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

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.

My Journey To The Tiger’s Lair

In Bhutan, high in the Himalayan Mountains, the jaw-dropping Taktsang Palphug Buddhist Monastery, was built into the granite sheer rock face. It was built in 1692 and known as Tiger’s Lair after a sacred monk who meditated in thirteen tiger lair caves there in the 8th century.

In Bhutan, high in the Himalayan Mountains, the jaw-dropping Taktsang Palphug Buddhist Monastery, was built into the granite sheer rock face. It was built in 1692 and known as Tiger’s Lair after a sacred monk who meditated in thirteen tiger lair caves there in the 8th century.

The wooden buildings are painted with intricate and colorful patterns that have meaning to the faithful and are connected by stairways made in the rocks. Along the trek from the valley to the monastery are prayer flags, temple bells, a wishing tree and a waterfall.

The wooden buildings are painted with intricate and colorful patterns that have meaning to the faithful and are connected by stairways made in the rocks. Along the trek from the valley to the monastery are prayer flags, temple bells, a wishing tree and a waterfall.

An American Visitor In Cuba

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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.

Adventures In The Botswana Safari

On my first night ever on safari in Botswana, we went to search for big game night animals, and the jeep stopped under a tree. A guide with a searchlight slowly raised the light from the tree trunk up to the first crook in the tree and peering out a us was this sweet baby leopard. I shot like crazy.

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He then raised the light beam to the branch ten feet directly above us. Sleeping there was the momma leopard. WOW! I shot again like a madman.  The driver’s hushed voice said to me “You shoot, you shoot fast, boss!” I sure did and we slowly backed away from the tree.

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