Cancer Tourism in Corona Times

Please allow me a paragraph or two or a few to vent. A few days ago we traveled to a hospital in Barcelona for Susan to receive some routine medical treatment. When we got there, I was horrified. In front of the single open entrance to the hospital there was a guard checking passes and…

Why I Share My Photos

I have a portfolio on Shutterstock, a platform for buying and selling stock photos. I recently got an email informing me that they were having something of a competition. You could explain (in 500 words or less), why you use Shutterstock, and if your ‘story’ were chosen, they would promote the crap out of your…

Teaching Kids the Magic of Metamorphosis

Ovid opens his Metamorphoses with the line “In nova fert animus mutatas dicere formas corpora” (I intend to speak of forms changed into new entities), and that’s exactly what I intend to do today. Ovid’s metamorphoses are largely concerned with one entity changed completely into another – Diana converting Actaeon into a stag after he had the misfortune of…

Birding Spain’s Ebro Delta

You don’t go to the Ebro Delta for the beaches, although miles of sandy spits stretch out from the mouth of this massive river. You don’t go there for the historic towns and quaint villages, because there are none. Frankly, the towns of the delta, with their concrete cubes and modern holiday developments, seem rather…