Photo Of The Day – Bhutan Rural Life Details

Title: Bhutan Rural Life Details Location: Bhutan, Asia Description: Details are important to notice when visiting any foreign place. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 10-22mm ISO 320 Focal Length 10mm Aperture f/3.5 Shutter Speed 1/500 Altitude unknown Photograph Copyright 2017 Peter West Carey. Image Available For Commercial Licensing (email). Prints of Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Road Life In Bhutan + 4 More

Title: Road Life In Bhutan Location: Central Bhutan, Bhutan, Asia  Description: As most of the Tata trucks in Bhutan came over from India, they retain a lot of the colorful decorations seen in that country. You can certainly see them coming from a mile away. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Market Day In Khuruthang + 8 More

Title: Market Day In Khuruthang Location: Khuruthang, Punakha District, Bhutan, Asia (27°32’56” N 89°52’20” E) Description: Market day in Khuruthang is a bustling event with plenty of fresh vegetables and household goods. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 10-22mm ISO 100 Focal Length 35mm Aperture f/3.5 Shutter Speed 1/1000 sec Altitude 3959′ Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Dancing Colors In Bhutan + 7 More

Title: Dancing Colors In Bhutan Location: Rinpung Dzong, Paro, Bhutan, Asia (27°25’33” N 89°25’31” E) Description: Tsechus (Festivals) in Bhutan are filled with colors and often days of coordinated dances retelling stories from the country’s folklore. The festival in Paro in the Spring is often one of the largest and most Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Trongsa Dzong

Title: Trongsa Dzong Location: Trongsa, Tronga Dzongha, Bhutan, Asia Description: Dzongs are fortresses, typically centuries old, serving as both the religious and governmental focal point for regions. In this case, both a Buddhist temple and the seat of regional government are housed behind the stories tall walls. In Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Monk Debates or That One Monk Who Was Being A Jerk

Title: Monk Debates   Location: Jakar, Bumthang Valley, Bhutan, Asia Description: On my first visit to Bhutan we were lucky enough to have time at a local monastery in Jakar, near the center of the country, to witness an afternoon of Buddhist monk debates. I couldn’t understand a Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Flag Lowering Ceremony In Thimphu, Bhutan

Title: Flag Lowering Ceremony In Thimphu, Bhutan Location: Thimphu, Bhutan, Asia Description: It’s a big flag, but someone(s) has to take it down each night. On the left is the main dznong of Thimphu where the king handles affairs of the country. Also in the dzong is a Continue Reading →

2015 Calendars Are Ready!

I’m happy to announce this year I am releasing not one, not two, but seven different 2015 wall calendars! And because of price drops, all calendars are just $15 (+S&H). The subjects of each calendar are : US National Parks Sunrise & Sunset Himalayas in Color Himalayas in Continue Reading →

A World Of Panoramas Now Available With Pre-Sale Discount & Bonus Item

A World of Panoramas I am excited to announce the pre-sale of my upcoming photobook A World of Panoramas. This book is a compilation of images crafted over the past nine years from images shot on five continents and is a favorite subject matter of mine. The panoramic Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Taktsang Palphug Monastery Panorama Exploration

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Photo Of The Day – Looking Up In The Rinpung Dzong

Title: Looking Up In The Rinpung Dzong Location: Paro, Bhutan, Asia (27°25’35” N  89°25’22” E) Description: Fisheye lens photography lends itself naturally to tight areas with subjects all around. In this case, the image is taken looking up at the temple inside the Rinpung Dzong in Paro, Bhutan. Dzongs Continue Reading →

The Local Market In Punakha, Bhutan

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Markets like this one are still very much the typical way locals find their fresh groceries in rural Bhutan. Most anything for the home can be found, from the just-picked fruits and roots to clothes and kids toys.

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My Favorite And Odd Photos From 2013

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I am presenting these images from 2013 in the hopes that you find something you like. That being said, there are some images here only I might like, and I’m good with that. I started taking more “odd” photos in 2013, experimenting with blue and playing with colored tonic water poured over fruit and vegetables. While I love the mountains and travel, there are a lot of subject matter that interest me that will never get the “oooohhh” and “ahhhhh”s that those picture garner. But that’s what photography is for me, endless exploration and experimentation to present a view of what is in front of me.

Some of these images made the cut because they are stand-alone pretty. Some made the cut because they hold memories for me and my family (and I know my wife will be reading this post so I want to help jog her memory of the happy times we have shared). And then some….well, I’ll group these images by style to make it easier. Let’s start with the pretty stuff and then move into family memories (there were too many to show them all) and then the odd stuff you might not know me for.

This post will be gathered in a compilation my friend Jim Goldstein puts together of various photographers’ “Best of 2013” lists. If you would like to join in, check out this link. I’m wondering if this list will be included as Jim suggests (rightly so) narrowing your list to five or ten images. I have 32 in this list. I don’t follow direction well.

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1. Cho Oyu and Photographers, Nepal

2. Sunset from 39,000′, somewhere over California, USA

3. Machermo Range And Dudh Pokhari, Gokyo, Nepal

4. Himalayas and stars through a windows, Machermo, Nepal

5. Yak and Kangtega, Nepal

6. Mt. Rainier and Reflection Lakes, Washington, USA

7. Mt. Baker at sunset, Washington, USA

8. Mt. Hood and Trillium Lake, Oregon, USA

9. Photographer and the Moon, near Mt. Baker, Washington, USA

10. Sun through the trees, Mt. Baker, Washington, USA

11. Moonrise over the Cascade Mountains from Whidbey Island, Washington, USA

12. Sunset on the Washington Coast, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA

13. Temple Of The Mad Man, Bhutan

14. Monks at ceremony, Jakar, Bhutan

15. Blossoms and field, Jakar, Bhutan

16. My daughter and her friend exploring trees, North Cascades National Park, Washington, USA

17. SMORES!!!! Sequoia National Park, California, USA

18. Looking up, Sequoia National Park, California, USA

19. My wife and daughter at a Papohaku Beach, Molokai, Hawaii, USA

20. My daughter flying a kite, Molokai, Hawaii, USA

21. Sunrise over Maui aboard the UnCruise Adventures Safari Explorer, Hawaii, USA

22. Jessie breaks open coconuts, Molokai, Hawaii, USA

23. A mega-pod of dolphins off the coast of California, USA

24. Military gravestones, Medical Lake, Washington, USA

25. Playing with LEDs, Mt. Baker, Washington, USA

26. Rust and waves, Metchosin, British Columbia, Canada

27. Moths to a flame (look closely and you’ll see the repeating pattern as the light hit them), Clinton, Washington, USA

28. Spinning dancer, Paro, Bhutan

29. Nature’s ladder, Washington, USA

30. Keeping pace with the falls, Oregon, USA

31. How to make an okay sunset even better (panning blur), Whidbey Island, Washington, USA

32. Sunset on our second to last night on our honeymoon 🙂

Experiencing The Final, Fire-Laden Ceremony Of The Kharchu Dratshang Drupcheen in Jakar, Bhutan

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I love good fortune. While we had some days with rain for our 2013 Bhutan Photo Tour, we had some good fortune as well.

Having previously been to the Namkhe Nyingpo Goemba (Monastery) above the town of Jakar in Central Bhutan, I knew it as a great spot for sunset photos. After a day of trouncing around the countryside our group gathered in our trusty van and headed up the small, winding road (this describes almost ALL Bhutanese roads, by the way) to the monastery, hoping for a break in the clouds just at sunset.

What we were greeted with instead was a parking lot full of cars. Monasteries in Bhutan don’t have a lot of cars because the monks don’t drive much, if at all. We came to find out there was a retreat going on and that the next day there would be a ceremony in the courtyard. I’ll have more on the indoor ceremony we found that night in another post as it was a unique experience (we were allowed to take photos during the ceremony inside the temple, which is usually not allowed).

At the appropriate time the next day we headed up the hill again and watched as the monks set up for the ceremony, burned a lot of offerings and then ignited a huge fireball near the end of everything. You can see the fireball about 2/3 the way into this photo essay.

The experience was fascinating even though we didn’t understand a word of what was being said. I loved the pageantry and colors most of all and it was fun to be at on a local event.

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Photo Of The Day – Blossoms And Plowed Field

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Title: Blossoms And Plowed Field Location: Jakar, Bumthang, Bhutan, Asia (27°32’55” N  90°44’40” E) Description:This is one of those images I keep coming back to. I knew when I shot it I would have to crop it, and I have, plus I balanced out the distortion left Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Taktsang Monastery – Tiger’s Nest

Title: Taktsang Monastery – Tiger’s Nest Location: Paro, Bhutan, Asia Description: Perched hundreds of feet above the valley below, Taktsang Monastery is steeped in legend and lore of the Guru Rinpoche’s time spent here meditating in the 8th century. The structure is built into and of the rock with Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Tibetan Prayer Pole On The Inside, Bhutan

Title: Tibetan Prayer Pole On The Inside, Bhutan Location: Phobjika Valley, Bhutan Description: Prayer flags are strung around a central pole in the Phobjika Valley of Bhutan. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 10-22mm EF Shutter Speed 1/30 Aperture f/6.3 ISO 100 Focal Length 10mm   Photograph Copyright Peter West Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Library Catalog, Thimphu, Bhutan

Title: Library Catalog Location: Thimphu, Bhutan Description: A card catalog is pulled open in the central library in Thimphu, Bhutan. Not normally a tourist destination, libraries fascinate me as it shows the importance of education and history in a society. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L Shutter Speed Continue Reading →

Air Travel Amazes Me

To say air travel amazes me is like saying the Pope is kind of Catholic. Have you ever considered what it takes to get a plane off the ground or why it flies? Have you thought about how easy it is to get from Point A to Point Continue Reading →

Show Me Something New And Honest, Like Garbage

I am a positive guy and that often makes me guilty of one of the softer crimes in travel writing and photography; only showing the good stuff. The happy stuff. The pretty stuff. You know, like this: Ahhhh…Mt. Hood reflected in Trillium Lake, just 45 minutes from downtown Continue Reading →

Traveling Through Colors: Green

Green is a good, all-purpose, calming color and I can use some calm today. Continuing with my series to explore the world I have photographed through color, I present to you, the color Green. Hint: Click on images for much larger versions with shooting information and a slideshow. Continue Reading →

Traveling Through Colors: Blue

There are beautiful blue skies in California today and maybe that’s why so many of the images in this post are of the gorgeous skies contained therein. Whatever the case, enjoy this trip around the world with the color blue. Hint: Click on images for much larger versions Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day Bonus – Punakha Dzong And Valley Panorama Exploration

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Traveling Through Colors: Orange

I go through phases with my photography and it is especially easy to grab on to a color concept when looking through the images on a recent trip. In this case, orange caught my eye so I started collecting images from the past five years (or so) of Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Bhutan Countryside

Title: Bhutan Countryside – Bhutan Location: Bhutan, Asia Description: Traditional Bhutanese architecture is seen in the Tamchoe Lahkhang along the road from the main airport in Paro to the capital of Thimphu in Bhutan. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon EF 28-300mm L Shutter Speed 1/1250 Aperture f/4 ISO 100 Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – National Memorial Chorten – Bhutan

Title: National Memorial Chorten – Bhutan Location: Thimphu, Bhutan, Asia Description: The National Memorial Chorten is seen here decorated for the Royal Wedding in 2011. Located in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, the chorten is a both a religious symbol and a social gathering place as Buddhist practitioners Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Prayer Wheels, Bhutan

Title: Prayer Wheels, Bhutan Location: Paro Dzong, Paro, Bhutan, Asia Description: This is a fisheye photo of a line of prayer wheels in the Paro Dzong in Bhutan. Buddhist believe that when the wheels are spun, prayers are released for the whole world. Purchase this print at PWC Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Punakha Dzong, Bhutan

Title: Punakha Dzong Location: Punakha, Bhutan Description: At the confluence between two rivers, this dznong, or fortress, predates the formation of the United States. Photograph Creative Commons Copyright Peter West Carey Are you interested in joining a photo tour in Bhutan in 2012? Email me for more information Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Two Devotees, Bhutan

Title: Two Devotees Location: Thimphu, Bhutan Description: Circling chrotens or stupas, once, thrice or more, Buddhist devotees recite prayers in an age old practice. Photograph Creative Commons Copyright Peter West Carey Are you interested in joining a photo tour in Bhutan in 2012? Email me for more information Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Buddha Above The Valley

  Title: Buddha Above The Valley Location: Thimphu, Bhutan Description: Sitting at a height of 129’, this Buddha is the largest sitting Buddha statue in the world. The grounds were still under construction in the Fall of 2011 when this photo was taken. Shot with a Canon 7D, Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – What Some Wheels Do

Title: What Some Wheels Do Location: Jakar, Bhutan Description: Prayer wheels, like people, come in all sizes. The smaller wheels in the front are wooden and simply spin when spun. The larger wheels in the background have a handle, are also made of wood, and ring a bell Continue Reading →