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Love and Suspension

Love and Suspension

The Brooklyn Bridge is an iconic image of New York City — accessible, functional, beautiful. At 130 years old, the bridge has withstood the installation of a nuclear bunker, plots by terrorists, and the heights and depths of human emotions. It draws lovers, jumpers and 150,000 commuters every day. The bridge also bears the weight of padlocks fastened by couples whose steely declarations of enduring love include throwing the lock’s key into the East River.

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An Anonymous Neighbor

An anonymous neighbor

The National Museum in Bangkok houses incredibly interesting items, including royal funeral chariots, historical dioramas, ancient sculptures, and traditional costumes and games. The second most important Buddha in Thailand, the Phra Buddha Singh, sits in the Buddhaisawan Chapel. Wandering through the chapel with its mixture of old and new, I took this photo of one of the smaller buddha figures next to its more famous neighbor.

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An Irresistible Path

An Irresistable Path

Some paths draw you in no matter where they are headed. This idyllic beach in New Zealand was deserted in the middle of a chilly summer. What is it about the first page in a notebook or the beginning of a path that is so inspiring? Possibilities or perhaps the thrill of discovery? Whatever it is, it gets our hearts and our minds racing a little bit faster.

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Coming in for a Landing

Coming in for a Landing

Stretch up on your toes with your hands in the air, and your fingertips might just brush the cool metal belly of an aircraft. Gravelly Point near National Airport is exhilarating — windy, noisy and visually thrilling. Watch the planes approach along the gentle curve of the Potomac River and pass over your head with landing gear extended. Then listen carefully for the sound the air makes. A cross between flapping sails and an inhalation, the wind zips up the space left by jet engines.

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Watermelon Seller

Watermelon Seller

In Bagan, Burma, it is easy to take a beautiful photo, but difficult to take a unique one. At the Shwezigon Pagoda, this watermelon seller walked by at just the right time.