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Sri Lankan temple monkeys, native only to Sri Lanka.
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Strolling on the beach in Negombo, Sri Lanka, we happened on a mother monkey and her baby, in a cage. While the mother showed her teeth, as a sign of protection, toward the humans, she gently stroked the baby's back, with a foot, as it nibbled on a piece of grass.
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"Winged Victory of Samothrace" - Musée du Louvre, Paris (Ektachrome, 1967)

The Nike of Samothrace, discovered in 1863, is estimated to have been created around 190 BC. It was created to not only honor the goddess, Nike, but to honor a sea battle. It conveys a sense of action and triumph as well as portraying artful flowing drapery through its features which the Greeks considered ideal beauty.
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A slightly stylized image of a summer day, with passing clouds, outside the town walls of Soglio, Switzerland. Soglio (pop. <172), is a small village, situated on a ledge, at 3,600 ft. It is the centerpiece of Europe's largest edible chestnut forest. One can buy all things "chestnut," in the shops - flour, jam, jelly, cake, honey, whole chestnuts, candied chestnuts, hot chestnuts, cracked chestnuts, and the list goes on and on.

Visible, in the background, is the Bondesca glacier and the peaks of the Sciora group, Piz Cengalo and Piz Badila. Soglio is 11 miles north of the Italian town of Chiavenna, and 24 miles south of St. Moritz, via the Maloja Pass.

Soglio is the village of origin of the Salis family, one of the original Canton Graubünden oligarch families. Hotel Palazzo Salis, in the center of the village, has a baroque rose garden, in which stand two giant California redwood trees. Most all roofs, in Soglio are of stone. There are still two spring-fed communal washing (laundry) stations, one at either end of the village. Despite being close to Italy, Soglio is a Protestant (Swiss Reformed) village, having converted in 1552, during the Reformation. Historically, Soglio, under the village name "de Solio," is first mentioned in 1186.

One summer day, in the early 1990's, some friends, and I, hiked to Soglio, from Bivio (5,800 ft), over the old Roman Septimerpass (Pass da Sett, 7,580 ft.) and Piz Duan, an Alpine peak of some 10,270 ft. From Piz Duan, it's a virtually vertical hike, down, of more than 6,000 ft, over 1 mile, to Soglio. We started at the Hotel Post, in Bivio, at 06:30AM. The hike was planned to take 9hrs. Due to a wrong turn, to a longer route, a longish lunch, with not small amounts of wine and schnapps, and a skinny-dip in a glacial lake, it took 14hrs! Only two (Olmar Albers and I), of the five of us, actually made it into the village, at 08:30PM.

We dubbed it, "The Hike from Hell," and none of us has attempted it, ever again!

This image (and a non-stylized version) is available from my website (www.edelweissphotos.com). It can be printed up to 40 inches, on the long side. If you visit this part of Switzerland, don't miss Soglio. If you visit us, in Bivio, it's guaranteed we'll take you to Soglio!
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New images added - Black & White Gallery.

The Media - 69th St "Red Arrow" trolley was like the gateway to Philadelphia, when I was growing up. Sometimes it was to the doctor, on 69th St, and sometimes it was to transfer to the "El" (for Elevated Train) to go to downtown Philadelphia - Wanamakers, Strawbridge & Clothier, Gimbels, Lits. The line still runs as SEPTA 101. In Media, the trolleys still run on a single track, in the middle of State St. It's alleged that Media is the only town in the United States to have a trolley running down the middle of its main street.

#philadelphia #trolleycars #septa #blackandwhitephotography #blackandwhite  
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