Photo Essays

Sometimes you want to read a blog post and other times, you just want to look at pretty pictures. Whether you want to read the stories behind my favorite travel photos or just flip through them, these posts spotlight the best of my world travel photography.

These Japanese Cedars Pre-Date Civilization

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Yakushima differs profoundly from everywhere else I’ve seen in Japan, yet I can’t help but wonder if the spirits of its ancient forests transformed me in a deeper way.

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Yes, Japan Has a Desert – and Yes, It’s Amazing

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Japan is the ultimate land of contrasts, so it should come as no surprise when an arid desert randomly appears out of nowhere along its heavily-wooded northern coast.

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Tokyo Covered in Cherry Blossoms

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Whether you’re curious about when to visit Japan, or simply want a gorgeous reason to take a break from your day, continue reading to see why millions of travelers from around the world come to Japan in early April.

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The Colors of Texas in Spring

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If your only image of Texas is the deserts and cowboys of western films, it might surprise you to learn how lush and colorful Texas is in the spring.

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30 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit Sri Lanka

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These pictures will ensure you don’t wait as long as I did to get yourself to the magical island of Sri Lanka.

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30 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit Colombia

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The only danger in Colombia, as the country’s marketing slogan goes, is wanting to stay. And, as you’ll see, to take an inordinate number of photos that depict a land mythical in its beauty.

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30 Pictures That Will Make You Want to Visit Indonesia

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Whether you’re looking for places to visit, things to do or reasons to travel to Indonesia, these captivating photos will make you want to board the next flight to Jakarta.

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Life and Death in Sulawesi’s Heavenly Kingdom

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From baby graves, to elaborate funeral celebrations, to coffins than hang from steep cliff faces, Tana Toraja boasts some of the most bizarre, fascinating end-of-life rituals in the world.

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