Archive | January, 2011
January 16, 2011

POTD: North Korean students at the Mansudae Grand Monument to Kim Il-Sung

No posts in the last few weeks due to a trip out to the West Coast, but I now have plenty more photos to post and write about from Big Sur, San Francisco, Redwood National Park, Oregon, Seattle, and Vancouver.

And back to the Photo of the Day, which shows a group of North Korean students walking to the Mansudae Grand Monument to Kim Il-Sung, which they then bowed before as part of the DPRK’s obsessive cult of personality.

January 4, 2011

POTD: La Brea Tar Pits

la brea tar pits

la brea tar pits

Despite living only two hours away from Los Angeles for the first eighteen years of my life, I had never visited the La Brea Tar Pits until December 2005, after I had returned to SoCal from grad school. The tar pits were actually pretty interesting, and I loved the fake statues that they placed in the pits.

January 3, 2011

POTD: North Korean students observing a mass dance

north korean students at a mass dance

north korean students at a mass dance

North Korean students attend a mass dance that was taking place to celebrate the DPRK’s independence day on September 9, 2009.

January 2, 2011

POTD: Old school vandalism in Egypt

These reliefs in the Dendera Temple complex were destroyed by early Egyptian Christians. The Christians considered the Egyptian gods to be pagan, and thus tried to suppress the worship of these gods.

January 1, 2011

POTD: Dragon turtle in the Forbidden City

chinese dragon turtle

chinese dragon turtle

Happy New Year everyone! The first photo of the day for 2011 is this dragon turtle sculpture from the Forbidden City in Beijing, China. I was’t sure of the significance of this animal, so thankfully Wikipedia was able to shed some light on this sculpture:

A dragon turtle is a legendary Chinese turtle with a dragonlike head. It combines two of the four celestial animals of Chinese mythology. Dragon symbolizes success, courage, determination, and power. Turtle symbolizes longevity and support. The transformation of the turtle to a dragon signifies impending success and good fortune in careers and business endeavors.