As my return back into the digital world after a long hiatus, I bring you the best photos from one of my favorite places in the world. After finishing my work contract in Japan, I set off on a 7-month-long trip around Asia. I traveled to such places as South Korea, Thailand, Myanmar, Nepal and India (more on these later) – and I have to say that among them all, Nepal has stolen my heart by a very long mile.
I went on my first trek, a month along the famous Annapurna Circuit. It’s difficult to describe such a place – where the people are so gentle and the land so harsh. But all of it is beautiful. I present to you, Nepal:
Tilicho Tal, the highest lake in the world at 4920m (16,109 ft)
The holy Hindu fountains of Muktinath
The winds of the Kaligandaki Valley
They say that you cannot visit Nepal only once. I know I will be going back again and again.
Among the Japanese, there are three “views” in Japan that are considered the most beautiful.
The first is a group of about 260 islands off of the coast of Miyagi Prefecture called Matsushima. The second is a sandbar in Miyazu bay in the Kyoto prefecture, called Amanohashidate. And the third is a shrine called Itsukushima, better known as Miyajima, located on an island in the Inland Sea of Japan, northwest of Hiroshima Bay.
I recently visited the city of Hiroshima, and made a quick trip to Itsukushima. I want to visit all of these “views” so consider this the first installment.
Itsukushima (Miyajima): (Keep in mind I visited in February)
The Pagoda from town
The famous floating Torii
Heading up the mountain
A sign depicting a shrine that cannot be photographed
A protector of buddhism (I like this guy’s face)
Apparently if you turn the prayers they have in the middle of these stairs it is like meditation – and gives you good luck
Blessings for children
These are photos of my Australian east coast road trip (with my shiny new camera!)….truly a beautiful country.
On the beaches of the bay south of Melbourne
The floods begin to creep in…
In the bush…
Geocaching in the Blue Mountains
The Jenolan Caves – the oldest known cave system in the world
In the Blue Mountains, NSW
And of course…
A beach near Coff’s Harbor, NSW
Dangar Falls and Dorrigo, NSW
Cathedral Rock Area, NSW
On top of Cathedral Rock
Coff’s Harbor Light House – most easterly point of Australia
And sailing out to the Great Barrier Reef…
The Great Barrier Reef – and the tragedy of coral bleaching
Bats in Cairns, QLD