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Photo of the day: Pelican post

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Pelican taking a rest at Santa Catalina Island, California.  Just off the coast of southern California, Catalina is a popular vacation spot for families and adventurers alike – only a small section of the island is populated, with the rest set aside as a nature preserve.  Eagles, seals, and a herd of buffalo are among the local inhabitants.


Photo of the day: Rice harvest

Monday, August 6, 2012

Rice harvest in the Himalayan foothills of Nepal near Birethanti.  It’s incredible to see how much work and manual labor goes into harvesting this tiny grain.  I’m amazed at how cheap rice is to purchase, especially after seeing the backbreaking efforts that go into its production.

Photo of the day: Pony service

Thursday, August 2, 2012

I could create a whole separate blog around “Signs of the World” … one of my favorite photo subjects.  And here we have one of my favorite signs.  Nepal, particularly in the trekking areas, had some beautiful, enticing hand-painted signs, but this one topped them all in artistry and creativity.  Most “Pony Service” signs I saw (and there were lots) had a photograph of a jockey riding a horse pasted on, but here we have a hand-painted horse in motion, tail flowing in the wind, lending one to imagine gliding through the Himalaya on a sure-footed steed.

Taken along the Poon Hill trek near Pokhara, Nepal.

Photo of the day: Lanta coastline

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Koh Lanta, Thailand coastline just after sunset.  Is it any wonder, months later, I’m still visiting this island in my dreams?

Photo of the day: Water lily

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Taken while biking through Stanley Park, a rainforest with totem poles, ice cream stops and nude beaches next to Vancouver, British Colombia.

Photo of the day: Cape winelands

Monday, July 30, 2012

South Africa’s wine country is ridiculously beautiful, accessible, and affordable.  We stumbled into the wine country the weekend of a festival, paid $20 for a glass that got us free wine at over 40 wineries, and spent the next 3 days in a haze around the Stellenbosch wine region.  Is the wine as good as Napa/Sonoma?  No. Is the scenery more stunning? Yes. Is the value unbelievable?  Heck yes.  We kept joking to each other, “Africa. This is Africa.” because lying on a giant pillow in the middle of a winery after drinking 3 glasses of wine, no, you wouldn’t think you were in “Africa,” at least, not the Africa of American dreams.

Stellenbosch also turned out to be an excellent college town with a great hostel and a fantastic Lebanese restaurant.  Nothing about it was at all “African.”  But it was a great entrée to the country.  I’m glad we went, and I’m also so glad our South African trip didn’t end in that region. The rest of the country has so much more to offer.

Photo of the day: Let the games begin… Laos style

Friday, July 27, 2012

Here’s a sport you won’t be seeing at the Olympics, but it seemed to be the most popular game in Laos.  There was a national tournament of “Sepak takraw” going on during our visit to Laos in December.  3 men per team, similar to volleyball, except they use their feet and they fly into the air in gravity defying spins.

Let the games begin!

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