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Wile E. Delaplaine

October 27, 2006
Poison Ivy Glowing in the afternoon sun, Ashton, Maryland
Wile E. Delaplaine

October 25, 2006
Pumpkin on a Porch in Ashton Maryland
Wile E. Delaplaine

October 23, 2006
Sassafrass Leaves and Branch in the Afternoon Sun, Ashton, MD
Wile E. Delaplaine

October 20, 2006
Dark Hollow Falls in Virginia's Shenandoah National Park
Wile E. Delaplaine

October 17, 2006
A touch of frost and Canada geese, Highland, Maryland.
Wile E. Delaplaine

June 30, 2006
Sparkling Wine and Roses at a California Wedding
Wile E. Delaplaine

June 29, 2006
Breaking Wave, Goat Rock Beach, Sonoma County California
Wile E. Delaplaine

June 28, 2006
Sunday Morning on the Golden Gate Bridge, north of San Francisco
Wile E. Delaplaine

June 27, 2006
Green Sea Glass and Pebbles, Goat Rock Beach, Sonoma County California
Wile E. Delaplaine

June 26, 2006
Flotsam and Drift Wood, Goat Rock Beach, Sonoma County California
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June 26, 2006
Flotsam and Drift Wood, Goat Rock Beach, Sonoma County California
Wile E. Delaplaine

June 23, 2006
Vines and Me Shadow - Trentadue Winery, Sonoma California
Wile E. Delaplaine

June 22, 2006
Seagull - Goat Rock Beach, Sonoma County California
Wile E. Delaplaine

June 21, 2006
Golden Gate Bridge - North of San Francisco
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Editor's Note: Wile E. Delaplaine recently visited California to attend a friend's wedding. While there he visited several local attractions and took pictures. From June 19 through June 30, The Tentacle will be posting pictures from Mr. Delaplaine's trip. We hope you enjoy them as much as we at The Tentacle did.

June 20, 2006
California Redwoods and Path #2 - Muir Woods National Monument, California
Wile E. Delaplaine

June 19, 2006
Goat Rock Beach and fog bank, Sonoma County, California
Wile E. Delaplaine

May 5, 2006
A gorgeous view of clouds at Trois Vallées in the French Alps.
Wile E. Delaplaine

May 4, 2006
Cafe at Saint Martin de Belleville in the French Alps.
Wile E. Delaplaine

May 3, 2006
Overlooking Saint Martin de Belleville at Trois Vallés, French Alps.
Wile E. Delaplaine

May 2, 2006
Weekly Market in Fethiye, Turkey
Wile E. Delaplaine
A Turkish farmer displays his olives and other produce at the weekly market in Fethiye.


May 1, 2006
Galata Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey
Wile E. Delaplaine
This is a view from the Galata Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey, showing the Suleymaniye Camii mosque.


April 28, 2006
A street vendor in Istanbul, Turkey, makes a sale.
Wile E. Delaplaine

April 27, 2006
An unusual Turkish tea contraption at Olympus, Turkey
Wile E. Delaplaine

April 26, 2006
The Flaming Hillside at Olympus, Turkey.
Wile E. Delaplaine
Photojournalist Wile E. Delaplaine (left) and Todd Wilson marvel at the natural phenomenon of naturally occurring flames on a hillside at Olympus, Turkey. The flames will re-ignite spontaneously if extinguished. The gas emanating from this hillside has been burning for thousands of years.


April 25, 2006
Baby dolls, dried eggplant, games and Sponges for sale in the port town of Kalkan, Turkey.
Wile E. Delaplaine

April 24, 2006
The Mediterranean Sea at Olympus, Turkey
Wile E. Delaplaine

April 20, 2006
The trunk of a mighty olive tree in a pasture of Polemos Buku, Turkey, on the Turquoise Coast of the Mediterranean Sea.
Wile E. Delaplaine

April 19, 2006
View from a Catamaran, Polemos Buku, (Southwest coast of Turkey)
Wile E. Delaplaine

April 18, 2006
Total Eclipse, 29 March 2006, Polemos Buku, Turkey
Wile E. Delaplaine

April 17, 2006
Hill top Eclipse Viewing, Polemos Buku Turkey
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Hill top Eclipse viewing, Polemos Buku Turkey, 29 March 2006 Chris Gavin (left) of Baltimore, Kent Christian (right) of Falls Church, VA

(Editor's Note: Wile E. Delaplaine and some friends recently made a trip to Turkey, and to the French Alps, where they got in some skiing. For the next three weeks The Tentacle will post a photo gallery of that trip. Some are spectacular. Others are of things most of us will never have the opportunity to see. And still others will plant the seed of our next foreign trip. We hope you enjoy them.)


March 15, 2006
Outback Leather, Main Street, Laurel
Wile E. Delaplaine

March 10, 2006
"Brokeback Mountain" Retrospective
Wile E. Delaplaine
Conflated and tiresome they may be, the Academy Awards occasionally serve one of their intended purposes, and that is to refocus attention on recent films which deserve (in theory) to be seen.

February 14, 2006
Central Maryland Blanket
Wile E. Delaplaine
John Lehman, of Highland in Howard County, uses his snow blower to clear a long stretch of sidewalk at his home. This and other scenes from the day after the big snow fall of 2006 appear on Mr. Delaplaine's page.

February 10, 2006
Olympic Advantages and Challenges
Wile E. Delaplaine
It may be no great surprise that the Europeans ski in the Alps a little bit differently than we tend to ski in the U.S. In this round of Old World vs. New World in Turin (Torino), Italy, it might just be the Europeans who come out on top.


January 18, 2006
A Darwin Finch, probably Geospiza Fuliginosa the Small Ground Finch, Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Islands.
Wile E. Delaplaine


There are 13 species of finches which are found in and only in the Galapagos island. All have evolved from the same ancestral species over the course of thousands of years. All are known as Darwin Finches and are named after Charles Darwin, the father of the theory of evolution. Mr. Darwin is the author of the groundbreaking "The Origin of Species", published in 1859. Before it's publication, it was assumed that all species were invariant through time.

January 11, 2006
Frigate Birds, Puerto Ayoro, Galapagos Islands
Wile E. Delaplaine

November 23, 2005
Shock and Awe à la Française
Wile E. Delaplaine
Since my return from three weeks of news blackout while in the sleepy South Pacific, I have been feverishly trying to assess and digest the news from the events that I have missed. What I find even more interesting than the frenetic pace of the meltdown of the Bush administration is the shock and awe of the fires and riots in France.

October 26, 2005
Help Pizza, St. Mammes France
Wile E. Delaplaine

October 12, 2005
Bush's Faith-Based Choice for Justice
Wile E. Delaplaine
I have been thinking about our president; but more so about his faith-based choice for Supreme Court Justice, Harriet Miers, and I find myself torn.

October 5, 2005
A Spot for Tea - St. John's Newfoundland
Wile E. Delaplaine

September 28, 2005
Stark Reality - Cape St. Mary's Newfoundland
Wile E. Delaplaine

September 21, 2005
How's That, Ole Timer?
Wile E. Delaplaine

September 14, 2005
To Sleep: Perchance to Dream
Wile E. Delaplaine

September 7, 2005
Coming To A Fair Near You
Wile E. Delaplaine

September 1, 2005
Nourishment Before a Long Trip
Wile E. Delaplaine

August 26, 2005
Contradictions Abound
Wile E. Delaplaine
Wile E. Delaplaine and Roy Meachum -- On the very day George W. Bush told a selected-through-tickets-Idaho audience that Iraqis were settling their differences through negotiations not shooting, Shiites were killing their fellow Shiites.

August 25, 2005
Butterflies Are Free
Wile E. Delaplaine

August 24, 2005
Empty Nest - Home, Sweet, Home
Wile E. Delaplaine

August 18, 2005
Le Gosier, Guadeloupe (French West Indies)
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August 17, 2005
Dawn Patrol, Southern Shores North Carolina
Wile E. Delaplaine
Dawn Patrol


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August 11, 2005
17-Year Cicada Flashback – Part Two
Wile E. Delaplaine
That we are in the dog days of August, being treated daily to a cacophony of cicada mating calls justifies recalling the 17-year cicada emergence of last year.

August 10, 2005
17 Year Cicada Flashback
Wile E. Delaplaine
I have cicadae (or cicadas if you must) on the brain this week, and there are two perfectly logical reasons for this. First, it is the dog days, and it just wouldn't be the dog days without the soothing (of sorts) chirping, buzzing, and downright screeching sounds emanating from our trees.

July 21, 2005
Think Different - Think Cool – Part Two
Wile E. Delaplaine
Heat, humidity, politics, and tension… These four aspects of summer life often intrude into where they neither belong nor should be welcomed. With substantial Zen training, of course, you can quickly dispatch them, but who has the time to sit in silence for hours each day with his personal guru?

July 20, 2005
Think Different - Think Cool - Part One
Wile E. Delaplaine
For those of you who are tired. tired of the heat, tired of the humidity, tired of Frederick's petty politics, Wile E., Frederick's renegade exile, comes to the rescue with thoughts of a cooler, yes, a much cooler place. He tempts to take you to a place where no one thinks of Mayor D., nor of Commissioner T.; a place where the only concerns, apart from global warming, are far removed and ethereal.

July 7, 2005
Saint Yves and Saint Hervé – Part 2
Wile E. Delaplaine
Yves and Hervé are arguably the two most famous and most popular saints of Brittany (Northwestern France). They have equally fascinating yet quite dissimilar stories, and as for their whereabouts today, that too is curious and equally dissimilar.

July 6, 2005
Saint Yves and Saint Hervé – Part 1
Wile E. Delaplaine
Yves and Hervé are arguably the two most famous and most popular saints of Brittany (Northwestern France). They have equally fascinating yet quite dissimilar stories, and as for their whereabouts today, that too is curious and equally dissimilar.

June 16, 2005
ENDPOINTS AND ODDITIES
Wile E. Delaplaine
The modern seal of St. Malo employs the same elements used in the early 17th century, notably: two chained, snarling dogs on either side of a metal grate; atop the grate scampers a scarfed ermine; above the ermine are ramparts; at the seal's base is the curious slogan, "Semper Fidelis” familiar to Americans from the U.S. Marines.

June 15, 2005
ENDPOINTS AND ODDITIES
Wile E. Delaplaine
The walled medieval city of St Malo intrigues in so many ways: its location and makeup, its fascinating history, its celebrities, its notorious corsairs. Much of this can be summed up by its emblems and mottos over the centuries.


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