Snow Day: Photo Gallery

Ski Trails – South Lake Tahoe, California – Photo (C) Russell Johnson

We who have lived through the California drought are heading for the mountains and doing snow angels. We’ve always celebrated the first snows of the season. After that, maybe not so much. But it still makes for some beautiful scenes. Here is a collection of our photos (and a painting) celebrating “Snow Day.”

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Thirty Faces of Nepal

All Photos (c) Russell Johnson – Two Boys, Kathmandu

I  spent quite a lot of time in Nepal in the 1990s participating in heritage conferences and for the UN Development Programme on a project to reduce poverty through sustainable tourism. I met hundreds of people. Here are some of the faces that need the world’s help now more than ever.

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Fowl Play in the Jungle: Nepal’s Royal Chitwan Park

Nepalis call it the “brain fever” bird. It starts with a middle-C whoop and, like a diva gone mad, sails up the scale in a frenetic arpeggio. This morning, jungle sounds are tame. No wall of cicada or cricket racket and except for an occasional monkey screech or “brain fever “aria, nothing stands in the way of subtle sounds: the rumble of an elephant purr, the rustle of brush. A tiger, perhaps? Or a rhino? Or maybe it is the elusive jungle fowl, a wildly colorful bird that is said to be the ancestor of the modern-day domestic chicken.

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