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It's #womenwednesday ! I am re-editing some older pictures and wanted to share this one with you.

This little girl suddenly crossed our path when we were on our way to the wonderful Swayambunath temple complex in Kathmandu (mixed Buddhist & Hindu). There was a curfew due to the Maoist problems and the streets were empty. But this little girl did not mind politics, outdated idealism and human stupidity in general and was playing with her sister and brother.
She was interested and posed, though only for a split-second, but somehow I could not capture her innocence, cheerful expression and gorgeous eyes as I wanted. The next hours I had that familiar nagging feeling when you did not shoot that picture that you wanted to or could have…

Much later, we walked back and I went to look for her. I found her house, and she posed again, though she could barely stand still as she was full of energy, but I think I managed to get a little bit of her youth on ‘film’, before the ‘real world’ might take it away.

Visit Nepal if you can, the people are so wonderful and they need the tourism.
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Beautiful eyes.....
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It's #sciencesunday  ! To celebrate, here is another shot taken during my recent visit to the wonderful Capillas de Marmol (known as the Marble Caves, literally Chapels), eroded by the lake. So what is Marble and how is it created? WikiPedia knows:

"Marble is a rock resulting from metamorphism of sedimentary carbonate rocks, most commonly limestone or dolomite rock. Metamorphism causes variable recrystallization of the original carbonate mineral grains.

The resulting marble rock is typically composed of an interlocking mosaic of carbonate crystals. Primary sedimentary textures and structures of the original carbonate rock (protolith) have typically been modified or destroyed.

Pure white marble is the result of metamorphism of a very pure (silicate-poor) limestone or dolomite protolith. The characteristic swirls and veins of many colored marble varieties are usually due to various mineral impurities such as clay, silt, sand, iron oxides, or chert which were originally present as grains or layers in the limestone.

Green coloration is often due to serpentine resulting from originally high magnesium limestone or dolostone with silica impurities. These various impurities have been mobilized and recrystallized by the intense pressure and heat of the metamorphism." 
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+Harry Kikstra The Natural world is obviously bigger than my imagination.  Each time i look,  i notice some thing different, this time erosion it would be interesting to check the properties in the Marble and maybe the tidal times etc.  thanks for the expansion, minds eh.
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The Chilean side of Patagonia consisted of several isolated villages, until the dictator Pinochet made it his pet project to construct the Carretera Austral (Southern Road). Most if still unpaved and very rough, but it has opened up some of the most amazing landscapes on earth to travelers.

This shot is taken in the part El Bosque Encantado (The Enchanted Forest), about 30 miles South of Puyuhuapi. Only a few miles away are high mountains with hanging glaciers and we took a dip in the hot springs overlooking a sea-arm, while dolphins passed :)
According to a Chilean friend this section was about to be used for the filming for the Lord of the Rings movies, but logistics, technical issues and financial stimulation from NZ apparently changed that. Not sure if that story is true, but it is definitely a Hobbit-worthy surrounding...

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I just updated my profile photo, thanks to the post and very useful template of +Athena Carey  (thanks!).
But I am not sure about the choice of photos, though I like each of them separately, these 6 together might be a bit overdose in colours?
Or do you like it that way?
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They are stunning images.
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Well, we are back early from the mountain. Bad weather, unexpected difficulties and physical limitations made us decide that it was safer to turn back and try again next year..
So no photos from the Patagonian Icefield, but I did shoot some nearby sights including these famed Marble Caves. The edge of the turquoise lake is full of marble rocks and pillars and many caves have been eroded out of these.

It gives a strange but wonderful atmosphere  a great place to visit, in Chilean Patagonia, right on the Carretera Austral.

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Thanks Harry. Out of this world shot inside our world.
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Laila Peak, Hushe Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan , Pakistan

Located at N 35° 35′ 28.4136″, W 76° 26′ 33.1008 in the Pakistan Karakoram range, Laila peak is 'only' 6096m/20,000ft high. But it is one of the most impressive mountains in the world, though seldomly climbed.
 It has a distinctive spear-like shape. Its northwest face has a slope of 45 degrees in more than 1500 vertical metres.

It has been climbed by Simon Yates, among others. According to the local people in Hushe, Laila peak has been climbed only twice, a total of only seven people have summited. It was climbed in winter for the first time last month by Spanish mountaineers Alex Txikon and José Fernandez, though they could not reach the actual summit.

Shot on slide in 2004, scanned in 2012.
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Magnificient mountain and capture of it +Harry Kikstra.
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You have to step out of line to get a new perspective on things.

+Wray Post recently shared a great post from +Scott Kelby where Scott mentioned that his wonderful picture of a road above the clouds "could not be good as it was shot with a 6mp camera, in jpg on a crappy tripod".

I am raising (lowering) the bar with this image, shot from my first digital camera (not a phone, a real, non-dslr digital camera), the Minolta DimageX, with a whopping 1600x1200 (2mp!) resolution (image is resized but uncropped)! So, yes, I assume this picture sucks as I did not use the latest CanikonZeiss :)

It is a shot of a group of climbers, ascending the final ridges of Mt Blanc, the highest summit of the Alps and Western Europe, just as the sun came up.

For me it showed me a great lesson, one I have shared during presentations, where I still use this image: You have to step out of line to get a new perspective on things....

Is there a daily photo theme for this? #Crappycamerafriday?

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Mkay... I will dig up something from the archives...  Not even sure they're 2 mp's... :-) 
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After a great image and discussion from +Jay Patel yesterday about poverty vs happiness, I will be posting some older pictures with similar theme.

At the end of the first day of my trekking to the Nepali basecamp of Everest, I ended up in Phakding, a collection of dirty houses and low budget trekker accommodation, but with amazingly tasty food. Said before, the children over there know how to play without electricity or Internet and though very 'limited'by western standards, never seem to be bored.
I watched these kids for a long time, while they tried to break each other’s hackey-sack record. 
Once I showed them their own faces on the video camera and the screen of my photo camera, they starting posing, while wanting to know everything about this amazing technology, without forgetting their play. This image is uncropped.

Are this kids (un)happier than their western counterparts?

Curiosity, imagination and education will make good people out of these good children, I am sure. They already have the first 2, they might need some help at the latter, so take out your hiking boots and visit this great place!

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Here is another shot from the Marble Caves, Chilean Patagonia. It can only be reached by boat or kayak. The shots I took appeared quite dull (shot in RAW), but then I noticed all these hidden colours that were in the file.

Part reflection of the turquoise water, others sulphur and mineral traces in the marble. Added a slight Orton effect for drama :)

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Amazing colors; perfect touch of Orton. :)  Thank you for sharing with us.   #paintitclub  +k phelps
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We are off to the Patagonian Icefield in a few moments, with an international star team :)
We have just launched a Kickstarter campaign, please check it out here:

We have some interesting rewards for backers, from signed books to 1-on-1 skype calls if you want to know about climbing Everest, or taking pictires in Antarctica and much more!

If you can, please share as this expedition is not sponsored, we are trying crowdsourcing for the first time, so we can bring back more great images from the far corners of our beautiful earth. We appreciate your support!
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Humanitarian, trying to share the beauty of the planet and to improve the parts that need it.

I have started not only as a way to show my portfolio, but also to share the beauty of our planet. Nowadays negative press & media might make people scared of everything foreign or different: culture, religion, people and the places themselves.

This xenophobia is taking over our lives and prevents us from seeing the real world as it is: a wonderful place with beautiful people. There are no bad or evil countries, religions or people. There is bad and good people in every culture, including your own.

I hope I can share a bit of the amazement I have enjoyed while traveling the 7 continents. The more I see, the more I know I still have to see and I will.

Life is too short to focus on not-existing enemies & fears.

I hope that my images will sparkle your imagination, make you curious or even just educate you a bit, being maybe the 3 most important aspects of society in my view.

A picture can say more than a 1000 wars and can maybe help understand the world around us.

It’s a small place, so maybe we can make the best of it together.

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Happiest with little or no stuff. Can cook a meal outside at -40 degrees. Built my own 5-string bassguitar. Climbed 7 summits, published photographs & stories in many magazines and books, cycled Alaska-Patagonia, wrote 4 books. My son & wife.
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