on Floating Monk at Itsukushima Shrine. Itsukushima Shrine is a Shinto shrine on the island of Itsukushima (popularly known as Miyajima), best known for its "floating" torii gate. The island itself is considered more than holy. It is considered to be a god. It is in the city of Hatsukaichi in Hiroshima Prefecture in Japan. At high tide, the ocean water laps at the decks of the shrine.
Costa Rican Swimming Sloth. In a canal in the Tortuguero region of Costa Rica, on the East Coast, I found this sloth casually swimming in the crocodile infested water. I did not know Sloths could swim.
Arenal Volcano. While traveling in Costa Rica, I hiked on the slopes of the Arenal volcano. People in the villages nearby, park their cars facing the highway so they can more quickly escape should it begin to erupt. In 1995 in the nearby town of La Fortuna. It was fascinating to watch the volcano erupt up to six times a day. The noise from it sounded like a freight train!
on Tenrikyo. I was walking in Kyoto when I came across a creaky old gate and pushed on it. It opened and suddenly, I was rewarded with this scene. This is testament to my belief that exploring a country on foot, whenever possible, is the best way to discover hidden treasures.
on Oued Dades Morocco. A Kasbah or Medina or fortress (citadel) was a place for the local leader to live and a defense when a city was under attack. A kasbah has high walls, usually without windows.
on Egyptian Debod Temple. The shrine was originally erected 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) south of Aswan in Upper Egypt, very close to the first cataract of the Nile and to the great religious center dedicated to the goddess Isis, in Philae. In the early 2nd century BC, Adikhalamani (Tabriqo), the Kushite king of Meroë, started its construction by building a small single room chapel dedicated to the god Amun. It was built and decorated on a similar design to the later Meroitic chapel on which the Temple of Dakka is based. Later, during the reigns of Ptolemy VI, Ptolemy VIII and Ptolemy XII of the Ptolemaic dynasty, it was extended on all four sides to form a small temple, 12 by 15 metres (39 ft × 49 ft), which was dedicated to Isis of Philae. The Roman emperors Augustus and Tiberius completed its decorations.
on Climber in Gorge of Toudra in Morocco. While traveling in Morocco, I came across this climber who seemed to be acutely aware of the gravity of his situation. I like this kind of sport. I am in the black long and short pants below.
for the fave on Skytree and Oyokogawa Shinsui Park. I found this long park by accident when I was taking a class on etching designs onto glass cups. In springtime, the blooming cherry blossoms turn Oyokogawa-Shinsui Koen into a stunningly beautiful place. The park runs alongside the Oyoko-gawa River in the Sumida Ward of Tokyo, and is a popular place for local residents who play, walk, fish, and even swim there. With the Tokyo Sky Tree looming nearby, cherry blossom season gives visitors a taste of Japan's dual natures: historic traditions side-by-side with ultra-modernity, natural beauty next to futuristic technology and architecture. Walk the entire length of the scenic park, or find a quiet bench to relax on - either way, it doesn't get much prettier than this.
Yosemite Ice Lake. I took my hiking and climbing group up to 10,400 Feet (3,170 Meters) altitude around Yosemite's Tuolumne Peak. We came across this unusual site. Notice very closely and you will see blood on the snow where a person or animal must have recently sustained a great injury and massive blood loss. It's an hourglass shape with the narrow waist where the snow meets the water. The trek was approximately 32 miles from beginning to end. Considering that each backpack weighed approximately 60 pounds, I did not take my SLR and instead, relied on my iPhone for this photo.