No, this is not about the Dreamworks film of the same name. It is about the island country of the Republic of Madagascar.  With indigenous wildlife making upwards of 90% of that found on the island it is a bio-diverse locale indeed. However, years of human consumption has caused an increase in de-forestation and many animals are endangered or extinct. We really are a destructive lot (my personal opinion).

The majestic Baobabs (Adansonia) trees towering over the land. A island filled with beaches, tropical forests, highlands, escarpments, lakes and incredible flora and fauna, I imagine Madagascar a place like no other.

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons, owned by: Attis 1979



The world’s tallest free standing mountain is found in the east African country of Tanzania. There  Mount Kilimanjaro rises to astonishing 5895m (19,341ft) at it highest peak. A dormant volcano made up of three peaks (Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira), this mountain beckons for visitors to make passage to her apex. Despite her sheer size Mt Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s more accessible mountains with its numerous trails in Mt Kilimanjaro National Park

Kilimanjaro, last snow!!!

Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest peak in Africa. It is found in Tanzania but is clearly viewed from Kenya as well.

Photo credit: Flickr – Nicola Matthews (citrineblue)


I apologize for not posting a picture last Sunday. I was otherwise engaged and time got away from me. I do hope that this week’s photo will make up for it.

Many a castle, palace and other remarkable architecture, especially those long-standing ones, I find to be of great visual interest. In the not-so-distant future, I will make a pilgrimage to many of those well-worn sites and observe them with my own eyes; admiring the colours, textures, lines and beauty they exude. For now, I hope, “a picture is worth a thousand words”.

Potola Palace, found in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China sits majestically upon Marpo Ri (“The Red Hill”).  A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Potola Palace was the winter palace of the Dalai Lama from the 7th century until 1959, when the current Dalai Lama fled after an ineffective uprising.

Potala Palace

Built strong and fortress-like, Potola Palace houses over 1000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and 200,000 thousand statues.  During the Cultural Revolution of China (1966 – 77) much of the palace was, sadly, vandalized and  looted by Chinese soldiers. Today, the Chinese government runs the palace as a museum and it is visited by numerous tourists yearly.

This photo is from Flickr. It was taken and is owned by Watchsmart.



I was hoping to use one of my older photos for today’s inspiration, however, they are in an old format – an actual photograph (as opposed to a digital one). Not generally a problem but my printer/copier/scanner has bit the biscuit. I will be investing in a new one but probably in the next few weeks. Until then, I will be using some photos that are for locales that you have read about on this blog. 

Marais district, Paris, France 2009

I took this picture at ??????? Sorry, I can’t remember the exact building name but it was in the Marais district and possibly on Rue de Rosier. I liked the gardens.