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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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

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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.

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.

COLLOSAL BUDDHA STATUES

The Buddhists most often show reverence by erecting gigantic statues and carvings of Buddha.  You can see the scale of this one in Polanaruwa, Sri Lanka. It was carved out of a single granite cliff face by an unknown twelfth century artist and is 46 feet long. The weight is estimated at twenty-three tons.

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Below is a close-up of the head. The ripples washing over the delicately carved face and figure make it seem almost as if it were breathing. This is my favorite because of that quality.

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This is an extreme close-up of the sixteen foot head on a wood carved, painted and gilded figure that is 213 feet long and 52 high and on display in Yangon, Myanmar. It is the largest reclining Buddha in all of South East Asia. The patterns on its feet are fascinating and there is a shrine just below them.

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This carved and painted head of a seated Buddha is currently being constructed in Thimpu, Bhutan.. Beside revering huge images of Buddha, the faithful honor him in the number of smaller images. Inside this giant statue will be housed 100,000 eight inch bronze and gilded Buddha statues.

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This forty-four foot vividly painted reclining Buddha is housed in a shrine three stories high in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

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In photographing 108 countries around the world I come on some amazing phenomenon such as these mammoth statues.

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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LET ME TAKE YOU ON A FANTASY TRIP

Imagine a village that exists on earth that is as beautiful and peaceful as an illustration in a fairy tale book. This is Loen, Norway. I suddenly discovered this paradise while cruising the Norwegian fjords.

One of the oldest farm communities in Norway it rests at the tip of the fjord.

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Sweet little gardens give color to the green landscape.

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The church built in 1838 overlooks the serenity of the village.

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The pristine houses nestled on the shores of the fjord seem to welcome the stranger.

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When you’re stressed or twitched, I invite you to make a show of these images in your mind. I‘ll bet you’ll feel better.  Let me know.