Capture the Heart & Harmony of a Place in Only 9 Photos

“The cool thing about being famous is traveling. I have always wanted to travel across seas, like to Canada and stuff.” ~ Britney Spears

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FOR KICKS, LET’S JUST SAY YOU’RE A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER. You are flying home from a photo shoot in—okay, say—Burma where you photographed Angelina Jolie in a  wisp of see-through silk on the deck of a tramp steamer paddle wheeling its way down the Irrawaddy River. We’ll assume you are a little older (or a bit of a rogue) because you prefer to call it by its former, more exotic-sounding name, Burma, rather than its new name Myanmar, which, first of all is harder to say and second, not exotic. Let’s assume your Air India flight lands in Trivandrum, and you have a one-day layover. You have always wanted to visit the oceanside hamlet of Varkala. You hire a taxi to drive you up the Southeast coast of Kerala from the airport. Continue reading

3 Big Pieces of Rock

DP Photo Challenge: Forces of Nature

Machhapuchchhre (fish tail) Mountain, Pokara, Nepal

Machhapuchchhre (fish tail) Mountain, Pokhara, Nepal

Machhapuchchhre. Say that three times real fast. I’m very, very disenchanted by the forces of nature this week, especially the shifting of tectonic plates in the Himalayas that demolished numerous ancient World Heritage site buildings in Nepal, and burying hundreds of people under the rubble.

It’s one thing when one human does something unnatural to another human—plunder, assault, molest. You shake your head and say…wth, why can’t we all just get along? But when nature does its thing–earth quake, typhoon, volcano eruption, tsunami—all you can do is sit there with your fingertips in your mouth and gape at how picayune a force we humans really are in the realm of all things on the planet. Continue reading

The Daily Post Photo Challenge: SYMMETRY

Lily pad floating in the holy water of the Pura Desa Ubud Temple, Ubud, Bali

Lotus pad floating in the holy water of the Pura Desa Ubud, a temple in Ubud, Bali

“The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one. But it will only grow in the mud. In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud — the obstacles of life and its suffering. … The mud speaks of the common ground that humans share, no matter what our stations in life. … Whether we have it all or we have nothing, we are all faced with the same obstacles: sadness, loss, illness, dying and death. If we are to strive as human beings to gain more wisdom, more kindness and more compassion, we must have the intention to grow as a lotus and open each petal one by one.”   Goldie Hawn

This post is in response to The Daily Post’s Photo Challenge. You can find the instructions and other entries here:  Symmetry

One Word Photo Challenge: SEAFOAM

Sea lion escaping the sea foam drama

Sea lion escaping the sea foam drama

This is my entry for the One Word Photo Challenge, this week’s theme is SEAFOAM. Check out Jennifer Nicole Wells site to view other entries for this theme, which is actually based on the color, seafoam. I’ve interpreted it slightly differently. This seal lives in the Galapagos Islands. Let me correct myself here. I always mistakenly call it a seal; this is a sea lion, not a seal, and lives and breeds exclusively in Galapagos. What–you may wonder–is the difference between a seal and a sea lion?  Well, according to the National Ocean Service, this:  “Sea lions are brown, bark loudly, “walk” on land using their large flippers and have visible ear flaps. Seals have small flippers, wriggle on their bellies on land, and lack visible ear flaps.”

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