively on culture, politics, development, travel and Olympic sport.

From 2000 through 2012, I focused almost exclusively on coverage of international track & field and distance running. I covered the last three summer Olympic Games, several World Championships and dozens of other international, continental and regional competitions on four continents. I worked closely with the IAAF, the international governing body for track and field, first as a chief correspondent and later as an associate website editor where I oversaw the site’s day-to-day editorial operations. I regularly reported for Reuters, The Press Association and dozens of newspapers, magazines, and news and specialist websites.

Founder of Piran Café.

I'm a frequent traveler and love sharing tips, insights and photos from the road. You'll find quite a bit of that on my G+ stream.

As a photographer, my work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in Slovenia and the United States.

If you're looking to add me to a circle I would suggest topics such as (but not limited to) the following:
  • Travelers
  • Bloggers
  • Photographers
  • Writers
  • Expats
If confused, please ask. :)

Travelers, travel bloggers and other kindred spirits:
If you're planning to visit Ljubljana, and have any questions or are seeking suggestions, feel free to get in touch. I'm happy to help in any way I can, and will be delighted to meet up for a drink and even play tour guide for a bit if I'm in town and have the time.

Circling Policy (v 1.1):  :)
I enjoy connecting and engaging with people from all walks of life and all corners of the planet. Note however that I'm continually at or very near the G+ 5,000 limit, so as much as I'd like to I can't automatically follow everyone back. That said I regularly remove inactive G+ers, with 14 days of inactivity generally set as the cutoff, to make room for others I'd like to circle.

Rules? Just a few: I will not tolerate racism, hatred, religious extremism or bigotry in any form. Also know that I'm not a fan of cat GIFs or empty profiles.
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I've witnessed four of Usain Bolt's world records and I've had cholera. Not in that order.
Education
  • Ohio University
    Political Science, Journalism, 1988
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