Going Gray: World Elephant Day

Elephant Threesome Sri LankaAll photos (c) Russell Johnson

Hard to believe that there are only 40 thousand or so Asian elephants still alive and that six African elephants are killed each day. Reversing this is what today, World Elephant Day, is about.

It is a time to both celebrate and pray for the elephant.

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Venice, California: The Other Disneyland

Muscle Beach, Venice, California (c)2015 Russell Johnson

OK, it doesn’t have a white-gloved falsetto mouse in a diaper and it is not as antiseptically acceptable but Venice Beach, in Los Angeles, does have adventures and cartoon-like characters that rival those of Disneyland…unless you are a six year old.

And it is free.

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July 4th Fireworks Finale (Video)

Sonoma, Calfornia, home of Connected Traveler, is rated by many as having one of the best 4th of July celebrations in America with a two hour parade: dancing horses and rope twirling from the town’s Hispanic community, a troupe of toddler fiddlers playing “Turkey in the Straw,” a march of twelve-foot tall women and more. In the evening, thousands of people flock to a field on the grounds of the historic home of General Vallejo, who ruled the area for Mexico before it became part of the United States.

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The Kiss 2015

Photo: © Russell Johnson

Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra painted this tribute to Alfred Eisenstaedt’s famous The Kiss photograph, which celebrated the ending of World War II. Eisenstaedt shot the original in New York’s Times Square. Kobra’s mural is visible from the Highline on 25th Street and 10th Avenue.

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