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Sokha Sunset

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I shot this on Sokha Beach in Sihanoukville (Cambodia), on the Gulf of Thailand. 45 mintues before, things were not looking good as this swarth of clouds obscured the horizon. But, as the minutes ticked down, breaks in the grey began to form…leading to this scene.

I constantly marvel at how I am never alone when shooting sunsets at home in Seattle. What is not evident from this image is the 40-50 townspeople who had gathered to watch the sun go down (they were mostly behind me or just outside the frame). I’ve witnessed this phenomenon time and again in many different locations but every time that it happens, I am in awe of the power of this magical time of day.

Sokha Beach Sunset

Sokha Beach Sunset

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February 6, 2011 at 3:08 am

Grand Palace

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Images from the Grand Palace in Phnom Penh, the residence of HM Norodom Sihamoni, the current King of Cambodia. The mercury hit 40C (104F) that day. I’m glad that shorts were allowed on the palace grounds. 😉

Palace Grounds



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January 29, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Ream Fisherfolk

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Our trip through the river and estuary of the park provided us with the opportunity to observe the fisher families at work. Once numbering in the hundreds, a sturdy few chose to remain when the area was declared a national park. They lead simple unhurried lives, living off whatever the sea and forest provide. Not the easiest of lives for sure, but whenever we came upon a family or group, we were treated to a friendly smile or wave. For me, this was the highlight of the trip out to Sihanoukville.

This set of images is dedicated to Chris – brother, fellow traveler and partner-in-crime. I look forward to our next adventure!

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January 23, 2011 at 12:16 am

Rugged Beauty

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Some images of the rugged beauty of the Preah Nihanouk “Ream” National Park. Very much unspoiled by the onslaught of modernization, the park is an amazing combination of tropical rainforest, mangrove swamp and tideland.

Off To Work







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January 10, 2011 at 11:37 pm

Storks and Stork-Bill

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I finally got around to processing the rest of the images from my trip to Cambodia last year. These two images were made at the Preah Sihanouk or Ream National Park, on the outskirts of Sihanoukville.

This first image is of a pair of Lesser Adjutant Storks, wading and feeding in the mud of the mangrove swamp (which covers a great deal of the park). These are not small birds. They’re about 4 feet (~1.2 m) tall, with wingspans of 6 to 7 feet (1.8 to 2.1 m).

Lesser Adjutant Storks


This second image is of a Stork-Billed Kingfisher. About a foot (~30 cm) tall, this noisy bird has spectacularly-colored plumage and coloring. This one was sitting at the top of a (fish) net stake. It was…well…fishing.

Stork-Billed Kingfisher

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January 7, 2011 at 1:24 am

Ream Fisher Family

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It all started off innocently with the purchase of a travel magazine; my weakness is the-path-less-traveled feature, particularly if it involves a coastal destination. One thing led to another and two months after that fateful day, I found myself in Sihanoukville (Cambodia), on the Gulf of Thailand. I made this image at the Ream National Park, on the outskirts of Sihanoukville. At the time that the area was designated a national park (some 17 years ago), several hundred fisher families called the river and estuary home. Today, a sturdy few remain, surviving on whatever the sea and land provide. In a country barely starting to recover from the devastation of the Khmer Rouge, life is, needless to say, a struggle. Yet wherever we went, this was typical of the kind of welcome that we received.

Ream National Park, Kompong Som Province, Kingdom of Cambodia.

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August 1, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Choeung Ek / The Killing Fields

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You can read the books and watch the movies, but nothing can prepare you for the reality of the shelves of pierced skulls, the piles of shattered bones and the gruesome statistics. In the silence of the peacefulness, I hear the screams and smell the blood and decay. Walking around the grounds, I try hard not to tread on the shards of bones and the remnants of clothing that the rain-washed ground continues to give up. It is an eerie feeling, one that words cannot do justice. My mind tries to come to terms with the terror and suffering that must have taken place here. It is impossible.

Choeung Ek, Cambodia

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May 14, 2010 at 10:36 pm

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