The Colorful Parting Shot

This is the last photo I took during my trip through Western Wyoming on a tour of Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park. It was my saving grace as far as my photos were concerned. Earlier in the day I had swapped out a full SD card, full with 1000 pictures of my…

The Candle Tender

The small temple at the Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple) in Kathmandu contained hundreds of candles. This person was one of the people who tended the candles – removing the spent candles from the tray and replacing with a new candle. The big bowl in front of the tender contained a liquid and a wick which…

Morning Offerings

I went to the beach in Koh Samed both mornings I had the pleasure of visiting the Island. Like clockwork, with the first moments of sunrise, these three Buddhist monks made their trek along the beach accepting offerings from the people, giving blessings in return. I tried to find one of those sweet orange robes…

White Flower Offerings

Flowers are commonly brought as an offering to Lord Buddha at the Dambulla Cave Temple. These are the same flowers the local monkeys coveted and would hop up onto backpacks to collect. I wonder how these women were able to run the gauntlet and bring these flowers all the way up the steps to the…

Sunset in Sri Lanka

I took 102 pictures in the 27 minutes beginning when the sun tipped the horizon orange until the time it finally set leaving an inky emptiness. Did my rapid fire truly capture the glory of the divine brushstroke? I can’t really say because I always find some fault in my photos. I am never quite satisfied with…

Monochrome Monday: Autoportrait

There are times I like to just play with my camera equipment and see what materializes. On this raining day in Chicago, I used my tripod, my 85mm lens, and a brand new flash unit then removed the color with Photoshop. Overall, I like how the composition played out…after about 100 photos. 🙂