An Amish father and son from Canada were out for an afternoon ride while visiting Missouri. The Missouri population of Amish is growing. There are over 9,000 Amish in Missouri.
Each year musicians gather from around the world to showcase their music, network, learn and further their profession. The International Folk Alliance 2018 was held in Kansas City, Missouri. in 2019 it will be held in Montreal.
The mission of the FAI is to "nurture, engage and empower the international folk music community, through education, advocacy and performance."
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When Baby Orangutan Rowan, wants mommy Kisses.
~Rowan and Jahe are on exhibit at the Memphis Zoo.
Baby Rowan, was born on March 19, 2016 at the Memphis Zoo via Cesarean section. Rowan, weighed 4.5 pounds at birth, and was bottle fed by zookeepers. He is a Sumatran Orangutan. Only about 200 Sumatran Orangutans are currently on exhibit across the USA. The species is listed as “Critically Endangered.” Orangutan means “man of the forest;” Orangutans have the second longest childhood, first being humans, spending up to eight years with their mothers.
As a photojournalist in Memphis, I have covered Jerry Lee Lewis many times over the years. I moved to Memphis in the late 80's and I have always enjoyed watching Jerry Lee Lewis perform. I consider myself a fan as well.
I was originally introduced to him by my fellow coworker Jim Kingsley, who has since passed away. Jim who was a stereotypical newsman, was also in the inner circle of Elvis Presley. Jerry was married to his sixth wife Kerry Lynn McCarver at the time. I remember Lee (Jerry Lee Lewis lll) as a toddler.
Lewis is passionate about his music and loyal to his fans.
I have photographed him in clubs, festivals, on Donald Trumps yacht and have been lucky enough to visit his ranch many times. I watched him get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and I watched the IRS remove his piano from his home when he owed back taxes.
Jerry Lee has lived a turbulent life and he has a wild reputation. While I admit he is a bit of a flirt, I can say my personal experience with him has been that he has always been a kind man and a gentleman, each and every time I have interacted with him. It has always been my pleasure to photograph him.
I recently watched him bring in the new year once again at age 82, at his namesake club, Jerry Lee Lewis Cafe and Honky Tonk on Beale Street in Memphis. I realized what an honor it has been to cover him for 30 years. I still get a kick out of watching him and he still gets a kick out of playing for his fans who come from all over the world to see him. You can see in the video that he stills smiles at the end of Great Balls of Fire, his signature song that he must have sung thousands of times since it was a hit in the 50's.
I have decided to share a glimpse of my photo collection in this photo gallery (above) and share a current video in this blog space below.
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Winnie the baby hippo at the Memphis Zoo.
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The 87th Annual Terrapin Derby was held along Main Street in Lepanto, Arkansas on Saturday October 7th, 2017. The Terrapin Derby features fair food, music and entertainment but the festival’s main draws is the turtle race. The race features turtles racing down a 60-foot racetrack, all vying for the finish line while being cheered on by the locals. The Lepanto Terrapin Derby is a festival that has been held in Lepanto (Poinsett County) every year since 1930.
The animals showed only mild changes in behavior at the Memphis Zoo during the eclipse, on August 21st 2017---except for the alligators, which became very active. The cicadas were heard singing their evening song at the time of the eclipse, some of the animals acted a bit sleepy or like they were ready to go inside.
At 1:22 p.m., the moon was covering 94 percent of the sun.
Winnie the Hippo was said to have gotten out and played in the sand, during what normally would have been her nap time.
I have created a photo gallery and short video of what I observed while there.
The zoo provided a great backdrop as people waited for the eclipse to unfold. A fourth baby reticulated giraffe has been born at the Zoo; three giraffes have been born there in the last four months. The three that have been born since spring were all out on exhibit, Panya, ‘Bogey’ and Wakati. Angela Kate, Panya’s mother, was the first giraffe calf born at the Memphis Zoo for a decade when she was born in 2006. Wakati slept a great deal today, Panya stuck close to her mother and Bogey just played around. At the time of the eclipse, the giraffes started to head back into the barn.
In the past 15 years, the population of wild giraffes has decreased from 140,000 to 80,000.
Short Video Below
Lisa Marie Presley most graciously greeted her father’s fans at Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley in Memphis, Tennessee on the 40th anniversary of his death. Fans lit their vigil candles as she thanked them for their devotion to her father. (Photo by Karen Pulfer Focht/Reuters©)
Forty years ago, Aug. 16, 1977, the world became all shook up when news broke about the unexpected death of Rock and Roll star Elvis Presley, of Memphis, Tennessee. Since then, fans and pilgrims flock to Memphis from all over the world, every August, for what has become known as "Elvis Week." With this, the 40th anniversary of his death, Elvis Presley Enterprises will show off many changes and renovations that have taken place at Graceland, the Presley home, and the entertainment complex. The new Guest House at Graceland is also now open with 450 hotel rooms. Photo gallery below.
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While visiting a whaling museum in New Bedford, Mass we saw this on the wall. "In the 1800s thousands of voyages with tens of thousands of men, killed hundreds of thousands of whales, by traveling millions of miles, for tens of millions of gallons of oil, for hundreds of millions in profits. Today whale watching is a multibillion dollar global industry"
While in Cape Cod we did a whale watching tour. We used a company called Dolphin Fleet in Province town.
Our tour exceeded expectations. We not only enjoyed the boat ride, had a drink during a beautiful sunset, but we were taught about whales and their migration patterns as we watched for the majestic creatures.
We were able to make reservation the same day, which we appreciated.
The boat was large, safe and uncrowded. The evening was perfect; the staff was knowledgeable and engaging. They helped us anticipate where the whale could be rising from the water each time.
We were awestruck as we witnessed the whale’s enormous size from up close. These mammals are simply amazing to watch. We did not hear any whale songs and they did not breach the water, however the acrobatic abilities were evident as they filled their mouths with sea creatures diving in and out of the water.
So glad we made the time.
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