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June 2009
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Ghengis Statue (Marching Band I) Photo: The marching band gears up to play at Sukhbataar Square on the morning of the start of the Nadaam Festival. Wet Square (Marching Band II) Photo: Members of the marching band are reflected off the surface of Sukhbataar Square. Potala Reflection Photo: The nightly fountain show leaves a glassy reflective surface of the Potala Palace. Master Showman Photo: A "magic" show performed on a field for a captive audience.  From what I can gather (my Nepali is a bit rusty), the man under cloth appears to be dead.  The magician revives the deceased by removing various bloody organs... when, and only when, donations have been collected from the crowd.
Night (Karsts I) Photo: Karst formations in southern China. Day (Karsts II) Photo: Karst formations in southern China. Sunset (Karsts III) Photo: Karst formations in southern China. Sunrise (Karsts IV) Photo: A tourist rides on a traditional flat bamboo boat with karsts as a backdrop.
Medium (Natural Bridge I) Photo: A natural bridge eroded from rock.  The wandering tourists provide a slight sense of the enormity of the bridge.  Tomorrow's photo provides a better sense of its size. Close (Natural Bridge II) Photo: Same natural bridge as shown in yesterday's photo but providing a greater sense of scale. Far (Natural Bridge III) Photo: Natural Bridge and sky reflected in a shallow pool of sea water. Pools Photo: Low tide leaves pools of seawater and trapped fish.
Hay & Mountain Photo: Tibetan women prepare for the upcoming winter. Attempt (Funeral Ritual I) Photo: This christian area in Indonesia is famed for their elaborate funeral traditions.  Families save their entire lives to in order to pay for animals to slaughter when loved one dies.  It's not uncommon for a wealthy family to slaughter 50 water buffaloes and 100 pigs over the course of several days.  The meat is later distributed to local villagers. Struggle (Funeral Ritual II) Photo: This christian area in Indonesia is famed for their elaborate funeral traditions.  Families save their entire lives to in order to pay for animals to slaughter when loved one dies.  It's not uncommon for a wealthy family to slaughter 50 water buffaloes and 100 pigs over the course of several days.  The meat is later distributed to local villagers. Remains (Funeral Ritual III) Photo: This christian area in Indonesia is famed for their elaborate funeral traditions.  Families save their entire lives to in order to pay for animals to slaughter when loved one dies.  It's not uncommon for a wealthy family to slaughter 50 water buffaloes and 100 pigs over the course of several days.  The meat is later distributed to local villagers.
Horizon Wall Photo: An "off-limits", crumbling section of the Great Wall of China called Jiankou, known for its breathtaking panoramic views and sheer cliffs topped by a winding section of the wall.  The adventurous can choose a tower and camp out for the night to watch the sunrise.  There are no stores so bring all your own supplies and plenty of water. Mongolian Cowboys Photo: Mongolians on horseback circle three times around the post for good fortune. Evening Stroll Photo: Two Muslim girls take a walk around the ruins of Asar Mahal.  Bijapur was once a dominant Muslim stronghold and is now scattered with ruins as well as well-maintained Mughal-era buildings. F Market Photo: A woman rides a tram along the Embarcadero.
Sand Doodling Photo: Lorella, the photogenic daughter of a Basque family staying on the island. Path To Enlightenment Photo: Chedis in the ancient Thai capitol of Ayuthaya. Golden Buddha Photo: A statue of Buddha covered by pilgrims in small sheets of gold leaf. Timed Tassles (Kandy Dance I) Photo: Traditional dance performance of the Kandy people of Sri Lanka.
Spun (Kandy Dance II) Photo: Traditional dance performance of the Kandy people of Sri Lanka. Fairer Sex (Kandy Dance III) Photo: Traditional dance performance of the Kandy people of Sri Lanka. Flip - Flop Photo: A young Nepali girl splashes about during her evening swim at Chitwan National Park. Mid-Air (Leaping Monkeys I) Photo: Air-borne monkeys hurl themselves from tree to tree.
Leaves (Leaping Monkeys II) Photo: Air-borne monkeys hurl themselves from tree to tree. Shadows (The Barkhor I) Photo: Tibetans stroll down an old alley in the religious heart of Lhasa.    
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