Paradise Visited: The Outer Islands of French Polynesia.

This is a view one sees in variations through out the island of Tikehau

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We sat every evening on the porch at dusk and watched this soul soothing view of Ta’aha

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I can’t explain the light in this photograph. I took this image at 11:30 AM. It stands alon

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The density of the water looked and felt like gold jello. I have never experienced anything like it on my visits to over sixty islands world wide.I never looked away until we touched the shore of our remote resort

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Fiji Aerial

I took this aerial image while flying over one of the many islands in Fiji. Eerie and startling and oddly beautiful.

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Atacama Desert

Walking toward a lake that has no clarity in the Atacama Desert, the driest desert in the world, in Northern Chile. The density of minerals in the lake makes it appear as though someone spilled a can of cobalt blue paint into the desert

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Torres del Paine National Park

It’s no surprise that Torres del Paine National Park in southern Chile was recently voted The Eighth Wonder Of The World. It’s the most unspoiled park I have ever enoucntered in the 108 countries I’ve visited. Yosemite National Park in the US has an average of four millions visitors a year. Torres has 150,000. You feel like you’re breathing for the first time.

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The Archer

Archery is the national sport of Bhutan, a small but very advanced country in the Himalayas, north of India. The target is sometimes over 300 feet from the archer. This man has won many competitions. His face tells us of a life well lived.

Archery is the national sport of Bhutan, a small but very advanced country in the Himalayas, north of India. The target is sometimes over 300 feet from the archer. This man has won many competitions. His face tells us of a life well lived.

An American Visitor In Cuba

Cuba – 1999

American visitors to Cuba continue to be rare. I saw sights few people have seen on the island. Here are a few images:

The buildings on the waterfront in Havana are painted bright colors reminding one of wedding cakes. Deep pastels keep the people’s spirits up.

The buildings on the waterfront in Havana are painted bright colors reminding one of wedding cakes. Deep pastels keep the people’s spirits up.

Because comforts are rare, the family in Cuba is even more the core of their existence.

Because comforts are rare, the family in Cuba is even more the core of their existence.

Cars driving on the flooded waterfront on a stormy night.

Cars driving on the flooded waterfront on a stormy night.

An eighteenth century fortress still stands watch.

An eighteenth century fortress still stands watch.

Lions Eating Zebra

This is a once in a lifetime image. It was taken standing in a jeep about twelve feet away from the lionesses. They were busy feasting which was happily more interesting to them than charging me. When one of them suddenly glanced up and looked right into the lens with the glare that jolted me almost out of my boots I shot the image. Of three rolls of film of them this was the most dramatic image of the event

My Near Death Experience With A Witchdoctor

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I crept up on this woman in a graveyard to photograph her performing a chicken sacrifice. I intentionally stomped my foot when I shot it to create a blurred image. She heard my stomp, whirled around, saw me, ran inside and came back with a .45 which was meant for me. I quickly ducked behind some mausoleums and we began a Pink Panther-like chase through the graveyard. She got tired and I got saved. Moral: Don’t stop your foot while photographing a chicken sacrifice in Chichicastenango, Guatemala.

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The wealthy are entombed in mausoleums, many very opulent with themes such as: A Roman columned building, a Chinese pagoda etc, and some have formal places to sit while visiting entombed relatives.

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The poor are buried above ground in a mound covered over by cement and painted pastel colors: green, pale blue, pink and yellow. The effect is like seeing a bunch of giant Jordan Almonds thrown at random into a graveyard. Bizarre.

 

 

Chile – Torres del Paine

“In southern Chile I photographed  these Cuevas del Miladon (Caves of the Miladon). They are named Miladon because in 1895 when they discovered the caves they found the remains of some Miladons, prehistoric giant sloths which were larger than bears. They became extinct 13,000 years ago. Human remains there date to 6000 B.C.  It reminds us of how minuscule we are in nature.”

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