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Simply put,

I love carrying around a camera, and trying to get people to look into the lens.

Nazareth and Acre

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Temple Mount and Dome of the Rock

Tradition holds that this is the location where Abraham was going to sacrifice Isaac.  Because of his obedience, God told him, “I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.” Genesis 22.

Muslims also believe that it is the place where Mohammad ascended into heaven.

Christians believe that in end times God will tell John the Revelator to measure the temple and the people in it. (Rev. 11)

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(below) 80 kgs of gold cover the dome.  The Late King Hussein of Jordan sold one of his homes in London to pay for it.DSC_7481 DSC_7477 DSC_7457

(below) Looking up at the dome of the chain.DSC_7454 DSC_7452

(Below) View from the roof of the Austrian Hospice.  DSC_7551

Tel Aviv, Israel

If San Diego existed in the Middle East it would be Tel Aviv.  Always sunny, hot without getting too hot, and full of perpetually happy and attractive people.  Coffee and cuisine are the obsession here.  While Jerusalem focuses on the spiritual needs of its residents, Tel Aviv cares for the physical.  We stayed at AirBnB places when we arrived in Israel, and before we left.  They were both great.

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(below) If you go Tel Aviv, you will eat at Manta RayDSC_7284 DSC_7261

(below) Carmel Market.

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Iceland

Iceland is set apart geographically, and not surprisingly, culturally.  We spent 17 days circumnavigating Iceland in an RV.  This was my first time renting an RV, and I’m happy we chose to see Iceland this way.  No matter our location, it provided a place for us to change, wash, clothe, feed, and enjoy our 5 month old baby.  I really enjoyed the freedom of the road, the opportunity to camp/park wherever we pleased.  The sun was up for nearly 24 hours per day, so it was common for us to be out hiking, taking pictures or driving, late into the evening.
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(Left) Geysir, the geyser all geysers are named after.  There used to be several more geysers in this area, but tourists kept dropping rocks down them, until they stopped shooting up.  (Right) Gullfoss Waterfall and its chasm of death!
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When I’m in a place like Iceland, I allow myself to take a little more time to divert off onto other paths creatively for a while and see what comes to me.

Damien Rice
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(above and below) Vic Beach – black sand and amazing sea stacks
DSC_5519 Iceland truly represents the beautiful extremes that nature has to offer. -Christopher Nolan
DSC_5507(Below) Svartifoss Waterfall with its basalt columns
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When I was a little kid growing up in Iceland, I always dreamed about creating something that could have an impact on the whole world.  -Magnus SchevingDSC_5493

(Below) Jokulsarlon – black sand beach covered in ice.
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Come on, I’m from Iceland; I don’t do hip-hop.  -BjorkDSC_5372 DSC_5329DSC_5309 DSC_5306 DSC_5259 DSC_5228

Consistently rated the most peaceable of all countries in the world by the Global Peace Index, Iceland has reduced its military expenditure to zero, has no armed forces, and has reduced the inequality gap between rich and poor.  -Scilla ElworthyDSC_5503DSC_5177DSC_5516

(Below) Godafoss WaterfallDSC_5161

(Below) We went whale watching out of the small town of Husavik.  On our way back, we stumbled onto two gray whales, in only about 7 meters of water.  They would dive and resurface in cycles that repeated almost every 30 seconds  We were able to follow them for what seemed like 5 minutes.DSC_5149 DSC_5060 DSC_5046 DSC_5037

(Below) Hvitserkur – This is my one favorite photo from Iceland.  Photographers argue whether this looks like an elephant or a rhino.  I’m on team rhino.DSC_4964

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(Below) Adele asleep and Detifoss Waterfall, the largest waterfall in Europe, by volume.  i3DSC_5506 DSC_4853 DSC_4763 DSC_4752

(Below) We loved all the hot springs throughout Iceland.  Every town would have a well-run hot spring and swimming pool.  Each day, we would stop for a soak and a shower.  Travelers in Iceland have no excuse for being smelly.  Here we are at the famous Blue Lagoon.
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Yangshuo, Li River and Longji Rice Terraces

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Tokyo, Japan

We spent about 7 days in Japan.  We started into Nagoya, and then visited Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo.  The trip map below outlines our trip  Our last stop in Japan was Tokyo.

In Tokyo, I found an apartment that was perfectly positioned near the fish market.

Japan Trip sign Tokyo’s fish market is the largest in the world.  Witnessing the frenetic pace of the market was one of the highlights of our time in Tokyo.  DSC_0671 DSC_0641 DSC_0640 DSC_0637 DSC_0626 DSC_0604 DSC_0601 “So long, and thanks for all the fish.”
― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy DSC_0600 DSC_0579 DSC_0567 DSC_0509 DSC_0485 DSC_0469 DSC_0463 DSC_0454 (Below) I especially wanted to visit the tuna auction.  Only 120 tourists are allowed into the tuna auction each day.  To be in those numbers, I had to rise at about 3:45am and join the lineup of hopeful visitors.  After the auction, I ate the world’s best sushi for breakfast (above).DSC_0420 DSC_0417 DSC_0385 DSC_0383 “It’s as if Japanese men, all to aware that deep inside they’d like to stomp Tokyo flat, breathe fire, and do truly terrible and disgusting things to women, have built themselves the most beautiful of prisons for their rampaging ids.

Instead of indulging their fantasies, they focus on food, or landscaping, or the perfect cup of tea — or a single slab of o-toro tuna — letting themselves go only at baseball games and office parties.” ― Anthony BourdainDSC_0361 DSC_0332 DSC_0319 “Is this chicken, what I have, or is this fish? I know it’s tuna, but it says ‘Chicken of the Sea.”
― Jessica Simpson

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Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto is the spiritual center of old Japan.  Kyoto was Japan’s capital and home to the Japanese Imperial Family for 1074 years!  As with successful dynasties, the rulers supported large stables of artists who were charged with honoring their greatness.  This culture of excellence and beauty has left behind 17 UNESCO World Heritage sights and over 1600 Buddhist temples.  DSC_0008 DSC_0237 “It’s a saying they have, that a man has a false heart in his mouth for the world to see, another in his breast to show to his special friends and his family, and the real one, the true one, the secret one, which is never known to anyone except to himself alone, hidden only God knows where.” ― James Clavell, Shōgun

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Today I pass the time reading
a favorite haiku,
saying the few words over and over.

It feels like eating
the same small, perfect grape
again and again…

― Billy Collins,

DSC_0167 “Wish you were here, we can get lost in the forest together and eat bamboo rice.”
― Winna Efendi

DSC_0155 The orange structures below are known as torii gates.  The four-kilometer path in the Fushimi-inari Taisha shrine complex is lined with toriis dedicated to the gods of rice and saki.  To enjoy the path, I had to rise early and catch the first train of the day to the park’s entrance.  By the time I was finishing my walk, the path was filled with tourists.DSC_0150 DSC_0143 DSC_0132 DSC_0115 DSC_0108 DSC_0093 DSC_0075 DSC_0073DSC_0066 DSC_0050 DSC_0034It’s actually quite rare to see a real geisha in Japan.  Kyoto’s Gion district is the place to go, if you want to see one.  DSC_0026 “She paints her face to hide her face. Her eyes are deep water. It is not for Geisha to want. It is not for geisha to feel. Geisha is an artist of the floating world. She dances, she sings. She entertains you, whatever you want. The rest is shadows, the rest is secret.”
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Osaka, Japan

If you are new to Japan, Osaka is a great place to get your bearings.  We stayed in this clean and simple apartment_DSC3466“I once asked an old Japanese man why Japan decided to team up with Germany during WWII, and do you know what he told me? Well, you would if you speak Japanese, which I don’t.” ― Jarod Kintz_DSC3534  “Osaka’s Dotombori District is what Lady Gaga would look like if she were a city.”  -Lonely Planet_DSC3526 _DSC3513 _DSC3488

Dunedin and Moeraki Boulders

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Milford Sound

Milford Sound was up near the top of my bucket list of places to photograph.  Alas, the weather did not permit me get the photos I would have hoped for.  It was a beautiful evening just the same.DSC_2092 DSC_2116 DSC_2201hdr “I said, I prefer the ocean when it’s gray. Or not really gray. A pale, in-between color. It reminds me of waiting for something good to happen.”
― Lauren OliverDSC_2199hdr DSC_2130 DSC_2207hdr Did you ever see the way the clouds love a mountain? They circle all around it; sometimes you can’t even see the mountain for the clouds.― Toni MorrisonDSC_2212 But under a tall tree will I lie
And let the clouds go sailing by”
― J.R.R. Tolkien

DSC_2244“As the tide washed in, the Dutch Tulip Man faced the Ocean:
“Conjoiner rejoinder poisoner concealer revelator. Look at it, rising up and rising down, taking everything with it.”
“What’s that?” Anna asked.
“Water,” the Dutchman said.

― John Green

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