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Monthly Archive for April, 2013

Farming Land in China

China is a communist country, which means the government owns the land and rents it out to the people.  The People’s Republic of China discourages any indicators associated with democracy, like unions.  As a result, there are no official farming unions.   However, there’s the word of the government and there’s reality.  In a rural […]

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Female Orange-flanked Bush Robin

This is the female Orange-flanked Bush Robin.  Her coloring is a lot more subtle than the male, but I really like her orange flanks.       She has a blue tail, but it’s very hard to see.  It’s a light-blue tail instead of the royal blue the male has on his head.     […]

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Male Orange-flanked Bush Robin

You may have read that robins in the United States are a different species than robins in other countries.  It’s true.  This is a male Orange-flanked Bush Robin.  He used to be in the thrush family and he’s now an Old World Flycatcher.     So pretty!  I think he looks like a swallow because […]

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Buddhist Monastery on Mount Emei

I haven’t told you the craziest thing that happened while we were in China.  Before our flight from Shenzhen to Chengdu took off, these two women got into a fight.  One of them had a baby and she hadn’t bought a ticket for the baby.  So she tried to put the baby in the seat […]

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Little Forktail

There are many forktails in China.  The Little Forktail was the most prevalent.       I found it very difficult to photograph his legs.  The whiteness made it hard to get a contrast between the legs and the water.     Any time I looked into a stream, there was a forktail on a […]

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Vanity

I’m having an existential crisis lately where I’m asking myself what do I want to do with my life.  And then discovering last week that I’m developing a deeply etched wrinkle on the right side of my face is making it all so much worse.  I swear, I’m not vain.  The wrinkle has probably been […]

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Stonewall Becomes a Teenager

You know how teenagers reach that stage where they go from hanging out with other kids to realizing that they have some sexual feelings for those kids?  (Traditionally we say boys becoming interested in girls, but let’s not be so heteronormative, hmm?)  Well Stonewall has officially reached that stage.  It all started with Trevor and […]

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Dusky Fulvetta

Dusky Fulvettas are teeny tiny 13 centimeter birds.       They love to forage in big piles of leaves, which makes it pretty hard to take pictures of them.  For these images, I had my tripod propped up on a tiny bridge and I got the shots when the birds jumped into a patch […]

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Running Inspiration

Kids in Salt Lake City really like making graffiti.  Last week I noticed during my morning run that someone tagged the sidewalk on my run and left a message that is divided over 0.5 miles.  I finally read the whole message today: “What? do you Want?” And I think, “Okay, I want to run faster! […]

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Magpies of the World

Spring is coming to Utah.  It hasn’t snowed in a week and the weather is consistently hitting the 60’s.     The birds know it’s spring too.  The magpies are preparing their nests.     Red Butte Garden was filled with magpies last week.  They were more vocal than usual.       China has […]

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