Around Town – Christ Cathedral Belltower

The Christ Cathedral (formerly Crystal Cathedral) is a landmark in Orange County. It’s all mirrored glass with an impressing spire of a belltower. I’ve seen it for years and it wasn’t until yesterday that I bothered to take time to wander the grounds. While I didn’t go in Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Reflection of Khumbu Yül-Lha

Title: Reflection of Khumbu Yül-Lha Location: Above Thame, Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia Description: A sacred Sherpa mountain high in the Himalayas, believed to the be the home of a powerful god, Khumbila (or Khumbila) has never been climbed. ———————- For a while I am going to post my images of 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 – Taktsang Palphug Monastery Panorama Exploration

To use this image, simply click and drag to move around. Use your scroll wheel to zoom in and out, or use [Shift] to zoom in and [CTRL] to zoom out. And if you want to turn things up a notch, choose “Fullscreen”. The image is 12MB large, Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – On The Dais At The Taj Mahal

   Title: On The Dais At The Taj Mahal Location: Agra, India, Asia (27°10’28” N  78°2’33” E) Description: A close up the Taj Mahal from the dais surrounding the main tomb. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon EF 10-22mm ISO 100 Focal Length 10mm Aperture f/3.5 Shutter Speed 1/4000 Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 – American Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), Russian Church, Sitka, Alaska, USA

Title: American Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), Russian Church, Sitka, Alaska, USA Location: Sitka, Alaska, USA, North America Description: An American bald eagle perches atop the steeple of St. Michael’s Cathedral, a Russian Orthodox church in Sitka, Alaska. For those from the Lower 48 or from other places in Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – The Taj Mahal Bathed In Morning Light

Title: The Taj Mahal Bathed In Morning Light Location: Agra, India, Asia Description: Timing is everything with the Taj Mahal. Arrive early, before sunrise, and wait for the right light. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 10-22mm Shutter Speed 1/640 Aperture f/8 ISO 100 Focal Length 10mm   Click 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 – Deserted Taj Mahal High Resolution Exploration

To use this image, simply click and drag to move around. Use your scroll wheel to zoom in and out, or use [Shift] to zoom in and [CTRL] to zoom out. And if you want to turn things up a notch, choose “Fullscreen”. The image is 102MB large, Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Larger Than The Taj Mahal

Title: Larger Than The Taj Mahal Location: Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India, Asia Description: While the Taj Mahal is a magnificent feat in architecture, engineering, art and construction, I was struck with how small it can appear at times. Up close it is grand against the backdrop of Agra. Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Guard At Golden Temple

Title: Guard At Golden Temple Location: Amritsar, Punjab, India, Asia Description: The Golden Temple, or Harmandir Sahib, is a sacred Sikh Gurdwara in the city of Amritsar, India. The temple has a staff of guards who ensure Sikh traditions and restrictions are adheared to while on the Temple 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 – 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 →