Sep 142012
 
Award Winning Nature Photography

I am very pleased to announce that I won both Bronze and Gold awards in the Society of American Travel Writers annual Bill Muster Photo Competition. The Muster Awards honor the very best in travel photography, and I’m happy to be a winner again this year. Laceleaf Maple tree in Autumn This photo of a Laceleaf Maple tree in brilliant fall color won the Gold Award in the Natural Scenic category of the Muster contest. The photograph was taken in [read more ...]

Nov 102011
 
SATW Bill Muster Photo Contest Award

Since 1981, the Society of American Travel Writers has honored the finest travel photography with the annual Bill Muster Photo Competition, named for long time SATW member and accomplished travel journalist Bill Muster. In the past, I have won individual awards in categories such as Best Action Photo and Best Natural Scenic. This year I am pleased to announce that I won the Silver Award for Single Subject Portfolio with a selection of my Thailand images. Click on the link [read more ...]

Mar 292010
 
Thai Puppet Show

One of the highlights of my visit to Thailand was attending the Thai puppet show at Aksra Theatre in Bangkok. The show, named Aksra Hoon Lakorn Lek, is an incredible performance by a troupe of puppeteers trained in the traditional Thai style. It includes over 100 puppets, elaborate stage sets, dramatic lighting and music. Particularly fascinating to me was finding that each puppet is controlled by three puppeteers, working and moving in total  syncrhonization to control the body, arms and [read more ...]

Mar 252010
 
Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho, Bangkok

Traveling around Bangkok and Chiang Mai, I get the impression that there are Buddhist temples on almost every block in these cities. One of the most famous of the golden Buddhas that are found in the temples is the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho in Bangkok. It is also one of the largest Buddha statues in Thailand, measuring around 150 feet long and 45 feet high. It is almost impossible to get an overall photo of the statue without using [read more ...]

Mar 202010
 
Elephant ride - check one off the bucket list.

As a kid, my favorite stories were from books like Dr. Doolittle and Kipling’s Jungle Books, and ever since then I’ve wanted to ride an elephant. Finally had the opportunity to cross that one off my bucket list when I got to spend a day at Patara Elephant Farm in rural Chiang Mai, Thailand. Patara Elephant Farm is not one of the many tourist operations in northern Thailand, but a center for rehabilitation of injured elephants and a breeding program [read more ...]

Nov 122009
 
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

After a few days break, I’m back to processing photos from my recent visit to Mexico. Part of that trip was a couple of days spent in San Miguel de Allende.¬† This historic city is located in mountainous bajio region of central Mexico, and its colonial architecture, colorful buildings and friendly people have made it very popular as a photo workshop location. During my stay, I spent many hours walking up and down the streets in the central district, photographing [read more ...]

Oct 222009
 
Guanajuato, Mexico

Home again after ten wonderful days in Mexico, and now I have hundreds of photos to edit, process, caption, keyword and upload. Visiting the city of Guanajuato in central Mexico was my favorite part of the trip. The downtown area or Zona Centro and surrounding neighborhoods are filled with ornate churches, theatres and colorful buildings that are a photographer’s delight. Guanajuato is also a very historic city. There are gold and silver mines dating back to the 1500′s, and there [read more ...]

Oct 172009
 
Mariachi

Mariachi music is one of the great traditions of Mexico, and Marachi bands are one of the instantly recognizable images of this wonderful country. The musicians play a variety of string and percussion instruments, and typically dress in fancy charro outfits. This unique style of music originated in Mexican colonial times in what is now the state of Jalisco, and is especially popular in Guadalajara. The musician in this photo was part of a band serenading a local couple at [read more ...]

Mar 222009
 
Cosala, Mexico photographs

To see more photos from my recent trip to Mexico, go to this gallery of photographs of Cosala. This historic mining town in Mexico’s Sierra Madre Mountains has been designated as a “Pueblo Magico” by the Mexican tourism authorities. It makes a nice side trip from Mazatlan, or a great destination in itself if you just want to kick back and enjoy a typical village in the state of Sinaloa. More impressions of Cosala are in a previous post below.