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Alex Stoen
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World traveler, explorer & photographer
World traveler, explorer & photographer

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The Garden of Europe (Lisse, Netherlands 2015)

Keukenhof, also known as the Garden of Europe, is considered the world's most beautiful spring gardens with more than seven million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths filling over 32 hectares with incredible colors. Timing your visit is a must if you are going to avoid the big crowds!

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The Cormorant Fishermen of Guilin (Guangxi, China 2016)

One of the highlights of my trip to China was to meet the famous cormorant fishermen of Guilin. Even if the water is too polluted now for fishing to be sustainable, these fishermen remain icons of some sort in this area, prized by many photographers, yet they remain as graceful as ever, even with old age. Their art will eventually be lost, as new generations take over, turning traditions into simple tourist attractions. I’m so glad and honored to have been able to meet the authentic, original cormorant fishermen of Guilin.

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The Oculus (San Juan de Alicante, Spain 2010)

Widely used by the Romans, the oculus (latin for eye) is a circular opening in the center of a dome to allow natural light to illuminate the interior of buildings. I captured this in the church of San Juan de Alicante. Without the light coming through the oculus, I would never have noticed the richness of the interior paintings and moldings.

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Southbank (London, United Kingdom 2016)

London is always a prime location for street photography. This was shot on the south bank of the rivervThames, along Queen's Walk. The bright yellow painted staircase against the blue sky caught my eye and as I composed the photo, this girl in a red top appeared, giving the shot its missing element! Street photography is all about being prepared for whatever might happen around the corner. Spring is here with lots of people walking around. Go out and try to spot these interesting situations!

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Happy Easter (London, United Kingdom 2017)

The practice of decorating eggshells as part of spring rituals is ancient, with decorated, engraved ostrich eggs found in Africa which are 60,000 years old. Easter eggs can be traced to early Christians of Mesopotamia, where eggs were associated with death and rebirth. From there the custom spread into Russia and Siberia through the Orthodox Churches, and later into Europe through the Catholic and Protestant Churches. The use of chocolate eggs to celebrate Easter is a relatively new custom, beginning in the mid 19th century! Did you decorate eggs this Easter or did you hunt chocolate ones?

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Desert Rose (Arabian Desert, United Arab Emirates 2017)

I captured this portrait of Ayesha in the soft golden light as the sun rose over the sand dunes of the Arabian Desert. This is one of the largest continuous bodies of sand in the world, stretching from Iraq to Yemen, from Egypt to Oman. Dubai has created the Emirates' first national park, dedicated to conserving the natural beauty and diversity of the Arabian Desert. The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve is an amazing place created for the protection of those endangered species and for the conservation of the natural desert habitat and heritage.

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Nuestra Señora de la Alegría (Alicante, Spain 2016)

Spain is known especially for its Holy Week traditions or Semana Santa. Throughout the country, brotherhoods carry magnificent floats with sculptures that depict different scenes from the gospels related to the Passion of Christ or the Sorrows of Virgin Mary. On the Sunday of Resurrection, the processions are jubilant with no faces covered, usually carrying sculptures of Jesus and Mary, and including an encounter of those floats. In Alicante, Nuestra Señora de la Alegría leaves the Basílica Santa María and meets with Jesus on the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, facing the city’s town hall.

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No Traffic (Villajoyosa, Spain 2013)

No story behind this shot, which I captured during one of my photowalks to the colorful town of Villajoyosa, on the Spanish Mediterranean coast. The geometry and colors really caught my eye as I made this fun composition.

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