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31/03/2011

NYPD (CPR : Courtesy, Professionalism, Respect), New York Police Department


This photo was taken in Manhattan. "Courtesy - Professionalism - Respect" (CPR) can be found painted on the sides of police cars. It's a program from 1996, started just as groups such as Amnesty International made charges of police brutality.

30/03/2011

Carotte De Tabac, France


This photo was taken in Domme, Dordogne, France and shows an old and antique "Carotte de Tabac", a sign used in France for tobacconists shop (mandatory since 1906).
Tobacco used to be sold in rolls like bunches of carrots, so the sign above the shop is still called a carrot.

27/03/2011

Flamingos, Phoenicopteridae, Phoenicopterus

This is a photo of Flamingos or flamingoes, some gregarious wading birds in the genus Phoenicopterus, the only genus in the family Phoenicopteridae.
Flamingos often stand on one leg, the other tucked beneath the body. The reason for this behavior is not fully understood. Some suggest that the flamingo, like some other animals, has the ability to have half of its body go into a state of sleep, and when one side is rested, the flamingo will swap legs and then let the other half sleep, but this has not been proven. Recent research has indicated that standing on one leg may allow the birds to conserve more body heat, given that they spend a significant amount of time wading in cold water. As well as standing in the water, flamingos may stamp their webbed feet in the mud to stir up food from the bottom.

19/03/2011

Portrait, Akha Hill Tribe, Laos


This photo was taken in an Akha hill tribe village in Nothern Laos.
The Akha are hill tribe of subsistence farmers known for their artistry. The ethnic group may have originated in Mongolia around 1500 years ago. Most of the remaining Akha people are now distributed in small villages among the mountains of China, Laos (where they are considered Lao Sung), Myanmar (Burma), and northern Thailand.
The Akha generally live in bamboo houses raised on low wooden stilts in hilly areas. These huts are divided by gender - one side is for the women, and the other side, occupied by the men, is used as a more public area. The Akha subsist through an often destructive form of slash and burnagriculture which can result in elimination of old growth forest, native animal species and serious soil runoff problems. They are expert farmers who focus on mountain rice, corn, and soybeans that are planted in seasonal shifts. The Akha are also very efficient hunters, though their prey sometimes includes endangered species.
The Akha put a particularly heavy emphasis on genealogy - they are taught their family history at a very early age, and their culture has a strong focus on honouring ancestors and their parents, though they dispute that this represents a form of ancestor worship. A better description of Akha religion would be animism, as they believe in a world filled with spirits, both good and bad, that have a definite physical impact on the world. They believe in a natural cycle of balance that, if disrupted, can result in illness, hardship, or even death.