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Cambodia Reflections: When it Rains, It Pours

Far from a simple adage when speaking of monsoon season in Cambodia.  We had a few scattered showers over May, but this past week the rain has increased 10 fold, culminating in the last 3 days which we’ve had multiple torrential downpours every day.  And by “torrential” I mean enough to drench your entire body in 30 seconds and to flood the streets in 5 minutes.  Attempting to get anything done is a feat of will on these days when you have no idea if the moment you step out of your house the skies will open up and swallow you whole.

Unfortunately, Phnom Penh suffers from poor urban planning and consequently the advent of rainy season here inevitably entails coming to terms with the deluge of street floods.  I quite enjoy a downpour here and there, especially when you still get sunny mornings as we usually do.  However, having to wade through dirty (probably slightly toxic) flood water for 5 blocks in the rain just to find a tuk tuk last night was less than ideal.  Though I suppose this all adds to the bizarre, inexplicable charm of this darling city of mine.  Learning to cope with the extreme weather fluctuations becomes a game of timing…. testing how long you have to make it to the nearest cafe or bar as the storm clouds roll in so that you can weather the storm with a glass of wine in hand.  So…

“Hello Monsoon Season!  Lets make this the best one yet!  

Happy Hour at 5?”

Storm Clouds PP

Storm Clouds Rolling in over Phnom Penh, source here.

By Michael Freeman

By Michael Freeman

Motos in Rain

By Daniel Patterson

By Shawna Huang

By Shawna Huang

I opened my eyes
And looked up at the rain,
And it dripped in my head
And flowed into my brain,
And all that I hear as I lie in my bed
Is the slishity-slosh of the rain in my head.

I step very softly,
I walk very slow,
I can’t do a handstand–
I might overflow,
So pardon the wild crazy thing I just said–
I’m just not the same since there’s rain in my head.

– Shel Silverstein (1930-1999)

By Ralph Combs

By Ralph Combs

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Dreaming of: Yelapa, Mexico

Yelapa, Mexico

Yelapa, Mexico

Loving these gorgeous photos of Yelapa, Mexico by talented, Mexico-based photographer, Jillian Mitchell.  These are from a wedding she photographed last fall and I’ve been obsessed since stumbling upon them.  Yelapa is a tiny, remote fishing village just 20 miles south of Puerto Vallarta.  Located in a small, mountainous inlet, the village has no roads, no cars and is most easily accessed by a 45 minute boat ride.  Though it may not have the best beaches in Mexico, the mountains cascading down to the water front make for a beautiful view and much of the charm comes from its remoteness.  This is likely what initially drew the likes of Bob Dylan and Dennis Hopper to its rocky shores and secluded villas.  The wedding took place at Verana, a gorgeous boutique hotel perched up in the hills overlooking the sea.

If you enjoy the photography, be sure to check out Jillian’s tumblr as well.

Yelapa 1

Yelapa 3

Yelapa 5

Yelapa 6

Yelapa 2

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Sentimentality

From the National Geographic Archives.

Photograph by Clifton R. Adams

Photograph by Clifton R. Adams

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Complexity

Dora Maar by Man Ray (1963)

Dora Maar by Man Ray (1936)

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Snapshots: Masai Mara National Park in Kenya

Giraffe by Ichigo Sugawara

Giraffe by Ichigo Sugawara

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Snapshots: Home

Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park, just outside of Jackson Hole (where I grew up)

Fog over Jackson Lake - by Andrew Marjama

Fog over Jackson Lake – by Andrew Marjama

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Snapshots: Scotland

Imagining wandering past ages-old castles on cobblestone streets in misty Scotland.

Scotland collection

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Snapshots: Incredible India

Sub-continent marvels

Incredible India

Incredible India

If anyone knows exactly where this is and who took this picture, please let me know.

Credit is due for this gorgeous photograph but I couldn’t trace it back to the source.

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