Tropical Fruit Facts and Legends: Papaya – The Fruit of the Angels

The papaya is native to the tropics and is believed to have been first cultivated in Mexico.  The Conquistadors who landed in the tropical Americas found and tried the papaya fruit and thereafter gave… Continue reading

Oak Barrels, a Street Sign, and a Staircase

My recent visits to the Republic of Georgia in South Caucasus in late 2010 and early 2011 probably contributed  the most number of photos to my collection.  This was not only because I made it a… Continue reading

Portraits and Facial Impressions – Set 5

Over the years I have accumulated photos of people who left lasting impressions in my mind.  Most of them are just ordinary individuals in various places I’ve visited whose actions or facial expressions… Continue reading

Portraits and Facial Impressions – Set 4

Over the years I have accumulated photos of people who left lasting impressions in my mind.  Most of them are just ordinary individuals in various places I’ve visited whose actions or facial expressions… Continue reading

Portraits and Facial Impressions – Set 3

Over the years I have accumulated photos of people who left lasting impressions in my mind.  Most of them are just ordinary individuals in various places I’ve visited whose actions or facial expressions… Continue reading

Portraits and Facial Impressions – Set 2

Over the years I have accumulated photos of people who left lasting impressions in my mind.  Most of them are just ordinary individuals in various places I’ve visited whose actions or facial expressions… Continue reading

Portraits and Facial Impressions – Set 1

  Over the years I have accumulated photos of people who left lasting impressions in my mind.  Most of them are just ordinary individuals in various places I’ve visited whose actions or facial… Continue reading

Tropical Fruit Facts and Legends: Mango – The Fruit of Love and Friendship

A National Fruit The mango is the most consumed fruit in the world and mangoes comprise approximately half of all tropical fruits produced worldwide. Mango is the national fruit of India, Pakistan, and the Philippines and… Continue reading

Tropical Fruit Facts and Legends: Pineapple – The Fruit of Hospitality

Strange Fruit from the Tropics In 1493, when Columbus and his men arrived in the island of Guadalupe; Carib Indians showed their gesture of friendship and hospitality to strangers by offering juicy slices… Continue reading

Tropical Fruit Facts and Legends: Coconut – The Tree of Life

A Tropical Landmark A movie scene, still photo, or sketch about a tropical place is not complete without a coconut palm  (Cocos nucifera) dominating the view.  To an outside viewer, the coconut palm is… Continue reading

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