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  • Carmel Mission Basilica

    Founded in 1771, and contains the Shrine of Saint Junipero Serra, founder of California and the Spanish Colonial Missions.

  • Sea Otter dining on mollusk

    Male Sea Otters exist on a steady diet of snails, mollusks and oysters. They consume 1/3 of their body weight daily while lying on their back and anchored on a bed of kelp as shown here.

  • Seagull

    Up close with a 400mm lens

  • San Francisco Skyline Reflections

    Playing with a 400mm lens on The Avery located at 488 Folsom St. in San Francisco. The very long lens creates an optical illusion regarding the relative position of these three tall buildings.

  • San Francisco Skyline Reflections

    Playing with a 400mm lens on The Avery located at 488 Folsom St. in San Francisco.

  • Cheery Blossoms Shrine

    Taken on Miyajima island, (Shrine Island), formerly known as Itsukushima, at the site of a sacred Shinto Shrine. First built in 593, the shrine and its torii gate are unique for being built over water, seemingly floating in the sea during high tide.

  • Penetrating Light

    Light penetrates this very narrow underground tunnel. Located in the Honmure Art House Project in Naoshima, this very narrow tunnel, beneath the renovated Go'o Shine, is based on Shinto shrine structure from the 17-19 century Edo period when Japanese society was under the rule of the Tokugawa shogunate and the country's 300 regional daimyō.

  • Family Picnics

    Families Picnic under Cherry Blossom Trees in Ritsurin Park

  • Beauty looking at Cherry Blossoms

    Taken at 400 year old Ritsurin Garden, built in the Edo period. The beutiful Kimono is 100% silk and often handed down from mother to daughter.

  • Goma Fire Ceremony

    Dawn Goma fire ceremony in small temple at Mount Koya

  • Protection against bad spirits

    Dragon protects holy water used for cleansing against bad spirits

  • Zen Rock Garden

    Simple and remarkable rectangual Zen garden. There are no trees in the garden, only 15 rocks and immaticulately mantained white gravel.

  • Torii Gates

    Hundreds of vermillion torii gates at the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto

  • Maiko

    16 year old apprentice geisha, (maiko) in Kyoto. First year Maiko only have their lower lip filled with color.

  • It's Still Working

    Walking up to Shuheki-en Garden

  • Geisha and Maiko

    Geisha and apprentice geisha, (maiko) in Kyoto. The stunning kimomo are 100% silk. The nape of the Maiko's neck has the typical W shape of clear skin, and the scarlet-fringed collar of a maiko's kimono hangs very loosely in the back. These accentuate the nape of the neck, which is considered a primary erotic area in Japanese sexuality.

  • Camp Fire smoke

    One man's pollution is also his spectacular sunrise. Our view of Camp Fire smoke over San Francisco Bay after sunrise on Monday, Nov 10, 2018. Until today the smoke has been too dense to see this spectacular effect.

  • Holi Elephant Monument

    At a Holi Festival. Holi, the Hindu Festival of colors welcomes spring and celebrates the triumph of good over evil in song, feasts and by covering everybody and everything thing with bright colored powders.

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