Top: World's first 360-degree Panorama of Ushguli, Svaneti, Georgia, Feb 24/2009, from 12 separate photos...

Saturday, 28 March 2009

K'ala, Svaneti, Georgia

The necessary element I forgot to mention in yesterday's post was H in the process of becoming He - in other words, the sun, casting its low late golden light over almost everything I saw and transforming it

Friday, 27 March 2009

K'ala, Svaneti, Georgia

More of the winter ice at K'ala during the hour or so of my stop there in December. H(two)O really does have infinite variety in its choice of forms, as well as at least three states in which to manifest - here the solid dominates, liquid plays a supporting role, and gas is not visibly present

Thursday, 26 March 2009

Svaneti, Georgia

Cambodia is the blog's 99th visitor country! Which will be 100th...?

Top 2: On the way back from Ushguli to Mestia & then Tbilisi in December last year, we stopped off for an errand in nearby K'ala. The weather was nice and golden in the mid-afternoon, and I took to the river ice to see what it would offer. A lot, as it turns out

3rd: Have sheep, will travel (you can't see the piglet in a woven plastic bag at her feet)

4th: The cross near K'ala, with its famous Kvirike Church in the background, home of the annual Kvirikoba festival; drink offerings at the foot of the cross

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Svaneti, Georgia

Today the blog turns 2 years old! & yesterday was my 700th post as well. SOON I'll have had 11000 visitors from 100 countries; which ones will be the last 2 to make up this total?

Top: How does a Svan brew a really good cup of coffee? Put the ground roasted beans in a cup in his car; and set fire to the car with a gas torch. When the car's done, so is the coffee.
OK, so what's really going on here? This was back in mid-winter, and the car needed some help warming up before it would start

Bottom: flora from Etseri

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Views, Svaneti, Georgia

Greetings to Mongolia, country #98!

Top: This dawn view is being remade now - the house I took it from in Mestia, 10 years ago in July, was burnt out last summer. My first ever visit to Georgia. From the window I could count over 30 watchtowers

Autumn scenery reflected in a puddle several years ago

View from an abandoned and ruined house, Etseri

Monday, 23 March 2009


Welcome to the first visitor from the 97th country: Cameroon!

Critter Day on the blog.

Two Guinea fowl - good eating, my Zimbabwean childhood remembers

Nodar de-hairing a pig the fast way

A scarab beetle, I believe, in central Svaneti - certainly bright gold enough to make jewelry from