In honor of my daughter’s birthday, this is a photo of everyone drinking sugar cane juice. In true fashion, the glasses were cracked and chipped. As you can see, it was winter. If it had been summer, I think it would have been much more refreshing.
About a three hour drive north of Ankara is a World Heritage Site celebrating one of the oldest civilizations…the Hittites. In this photo, it shows how they constructed arches. Many of their gates also boasted shpinxs, like the Egyptians. There are three parts to the World Heritage Site of Hattuşa: Boğazkale, and Alacahöyük. They are easily seen in one outing, but it requires wheels. If you are lucky, there won’t be too many tourists and the locals will be harvesting or grazing their animals while you are there.
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One thing HDR photography does is make the photo look like it’s painted. This photo seems like it could come straight out of an illustrated book. I like the effect on some animals, and in this case I think it works. What do you think? This is one of my first giraffe photos while in Zambia…they’re not as easy to capture as I would have thought!
Living on the highest and harshest plateau on earth, Tibetans are a hardy lot. They have to be to live off such a difficult land. You can see it in this woman’s face that she has to work hard every day. We came across her as she was finishing her laundry. She had been bent over a frigid stream pounding the clothes. When I travel, I realize how spoiled I am. Even though I do have to go outside in the cold Ankara weather to put my clothes in the dryer, at least I’m not having to hang them [...]
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Isn’t it funny how such a small gray city bird can cause so much joy or frustration depending on the person. Take my husband, pigeons drive him mad, especially when they want to roost on our balconies. I, personally, like watching people feed them, little kids chase them, and watch them strut across roads when the light turns green.
This photo was taken in chilly Chisinau in Moldova. How much fun to chase the birds and watch them flap all around you.
There’s something mysterious about an abandoned building, and when that building is a church in the hinterlands of Bulgaria, it just seems more so. During the Soviet era when churches were all but banned, I’m sure there were plenty of abandoned religious sites. Now that these countries have been liberated for 20 years, you can still see the damage that was done. I think the lighting in this shot really highlights the mood of the photo as well. What do you think?
One thing you can say about Koreans is they love to eat! And boy do they do it right! Here Jim and I are being treated to a duck barbeque. That’s all the restaurant did, but as you can see it’s not just duck. On the table were all kinds of vegetables, toppings, rice, sauces. The idea is to grill the meat, season it, wrap it up and eat it. Delicious!
I was so excited to see the Taj Mahal. For one thing, it’s a sight that you hear about your whole life, and for another if the day is too cloudy or overcast, your chances of seeing it go way down. Luckily we were able to see it. I couldn’t believe the crowds, and most of them were not foreign tourists. I was surprised by this. I would have loved a shot without a bunch of people in it, but honestly who gets to see it that way anyway? As it was, I’m glad I captured a [...]
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I didn’t think it was too hot of a day but apparently with all that weight and hair and fur, yaks can begin to get heat exhaustion from temperatures over 59 degrees, so yes, he was hot! Taking a nice cool bath was a good idea. There actually was an entire herd in the water a little further up the creek, but he was so handsome with his black and white features.
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