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Elephants lumber behind stone Scottish cottages. A cheetah races along the shores of a loch. A herd of water buffalo graze among Celtic crosses in a hilltop cemetery. London-based photographer George Logan has brought the impossible to life in Translocation, a new photography book that fuses Logan’s shots of African wildlife into his dramatic takes of the Scottish countryside.

Logan, a gold medal winner at the Association of Photographers Awards, traveled to such locations as South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, and Botswana to photograph his subjects in their natural habitats before combining them with shots of his native Scotland, including the Isle of Skye. The idea for the book was inspired by Logan’s own childhood fantasies of exotic animals being part of his familiar surroundings.

Sales of the book will benefit the Born Free Foundation, an international wildlife charity that works to protect threatened species across the globe. The funds will go towards building Born Free’s new wildlife rescue, conservation and education center in Ethiopia. Hewlett Packard Indigo agreed to print the book for free as a showcase for their premium digital printing capabilities, allowing 100 percent of sales profits to go to Born Free.

For more on the book and to order a copy, go to the official website here.

I wonder if anyone can help me here? Is that Gourock outdoor pool above? I think it could be.

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Egotism

The Prime Minister of the Tang Dynasty was a national hero for his success as both a statesman and military leader. But despite his fame, power, and wealth, he considered himself a humble and devout Buddhist. Often he visited his favorite Zen master to study under him, and they seemed to get along very well. The fact that he was prime minister apparently had no effect on their relationship, which seemed to be simply one of a revered master and respectful student.

One day, during his usual visit, the Prime Minister asked the master, “Your Reverence, what is egotism according to Buddhism?” The master’s face turned red, and in a very condescending and insulting tone of voice, he shot back, “What kind of stupid question is that!?”

This unexpected response so shocked the Prime Minister that he became sullen and angry. The Zen master then smiled and said, “THIS, Your Excellency, is egotism.”

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