Zakir The Tabla Maestro

I was first introduced to Indian music in 2006. Since then, I have grown to appreciate many of the unique sounds of the various Indian classical styles. My preference is for those that are more upbeat. The most recent concert I attended was a percussion concert featuring instruments from the Western world, North India, and…

Il Duomo Milano Roof

For a small fee, one can access the roof of Il Duomo via a narrow, winding stairwell. The fee and the vertical trek are worth it when one get’s to walk the marble roof. Atop the roof, one can see some of the seemingly infinite supply of sculptures along with many pinnacles and spires. The engineering…

Fasnacht #02

One picture would not do the bizarreness of Fasnacht justice. (Nor would a hundred.) So, I decided to post a second picture for added flavor. Before this event, I never imagined the Swiss had such twisted imaginations. Camera: Kodak Z650 Lens: Integrated @ 8.5 mm Shutter Speed: 1/64 Aperture: f/3.0 Exposure: 0ev

Fasnacht #01

I went to Switzerland in 2007 to provide Scrum training for my Swiss colleagues. My partner Mike and I arrived from the US in the late afternoon and were quite tired. The director of Software development called us up and told us we were going to Lucerne for the Fasnacht parade. It was the craziest…

Ritual Bath

The approach to the Galtaji Monkey Temple required a walk through a very small town and up the mountain on well worn steps going past two pools used for ritual bathing. Monkeys were ever present from just before we entered the village and in increasing numbers as we walked upward to and beyond the temple.…