the bolivians


Awesome effect - the mirror reflection of the Salar de Uyuni, Bolivian Atacama Desert - reflective enough to be used as a satellite and image calibration target from space.



as i went through the pictures i was legitimately stunned that this all happened this year. 

from Bolivia, Seattle, Langley, Atlanta, Austen, New York, Hawaii, LA and of course here in Portland, thank you all for an amazing year.  

A creatively challenging, personally rewarding, eye opening, educational, silly, fun, and just lovely year… and all because of you.

i’ll have a separate post celebrating the Artwork from this year and, like last year, another teasing next year. 

thank you for all of this and so much more. 


Flamingoes on the edge of a saline lake in the Bolivian Andes - the water is pink from bacteria living in the lake. In fact, the flamingoes might be feeding on that.
Malia Obama’s Secret Trip to Bolivia and Peru
President Obama’s eldest daughter got a firsthand look at Bolivia, which has a tense relationship with the United States.
By Ernesto Londoño

“The Bolivian guides were convinced it was the blonde. It had to be the blonde. American Embassy officials in November had told three brothers who led guided hikes across Bolivia’s majestic Cordillera Real mountain range that they would soon be hosting an important American dignitary. When a group of teenagers and a small band of American bodyguards showed up on Nov. 24, it wasn’t apparent to the guides that it was the president’s eldest daughter, Malia Obama, and not a blond companion, who warranted the extraordinary security measures.

“There was a blond girl and we assumed she was the important one,” Gregorio Mamani, one of the guides, said in a phone interview on Wednesday.

Only in recent days, after Bolivian journalists broke the story of Ms. Obama’s trip to Bolivia and Peru late last year, did the guides realize who had been in their care during a five-day trek. “She was very humble, chatty, spoke Spanish very well,” Mr. Mamani said. “She was mesmerized by the Bolivian landscape.”

Ms. Obama was afforded no special treatment during the arduous trek, and performed chores, including cooking, along with her fellow travelers, Mr. Mamani said.

The Bolivian news media reported that Ms. Obama, 18, who delayed starting at Harvard for a year, lived with a family in Tiquipaya, a tiny town in central Bolivia…”