Amal Hussain | dies of starvation age-7

Most Canadians know very little about Yemen.

I’ve been there and left very discouraged. The Houthi rebels are terrible. The vastly stronger Saudi military brutal.

Little Amal Hussain was born into this disaster. She died a few days after this photo was taken.

She’s only one of about nearly two million children suffering from severe malnutrition in Yemen.

The only upside – U.N. sponsored peace talks.

Certainly Saudi Arabia and Yemen need to work this out. The USA should QUIT Saudi Arabia. All Americans are complicit in the role their government has in this war.

Listen to an interview with the photographer:

In the three years that Saudi Arabia, supported by the United States, has been at war with the Houthis in Yemen, very few journalists have been allowed into the country to document what’s happening there. The New York Times journalist Tyler Hicks is one. This is the story of how he came to take a photograph of Amal Hussain that drew international attention to the country’s plight.

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ancient walls of St. George’s, Bermuda

As a kid growing up in ultra-NEW Calgary I became enamoured of a poster from Europe showing a faded, decrepit wall.

I found it very evocative.

Daily walking the lanes of St. George’s, Bermuda — the oldest English settlement in the new world — I appreciated these.

Ancud, Chile with an iPhone X

I rented a bike and rode out of Ancud, Chile in search of the best empanada.

Screen shot from Maps.me

boring empanadas cost $1. This EXCELLENT version was $5.

Since I’m carrying a dedicated camera (Elf) and dedicated camcorder (Vixia) I don’t often use my iPhone X.

As an experiment, all my photos on this post are from the iPhone.

seaweed drying

On my computer the iPhone original photos look better than the Elf pics. But do they look better once reduced in size for the web?

I’m not sure.

my miggo splat flexible camera tripod

Over the years I’ve tried a number of GorillaPods.

Cheap ones break quickly. Higher quality versions are a bit heavy and bulky.

A salesman at the Camera Store in Calgary recommended this alternative. I love it. Cheaper than a GorillaPod and far more durable. It’s light and compact for travel.

I’m using it with my Elf camera and Vixia camcorder. It wraps around either in their travel cases on my hip.

Click PLAY or watch how it can be used on YouTube. That’s the very similar Octopod.

Palacio Salvo, Montevideo

Finished in 1928, Palacio Salvo stands 100 m (330 ft) high …

The building was originally intended to be a hotel, but this plan didn’t work out, and it has since been occupied by a mixture of offices and private residences. … 

Some of my favourite photos from Montevideo were of this building.

Santiago Cemetery

2.5 million people were laid to rest in the Santiago Cemetery.

It’s an evocative place.

I was there on an excellent group tour. Our guide made the place come to life.

Catholic families visit their dead relatives often: birthdays, death days, holidays, Christmas. They leave gifts behind.

Rich families, companies and social groups have huge memorials.

Some are tacky.

This is my favourite photo from the visit.

If you get a chance to spend eternity here, ride in style.

Life is short. Enjoy it while you still have it.