Author: dan.thompson

The Details of Bhutan – A Photo Essay

When visiting somewhere, especially a new place, it’s easy to get caught up in the ‘big scenes’, and forget about the small details that can really make a location unique. Bhutan is full of interesting and ornate details, and while no where near exhaustive, I wanted to put together a photo essay of some of what we saw there. Needless to say, the artistry and craftsmanship that goes into the architecture there is as impressive as it is beautiful. I think the door handle above is what first grabbed my attention, and pulled me in. At first glance, the...

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Punakha Dzong in Punakha, Bhutan

Chalk it up to poor planning… or me just not looking at my calendar… in any case, when I started my series on Bhutan last week I wasn’t thinking about this week being Easter! So, this is admittedly not an Easter photo / post! BUT, happy Easter anyway! 🙂 When I was working on the plan for Bhutan, one of the areas I wasn’t too sure about was Punakha. The pictures looked nice, but I didn’t know if visiting there was terribly necessary, since what I REALLY wanted were solid pictures of the Tiger’s Nest Monastery (which you’ll see...

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Mount Jomolhari at Sunrise

This week’s post is a special one for a number of reasons. First, it’s the beginning of my series on Bhutan, which I’ve been looking forward to sharing for sometime. Second, and perhaps more relevant to the rest of this post, is the fact that I’ve just turned 40. FORTY! Yikes! I think we all probably have that age; the one that scares us, and reminds us that this life is fleeting. Mine was 30. I was seriously depressed for days. I could remember when I thought 30 was ancient, and now suddenly I was 30! As it turned...

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Milky Way over Gregory Bald

This week (and next) I wanted to take a short break from travel photography to share a few images I’ve taken this winter. If you’ve ever photographed with me, you probably know I’m not a fan of Winter, simply because it snows so rarely here in East Tennessee, and I find it hard to come up with strong compositions of landscapes with bare trees and just shades of brown everywhere! So this week I’d like to celebrate the return of the pretty side of the Milky Way to the night (or in this case, early morning) sky with a...

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World Cup Bobsled Finals in Pyeongchang, South Korea

…and sometimes you find yourself at a bobsled event in South Korea 🙂 Let me back up for a second. If you’ve been following along for a little bit, you may recall last Summer that I had the opportunity to interview US Olympic Bobsledder, Steve Holcomb. In the spots (which you can view here and here) I looked at how technology has changed the Olympics, and then we decided to pit me against Steve to see just how much better an Olympic athlete than an average guy, just for the fun of it (full disclosure, Steve won). Since that...

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