Endangered Animals Light Up NYC

Cecil the lion and other endangered animals are projected on to Empire State Building in an impressive light display

Images of endangered animals were crawling and swimming across the facade of New York’s Empire State Building, as part of the first light show of its kind in ESB history. It was such an awesome display!   It was also a timely reminder of the impact and devastation caused by incidents like the hunting of Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe.

I captured photos and put them all into a few animated gif images below:

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Endangered species grace the south side of the Empire State Building
Empire State Tribute To Endangered Animals

How: It was all done with 40 light cannons projecting images of endangered animals upon the Empire State Building. Design firm Obscura Digital put it together, with a cost of around $1 million, according to the NY Times.

Endangered Animals Empire State Building projection
The eyes of the world were on the Empire State Building

Who put it together?  It was organized by the Oceanic Preservation Society and the filmmakers of the new Discovery Channel documentary, Racing Extinction, (#RacingExtinction), an upcoming documentary about humans’ impact on threatened species. Racing Extinction is set to air in December 2015.  Director Louie Psihoyos was also the director of The Cove.

Island Hopping in Bocas del Toro Panama

5 days of Island Hopping in Bocas

Bocas del Toro might be the best part of Panama, especially for backpackers and travelers. Bocas is an archipelago (group of islands) with beautiful beaches, wildlife, adventure, good food, and a great  party scene that attracts backpackers from around the world.

Most people have only heard of Bocas del Toro from the TV series Survivor (17 countries filmed there) – it’s a real place and worth a visit. While many people visiting Panama only get to Panama City, Bocas is a hidden gem.

Every day we chose an activity or an island to go to – then hopped in a boat to go check it out. Here’s a 31-photo tour, with some highlights from our five days of island hopping in Bocas del Toro:

Playa La Estrella – Starfish Beach

While it doesn’t get nearly as much acclaim as the other beaches, Playa La Estrella has easily the most beautiful water next to their nearly private beaches. The name literally translates to Starfish Beach, and you can see why – they’re everywhere!

Starfish everywhere! - Playa La Estrella, Bocas del Toro is a must visit when island hopping in Bocas del Toro Panama
Starfish everywhere! – Playa La Estrella, Bocas del Toro

Playa La Estrella, the most beautiful beach in Bocas

Starfish beach in Bocas del Toro. Playa La Estrella. A must visit when island hopping in Bocas del Toro Panama
Have you ever seen this many starfish?

Tip: please do NOT touch the starfish or take them out of water – it actually kills them.

500 Camels in Bahrain

Photo tour: Royal Camel Farm in Bahrain

I’d seen camels before, but never this many, and never like this.

Business tourists visit Bahrain ask, are there camels in Bahrain? There’s lots of of camels in Bahrain, but the reason might surprise you. Here’s the quick story he shared:

My guide told me that the King of Bahrain (actually Sheikh Mohammed) wanted camels, and thus 500 camels were brought to what became the Royal Camel Farm in Bahrain. He decided to open up this Royal Camel Farm to the public. I’d never seen so many camels!

Camels in Bahrain at sunset

Bahrain consists of mostly desert, making it the ideal habitat for camels.

Feeding a camel at the Royal Camel Farm in Bahrain
Feeding a camel in Bahrain

Despite being called a camel farm, the camels here are not for eating. Sheikh Mohammed set up the farm to preserve the presence of the camel in Bahrain which, before the advent of the motor vehicle was the Bahraini’s foremost mode of transport. Indeed, the Arabian Peninsula has a huge cultural connection with the camel, and for the Bedouins of the past, the camel was revered as a sacred symbol of life amid the inhospitable desert. –Time Out Bahrain

Bocas del Toro Nightlife

Bocas del Toro is beautiful, but what kind of entertainment do they have for when the sun goes down?  Where do people go to party in Bocas?Monica from Globe Trottica tells us about her favorite bars and hotspots in Bocas del Toro, combined with photos from my recent Bocas adventure. 

Bocas del Toro nightlife

I held my breath as I jumped into the warm Caribbean Sea. My cloth pants immediately absorbed a ton of water, making it that much harder for me to stay afloat.

I grabbed onto the side of the dock, wiping away my soaking wet hair that stuck to the side of my face. The beats from the music vibrated the water, causing miniature waves to crash against me.

The sounds of clinking beer bottles and the cheerful hoopla of partygoers carried over to the swimming area and, softened and dulled by distance, created a sublime atmosphere. The soft beats coming from the DJ booth mixed with the ambience seamlessly.

La Iguana Surf Club immediately became my favorite party spot in Bocas del Toro.

Bocas del Toro is known for its rowdy nightlife and offers a range of bars and clubs that satisfy the needs of any type of partygoer. It’s a small town in one of the few small islands in northern Panama.

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