Archive for December, 2011

Dusting

Dusting

The most snow I saw on the journey north. A dusting.


Xmas Murphy

Xmas Murphy

This is how Minnesota boomers kick up some dirt. The women put on their embroidered sweatshirts and a clean pair of jeans. The men just show up and they all head over to the Driftwood on Nicollet to hear Willy Murphy and some local musicians play renditions of Christmas music while the braver women head […]


Free Nick Claus

Free Nick Claus

Found this captured Santa in a backyard in Northeast Minneapolis. Oddly enough, the very same Santa was evident my first day back in Panama in a front yard in Paraiso. When I went back to photograph him, his top half had given up. Made in China. About a million of them and they’re all over […]


Solid gold with solid new talent

Solid gold with solid new talent

Patty Peterson with jazz trio at Cafe Maude for a 2011 Fundraiser. These three were excellent. Names coming shortly.


Jazz snow

Jazz snow

Cafe Maude’s Fundraiser for KBEM Jazz 88….No snow outside. Only inside.


North American Kitsch

North American Kitsch

Modern Cafe couple du jour….Only in Northeast Minneapolis.


Nordeaster

Nordeaster

Returned to the brown and grey homeland….into the Modern Cafe with hijo for some desayuno.


Holiday fiesta

Holiday fiesta

So….THIS is how it’s done in Panamá. No lutefisk, no boiled potatoes, no polka music. Sorry folks.


Primitive

Primitive

Dance contest at holiday party 2011.


The Look

The Look

This is the look that Latinas use for a variety of purposes and it’s modeled to females from birth. It can mean: Don’t even think about it. You wish. I spit on your _________. Come here right now. Don’t be an idiot. Etc. (Photo by N. Tejeiran)


Writing on the wall

Writing on the wall

This is my wall of words. Doorway to an interesting new world.


Waiting for Manny

Waiting for Manny

Only got one shot off as I drove home to Gamboa on Sunday. The place was swarming with armed police. The prison is situated close to the bridge, so there was a media circus there in the evening. I got off one shot and then was quickly waved on. They were waiting for the arrival […]


Arco iris

Arco iris

Anandita sent a photo while waiting for a flight to Costa Rica on Monday of a rainbow. Today, as she was waiting at the airport in Costa Rica to fly home to Panama, we captured this rainbow to mark her return. There is a tiny speck of a helicopter near the rainbow. Lots of helicopters these […]


Mother and son

Mother and son

Day after Mother’s Day in Panama. Dance teacher and son.


Día de los Madres

Día de los Madres

Mother’s Day was December 8th in Panama. We are talking BIG DEAL here. None of this lukewarm Hallmark blah blah blah….We’re talking more than half of the city vacating to the interior to pay homage to Mom. Appliances flying off the shelves, flowers being sold everywhere, cards and chocolates. The women take it very seriously […]


Science schoolhouse

Science schoolhouse

From the blackboard at the STRI Gamboa schoolhouse


Mola bugs

Mola bugs

Molas are textile “paintings” made by the indigenous Kuna women. They can be geometric, political, cartoonish…and then they make some just for American gringoes that are colorful parrots and sea turtles, etc. This one shows a bee with her honey bucket and a butterfly. There seems to be some drama between them. What can the […]


End of the cycle

End of the cycle

Much of the fruit is fallen to the ground to rot or be eaten. The leaf-cutters like to feed it to their fungi. I wonder if it tastes sweeter because of it. I wonder if they can “taste”. I wonder.


Holiday traffic

Holiday traffic

The stream of leaf-cutters is picking up speed again outside 183. Just like the traffic all over Panama. Many people in Gamboa now refuse to go into town on the weekend because it’s so nuts.


Disappeared

Disappeared

This is one of the crew that hangs outside our windows at 6 am in aural cacophony. Green parrots. They seem to start and end the day together in a group of several hundred parrots and then move around in pairs. You have to stop and be quiet to find them in the malay apple […]


Magic

Magic

My wish has come true. Jaguar spotted on the road into Gamboa yesterday at 2:30 am. We were returning from seeing the Gaitanes at Habana Panama. Ahora, puedo morir de una mujer pacifica. (photo for illustrative purposes only)


Beauty

Beauty

These mold samples were grown in the Gamboa lab. If you open an agar-filled petri dish here…just for a few minutes, you will get interesting things growing… I’m going to experiment.


Biochemistry

Biochemistry

Meet Catalina Estrada who works on endophytes in Gamboa. She became intrigued with the chemicals that influence the relationships between plants and insects. She’s currently working on a project that involves leaf-cutting ants and endophytes. The ants prefer leaves that are endophyte-free. She’s discerning what the ants will tolerate, which endophytes, how many, etc. Allen […]


Long-haired

Long-haired

Mold sample with tendrils