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Collages prepared by Jim McPherson for the 1000-Daze mini-trilogy

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An orchid and the extremity of a banana plant, as shot at El Explorador, above Boquete, Panama, in 2009 by Jim McPherson

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Rainy day shot of Sydney Opera House with bridge in background, shot by Jim McPherson, 2011

Bringing rainy to needy and sunny to the already thoroughly drenched, these and other remarkable feats, including survival, I count accomplishments.

Though only a start, and as such still a mite sparse, the main and thus far lone entry re my 5 weeks in Australia during our Spring, their Autumn, of 2011 is here.

The main menu provides lynx to all the pages on this website. Then again so does this tab set up.

Logo reads a Travels in my Pants Photo Essay

Just hit the blue highlights whenever you see one and go where it takes you

There are now three entries re my trip to Costa Rica and Panama in January/February of 2009.

An unidentified bird spotted behind Playa Blanca in Santa Clara, Panama

The first is entitled "Sloshing around with Sloths". I called the second "Domingo Demencia -- A Bi-Tropical Disorder" mostly because I couldn't decide which sounded better.

The third, which I didn't get around to mounting until the Spring of 2011, inaugurates the Oddities Page. Have to admit Bucketheads is mostly images, with very little text, but some would assert that's the way a travels site should be.

I took everything you see at El Explorador, an extremely neat garden high up in the hills (more like mountains) overlooking Boquette. It's where I shot the viper in a bottle.

I stopped off in Belgium both before and after I went to Tanzania in 2012. There I spotted and shot details from a number of paintings attributed to Hieronymous Bosch and/or his followers and talented admirers.

I added unsolicited comments and observations re these paintings and the perversions of interest they contain. Also included on this page are detail shots of a Bosch fragment in Munich that I spotted and shot in 2010.

The page is here.


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Travels pre-2010 Website

pH-Realworld is an unscheduled, yet ongoing, series of photo essays written, photographed, scanned in and/or otherwise prepared by Jim McPherson. That'd be me.

Since the mid-Nineties, I've been web-publishing a travels site as an addendum to pH-Webworld (background information and photo essays focusing on Jim McPherson's phantacea Mythos), which has been online since 1996.

Much later on, jmcptimps, as it was known then, additionally came to compliment the main website for Phantacea Publications (www.phantacea.com), which debuted out here in Cyberia during the Summer of 2008.

I set up the introductory blurb and graphics gallery that follow for the Winter 2010/11 update, which also resides here. That there has been nothing since is simple.

pHant-phact of the matter is I ran out of space on this site not long afterwards. Accordingly (howsoever eventually), I've renamed this URL Travels pre-2010. That suggests there is a post-2010 Travels website — and there is, albeit only as of Spring 2012. It's here.

What isn't anymore is the Wonderful Weather of Oz's travelogue(s). They got so expansive with images and ever-so-clever remarks I didn't have any room for them there either. So they've headed off to Ozymandias McPherson's personal website: Oz 2011. It's here.

Additional galleries featuring Jim McPherson's photos, minus the travelogues but usally with captions and the occasional comments, are here, here, here and, as of the summer of 2012, here. I have been known to share lynx so, if you're so inclined, kindly contact me here.

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Shots taken at El Explorador by Jim McPherson, 2009

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A couple of non-bucketheads spotted at El Explorador, overlooking Boquete, Panama, as taken by Jim McPherson 2009



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Happy buckethead spotted at El Explorador, Boquete, Panama, as shot by Jim McPherson, 2009

Welcome or welcome back, as the case may be

Bucketheads beware: You may find some of what follows amusing

Then again you might even if you're only a honorary buckethead like me

Lumberjack buckethead spotted at El Explorador, Boquete, Panama, as shot by Jim McPherson, 2009

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No, except temporarily Donkey Jim has not suddenly become Buckethead Jim. And, yes, this remains Jim McPherson's Travels site. So no, I haven't got around to moving it to a sub-directory of www.phantacea.com as yet, but that's mostly because I'm already running out of space on that server.

Collage prepared by Jim McPherson, Halloween 2009Have to say that, after I mount the latest graphics for this installment (a good-sized sample of which can be found on this very welcoming page as well), I'll be a whole lot closer to running out of space on this server, too.

As for server three, as per here, pH-Webworld has had its hardly limitless expansiveness clipped back a number of times by now.

(Which accounts for why the other two are getting so packed. Some of what goes away there comes back here — or that other there. That and the fact that I keep adding to them, it should go without saying.)

As to where the previous update went, that'd be here. For the completists amongst you, a list of lynx to all the Welcoming Pages thus far presented is here.

Donkey Jim is so past tense, as in so Egyptian 2000. Besides, I've only declared myself an honorary buckethead for this Travels update. Last time up I was, after all, Pumpkinhead Jim.

(Which, I've just realized, I neglected to mention in this space back then. Ah well, like I've said many times before, I'm not losing my memory, it's full. Maybe that applies to my mind as well.)

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It's been nearly a year since I updated this site. If you're counting, that's four seasons and two mini-novels on the shelves — ones to go along with the two mosaic novels no doubt already on your shelf. (And, if they're not, here's how to correct that unfortunate omission.)"Buckethead spotted at El Explorador, Boquete, Panama, as shot by Jim McPherson, 2009"

Over the years I've collected many, many more pictures of my travels than I have stories to go with them.

It's not so much that I have dull trips as I like to keep the Good Ship Me on a steady keel. After all, I only get the one ship and it won't do me any good if it goes down due to sloppy sailing, let alone anything else.

So it is that I collect my own shelves worth of albums containing pictures I took and postcards I bought while elsewhere.

Then I got a digital camera and took even more pictures than I used to when I'm away. I consider many of them nifty or neat, deserving of wider dissemination.

(I'd say wider public exposure but, as per here, I got in trouble for calling my travels site jmcptimps and wouldn't want to re-attract attention from the same, um, critics.)

I tried using Flicker but didn't feel like scanning in albums of prints or boxes of slides. Neither did I feel like knocking down the file sizes for all the digital shots I wanted to mount over there.

The result is still here and, yes, I ran out of free space there almost immediately. (I haven't run out of space here or here as yet but I'm working on it.)

Cartoon mentioning a buckethead, scanned in from a local newspater  bucketheadThen I saw this cartoon (double-click to enlarge) in a local newspaper.

I immediately realized I had to unleash my own inner buckethead. Rather, put more accurately, I had to release a stack of shots I took above Boquete, Panama, when I passed through there in 2009.

Except of course they're not all of bucketheads. Some, like the raggedy guy further down this panel, would appear to be coconut-heads. Kiosk for El Explorador garden above Boquete, Panama, as shot by Jim McPherson in 2009(I've a growing collection of just that on my wall of masks — which is not to suggest they grow there, just go there to roost after I've bought them wherever and brought them home.)

I took these pictures in a quirky (to say the least) private garden called El Explorador (double-click for a spectacular view from it). Private as it is, it's nevertheless open to the public for the outrageously exorbitant fee of under $5.00 USD.

For whatever reason the owners and the gardeners who do the actual work have, in their irresistibly named 'Faerie Mine', turned all kinds of junk – shoes, bottles, TVs, watering cans and, yes, buckets – into planters. And not just planters either. If the Scarecrow of Oz died and went to, he might end up here.

As odd as they are, they're hardly the only odd shots I've collected over the years. And that made think of setting up a webpage, one that will dedicated to just that — oddities. Or, as I'm tempted to dub it, fay-saying in the sometime spirit of the PHANTACEA Mythos: 'Peculiarities Preserved for Preposterous Posterity'.

As for what else I'll slip onto the new webpage, hey, only time will tell. A dino-zone featuring the likes of cat-curious is one idea. (It'd be an addition to the collection of styrofoam Saurs I put on Flicker last year but I've been doing dinos since grade school so plenty to mine.)

A new home for the House Head Museum is another idea. Indeed, though I've threatened it before without issue, that will probably my next Travels assignment.

First off, I have to fly off to amass even more shots, hopefully without tipping, or holing, the aforementioned Good Ship Me.

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So, where am I going next — physically, not web-wise? As noted last time up, Australia remains unchecked in terms of the list of places I really wanted to see while growing up. So I'm happy to say, knock wooden head, that's about to change.

Near-buckethead spotted at El Explorador, Boquete, Panama, as shot by Jim McPherson, 2009Five weeks down under may not seem like much. Not unless you're a calf and it's down udder, in which case you're in cow heaven. (As opposed to cow pie, though you're likely in that too.)

But it is 5 weeks more than I've been before. Besides, inclination, health and finances cohering, I can always go back.

As per usual, down in the graphics table are notes on most of images found on this page. Quite intentionally, some of them provide lynx to other webpages on this website.

Feel free to click merrily away. I've been doing online travelogues since 1996 so there's plenty to read and look at in terms of on-the-spot shots.

And while you're at it, do pop over to www.phantacea.com and/or pH-Webworld for even more free stuff online.

(Stuff that's almost as lavishly illustrated to boot, though I wouldn't recommend kicking your computer. Of course drop-kicking your cell phone, if that's how you get there, wouldn't hurt so much, especially not economically.

(Do ask the buckethead you boot it into to open his or her mouth first, please.)

Feel free to open your cheque book as well as the website(s). As I've said many times before, the more sales I get the merrier, and more travelled, I become. JMcP

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PHANTACEA Mythos print publications available for ordering from the publisher

Cover for Goddess Gambit, original artwork by Verne Andru, 2011

Final book in 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' trilogy, published in 2012

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Cover for Janna Fangfingers, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2011

'The 1000 Days of Disbelief' concludes, published in 2011; e-version published in 2011

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Cover for The Death's Head Hellion, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010

'The 1000 Days of Disbelief' commences, published in 2010; e-version published in 2011

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Cover for Contagion Collectors, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010

'The 1000 Days of Disbelief' continues, published in 2010; e-version published in 2011

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Front Cover for The War of the Apocalyptics, artwork by Ian Bateson, 2009

The first book in the 'Launch 1980' story sequence, published in 2009

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Front Cover for Feeling Theocidal, artwork by Verne Andru 2008

Book One in 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' trilogy, published in 2008; e-version published in 2011

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Front Cover for Forever and 40 Days, artwork by Ian Fry and Ian Bateson, circa 1989

The thus far only PHANTACEA Mythos graphic novel, published in 1990

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Front Cover for Phase One 1, artwork by Ian Bateson, 1985

The last (to date) PHANTACEA Mythos comic book, published in 1986

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An orchid spotted near the Explorador garden above Boquete, Panama, photo by Jim McPherson, 2009

<== An orchid spotted near the Explorador garden above Boquete, Panama, photo by Jim McPherson, 2009

==> The tail of a banana cluster, spotted outside the Explorador garden above Boquete, Panama, photo by Jim McPherson, 2009

This is the bit that never makes to your grocer's shelf. Possibly that's because it looks sort of rude. It no doubt would to that person who objected to me called this website jmcptimps (Travels in my Pants).

The double-click takes you to an overview of the Boquete valley below El Explorador

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The tail of a banana cluster, spotted outside the Explorador garden above Boquete, Panama, photo by Jim McPherson, 2009
A collection of bucketheads and related oddities as spotted and shot by Jim McPherson, 2009

<== A collection of bucketheads and related oddities as spotted and shot by Jim McPherson, 2009; this grouping, which I refer to as the lying collective, has a couple of chewy advisories; the easy to read one in yellow tells us that lying isn't good, or words to that effect;

As for the bigger one, I missed photographing some of its indubitably pertinent pith so I can't tell you all it says. For what's worth, however, I believe the last three words ('arrondillen ante dios') mean 'kneel before God'.

==> Dollhouses called La Perfumania, shot at El Explorador Garden in 2009 by Jim McPherson; as can be seen better on the double-click the little bottles and tiny containers held therein all have cutesy smiley faces pasted on them; told you the place was odd;

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Dollhouses called La Perfumania, shot at El Explorador Garden in 2009 by Jim McPherson
Stumpy, as shot by Jim McPherson at El Explorador in 2009

<== Stumpy, as shot by Jim McPherson at El Explorador in 2009; even though he's a stump, not a Buckethead, Stumpy's one of my favourite oddities;

The Spanish reads 'Bienvenidos, aqui te queremos', which might mean 'Welcome, here's where we want you'; then again it could mean something completely different;

Upon closer double-click inspection, Stumpy might be wearing a shallow bucket on his head, something you might put water in for pets; as for his forehead friend, the fellow grinning off his left temple, I'm not sure if he started out as a coconut-head or not;

==> Pinocchio type shot by Jim McPherson at El Explorador in 2009; the Spanish reads 'Yo no er mentir', which I took to mean 'I never lie'; then again ... please see immediately above;

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Pinnochio type shot by Jim McPherson at El Explorador in 2009
Collage of shots taken in Panama City, February 2009

<== Collage of shots taken in Panama City, February 2009; the original, with commentary, is here;

==> The '4 lips are better than tulips for a Siamese pumpkin' needed an online home; until Pumpkinhead Jim gets around to doing a Vancouver page, this will have to do;

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Collage prepared by Jim McPherson, Halloween 2009
Buckethead spotted at El Explorador, Boquete, Panama, as shot by Jim McPherson, 2009

==> Lumberjack buckethead spotted at El Explorador, Boquete, Panama, as shot by Jim McPherson, 2009; it's bordering on irresistible not to think of this fellow as 'Bucketjack';

<== Happy buckethead spotted at El Explorador, Boquete, Panama, as shot by Jim McPherson, 2009; the Spanish reads 'Accepta que eres feliz', which I took to mean 'Accept that you are happy';

If my translation's correct then it's impossible not to think of the ancient hit by The Who entitled 'Happy Buck';

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Happy buckethead spotted at El Explorador, Boquete, Panama, as shot by Jim McPherson, 2009
Near-buckethead spotted at El Explorador, Boquete, Panama, as shot by Jim McPherson, 2009

<== A near-buckethead spotted at El Explorador, Boquete, Panama, as shot by Jim McPherson, 2009; I believe this guy's head is a coconut, which would make him akin to Stumpy's forehead friend;

Nice hat, too -- if it had a quill in it I might use him to represent Jordan 'Q for Quill' Tethys, the legendary 30-year man perhaps better known as the Legendarian or, as he prefers, 30-Beers; Jordy's a character in both the recently released PHANTACEA mini-novels pictured at the top of this page;

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==> Buckethead spotted at El Explorador, Boquete, Panama, as shot by Jim McPherson, 2009; the Spanish reads 'Apendre a flotar en medio de tus problemas y no te dejes hundir'; dictionary in hand I decided it means 'Learn to float amidst your problems, just make sure you don't sink';

Whatever it actually means, I'm sure it's sound advice, especially the 'make sure you don't sink' bit (see the Good Ship Me rationale for having dull trips in the paragraph next door); I'm sure you'll forgive me if I think of its message as 'red lips sink ships';

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Buckethead spotted at El Explorador, Boquete, Panama, as shot by Jim McPherson, 2009;

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| Spring 2008 | Summer 2008 (Brazil 06/07 Upgrade) | Autumn 2008 (Maximon 2003, Part 1) | Winter 2008/9 (Rockheads Return) | Autumn 2009 (Bi-Tropical Disorder) | Spring 2010 (In Quest of Crumblies) | Late Winter 2010/11 (Buckethead Jim) | Spring 2011 (Weather Wizard of Oz) |

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