What We Love This Week, Volume LIV

Breathtaking Landscapes As Seen By A Retired Travel Photographer

Swapping the stethoscope and examination room for a camera and the rugged outdoors, Weerapong Chaipuck has embraced photography as a means to occupy his newly acquired free time. Since retiring from the medicine field, the Thai physician has traveled the world over, offering those of us crammed into grey cubicles a pleasant reminder that life has more to offer us than death and taxes.

Chaipuck wants you to experience that truth, too. Says Chaipuck, “As a new task of travel photographer, I experienced a lot of memorable moments from kind-hearted people during my trip. So, pay it forward, if you want to make a trip as a travel photographer too, welcome to my country. Contact me and be my guest!”. Alternatively, if you’d rather just ogle over Chaipuck’s artistic eye from the comforts of your own home, you can do so at My Modern Met.

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Mauritius’ Astounding Diversity

Mauritius Island

Once home to Portuguese, Dutch, French, British and Asian people alike, Mauritius’ rich history is matched only by its staggering biodiversity. The Indian Ocean island is home to some of the world’s rarest flora and fauna. As it becomes a more popular tourist destination, that biodiversity–much like the livelihood of the now extinct dodo bird, another Mauritius denizen–is threatened.

The Queue For Food In A Syrian Refugee Camp

The Queue For Food At A Syrian Refugee Camp

Taken by the United Nations Relief And Works Agency on February 7th, several thousand Syrian refugees crowd the battered streets of Damascus to wait for food to be distributed by the United Nations. As the UNRWA describes:

It is a scene of unimaginable desolation – a crowd of men, women and children stretching as far as the eye can see into the war-devastasted landscape of Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria. This was the queue for aid at a UNRWA distribution point in the capital, Damascus, on 31 January. The UN relief agency has distributed more than 7,000 food parcels in the Palestinian camp, home to about 160,000 people, since 18 January. The UN has reported infant malnutrition in the community, which has been reduced to eating animal feed. As of this week, all aid distributions have been suspended because of security concerns.