A photo from the REUTERS site this morning is a reminder of how lucky many of us are to live where we do and helps to put our lives back in perspective. This part of Africa seems to be kicked at every turn.
A boy drinks water from a pond in Bule Duba village in the outskirts of Moyale, near the edge of Oroma and Somali regions of Ethiopia, June 12, 2009. Prolonged drought, lack of water and limited pasture have led to conflict between the Somali and Borena ethnic groups in southern Ethiopia which left hundreds of people dead in February this year. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) says it needs some 100 million Swiss francs to prevent conflict, famine and epidemics as well as restore the livelihoods of 2.5 million people in the Horn of Africa.
Links to charity sites working in this region: British Red Cross / Oxfam / Save the Children.
I’ve said before that I’m interested in innovative new design and this morning in trawling (get the pun?!) through the news I came across this robot fish.
Designed by British scientists to be released into the sea off Northern Spain, they are equipped with chemical sensors to detect pollutants in the ocean. They are 5 feet long and cost £20,000 ($29,000) each.
This is one of those articles where I found myself glancing at the date on the news page, just to be sure I wasn’t being taken in by an April Fools’ joke. I must admit, I don’t understand why it has to look so convincingly like a new species of fish, despite the rather slim explanation that it is energy efficient – wouldn’t any plain lozenge shape be just as energy efficient? I’m tempted to think that the scientists reasoned that if they were going to build this device, then why not get creative for once and tap into their usually hidden artistic side? The trouble is, I wonder what will happen when it ends up in the nets of the local fishermen. Will it be handed in, held to ransom or even sold to a private collector of art?
You can read the whole article at the REUTERS site here.
One of my favourite photos from the Award Winners Slideshow on Reuters at the moment:
First Prize, Sports Features, The Press Photographer’s Year 2008. A competitor runs through fire during the Tough Guy event in Perton, England, January 27, 2008.
REUTERS / Darren Staples
There has been wall to wall coverage again this morning on the snow that blankets much of Britain. Road, rail and air travel is affected, schools are shut, people are staying home, and gritting stations, having run out of grit, are awaiting emergency shipments (which, quite clearly, will arrive after the snow has melted).
I came across this photo yesterday. Can I just say….This is snow. This is worthy of the mass disruption of travel.
Photo from the Reuters site, taken in the Swiss Alps, 3 Feb 09.
As an amateur who loves photography I marvel at the photos of professionals. When I capture a good shot I’m aware of my own good fortune because the truth is that in the greater scheme of things I still don’t have a clue what I’m really doing.
I enjoy occasionally visiting the Reuters site because there – well there is some truly great photography.
This photo caught my eye….. Planned? Or just that glorious moment of being in the right place and pressing that shutter butter at just the right time. Whatever. It’s just a great shot, one to make you smile.
Austria’s Gregor Schlierenzauer takes off the ski jump during the third event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Innsbruck, January 4, 2009.