Top Pic(k)s of 2015

Over 27,110 pictures taken this year.. how do I choose the best??  Somehow I managed to pare it down to my top 50 (that was so hard!!).

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Japan – Day 9: City Hopping

Day 9 was a transitionary day, marking the end of our time in Tokyo and the introduction of a new city.

With a train leaving earlier than the hotel’s restaurant would open, we instead ate our Cup Noodles made the other day, along with some snacks purchased at the convenience store the previous night.  It was a measly breakfast compared to the mackerel to which I had grown accustomed, but it served its purpose. Continue reading

A Taste of Japan: The Philosopher’s Walk

If you find yourself in Kyoto, set aside a morning for the Philosopher’s Walk.  Best un- (or lowly-) populated, early morning will afford you a quiet path upon which to calmly take in the song of the water and contemplate life’s mysteries.  The entire path is a little over a mile and is lined with shops, street vendors, restaurants, and temples.  Decorated with hundreds of sakura trees, this area is popular during cherry blossom season and is a great spot for fall color.

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Photo of the Week: Zombies!

Every year around this time, as Halloween looms on the horizon, the undead emerge in droves.  Around here, there are walks, pub crawls, 5k runs, and – of course – dancing.  I partook in the Thrill the World dance a few years ago, donning the torn garments, the pale makeup, and the fake blood (and even some real blood!).  I learned all of the moves and joined the masses around the world all dancing to Michael Jackson in sync.  Aaron passed on the dance but was happy to limp and moan his way with me down the city streets.

This year, I chose to simply shoot zombies, instead 🙂

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Photo of the Week: My Commute

I wake up at 5am every day (yes, even weekends).  This means I always get to see the sunrise, which is a real treat, especially when Waterfront Park is almost completely devoid of all human life, save for the most devout joggers.  I am fortunate to work close enough to home to be able to walk every morning, and this is my commute.

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