Angkor Wat

In Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, the largest temple complex in the world, trees root into the temple walls to produce the  startling realization of nature’s power over manDSC_2305 copy

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Curve of Nevis

Curve, Nevis

You could wake up to uglier views. I woke up and stepped out on the patio of my hotel room on the island of Nevis in the Caribbean.I don’t have a very rich fantasy life. My real life is far more fantastic that anything I could imagine.

SIBERIA!

One of the most exotic locations on the planet. It conjures up 50 degrees below zero winters. I crossed from Beijing to Moscow on the Trans-Siberian Orient Express and arrived in Siberia in August. This image of a farm there has stuck in my head because it looked the opposite of what I’ve heard all my life about its weather.

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This farmer’s face will tell you a lot about his life.

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A folk singer entertaining the train passengers.

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 Farm people depend on a growing season that is less than 90 days for winter food.

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Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world. In winter, eighteen-wheeler trucks cross the lake with full loads with no danger of falling through the ice. Here it is on a peaceful summer afternoon.

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On the 3614 mile journey, Siberia was the destination that left me with the indelible impression of the spirit of the people and how hard but pure life can be.

Prayer Flags

Buddhist prayer flags are sometimes striking and beautiful. Each color has separate significance. These decorate a temple in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Buddhist prayer flags are sometimes striking and beautiful. Each color has separate significance. These decorate a temple in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The high winds in the Tibetan Himalayas create this color splash against the sky.

The high winds in the Tibetan Himalayas create this color splash against the sky.

These white prayer flags pierce the sky in Ura, Bhutan

These white prayer flags pierce the sky in Ura, Bhutan

Gobi Sunrise

This sunrise image on the famous Gobi Desert in central Mongolia was taken a few minutes after dawn. I took about forty images without moving an inch. The sun and the changing shadows on the sand dunes made every single image different. The rising sun moved instead of me and my camera.

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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.

 

 

The Mongolian Family Unit – A Close Up

This incredible face tells the viewer how hard life is with the nomadic Mongolians. She has eleven children, all of whom have heavy duty daily chores that would make most American kids run for the hills. Their diet consists mainly of meat from the animas they raise. Growing vegetables is rare as they move from location to location for the best grazing for their herds. The Chinese call the Mongolians "wolves". The  Mongolians call the Chinese. whose diet consists mainly of vegetables, "sheep"!

This incredible face tells the viewer how hard life is with the nomadic Mongolians. She has eleven children, all of whom have heavy duty daily chores that would make most American kids run for the hills. Their diet consists mainly of meat from the animas they raise. Growing vegetables is rare as they move from location to location for the best grazing for their herds. The Chinese call the Mongolians “wolves”. The Mongolians call the Chinese. whose diet consists mainly of vegetables, “sheep”!

This father of the family has to be a provider, an expert herder, a patriarch, mechanic, tanner, welder, hunter, accountant etc. The nearest town is sometimes 100 miles away. Every line in his face shows the weight of all those responsibilities.

This father of the family has to be a provider, an expert herder, a patriarch, mechanic, tanner, welder, hunter, accountant etc. The nearest town is sometimes 100 miles away. Every line in his face shows the weight of all those responsibilities.

Visits from foreigners are rare.The family is mesmerized by their presence, bringing  them a sense of the outside world they will never see.

Visits from foreigners are rare.The family is mesmerized by their presence, bringing them a sense of the outside world they will never see.

As they must be ready at a moments notice to avoid  oncoming punishing bad weather or take advatage of newly discovered graizelands, none of their clothing hangs loose like in our closets. Everyting is kept in suitcases and trunks for quick mobility in their survival mode.

As they must be ready at a moments notice to avoid oncoming punishing bad weather or take advatage of newly discovered graizelands, none of their clothing hangs loose like in our closets. Everyting is kept in suitcases and trunks for quick mobility in their survival mode.

This is the interior of a tourist "ger". If it was authentic, teher would be no tables or chairs in the center. The "chimney" cirulates the air and keeps the tent warm or cold, depending on the season.

This is the interior of a tourist “ger”. If it was authentic, teher would be no tables or chairs in the center. The “chimney” cirulates the air and keeps the tent warm or cold, depending on the season.