Giraffes Drink Coffee on the Balcony in Helsinkii August 2017

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Giraffes Drink Coffee on the Balcony in Helsinkii August 2017

Two giraffes drink coffee while relaxing on their balcony in Helsinki, Finland, August 2, 2017. We were passing by on the Hop On Hop Off Bus. I just happened to glance up and be holding a camera.

Family (Search) Fun at Roots Tech 2015

We know that 99.5% of our DNA is identical among us all, and that it is the differences within the remaining 1/2% which make us unique as individuals. At Roots Tech 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah, Family Search carried this to the extreme with their Ancestor Photo Booth. Here is what my parents and I would look like if we shared more than 99.5% DNA. I’m the one in the middle (at least I think I am).

Charcoal of Lenin, er Jim Lannin, Drawn While In Line at Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral, St. Petersburg, Russia

Charcoal of Lenin, er Jim Lannin, Drawn while Karen and I stood in the line outside of the Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral, St. Petersburg, Russia. This is the church which serves as the crypt of the Romanovs, the Russian Royal family. It took the guy a mere 2 minutes to draw, and only cost $5 USD.

Bad Bad Boy, a sculpture by Tommi Toija, stands at 8.5 meters tall in Helsinki's West Harbor area.

Bad Bad Boy, a sculpture by Tommi Toija, stands at 8.5 meters tall in Helsinki’s West Harbor area. His aim is bad. He is missing the shrubbery and actually is spraying the sidewalk. Look at his size relative to the tourists trying to take close up photos.

Jim and Karen Lannin make a new friend in old Town, Tallinn, Estonia

Jim and Karen Lannin make a new friend in old Town, Tallinn, Estonia. Those “no glare” cowels are really killer!

 "The Monolith" -- a massive column of 121 humans climbing toward heaven at Vigeland Sculpture Park, Oslo, Norway

“The Monolith” — a massive column of 121 humans climbing toward heaven at Vigeland Sculpture Park, Oslo, Norway, May 13, 2015.

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