This was the surfer's moment of balance, gliding on the waters. He was so perfect. And the water was a perfect mixture of green and blue. When the surfer finished his ride, he went back for more fun but got caught in a big wave that seemed to smash him and sent him flying into the churning water.
I love this shot! The little baby elephant standing so perfectly still... facing me while its mother watches over her baby. I've been experimenting with Black and White. The texture is so great on the front elephant. I can feel the weight of the ears. The shadow makes an outline around them. Like someone took a pencil and traced them.
You never know what you're going to see when you leave your home and have an adventure...! These camels decided that they wanted to walk on the local highway rather than the dirt road. When I went to take the shot, it was like they were posing for me. I get that a lot with animals (the posing for a picture) no matter where I am. It is almost like we are talking the same language and have an agreement in that moment....
The Golden Eagle Festival and competition was just amazing. Such passion! Such skill! I loved every second of it. I've never seen anything like it. When I wasn't in the tribal community, I was in the capital, Ulaanbaatar. I saw the ballet at The National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Mongolia. I had great seats and it was a wonderful performance. I also saw two theatrical performances - both excellent. I highly recommend seeing at least one opera and ballet performance when you visit Mongolia.
Mongolia was fascinating. I could be away from the capital, Ulaanbaatar, and feel like I stepped back in time hundreds of years. The indigenous people were so friendly. I stayed with a family. Boy, do they work hard! Every morning the food was prepared fresh. It was delicious. But a lot of time and labor to put it all together. I have such respect for the family and community I stayed with during my trip.
I walked to the mouth of the cave with my guide. I looked ahead and saw drama... I love an adventure.
I was expecting to enter the cave with my guide but she refused to go any further and stayed behind as I walked past her. I didn't know why she was afraid to go with me. She said nothing of the potential danger. Besides, the location was inviting me to explore it. And so, I kept walking.
I was mesmerized by the lighting and texture of the cave which kept me walking farther inside until I realized that I was all by myself. I stopped. "Boy, this is so perfect," I thought. "Here I am with my tripod and no people!"
I started setting up for a shot. My camera readied on the tripod when all of the sudden, the ground started shaking. I had no clue how big the quake was. I was inside the mountain; it surrounded me above, below and on both sides. It was so solid that it muffled the sound of the moving earth - it was just me and my camera trying to stand still. I was shaking and my camera was shaking. And I didn't know where to go. I didn't know how far I was in the cave.
This was a moment to remember.
When everything became still I remained where I was. Shortly thereafter, the guards found me and immediately escorted me out of the cave. When I found my guide, I asked her, "Why did you let me in?" She didn't have an answer. I fired her on the spot and hired a ride back to the city.
Later I found out that the earthquake was so big that the local tribes were badly affected. I was lucky to have been inside the cave because it was very safe. Yes... it was another solo magic moment!