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Anti-Government Protester in Bangkok

Anti-Government Protester in Bangkok

Bangkok has been rocked by a series of escalating (but peaceful) anti-government protests in the last month. This man was part of a large group that broke through fencing at Victory Monument, the center of a large traffic roundabout in central Bangkok, and was waving a large Thai flag over the crowd of 100,000 that surrounded the park.

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On the Road

On the Road

 

Nothing like being on the road with your car, camera and a spectacular sunset for company. Taken just outside of Cody, Wyoming on my summer road trip across the US.

Ready to Pounce

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I have to give credit to my little sister for stealing my camera and taking this stunning photo of a cat perched on a colorful windowsill in the small mountain-top village of Nagarkot, Nepal. Love the colors in this.

Mountains Beyond Mountains

ImageI took this picture in a particularly spectacular part of the Everest Base Camp trek, a 13 day walk which takes you to the base of the world’s tallest mountain. This shot was taken on the return from Gorak Shep, the last Sherpa hamlet which trekkers use as a base to get to the summit of Kala Patthar, a 18,000 foot hillock which gives spectacular views of Everest and Nuptse (both tower an additional 10,000 feet higher). The mountain visible on the left of the frame is Amu Dablam, a two-peaked mountain whose name translates into “Mother’s necklace” from the Sherpa language – the mountain’s taller peak protectively encircles the shorter peak, or daughter.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

The other day I decided that it had been a long time since I took my camera for a stroll in Kathmandu. I wanted to get some new photos – not of the sites, but of the people of this city. There is no better place to do that than at a market – in this case, Kathmandu’s sprawling¬†labyrinth of shops, with different sections selling goods as varied as grapes, tailored suits, spices, brass plates, puppets, brooms and more. I took a few photos of a woman sitting by a variety of red, yellow and green chili peppers before I noticed her hand resting at ease on the bag of red chilis. Her hand was weathered, and she looked like she had spent years at this spot of the city. After snapping a few photos, I asked her which chilis I should buy. “They’re too spicy for you,” she said laughing.

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The Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal

Taken at sunrise, before the sun was too high and the space too crowded.

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Nepali Women near Namo Buddha

Nepali Women near Namo Buddha

A few weeks ago I went on a day trek with some of my friends to Namo Buddha, a famous Buddhist monastery located at the top of one of the mountains here. We took a bus to a small town, where we started the hike. Along the way, I saw these women who were carrying heavy loads of grains from the fields up towards the town. It’s always amazing to see people whose lives are so much harder than my own but who are able to smile and put up with a nosy foreigner. The women giggled when I asked if I could take their picture and then laughed more when I showed them the results.