I was asked to join a fellow teacher to Kanchanaburi for a short weekend. We were attending the ordination of a young monk. Pom took me to the local Wat. There is a beautiful lake that surrounds the Wat, and this ancient dock where the fishermen boats anchor. The wind was blowing gently. But there is nothing like good rain in Thailand. Pom asked me to come down to the water to listen to the rain falling upon the lake and trees. It was a beautiful moment, and I am forever greatful for having captured it.
Truly a hidden treasure, this Wat has incredibly unique structure an setting. It was originally a forest retreat for King Mengrai and built in the 1200s. I had a very difficult time photographing this, as I am a opposed to a flash. However, after several attempts without a tripod, I finally produced an acceptable photograph. Although there is a minor blur.
After a long day of traveling, I stumbled upon one of the few Roman Catholic churches in Viet Nam. I converse with some locals and learned that a famous local had passed away. This was the large gathering, still mourning, at 11:00pm. There is a sharp blur, as I did not have a tripod that evening.
There is really no way to describe or capture a worthy photograph at Ha Long Bay. The lighting and air is so pure, and a quiet looms above the little islands. This was a moment of reflection. Our friend, Son, wanted us all to leap over the edge. We did.
I could not think of a better way to close the year, and look to the future, then watching my sister Caroline begin the journey of marriage. It is a very surreal experience, and one that I will always remember. We experience so much in a year- happy moments, and sorrowful ones. We face challenges, we succeed, we fail, and we learn from life. I feel so honored to have witnessed such a wonderful occasion, and am at peace knowing both of my sisters have found a magnanimous man with whom to spend her life.
One of the biggest events at St. Gabriel's College in Bangkok is College Day. All of the individual grades have designated team colors and names. They compete to see who has the most school spirit, and who has created the most impressive artistic and architecturally stunning set for their individual section in the football stands. It is typical of Thailand, completely random and chaotic, but somehow seems to function for a single purpose. I took this photo of one of my 1200 students. He was tired and hot, and decided to make himself look busy by turning on the bubble machine for my second graders.
After a stroll over the bridge at the River Kwai, I stumbled upon a group of local women selling jewelry. They had brought these great glass boxes full of junkie jewelry and cheesy novelties. I was zooming in to take a picture of the clutter, when I noticed this butterfly trapped inside the glass casing. I found this more intriguing, and the photo turned out the same.
At the ordination of a young monk, there was plenty of celebration. It was a very hot day, and I circled around the back of the Wat only to stumble upon these happy chldren. They were keeping shade, and keeping one another full of laughter as they waited for the odrination to conclude. I was lucky to catch this photo, because once the children recognized my presence they wanted to play!
I stole a moment from my friend Liz, as we headed on a trip to Hua Hin, Prachaup Khiri Khan. I love photographing people. To catch a moment of someone appreciating life and the surroundings, is wonderfully fulfilling.
I always forgot how much fun you can have with a Tripod at night. My mother, friend and I were staying at the Dara Dhevi Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Chiang Mai when I took this photograph. This was the most beautiful place I have ever seen, and will probably ever stay at in my life. This was a meditation pool, behind one of the many restaurants at the resort. The lighting was beautiful, and the space was peaceful.
This little boy was so curious and adorable. We went up the mountain of Doi Inthanon to Mae Sa and visited some locals. I was lucky to have a few moments with this little boy. I was changing my lens, when he decided to sit and watch.
While on a trip to Europe, I became enthralled in photographing Graffiti or wall art of any medium. My friend John stepped into the frame, unintentionally, but at the perfect moment.
Paris definitely is our favourite city in Europe (after London, of course). And a visit to Paris is incomplete without a trip to the majestic Chateau de Versailles. It was only on our 4th trip to Paris that we finally got to experience the Palace of Versailles. The first 3 times, we had failed to visit because of long queues to get in.
The best part of the Skip the line tour with Easy Paris Pass was the perfect balance between guidance and autonomy, and the fact that we did not have to queue to get into the palace. Instead, we spent the morning meandering through the beautiful alleys of Versailles whilst experiencing the local farmers’ market and tasting French wine in a local winery - Enchanting.
A leisurely walk around the impeccably maintained gardens gave us the opportunity to learn more about the history of the palace and the unfolding of the events of the French Revolution. The...
The day we booked our plane tickets to Lanzarote, we envisaged a holiday that included lazing on the beach, devouring scrumptious tapas and sipping on cocktails by the pool. Little did we know that Lanzarote would present such diverse opportunities for the adventurous and those who prefer to go off the beaten path.
One of the highlights of our trip was a half day outing to the Timanfaya National Park. As we drove towards the entrance on a seemingly unending road dotted with lava rocks, all we could think of were sci-fi movies with Martian landscapes.
You can’t drive beyond a certain point, but a coach trip around the park is included in the entry fee. The surface is made up of volcanic soil from eruptions that took place between 1730 and 1736, and is strewn with craters and rubble from volcanic explosions. Even half a day wasn’t enough to get our share of the panoramas- we followed our...
We visited Myanmar in January and February this year, and in several cities we ran across groups of young boys and girls during their novitiate ceremonies. Some groups were at the temples, some were riding horses on their way to family celebrations. They were all beautifully dressed like princes and princesses, as they would soon be giving up all earthly goods to join monasteries. What an amazing experience!
I love visiting big iconic bridges during the sunset. Trips at dusk to the Golden Gate Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge have resulted in spectacular photographs of the urban landscape. The Sydney Harbour Bridge was another great experience!
The bridge is accessible by foot or by bike and is surrounded by some of the biggest attractions in Sydney. More adventurous types might opt for the Bridge Climb Tour (http://www.bridgeclimb.com/) where participants get to scale the summit of the 134m arch for panoramic views of the city! And yes, they offer a Twilight Tour near sunset (and a dawn tour at sunrise).
We were content walking across the bridge on the pedestrian walkway. It was a brisk spring evening in Sydney and we didn't envy the tourists climbing the bridge overhead. The views from the bridge are stunning in every direction and it is a magnificent vantage point to see the Sydney Opera...
It helps to be a bit of a mermaid when visiting the Caribbean, especially in the tiniest island communities like Staniel Cay in The Bahamas’ Exuma archipelago. Accessible either by charter flight or charter boat, Staniel Cay is paradise for anyone drawn to crystal clear turquoise water and unusual adventures.
Infamous Thunderball Grotto is only accessible to those willing to swim in and out, but if you visit at the right time of day during the slack tide, it’s rather easy to do. And you can make it more challenging by diving down into the swim-thru holes speckled around the base of the cave.
Get ready for enjoyable trip to the royal trains of India. The luxury train journey will be a complete treat for the passengers as they have remarkable experience of a lifetime.Here is the list of some of the popular luxury trains in India.
• Palace on Wheels
The enjoyable royal voyage will be for 7 nights and 8 days with covering some of the most popular tourist destinations such as Delhi, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur and Agra. From the months of September to April, the departures take place on every Wednesday!
• Royal Rajasthan on Wheels
The magnificent royal wheel will run for 7 nights and 8 days and will cover some of the popular tourist destinations of Delhi,Jodhpur, Udaipur,Ranthambore,Jaipur,Khajuraho, Varanasi, Agra and Delhi. From the month of October to March, the royal voyage takes places with departures on Sundays.
• Indian Maharajah
Ísafjörður is the largest town in the peninsula. It is conveniently located between five smaller villages, and being the capital of the area it is the centre of interest in the peninsula.
On the gravel spit that stands out into the fjord, small corrugated houses line the streets. Having a wharf all around the spit is fitting, as fish and seafaring has always been the name of the game. For the tourist, Ísafjörður has a range of services for all budgets and tastes. An array of day tours, both in the wilderness and closer to civilisation, are available, for hikers, paddlers and other outdoorsy types of course, but also for those wanting a leisurely walk in a bird colony or at a museum.
All three roads out of town are through tunnels. Iceland’s oldest and shortest tunnel connects to neighbouring Súðavík, the newest connects it to Bolungarvík and the longest connects it to both Suðureyri and...