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Adrenaline Rush

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Tuk-tuk ride, Bangkok, 2012

Tuk-tuk ride, Bangkok, 2012

Bangkok has long been a special place for me. From close-by but exotic holiday destination to a place where Dad conducted business to an annual destination for Yui and I, it is now one of the places that I call home. Indeed, it is home to half of my extended family; my heart seldom wanders far.

One of the unique modes of transportation in Thailand is the tuk-tuk (pronouced “took-took” with abbreviated double-O’s). Powered by a small gas engine, it is a gaily decorated three-wheeler with a covered cab, driver in front, passengers (usually 2-3 but I’ve seen as many as 6-7) in rear. A highly maneuverable small vehicle, it is the perfect solution to the helter-skelter bustle of Bangkok traffic where everything moves at one of two speeds – full tilt, or full standstill.

As you can imagine, a ride in a tuk-tuk can be quite the adventure. In a profession where time is money, drivers accelerate quickly and stop abruptly, diving through whatever openings the traffic flow allows. I made this image about 2 weeks ago, on a trip to Bangkok’s Chinatown. I think it helps explain what a tuk-tuk ride is all about. 😉

4/5 second at f/22, ISO 100. Nikon D800E + Nikkor AF-S 24-120mm f/4.

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November 8, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Leavin’ On A Jet Plane

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September 18, 2010 at 7:22 am

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World Awhirl

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There they were – thousands of them – like a late winter snow blanketing the landscape. A gregarious blanket, noisily chomping at shoots, honking and hissing and generally being obnoxious.

Then, in the blink of an eye, they were in the air, every last one of them. Thousands, moving as one. In less than a minute, they were gone.

I was stunned. “What did I do that so spooked them?” After all, I’d been there for a good 20 to 30 minutes and they had hardly seemed to mind.

Then, glancing high up into the blue sky, I spotted the real reason. A lone bald eagle, cruising in lazy circles in the thermals. I guess no one wanted to be dinner.

Skagit Valley, Washington, U.S.A.

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March 23, 2010 at 8:02 am

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