Surrounded by Elephants, very close-up
Surrounded by Elephants, very close-up views in-between the elephants as they are coming, going and waiting to take tourist for a ride up to the Amber Fort. These are all female elephants and far safer to be around than the bull elephants, which by the way are not allowed here. I would highly recommend against getting in close proximity to large animals like these. As for myself, I've spent a good part of my life working around large and know most of the people and elephants here.
Here in the early morning you can ride one of these royal elephants up to the Amber Fort. I have many...
Elephant rides at the Amber Fort (also known as Amer) is one of the major tourist attractions of Jaip...
Elephant rides going up to the Amber Fort can be a fun way of getting up there. As for myself I like ...
Beautiful russian girl Natasha in stylish long woollen skirt kites near ancient fort Amber (pronounce...
Jaigarh Fort near the tower gives this nice overview of the Amber Fort, Town of Amer and far off you ...
This fort does not have the same palace qualities that are displayed in Amber Fort and Nahargarh Fort...
This is one of the many elephant houses around Jaipur and Amer. These elephants are mostly used for g...
Asia is the biggest continent on Earth, a darling little gem floating around in space.
Hm, what is Asia? Who's in on it?
China and India are safe bets for Asian nations. Korea, Japan, Thailand, you're fine.
Europe? No. Europe would sort of be on the "Asian continent" if not for those pesky Ural mountains dividing things up in the middle, and then also the whole lineage of kings and wealth and nations and the EU and all that "give me my respect" stuff.
Russia would probably be happiest as its own continent, so for now we'll leave it in "Eurasia" and just hope the natural gas supplies keep flowing.
Pakistan and Afghanistan are dang close to Asia, but politically they show up in "Middle East" news stories an awful lot. Verdict: Eurasia.
I guess we'll actually have to consider everything from Turkey on eastward to be "Eurasian", although the moniker seems overlappitory of the territory.
The Asian economy is now officially raging like a wild furnace of lava that consumes everything in its path. Japan has had the largest individual economy in Asia for decades, but it is forecast that both India and China will outstrip Japan within twenty years.
China is the largest holder of United States debt and is positioned to become the world's next superpower, provided that Godzilla doesn't return and decide to stomp everybody back into the Shang Dynasty.
Text by Steve Smith.