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Simply put,

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

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


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.”
― Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha DSC_0023

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

New Zealand TripDSC_2349DSC_2421 “There is no pretending, I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I’ll love you then.”
― Cassandra ClareDSC_2414 DSC_2403 DSC_2308 DSC_2281 DSC_2260 DSC_2252DSC_2245

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


Glenorchy, New Zealand

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
― Rabindranath Tagore

TeAnuWater is necessary to us, but a waterfall is not. Where it is to be found it is something extra, a beautiful ornament. ― Richard AdamsDSC_2034 DSC_2033 DSC_1928 DSC_1918

Lake Wanaka

DSC_1885 “Mercy, she had discovered, made mad alchemy: a drop of it could dilute a lake of hate.” ― Laini TaylorDSC_1878

Lake Hawea

“Do tears not yet spilled wait in small lakes?”
― Pablo Neruda “Joy, sorrow, tears, lamentation, laughter — to all these music gives voice, but in such a way that we are transported from the world of unrest to a world of peace, and see reality in a new way, as if we were sitting by a mountain lake and contemplating hills and woods and clouds in the tranquil and fathomless water.” ― Albert Schweitzer

The streams shall run in gladness,
The lakes shall shine and burn,
And sorrow fail and sadness
At the Mountain-king’s return!”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit


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“What is straight? A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart, oh, no, it’s curved like a road through mountains.”
― Tennessee Williams “You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!”
― Dr. Seuss“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.”
― Sylvia Plath     “The mountains are calling and I must go.”
― John Muir    “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”
― John Muir