Week 48: Enclosed

Hong Kong is a city all wrapped up in itself. Lots of construction going on, and many unfinished structures are enclosed while the buildings are completed. A surprise package, I suppose.

Enshrouded Building

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Week 47: Three of a Kind

Three soldiers of the Terracotta Army are but a fraction of the collection of terracotta  sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, and after whom China is named. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BCE and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife. The figures, dating from approximately the late third century BCE, were discovered in 1974 by local farmers near Xi’an, Shaanxi province, where we were in early June. They unearthed a head of one of the terracotta soldiers as they dug a water well. The figures vary in height according to their roles, with the tallest being the generals. The figures include warriors, chariots, and horses. Estimates are that the three pits contain more than 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which remain buried in the pits nearby Qin Shi Huan’s mausoleum. Each of the thousands of soldiers is unique in its facial features, but these three are three of a kind nonetheless.

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Week 46: Toys

Aren’t these dolls adorable? The toys were crafted by Maasai women in Tanzania and were for sale in a gift shop there. They reminded me of the cloth dolls American girls used to play with in another era, my favorite being Raggedy Ann before I graduated to my very favorite, a beautiful bridal doll I named Caroline.

Dolls

Week 45: On the River

Have you ever seen a happier hippo? Life just couldn’t get any better at that moment for him…or her. This one was in a large herd, maybe 40 or 50, in the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest unbroken, inactive and unfilled caldera in the world, at12 miles across and 2,000 feet deep. The crater floor covers 100 square miles. Over 30,000 animals, including the rare black rhino, lions, cheetah, etc., call this unique place their home. Over 40,000 Maasais also reside in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), which shares a boundary with the Serengeti National Park.

Happy Hippo