Gary Arndt (@everythingeverywhere)

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WEST AFRICA WEEK, DAY  5!
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I couldn’t do a week on West Africa without talking about Ghana.
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I felt Ghana was the country that had its stuff together more than any other country I’ve visited in the region. It had higher levels of development and better infrastructure than any of its neighbors.
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Ghana is also a very unique country with its own quirks. One such thing is naming people based on the day of the week they were born. Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and current WWE Champion Kofi Kingston were both born in Ghana. The name “Kofi” means “Born on a Friday”. ⠀
This collection of photos will give a brief insight into Ghana and what I saw when I visited.
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#1 Fishermen bringing in their nets in Cape Coast, Ghana
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#2 Within the last 2 weeks I posted some images of fishing boats in Ghana. This is another from that same series, except it is a close up to show you how they used flags on their boats. In this image you can clearly see that all the flags are different and are of many different countries. ⠀
#3 To understand modern Ghana you have to understand the history of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, who the founder of post-colonial Ghana. He was the country’s first president and prime minister. He was removed in a coup in 1966 and became the co-president in the country of Guinea. The monument to him is the largest in the country.
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#4 Sculptures at the Kwame Nkrumah memorial
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#5 One of the quirks of Ghana are the custom coffins which they make. Here you can see several coffins which ave been built. They are a tiger, a ball point pen, a book and a film projector. The coffin is supposed to signify something about the person’s life.
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#6 Another Ghana quirk is the naming of business after Bible verses or religious sayings. We saw many businesses which had names like the God Rules Internet cafe. Other such business names include: ”If God says yes who can say no Enterprises”, “By His Grace Boutique”, and “The Strength of God Computers and Computer Repair”.
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#CuriosityNow #EverythingEverywhere #ghana #westafrica #africa
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WEST AFRICA WEEK, DAY 5!

I couldn’t do a week on West Africa without talking about Ghana.

I felt Ghana was the country that had its stuff together more than any other country I’ve visited in the region. It had higher levels of development and better infrastructure than any of its neighbors.

Ghana is also a very unique country with its own quirks. One such thing is naming people based on the day of the week they were born. Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and current WWE Champion Kofi Kingston were both born in Ghana. The name “Kofi” means “Born on a Friday”. ⠀
This collection of photos will give a brief insight into Ghana and what I saw when I visited.

#1 Fishermen bringing in their nets in Cape Coast, Ghana
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#2 Within the last 2 weeks I posted some images of fishing boats in Ghana. This is another from that same series, except it is a close up to show you how they used flags on their boats. In this image you can clearly see that all the flags are different and are of many different countries. ⠀
#3 To understand modern Ghana you have to understand the history of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, who the founder of post-colonial Ghana. He was the country’s first president and prime minister. He was removed in a coup in 1966 and became the co-president in the country of Guinea. The monument to him is the largest in the country.

#4 Sculptures at the Kwame Nkrumah memorial

#5 One of the quirks of Ghana are the custom coffins which they make. Here you can see several coffins which ave been built. They are a tiger, a ball point pen, a book and a film projector. The coffin is supposed to signify something about the person’s life.

#6 Another Ghana quirk is the naming of business after Bible verses or religious sayings. We saw many businesses which had names like the God Rules Internet cafe. Other such business names include: ”If God says yes who can say no Enterprises”, “By His Grace Boutique”, and “The Strength of God Computers and Computer Repair”.

#CuriosityNow #EverythingEverywhere #ghana #westafrica #africa
WEST AFRICA WEEK, DAY  4!
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The countries of Gambia and Senegal only make sense if viewed though their colonial history. The British held The Gambia River and everything within a set distance of the banks of the river. Other than its coast at the mouth of the river, the entire country is surrounded by Senegal, which was a French colony. ⠀
Given their geography, the two countries are inexorably intertwined. However, they are very distinct from each other. In The Gambia still speaks English, and in Senegal they still speak French. The Gambia, up until recently, had a long ruling strong man who was actually ousted in an election in 2017. He also had one of the most longest and ridiculous titles of any world leader (His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya Abdul-Aziz Awal Jemus Junkung Jammeh Naasiru Deen Babili Mansa)
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Senegal, on the other hand, is one of the few African countries to have never experienced a coup or authoritarian rulers. I found Senegal to be one of the more developed countries in the region, which I’m sure in part extends from that political stability.
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#1 I loved the street scenes in Dakar. Nothing goes to waste, including space on a bus.
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#2 Fishing boats on the shore of Goree Island outside of Dakar
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#3 The Door of No Return, Goree Island. There are several doors of no return in West Africa. These were the doors through which slaves passed to board ships, never to return. Goree Island was of the first world heritage sites created in 1978.
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#4 This statue is called the African Renaissance Monument. It is 49m tall and was built by North Korea. It is the Senegalese Statue of Liberty.
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#5 Guard at the presidential palace in Dakar
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#6 The Gambia river lined with mangrove trees
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#7 A woodcarver in Banjul, Gambia. He was carving masks and statues for tourists in the market
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#8 Dancer in Banjul. She was part of a dance show which was extremely fast-paced. I managed to capture her when she was in mid air!
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WEST AFRICA WEEK, DAY 4!

The countries of Gambia and Senegal only make sense if viewed though their colonial history. The British held The Gambia River and everything within a set distance of the banks of the river. Other than its coast at the mouth of the river, the entire country is surrounded by Senegal, which was a French colony. ⠀
Given their geography, the two countries are inexorably intertwined. However, they are very distinct from each other. In The Gambia still speaks English, and in Senegal they still speak French. The Gambia, up until recently, had a long ruling strong man who was actually ousted in an election in 2017. He also had one of the most longest and ridiculous titles of any world leader (His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya Abdul-Aziz Awal Jemus Junkung Jammeh Naasiru Deen Babili Mansa)

Senegal, on the other hand, is one of the few African countries to have never experienced a coup or authoritarian rulers. I found Senegal to be one of the more developed countries in the region, which I’m sure in part extends from that political stability.

#1 I loved the street scenes in Dakar. Nothing goes to waste, including space on a bus.

#2 Fishing boats on the shore of Goree Island outside of Dakar

#3 The Door of No Return, Goree Island. There are several doors of no return in West Africa. These were the doors through which slaves passed to board ships, never to return. Goree Island was of the first world heritage sites created in 1978.

#4 This statue is called the African Renaissance Monument. It is 49m tall and was built by North Korea. It is the Senegalese Statue of Liberty.

#5 Guard at the presidential palace in Dakar

#6 The Gambia river lined with mangrove trees

#7 A woodcarver in Banjul, Gambia. He was carving masks and statues for tourists in the market

#8 Dancer in Banjul. She was part of a dance show which was extremely fast-paced. I managed to capture her when she was in mid air!

#CuriosityNow #EverythingEverywhere #gambia #westafrica #africa #senegal
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WEST AFRICA WEEK, DAY 3!
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The country of Sao Tome and Principe is one that few people have heard of and even fewer have visited. It is one of the smallest countries in Africa by both population and area. It consists of two islands located south of Nigeria in the Gulf of Guinea.
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Because it is an island, it has avoided many of the problems which have plagued the African mainland. Rates of HIV infection, for example, are much lower in Sao Tome and Principe than they are in the rest of West Africa.
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I visited both Sao Tome and Principe on my 2015 West Africa trip. Both islands are great and it is one place in West Africa that people should considering visiting right now. The people, the islands, and the climate are great.
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This image is of Sao Tome taken at sunset off of the deck of the ship. ⠀⠀⠀
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This kid was playing with one of the simplest toys in the world. I captured this moment at the Del Monte coffee plantation in the Sao Tome highlands.
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Sao Tome and Principe was a Portuguese colony and you can still elements of its colonial heritage all over the country.
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The ingenuity of Africans never ceases to amaze me. This boat was out fishing near our ship in the morning in Sao Tome. The sail was made of stitched together bags of rice. ⠀⠀⠀
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This guy sailed up to our ship off of the island of Principe to both show off and try to sell us this huge red snapper he caught. I’ve had people tell me this looks photoshopped and I can see why. The fish is huge and it covers up his arm, which makes is look like it was pasted on the photo.
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We found this abandoned Portuguese church in the forest on Principe. I figured it dated back to the 16th or 17th century. Base on the litter we found, people from a nearby village seemed to go here to drink. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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WEST AFRICA WEEK, DAY 3!
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The country of Sao Tome and Principe is one that few people have heard of and even fewer have visited. It is one of the smallest countries in Africa by both population and area. It consists of two islands located south of Nigeria in the Gulf of Guinea.
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Because it is an island, it has avoided many of the problems which have plagued the African mainland. Rates of HIV infection, for example, are much lower in Sao Tome and Principe than they are in the rest of West Africa.
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I visited both Sao Tome and Principe on my 2015 West Africa trip. Both islands are great and it is one place in West Africa that people should considering visiting right now. The people, the islands, and the climate are great.
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Photo 1
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This image is of Sao Tome taken at sunset off of the deck of the ship. ⠀⠀⠀
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This kid was playing with one of the simplest toys in the world. I captured this moment at the Del Monte coffee plantation in the Sao Tome highlands.
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Photo 3
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Sao Tome and Principe was a Portuguese colony and you can still elements of its colonial heritage all over the country.
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Photo 4
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The ingenuity of Africans never ceases to amaze me. This boat was out fishing near our ship in the morning in Sao Tome. The sail was made of stitched together bags of rice. ⠀⠀⠀
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This guy sailed up to our ship off of the island of Principe to both show off and try to sell us this huge red snapper he caught. I’ve had people tell me this looks photoshopped and I can see why. The fish is huge and it covers up his arm, which makes is look like it was pasted on the photo.
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Photo 6
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We found this abandoned Portuguese church in the forest on Principe. I figured it dated back to the 16th or 17th century. Base on the litter we found, people from a nearby village seemed to go here to drink. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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WEST AFRICA WEEK, DAY 2!
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The great part about focusing on West Africa this week is that I’ll be able to introduce many people to places they might never have even heard of. ⠀⠀⠀
I’m guessing one such place is the village of Ganvie in the country of Benin.
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In the 16th and 17th Century, the slave trade was at its peak. During this time members of the Tofinu tribe would be hunted by the nearby Fan people and sold to European slave traders. ⠀⠀⠀
To escape this, many of them fled into the shallow waters of Lake Nokoue and took up residence in the low lying islands. Over time they built stilt houses and established a community. After the slave trade ended, the people who had lived there for centuries now, simply remained because it was their home.
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Today Ganvie has a population of almost 20,000 people, almost all of whom still live in stilt houses and travel by small boat. ⠀⠀⠀
It is one of the top/only tourist attractions in Benin and is on the tentative list to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site
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WEST AFRICA WEEK, DAY 2!
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The great part about focusing on West Africa this week is that I’ll be able to introduce many people to places they might never have even heard of. ⠀⠀⠀
I’m guessing one such place is the village of Ganvie in the country of Benin.
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In the 16th and 17th Century, the slave trade was at its peak. During this time members of the Tofinu tribe would be hunted by the nearby Fan people and sold to European slave traders. ⠀⠀⠀
To escape this, many of them fled into the shallow waters of Lake Nokoue and took up residence in the low lying islands. Over time they built stilt houses and established a community. After the slave trade ended, the people who had lived there for centuries now, simply remained because it was their home.
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Today Ganvie has a population of almost 20,000 people, almost all of whom still live in stilt houses and travel by small boat. ⠀⠀⠀
It is one of the top/only tourist attractions in Benin and is on the tentative list to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site
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WEST AFRICA WEEK!
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This week I’m going to be focusing on images which I took in West Africa. Many of these photos are ones which I have never posted to Instagram before for reasons which I’ve outlined over the last few weeks.
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To be honest, I could easily do a West Africa month, because I found the region to be such a photo rich environment. It is a place that I hope to return to in the near future.
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It is also a region which doesn’t get a lot of tourists. Visiting West Africa isn’t even a consideration for the vast majority of travelers, even those who want to visit Africa. They’ll go to Kenya, South Africa, or Morocco, but few people think of visiting Togo, Benin, or Sierra Leone.
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The region has a great deal of potential. The beaches along the Gulf of Guinea are fantastic and the waters there are exceptionally warm due to the east-west nature of the coast.
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The image I wanted to start things off with this week was a shot of the city of Freetown, Sierra Leone which I took from the deck of the ship I was on. ⠀⠀⠀
Freetown is unlike any city I have ever visited. It is the capital of Sierra Leone and has a population of over 1 million people. It is the only city of that size I have been to in the world where you can see the stars at night. Freetown gets so few tourists, that there were probably more people taking photos of us, than we were of them!
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The image most people have of Sierra Leone is mostly that of tragedy. Civil war, blood diamonds, HIV, and ebola tend to be the only things which are ever reported in the news. However, I found it a very enjoyable place with a very bright future ahead of it.
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WEST AFRICA WEEK!
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This week I’m going to be focusing on images which I took in West Africa. Many of these photos are ones which I have never posted to Instagram before for reasons which I’ve outlined over the last few weeks.
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To be honest, I could easily do a West Africa month, because I found the region to be such a photo rich environment. It is a place that I hope to return to in the near future.
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It is also a region which doesn’t get a lot of tourists. Visiting West Africa isn’t even a consideration for the vast majority of travelers, even those who want to visit Africa. They’ll go to Kenya, South Africa, or Morocco, but few people think of visiting Togo, Benin, or Sierra Leone.
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The region has a great deal of potential. The beaches along the Gulf of Guinea are fantastic and the waters there are exceptionally warm due to the east-west nature of the coast.
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The image I wanted to start things off with this week was a shot of the city of Freetown, Sierra Leone which I took from the deck of the ship I was on. ⠀⠀⠀
Freetown is unlike any city I have ever visited. It is the capital of Sierra Leone and has a population of over 1 million people. It is the only city of that size I have been to in the world where you can see the stars at night. Freetown gets so few tourists, that there were probably more people taking photos of us, than we were of them!
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The image most people have of Sierra Leone is mostly that of tragedy. Civil war, blood diamonds, HIV, and ebola tend to be the only things which are ever reported in the news. However, I found it a very enjoyable place with a very bright future ahead of it.
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BIRD WEEK, LAST DAY! ⠀⠀⠀
By far the easiest continent for me this week would be Antarctica. There were so many birds to choose from. The vast majority of them were penguins, but there were still a lot of birds. ⠀⠀⠀
The trick was picking out which photo to post. I have a bunch of Antarctica penguin photos I’ve used on Instagram in the past, but the new spirit of not caring about like, I decided to go in a different direction.
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These are gentoo penguins on Half Moon Island in Antarctica (the location says Elephant Island, which is sort of close, but there aren’t a lot of Instagram locations in Antarctica).
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The penguins in this shot aren’t the focus of the shot, but rather are there to show scale and to show the penguins in their environment.
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I took a poll over in my IG stories for what photos to post next week, and the options were West Africa vs The Caribbean. The winner in a 60% to 40% split was West Africa! Expect photos from West Africa starting tomorrow. ⠀⠀⠀
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BIRD WEEK, LAST DAY! ⠀⠀⠀
By far the easiest continent for me this week would be Antarctica. There were so many birds to choose from. The vast majority of them were penguins, but there were still a lot of birds. ⠀⠀⠀
The trick was picking out which photo to post. I have a bunch of Antarctica penguin photos I’ve used on Instagram in the past, but the new spirit of not caring about like, I decided to go in a different direction.
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These are gentoo penguins on Half Moon Island in Antarctica (the location says Elephant Island, which is sort of close, but there aren’t a lot of Instagram locations in Antarctica).
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The penguins in this shot aren’t the focus of the shot, but rather are there to show scale and to show the penguins in their environment.
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I took a poll over in my IG stories for what photos to post next week, and the options were West Africa vs The Caribbean. The winner in a 60% to 40% split was West Africa! Expect photos from West Africa starting tomorrow. ⠀⠀⠀
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BIRD WEEK, DAY 5! ⠀⠀⠀
Finding a photo of a bird which I took in Europe was even more difficult than finding a bird photo from Asia. Of the nearly 60,000 images in my portfolio, I can think of only 2 which have birds as the subject.
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One is a photo of a man in St. Mark’s Square in Venice who stood still with his arms out that was covered with pigeons. It wasn’t a very good photo and I’m sure the next time I go to Venice I could get a much better version of the shot if I set my mind to it.
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The only other photo I could think of was this one. This is a photo of a mallard duck which was landing on icy pond in Muskauer Park (Park Mużakowski). The park straddles the border of Germany and Poland and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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It was late March when I was there and there was an early morning thin film of ice on the water. I remember watching several ducks doing takeoffs and landings. I pointed my camera at the ducks and tried to pan and capture them as they were in flight.
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BIRD WEEK, DAY 5! ⠀⠀⠀
Finding a photo of a bird which I took in Europe was even more difficult than finding a bird photo from Asia. Of the nearly 60,000 images in my portfolio, I can think of only 2 which have birds as the subject.
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One is a photo of a man in St. Mark’s Square in Venice who stood still with his arms out that was covered with pigeons. It wasn’t a very good photo and I’m sure the next time I go to Venice I could get a much better version of the shot if I set my mind to it.
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The only other photo I could think of was this one. This is a photo of a mallard duck which was landing on icy pond in Muskauer Park (Park Mużakowski). The park straddles the border of Germany and Poland and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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It was late March when I was there and there was an early morning thin film of ice on the water. I remember watching several ducks doing takeoffs and landings. I pointed my camera at the ducks and tried to pan and capture them as they were in flight.
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This image was the best of the lot. ⠀⠀⠀
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BIRD WEEK, DAY 4! ⠀⠀⠀
I’m pretty committed to Bird Week now. Considering that there are 7 days in a week and 7 continents, I figured I should try to post a bird photo every day from a different continent.
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This is actually quite challenging because I’m not a bird photographer per se. While I do photograph birds as part of my travels, I don’t usually go places with the express intent of photographing birds.
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I had a difficult time trying to think of images of birds which I captured in Asia. I actually had to think about it quite a bit and search my image archive to find something. I finally found an image from 2007 which I took in Kyoto, Japan.
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Back then, I had just started my travels and I wasn’t a very good photographer. In fact, I had to re-edit this photo to make it presentable. Back then I barely edited my images, and what editing I did do was pretty bad. At least with this photo, the composition was OK. ⠀⠀⠀
The photo was taken at the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto. The pond was very protected which made the water extremely still and was excellent for reflections. For an open body of water, there is usually some motion in the water which will distort the reflection.
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If nothing else, this exercise in birds was a good chance to go and revisit some of my bad photos from 12 years ago. I really need to go to Japan again to reshoot everything.
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BIRD WEEK, DAY 4! ⠀⠀⠀
I’m pretty committed to Bird Week now. Considering that there are 7 days in a week and 7 continents, I figured I should try to post a bird photo every day from a different continent.
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This is actually quite challenging because I’m not a bird photographer per se. While I do photograph birds as part of my travels, I don’t usually go places with the express intent of photographing birds.
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I had a difficult time trying to think of images of birds which I captured in Asia. I actually had to think about it quite a bit and search my image archive to find something. I finally found an image from 2007 which I took in Kyoto, Japan.
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Back then, I had just started my travels and I wasn’t a very good photographer. In fact, I had to re-edit this photo to make it presentable. Back then I barely edited my images, and what editing I did do was pretty bad. At least with this photo, the composition was OK. ⠀⠀⠀
The photo was taken at the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto. The pond was very protected which made the water extremely still and was excellent for reflections. For an open body of water, there is usually some motion in the water which will distort the reflection.
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If nothing else, this exercise in birds was a good chance to go and revisit some of my bad photos from 12 years ago. I really need to go to Japan again to reshoot everything.
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BIRD WEEK, DAY 3! ⠀⠀⠀
Yesterday I said Bird Week was lame compared to Shark Week. Then I realized that birds are just the ancestors of dinosaurs, so in a way, this is FLYING DINOSAUR WEEK which sounds a whole lot cooler. ⠀⠀⠀
For my 3rd image this week, I’m going to go to a 3rd continent…Africa!
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This image probably doesn’t look like anything special. It’s a photo of a Burchell's Coucal that I took in Kruger National Park in South Africa.
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During our safari, out guide was more excited by seeing this bird than he was by anything we saw on the trip. More than lions, rhinos, elephants, and leopards. He was a 10 year veteran guide in Kruger, yet this bird was the thing which impressed him the most.
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Why?
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Because the Bruchell’s Coucal almost never appears in the open. This species is usually found in the brush and uses the thick over of the brush for protection. You are more likely to hear than see the Bruchell’s Coucal.
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That was why he went nuts. Lions and elephants were an everyday occurrence for him. This, however, was something he rarely saw. ⠀⠀⠀
Had he not been with us to point this out, I would never have know what I was looking at. This is why I always try to use a guide when I’m visiting places. I’ve heard of so many people get bored visiting “yet another cathedral” when they are in Europe. The reason is, they have no idea what they are looking at. Without someone to point out the small details, everything just looks like a big church. ⠀⠀⠀
All things being equal, I got a pretty good photo. Most of the photos I’ve found doing research on this bird weren’t that great.
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Would you be interested in traveling with me and learning travel photography? I’m going to be announcing my first trip in several years very soon.  I’ll be announcing my next trip in my email newsletter. To sign up, just go to the link in my bio. You will also get a free 100 page ebook of some of my favorite travel photos!
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BIRD WEEK, DAY 3! ⠀⠀⠀
Yesterday I said Bird Week was lame compared to Shark Week. Then I realized that birds are just the ancestors of dinosaurs, so in a way, this is FLYING DINOSAUR WEEK which sounds a whole lot cooler. ⠀⠀⠀
For my 3rd image this week, I’m going to go to a 3rd continent…Africa!
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This image probably doesn’t look like anything special. It’s a photo of a Burchell's Coucal that I took in Kruger National Park in South Africa.
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During our safari, out guide was more excited by seeing this bird than he was by anything we saw on the trip. More than lions, rhinos, elephants, and leopards. He was a 10 year veteran guide in Kruger, yet this bird was the thing which impressed him the most.
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Why?
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Because the Bruchell’s Coucal almost never appears in the open. This species is usually found in the brush and uses the thick over of the brush for protection. You are more likely to hear than see the Bruchell’s Coucal.
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That was why he went nuts. Lions and elephants were an everyday occurrence for him. This, however, was something he rarely saw. ⠀⠀⠀
Had he not been with us to point this out, I would never have know what I was looking at. This is why I always try to use a guide when I’m visiting places. I’ve heard of so many people get bored visiting “yet another cathedral” when they are in Europe. The reason is, they have no idea what they are looking at. Without someone to point out the small details, everything just looks like a big church. ⠀⠀⠀
All things being equal, I got a pretty good photo. Most of the photos I’ve found doing research on this bird weren’t that great.
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Would you be interested in traveling with me and learning travel photography? I’m going to be announcing my first trip in several years very soon. I’ll be announcing my next trip in my email newsletter. To sign up, just go to the link in my bio. You will also get a free 100 page ebook of some of my favorite travel photos!
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Let’s keep going with birds this week. It will be like my lame version of Shark Week.
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This photo is of a male great frigatebird which I photographed in the Galapagos Islands. Frigatebirds exhibit very strong sexual dimorphism. Females are larger and have white throats, whereas the males have the very distinctive red gular sac on their breasts. The enormous sac on the male firgatebirds is probably the most pronounced of any species of bird.
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Photographing these are actually quite easy when you are in the Galapagos Islands, as they will mostly be nesting or on the ground. You can usually get pretty good shots from the trail.
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I had a few comments on my bald eagle photo about the difficulty getting detail in very dark black fur or feathers in animals. This is also true with very bright whites.
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This image shows the detail in the black feathers of the figatebird. It is detail which is easy to see with your eyes, but doesn’t usually come out in the camera. To get make it appear, you have to increase the shadows or exposure on the dark section of the feathers to bring out the detail. The same is true with bright whites, only in reverse. I’ve had to do similar enhancement with polar bear photos. ======================
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Would you be interested in traveling with me and learning travel photography? I’m going to be announcing my first in several years soon. My last trip was to the Galapagos where I took this very frigatebird photo. I’ll be announcing my next trip in my email newsletter. To sign up, just go to the link in my bio. You will also get a free 100 page ebook of some of my favorite travel photos!
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Let’s keep going with birds this week. It will be like my lame version of Shark Week.
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This photo is of a male great frigatebird which I photographed in the Galapagos Islands. Frigatebirds exhibit very strong sexual dimorphism. Females are larger and have white throats, whereas the males have the very distinctive red gular sac on their breasts. The enormous sac on the male firgatebirds is probably the most pronounced of any species of bird.
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Photographing these are actually quite easy when you are in the Galapagos Islands, as they will mostly be nesting or on the ground. You can usually get pretty good shots from the trail.
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I had a few comments on my bald eagle photo about the difficulty getting detail in very dark black fur or feathers in animals. This is also true with very bright whites.
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This image shows the detail in the black feathers of the figatebird. It is detail which is easy to see with your eyes, but doesn’t usually come out in the camera. To get make it appear, you have to increase the shadows or exposure on the dark section of the feathers to bring out the detail. The same is true with bright whites, only in reverse. I’ve had to do similar enhancement with polar bear photos. ======================
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Would you be interested in traveling with me and learning travel photography? I’m going to be announcing my first in several years soon. My last trip was to the Galapagos where I took this very frigatebird photo. I’ll be announcing my next trip in my email newsletter. To sign up, just go to the link in my bio. You will also get a free 100 page ebook of some of my favorite travel photos!
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One of the most difficult things in photography is photographing birds. Specifically, birds in flight. They are small, fast, and usually far away. The photographers who specialize in bird photography really have my respect. It is not easy to do.
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I can’t say that I specialize in bird photography, but I have tried my hand at it in many places around the world. For the longest time, I had never gotten a good photo of a bald eagle. They were always too far away, and the gear I had with me wasn’t really optimal for capturing birds. However, a few years I everything came together.
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I visited the W.A.C. Bennet Dam in Northern British Columbia. I didn’t realize it, but I had stumbled upon one of the best places to photograph bald eagles in the world. ⠀⠀⠀
The dam attracts a lot of bald eagles. They sit at the bottom of the dam and wait for dazed fish to come through. They all sit in trees on the banks of the river waiting. Given the steep slope of the river banks, the tops of the trees where the eagles are is very close to eye level on the nearby road. That means you can have a much better vantage point than if you were on the ground and the eagles were way above you.
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I only spent about 90 minutes there, but I was able to get many great bald eagle shots. I’ve never heard anyone else talk about this spot as a place to photography bald eagles before.
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The dam is located west of Dawson’s Creek, BC (yes, that is a real place) and north of Prince George, BC.
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This post is part of my continuing Instagram experiment. Many, but not all, wildlife photos I’ve put on Instagram have underperformed. I think I’m going to try posting a few of my favorite animal photos this week and explain some of the photography behind them and how I got the shot. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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One of the most difficult things in photography is photographing birds. Specifically, birds in flight. They are small, fast, and usually far away. The photographers who specialize in bird photography really have my respect. It is not easy to do.
⠀⠀⠀
I can’t say that I specialize in bird photography, but I have tried my hand at it in many places around the world. For the longest time, I had never gotten a good photo of a bald eagle. They were always too far away, and the gear I had with me wasn’t really optimal for capturing birds. However, a few years I everything came together.
⠀⠀⠀
I visited the W.A.C. Bennet Dam in Northern British Columbia. I didn’t realize it, but I had stumbled upon one of the best places to photograph bald eagles in the world. ⠀⠀⠀
The dam attracts a lot of bald eagles. They sit at the bottom of the dam and wait for dazed fish to come through. They all sit in trees on the banks of the river waiting. Given the steep slope of the river banks, the tops of the trees where the eagles are is very close to eye level on the nearby road. That means you can have a much better vantage point than if you were on the ground and the eagles were way above you.
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I only spent about 90 minutes there, but I was able to get many great bald eagle shots. I’ve never heard anyone else talk about this spot as a place to photography bald eagles before.
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The dam is located west of Dawson’s Creek, BC (yes, that is a real place) and north of Prince George, BC.
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This post is part of my continuing Instagram experiment. Many, but not all, wildlife photos I’ve put on Instagram have underperformed. I think I’m going to try posting a few of my favorite animal photos this week and explain some of the photography behind them and how I got the shot. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#CuriosityNow #EverythingEverywhere #birds #nature #wildlife #britishcolumbia #hellobc #baldeagle
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This is the exact same photo as my previous image, but in color. Please check out my previous photo to see the difference.

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