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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Foot

This image was taken shortly after dawn in a hot air balloon-sailing silently over the magical and eerie formations in Cappadocia,Turkey. This chalk formation on top of a cliff looks like a giant’s foot. Nature is the most talented sculptor.

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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

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.

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.

Mama Leopard copy copyThe light then beamed some twenty feet away to a partially devoured impala. The driver then explained to me that momma and baby had just dined on the impala and momma was napping, with a full belly. Had she not just eaten we would have been in big trouble with momma, being so close to her baby! Not a bad adventure for the first time out ever, huh?

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.