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Photo-friendly D.C.: springtime and cherry blossoms

Spring's the best time to see the nation's capitol.

“Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party!'” ~ Robin Williams Spring is the best time to be in the nation’s capitol. It's perhaps the only time where everybody uniformly agrees on one thing – ...

Apocalypse Now, Tico-style

Adventure and misadventure in Costa Rica's Arenal region.

“Never get out of the boat. Unless you were going all the way. Kurtz got off the boat.” ~ Captain Benjamin L. Willard, Apocalypse Now So there we were staring at the glossy brochure deciding ...

Celebration of Life at Day of the Dead, Oaxaca

See the real Mexico in its traditions.

“The word death is not pronounced in New York, in Paris, in London, because it burns the lips. The Mexican, in contrast, is familiar with death, jokes about it, caresses it, sleeps with it, celebrates ...

Hill Tribes of Sapa

A camera gives the author license to steal in Northwest Vietnam.

“Also, being a photographer gives you a license to steal experiences that you ordinarily wouldn’t have. You enter into other people’s worlds who are usually very highly specialized, very rare.” ~ Jay Maisel I love ...

Chichén Itzá: It's the End of the World as We Know It

(And I feel fine.)

December 21, 2012, marked the milestone of not just another candle on my birthday cake, but also the Apocalypse: when the Maya's "Long Count" calendar indicated the end of a 5,126-year era. Forget America’s “fiscal ...

Trying to Fit In at the Củ Chi Tunnels

An American in Vietnam.

Vietnam is a unique country in many ways. First, it’s Southeast Asia’s “skinniest” country. Second, the country is still divided over geographical, political and cultural lines. The North and South divide is an active component ...

Shoot like a Pro: Arches National Park

Six tips to make your travel photos stand out – here and elsewhere.

With summer ending, this is a great time to head out to our national parks. The kids are back in school, the crowds have dispersed and the fall colors are brilliant. Arches National Park in ...

Singapore: A "Fine" City

(Just be sure to leave the drugs at home.)

The city-state of Singapore is known for being a "fine city," a title imbued with two very different meanings: one is that it's a fine city to live in, while the second refers to its ...

I Am a Superhero in Kon Tum, Vietnam

While the rest of the world was going gaga (not Lady Gaga) over the movie The Avengers, I was busy playing the part of superhero for some kids in a village in Vietnam. The town ...

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