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Full Moon on Mars Land - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

Two lunar calendar years ago, I was photographing the Mars-like geothermal field of Hverir in Iceland. As always, the sun was setting fast. Before long, my Assistante’s “courtesy” reminders started making appearance, entangled in the howling sound of the stinky air pushing through the crust of the earth.

“Many cars are leaving…”

Never been a good crowd-follower, I ignored the warning.

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“Only a few cars are left in the parking lot…”

Still ingrained in my creative photography, I decided to go against the grain.

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“Only one car is left”

His warnings were like those newsletters that I signed up a long time ago. They religiously show up in my inbox and most are not that interesting.

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My strategy seemed to have worked. I started enjoying the peace until he let out a big exclamation.

Thinking “Now what?”, I raised my head. A moon, a full moon just rose above the layer of cloud.

Grinning in my belly, I said to myself “we couldn’t have asked for a better place to enjoy the Mid-Autumn Festival”. And, I think I may keep my newsletters a bit longer. ;-)  

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Hverir-Moonrise-Namaskard-Geothermal-Iceland-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival and enjoy the view of the full moon whichever surface of the planet you may be on, except for the moon itself. :P

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Take Your Time, It's Provence - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

I get it.  In a place where nature and human activities work in such harmony, it's hard to contain oneself.

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Sad-Sunflowers-Valensole-Provence-France-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

Really, I get it.  You've come a long way...  It's one of your dreams...  In front your eyes is something that you've never experienced in real life.  You get in close.  Really close.  Never mind the plants that have been run down by the weight of cars or feet.  You are determined.  You won't be the first or the last one to give what is in your way a nudge or a stump.

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Male-Tourist-Taking-the-Killing-Shot-Valensole-Provence-France-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

Take your time, buddy!  Oh, and you too, ma'am.  Take your time.    

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Female-Tourist-Taking-the-Killing-Shot-Valensole-Provence-France-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

It's a jungle out there.

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It was Hot in Rio Tinto - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

The day that we visited Rio Tinto, it was hot, red hot.  We saw a lady sitting under the shade of her RV by the river bank.

Rio Tinto is a river in Southwestern Spain.  It is rich in various minerals (such as copper, silver, gold, iron, etc.) and has been mined since approximately 3,000 BC.  The iron which dissolved in water gives the river its deep reddish hue. And the subsurface rocks on the river bed contain iron and sulfide minerals, which becomes obvious when parts are being exposed above water.

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Rock-and-Its-Reflection-Rio-Tinto-Spain-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

When we made our rounds, it was still hot, red hot.  We asked if she could spare some icy cold water (yeah, you can tell we are from the US).  Her answer began with a disappointing no.  She then said "I have icy cold beers if you want."  She's from Germany. :-) 

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Rio-Tinto-Spain-Upside-Down-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

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