Category Archives: culture

Pre-Visualization

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Turkistan 2016 We stood on the side of a huge field where the men of the village played Kokpar or Buzhkazi…a form of polo played in Asia. I wanted to get some up close shots of the expressions on the … Continue reading

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The Candle Vendor of Lalibela

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Lalibela, Ethiopia 2013 A young man, wrapped in his shama (white shawl) waits on the path to Lalibela’s famed stone churches.  Church-goers buy the candles and hold them over their prayerbooks during mass. Maybe the candles help them see in the dark churches or maybe … Continue reading

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Armenian Wolfhound

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  Armenia 2106 An Armenian Wolfhound proudly guides his flock of  hundreds of sheep down the highway leading to Azerbaijan. The Armenians crop the ears and tails of these dogs…they say it is so that if they got in a … Continue reading

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The Sea Eagle

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Near Almaty, Kazakhstan 2016 We drove to a sort of ‘sea-world’ for birds of prey in the foothills of the mountains surrounding Almaty. The man in the photo above was the owner and trainer. Although, he does not appear to … Continue reading

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Sport in Turkistan

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Kazakhstan 2016 Our Turkistan guide lived in the village you can see in the background. He, like all the young men in the village, was an avid Kokpar rider. Kokpar is the name of the sport you see in the … Continue reading

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Pyramids at Palanque

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Mexico 2016 Marie and the Mayans… Jaguars prowled the trees. Poisonous snakes slithered along the ground, thick legless vampires waited to poison your bloodstream. Even the trees could kill with their sap, just a few drops and you’d be covered … Continue reading

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Mt. Ararat

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Mt. Ararat, Yerevan, Armenia 2016 Mr. Ararat as seen from the Armenian side. The mountain is actually in Turkey. It is believed that Noah’s Ark came to rest on Mt. Ararat after the floodwaters receded. When I was in Turkey we … Continue reading

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Bagan Temple

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Burma 2011 Three novice monks pose in front of a temple door. We were at the monastery where they studied the tenets of Buddhism. The boys were full of energy and mischief…they chewed beetle nut and drooled red spittle, yet … Continue reading

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Oaxaca Style

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Oaxaca, Mexico 2016 Today’s blog post is from my daughter, Marie. I left for my Christmas vacation a few days early, to travel a bit on my own before meeting friends at a seaside resort. I’d been to Oaxaca before so I … Continue reading

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Kokpar in Turkistan

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Turkistan 2016 Kazakh men enjoy the sport of Buzhkazi or Kokpar as it is called in this region.  As the men rode to the playing field, the  horses became animated. They knew what was coming. There didn’t seem to be teams. … Continue reading

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