The Bamboo Whisperer

The Bamboo Whisperer

I came across the Bamboo Whisperer’s tent during the Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco this weekend. These are just a few of the decorations that were on display. Each symbol translates to something different in Japanese. Large version available here.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Split-Second Story, Or: Coming Ashore

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Split-Second Story, Or: Coming Ashore

If you travel to Phuket, you can sign up for a boat tour around the Phi Phi Islands. There are a few stops along the way, though all the boats converge on one island for lunch. Boats line up along the shore, and crowds of hungry, wet people temporarily get to stand on solid ground.

By the way, this was taken about an hour before our boat ran into a monsoon and I nearly drowned. Ah, the memories!

Weekly Photo Challenge: On The Move, Or: Sand And Solitude

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Weekly Photo Challenge: On The Move, Or: Sand And Solitude

If you’ve seen some of my other photos, you can probably tell I do a lot of walking. However, it’s usually in a city, surrounded by thousands of other people. On one long, sleepy afternoon in Phuket, I went out to a beach in the north. I walked for an hour and a half in that beautiful, isolated splendor before seeing another person. The only trace of human presence was the trail of my footprints stretching back into the horizon. Amazing how quickly things change once tourist season ends…

A Word A Week Photograph Challenge – Water: A Sunset In Phuket

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A Word A Week Photograph Challenge – Water: A Sunset In Phuket

Hey, there. Thought I’d try a different photography challenge. This week’s theme is water, and the first thing that came to mind was the beautiful evening on May 18th, 2012. I was in Phuket, Thailand. It was raining for most of my time there, but things cleared up on the final night just long enough to come down to water and witness something amazing…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Letters, Or: Thai Heinz

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Letters, Or: Thai Heinz

Hey, fellow Americans, do not adjust your set. That is indeed a bottle of Heinz ketchup, which I came across in a grocery store in Thailand. No matter how far you travel, some brands refuse to be left behind…Of course, I put the ketchup back on the shelf and stocked up on more local cuisine. That’s the point of traveling: new experiences, not the familiar.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections, Or: Reflecting In Phuket

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections, Or: Reflecting In Phuket

There’s a huge reflection pool in the lobby of the Phuket Marriott. It looks really relaxing in the daylight, but it looks almost magical at night…