Interesting technique for photographing fall leaves

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I was out walking towards dusk with my camera and I came across some amazing fall colors in a small oak sapling growing by the side of the dirt road.  As I lined up the shot, my flash fired due to the waning light conditions.

I kept photographing the leaves, and I was amazed at the stark visual effects of flash photography for leaves.  It is a situation that never occurred to me before and some of the photos are stunning with the black contrast in the background.

Foreign Firms Advisory For Doing Business in the Bahamas

Pictured above is Bradley Roberts.  He is the chairman of the ruling PLP party in the Bahamas under Perry Christie.  A few days ago, he announced that the government is cancelling a Reverse Osmosis contract that it signed with a foreign based company to provide water in New Providence.

This comes on the heels of the PLP party who just gained an election win earlier this year in the Bahamas, would renegotiate the privatization deal that the previous administration concluded with Bahamas Telecommunications Corporation when it sold 51% to Cable & Wireless operating under the Lime Brand.

It seems that this parochial government is playing petty politics and tribalism when it comes to honoring contracts that it has signed with foreign companies.  Cynics claims that the party and hence the government is cancelling these contracts to re-award them to partisan hacks.  This government when it was in power from 2002 until 2007 was one of the most corrupt in modern Bahamian history with the Shane Gibson/ Anna Nicole Smith fiasco, the cabinet minister with a closet full of money, a rock-em, sock-em fight between Cabinet ministers, huge losses at the Ministry of Housing and widespread corruption through every facet of the government.  Many of those same corrupt ministers and members of Parliament have been re-elected.

Foreign companies wanting to do business in the Bahamas, face several risks, but the biggest one is that they could see their contracts nullified on a political whim.

Motorcycle Cop Nailed By Hit & Run Driver

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A motorcycle cop was nailed by a hit and run driver in Freeport, Bahamas on Grand Bahama Island.  He was taken to hospital.  There is no official word on his injuries.  Because the motor vehicle licence number system is not in an electronic database, it is hard for police to run licence plate numbers, find stolen vehicles or track down hit and run drivers.

I will update this entry if I hear anything else about this.

Superstition Experiment - Itchy Palm Means Money ?

Last night I had a super itchy palm that wouldn't go away.  It itched for no reason.  I remembered an old wives tale about an itchy palm means money coming your way or money going out.  Since my right palm was itchy, I googled around.  One person said that right palm itchy means money coming in and left palm itchy means money going out.  This was based supposedly on energy, and to get rid of the energy you had to touch wood.

In the comments section of his post, all sorts of people commented that in different countries, the meaning was the opposite.  If your left palm itched then you would be getting money and if your right palm itched, then you would be paying out.

So I am conducting a public experiment.  My right palm was itching.  If I get a bill before I get some money, I will let you know.  If you don't see an update to this post, it means that the old wives tale is full of booshwa.  After all, it is bad luck to be superstitious.

Christmas Jollification

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The Bahamas National Trust holds Christmas Jollification every year on their ground in the Retreat on Village Road in Nassau.  It is largely a paean to Christmas crafts, gift buying, music, being social,  merchandising and the imbibition of alcohol -- all of the traditional values of Christmas.  It's something to do on a weekend in Nassau.  I have had a lot of fun at these in the past.

Beating A Dead Horse -- Horse Dies in the Street

When you end up in Nassau in the Bahamas, please don't take a horse-drawn surrey ride.  The horses are starved, mal-treated and are treated cruelly.  Bahamians as a rule are very unenlightened when it comes to animals.  Potcakes (feral dogs) run wild in the streets and are pounded flat into the pavement when they are hit by cars.  No one gives these animals any dignity.  Many many times, my wife would roll down the window and shout "STOP BEATING YOUR DOG" to indigenous Bahamians.

The horse-drawn carriage trade is horrendous.  They charge tourists $60 for a ride around Nassau.  The horses are mal-nourished.  They have ribs showing.  Half of the watering spigots at the surrey stand do not work.  There are rules stating that rides may not be given during the hot hours of 1-3 PM, yet these rules are not obeyed.  When you shout at them to get off the streets, they sass you and say "you takin' bread frum my mout'".

This is a street scene from yesterday in the Bahamas.  A horse pulling a surrey died it in the street.  A truck was called, the legs were tied together, and the carcass will be towed away to rot somewhere.  There are no animal rendering plants in the Bahamas.

So please spread the word.  If you arrive on a cruise ship in Nassau, please don't take a horse drawn carriage or surrey ride.  Please, for the love of animals.

How Obama Won the Election

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This electoral map shows exactly how Obama won the Election.  It takes into account Mitt Romney, red states, blue states, Florida, the CNN factor, the gibberish of Ann Coulter, Bill O'Reilly, Donald Trump and the Rape Guys.

It looks like America has come to its senses.

Virtual Winter Holiday at the Beach

With the onset of the cold weather, I thought that I would give my readers a virtual beach holiday.  So enjoy.  This is what the beach would look like now.  (Photos taken at Junkanoo Beach Bahamas)

The Refreshment Shack

Buy those sexy beach drinks, and even men too can have a tramp stamp.

Painted coconut trees.  Why?

Paradise Island Lighthouse in the background.

The ubiquitous tee shirt shack.

Buying a conch shell seems like a good idea until you get it home.

Shack mural.

Another framed view of the Paradise Island lighthouse.

Junkanoo Beach is not a very big beach.  Sort of a son of a beach.

The cruise ships at Prince George Wharf.

Lovely beach scenery.