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Sometimes, Life Completes Itself in a Shape of Rainbow - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

Creating arte was not my profession yet.  Let's just say, ten years ago, I was a different person.  

A trip was booked to Buffalo, NY to visit Niagara Falls.  It was meant to be a weekend extension of my business trip in NYC.  
But, we did not get to see the Falls, after a series of failed attempts to salvage the situation.  

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t had been raining the week before the supposed trip.  NY state was flooded.  We fought the Friday traffic to arrive at the LaGuardia airport, witnessing people running in rain, trekking in water, on the streets covered in puddles.  After a long line at the check-in counter, we were only told that the original flight had been cancelled due to the storm.  Our only choice was to be put on a plane going to Philadelphia that leaves in half an hour.  We obliged.  We check in our luggage, we went through security, we arrived at the gate, and we found out that the plane to Philadelphia had departed, ahead of time.  We then were pointed to the next gate, where we were put on a wait-list.  When we inquired about our checked luggage, the reply was "we'll know where it is when we get there".

After sitting uneasily for half an hour, a voice told us that we needed to cancel the trip.  Calls were made to cancel the flight, the lodging and the tour.  We then proceeded to the JFK airport, waited in line for a flight back to LA.  By the time we arrived back home, it was deep into the night.  The next morning, we woke up to a typical sunny day in LA.    

A lot can happen to a person in ten years, especially for someone like moi.  We've travelled to many amazing places in the world, waterfalls or not.  Niagara Falls has been brushed to the corner of our mind, until we had an opportunity to visit Toronto, Canada lately.

This time, I'm (supposedly) ten-years wiser, more at peace with myself, and, most importantly, surrounded by family, family that's gotten more meaning to me over the years.  The toughest part was to walk through the misty (more like rainy) stretch on the Canada side.  We all survived it, soaked head-to-toe, with child-like grins to the sides of our faces.  When I turned around, a big rainbow greeted me arching in front of the Rainbow Bridge.  

Thank you, my partner-in-crime, for orchestrating the trip.  Thank you, sista, for insisting on bringing me here.  And thank you, papa and mama, for being such a good sport playing along.  Life is complete on this account.  

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Farewell and be Well on the Other Side - Los Angeles Senior Citizen Photographer

Yesterday, we had to say good-bye to someone that's been through a lot and been with us for a long time.  She held on to this life as much as she could and showed respectable amount of tenacity and strength.  However, we knew it was time to say good-bye so she could join her loved ones in a world that's free of pain.  

No matter how well one is prepared for this moment, it is never enough to endure the separation.  I'm so glad that I made this image of her a few years ago when I followed my urge (and not like the other time when I missed the opportunity) so that I will always remember her the way she was on that warm afternoon, reminiscing her life stories.  

Good-bye for now and take care on the other side!

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I Made a Holiday Card for You - Los Angeles Fine Art Photographer

It's the holidays.  I've been thinking, thinking what I can do to express my gratitude for you.  Then I decided to make a holiday card, by hand.

Didn't someone say "it's not the size of the gift, but how big the heart that gives the gift that matters"?  I hope you see my red little heart in this card. :-)

Merry Christmas!  Thank you for being there and let me know that you care, for yet another year.  And have a happy New Year!

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Happy-Holidays-December-2013---©Jean-Huang-Photography

P.S. As I was making this card, Michael Franks' "I Bought You a Plastic Star for Your Aluminum Tree" seeped into my head.  It sure was talking about people like us in warm areas. :-)

"It gets pretty cold here at night, down to sixty degrees There's angel hair up in the palm trees, it sure looks like Christmas to me But, Santa's been grounded, his reindeer came down with TB So, I bought you a plastic star for your aluminum tree. ..."

Merry Christmas, cold or warm! :-)

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