Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Simple Life

Pictures from a Wednesday night in the Old Town...

Friday, November 6, 2009

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Summer in Central America

This summer, Matthew and I spent a month traveling in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. Here are some of my favorite shots. Enjoy!

An alleyway in Granada, Nicaragua

A man sells traditional Panamian hats in El Valle, Panama

So-called "Diablo Rojo" buses ply the streets of Panama City, trying to one-up each other with over-the-top colorful designs

We ran into this guy at a rally celebrating the 30th anniversary of Sandinista control in Leon. The flag on the left is the flag of Nicaragua, and the flag on the right is for the Sandinista party, which has returned to power nationally under President Daniel Ortega

A bus picks up passengers in Leon, Nicaragua

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Summer Vacation in Greensboro, NC

Photos from the Summer Solstice fair in Greensboro, NC USA.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Another day, another garbanzo

A woman walking to the mosque for Friday prayer.

Men praying at a mosque for Friday prayer.


Friday, May 8, 2009

Spring Sunsets

Hanging out at sunset. Eilat, Israel in the background.
Aqaba, May 2009

Jordanian Shebab

Shebab, a common Arabic term for young men, in the back of a pick-up truck in the Wadi Araba desert

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Hookah Heads

Nargileh, the Jordanian term for Hookah, is an extremely common pastime in Jordan. Men and women spend hours nursing a pipe, drinking tea, and conversing.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Istanbul, Turkey

Aya Sophia Mosque
Istanbul, Turkey April 2009
Ablutions before prayer.
Istanbul, Turkey 2009

Blue Mosque
Istanbul, Turkey 2009

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Saturday Morning on the Town

A sheikh enjoys a Saturday breakfast in Aqaba

A newspaper salesman in downtown Aqaba
An Aqabawi woman stands in front of the main public park

Hijabs for sale in all colors and patterns

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Warm April Nights in Aqaba

The plaza around the flagpole overlooking the Red Sea is a popular place for nargileh and tea on weekend nights in Aqaba

The street running from the flagpole towards the mountains is dominated by tire and car repair shops

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Aqabawi Band

Playing traditional Aqabawi Arabic music at an outdoor amphitheater in Aqaba city center. March 2009

Wadi Araba

Wadi Araba, Jordan March 2009

Friday, March 27, 2009

This Friday at the Mosque...

Two young girls sit outside a mosque during the midday Friday prayer.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Eid al-Adha in Alexandria, Egypt

Above: Eid al-Adha street festivities for children in Alexandria, Egypt (November 2008)

Eid al-Adha is a Muslim holiday that commemorates Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, as an act of obedience to God. Satisfied with Ibrahim's devotion, God put a ram in place of Ishmael at the last moment and Ishmael was saved.

To celebrate Eid al-Adha many Muslims sacrifice a goat, lamb, cow, etc. as a symbol of Ibrahim's sacrifice, and then distribute sacrificed meat to the poor.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Purim in Tel Aviv

Purim is the Jewish festival commemorating the deliverance of the Jewish people of ancient Persia from Emperor Haman's plot to annihilate them. However, among the young and secular in Tel Aviv, it has become a costume party in the streets which runs until past dawn.

Above: Purim in Tel Aviv (March 2009)

Judaism In Jerusalem

Women pray in front of the female section at the Western Wall, with Jewish prayer books in the foreground

Orthodox Jewish men on a street in West Jerusalem

Young Orthodox Jews wait to cross the street

Men pray, sing, and embrace at the Western Wall of the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism

Above: Jerusalem, March 2009