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Bleeding Hearts

During my recent photographic journey to Ethiopia (with intrepid African Photographer Piper McKay), our small band of photographers climbed into Simien National Park which contains Ethiopia’s highest peak, Ras Dejen at 15,000 ft. Over millions of years the area’s plateaus … Continue reading

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I Ain’t No Queen of Sheba

  “Baby, you know I ain’t no Queen of Sheba” (Thing called Love; Bonnie Raitt). I didn’t go to Ethiopia to discover Sheba but rather to photograph ancient religious ceremonies, unique Gelada baboons and native indigenous tribes. But after engaging … Continue reading

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Utah’s National Parks

To quote Ken Burns…..National Parks are the country’s best idea. The breadth of the country’s national park experience varies from the flat swampy bird filled Everglades NP to the ice fields of Glacier NP to the spectacular cliffs and spires of … Continue reading

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Major Taylor

Marshall Walter “Major” Taylor (26 November 1878 – 21 June 1932) was an American cyclist who won the world 1 mile (1.6 km) track cycling championship in 1899 after setting numerous world records and overcoming racial discrimination. Taylor was the first African-American cyclist to achieve … Continue reading

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Death Valley – A Heat Tourist Destination

During my recent January visit to Death Valley I observed to a local that very few visitors were in the park and that I found this surprising given the moderate winter temperatures (daytime in the 60’s and 70’s). I ventured … Continue reading

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Eastern Sierras

Here’s a little quiz for you geography geeks….where is the highest and lowest point in the continental United States? Well amazingly, they’re within 100 miles of each other in eastern California. Mt. Whitney is the tallest mountain in the lower … Continue reading

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As the capital city of Tuscany, Florence was the center of medieval European trade and finance and is generally considered the birthplace of the Renaissance. Many of the world’s towering artistic giants walked Florentine streets and the city remains a magnet for … Continue reading

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Africa – The Big Cats

If we play a word association game and I say…..Africa!…. many of you will say…… Lions! And I would say Bingo!  The King of the Jungle resides on the plains of Africa and I can tell you it’s a thrill the … Continue reading

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The Maasai

The Maasai are a semi-nomadic people inhabiting portions of southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. During my recent photographic trip to Kenya I visited several Maasai villages and had the opportunity to photograph traditional Maasai ceremonies as well as make candid portraits … Continue reading

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“But perhaps the most important lesson I learned is that there are no walls between humans and the elephants except those that we put up ourselves, and that until we allow not only elephants, but all living creatures their place … Continue reading

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