A few days ago I posted a photo of the sun rising over the Algerian border. See the post here. I took the above photo on a jungle trek in Thailand. On the second day the group I was with reached a small Hmong village where we would spend the night. The sun began to set shortly after we arrived. The hills in the distance make up the border with Burma.
When I visited the famous temples of Angkor Wat, Cambodia I decided to get up one day at 4:30 AM to see the sunrise. My tuk-tuk driver met me early in the morning and drove me to the most famous temple where I could catch the sunrise. As we neared I saw tour buses, vans and other tuk-tuks all transporting eager tourists to the same spot. Even though it was barely five in the morning, the crowd was absolutely massive.
I snaked my way through the crowd and tried to snag a decent shot. The sunrise wasn’t that impressive and the atmosphere was less than mystical. Frustrated, I returned to my tuk-tuk before the sun had actually risen. My driver was a little surprised to see me back so early. He fired up the engine and took me to the nearby Bayon temple.
I expected a scene similar to the one I had just left but was pleasantly greeted by a completely empty and quiet temple. Watching the sunrise in solitude from one of the most impressive temples of Angkor Wat was an enlightening experience.
This photo is from the sand dunes outside Merzouga, Morocco. I spent one night in the desert and got up early to take a camel ride and snap pictures of the sunrise. The small mesa in the distance is the border of Algeria. While I was taking this photo I saw two Algerian jets patrolling the border, the contrails catching the early light from the sun.
After I visited Shanghai I made my way to Guangxi province where I spent a few days in the village of Dazhai. The area is well known for the terraced hills where locals grow rice. The weather was soaking wet while I was there. Hiking the hills and trying to keep myself and my camera dry was an adventure.
In November of 2010 I traveled to Ha Long Bay in Vietnam. The area is famous for the limestone karsts that jut from shallow green waters. I couldn’t tell if the surrounding haze was from man made pollution or just environmental. While it was a little depressing not to see any blue sky, I felt the haze created a more intriguing atmosphere.
Back to nature today. I got tired editing city shots so I decided to jump out of order and work on a picture I took in Xingping, China. I really like the structure of this image. The fire from the lantern, the setting sun, the poses of the two birds, and the dark lines of the raft all frame the fishermen and his bright red shirt.
Today, the Sahara. I took this shot during a desert safari in Egypt. While it was technically called a safari, it was really just a tour of the Sahara desert. I saw a few animals: a desert fox, some bats and a camel here and there. Few settlements exist away from the Nile valley, and the ones I visited were clustered about oases. Sand and heat for days. As barren as the landscape is, I still find it beautiful.
A shot from the Bolivian Altiplano. Llamas graze on the shore of Laguna Colorado; an alkaline lake of the Altiplano known for its red water. Flamingos can bee seen dotting the water in the distance. You an see more of my shots on the Altiplano here.