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Ricky Shetty - Visionary, Husband, Father from Vancouver is an author and blogger, and is traveling the world this entire year with his family. Before they departed Trinidad for Colombia, he interviewed me over video, and we spent an hour talking about

* caring for aging parents,
* my frequent travel to Germany, and
* some things I've learned about photography.

Video interview for Ricky Shetty where we talk about aging parents, Germany, and photography

Mesozoic rock (via https://www.instagram.com/p/BZVOgGQl8_x/)

Hovering over the scene at Lake Constance, the Säntis mountain (2502 metres, 8209 feet) in Switzerland is the tallest mountain in the Appenzell Alps, and is seen here at a distance of 48 km (30 mi). I’ve also been fortunate to have seen and identified the same Säntis from two other peaks in the German Alps: the Fellhorn summit (Oberstdorf) at a distance of 67 km, and the Zugspitze summit (Grainau/Ehrwald) at a dista...nce of 125 km. Also, check out the clearly visible parallel layers of sedimentary rock; what’s now a mountain used to be at the bottom of the ocean about 100 million years ago.

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[1 photo] : In the Western Australian city of Perth, an important city landmark in Kings Park and Botanic Garden is the State (War) Memorial overlooking the city and Swan River.

( Experience Perth | #SeePerth | Kings Park and Botanic Garden | Western Australia | Australia.com | Jacinta Claire | #FotoeinsFriday )

Summer-like conditions for late-winter day in Perth

I really liked Canberra, because simply put, I gave her a chance. It's been 5 years to the week, but I miss the Australian Capital Territory.

( with warm thanks to Celine, Francois, and their family )

Australia’s National Carillon in the ACT

Martin Luther walked these streets as a boy. From the age of 1 to 13, he lived with his family in the mining- and aristocratic-town of Mansfeld. With a present-day population of about 9000, Mansfeld ticks away quietly in the southwest corner of the German federal state of Saxony Anhalt with 2017's quincentennial anniversary of the Reformation.

( Standortmarketing Mansfeld-Südharz | Sachsen-Anhalt Tourismus | Cultural Heart of Germany | LutherCountry | Luther2017 | erlebnisland.de Sachsen-Anhalt | Germany - The Travel Destination | VisitGermany | EUROPE (visiteurope.com) | DW Culture | DW Travel | DW Reise | ELCA Reformation 500 | Robert George Moore | GoEuro | Rail Europe | German Rail Pass )

Where Martin Luther spent his childhood years until he was 13

[1 photo]: Communing with marsupials, at the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary - Kangaroo Island.

( South Australia | Australia.com | with Emily and Joshua )

A witness to lounging marsupials on Kangaroo Island

[1 photo]: Is this Hahndorf in central Germany? No. This picture is from Hahndorf in the Australian federal state of South Australia. The Australian Hahndorf is the country's oldest German settlement, located about 25 kilometres southeast from Adelaide.

( South Australia | Hahndorf, South Australia | Mein Niedersachsen | with warmest thanks to Emily and Joshua for being such gracious hosts )

The oldest surviving German community in Australia

This is how Canada will experience the August 21 solar eclipse. Given the path of totality through the "U.S. lower 48", most in Canada will view the eclipse as a partial solar eclipse. In the weblink below, select your city from a drop-down menu, and drag the moon's shadow to see how the covered fraction of the Sun changes by the minute.

(via CBC News)

Our interactive map shows what the eclipse will look like from across Canada.

I love how single images or a strong series of images can still move people. I despise the attitude that images are disposable like yesterday's garbage. I believe in and continue to hope photography has an important voice within culture and about society.

I highlight a number of visuals from Berlin from Christmas 2010 and March 2011. While these memories of the Hauptstadt are my observations at that time, I think there's still a quality to them that still works and speaks of today ... well, except for the image of snowfall on view in the middle of (northern) summer ... 😄

Visuals from the German capital, December 2010 and March 2011

In South Africa, Tricia and Shawn go on a sunset safari in Addo Elephant National Park. By the way, dung beetles in the park get "right of way"!

As golden-hour rays of sunshine cast shadows upon South Africa’s Addo Elephant National Park, we remained cautiously optimistic that we’d spot wildlife. Our open-air safari vehicle roll…

For "Game of Thrones" fans, meet the two on-site photographers who're at the scene and behind the scenes.

(By Kenneth Bachor for TIME LightBox)

"There's no sort of normal day on Game of Thrones."

Today (9 August) is the 3rd anniversary of my father's death. With the pictures in the link below, I explore the perspective of watching a parent's physical decline to the very end, a personal journey that's taken me to very different places.

“… at times I almost dream …”

[1 photo]: Over Seattle's Evergreen Point Floating Bridge, the longest floating bridge in the world

From overhead, the longest floating bridge in the world

Sonic landmarks to travel by

My sonic landmarks for atmospheres and soundscapes

[1 photo]: New Zealand's highest peaks: Aoraki (Mount Cook) and Horokoau (Mount Tasman).

#FotoeinsFriday | #Aotearoa | #NewZealand | #Aoraki | #Horokoau | #myRTW

In flight and at altitude to reach Aoraki and Horokoau

Across the waters of New Zealand's Raukawa (1 photo)

#FotoeinsFriday | #Aotearoa | #NewZealand | #Raukawa | #CookStrait | #myRTW

14 July 2012. It’s a cold wet winter morning in mid-July, and I’m on New Zealand’s Interislander ferry from Wellington on the North Island to Picton on the South Island. With the …

I'm happy to be one of the first to be interviewed and profiled for my friend's website and FB Page Instead of Kids. Please give them some love too!

This is the first profile interview we are publishing and we couldn't be more grateful to Henry Lee for his generosity and honesty! Instead of Kids is about the diverse lifestyles of those who choose not to have children - and this is the one of a recovering astronomer 💓🌟

Cover image “Hauptstadt”, Berlin Hauptbahnhof © Henry Lee While he’s based in Vancouver, a glimpse at Henry Lee’s Instagram profile might have you thinking that he lives everywher…