Asia Summary I

6.5 months since I landed in Asia (leaving once for two weeks in USA). It’s time to provide an executive summary of what I’ve experienced thus far, in parts. Here’s the first installment. Reflections & Miscellany (only in a stream of consciousness order)… 1. Harshest land in which to survive: Mongolia 2. Most stunningly gorgeous…

Curated Photo IX

The penultimate picture in the series… Even at 35,000 feet, the mountains looked close enough to touch.  This is the same range seen by night in yesterday’s post, Curated Photo VIII. Flying over Canada, nearly at the Alaskan border, I was stunned by this view. Reflecting later, I realized how so many of us take…

Curated Photo VIII

Number 8 in the series… Gates of Heaven At 37,000 feet, we soared over mountain peaks in the Kluane National Park & Reserve of Canada. I stayed up all night taking shots of an absolutely surreal atmosphere–more space than earth. What look like clouds below are huge mountain peaks piercing the sky. A purple arc…

Curated Photo V

Welcome to the fifth installment in my series of ten favorite photos of summer.   Sacred Cedars In the year 816, Kobo Daishi (Kukai) established a center for Shingon Esoteric Buddhism atop Mount Koya–Koyasan.  Today, at least 200,000 people have their remains buried as close as possible to Kobo Daishi, who sits in eternal meditation…

Curated Photo IV

Fourth in my series of ten favorite photos of summer, thus far… Inari In Kyoto, Japan, I was hiking back down sacred and spiritually powerful Mount Inari when I came across a vending machine (yes…only in Japan).  A group of young feral cats, uninhibited, came out from behind the machine to greet me. I took…

A Curated Photo: Part III

This is the third in my series of ten favorite photos of summer. Enjoy. Third Eye Wat Pho, Bangkok.  Photo opps at this temple complex were endless but this is my favorite. Most would have chosen a pic of the giant Reclining Buddha, which I also have, but I most appreciate this quiet corner of…