View of Lushun from Baiyu Mountain Tower

Last Monday I got a day off to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival. My wife and I decided to go somewhere we hadn’t visited before, Lushun. Lushun is a small town just south of Dalian that is somehow still considered part of the city of Dalian. The main attractions in Lushun are old Russian forts from the Russo-Japanese war and Baiyu mountain. The bus dropped us off next to Baiyu Mountain, so we decided to head to top to see what we could see.

Lushun from the Lighthouse on Baiyu Mountain

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Plus One Collection III

Today is a good day. I just found out that my image, The Pagoda on the Lake, has made it into the Plus One Collection III photo book. Photographers from all over the world submitted images. The photographers that made it into the book are a whose who of photography today. It is an honor to have my name included with photographers that I have long admired.

For those of you that haven’t heard about the Plus One Collection, it is a book that has been put out for the past two years. The collection is organized through Google+ and proceeds from the sale of the book go to a different charity every year. This years charity is Saving Eliza ( The goal of the charity is to help raise funds for Eliza to receive treatment for Sanfilippo Syndrome, a rare and deadly genetic disorder. You can pre-order a copy of the book here By ordering a copy of the book you support a good cause, get a beautiful book filled with beautiful photography, and you don’t have to dump a bucket of ice water over your head.

The Pagoda on the Lake

the pagoda on the lake

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Journey to the Sea

Journey to the Sea

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Malinda at the Cliffs of Uluwatu

Malinda at the Cliffs of Uluwatu

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On our 3rd day in Bali, my wife and I decided to take a day trip to Ubud. We had read about the city on the internet and decided it would be an interesting place to visit. Instead of hiring a driver to take us there we decided to take the bus. The guy working the ticket counter at the bus station in Ubud gave us a map and drew a walking tour of the city for us. One of the stops on the tour was the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary of Padangtegal.

If you want to see monkeys the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary of Padangtegal is the place to go. It’s basically a small temple complex on the outskirts of Ubud where a large amount of monkeys live. You can buy bananas at the entrance of the forest to give to the monkeys which many people do. The monkeys are used to people and the adolescents will climb on you if they think you might have some bananas.

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An Afternoon at Sindhu Beach

An Afternoon at Sindhu Beach

Sindhu Beach is an great little beach in the Sanur area of Bali. During the day the beach is mostly filled with vacationers, but at around 4pm more and more local people start to show up.

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Poolside at the Tamukami Hotel

Poolside at theTamukami Hotel

First day in Sanur, Bali.

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