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The Wonderful Weather Wizard of Oz
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Have 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.
(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.)
(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.)
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 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.
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. (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.
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.
(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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==> 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
<== 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;
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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<== Collage of shots taken in Panama City, February 2009; the original, with commentary, is here;
If my translation's correct then it's impossible not to think of the ancient hit by The Who entitled 'Happy Buck';
<== 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;
==> 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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