His Favorite Photos 2012

His Favorite Photos 2012

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Be sure to check out LOCAVORista’s Favorite Photos of 2012 to witness how two people, traveling together, see and experience the world differently.  The photos on this page and LOCAVORistas, along with my Favorite Photos of 2011, can be seen in a larger size by clicking on the image.  Feel free to download them for desktop images.

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How can I put two years, 30 countries, tens of thousands of miles on buses, trains and planes into words?  I can’t.  I never will be able to.  Luckily we have diligently photographed our way around the world, providing not only a visual way to share our trip, but, even more so, to keep our memories sharp.  Choosing my favorite photos of the year is one of the most difficult things we do here on LivingIF, not because so many stand out, rather because it brings me back to the places, sounds and people that made this year.  Scrolling through photos is as vivid as strolling through the scene was.  Since there is no way to put a trip like this into words, even “just one year” of it, let me walk you through my year.

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More than last year, this year it became clear that we are truly free.  We traveled where we wanted, when we wanted, how we wanted.  I think that is why this photo of a gannet in flight connected with me so strongly.  Representing freedom in many ways, birds soar above us, able to do something a human can never do without machinery: fly.  The gannet’s freedom is made real by the openness of the frame in front of her.

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The pursuit of happiness is as old as time itself.  Maybe it has stood the test of time because it’s a pursuit…few people realize it.  Looking out of the Horner’s home in New Zealand I learned a life lesson in finding happiness.  When Dr. Horner was offered a prestigious professorship in the USA his family was faced with a difficult decision.  They could stay or chase what may have produced more worldly gain.  Being self-aware and objective in such an exciting situation they chose to keep this view.

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At Everest Base Camp, nature stands in stark contrast to the colorful tent city.  Click here to learn how to hike to Everest Base Camp yourself.

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Squares don’t happen in nature, they are human creation.  Equaling the aspiration to climb Mt. Everest, humans tamed the world to construct cities such as Brisbane.  The angles, materials, and scenes here…totally human, yet oddly devoid of humanity.

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Contrasting the modern city of Brisbane above, people on this planet still live as they have for centuries.  Only the tires on the camel-cart hint that this is a 2012 Rajasthan.

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Across India from tranquil Rajasthan is the rushing metropolis of Kolkata.  At the train station a banana vendor sits as thousands rush by.

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From massive cities to raw wilderness, this year I saw as wide a variety of human habitats as I ever have.  Material differences may be vast, but religious beliefs may be even more diverse.  While exploring lands of Atheism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism it was refreshing to find the above sign promoting a loving god.

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These rats are worshipped.  Understanding as I try to be, the beliefs of the Karni Mata Temple was beyond me.  Click here to read more about my experiences in the rat temple.

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Having visited hundreds of Buddhist temples throughout the world, I’ve always been in awe of the paintings.  I had looked at them as a complete painting, as if it always existed like that, not as something that had been created part-by-part.  Walking into a temple that was being refinished demonstrated the human aspect behind the beautiful paintings.

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Ending with the beginning, as cliche as this photo is, experiencing the Sydney New Year’s fireworks show was a stunning start to a spectacular year.

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What’s my single favorite photo of 2012?  It’s even better than these.  Come back on January 2 to find out!

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Be sure to check out LOCAVORista’s Favorite Photos of 2012 to witness how two people, traveling together, see and experience the world differently.  Also compare these to my Favorite Photos of 2011.  All of these photos can be seen in a larger size by clicking on the image.  Feel free to download them for desktop images.

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Comments

» Adam Curl :
Dec 30, 2012

Awesome! You guys are great. Keep flying. Its nice to know you never have to land alone.

LOCAVORista @ LivingIF Reply:

Adam, thanks for the comment. It’s good to hear from you, hope you have an amazing 2013 and a huge congrats on your growing family!

» Anglo Italian :
Jan 5, 2013

I love your photo of the rats! I’ve never seen rats with ‘cute’ eyes. Even if I love animals in general I always been scared in a way of rats (I’m sure I’m not the only one). These in your photo though have got something different.. where they appreciable?

Franca

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