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A wild chimpanzee in Kibale National Park, Uganda.  Our guide was healing from a busted lip- he had found himself within...
11/15/2021

A wild chimpanzee in Kibale National Park, Uganda. Our guide was healing from a busted lip- he had found himself within range of a chimpanzee fight the week before and was nursing the aftermath of being punched (accidentally) squarely in the jaw. Being amongst them in their habitat was both exhilarating and eerie.

A side street in rural Bali. This particular morning the local villagers were preparing for the upcoming religious celeb...
11/13/2021

A side street in rural Bali. This particular morning the local villagers were preparing for the upcoming religious celebration - a day consisting of prayers, food, and offerings to the gods. Balinese make elaborate 30 foot bamboo decorations that hang in front of each family compound and will stay up for weeks.

A large Kalahari plains lion.  Lions in the southern part of Botswana are known for their great size, huge territories a...
11/11/2021

A large Kalahari plains lion. Lions in the southern part of Botswana are known for their great size, huge territories and black tinged manes.

Remembering Myanmar.  One of my favorite locations due to the rich culture and friendly, welcoming people. However, with...
11/08/2021

Remembering Myanmar. One of my favorite locations due to the rich culture and friendly, welcoming people. However, with the country’s current situation, tourism is banned while the country adjusts to the current political situation. This image was taken on Inle Lake. Many villages sit on top of the lake, and a shallow boat is required for transportation between houses.

A brown grizzly bear near Cook Inlet, Alaska at the end of the season.  By this time of the year, bears are scavenging a...
11/06/2021

A brown grizzly bear near Cook Inlet, Alaska at the end of the season. By this time of the year, bears are scavenging and loading up on the last remnants of fish traveling through the streams. This area had been overfished by the commercial fishing boats earlier in the season and the bears didn’t have as much fish running through the area as usual.

Fisherman near Fayoum, Egypt.
10/17/2021

Fisherman near Fayoum, Egypt.

It took 4 trips to Mongolia before I eventually ventured into the Gobi Desert.  Days of driving into the sparse landscap...
10/10/2021

It took 4 trips to Mongolia before I eventually ventured into the Gobi Desert. Days of driving into the sparse landscape, dotted with small villages along the way, we arrived Dundgovi, a tiny settlement of camel herders. We spent a few days with them in their gers (Mongolian yurts), watching the shearing and care for these incredible animals.

10/06/2021

This area of Northern Pakistan was jaw-dropping-breathtaking. This particular bridge was terrifying- it had more slats than spaces. The mountains appeared as something out of a fantasy movie.

Young Tibetan Buddhist monks outside of Trashigang, Bhutan.  Many men in Bhutan enter the monastery- some for life, some...
10/05/2021

Young Tibetan Buddhist monks outside of Trashigang, Bhutan. Many men in Bhutan enter the monastery- some for life, some for only a couple of years.

Fishermen outside of Saint Louis, Senegal.  The areas off the coast of Senegal are overfished from large, commercial boa...
10/02/2021

Fishermen outside of Saint Louis, Senegal. The areas off the coast of Senegal are overfished from large, commercial boats from China, creating a food shortage. Fishermen in Senegal venture into Mauritanian waters, creating conflict between the countries.

A herder in Garly, Mauritania, Africa, a small village on the border of Senegal.  Mauritania temperatures reach up to 12...
09/17/2021

A herder in Garly, Mauritania, Africa, a small village on the border of Senegal. Mauritania temperatures reach up to 120 degrees during the day and villagers have no electricity nor running water in this village.

A side street in a small village in Bali.  Balinese live in family compounds that have been in their family for generati...
07/06/2021

A side street in a small village in Bali. Balinese live in family compounds that have been in their family for generations. Many families live within the compound and share daily responsibilities. When sons marry, they always brings their wife back to the compound and raise their children there, while the daughters live with the husband’s family after marriage.

On the border of Mongolia and Siberia, lie some of the most beautiful mountains I’ve ever visited. The Altai Mountains a...
06/27/2021

On the border of Mongolia and Siberia, lie some of the most beautiful mountains I’ve ever visited. The Altai Mountains are home to snow leopards and nomadic Kazakh eagle hunters.

Taken on Canon EOS Mark IV in 2019.

Did you know that elephants don’t have tear ducts? They actually sweat behind their eyes when they feel stress, fear, or...
06/25/2021

Did you know that elephants don’t have tear ducts? They actually sweat behind their eyes when they feel stress, fear, or excitement, leading to the appearance of tears.

In the last few weeks while I’ve been preparing for my trip to Africa, I’ve found myself going through old photos from Africa and reminiscing on my last trip and the elephants we met. They’re such majestic creatures and I can’t wait to meet more.

Taken on Canon EOS 5D Mark III in 2015.

In Bali, rice is invaluable. Nearly every piece of farmland is used to grow rice and nearly every ounce of water is used...
06/03/2021

In Bali, rice is invaluable. Nearly every piece of farmland is used to grow rice and nearly every ounce of water is used to water this rice. The fields are first plowed, and then field workers plant young rice plants and wait months before they’re able to harvest the rice for cooking and distribution.

This particular woman was planting young rice plants in the rice field terraces, where she will harvest them in a few months time.

Taken on Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

After living in America for most of my life, I often find myself taking simple luxuries like paved roads or cars for gra...
05/31/2021

After living in America for most of my life, I often find myself taking simple luxuries like paved roads or cars for granted. 

In this small village a few hours outside of Kalaw, Myanmar, I found myself astonished by the care and appreciation these people had for their transportation, their bulls. They walked or rode for days on the one paved road that connected the villages to Kalaw, a drive that only took us two hours. 

Taken on Canon EOS 5D Mark III

1998- Mimiya 645 Medium Format Portra 400 film My favorite part of traveling is it’s unpredictable nature. Regardless of...
05/25/2021

1998- Mimiya 645 Medium Format Portra 400 film

My favorite part of traveling is it’s unpredictable nature. Regardless of how much you plan, you never know who you’re going to meet or what you’re going to see when you’re traveling through remote villages on dirt roads.

Back when film cameras weren’t yet considered retro, I met these 3 amigos in the Ecuador countryside outside the town of Cuenca. They’d just finished their days work and were enjoying some drinks with friends when I came across them on my way home and caught this beautiful moment in time.

We stay with this young girl and her family every year when we visit Orkhon Valley in Mongolia. Children start cooking a...
05/20/2021

We stay with this young girl and her family every year when we visit Orkhon Valley in Mongolia. Children start cooking at a young age here. Yak-poop fuels the stove as well as heats up the ger during colder months.

One of the eight valleys of Bhutan near Punakha. More than 51% of the land in Bhutan is protected — the largest in Asia.
05/18/2021

One of the eight valleys of Bhutan near Punakha. More than 51% of the land in Bhutan is protected — the largest in Asia.

While once nearly extinct, Przewalski’s horses or Takhi as the Mongolians like to call them, is still one of the most en...
05/13/2021

While once nearly extinct, Przewalski’s horses or Takhi as the Mongolians like to call them, is still one of the most endangered horses in the world. Observing them completely wild and free in the Gobi desert was a sight to behold with dozens of them fluttering across the landscape. Mongolia, Kazakhstan, China and Russia are the only places where these horses live in the wild.

We were driving past when we spotted a woman carrying a heavy bundle of hay. It is commonplace that both men and women c...
05/12/2021

We were driving past when we spotted a woman carrying a heavy bundle of hay. It is commonplace that both men and women care and tend to their livestock in Bhutan.

Although a leopard sighting usually comes down to luck, in the Okavango Delta in Botswana, leopards are plentiful. We we...
05/11/2021

Although a leopard sighting usually comes down to luck, in the Okavango Delta in Botswana, leopards are plentiful. We were lucky to spot this stunning cat in the daylight as most are nocturnal. She was solitary, stealthy and on guard. We were told she had just given birth as you can see from the slight sag in her midriff.

A young monk enjoying an ice cream on a hot summer day at Trashigang, Bhutan.
05/10/2021

A young monk enjoying an ice cream on a hot summer day at Trashigang, Bhutan.

A young man at a livestock market at sunrise on the outskirts of Luxor, Egypt.
05/07/2021

A young man at a livestock market at sunrise on the outskirts of Luxor, Egypt.

The Gomokora festival in Bhutan draws in visitors from all over the region for a week of celebration. The festival is he...
05/06/2021

The Gomokora festival in Bhutan draws in visitors from all over the region for a week of celebration. The festival is held in March every year at the picturesque Gomphu Kora temple located on a sacred site near a river stream not far from Trashigang.
It was particularly beautiful to witness all of the ethnic tribes in their traditional outfits gathering together to share folk songs and dance and even circumambulate the temple the whole night.

A colorful mud-brick facade in old town Bawiti in Bahriya Oasis, Egypt.
05/05/2021

A colorful mud-brick facade in old town Bawiti in Bahriya Oasis, Egypt.

A woman delivering Eish Baladi - a staple flatbread made out of whole wheat similar to that of pitta bread - in the love...
05/04/2021

A woman delivering Eish Baladi - a staple flatbread made out of whole wheat similar to that of pitta bread - in the lovely town of Faiyum, Egypt.

Monks from all the different districts gather together in Trashigang, Bhutan for several days of celebrations, beginning...
05/01/2021

Monks from all the different districts gather together in Trashigang, Bhutan for several days of celebrations, beginning at sunrise.

We were on our way from Cairo to Faiyum when we saw a man walking towards an eerily beautiful and deserted mausoleum. We...
04/30/2021

We were on our way from Cairo to Faiyum when we saw a man walking towards an eerily beautiful and deserted mausoleum. We assume he might have been a worker/guard.

The White Desert in Farafra, Egypt, at dawn. Mornings get pretty chilly and the locals had a fire going to keep warm. It...
04/29/2021

The White Desert in Farafra, Egypt, at dawn. Mornings get pretty chilly and the locals had a fire going to keep warm. It was that moment when the white sand glistened from the twilight sky and the fire.
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An early morning stroll around the colorful & vibrant Nubian village in Aswan, Egypt. Not pictured here, but Nubians kee...
04/28/2021

An early morning stroll around the colorful & vibrant Nubian village in Aswan, Egypt.
Not pictured here, but Nubians keep crocodiles as pets in their brightly painted courtyards (inside their homes) to promote their heritage and entice tourists to visit.

A small fishing village outside of Fayoum, Egypt. The waters are overfished and as a result life has become much harder ...
04/26/2021

A small fishing village outside of Fayoum, Egypt. The waters are overfished and as a result life has become much harder for the locals.

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Ever since you photographed our wedding back in 2001 (Sept. 22 -- 11 days after 9/11. ) 😔 we were in love with you work since then! Beautiful work, Todd! 🙂
Todd and Ruth, You are the gift that keeps on giving! For over 15 years your professional expertise and creative approach to bringing out the best is exemplified in every photo. When clients and friends see my photos in marketing materials, they always comment on the image.Such a joy to work with with you!
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