Photo Of The Day – Swayambhunath Shadows Before Dawn + 5 More

Title: Swayambhunath Shadows Before Dawn Location: Swayambhunath Temple, Kathmandu, Nepal, Asia  (27°42’53” N 85°17’25” E) Description: Before the sun comes up, the shadows of Swayambhunath Stupa can be seen on low clouds over Kathmandu Valley. As this was shot with a fisheye lens, those are actually shadows of the 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 – Boudhanath Stupa Under Blue Skies

Title: Boudhanath Stupa Under Blue Skies Location: Kathmandu, Nepal, Asia Description: In need of a regular cleaning most likely after an occasion called for draping the sides of the Buddhist Stupa with garlands of marigolds, Boudhanath is a social hotspot, attracting those young and old for religious as Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – The Chorten That Was

Title: The Chorten That Was Location: Above Syangboche Airstrip, Solukhumbu Region, Nepal, Asia Description: What you see above is a stupa (chorten) that once was. This is the view looking Northwest with Mt. Everest in the far distance just off the shoulder of the stupa and Taboche the Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Moon Over Mong La

Title: Moon Over Mong La Location: Mong La, Solukhumbu Region, Nepal, Asia Description: As a photographer I find it hard to decide to plan a trip to the Himalayas to coincide with a new moon or a full moon. The new moon gives the blackest nights and an Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Ama Dablam and Stupa

Title: Ama Dablam and Stupa Location: The trail to Pengboche, Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia Description: I miss life on the trail for its simplicity. For most of us that simplicity comes from putting all our other obligations on hold, and it is temporary. But that’s okay, because for just Continue Reading →

Digital Creation Of The Day – Boudhanath Stupa

Title: Boudhanath Stupa Description: Every tour to Kathmandu stops at Boudhanath Stupa at some point and for good reasons. Besides all the shops ringing the stupa, the site is a social gathering place where tourists regularly mingle with locals paying their respects and circling the structure three times, Continue Reading →

Digital Creation Of The Day – Sunrise And Prayer Flags

 Title: Sunrise And Prayer Flags Location: Dingboche, Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia Description: Another in a series of digital creations, this one entirely rendered on my iPhone with Adobe Ideas (but it started as a background image from this post, which I subsequently traced and filled). This image was a Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Taktsang Palphug Monastery Panorama Exploration

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Photo Of The Day – Stupa Against The Mountains

Title: Stupa Against The Mountains Location: Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia Description: A Buddhist stupa sits atop a ridge in order to command a view from all over the surrounding valley while sheer cliffs thrust upward through the fog and clouds. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L ISO 100 Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Candle Lighting

Title: Candle Lighting Location: Kathmandu, Nepal, Asia (27°42’58” N  85°17’3″ E) Description: Devotional butter lamps are lit at the foot of Swayambhunath in Kathmandu, Nepal. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L ISO 800 Focal Length 300mm Aperture f/5.6 Shutter Speed 1/30 Altitude 4,344.6 ft Photograph Copyright Peter Continue Reading →

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 →

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 – The Peak And The Prayer Flags

Title: The Peak And The Prayer Flags Location: Khumjung, Solukhumbu, Nepal (27°49’30” N  86°43’12” E) Description: Give me a slightly cloudy morning any day of the week and as a photographer I am happy. I get excited when the forecast calls for “partly sunny” because I know there Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Prayer Flags And The Machermo Range From Gokyo Ri

Title: Prayer Flags And The Machermo Range From Gokyo Ri Location: Gokyo Ri, Solukhumbu, Nepal (27°57’22” N  86°41’15” E) Description: At around 5,357m, or 17,575 ft, Gokyo Ri affords tremendous views of the Himalayas. In this image I highlighted some of the near peaks which are so clear 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 – Khumbi Yul Lha – Sacred Sherpa Mountain

Title: Khumbi Yul Lha – Sacred Sherpa Mountain, Nepal Location: Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal Description: Reflected in a the eddy of a nearly frozen stream on the bed of a hanging valley at 14,500′, Khumbi Yul Lha stands gracefully against the stark, blue sky. The mountain is sacred to 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 →

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 – Prayer Flags At Sunrise

Title: Prayer Flags At Sunrise Location: Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia Description: Buddhist prayer flags fly above the high ground between Pheriche and Dingboche as the sun tops the distant Himalayas of Nepal. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L Shutter Speed 1/1000 Aperture f/8 ISO 100 Focal Length 28mm Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Prayer Wheel Wall

Title: Prayer Wheel Wall Location: Kathmandu, Nepal, Asia Description: Along the outer wall of Swayambhunath, or Monkey Temple, Buddhist prayer wheels wait for monks, paritioners or visitors to give them a spin and send forth prayers of peace. Kathmandu, Nepal. Camera Canon EOS 5D Lens Canon EF 28-300mm 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 – The Trail To Mount Everest

Title: The Trail To Mount Everest Location: Solukhumbu, Just outside of Namche Bazaar, Nepal Description: Close, but still kilometers in the distance, Mount Everest (Sagarmatha to local Nepalis)keeps watch over trekkers stopping to rest at a Buddhist Stupa along one of many trails through the Himalayas. Warm weather Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Prayer Flags And The Himalayas

Title: Prayer Flags And The Himalayas Location: Near Loboche, Nepal Description: Prayer flags adorn a memorial chorten dedicated to the Sherpa who have lost their lives climbing in the Himalayas. Click HERE to purchase this 8″ x 8″ print at my Etsy Store. Use code 10POTD to receive 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 – Prayers Before Taboche

Title: Prayers Before Taboche Location: Himalayas, Nepal, Asia Description: Up early and the sun did not disappoint this morning. Taboche, elevation 6542 m / 21463 ft, makes an appearance before afternoon clouds cover it completely. Shot with a Canon 7D and Canon 28-300mm L lens with settings of Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Prayer Flags Before The Himalayas

Title: Prayer Flags Before The Himalayas Location: Near Pheriche, Nepal Description: Early morning light brightens the snow on the peak behind the tattered prayer flags strung high atop of wing-scrubbed pass. The flags will remain, letting the wind pull them apart as the intentions of compassion spreading through Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Prayer Flags And High Peaks

Title: Prayer Flags And High Peaks Location: Dhong La, Nepal Description: Prayer flags are piled on top of a memorial chorten to commemorate fallen Sherpas in Himalayan expeditions. Shot with Canon 7D and Canon 28-300mm L lens with settings of ISO 100, 70mm, f/11, 1/400th of a second Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Boudhanath Stupa In The Rain

Title: Boudhanath Stupa In The Rain Location: Kathmandu, Nepal Description: As the rainy season ebbs, buckets still pour on Boudhanath Stupa, clearing the dust, diesel laden Kathmandu air for a little while. Shot with Canon 7D, Canon 10-22mm EF lens with settings: ISO 400, 10mm, f/5.0 and 1/60th 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 →