New Mexico 2018
My daughter, Cheshire, and I went to China in May and spent nine days visiting Shanghai, Xian and Beijing. There were 8 others in our group. While we had a very limited glimpse of the country and perhaps our glimpse was further limited by the government, I was very impressed by the friendliness, the cleanliness and the overall modernization of the cities. Shanghai with 26 million inhabitants was particularly striking. I alone traveled to Guilin and spent five days in the surrounding area along the Li River and at the Longji Rice Terraces. I do not apologize for the number of pictures from those few days as they were filled with insights into the less sophisticated life of China.
I visited The Netherlands in April at the height of the tourist and tulip season. I was with a group of eight photographers and while we spent some time photographing tulips, we did not ignore the windmills, boats, canals and people. We spent half of our time in Amsterdam, but we also traveled to other parts of the country. Some of my most memorable times were surprise encounters with people away from the big city.
Here are a few views of what I saw.
The Netherlands 2018
In March , 11 of us, led by Jon Fuller spent 10 days photographing in Patagonia. We had three bases: Torres del Paine National Park in Chile and the towns of El Calafate and El Chalten in Argentina. Wildlife, snow capped mountains, extremely large lakes and glaciers all contributed to the wonderful experience of spending time in this unique part of the world.
In December, I joined three other photographers and Russ Burden for a photo adventure at White Sands National Monument and Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. I had a good idea of what to expect at Bosque with thousands of sandhill cranes and snow geese, but I was completely surprised by the beauty of White Sands. What an enjoyable 6 days it was with the excitement of Bosque and the peacefulness of White Sands.