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Wandering as much as possible and taking a few photos along the way...
Wandering as much as possible and taking a few photos along the way...

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While in Cambodia, we had the pleasure of walking through several small villages and seeing some of the lesser visited areas around Angkor Wat. Most of our best experiences happened far away from the crowds of tourists that come to see the amazing temples. This experience, in particular, is one that I will always remember.

As luck would have it, we walked by this small temple just as a family was receiving a water blessing from a monk. We were surprised and excited to see this taking place right in front of us, so we stopped to watch the ceremony.

By this time in our trip, we were getting accustomed to how open and friendly the Cambodian people are. As a result, I walked closer to them and kneeled down, holding up my camera to get their reaction to me taking a photo. Not surprisingly, they smiled and gave me permission.

I could not help but smile back at them as I was taking this image. Seeing several generations lined up together to share in this event was amazing. I do not think I have ever experienced a better Norman Rockwell moment…and I suspect I may never again have the opportunity to capture it in a photograph.

I smile every time I look at this image. Seriously…every time. Most of the time I smile because of the happiness that radiates in the family’s faces. Other times I smile reflecting on the memory of being there at that moment. The family received a blessing that day, but in some ways, I feel I did also.

Best wishes to you, your family and your friends during this Holiday season and for a memorable and enjoyable New Year!

You can see the larger version here...
https://jimnutty.com/photoblog/…/12/22/family-water-blessing
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Last week there was a tragic act of violence here in Munich, near the Olympia Enkaufszentrum. My thoughts & prayers go out to all of those who have experienced loss as a result of this inexcusable act.

I deliberated a bit before posting this, as I do not want to trivialize this horrendous event in any way or offend those affected. The people of Munich, their culture and the wonderful surroundings make this city an amazing place to experience, visit, live. I intend this simply as a reminder that the acts of one person should not succeed in undermining the beauty & spirit that is otherwise prevalent.

There are numerous attractions near Olympia Enkaufszentrum. Perhaps the most beautiful is Olympia Park with its walking trails, lake, artistically designed stadiums and the iconic Olympic tower. But there is also beauty underground…

Most of my visits to Olympia Enkaufszentrum involve arriving or leaving on the U3 line of the Munich U-Bahn. I think this station is amazing! I have been here several times to photograph it from different angles and perspectives. It is almost always busy, but if you arrive here early, like I did on a Sunday morning (when all the shops above ground are closed) it looks like this.

The shapes, colors, lines, lights and textures are captivating when you take the time to look around the station. The walls are covered with metallic pyramid elements that create interesting light and reflection effects.

This is one of my favorite perspectives…the center of the platform looking at the escalators. There is a lot to take in here, which is perhaps why I like it so much.

I am a strong believer in taking a moment to reflect on the beauty around us. I find it both relaxing and inspiring…especially in the presence of grief, fear & reflection.

http://jimnutty.com/photoblog/2016/7/25/to-olympia-and-below

#Munich #Peace #OlympiaEinkaufszentrum
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Moonrise over the Maldives

This is probably the last post I'll make from the Maldives as we leave tomorrow...so sad.

I took this a couple of nights ago when there was a full moon rising over the ocean.
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The Neue Wache Pietà

On this Memorial Day in the U.S., I thought I would share this photo of a war memorial in Berlin...After German reunification, the Neue Wache (New Guardhouse) became the "Central Memorial of the Federal Republic of Germany for the Victims of War and Tyranny." In the center of the memorial is the large sculpture "Mother with her Dead Son" by Käthe Kollwitz. Placed directly under an oculus in the ceiling, the statue is exposed to the rain, snow and cold of the Berlin climate, symbolizing the suffering of civilians during World War II. Light through the oculus provides a natural vignette drawing your attention to the statue.
#Berlin   #memorialday  
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Harbour Town after Sunset

The Harbour Town Lighthouse and Marina on Hilton Head Island just after Sunset. I was actually trying to get a nice sunset photo, but the sunset was colorless. What followed though was much more interesting.
#southcarolina   #hiltonheadisland  
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook Sunrise

The clouds in the valley parted just enough to reveal the sun rays hitting the peak of Mt. Cook.
#NewZealand   #travelphotography  
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Lonely Benches...

It has been an unusually hot week here in München. This photo was taken in cooler temperatures though. In the Englischer Garten after a surprise October snow.
#Munich   #landscapephotography  
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The Colosseum at Night...Roadside

#Rome  
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This ghost was in the Castello di Vezio, a medieval castle located high above Varenna on Lake Como, Italy.  The castle is home to several ghosts made from gauze & white chalk that give it a bit of an eerie feel.
#Italy   #blackandwhitephotography  
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