Dhow Laborer

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Dubai Creek – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

You see these workers on the dhows every day loading everything from vegetables and fruit, clothes, vehicle spares, cars, to electrical equipment, into the boats.  They toil in the sun or in pitch-black, cramped conditions below-deck.  And then make their way up and down Dubai Creek, and once the boat is full, it’s off — loading and unloading in several countries around the Middle East before it reaches its destination in Iran, East Africa, Pakistan or India.

 

Beng Mealea Temple

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Siem Reap, Cambodia

Unlike many of the other Angkor temples, Beng Mealea (said to be the “blue-print” for Angkor Wat) has not been fortified or rehabilitated. This means getting in and around this, nearly one thousand year old temple, is a hands on activity. Piles of stone rubble litter the courtyard and lie haphazardly throughout the site. Vegetation runs amok! Gorgeous mosses cover large swaths of stone, and tiny saplings popping up from minuscule cracks, have turned into full-grown trees winding their way around and through the ancient ruins.

Hello from Dubai!

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The Dubai Miracle Garden, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is certainly aptly named considering that — like pretty much everything in this Middle Eastern destination — it was built on desert land.  It is the home to the biggest natural flower garden in the world, showcasing  a variety of immense sculptures and designs.  Wonder and amazement at every turn!

The Surreal Landscapes of Lanzarote

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The otherworldly landscapes of Lanzarote were created by volcanic eruptions in the 1700’s and provide breathtaking seascape views.

Wrapped in Clouds

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The clouds hovered and clung to the massive outcrops of rocks, or moraines, in Milford Sound, as we traversed the waters of Fjordland National Park in New Zealand.

 

 

 

Fushimi Inari Shrine

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Southern Kyoto, Japan

You are bombarded with saturated colors and bold graphic shapes; visual interest everywhere!