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Twilight in Kowloon

Twilight in Kowloon

Nathan Road on the Kowloon Peninsula in Hong Kong is a major shopping thoroughfare. At twilight, there is a rush to work, home from work, or out to meet friends. Fewer tourists visit this area than neighboring Hong Kong Island. The picture was taken from the second floor of a double-decker bus whose route terminates at the Star Ferry pier on Victoria Harbor.

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A Palace, a Bus and a Man

A Palace, a Bus and a Man

Bus 203 runs by the Grand Palace in Bangkok many times per day. These commuters are so used to the view that they do not watch one of Thailand’s most popular and revered sites flash by.

Find this and other photos in the 180 photographs exhibit presented by the American embassy and now touring Thailand.

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Graffiti of a Photo

This graffiti art on the side of an apartment building is one of many things to see on the mile-long trek along the High Line in New York City. A converted elevated train track in Manhattan hosts one of the city’s most visited and celebrated parks. Botanists, artists and people watchers are drawn to this green area suspended over the old meat-packing district. The art is based on an original photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt from August 1945.

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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.