Travel — a few selected photos from different trips

China, April 2002
Brazil, February 2003
Brazil, July 2003
China, June 2004
South Africa, July 2005
Idaho, September 2005
Kaua'i, Hawaii, October 2005
New Zealand, November 2005
Hangzhou and nearby, China, April 2006
Huang Shan (Yellow Mountains), China, June 2006
Hong Kong, June 2006



China, April 2002

On the West Lake in Hangzhou.

Entering the Three Gorges on the Yangtze River; taken before the Three Gorges Dam was complete and the reservoir started to fill.

Building along the Yangtze; this is probably now underwater since the lake is filling behind the Three Gorges Dam.

The Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi'an — an absolutely amazing sight.  This photo shows the width of the space but less than 10% of the length.

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Brazil, February 2003

Iguaçu Falls from the Brazilian side.

Iguaçu Falls from the Argentine side.

Iguaçu falls from the river.

A family group of coati on the walk to the falls.

A glorious bunch of butterflies at a water seep, probably getting minerals from the water.

A toucan at a bird preserve; we saw a number of wild toucans but couldn't get good photos of them.

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Brazil, July 2003

Two rocks at Fernando do Naronha; this is one of the most famous sights in Brazil, according to a guide we met at Iguaçu Falls!

Sign on a beach bar on Fernando do Naronha.  If you translate the Portugese you'll find just a touch of the Prairie Home Companion!

Two caymen at night at the Refugio da Ilha in the Pantanal.

Steve on horseback at the Refugio da Ilha.  He stayed on for the whole ride...

Roadside bird on the way to Bonito; we saw a lot of new kinds of birds in the Pantanal.

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China, June 2004

Part of the fortress at Jiayuguang that was at the western end of the Great Wall — and of the civilized world.  When traders rode west from here, they made their final good-byes before leaving because there was not a good chance they would return.

The Great Wall at its western end in Jiayuguang.  The wall is smaller here than near Beijing but is still impressive — and there are no crowds around!

Yulin — a Buddhist site with decorated caves cut into the sides, much like at Dunhuang but only barely developed for tourists.  We were not able to photograph any of the caves themselves, of course.  This site was reached after what could only be called a challenging drive.

The sand dunes just outside Dunhuang, shown over the roof of an arts and tourist center at the Crescent Lake.

Riding camels at the sand dunes.

Judy on the Maglev train from Shanghai out to the airport in the Pudong district.  If you look carefully, you can see that the sign over the doorway reads a speed of 431 km/hr or about 270 miles per hour.  Wow!

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South Africa, July 2005

Parent and baby African (aka Jackass) Penguin, nesting colony near Cape Town.

Judy at the Capetown Harbor with Sarah Brown, a student at the University of Cape Town.

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Idaho and Wyoming, September 2005 — a trip after our wedding

Pictographs on a stone at the bottom of Hell's Canyon on the Snake River.

Judy at the former Old Faithful Gift Shop where she worked one summer when she was a college student.

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Kaua'i, Hawaii, October 2005


Nene geese, very rare birds.

Sunrise from our hotel room.

Pictograph in a group of stones at the Wailua River mouth right by our hotel.

Waimea Canyon.

Cliffs on the Na Pali coast.

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New Zealand, November 2005

Geyser (pronounced "geezer" in New Zealand) in Rotorua.

Maori dancers in Rotorua.

Enormous stones on the beach; these formed underground and were exposed by erosion of the land behind the beach.

Yellow-eyed penguin and chick in a sanctuary on the South Island.

Glacial country near Mount Cook on South Island.

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China, April 2006

Prof. and Mrs. Shi at the dinner in Hangzhou celebrating his 70th birthday.

The special working table in a house dedicated to preserving ancient calligraphy, Shaoxing

Judy and Steve in the bamboo sea, similar to the place where the "fighting in the bamboo forest" scene in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was filmed.

A group of actors at a temple in Ningbo, apparently waiting for their scene(s) to start.

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Huang Shan (Yellow Mountains) and ancient villages, June 2006


The stone monkey overlooking the ocean, photographed just at sunrise.  There is a bit of a "sea of clouds" behind the monkey.  We left the hotel at 4:30 am to walk up to the viewpoint from which this was taken.

Some craggy rocks near the top of the mountains.  These kinds of rock formations are common in the Huang Shan and show that Chinese landscape painting is based on real places such as this.

The old (and getting pretty tired) folks in front of a formation called the "praying hands."  The steps to the left are typical of the well-used trails in the mountains: very well maintained, but quite steep.

Bearers carrying supplies to the hotels and shops at the top of the mountains.  All supplies are carried this way; the cable car is reserved for tourists (both foreign and Chinese).

The entrance to an ancient Hong village.  The village is still inhabited.

Inside the ancient Hong village.  The village is built around this pond, and was used for some of the shots in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

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Hong Kong, June 2006


The high-rises on Hong Kong Island with Kowloon beyond, shot from Victoria Peak.

A downtown Kowloon street with signs filling the space over the street.

The convention center (building with the swoopy roof) and other parts of the Hong Kong waterfront.

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Last updated June 30, 2006