Away

I’ve been out of town for a few weeks seeing all types of family. Currently down in Mexico for a few days to see my folks. It’s grey and cold here but the whales have been putting on a real show every morning. I never manage to get the whole thing (or very good shots), but here are a few of a mother and calf that came to play near shore. It never ceases to delight.

MoMA and other Field Trips

The last few days have provided me with a bit of time to poke around the City. MoMA yesterday. The Inventing Abstraction and Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde exhibitions were pretty fantastic, though my favorite thing in the museum was Nummer acht by Guido van der Werve.

A photo of the projection of Nummer acht

I got in some adventuring on Friday as well when I joined the Atlas Obscura team for their first Friday Field Trip. Our destination was the brand new Museum of Mathematics and – not surprisingly – we had a blast. They have an amazing digital kaleidoscope canvas that I found totally mesmerizing. I kept shooing young children away so I could continue to play with it. Check out the post by Michelle about the rest of our day here.

Audubon Zoo

Bill Ross (of Ross Bros fame) and I spent a jolly day at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. Special thanks to my friends Zack Lemann, Lisa McCaffety-Scott and zoo keeper, Sara, for the private tour and giraffe feeding. As always, I was blown away by these incredible creatures up close. Their purple, prehensile tongues are endlessly fascinating (and hilarious).

Last Morocco photos

Just catching up with the last photos from Morocco. One of the last days there, we drove up a terrifying road to reach a tiny village with only three families living there. It was spectacularly beautiful but also spectacularly sad to see the end of a way of life.

Desert

Got up early this morning to shoot the sunrise over the dunes of the Sahara.
It was cold, windy, and rainy. But still awesome.

Best Road Trip Ever

14 hours in the car was a bit much, but it was an incredible adventure.
After months of drought, the country has finally been doused in rain – flooding roads, creating small landslides, and making for some intense off-roading.

But it wasn’t until we were really off the beaten path that the adventure started. We decided to take a short detour – about 42 kilometers out of our way – to see this spectacular gorge.

But once we passed the gorge, the road disappeared and we had to bump our way across endless dry river beds, muddy hillsides and countless rocky ledges.

That 42 kilometers took us more than three hours.
But it was the best part of the trip. After more than an hour without seeing any sign of civilization, we stumbled onto a tiny community of nomadic Berbers. It seemed as if they were completely cut off from the outside world. Their tents were tucked into little horizontal cracks in the hillside and it was astonishing the way the children appeared out of no where, materializing by the car as we drove past. We couldn’t communicate with them and we couldn’t stop for long, but it was amazing to catch a glimpse into such an independent way of life.
The only photos I got are stuck on my iPod, but Casey’s photos of the landscapes are prettier anyway.

Craig and Aziz take in the view

Catch Up

Just one day in Fes.
Check Casey’s blog for some nice patterns and enjoy this early morning shot of the crew at breakfast at our Riad in Fes.
From left: Craig, Casey, Peter, Mehdi, Sean and Aziz goofing around.

Long long drive to Marrakech with a stop along the way to feed some monkeys.

We have been staying at a beautiful home outside of Marrakech and had our first day off. Spent the afternoon in here:

Drove to Essaouira and stopped to catch the comical tree-climbing goats. We were all very skeptical.

Essaouira was quite beautiful and as usual we all lamented how little time we had to explore…

Off to the desert tomorrow.

[The beautiful non-iPhone photos are by Casey.]

Chefchaouen

So much blue, it feels like we’re underwater.

Craig and Peter in one of the many winding passages of the Medina

The terrace of our hotel

Musicians and Tangier

Spent an incredible night up in the mountains with the Jajouka musicians of Northern Morocco. Delicious food, a bonfire and literally hours and hours of music.
Yesterday and today in Tangier.

The Jajouka musicians at rest

Music and dancing

Making friends with locals

Sean and our irreplaceable bodyguard/translator/rock Medhi on a rooftop in Tangier

Casa and Rabat

A few more photos from yesterday and today.
They’re from an iPod, so not the usual quality – I apologize. I have yet to master the touch-screen camera.

Hassan Mosque II (again)

Amazing lunch (with pastilla!) on an incredible estate just outside Rabat. Not your typical film shoot.